Joined March 2013
Weight History

Start Weight
176.0 lb
Lost so far: 38.4 lb

Current Weight
137.6 lb
Performance: losing 0.1 lb a week

Goal Weight
140.0 lb
Still to go: 2.4 lb
I'm now 54 years old and have been on fs on and off since 2011. I'm a christian vegetarian with two "kids", one husband, two cats and a dog that thinks she is a cat. I became a vegetarian seven years ago when my daughter wanted to become a vegetarian and her grandparents were worried that she wouldn't get enough protein. I thought that if I kept track of what I ate then I would know that she was getting enough protein and that and it would be a good way to lose weight. Though I ate healthy and stayed within a calorie budget of 1400 calories I gained weight ballooning up to 233 pounds. I had done Atkins before when I ate meat and had some success with it and wondered if it could be done as a vegetarian. After a lot of reading and planning I decided to try eating as a low carb vegetarian and it worked. I used both the book by Rose Elliott The Low Carb Vegetarian and the Atkins book I got down to 156.8 pounds. Then vacation struck and there was a crappuccino machine across from my hotel room. I came home from vacation about 10 pounds heavier and over the course of the year my weight crept up to 176.

My daughters vegetarian phase ended a few years later when she declared one day that "Chickens are ugly and fish feel no pain". She had no problem going back to eating meat. I tried to eat different kinds of meat like shrimp, BBQ whatever and chicken and couldn't stand the taste or texture of anything I once loved. Oh well at least my cholesterol is the best it's ever been.

2015- I'm no longer doing low carb or counting calories and am pretty much as vegan as I can be living in a rural ranching community. I eat a whole foods plant based eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full kinda diet. I go to the gym about 3-4 times a week and do cardio and strength training. I also wear a pedometer to make sure I get at least 10,000 steps in each day. I'm losing slowly but that's ok because it's for life.

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cals: 256kcal | fat: 6.82g | carbs: 44.61g | prot: 6.47g
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Low in calories, super filling and tastes just like pumpkin pie. Yum! Quick to make and can be refrigerated overnight for a grab and go meal.
cals: 145kcal | fat: 3.83g | carbs: 21.49g | prot: 9.16g
Fruit Smoothie
Low calorie version of a smoothie that will satisfy a sweet tooth without sending you into sugar shock. It's thick enough that it can be eaten as a sorbet.
cals: 36kcal | fat: 0.05g | carbs: 7.10g | prot: 3.23g
Shirataki Noodle Soup
Light, flavorful and delicious. Ultra low carb and low calorie.
cals: 213kcal | fat: 15.60g | carbs: 8.88g | prot: 9.82g
Coconut Almond MiM
A muffin in a minute with coconut and almond flour.
cals: 188kcal | fat: 5.14g | carbs: 30.15g | prot: 5.75g
Quinoa Salad
A gluten free healthy quinoa salad served Greek style with fresh veggies and balsamic vinegar.
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Fake Sugar Debate
I'd stay away from sugar if it causes you to have cravings. I don't use sugar or artificial sweeteners because of this reason. If I have oatmeal in the morning I put fruit on it, the fruit is enough to make the oatmeal sweet. You could also use agave nectar, maple syrup or date paste for a sweetener.

If I have a sweet tooth in the evening I make banana ice cream in my nutribullet with almond milk, bananas and unsweetened cocoa.

Even if the Klondike is sugar free it's still going to cause sugar cravings so it is probably better to not even have it in your house.

I agree with carol16214 about avoiding fake sugars to break the cravings. I think you must also look at your food journal to reevaluate what you are eating and see where you can make changes in order to lose the weight.
posted 31 Dec 2015, 16:52
what does "food mean"?
Medicine, I have health issues and try to eat as much of a whole foods plant based diet as possible.

I agree with Diablo to a point but at my age I have to pay attention to what I eat with all that said I plan to go out to dinner tonight and have an Indian taco.
posted 20 Aug 2015, 13:45
Going Vegan/Vetetarian
I did Atkins years ago as a vegetarian and used a book called The Vegetarian Low Carb Diet by Rose Elliott to go with the book New Atkins For A New You. The book New Atkins For A New You has both vegetarian and vegan meal plans but both books rely heavily on meat substitutes and eggs.

You can do it as a vegetarian but I think it would be really hard as a vegan. I think I started with level 2 Atkins so I could eat more carbs(low carb fruit & nuts)

There is also something called Eco Atkins that you could check out too. I'm not sure what the difference in percentage of fat/protein/carbs is in comparison to Atkins. You won't find information about Eco Atkins on the Atkins website as they are unrelated other then they share the name Atkins and one is for meat eaters and the other isn't.
posted 19 Aug 2015, 21:10
Could Atkins Bars make me gain?
First off congratulations on the weight loss. The bars and shakes can cause weight gain or stalls for some people. I personally believe that the quality of carbs do matter and it's best to get carbs from real food as apposed to fake foods with an unpronounceable ingredient list. I had problems with the bars and shakes so now I stay away from them. You are set to private so I can't look at your food diary to see what else could possibly be sabotaging your weight. Enjoy the rest of your trip. Smile
posted 06 May 2014, 17:00
Nuts and seeds such as almonds, macadamias, walnuts, pumpkin, flax, chia, sunflower etc. are little fiber powerhouses. Add to smoothies, salads, yogurt or oatmeal.
posted 28 Apr 2014, 20:17
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