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weakling
01-06-2010, 07:26 PM
Hi, I'm new!

I'm on day 3 of Phase I for the first time ever. Days 1 and 2 were fine. I'm getting plenty to eat, it's just that starting today all I can think about are wine and french fries (though not necessarily together)!

Will it probably take the full two weeks to shake the cravings? I need to let my husband know how cranky he can plan on me being. :devil:

Thanks for any input!


Ruthxxx
01-06-2010, 07:39 PM
Please post exactly what you have been eating and we'll take a look at it. You may be missing something. Have you read the book?

Lexxiss
01-06-2010, 07:47 PM
The cravings DO subside, really. I had varying degrees of craving throughout P1, even though I was also feeling better. I really took it to heart and didn't eat anything off plan and more than once went to bed early rather than eating something not allowed.

Once I moved into P2, the additional food choices made life much more bearable.

Now, I feel I really eat for my health and I don't have that intense physical craving. I may really want to eat something, but it's more mental....if that makes sense. My food intake is no longer fueled by uncontrollable urges.

Best wishes! Hang in there!


cottagebythesea
01-06-2010, 08:07 PM
Yes, the cravings really do subside, and it should only take a few days. Usually the 3rd day is the hardest, so hang in there.

As Ruth suggested, if you post a menu of what you've been eating we can take a look to see if something you're eating is causing problems.

P.S. The recipe for Popcorn Cauliflower in the Phase 1 snacks of our recipe section is a great substitute for the fries you are craving. ;)

weakling
01-06-2010, 08:55 PM
Okay, here's today's menu: (and yes, I read the book)

B: 2 poached eggs, 1 TVP sausage, 1c. greens, 6oz. V8, coffee
S: String cheese, water
L: Lettuce wraps with extra-lean ground beef and spinach (about 2 oz meat....leftovers from last night)
S: 25 hazelnuts, diet coke
D: 3 oz. garlic sauteed shrimp over 2 c. greens, 1 c. cauliflower and white bean soup.

I might not be drinking 8 glasses of water. I don't much like sweets (but I still got fat), so I don't have anything after dinner. The cravings don't surprise me because I was all about bad carbs, but I'm just hoping they'll go away soon.

Thanks!

Edited to add: I also have a glass of milk with dinner.

KKBs Nicole
01-06-2010, 11:30 PM
You did well staying on the plan ... I'm on SB with my boyfriend and our roommate and they both have been having cravings that I haven't been. In fact, not only have my cravings subsided but my appetite has subsided as well. Today is the only day that I've really had cravings and that's just because I feel like I'm getting a cold but after really considering going off plan today and just tacking another day onto Phase I, I walked into Starbucks, smelled the coffee and a strong desire for black coffee kicked in which totally killed my craving for sweet.

Our roommate went through carb withdrawal, and my boyfriend had sugar cravings, but I've been surprisingly fine.

Mmckellen
01-07-2010, 07:36 AM
To me, it looks like you are not eating enough. And where's the dairy, besides the cheese? You should add 2 cups of dairy, i.e. yogurt or cottage cheese (low or nonfat). That should help with the cravings.

cottagebythesea
01-07-2010, 07:38 AM
Thanks for posting your menu, Weakling, and it looks good. The only thing I can detect that may be causing any cravings is the diet coke, as that can cause problems for some people. What do you put in your coffee? Make sure you don't use any sugar at all.

You're doing well. Just hang in there and soon you'll discover those cravings will subside for good as long as you stay OP.

jenne1017
01-07-2010, 10:45 AM
Diet Coke doesn't trigger for me since I've been drinking Diet for so long. I agree with more water and veggies. Cheese sometimes triggers me if I don't get enough dairy in. It could be just a short phase too -- body adjustments. I usually go through that on Day 5 (and did) but now, on Day 7, no cravings.

Post again and let us know how you are doing!

MsWannaBSlim
01-07-2010, 12:16 PM
You are doing FANTASTICALLY - Congratulations! I did phase 1 years ago, stayed on phase 2 and lost about 60 lbs. kept it off for years - had very few cravings. It took a looong time and a whole lot of "Oh well I might as well eat that, I've put on 5 lbs" before I was back where I started. So I did phase 1 again in the fall and felt great - even over the holidays - I wasn't as nearly as tempted by the baking, and carbs on the table if I hadn't done phase 1. And I didn't gain weight over the holidays - which is a victory in my books.

Phase 1 is hard, but keep on chugging. Do what you need to do to get through - reward yourself in healthy ways - have a nice bubble bath, have coffee with a friend, or whatever makes you happy and gets you through the first phase. I swear by it. Congrats on doing so well and keep it up!!

litar
01-07-2010, 12:58 PM
Yes, the cravings really do subside, and it should only take a few days. Usually the 3rd day is the hardest, so hang in there.

As Ruth suggested, if you post a menu of what you've been eating we can take a look to see if something you're eating is causing problems.

P.S. The recipe for Popcorn Cauliflower in the Phase 1 snacks of our recipe section is a great substitute for the fries you are craving. ;)

Someone tell me about this popcorn Cauliflower...I did a search and nothing came up????

litar
01-07-2010, 01:01 PM
Someone tell me about this popcorn Cauliflower...I did a search and nothing came up????

