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JerseyGyrl
04-14-2008, 07:19 AM
Good Morning Ladies!! Its a new week! What are your goals this week?:)


aud
04-14-2008, 12:33 PM
Hiya Angels!

I've got the lofty goal of putting together all the things I know to be true for this week & the rest of my life.

Yep - that'll do it!:D

Hey, how was your Weekend Awaaaay, JG? Did the weather hold up there? We had spitting snow/cold for my exciting 5k . . . think those conditionsmade me that much stronger tho', ya know? Hope you had it better!:)

I thought I was Posting links to those two dishes, sylvia - still techno-impaired I see!:^:

Here's the link for the spinach quiche: http://genaw.com/lowcarb/crustless_spinach_quiche.html

DEFINITELY LOVE having this one on hand! I did make a few substitutions & it still turned out great . . . mine was 1/2 turnip greens & 1/2 spinach . . . I also subbed a few black olives for some ingredient I didn't have on hand & baconpieces instead of ham.

Oh yeah . . . it wouldn't fit in my pie plate . . . so I baked it ina BUNDT PAN!:p Cute lil spinachy-turnippy ring that cut up ez'ily.

Love me some Linda Low Carb!:carrot:

Azure
04-14-2008, 12:56 PM
Hey, ladies!! :D Auddie, thanks so much for your comments in my other thread and if you still need to figure out how to listen to the podcast, drop me a PM and I'll see if I can help :) I also love the idea of the spinach/turnip greens quiche in a bundt shape :D I agree that Linda's Low Carb is AMAZERING!

I had my own Linda's Low Carb experimentation this weekend. Pumpkin Bake (ALWAYS a favorite of mine) and I turned the "Improved Revolution Rolls" into mini blueberry muffins. The entire recipe as I made it (I didn't use cream of tartar and I subbed out liquid stevia for splenda and made it sweeter) came out to having 605 calories / 46g fat / 16g net carb / 29g protein. Not bad for a whole recipe! The consistency was really nice--it was like a blueberry angel food cake almost.

did find that the combination of not prepping enough on plan protein/veggies ahead of time combined with the pumpkin bake and the "muffins" equaled out to huge portion control issues yesterday. My calories were WAY high but I'm still in ketosis today after getting 35g net carbs instead of 25. I'm moving into OWL, and I'm trying to move up to 25g net carbs/day to see how it goes. I don't think I'm going to go any higher than 30-35 until I've reached goal, but I want to start broadening my menus a bit. I like the idea of having something like a pumpkin bake of blueberry "muffins" on hand for an after-dinner treat.

I have three papers due on Wednesday ( 8, 4, and 3 pages respectively), so I need to get started on them. I did want to say hello, though and let you ladies know that I'm thinking about you :)


EDIT: Kim (did you know that I'm also a Kim?)! I just saw what you posted over on my M.I.A. thread, and I wanted to thank you for posting there. I'm flattered that you think I'm inspirational, because you're a HUGE inspiration to myself and to many others on the LC forums. Going "by the book" isn't always completely a breeze, but I think that it's definitely a huge advantage over winging it. What I never did in my attempts of the past on LC diets (South Beach, Atkins, Suzanne Somers [not -technically- lc, but I was certainly doing it that way]) is that I never went through the "phases". I always stuck with Phase I/Induction/Whatever, feeling that I'd just be done with a "diet" once I lost the weight...but that's not what it's all about.

I'm actually going to go into OWL now, add more foods into my Atkins plan and see where my CCLL is. Then I'll move on to Pre-Maintenance and finally Maintenance, because Atkins is how I'm going to live my life! There's no reason why I can't enjoy every kind of meal experience on Atkins either! Pizza craving: cauliflower pizza! Dessert craving: pumpkin bake, some blueberry revolution rolls or a few strawberries. Mashed potato craving: mashed cauliflower. Rice: grated cauliflower. Chinese food can be simulated with a little bit of soy sauce, canola oil, mixed veggies and chicken. There's nothing that I used to "crave" that I can't have on LC and be even MORE satisfied than I was. I'm not depriving myself of anything! I'm also discovering the wonders of cauliflower--it's the most versatile vegetable I've ever had. To think, I used to hate it!

