CollyMP's Journal, 07 May 2013

Well now I'm confused and dismayed. The Wheat Belly thing sounds great, but once you read the book(s) it really is a lot more than just cutting out wheat, there are a lot more foods you cut out as well, and what you replace it with is incredibly expensive. No matter how "healthy" it may be, I simply cannot afford it. I can cut wheat or drastically cut down how much of it I eat, but I can't use the substitutes in quantities that will feed everyone in the house, and I haven't the time or energy to make everyone their own separate meal, every meal. I'd be chopping and cooking every minute of every day and I'm not living my life that way.

I can reduce the bread, wheat products, and cake/pastry type things, easily. I'm going to stick with that. No, I probably won't get the whole benefit if I don't follow the program zealously, but I'm the one that decides what the food budget is and I think this is too costly.

It has opened my eyes about making sure I eat more vegetables and not too many carbs, and how to do it. So that's helpful. But the whole-hog, gung-ho, religious zeal aspect of it just is not for me.

Diet Calendar Entry for 07 May 2013:
1874 kcal Fat: 61.71g | Prot: 78.99g | Carb: 225.08g.   Breakfast: Cheddar Cheese, Pinto Beans (Mature Seeds, Canned), Mission Extra Thin Yellow Corn Tortillas (Taco Size), Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt with Cherry Pomegranate. Lunch: Brownberry Oatnut Whole Grain Bread, Mayonnaise, Tuna in Water (Canned). Dinner: Tortilla Corn Chips, Chi-Chi's Taco Meat, Pepperjax Grill Jalapenos, No Name Nacho Cheese. Snacks/Other: Kemps Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Mike's Hard Cranberry Lemonade. more...
on diet CollyMP's own diet  


