South Beach Diet - I read the book!

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08-18-2008, 10:51 PM
I posted last week, when I was considering SBD and decided to buy the book to learn more. I have to tell you, I am really impressed. I guess I always thought of it as more of a "fad" diet, but it actually seems really healthy! I am an RN, as well as my best friend, and when I told her I was going to do this her responce was, "I can't believe you are doing all of this for 10 lbs, it's just not normal to eat that way!" It was difficult to convince her otherwise, so I hope that maybe after I begin she will see results in me! A lot of this really "flies in the face" of the nutrition I was taught in college, but this just seems to make so much more sense. I am so excited about starting (after I get back from vacation) I can't wait!

08-19-2008, 06:48 AM
Hey RN. I'm also from LA.
Yep, it is a wonderfully healthy way to eat. Nothing fad about it!
My sister is also an RN and I've been trying to talk up SBD to her and she won't have any part of it no matter how I try to convince her. I sent her a copy of the book which she has yet to read.

You are going to be thrilled that many of our local favorite foods can be "converted" without losing any taste by just replacing butter with olive oil and replacing white rice with brown....etoufees, gumbo etc.

08-19-2008, 07:43 AM
RNmomof5, I am so glad you read the book before starting on this plan. :) It seems to be a common misconception that The South Beach Diet is just another fad diet, but I think more and more people are beginning to realize that this way of eating is very healthy and makes a lot of sense. The fact that we have so many Newbies joining us here everyday just drives home that point. ;)
I wish you tons of success, and look forward to your posts.

little chick
08-19-2008, 08:35 AM
Welcome to the beach. Hope you enjoy this new way of life.

08-19-2008, 08:41 AM
Hey RN, welcome to south beach! Join us for our daily's wont you?

08-19-2008, 08:58 AM
Welcome to the beach!

08-19-2008, 09:15 AM
Welcome to the beach

08-19-2008, 10:31 AM

08-19-2008, 11:13 AM
Adding my :welcome: to that of the others.
Since you have only ten pounds to lose, you could start with Phase II rather than Phase I. However, Phase I does help eliminate cravings.

08-19-2008, 06:26 PM
I guess I always thought of it as more of a "fad" diet, but it actually seems really healthy!

That is exactly what I thought so I never "wasted my time" reading the book. Not until I came across this site and realized after lurking for a few weeks that SBD was exactly what I was trying to structure on my own. Once I read the book and started following the program I actually felt like I had finally stopped dieting. I don't need to restrict food I just make healthier choices. What and how I eat is not to far from the way I was raised as a kid. Most of our food was home grown and home prepared so back to basics for the most part.

08-19-2008, 09:09 PM
Hey, I'm am an RN too & I wasn't convinced for a long time. I have other nurses at work who have used SB & been very successful, but I was very leery of it. My biggest fear was portion control. I was convinced that if I didn't count points, I couldn't lose weight. No one was more surprised than me at how easy and effective this plan is. Now I'm loving it!

08-19-2008, 09:24 PM
Welcome aboard!!! :wave:

08-19-2008, 09:25 PM
Once I read the book and started following the program I actually felt like I had finally stopped dieting.

Besides feeling good eating this way - I love not having to be obsessed with food to lose weight.


08-20-2008, 12:57 AM
You guys are so encouraging! It will still be a couple of weeks before I start though. I need to start something "right" because I tend to give in too easily if I start anything half heartedly. I feel like I already do a lot of the SBD "rules" anyway. I eat all whole wheat bread and pasta, lean meats, etc... I do feel like maybe I eat too many carbs and fruits though, at least for weight loss. I also eat quite a bit of "diet" food like the 100 cal oreo snack packs, and fat free salad dressings, along with others. I only began looking into this diet after a friend, whom I respect, recommened it and told me that her doc,which I also know and respect, recommended this diet for healthy weight loss. I know I don't have a lot of weight left to loose, but I am excited about just being healthier!
femmecreole Gumbo is a family favorite around here. I'm thinking the potato salad that I fix along with it will probably have to go! I'm wondering though, do you make your roux with olive oil and wheat flour? I just can't imagine that.

08-20-2008, 07:07 AM
RNmomof5, when you are ready to start the SBD, you'll have to give up those Oreos, they definitely do not fit into any phase of the plan. You are allowed to have 2 TBSP. of full-fat salad dressings though, and they are even recommended, as they contain good fats that your body needs. We look for the sugar content in them, and make sure they have less than 3 grams of sugar per serving.
We have a great recipe for a fake "potato" salad in our Phase 1 salads, and you won't be able to taste the difference from the real thing. Check it out! :)

08-20-2008, 12:04 PM
:welcome3: RN! As you can see from my sig, reading the book is something I really believe in! ;)

Actually, you'll find that even though the trend when we were younger was just the opposite of SBD (lots of processed carbs and low fat), what they found was that didn't work! The food pyramid/FDA have been promoting Phase 2 of SBD (basically) for a couple years now, and people are talking more and more about the need to eat this way for health if not for fitness. Whole grain has become a household word in the four years since I started SBD, and there has been more and more about healthy oil, avoiding trans fats, and the need to exercise. I find that most of my friends who are trying to eat more healthy are actually trying to eat more like SBD. So I think it's a shame your friend hasn't figured it out...but with your help, maybe she will! :D

08-20-2008, 12:33 PM
Its funny, I always thought SBD was a fad too but I had heard it was great for people with hypotyroids so I thought I'd give it a try. Then when I read the book I realized it was exactly what I had been working towards...whole foods and whole grains. Its just gave me a more definite direction :D