South Beach Diet - Questions . . .
08-18-2003, 01:54 PM
What does "DH" "OP" and "DF" mean? (Still learning MB shorthand.)
Do you try hard to stay away from caffeine? I'm planning on trying to cut down, but I know if I go cold turkey, I'll get MONSTER headache. I need to wean several things out of my diet:
1. Sugar (so far, so good)
2. White flour (ditto)
3. Aspartame ("Equal")
I figure that's a good order to go in to eliminate stuff. :idea:
08-18-2003, 02:52 PM
DH=dear husband, DF=dear friend, DS=dear son, etc.
OP=on program or plan
WOE=way of eating
WOL=way of life
I keep the caffeine down to 2-3 cups of coffee a day and a few diet cokes (2-3) a week. I need my caffeine.
I do use sugar substitutes such as splenda and aspartame but we are supposed to keep those foods to 75 cals a day.
08-18-2003, 03:04 PM
I tried eliminating caffeine and was NOT happy. Headaches, plus I was depriving myself of something I really enjoy (Diet Coke) that isn't the worst thing I could do. So, after the third or fourth day, I went back to Diet Coke and now that I am at the end of the first week of Phase 1, I've lost 10 lbs, so I haven't seen the negative effects. (I've read a couple of things stating that while caffeine can influence insulin production and your metabolism, the results are negligable at most.)
Splenda and Equal have 0 calories, I believe, so I think you are okay with them in iced tea (I did find decaf iced tea to be a help).
I got rid of ALL sugar and white flour and rice, etc, as well as all forms of alcohol. I feel a few Diet Cokes a day isn't going to kill me, and will go a long way towards keeping me sane. It may not be optimal, but I really don't think it is going to completely derail you, either--maybe just try to balance the consumption by keeping up with your water drinking, as well. (IE, don't let the coffee or diet soda or whatever become a replacement for the water.)
08-18-2003, 04:14 PM
Thanks so much! Great ideas. I agree, artificial sweeteners may not be optimal, but there are worse things to ingest!
08-18-2003, 10:09 PM
Besides isn't the purpose of this diet to not be deprived?? That's what usually sets me up for a food binge. JUlie
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