South Beach Diet - Newbie on the board!

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04-19-2013, 05:07 AM
I've already posted here but though I'd officially introduce myself.
I plan to start SBD on Monday (family birthday party this weekend, so have to get that out of the way first).

I think I have a pretty good idea what I'm in for, as I've done a similar diet for health reasons before. Granted SBD (at least Phase 1) is even stricter, as I could eat fruits and nuts without limitations on my "health" diet.

One thing I want to avoid as much as possible are arteficial sweateners. I don't feel like they're healthy at all. SO my plan is to try without any sort of sweets, and if I really can not, have half a tea spoon of honey instead.

I need to stock up with veggies, allowed diary, meat and such...I'm very, very excited about this and it'll be a pleasure to be a part of this group, I hope to learn a lot from all of you!

04-19-2013, 06:41 AM

04-19-2013, 08:18 AM
Hi Ronja! :wave: I'm new to this group too. Restarted SBD last Saturday. So far so good. I do use Splenda but you have a good idea for if you need something sweet to use honey. Or what about agave? I hear a lot about it being a good choice. I don't know much about it though. Anyway, :welcome: :D

04-19-2013, 08:41 AM

04-20-2013, 01:46 PM
Thank you guys.

Mamabear I have been actually thinking of agave too! I think I will try to get it and see how I like it :)

04-21-2013, 10:35 AM
Welcome, Ronja! You sound as though you've really looked into this and planned. That's half the battle. Good luck, and let us know how it's going!

04-23-2013, 08:50 AM
Thank you all for your replies!
I am on D3. On the plus side, I'm not hungry at all and I sleep well. BUT the down side - I am oh so tired. I had to skip my excercise because I could barely walk this past two days. I felt very dizzy too. I've read something and it seems I'm having the infamous SB flu :) I'm snacking, I'm going to keep my eye on water intake and perhaps get some extra nuts and yoghurt if I need to. Any other suggestions on how to survive? I have very active twin girls and they deserve a mom that can keep up with them rather than laying on the floor hoping it'll be bedtime soon :)

04-24-2013, 01:09 PM
Welcome! I am a newbie too! Trying to figure out this whole forum thing. :) Nice to meet you Ronja.

Just Dance Girl
04-27-2013, 12:59 AM
You might try increasing your protein. Add an egg or some meat to breakfast. This really helps me.

04-28-2013, 02:47 PM
Nice to meet you Rachel! Have you started SBD yet?

Just Dance, thank you for your advice. I am now 8 days in P1 and I feel great. The tiredness and dizzyness lasted about 5 days. On day 7, I felt great and I was able to resume my excercise. Yay!

I have lost 4,4 pounds in a week. I take that! Hoping to lose 2 more pound in week 2. I know the loss will slow down, and it should, but for now, I am happy, I am motivated, I eat well and I am so, so happy I got myself started on this...Already received first compliments on my weight loss (14 pounds so far), so yeah, life is pretty good at the moment. Roll on Week 2!

05-07-2013, 04:38 PM
I'm new as well and will be starting on Saturday May 11. I agree with the artificial sweeteners and was surprised he was okay with aspartame at all! I use stevia and occasionally Splenda.
Ronja, are those your twins? I have twin seven year old girls. :dizzy:

05-07-2013, 09:24 PM
Welcome to the site, Ronja!!! Looks like I'm a little late to help out w/ your SB flu symptoms...but refried beans w/ a little bit of cheese and reduced fat sour cream always seems to help me get through PH1.

I'm not sure if honey is specified as an "avoid" item, but I think I remember Agave being recommended in it's place. It has a lower GI if I remember right. Might want to look into it.

Sounds like you're doing good so far. Keep up the good work!!!