Whoo! Sorry, tangent-land :D


JerseyGyrl
04-14-2008, 02:07 PM
Hey Ladies!!

DBF & I had a beautiful weekend Auddie! We had a picnic on Saturday...went to the grocery store & both of us picked out a bunch of low carb food:) Let me tell you...I was so proud of my sweetie when he walked passed the snack aisle & the bread aisle and headed straight to the produce aisle! We got some chicken ceasar salad, some cut up fruit (melon, blueberries, pineapple, mango), cheese, sliced turkey breast, low carb yogurt, almonds....it was a delicious feast!

I am SO proud of him...he's lost about 35 lbs. He's gone from wearing a XXL shirt to now wearing a L:D

Kim, thank you for your kind words. I enjoy coming to this board & sharing my experience on Atkins with others:) If I'm inspiritional & encouraging to someone else...that makes me happy!

Have a great low carb day Angels!:hug:

RubyJan
04-14-2008, 02:27 PM
Hello Angels --

Yup, its day 12 today, and I am feeling GREAT! I can't believe I have got 10 pounds off, and that my cravings for sweets have diminished a whole lot. I was at PIlates this morning, and I could feel I was worker harder, because I am animated with the idea of becoming the size that I used to be!!!!

The GObsmacking Bloke and I had a rather long (probably too long) series of email messages yesterday, and as I have read and re-read them, I feel that I was a whole lot flirtier than he was, and I wonder if its all in my imgination, except that now he will think that I am hugely coming on to him Ah yes, I remember now why this is such a treacherous business. I can't even remember what he looks like! But I am putting my best foot forward, and just getting on with my work and well... having a pedicure, etc.

I have made a vow to only stay 2 hours at the Friday afternoon event -- and to take it easy and pretend like in that Oreal commercial, that I'm Worth It.

What are your essays on Azure? I'd love to know. You have a lot to do in just a couple of days, don't you?

Jersey Girl, you are such a brilliant example to follow -- look at you with all your fruit and healthy things, and a husband tagging along.

RubyJan

Azure
04-14-2008, 02:42 PM
What are your essays on Azure? I'd love to know. You have a lot to do in just a couple of days, don't you?

This semester, it seems like I have nothing but a lot to do ;) I'm taking 6 courses this semester; 5 are upper-level English courses, 1 is Italian. So, needless to say I have a perpetual line of papers to write and books to read.

The 8-page paper is for my British Literature II course. We're currently discussing the Victorian Age, and the assignment involves choosing one of 3 essay topics to write on. I'm going to talk about the Victorians' views of women in terms of some of the poetry we've read: Where a woman is either "the angel in the house" or the "harlot"--the virginal wife or the street walker. It's a very black and white sort of perspective, so that's what that one's on.

The 4-page paper is about Shakespeare's The Tempest, and choosing a piece either based on it or about it (we have selections ranging from "Caliban Upon Setibos" by Browning to the film Forbidden Planet)), then discussing how the intertextuality works between the two pieces...

The 3-page paper is actually more like a progress report on a larger paper we're working on for my Irish Literature course. Our longer paper is a 15-20 page research paper on the topic of our choice as it relates to Irish Literature. I'm writing about Seamus Heaney and his collection "North", and the connections to the Bog People by Glob. The paper due Wednesday is to summarize the research we've done so far and how we're going to approach the larger paper :)

Puncezilla
04-14-2008, 04:04 PM
I've missed you guys! I got my new modem yesterday and things seem to be working a lot better now. I sure got more done at home while my internet was out its amazing what I can accomplish when not glued to the computer. My eating has been good, exercise; not so much. I'm realy liking GCBC. Exellent book!

Congrats on your loss RubyJan! From reading your posts I would say this guy really likes you! Maybe he's just not the flirty type, he is a guy. I would say two dates in one day, an invite to see his place, and a series of emails are a good sign he's into you!

