South Beach Diet - Phase II Question




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AmyKitKat
01-14-2011, 01:54 PM
So....I technically can begin Phase II on Monday (though it frightens me..is that irrational?)

My understanding (I gave the book back to the Library) is that I can add 1 fruit and 1 serving of grains a day. Is this correct?

Also, does anyone remember if whole grain serving sizes are listed in the book? (Maybe I should just check it back out...) Just wanted to make sure that 1/2 cup of quick oats is = 1 serving.

Thanks!!


TallandThin
01-14-2011, 02:54 PM
Amy, absolutely not! I was terrified to move from phase one to phase two. In fact I don't think I've completely moved onto phase two yet....I'm doing more of a phase 1.5. My advice is to go slow, slow, slow. Perhaps just add the one fruit a day and see how you do with that before adding anything else. I've also read that adding the fruit in the afternoon or evening at first is a good thing. I've been eating an apple in the afternoon now and have no cravings as a result. I'm sure our more knowledgeable folks will jump in here and help you. Good luck.

Mmckellen
01-14-2011, 02:55 PM
Many start with adding either a fruit or a grain for a week, and then adding the other, so each week adding either a fruit or a grain. Sort of a phase 1.5. That's what I plan to do, with the points as back up for portion control. I'm also scared, but feel like the points will help. Last time I did a good phase 1 but it all sort of fell apart as I transitioned because I didn't follow the directions in the book.


Lily In Bloom
01-14-2011, 07:15 PM
Amy- I'm in exactly the same place you are, starting P2 on Monday. My plan is to stick with mostly P1 lunches and dinners, and see how oatmeal for breakfast goes. I feel like to do really well the rest of the day, but breakfasts are just getting a bit redundant around here and I'm eager to mix those up a bit.

I'll be monitoring how that works closely tho, b/c I've lost about 10lb in P1 and while I know the weight loss will slow down, there is no way I want the scale to start moving back in the wrong direction...

LADY WINDSONG
01-15-2011, 06:08 AM
Joining you on Monday too and with the same feelings.

Together we can and will be okay. :mouse:

LADY WINDSONG
01-15-2011, 06:19 AM
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/sbd-frequently-asked-questions/92773-how-add-new-things-slowly-p2.html#post1390480

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/sbd-frequently-asked-questions/59321-emergency-handbook-phase-2-a.html

So glad that this is here.
:mouse:

annieoh
01-15-2011, 07:56 AM
Like TallandThin, my husband and I are on phase 1.5. Most meals, most days, are phase 1 appropriate, but we add in a bit of phase 2 stuff here and there.

Full on phase 2 still scares me after two months. :)

otowngrl
01-15-2011, 02:16 PM
I'm also wrapping up P1 tomorrow ready to move on to P2 Monday but I've been sort of cheating in the sense that I've always been eating fruit (just 1) about every other day.

I will probably continue what I'm doing but adding possibly a serving of pasta for dinner on the other alternate days, or maybe cereal for breakfast as the eggs do get redundant and the ricotta cheese just doesn't feel like enough.

It truly is a change of diet and P1 is my security blanket!

AmyKitKat
01-16-2011, 11:56 AM
Thank you all so much for the suggestions and support!! :grouphug:
LADY WINDSONG - thanks for the links, I read through them and will be following!!

I'm thinking that I'll start by adding in oatmeal every other day and see how that goes, maybe berries with my cottage cheese on the off days. At least it's a plan!

I didn't get a chance to weigh in yesterday, so I'll see if I'm down at all. If not it will be a 6 pound loss for Phase I....if I stall out, I'll just go back :jig:

tanner'smom
01-16-2011, 04:11 PM
I started Phase 2 a week ago. I have gone very slowly. I have found my carb cravings are still there if I eat carbs. I actually only had carbs 2/7 days. I am going to take my time. I do not want to back track. My problem with fruit right now, is it just isn't fruit season. I guess I need to go get some frozen.

TallandThin
01-16-2011, 05:25 PM
My problem with fruit right now, is it just isn't fruit season. I guess I need to go get some frozen.

You should be able to get good apples. I usually have an apple along with some string cheese (softened in the microwave) and have had no cravings.

Randi34
01-18-2011, 12:57 PM
I am so glad that I am not the only one. I have been in an only slightly modified P1 (P 1.5?) since September 7. I am just too scared. I have had a day off here or there, but I didn't go crazy on those days.

And honestly, I just don't want that kind of stuff like I used to, which feels amazing!

