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  • posted by  paul_n on What to aim for Carbs wise ?
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    Cherrianne

    Did find this on the web for vegaterians :-

    How Many Carbs Should You Eat?
    It is important to experiment and figure out a way to match your carb intake to your own goals and preferences.
    That being said, these guidelines are reasonable:

    100-150 grams per day: This is a decent maintenance range, and is good for people who exercise a lot.
    50-100 grams per day: This should lead to automatic weight loss, and is a good maintenance range for people who don’t exercise that much.
    20-50 grams per day: With a carb intake this low, you should lose weight quickly without experiencing much hunger. This carb range should put you into ketosis.

    Vegetarians could easily go into the lowest range, but such a diet would be impractical for vegans. The 100-150 gram range would be more suitable for vegans.

    I probably in the exercise a lot range currently.

    regards Paul

  • posted by  Aliba on is there a list of acceptable foods
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    I’m on week four and Janet’s right, it is all about planning…and keeping it simple as I’m not one for spending lots of time in the kitchen…far too tempting!
    Heres a few ideas for breakfast:
    Greek yoghurt full fat with a few seeds and some frozen berries (left in fridge overnight or zapped in microwave in the morning)
    Full fat cottage cheese with grated apple and cinnamon
    The Bircher muesli in the book (I get all the ingredients ready the night before and then just mix it up in the morning)
    The egg muffins – I’ve posted in recipe section – I always have a few of these in the fridge
    2 egg omelette with cooked mushrooms and tomatoes
    Good luck..it’s easier than you think!

  • posted by  Janet1973 on Any advice on tofu please!
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    Sorry to hear you are suffering at the moment. Did I read that you recently had an operation? If so, would it be possible that you haven’t allowed enough time for your body to heal itself? I don’t think 800 calories were ever meant to cover healing as well as just basic nourishing. And also to add more exercise on top might be asking too much just now.

    As for me, I’m doing ok by my own standards but I haven’t lost anything as of day 3 of my second week. Not too worried, again could be any number of reasons including not counting properly, as per my post on olive oil.

    I’m glad you are going to see your doctor. Be kind to yourself for a few days and I’m sure you will find your equilibrium once again.

  • posted by  auntylil on Any advice on tofu please!
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    Thanks for asking – not good 🙁 Extremely light headed and faint and I have been drinking lots of water. That leads to having to be cautious about being near enough to a loo at all times. I suspect low blood pressure as well as low blood sugar, and remember I am not diabetic or pre-diabetic.

    I toppled when having physiotherapy for a shoulder injury yesterday. Got told off. Nicely though. I think ketosis isn’t kicking in because I haven’t lost weight or inches during this 2nd week and I have been strict about the diet, so, I may have to switch to 5:2. I had two oat bics with butter and a dab of honey earlier so I could safely drive my car and take the dogs for a walk on a towpath as haven’t the strength to walk up hill. I am not usually so miserable, I am a problem solving type of a person but this is beating me. I know I am supposed to be exercising and unable to, so as my gp is supportive I am going to seek advice. Also, and you may know about this – mushrooms, Miso and Soy Sauce I think have lead to thrush, that’s why for years I avoided them but I stuck to the diet and now I am suffering!

    I have followed some of your comments in the forum and well done you, you seem to be flying girl.

  • posted by  Janet1973 on Query re smoked salmon eggs recipe
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    I think it is the brunch one but you might want to confirm the calories using an on-line calculator as lots of people have found that the book isn’t always accurate. And of course, if there are too many calories for your liking you can always customise

  • posted by  Janet1973 on BMI
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    I couldn’t find it on this website either but there are loads out in webland and they all work the same way. Just search for bmi calculator 😊

  • posted by  Mill on One week in (almost)
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    I am really starting tomorrow but tried out the guilt free brownie recipe today as I wanted to have something to look forward to – very disappointed they were dry & hard with a bitter aftertaste- hope yours turned out better.