JG, Wow your DH is doing so good! Wish I could lose that fast.

:carrot:Way to go finishing the 5K Aud! & even in the crap weather. Love your goal for the week!

Good luck with your papers Az! You are accomplishing so much! You have such a full schedule and still manage to stay on track and post here, and take on extra things like your podcast (loved it). You rock!

Hope everyone else is having a wonderfull day!! I'm so happy to be back! TTYL

aud
04-14-2008, 07:50 PM
YAY! puncie's back!:carrot: We've missed you too!:hug:

Mmmmmmmmmm, you picnic sounds delish (fruitless/nutless aud:^:) JG . . . & tres romantic.:carrot:

(Ummm, yes I had 4 years of high school French - gotta work it in!;))

Ohhhh az - what a course load . . . what topics . . . you are amaZAzing!:carrot:

Hiya rubyJ! I think GOBsmacker likes you too . . . but there's always the "hard to get" test . . . next time he emails ya - wait a few hours b4 answering & see if he panics?

Then again, I've been out of circulation soooo long - who knows if that's good advice or not?:dizzy:

Where y'at Kris???

ok . . . who has had these delicioso (no I didn't take Italian - that's from Dora!:D) . . . "Lavash Bread" thingies & didn't tell me about them?????:devil:

dh just brought them home from Wal Mart (he's being nice since we had yet another fight last nite-:(-this lay off certainly has helped highlight all of our differences!:() . . . so Mr. Suddenly LC Supportive--after baking a German Chocolate Cake last nite-which I've resisted:carrot:-bought these: "Joseph's - Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Flour Lavash Bread" thingies home . . . 14 total carbs if you ate the whole gigantic sheet/piece . . . I made a ham & turkey with letucce & mayo out of about a 1/4 piece - very filling & the pkg clearly states "Great Taste*May Help Protect Your Heart While Losing Weight* - so that's GOTTA BE TRUE, right?:cool:

All I know is I did another 5k & came back RAVENOUS - this was very filling & tasty!

Azure
04-14-2008, 09:20 PM
Auddie, Joseph's is a local company to me, I didn't know they were in WalMarts, too! :) They're in chains in the Northeast! They also have a low carb pita (made out of the oat/flax/whole wheat)--each pita is 8g total carbs, 4g fiber--for a total of 4 NET CARBS! They're really great. 1/2 of one makes a perfectly good sandwich, a whole one makes a good pizza crust :D Once I'm at a higher net carb count overall, but still solidly in ketosis, I'll be adding them back in.

And Auddie, The lavash bread (if it's the low carb one) for a WHOLE piece is 14g total carbs but 8g NET carbs, so half is only 4g net carbs :D I prefer their pitas to the lavash, but I've tried both in my search for a LC bread source in the past.

sylvia78
04-15-2008, 02:04 AM
Hey, Angels!

Hope everyone had a great Monday. My sister is visiting from Seattle so I won't be here for a couple of days.

Az, I'm am actually jealous of your class schedule. I loved school and I will probably go back for my master's eventually.

Punce, oh man did we miss you. Glad you are back.

Aud, thanks for the recipe link. I'm actually going to make it while my sister is visiting. BTW, she's a vegetarian.

Jersey, tell DBF WTG on the weight. That is just so awesome.

Okay. Bye Angels. Be good.

Puncezilla
04-15-2008, 03:43 AM
:D Awww...Thanks for missing me.

Have fun with your sister Sylvia!

Aud is your DH home most of the time too? I would go crazy: I love my DH a lot but to much together time can be bad. I like my alone time. It's nice to miss him once in a while ;). My DH is going to be off all next week and his parents are coming to stay with us.

I'm going to have to try some of the recipes soon, my menus are pretty boring. I think mostly I'm just to lazy to try new things, but cauliflower pizza is realy tempting me, I went shopping today and tried to find pizza pepperoni, but they all had wheat in them, then I looked for pizza sauce and it was all high in carbs so I gave up on that idea.