We middle/Lower income peons can't afford the 'diets' and 'Healthy foods". We buy and eat what is out there in our budget and wonder why we gain weight and don't go 'healthy'. This is why. Buying the foods that we should eat and living the life we do on the money we do is impossible. Only the rich can afford to eat healthy and to do those special diets. Totally unfair!!! Michelle Obama wants America to get Healthy but she doesn't make it affordable. They make everything in our lives MORE expensive! 
07 May 13 by member: MissyAnn63
Yay you ~ I have not read the book but I just could not bear one more 'this is bad, do this $$$ thing instead.' I wondered last night if I needed to do the same with yogurt. Sure I LIKE the Fage because it has the lowest sugar of all that our store carries but is a single container REALLY worth $2.50 compared to Yoplait at $1 each? I know I shouldn't nitpick a few bucks but it adds up. I have to just throw spinach in the cart without looking because it's crazy expensive fresh compared to canned. I feel the same about being a zealot of anything- only gets you burned at the stake. MMM... steak... My fav EWYL book has taught me much but when I reached the 'suggested foods' and saw 'fat free blah blah' I closed the kindle. I'm not getting suckered into THAT again. Good for you on being in charge. Let's go to the bakery now! 
07 May 13 by member: FullaBella
No, I don't do fat free either, not on purpose. My personal favorite yogurt is Fage but I only ever had full fat versions before moving back to the US, because...they didn't sell fat free in the UK. I like thick, tangy, Greek yogurt. Greeks (those living in Greece) don't eat fat free yogurt, either, btw-my hubby's job used to take him to Crete twice a year and they have full fat yogurt with honey, and pastries, for breakfast, grilled meat and veggies for other meals. The more I read the book, the less I felt I could sustain it. I can certainly limit simple carbs, easily, but I'm not gonna go nuts over it. I did, after all, manage to take off and keep off 15 pounds or so, thus far, eating plain old food, just less of it. I'm going to stick with my "no bad food" mantra, and keep under my calories, and it'll come off when it's supposed to. Even if it doesn't, I'm not actually gaining any real weight-it bobbles around, but it stays pretty much in the same range. It doesn't go up and stay up. Food prices have gone up, and up, and up-those of us with real budgets have to stick with what we can afford, that's so true.  
07 May 13 by member: CollyMP
To address that further-I only eat particular foods because I LIKE them. I prefer raw spinach to cooked, or at most lightly steamed as it gets folded into my omelet. Oh and I am NOT giving up my beans! No way! I love me some beans and greens, with cornbread, and I'm not giving it up. But wheat belly also says give up beans and legumes...hmmm. Not going to discount it entirely, and I AM going to try a few of the recipes because if we like them it'll help keep carbs under control, and we have to stay within a very narrow range for the husbands diabetes.  
07 May 13 by member: CollyMP
We were talking about the bean thing today (My friend and I) ~ I was RAISED on pinto beans, cornbread, fried potatoes and of course sweet iced tea and those wonderful ice chilled onions. The beans are high in protein. I'm sure the cornbread has been modified to keep us coming back because one BITE and I just want more more more more more so there has to be something THERE because one BITE of something else doesn't make me crazy for more, it satisfies. I'm the same - definitely love raw spinach to the canned ~ I may look at some frozen to see how that compares (hopefully not slimey) And at the end of the fork is always me, the person to be accountable. I had ordered some strawberry yogurt from Schwan and it came in while I was having my tomato/cucumber/onion salad and all of a sudden the salad was gone and I wanted the yogurt. But it was frozen so hard.. I couldn't dip it! So then I got some regular vanilla ice cream and started to scoop it and had to go KNOCK IT OFF! LOL. It's like crack. So glad I never did drugs. I'd be a complete mess. 
07 May 13 by member: FullaBella
And you tell me I'm passionate?? LOL.. I'd say you are very passionate about this and that is AWESOME!!!! You're read and learning more and more and you know your limits and you know what can and can't be achieved on your household income. You GO GIRL!!! 
07 May 13 by member: MissyAnn63
Frozen spinach isn't AS slimy, but there's a little bit there. It works really well for cooked preparation though-pasta filling, omelet filling, etc. You have to drain it in a colander lined with cheesecloth, and then squeeze ALLLL the moisture out of it, and just when you think you're done, squeeze it again. It's a lot of extra work to use frozen, but it is MUCH cheaper.  
07 May 13 by member: CollyMP
Missy that's just the bottom line for me-it has to be affordable and sustainable, AND it has to work with my schedule. Summer is VERY BUSY for me, I do A LOT of canning, I do a lot of gardening, and it's really the only time of year I can focus on sewing because I'm not constantly having to check on a kid to make sure he's paying attention to his classes and getting to them on time. I just can't do the "prep everything all day long" that this plan requires, on top of the extreme high cost. This book has you grinding your own almonds and flax seeds to then prep to make bread. I'll use up the stuff I already purchased or give it to my husbands aunt who actually has celiac disease. I may find a few low-carb things that we enjoy, and yay! I like that!  
07 May 13 by member: CollyMP
You will work it out. It's about reading, absorbing, and taking from it what you will/can. I started on Atkins and am now really just 'low carb' most of the time. I don't eat beans all the time but if chili comes up, I eat it, beans and all. Is it low carb, no but it isn't every meal. Do I eat wheat and grains, no, not all the time but sometimes I have a sandwich. Is that low carb, no, but its life. Its all about compromise, and making things work for you. Have I lost a ton of weight, well I lost a lot. Unfortunately it's creeping back because I am not as careful but you absolutely can incorporate little bits of this and that and be successful. It's all about balance - gawd, I'm so sick of 'balancing' life, aren't you? But that's the way it is.  
08 May 13 by member: sarahsmum
LOL-yes, I do get a bit tired of trying to find the balance because balancing means you do a lot of wobbling! Balancing doesn't mean everything is lined up and working, balancing means swinging to extremes from one place to another, trying to get a spot in the middle where you're comfortable while the forces against it pummel you from all sides. Balancing is HARD! But as you said-that's the way life is. So many of us are told to expect equilibrium once we do this or that thing, or eat or don't eat this or that food, and yes it might work for one, but it isn't likely to work for all because we are all slightly different from one another. Each of us has our own unique chemical makeup that is similar but not identical. We just gotta keep wobbling along, doing what seems to work, discarding what doesn't seem to work. I think patience, more than anything else, is the real secret to weight loss. Your body is going to do what it's going to do, for reasons that medical science has yet to fathom. It's important to keep that in mind-I am a science geek myself, but that has only made me realize how much we DON'T KNOW yet.  
08 May 13 by member: CollyMP


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