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30 November 2017

OK I'm back. Haven't started logging my food, but since I got back on Tuesday night I've been very careful. I suffered from IBS the whole holiday week and survived on 2-3 Immodium every 24 hours. Of course the problem with that approach is that as soon as the Immodium wears off the whole cycle starts over again. If I can't get myself stabilized by Monday, then I'm going to try out the approach my vet recommends for the dogs: 12-24 hours of water and broth only, followed by 24-48 hours of white rice and broth, then gradually introduce proteins (starting with plain chicken or turkey) and finally add fruits and vegetables. This works quite well for Carson, so I might as well try it on me! But it's possible that by the time I've been home 5-6 days and sticking on my diet, my innards will settle down.

At the same time, I know that I am going to have to make some adjustments in my diet to try to fight off the kidney stone problem. This means cutting back on blueberries and strawberries and buckwheat products, and also reducing my protein a bit and raising my carbs a little. The carbs will likely be in low-sugar (but not artifically sweetened because that's a NO for IBS) lemonade and grapefruit juice, because I need the citrate to try to dissolve the kidney stones. I bought a bottle of organic lemonade today and tried it out. Even using only about 3 oz in a large glass filled the rest of the way with sparkling water and ice, it was still too sweet for me, so I squeezed in about 1/4 of a large lemon, and that seemed to work OK. I do the same with grapefruit juice -- dissolve about 3 oz with 12 oz of sparkling water, but at least I don't have to add lemon juice!

I did have a very nice Thanksgiving week though, in spite of the IBS. But boy that meal is a lot of work! I made 4 batches of gluten-free corn bread to take with me to make the dressing, and I had made butternut squash soup and froze it when I was in DC in October, so I had a bit of a head start, but still... it's a really hard meal to get on the table. I think maybe the Thanksgiving tradition was developed for large families where everyone contributes labor and supplies. We have a very small family, so I was pretty much on my own with the cooking. I was exhausted by Sunday.

Hope everyone is well and happy and looking forward to a joyous holiday season!
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02 November 2017

Most of you know I'm really struggling with how to satisfy cravings for things as simple as one chocolate chip cookie -- when one chocolate chip cookie will make me sick for a week, and the gluten-free versions are like eating directly from the sugar bowl.

So I've been looking for sweet treats that are "legal" on FODMAP, satisfy the craving, and don't go overboard calorie or carb-wise.

It's not like I want a cupcake every day for high tea. But every few weeks I get to feeling like I can't live another moment without a chocolate donut. And of course, after I eat that donut, I'm sick for a day.

Recently I found these great new gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free products call Better Bites -- mini-cake balls and mini-hostess-style cupcakes that aren't bad calorie or carb-wise because the woman who invented these recipes seemed to have been very conscious of these factors. So I have some of those in the freezer.

I also discovered that pineapple is very stisfying for sweet cravings. It's expensive, but I've been buying cut-up pineapple every week and mixing it in with berries or just eating it on its own, and it is very satisfying.

Today I found a new option -- not quite so good on the carb range, but a relatively low sugar natural snack: crispy rice rollers, now available at Costco. They are not very low carb, but if you're managing for moderate-to-low carb intake, and you want a crunchy snack, these are quite good. And... if you combine one (50 calories) with a TBSP of peanut butter (100 calories), then you reduce the impact of the snack on your blood sugar, and you have a very satisfying snack for 150 calories, which I think is a pretty good deal. This has the added benefit of crunchiness -- which for some reason is a texture that you miss out on a lot with low-FODMAP.

I don't mean to sound as if I'm always looking for snacks -- but as I move toward maintenance and come to grips with IBS as a long-term fact of life,
I'm trying to find ways to stick to low-FODMAP, but not be in situations where if I don't eat something bad for me I don't get to eat at all, or I'm feeling so deprived I'm resentful all the time --- although honestly I DO RESENT that I will never be able to really enjoy a great piece of chocolate cake ever again because of this stupid IBS.

I decided that before I go to DC for Thanksgiving, I'm going to make another one of my chocolate almond flour cakes with caramel and chocolate butter cream. I'll freeze it so it packs well to go on the plane. That way, I'm way less likely to eat something terrible for me and spend the holiday sick! Plus everyone else loves that cake.

Just here whining for a change...
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30 October 2017

I am eating weird today. I don't know what the problem is, but I'm 95% through my allotment for the day -- although I generally top out around 1450 these days -- but I haven't had dinner yet. And I'm carbing. It's very strange. I think it's the change in the weather. It's suddenly freezing, and I think maybe my body is demanding a little heavier nutrition. I just have to roll with it. I've learned over time... If I stay the course and push myself past rough spots, I'll do OK. I just have to be patient.

I want to say something here that I hope will ring a bell with a few of the younger people on FS: There are a whole bunch of us on FS who are post-menopausal women ranging in age from 50-65+. And when you read the profiles, you find that most have been battling our weight for years... since adolescence or even earlier. And for most of us, the problem got much worse when we passed through "the change" and became insulin resistant. For sure there's a certain comfort level knowing that I'm not alone here.. that I'm in good company with a lot of folks who really do know exactly what I'm facing.

But to tell you the truth, I wish I wasn't here. I wish that back when I was in my 30s, I had learned about low-glycemic eating... learned that weighing and measuring everything that goes into your mouth isn't just about counting calories, it's about training yourself to understand what a portion is and to be satisfied with that portion...learned that it is sugar that's the enemy, not fat. If I'd learned those lessons, I wouldn't be here now, because instead of spending my whole adult life gaining and losing the same 50 pounds (which turned into 80 pounds post-menopause), I would have maintained a healthy body and a health body image over the years.

I'm not saying this because I wracked with regret, although I do have regrets. I'm saying this because there are young people on FS who are not "getting it," and who are setting themselves up to yo-yo through that same 50 pounds I've juggled all these years. I look at their profiles and their food diaries, and I see young women:
starving themselves -- eating under 1,000 calories per day
eating tightly calorie controlled diets that are high carb...
in particular, calorie controlled diets that include beer (sometimes 2), lots of instant coffee creamer, which is just sugar
dinners apparently consisting of cauliflower and no protein source

None of these habits is sustainable, which also explains why we often see journaling from these folks beating themselves up for splurges on pizza or fried chicken or chocolate cake, after which they immediately weigh themselves and attribute a gain or no-loss to that pizza splurge, and beat themselves up some more.

I so support all the younger people here on FS -- weight loss is a daunting undertaking at any age. But when weight loss is based on so depriving yourself that you are hungry all the time and resentful about what you are not eating, when your diet undermines your ability to socialize, you are dooming yourself to failure. Been there. Done that.

If you are a young, active person, and you find yourself 25-40 pounds overweight, don't go on some strict, unsustainble diet. Find a new way of eating... a healthy, satisfying way of eating that is sustainable across your lifetime. Build in the way you work, live and socialize. You may lose weight very slowly, but if you lose consistently, keep the weight off, and satisfy your nutritional needs, you will not ever be me... struggling to lose 100 pounds at 60+ years old.

Sorry if I've offended anyone, but I could help noticing some of these issues among the FS people I follow, and it worries me.
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24 October 2017

Weigh-in: 149.2 lb lost so far: 84.8 lb still to go: 7.2 lb Diet followed reasonably well
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24 October 2017

Weigh-in: 149.2 lb lost so far: 84.8 lb still to go: 7.2 lb Diet followed reasonably well
   (2 comments) on diet The GI diet   losing 5.6 lb a week

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