Have a good night , I better get to bed, I always stay up to late and have to drag myself out of bed in the AM.

RubyJan
04-15-2008, 11:39 AM
Yes, well I am now on day 13, and weighed in at 179.8 this morning, which I had to record as 180, just to be safe... and you are right. He isn't doing too well on the hard to get test. Our last email exchange was late on Sunday pm, and haven't heard a thing again. hmmmmmm. I am feeling pretty confidant that he won't stand me up on the friday plan, but I am not going to contact him again until something happens, so I might be back moaning about it Friday night!!! But I ain't gonna screw up my meal plans for it. If he isn't interested since finding out more about me, well, I'll jsut write an even better, longer, smarter BOOK on Friday afternoon! Bravada from Ruby

aud
04-15-2008, 01:41 PM
Hiya Angels!:hug:

Yes, punce ~ dh is always here (disabled) . . . together time isn't what it's cracked up to be in our case, obviously.:( DOES remind me of years ago when my Dad retired & him & Mom had a period of ummm, let'sjust call it "adjustment.";):D

It'll get better or it won't . . . maybe I'll be back towork soon?:cool: But tx for asking & letting me vent. :hug:

HAVE FUN WITH DS, SYLVIA! Lots of YUM veggie main dishes @ Linda's I've noticed lately - *with a nod of the aud-cap to Soul Bliss!*:))

Try to remember that men are little dorky boys on the inside - all but the most arrogant are terrified of rejection rubyJ! & we wouldn't want the arrogant ones anyway - altho' yes, I've loved me some arrogant bad boys in my time!:cool:

Off to the Casino Gals . . . Wish me Luck & ttyal!

RubyJan
04-16-2008, 04:55 PM
Dear Angels:

yes, well I have come to the end of my exciting induction weeks, and I know that now I have to ...just keep going. I think I will work in 'sections' of Induction. You know, induction 1, done; now I am starting induction 2.

Azure: You are really writing up a blaze there for school. I think it all sounds grand. And are you graduating this year? I must say that I think you are an excellent writer -- given your posts and also your podcast. I hope you are thinking of continuing, and doing an MA, or if not, to really get going on a blog so that you can hone your skills and let the world read your talented writing. You really do get your energy and pizazz across.

I think things will be okay for the Friday afternoon event. I mean, he emailed me today asking if I would get (for him to give to his mother for her birthday) some DECORATIVE PLAYING CARDS.. Jeez....I am gonna do it, but I think the guy may think that women are like mothers -- they do his shopping for him! Very unsexy request.

Hope today has been good for you all. Hasrta manana.
Ruby

Azure
04-16-2008, 06:56 PM
Ruby, I am indeed graduating this year (May 25th!). I just picked up my graduation gown, hood and cord today; I'm graduating Summa Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.9 (I'm VERY proud of that particular bit) ;) I am most definitely going to be getting my MA. I got accepted into two MA Programs at the University of Vermont and the University of New Hampshire, but the cost was just too high as I wasn't offered a TAship--$45k for the first year was a bit much to swallow.

Plan B involves finding a job down in Connecticut, getting an apartment with my boyfriend of 2.5 years, and attending graduate school part-time. Eventually, I'll be getting my MA in English Literature and I may end up teaching at the collegiate level at least part time. I'm glad you think my writing has energy and pizazz; I know I can write a decent critical paper, but it's that whole "find your own voice" thing that I've never been sure I've accomplished.

:) Right now, I'm settled into the fact that I turned in all my papers (that 8 pager ended up being a 13 pager before I was finished...) and I can finally sleep again. So, I think I'm going to go lay down for a bit!

KrisR
04-16-2008, 07:02 PM
Hi everyone!
nothing new on my planet.

