Start Weight:(29 Jul 11) 176.0 lb
Current Weight:(22 Mar 14) 137.1 lb
Goal Weight:135.0 lb
following: It's Not a Diet! It's a Lifestyle!
performance: Steady

I'm a mom of 2 in my late 40's. My husband and I are watching what we eat for better health and weight loss. Never really overweight most of my life as I got older the weight just didn't seem to shed as easily. I made modifications to my diet going from a high carb diet (rich in cereals, breads, rice, pasta) to a better balanced diet of quality meats and lots of veggies.

I chose intermittent fasting to lose/maintain my weight. I follow the either the 16:8 (16 hr fast, 8 hr normal eating) or 5:2 way of eating (2 days, 500 calories fasting, 5 days normal eating). My "diet" or lifestyle as far as eating includes lots of nutrient-rich foods focused around fresh veggies, berries, nuts, quality proteins, good fats. I still eat some refined/packaged foods and sugar but on a limited basis.

My profile picture is a combination of my very first picture I posted on FS at my heaviest and a picture of me now. I was so angry when I saw that picture. It was 80 degrees or hotter and I was covered head to toe! It was at that moment that I started my quest to lose weight.

FatSecret member since: 30 Aug 10

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mrspackrat's Latest Member Challenges

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mrspackrat's Cookbook

cals: 301kcal | fat: 10.26g | carbs: 23.87g | prot: 26.33g
Turkey Enchilada Casserole
Sensational layered tortillas and ground turkey with enchilada sauce and reduced fat cheese.
cals: 378kcal | fat: 6.71g | carbs: 65.09g | prot: 16.97g
Mexican Style Quinoa and Black Beans
A yummy, healthy main dish with black beans and quinoa.
cals: 124kcal | fat: 1.11g | carbs: 11.90g | prot: 16.46g
Chicken Soup with Whole Grain Noodles
Perfect for cold and flu season, with plenty of natural flavor and vegetables.
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Yes, the simple/processed carbs are what are driving your cravings. You need to find a way to replace them with other foods and the cravings will go away.

But don't be afraid to skip breakfast. There was a time I would have NEVER done that but I practice intermittent fasting where skipping breakfast is a normal way of life. I just consume most of my calories within an 8 hour window and often my "breakfast" is around noon. You still have to watch total calories for the day.

If you care to read, here's an article that explains what IF is and how do do it:

posted 07 Aug 2014, 11:50
ideas please
I don't know what diet you are on but my question is why low fat? Is it because of the calories? Increasing omega 3 fats reduces body inflammation which could help alievate some of your chronic pain and we need fat in our diet to lose fat--just not the omega 6 fats which most diets are too rich in. If you can afford the calories, switch up processed foods (cereals, breads, rices, etc) for healthy fats. They are also very satifying. I make my own guacamole and eat with fresh cut veggies, eat seeds or nuts, berries, wild rice (which is actually a grass not a rice). Just some food for thought.
posted 07 Aug 2014, 09:58
Slimming power of coconut oil
The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can increase energy compared to the same amount of calories from longer chain fats. MCTs also metabolize differently than longer chains and it's been said to improve metabolism. They are sent straight to the liver from the digestive tract (so that's why they are used for energy right away). I would not consume fats like this with a high amount of carbs (cereals, breads, pastas or foods high in sugar). I eat coconut oil nearly every morning. It's unflavored and I put it in my coffee too.
posted 05 Aug 2014, 10:38
Sleep Aids
Instantcrazy wrote:
Interesting... As someone who SUFFERS from ADHD and axiety, I have never heard of these. When you say dietary forms, do you mean like a supplement or actual food forms? I also have a girlfriend who has REALLY bad PMS so I definitely want to learn about GABA.

GABA is in supplement form. I believe there are foods rich in GABA too. Certain teas (you'd have to research as I'm not sure what kind) and fermented foods like yogurt or kefir are good sources of GABA.
posted 28 Jul 2014, 08:02
Sleep Aids
GABA is a chemical that is made in the brain and has a claming effect on nerve impulses. This makes you more tranquil, a sense of wellbeing. Without it, you'd constantly remain on edge and anxious with no ability to relax (think of people with ADHD). There are dietary forms of GABA which can be taken for relieving anxiety, improving mood, reducing PMS, and of couse ADHD. They apparenlty help the brain produce GABA.
posted 25 Jul 2014, 15:07
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30 May 2014

Just had the worst lunch ever. If everyone was forced to eat my cooking, the world would NOT have a weight problem :)

02 February 2014

Despite being laid up, holding steady :)
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