Hi all, I'm new here, but Atkins and I have been together for years!
Here is some of what I have learned-hopefully, there are some pointers you might be able to use...
First off, visit the Atkins website, and do the lessons for Induction. Read the book as well. The New Atkins gives more data and research to support Dr. Atkin's plan. Plus, lots of added information updated from his previous books. I use the older edition myself-for food lists and recipes.
When you're on the website, make it a point to print off TWO copies of the INduction Approved lists of foods. I keep one copy on the fridge and one in my purse to use as a grocery shopping list.
The reason you cannot eat some veggies on Induction is because of high sugar and/or starch content. Carrots and Beets are definite no-no's. Much of our sugar supply is derived from Sugar beets. The greener the stuff, the better.
If you go off plan during induction, it can create a flurry of cravings. For sweet cravings, eat a dill pickle to quickly confuse your taste buds. Then, a combination of L-Glutamine, B-complex and Chromium Piccolinate taken daily can help stave off further cravings. Done it, works like a charm.
Make sure you're taking a good multi-vitamin that is iron free. With all the iron-containing veggies and meats you'll be eating...you probably won't need more iron...unless your doctor has advised you otherwise.
Don't just use scales as you're only tool to determine success. Measure yourself too. We don't always lose inches and pounds at the same time. Having two tools helps to encourage us along the way.
Artificial sweeteners. You're allowed 3 serving size portions per day. That means, if the bottle of diet pop you just swigged down had 2.5 servings in it, then you just used up 2.5 of your artificial sweeteners for the day. Be careful how you use your allotment.
Aches and pains. Sometimes, people feel sorta like they have the flu during the early induction days. This has been referred to as the "Atkins flu". To offset those muscles aches, headaches, etc. drink 2 cups of full-sodium chicken broth a day. 1 cup in the am, 1 in the pm. Works wonders.
Oils. Best oils to use are coconut oil, Pure olive oil (some have been cut with cheaper oils), and butter. I'm a great fan of coconut oil.
Watch your portions and ratios. Not written in stone anywhere, but personal experience (and the experience of others has brought me to this point: My best success was with this ratio:
70% fat- 20-25% protien - 5-10% NC. I stayed around 1800 calories per day.
I've gained back a few pounds since my knee surgery, and have to be patient in getting to the point where I can really exercise again. But, eating right really helps.
If you don't live alone, it can be a real challenge staying on plan while others around you are eating carbs. This takes some willpower initially. However, I switch my family to eating less carbs,so willpower isn't so necessary all the time. If you have trouble finding recipes that will accomodate other's likes, try these two places: www.genaw.com
, or www.peaceloveandlocarb.com
An easy, cunchy snack are Atkins-friendly cheese its. Nuke shredded cheese on parchement paper for 2 and half mins. Blot oil, cool and break into pieces. You can use them to dip in your favorite LC dip.
Hope that helps you out. Be diligent, Be careful, and Be healthy!