How'd the casino night go, Aud?
Good job on finishing 2 weeks of induction, Ruby.
Glad your computer is working again Puncezilla.
Did you enjoy your sister time, Sylvia?
Azure - that's some major writing!
JG-how exiting about your partner losing weight and being on the same path as you. I remain hopeful that Mr. W will some day 'see the light'. I keep reading him excerpts from GCBC re: diabetes and cholesterol.

went to the dinner party last night - not great food choices but did my best.

really enjoying reading GCBC by Gary Taubes. Sylvia, weren't you reading it now also? What do you think of it?

Puncezilla
04-17-2008, 02:50 AM
Kris, I'm reading that book now too. I'm really enjoying it. I think it's sad and infuriating how scientists, government, and the media can manipulate the facts to fit what they believe and not what the science is telling them. I'm about half way through now. It helps to understand how what we eat can do for us, aside from weight loss. Health is a big motivator.

I had good day today, DH is leaving tomorrow and coming back Friday with his Parents. I hope the week isn't to stressful, having house guests usually is for me. DHs Grandpa and his wife are having a big birthday bash on Saturday so there will be plenty of temptation. (It will be in the Veterans home where he lives). The first thing I think of, if I have to go to something like this is at least there will be good food. But now I can't distract myself with food if it turns into a long and boring evening. I didn't realize how I've often used food for entertainment.

Anyhoo it's way past my bedtime, I better get some sleep. Have a good night.

KrisR
04-17-2008, 08:45 AM
I agree Puncezilla, about how infuriating it is. It's like these scientists had/have blinders on. I heard Ornish say how Taubes only presented studies that supported his point of view and that's why he didn't put credience in the book (or something to that effect). It just seems like there is too much information re: the role of Insulin and carbs to keep dismissing it.

I baked those Oppsie's today for the first time and was pleasantly surprised at how yummy they are! I just ate them plain, fresh from the oven. I think I'll try Cleo's cauliflower pizza crust next.

JerseyGyrl
04-17-2008, 04:40 PM
Kris, I am thrilled my DBF is doing so well with his way of eating! He was told just before Christmas his cholesterol was high, since then he's lost 35 lbs:carrot: by changing his diet to mainly fish, chicken, veggies, salads....he does eat an occasional sweet potato and he uses ezekiel bread for lunch & eats cereal or oatmeal for breakfast. He's eliminated white bread, potatoes, rice, pasta & sugar:) Did I mention I'm very, very proud of him;):D:carrot:

Puncezilla
04-18-2008, 08:04 PM
Itís so quiet around here today.

I weighed in today and was 192, this time I'm not letting anything distract me I want to be in the 180s so bad, hopefully another week and I'll see 189. Then I will change my ticker.

I've been cleaning like crazy trying to get ready for company. My MIL is a very organized and tidy person. I know if she comes and the floor is dirty she'll clean it so I feel the need to make everything as clean as it can be. She is a very nice and helpful person but I feel weird about anyone helping me clean my house.

Sooner or later more people will have to recognize the huge amount of evidence that too many refined carb are unhealthy and stop insisting we all follow low fat diets. I think itís just too hard for people to admit they might be wrong. I need to find some time to read or I'll have to return the book before I'm done. I think I will buy it anyway, it has so much good information and I'm sure I'll want to reread it.

I hope everyone enjoys the weekend!

KrisR
04-18-2008, 11:50 PM
JG - I'm sure you are a great support for him! Happy for both of you.

Puncezilla - oh, do I remember the days of MIL's.....my (x-MIL) used to iron underwear and she had specific days of the week when she would clean certain areas of the house. MAJOR issue between X and I when we first got married. Thankfully, that was a lifetime ago!

My weekend started with a 60 minute cardio session. Still at a stand-still with weight loss but am trying not to get crazy about it. Monday will be 5 weeks of no scale movement. Not sure whether to mix things up or to stay the course....I think I'm on my 6th week of OWL and typically at about 30 net carbs per day. I'm keeping cheese and nuts to under 1 ounce per day and dairy to 1/2 cup milk in my cappo. Oh, and I dropped to max of 4 splenda per day. Might wait until Monday and see if I have any weight removal before I try anything else.