  • posted by  Janet1973 on Any advice on tofu please!
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    Thanks auntylil. There is definitely a pattern here. All the things that are ‘good for me’ are hideous! But still, I have managed to avoid all the things I really like (apart from coffee!) for nearly 9 days now so if it can’t be that bad. How has the back end of week 2 been for you?

  • posted by  Teej on is there a list of acceptable foods
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    I have started today after a week of watching the forums. I am still trying to get my head around what to eat! I had eggs scrambled with a little butter for breakfast and was surprised at how good it was, didn’t think I would want to eat them without toast underneath. I too am finding it all a bit daunting as it is far removed from the way I have been eating, hence the need for change. I am looking forward to lifting the fog and having some energy again!

  • posted by  auntylil on Any advice on tofu please!
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    Yes, tofu! My relationship with it is rather on infrequently/mainly off, but would say it only works in my opinion if marinated thoroughly. Worth pursuing as it is very good, just whichever way I’ve tried it it resembles polystyrene in different forms. Another of your favourites – quinoa, which I had last night with some veg curry; I added some grated nutmeg and butter and found it quite nicer than before. Another one of those things that is worth including because it is good for you.

  • posted by  Janet1973 on is there a list of acceptable foods
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    I wish you every success tamznlaws. You’ll soon get the hang of it. For me, the key is planning ahead and knowing what meals I’ll be having so that I make the best use of the 800. You’ll get loads of support from the forums.

  • posted by  Janet1973 on is there a list of acceptable foods
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    Its probably easier to say what you shouldn’t eat rather than what is acceptable. After you have taken out all bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, pastry, and anything else with sugar in it, what you are left with is what you can eat.

    So you can eat meat, fish, all veg apart from potatoes, fruit in moderation. Full fat dairy products. Oils and nuts. Herbs and spices. All you need to do is keep your calorie intake to 800.

  • posted by  tamznlaws on is there a list of acceptable foods
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    As I’m just starting tomorrow, I wondered if there is a list of foods we are allowed and lists of what we aren’t. . The recipes are fine if your used to eating that sort of food. Just trying to make life a little easier and less daunting for the first week

  • posted by  Pat.Unlimited on Week 1 results
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    Thanks. Measured my sugar this morning and it was 6,2. Going to take the advice I’ve seen in these forum and have a little fat at supper time and see what that does.

  • posted by  RozyDozy on Slow Weight loss
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    Hello all,
    Just subscribed. Been actively trying to lose weight since about mid-January and, like other contributors to this thread, I’ve been feeling that the weight’s not been coming off that quickly. However, like others, I input my weight readings into a spreadsheet and, in spite of some upward blips, the overall trend is downwards. I started at 12.5stone (at 5′ 3″ I’m in the obese category) and today I finally hit 12st 0lb 0oz. It’s kind of two steps forward, one step back but I have been feeling a bit more energetic lately.

    If I am honest with myself, I’m probably not following the BSD 8-week plan religiously – any attempt at fasting and I get a headache which is usually accompanied by my belly turning into a yawning chasm that needs filling. So I’m using the suggested foodstuffs and just varying recipes to try and follow the general guidelines. However, there are one or two things I’m trying that seem to be helpful:

    – extending the overnight fast by not eating too late & trying to breakfast later (much easier on a non-work day when hunkering down under the duvet on a cold day is possible)
    – adding a dash of cinnamon to my coffee; I’ve read this helps to keep your blood sugars on an even keel – I don’t know about that but it makes for an interesting variation for a drink and, obviously, the liquid helps with hydration and helps fill my belly!

    Anyway, good luck everyone with your efforts – the goal is a healthier body/life so it’s worth persevering.

  • posted by  captainlynne on Tomorrow is D Day … !
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    Heard something the other day – can’t remember where! It was said that we can eat anything for breakfast, not just ‘traditional’ breakfast foods. Could be leftovers, anything. For us, low-carb of course 😊

  • posted by  Aliba on Rumbly tummy
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    I had a few issues in the first couple of weeks…put it down to my body getting used to not have all the usual carbs and also eating so much green veg…it settled down though …..good luck!