CyndiM
01-18-2011, 02:24 PM
I have discovered that I'm so sensitive to grains I will almost never do more than 1.5. I have very rare Phase 2 days, usually special occasions - away from home a lot or other circumstance that makes normal meals impossible. I'm lucky with fruit though and eat just about as much as I want. Keep testing slowly and figure out your own personal best combination.

plusmince
01-18-2011, 06:26 PM
I'm a lot like you Cyndi. I could never start my day with oatmeal. I'd be hungry before I finished the bowl. I think each of us vary in our sensitivities towards carbs. Most of here have dieted our whole lives so we ought to know what personally works best for our own body.

AmyKit Kat: I would take it slow and see how my body reacted. Personally, I've done SB before (and lost 40 pounds-but got it back) and when I was on phase II I still was very strick on carbs. I never ate pasta or bread and I only ate cereal a couple times a week.

I will do the same this time, but can't wait for a bowl of Kashi Go Lean cereal! Have you guys tried it? It has "as much protein as an egg" (quoting the commercial).:D

CyndiM
01-18-2011, 07:30 PM
The one way I can start with oatmeal is to mix a half serving of whole oats, 1 T of chia, lots of pumpkin and 6 oz of ff Greek yogurt. The protein in the yogurt makes a difference for me. I also end up with a huge bowl of food which makes me happy some days ;)

AmyKitKat
01-19-2011, 11:01 AM
Oooh..CindyM that sounds awesome! I just actually finished my oatmeal - I'm trying it every other day, eggs on off days.

Plusmince - Kashi Go Lean was a staple for me during WW - so yummy!!

plusmince
01-19-2011, 01:38 PM
I'm beginning to think about my phase II add in for next week. I think I'd like to have half a mango. I haven't had one in a while, and then maybethe next day the Kashi Go Lean cereal.

fozentusic
01-19-2011, 05:25 PM
I have no advice. I'm way too chicken for phase 2 so I'm just staying on phase 1 for now.

Heidi58
01-19-2011, 05:46 PM
:) Lots of great advice here.

It's good to be cautious and add things back slowly, and that would also be my advice to all. But it's also good to know that some people don't have much trouble making the transition.

I added steel cut oats for breakfast and fruit in my lunch time yogurt the first week of phase 2, and had no problems.

I still rarely eat pastas or breads. Mostly because I got out of the habit and I'm happy enough without them.

jms423
01-19-2011, 10:00 PM
:) Lots of great advice here.

It's good to be cautious and add things back slowly, and that would also be my advice to all. But it's also good to know that some people don't have much trouble making the transition.

I added steel cut oats for breakfast and fruit in my lunch time yogurt the first week of phase 2, and had no problems.

I still rarely eat pastas or breads. Mostly because I got out of the habit and I'm happy enough without them.

I am kind of the same way and thought it might be helpful to share my P2 week 1. I am not a big bread and pasta eater but I am crazy about sweets. I have been eating about 2-3 servings of grains per day (usually 2 but maybe 3 when I have a really tough work-out). I have also had 1 apple this week and a handful of blackberries here and there.

I don't weigh in until Saturday but even w/ adding the grains back in I haven't had the sweet cravings come back. We even had birthday cake at work yesterday. I kinda wanted a piece because it looked delicious, but my body didn't crave it. It was easy to say no. (waaaaay easier than the past).

So, don't be too scared about P2. I was nervous but so far so good. (and this was all while working fulltime and going to school fulltime so it has been crazy busy and all on the go)

Good luck! You will be awesome in P2 for sure!

fozentusic
01-22-2011, 10:25 PM
I decided to go for phase2 and it was a disaster. I had one serving of steel cut oats around 11am and felt hungry and munchy for the rest of the darn day. I was so tempted to just call it a day and eat the pringles hiding in my pantry, but I stuck to phase 1 food for the rest of the day. Now I have to survive a family ski trip (where I've packed lots of SBD appropriate foods for our condo kitchen) and then I plan on going back to a clean phase 1 for a week or two.

I don't think I'll ever get to phase 2. "phase 1.5" it is for me!

GiggleGoddess
01-23-2011, 12:06 AM
What would entail 1 fruit serving if I was eating frozen strawberries?

Mmckellen
01-23-2011, 08:17 AM
It's important to eat your grain or fruit with a protein source. That will diminish the impact on your blood sugar (which will cause the craving). NEVER eat a grain/fruit without some kind of fat or protein to accompany it.

CyndiM
01-23-2011, 08:28 AM
It's important to eat your grain or fruit with a protein source. That will diminish the impact on your blood sugar (which will cause the craving). NEVER eat a grain/fruit without some kind of fat or protein to accompany it.

Actually I think this is another one of those individual things. For some people it's really important. For me adding protein when I have fruit just added calories I didn't need. I do have to be careful when it comes to grains but I can have a piece of fruit in the afternoon without any cravings after. It's all trial and error and figuring out what works for each of us.