Has anyone done any experimenting with coconut oil?

RubyJan
04-19-2008, 03:30 AM
HI Angels --
I am still doing well on induction and now am down 12 pounds -- its very exciting.
But the GOBSMACKING bloke turned out to be a non-starter -- even though his flat was GORGEOUS and he is lovely, and all that. But it turned that he is about 12 years younger than me -- which I didn't get -- and is lost in unrequited love for some lovely young woman, about 12 years younger that he! It was all somewhat embarrassing and I felt like a jerk, when he told me that he isn't interested in me even remotely, romantically, and I felt very very sorry for myself afterwards. But I went out to eat for supper with an old friend of mine -- male -- and ate a big CHOP, rare, and casesar salad. No slipping into the despond of sugar...
But I really need a reality check on myself -- my fantasy life was obviously taking over real life!
I think I need to focus on my writing and my diet and leave the rest to fate.
sadder but wiser, Ruby

aud
04-19-2008, 12:47 PM
awwww, POOP ruby!:mad:

Hi Angels!:)

Lost $10 @ The Casino but had a ball . . . signed up for re-election (I'm a Union Official laid off due to a supplier strike) - THEN attended some election parties & rallies for the strikers . . . so far away for me that I ended up staying with some GF's from work - Had so much fun - stayed an extra night - Think SLUMBER PARTY for gals in their 40's!:cool::dizzy:

Yes, I've been waaaaaaaay OffPlan . . . but no regrets.;)

Catch up with everyone later . . . Hang in There rube!:hug:

RubyJan
04-19-2008, 03:02 PM
Thanks so much for that Aud -- yup, I am just out of the tub, into my beautiful banana republic dress (they just opened their first store in London, ever), which looks a lot better on me this week than last, and am off to a birthday event for a young colleague at the Union Tavern in Clerkenwell, a lovely old part of London. Not going to linger on the UTTER HUMILIATION OF IT ALL, but remember that as we were walking to the tube as he was going off to a dinner at the House of Commons (jeez! I had no idea that he was going to turn out to be so posh) and I was going to meet a friend, he said, "Look at my ears, see how red they are?" and Yes, they were indeed red and very sticky-out sideways from his head, so I said, "yes" and he said touch them, they are very warm", so I swallowed hard and touched the damn things, and he said, 'They are great, they are like my radiators and keep me warm." Now really, is that boyfriend material? I don't think so -- more like a twelve year old nephew. Back to the drawing-board for this broad.

sylvia78
04-20-2008, 03:19 PM
Hi, Angels! I hope everyone had a great week and weekend.

Sorry it didn't work out with the bloke, RubyJ. Focus on you and how beautiful you are and they will come.

I had a really good visit with my sister. We walked 3.1 miles the first day, to the mall and back, and 1.6 the second day, up a trail in the Hollywood hills. Half of the 1.6 miles was going up a fairly steep grade. And I know I always think the coming down is easier but it really isn't. You have to use your legs to keep from sliding. I didn't workout on Firday because Bath & Body works was having a $5 sale. I just couldn't pass up getting some smell-good stuff for me and the kids cheap.

Then my mom called Saturday morning. My grandmother died. The funeral is on my son's birthday. So, I won't even get to spend the day with him because I'll be in the midwest.

I need to make sure that I am conscience of how I am eating because dealing with something like this can cause problems with staying OP. I am hoping that I don't let this cause me to have a setback. So, far yesterday I ate really good. I got enough calories but a little too much protein. We'll see what happens.

Have a great day Angels.

RubyJan
04-20-2008, 04:54 PM
Sylvia -
I am so sorry to hear that your grandmother has died. And such a shame that it will mean missing your son's birthday. You are a good daughter to go home for the funeral.
Staying alive and healthy is what you have to do for your family and your son and yourself. SO stick with the foods you know that please you and fill you up. And the rest of it will be easy.
Have a safe trip to the midwest, Ruby

sylvia78
04-21-2008, 12:05 AM
Thank you RubyJan. That was a really nice thing to say.