  • posted by  MaryR on Over the 8-week line and after
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    To Hashimoto:
    I’ve just finished the third week, 14.5 lbs so far, and delighted with the results and the programme so far. I’m finding exactly the same thing. I feel it’s my body/metabolism noticing what’s going on and saying “feed me” so I’ve decided to make today a brunch and supper day, and cook something slightly off piste tonight, with a carb additon (Spelt pasta) and a healthy desert, without wheat or sugar, with a small glass of wine, and see if that shuts it up! Then resume the 800 cal programme tomorrow.
    I’ll let you know how it goes!

  • posted by  Aliba on Tomorrow is D Day … !
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    Good luck ladies…..breakfast is easy if you eat eggs…..hard boiled, scrambled or as a an omelette with mushrooms and tomatoes.
    Full fat Greek yogurt with a few seeds and some frozen berries is also great and the fat keeps you full
    All the best…it’s easier than you think!

  • posted by  Aliba on Starting soon!
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    Hi Pixie
    I take my lunch to work everyday….sometimes I do the easy recipes in the book such as the lettuce cup…just take the filling in a plastic box and the lettuce in a sandwich bag. The no fuss lunches such as the medi platter also work. Or I make up my own with some mackerel, chicken or sardines in a plastic box with chopped tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, cucumber, peppers etc and take the dressing in one of those little tiny jam pots or a small mustard pot to add when I want to eat. It’s not too hard if you plan it out. I’ve forgotten a couple of times but it’s easy to get hold of a salad or some hummus and crudités at any shop.
    Best of luck with it!

  • posted by  paul_n on What to aim for Carbs wise ?
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    Cherrianne

    thanks for this , in answer to your questions..

    Probably pre-diabetic
    No blood sugar tester
    one of those thin on the outside and fat on the inside people
    trouser size 32[ish] waist 35[ish]

    So aim is to get waist to match trouser size ! not fussed if it takes longer than 8 weeks.

    Thanks for recipe , intend trying the Hairy bikers leek lasagna preferably with Quorn for some meals.

    I’m also vegetarian so need to watch my protein intake too.

    What does the above mean ?

    regards Paul

  • posted by  Janet1973 on Groundnut v olive oil
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    It shouldn’t hinder you at all as long as you count the calories in what you are using. There are no ‘magic’ foods on this diet, just the need to get nutrients from the three food groups of protein, low-carbs (fruit/veg) and fats. Your ground nut oil will help with your healthy fats and provide you with other nutrients not found in olive oil.

  • posted by  Neil on 6 stone to loose
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    I want to loose 6 stone and reassess then, as my starting weight is 22st 10lbs. 1st weeks weight lose was 14lbs or one stone. Really pleased. Didn’t check any other measurements before starting but I got a diabetic to check my levels after dinner and I was 5.4 which understand is fine. Will update on week 2.

  • posted by  captainlynne on Over the 8-week line and after
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    Hi hashimoto. Well done on your progress so far. I haven’t been hungry too much since ditching carbs, if I do get a little hungry I find that a drink, either hot or cold helps. Sometimes we think we’re hungry but we are actually thirsty.

  • posted by  Janet1973 on OMG! I've just noticed something…
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    I’m just preparing my recipe for dinner tonight – I’ve gone for the aubergine bake from this website as it looks tasty and filling but easy to make. And I have made a bit of a discovery – something I should have known all along really but it just never sunk in before. All the ingredients add up to 230 calories, the largest value being the mozzarella cheese (I have gone for half fat as full fat cheese doesn’t agree with me). Then I added in the 1 tablespoon of olive oil – just 1 – and that alone is 123 calories. OMG! Its the smallest quantity of the recipe yet the biggest in calories.

    I know that olive oil is good for me and I need to re-educate myself about fats (all my life low fat has been the law) but that has really blown me away. It has made me realise that I can’t splash a bit of olive oil about and not count it as part of my 800, thinking a little bit won’t count much. Well, a little bit is an eighth of my allowance!

    I will keep on using it as I find it makes plain vegetables more palatable but I will have to count it better in future!