Never mind...I just found it!

weakling
01-07-2010, 03:55 PM
To me, it looks like you are not eating enough. And where's the dairy, besides the cheese? You should add 2 cups of dairy, i.e. yogurt or cottage cheese (low or nonfat). That should help with the cravings.

I edited to add that I drink a glass of milk (non-fat) with dinner each night....about 12 ounces.

This is day 4 and I really feel energized today. I'm not really craving anything, had an eggbeaters and cheese omelet with a tvp sausage and V8 for breakfast....will snack soon.

I haven't had a movement in the nether-regions yet, but I'm hoping. I'm also having some insomnia....wondering if it's related?

nomena
01-07-2010, 05:11 PM
Hi Weakling, Hi everyone!

I also started South Beac and its my 2nd night. I am ok. I said to myself - dont take care about the amount, just take care to leave carbs out...

I did not know about SB and I, a few years ago, realized that I discovered Phase 1 by myself. I am a carb addict and I do eat only carbs most of the time. And because of that there was no way to control a HUGE hunger any more. And than I went cold turkey and decided not to eat carbs for a week to see what will happen. And I realized that cravings and HUGER HANGER did stop after 5-7 days. And that saved me!!! I did eat a lot of other things, especially eggs and greek yogurt and cheese in those days, but It was worth it!

Now I am on my second day and I dont have time to eat 5 meals, I eat 3. And I dont mind quantity, just not to eat carbs! After I survive first week I know I will get better...everyone would so dont worry :)

jenne1017
01-07-2010, 06:18 PM
Nomena- remember, you *can* eat carbs while following South Beach -- just the RIGHT carbs is key. I hope you got some good insight from the book!

Weakling- (how about thinking about changing your username? It's so negative for someone doing so well!) Dr. A recommends you take a NSA fiber supplement. I have that issue sometimes too and do take a supplement. I am glad you got over the hump :)

WaistingTime
01-07-2010, 06:41 PM
Welcome newbies.

I just jumped on the forum last week but this is my third time on SB. The cravings really do go away and for me they stayed away unless I ate "bad" carbs. Once I hit my goal I let myself slip too often and the cravings took over:(

I just tried the crispy pepperoni recipe for the first time and wanted to add that to the cauliflower popcorn as a good snack. It was crunchy and spicy. I will definitely make it again.

Weakling, I had your lower region problem in the past but not at all this time around. Don't laugh, but I am have been sure to eat beans every day. They really do help things along. I also read somewhere on here that they help you avoid SB flu and I have not had that at all this time. (Some days I had ff refried beans for breakfast.) But you need to be drinking lots of water too. And the veggies should help.

I just want to add that it is all so worth it...later.

nomena
01-08-2010, 06:32 AM
Well I am not sure about the right and wrong carbs becuse I dont get it how carbs from apple could be wrong, but that is a filosofical question I guess :)

I do follow something that is similar to SB but not the "real or stick to the point" SB, but its the best solution for me and I hope you will not mind that I post here. Its hard to explain. I, kind of, started from Phase 2 and planning to stay at Phase 2 until I loose everything....

jenne1017
01-08-2010, 12:43 PM
Nomena-

Apples are fine, but not for phase 1 -- did you read the book? In the first 2 weeks you are just really cleansing your body and lowering your blood sugars. Apples have natural sugars that are not ok if you are cleansing your body of sugar. I like to think of it as getting rid of the good and the bad to make room for only the good. Again, other chickies and Dr. A explain it better.

nomena
01-08-2010, 01:36 PM
As I have said I dont follow SB to the root :)
I dont think really there is good and bad food, i cant think in that relations. I am sure that carbs from apple cant be bad so I do eat them in moderation...but I get your point, tx

CyndiM
01-08-2010, 02:13 PM
As I have said I dont follow SB to the root :)
I dont think really there is good and bad food, i cant think in that relations. I am sure that carbs from apple cant be bad so I do eat them in moderation...but I get your point, tx

It's great that you have something that works for you but this is the South Beach Forum. Why ask for advice here when you aren't actually following SBD? I'm not trying to be mean, just help you find the right fit for you. There are many great forums at 3FC, perhaps another one would be just the right fit and get you the assistance you are looking for?

WaistingTime
01-08-2010, 02:40 PM
Nomena,

I think people just find it easier to use the terms "good" and "bad" when describing foods and carbs, but we all know that those are not accurate labels. My understanding is that fruit (while very "good"), has a lot of natural sugar in it and that may cause cravings. After I started gaining weight back this past summer I kept trying to just rededicate to Phase 2 because I did not want to give up fruit while it was in season. Here I am pounds heavier, and knowing that I need to be back on Phase I to knock down those cravings again.

That said, I am sure that many people have made choices on how to adapt SB to fit their own lives and their own dieting personalities. If you find it works for you to eat apples - eat them. If you find you are not losing weight or that the cravings have not gone away, you may want to cut them out. Two weeks passes pretty quickly (once it is over).

BTW - I know that even on Phase 2 some find that they can only eat fruit in the latter part of the day without causing cravings. But everyone is different.

jenne1017
01-08-2010, 05:58 PM
It's great that you have something that works for you but this is the South Beach Forum. Why ask for advice here when you aren't actually following SBD? I'm not trying to be mean, just help you find the right fit for you. There are many great forums at 3FC, perhaps another one would be just the right fit and get you the assistance you are looking for?

This was what I was trying to get at Cyndi but didn't think I could do so as articulately.