I've been thinking about your situation and I must say, I've found myself in that same predicament a few times. The thing is the time when I really wasn't looking for someone was the exact moment when I found a really good person. I was more focus on me and what I needed to change about me to make me a better person. It was this period of self reflection and total self-absorbtion that was attractive. When you have something else on your mind, other than them, that's when they want your attention. It sounds crazy, but it really works.

Good luck.

SherryA
04-24-2008, 11:07 AM
Good morning ladies, I've been awol.

I haven't been doing Atkins lately, but my weight is staying low because I haven't been eating much. Lately hubby has been cooking so late at night that I wind up falling asleep before dinner and missing it. During the day I haven't been eating much either.

I'm pleased that the scale hasn't climbed. I know I probably have more water weight than I did on Atkins so I think if that were gone I would find my weight even a little lower than it was (when it was naturally low on Atkins).

Hubby still hasn't found work, and to eat at all I have to make use of what we have in the house. So I've been falling back on an old staple I used to use for dieting when I was a kid. One slice of bread with a tablespoon of peanut butter and a tablespoon of jelly. When I was a kid I figured out how many calories that was and it was pretty low, so that has been lunch lately. We've been buying some unusual veggetables and trying a few new things, and that has been interesting (and not too expensive) and too, I read something the other day that I thought was very helpful.

I was cleaning out my old email address from all the spam and I found someone trying to send me a diet book about "enzymes". I was curious as to what those were and whether they would actually help to lose weight or not, so I did some research to find out what an enzyme is and what it does.

I really didn't know. I'm not sure I do now either, because the explanation I was given was pretty scientific, but apparently enzymes are things (bio somethings) that speed up chemical changes in other things without themselves being changed. We have enzymes in our saliva, and these (when we chew our food) help the food to be broken down to be absorbed. The food then drops into our stomach where stomach acid breaks it down further and then it passes into the small intestines where other enzymes break the food down further and cause the nutrients from the food to go into our blood.

But what I was reading is that if you don't chew your food properly and well, you don't start that initial digestion process very well. This can be a cause for acid reflux and various other stomach issues because the acid then has to do a lot of the job of the enzymes in your mouth. The food doesn't get digested properly and you wind up not getting the nutrition out of your food. Also THAT causes you to be more hungry.

So I decided to try an experiment and to chew my food way more thoroughly than I have been. My husband brought me a big plate of spaghetti one night and I made every effort to chew each mouthful very thoroughly before swallowing even one little bit.

It was weird. I found that it was a LOT of work to chew so much, and that I was tired of eating before half the plate of spaghetti was gone and so I wound up leaving most of it on the plate. Hmmm.

Too I learned about enzymes is that food naturally has them in it, but raw foods retain it. If you heat food beyond a certain point it kills the enzymes. So raw food is better.

Anyway I thought it was interesting and maybe a key as to why I have spent most of my life gaining weight rather than being able to maintain naturally what I weigh. Eating more because of eating too fast and not digesting it all well. It made sense. So I've been making a conscious effort to slow down and to chew much more thoroughly and I think it will help as time goes by. I'll let you know.

aud
04-24-2008, 11:31 AM
I've been lucky in the mil department - mine is a dear who I wish I saw more often but both dh's parents are getting on in age & don't travel anymore. I'd welcome ANYONE to come clean this hovel at this point tho'!

Another revelation.

I think I'm resentful that I am the breadwinner & altho' I rationally understand that dh couldn't help becoming disabled - I've been stalling cleaning/organizing like I usually do on time off 'cause I know that when I rtwork it will just all go kaflooey again . . . nevertheless . . . gotta get on it . . . just saw those little spring "sugar" ants scurrying around the backporch & kitchen sill . . . who knows what wildlife will move in here next?;)

Wishing the temp would drop into the 30's again - these insects (had mosquitoes already!:mad:) - would all benefit from a cold zapping rain!

aud
04-24-2008, 02:23 PM
We're here now: http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2166753&posted=1#post2166753