  • posted by  Carer13 on Groundnut v olive oil
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    Am about to start the diet and normally prefer to cook with groundnut rather than olive oil, is this acceptable and will it make any difference to my progress if I do not use olive oil?

  • posted by  Janet1973 on Any advice on tofu please!
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    Thanks Matrika
    I will give two plates a try. The recipe I have is for an alfredo sauce with courgette fettuccine from Rose Elliot’s vegetarian low carb book. I might try the silken tofu next time. 😍

  • posted by  Pixie Le Roux on Starting soon!
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    Just finished reading the book and have got my blood test at the surgery next week. Excited about getting started but a bit worried how I am going to fit the lunches into my workday. Any advice would be much appreciated.

  • posted by  Matrika on Any advice on tofu please!
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    You can use plates instead of boards…or bowls with some water in for weight.

    I think you only need to get the water out if you are going to deep fry the tofu…if you are using it in soup or a strir fry, it doesn’t matter so much. Silken tofu is the easiest type to manage, very soft…I just cut it into pieces and pour some soy sauce on it, sometimes with some grated fresh ginger in it.

    You can search online for tofu recipes…sure you’ll find something you want to try.

  • posted by  Janet1973 on Any advice on tofu please!
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    I have managed to get to the grand old age of 42 and have managed to successfully avoid tofu all that time. But today I was brave and bought it. But looking at the instructions, it says I have to put it between two chopping boards for at least ten minutes to get the liquid out. I see two problems with this, 1) I don’t own two chopping boards and 2) I really don’t think I can be ar**ed.

    I would like to know what other people do with their tofu to make it liquid free or otherwise just edible. What am I dealing with here?

    Thanks in advance!

  • posted by  nettyrim on Rumbly tummy
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    Hi, has anyone else been suffering from really loud rumbles from the tummy? Today is really bad and Im not actually feeling hungry. My bowel movements (TMI?) have gone from very regular to every three days then three times in one day yesterday. Very strange.

  • posted by  tamznlaws on Tomorrow is D Day … !
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    Thank you Cherrianne. I’m very nervous, keep trying to work out what to have for breakfast. I think the other meals will be ok, just worried about first thing.

  • posted by  theblackspot on Starting the journey 21/02/2016
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    Well done Sue. Starting is the hard part!
    Me and the OT have been at it 6 days now, she weighed herself yesterday and had lost 5 pounds, and we’re enjoying the food.
    Good luck on your journey.
    As a paramedic I’d say keep a really good eye on your Bm readings, and maybe see your Gp for advice about the metformin sooner rather than later.

  • posted by  Cherrianne on Tomorrow is D Day … !
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    Best of luck ladies. There’s heaps of support and advice here, you only have to ask and someone will be able to help. Read through some of the other threads for inspiration and to get a feel for how welcoming and supportive everyone is.
    Soon we’ll be reading about your achievements too!

  • posted by  Cherrianne on What to aim for Carbs wise ?
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    Hi Paul,
    There is a fair bit of discussion about how many carbs on several of the other threads. I’m sorry I can’t remember which ones but one might be Bill1954’s one called this has to work for me.
    You haven’t said whether you are diabetic cos that would make a difference. If you are testing blood sugars you would have some idea of how carb sensitive you are by testing two hours after a carb heavy meal. I’ve lowered my carb intake by trial and error and found I have to keep them quite low. However I don’t have to lose weight so I’m eating a higher calorie count than 800, according to my activity level.
    I’m also vegetarian so need to watch my protein intake too. There are a few vegos on here and everyone will help you out with advice. A nice high protein, low carb dinner is a vegetarian lasagne. I replace the lasagne layer with a large zucchini( courgette) sliced lengthways. Alternating a layers of a tomato/mushroom/capsicum/eggplant mix with one of frozen spinach, Parmesan and cottage cheese ( or ricotta) mix separated by the zucchini. The zucchini has a similar texture to pasta when cooked this way. Top with grated cheese and it’s delicious.
    A bit of a long winded answer but hope it helps.