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Sunshine6442

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Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 08:55
Someone asked about the nutrition in popcorn... well, Popcorn is a whole grain that contains 40 or more nutrients and has B complex vitamins, plus vitamin E, Riboflavin and Thiamine. Popcorn is listed third out of a list of 11 as eleven Things That Don't Cause Cancer and it certainly is considered a wholesome snack by leading medical associations and nutrition professionals, great fiber too!

Okay, I did not realize I was on an Atkins board....however if I remember correctly in the Atkins diet... there are phases and it is based on a plant derived foods, protein and fiber.... 20 carbs to start out and gradually increase carb intake.

I tried Atkins many years ago and then re-gained all the weight I lost because it was not a realistic lifestyle for me.

I have given up red meat because it causes inflammation and when I was pre-diabetic...it was best to do so. I am no longer pre-diabetic, nor have systemic inflammation which causes many chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol.

I do agree processed foods should be limited, saturated and trans fats also, however once and awhile an urge for a graham cracker is not out of "my" carb control. So forgive me if I offended anyone by not realizing this was an Atkins post, but those snacks that I listed helped me lose 98 lbs and I have kept it off...something Atkins didn't do for me.
mummydee

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Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 09:03
Well good for you Sunshine in finding what works for you! congratulations on the weight loss and getting healthy. I don't think you 'offended ' anyone, that's the problem with the written word, it can be read differently than it was typed.
I personally find the 'Atkins' way of eating or LC or whatever name you want to give it , is what works for me. I eat nothing processed and only real foods , organic, and naturally raised.

When I add grains into my diet, i gain weight, so I just don't eat them and really don't miss them.

Weight watchers and CICO was the absolute worst for me, When I was allowed to have anything i want but just add up points or calories, i would blow it every time.



ghenne04

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Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 12:38
I don't know much about Atkins, but my favorite low-carb snacks are nuts (primarily almonds, but also pistachios and cashews), hard boiled eggs (even better when mashed with avocado), and veggies with hummus. I've been loving the raw bell peppers and broccoli with hummus this week, the crunch of the veggies plus their water content is highly satisfying!

I also like the the little shrimp you can buy in the store pre-peeled, but those are frozen and not very convenient.
-Jen

Start: 170 on January 1
Goal 1: 160 by April 1
Goal 2: 145 by June 1
Goal 3: 130 by August 1
Zoomama1

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Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 18:07
Sunshine6442, I have the greatest respect for people who have found the right program for them. We're all different, and what works as a viable lifestyle for one person might not work for another long term. Personally I don't feel at all cheated on Atkins because the things I have to give up (sweets, refined grains, starches) I would have to give up on any program, and I do not feel satisfied on low fat high carb diets. For instance, every one of your suggested snacks would cause a blood glucose rise and drop for me, causing more hunger. And unlike you, for instance, my diabetes, triglycerides, inflammation and blood pressure all improved greatly within a month on Atkins, and in just about 2.5 months I've lost 20 lbs. Again, we're all different.

However, your statements about saturated fat, heart disease and cholesterol are myths, not science. You are certainly free to concern yourself with them if you wish, but the science says not. There are more than a few books and scientists out there discussing the matter, and the research is available for anyone who wants it. I suggest Gary Taubes as a start, then moving onto some others; easy to find. I'm recommending that reading more for others than for you, as you've already found what works for you.

Best wishes for continued loss and/or maintenance of your successful program.
mummydee

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Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 18:30
and I would suggest "The Great Cholestrol Myth" by Dr Stephen Sinatra.... very interesting and certainly goes along with the Atkins way of eating.
Sunshine6442

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Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 19:32
Yes, Zoomama1, we are all different and especially those with diabetes....I am so glad your numbers improved with this program. When my cholesterol reached 240, I lowered it 51 points with 6 months naturally...so I do agree what works for one may not work for another as well....I chose not to eat red meat because of the inflammation...my physician is pleased with me and no need for cholesterol meds. Thanks mummydee for your input as well.
mummydee

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Posted: 22 Jul 2013, 20:00
I was almost vegetarian a few years ago on my dr's advice re my high cholestrol (family history) I felt sick weak and always hungry.. I said to heck with Dr's, they take a total of 2 weeks nutrition training and really? what do they know... studies from 40 years ago.... so i put meat back into my diet and removed grains and foods that just made me full rather than good, no processed foods and guess what... i'm off my blood pressure meds, no water pills and feeling great! But when i eat meat, i eat maybe 2- 3 oz, not the disgusting portion sizes promoted by the food industry. 1 chicken leg is great not 2 lbs of wings! Sometimes i think it's not the food we eat but more the portions. If i eat pasta, it's rice pasta, (that god awful wheat pasta is just horrible) and i eat 1 cup with 2 cups of real tomato and veggie dressing.
Inflammation is the cause of all diseases and we have to learn what is right for each of us. In my case it's grains. what's yours?
Zoomama1

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Posted: 23 Jul 2013, 19:26
While I suppose there are individuals who develop inflammation due to red meat, there is no scientific *evidence* that indicates that red meat is any more inflammatory than any other meat, including fish, and that certain of the components of "concern" can actually be higher in vegetarian diets. The following article ( http://chriskresser.com/does-red-meat-cause-inflammation)links to scientific studies or articles on the subject (26 links, in fact), and concludes with:

"Overall, there’s no good evidence that red meat is more inflammatory than other meats, and some evidence indicating that it’s less inflammatory. Just like any other food, it’s certainly possible for people to have individual intolerances to red meat that might induce inflammation, but there’s no reason for most people to restrict red meat on the basis of inflammation."

My doctor loves statins, but I went off anyway. I don't care what my cholesterol is. The numbers are irrelevant; there is plenty of scientific evidence proving that and very little justifying it. It may be a concern IF you have small low density cholesterol WITH inflammation, but other than than, no. I've begun to stop listening to my doctor's concerns and simply looking at what the scientific evidence is for the myths going around. Luckily for me, I love meat and fats, am obviously very sensitive to grains, and can't have sweet under any circumstances, so Atkins is just the right way to go for me. Thank goodness I finally got smart enough to look at it!
carlaEds

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Posted: 24 Jul 2013, 04:46
My list of low calorie snacks include Citrus Fruit, Apples, Kelp, Apricots, Tomatoes, tea, sugar free beverages, sugar free jello, water, and sometimes diet soda. If you are fond of veggies, you can try Cucumbers, Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Radishes, and Celery. There are many more low-calorie snacks, you can learn more about them in the 21 days diet book.
QuilterInVA

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Posted: 29 Jul 2013, 18:04
Sunshine you do not belong here and should not be commenting since you are not doing Atkins. Find something that fits the way you eat and leave us alone.
onedaat

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Posted: 30 Jul 2013, 09:36
I love the Blue Diamond Wasabi Almonds. Another favorite snack comes from mixing chia seeds with heavy cream and vanilla flavored liquid stevia. The chia has a lot of soluble fiber so it sucks up the liquid and turns to a gel. It tastes like vanilla pudding, you can flavor it any way you like though.

Blue Bell makes "sugar free bullets" that are incredibly good. They have 15 calories each and 4 grams of carb (including 2 gram sugar alcohol). They taste really good and quench my desire for something sweet.




I bought a 5lb bag of plain gelatin on Amazon and use it to make sugar free jello jigglers. Basically I just add a ton of gelatin to the mix, add lemon juice and some liquid sucralose and make the jello very firm. Sometimes I add a packet of unsweetened kool-aid for more flavor. You can also make sugar free jelly beans/gummy candies this way. The gelatin is great for your nails and has a ton of arginine which increases your growth hormone levels which in turn increases fat burning.






Sugar Free Gummy Candy

1 box sugar free jello

5 packets of unflavored gelatin

1/2 cup water (you can use lemon juice if you want them sour)

Mix everything in a small sauce pan, stir until it becomes a paste. Turn the heat on and melt everything down, pour into molds and freeze for 5-10 mins.

Make 50-55 'jelly beans' - 5 servings of 10 and that's 33 calories, 7 grams protein, and zero carbs

Once set these don't have to remain in the fridge, you can store them in an airtight container on the counter.
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CommaHolly

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Posted: 30 Jul 2013, 10:51
QuilterInVA wrote:
Sunshine you do not belong here and should not be commenting since you are not doing Atkins. Find something that fits the way you eat and leave us alone.


In her defense, when you look at latest posts, it doesn't really say what board the post is on,,,,,,,

what's low carb for one, isn't low carb for another diet,,

so in her defense, she was making suggestions that might be low carb for her diet, but obviously not low carb for atkins.

And I know this, because if I hadn't read the ENTIRE thread, I'd not have known this was an Atkins board and I would have suggested a few of MY low carb snacks.
eKatherine

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Posted: 30 Jul 2013, 14:34
CommaHolly wrote:
QuilterInVA wrote:
Sunshine you do not belong here and should not be commenting since you are not doing Atkins. Find something that fits the way you eat and leave us alone.


In her defense, when you look at latest posts, it doesn't really say what board the post is on,,,,,,,

what's low carb for one, isn't low carb for another diet,,

so in her defense, she was making suggestions that might be low carb for her diet, but obviously not low carb for atkins.

And I know this, because if I hadn't read the ENTIRE thread, I'd not have known this was an Atkins board and I would have suggested a few of MY low carb snacks.


At the top of every thread it says what diet the thread starter is following.
RavenSoul69

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Posted: 30 Jul 2013, 15:16
Katherine, for whatever programming reason, in some other countries the FS mirror site doesn't specify diet at the top of the thread...I wish they would change that.

Hey, ya'll, FYI: Before answering a question like this it IS an easy thing to look at the profile of the person who's question you're answering...their chosen diet/way of eating IS listed there to allow you to answer accordingly!


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CommaHolly

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Posted: 30 Jul 2013, 15:51
eKatherine wrote:
CommaHolly wrote:
QuilterInVA wrote:
Sunshine you do not belong here and should not be commenting since you are not doing Atkins. Find something that fits the way you eat and leave us alone.


In her defense, when you look at latest posts, it doesn't really say what board the post is on,,,,,,,

what's low carb for one, isn't low carb for another diet,,

so in her defense, she was making suggestions that might be low carb for her diet, but obviously not low carb for atkins.

And I know this, because if I hadn't read the ENTIRE thread, I'd not have known this was an Atkins board and I would have suggested a few of MY low carb snacks.


At the top of every thread it says what diet the thread starter is following.


true,,,,,provided you actually drag your mouse up there and look.

My point was simply, that if one is new (as I am) one doesn't notice at first.



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