I'm a newbie here and was wondering two things. How many people here who have lost weight still eat potatoes as part of your diet. I love potatoes. I've been trying various low-carb diets and just can't stick to them to much restriction for me. As you know potatoes are a no-no. I thought I would give 1200-1300 cals. a day a try with exercising. But I would like to know if you can eat like this (low-calorie) and still have potaotes. Also do you count carbs I'm finding it hard to stay away from this way of thinking. "Restricting your carbs that is." I still have this thinking that if it's not low in carbs you can't have it. Basically, do you stay away from everything white?? You know like POTATOES, sugar, white flour, white rice. Really need your advice.
06-02-2005, 12:52 PM
I count calories, not carbs. I try to have a healthy, well-rounded diet including, YES! Potatoes, pasta, bagels, rice .... yes, I do, and have lost 45 lbs. in a bit less than a year. I have a small baked potato or 4 ounces cut up cooked potatoes, with a teaspoon of butter, salt and pepper. Or I roast little potatoes with a little olive oil, sea salt, rosemary.......... YUM! I do everything in moderation, try to have no more than 1400 cals. a day but it's usually more like 1600. Don't give up your potatoes; just eat them in moderation!
Good luck with your plan!
06-02-2005, 02:22 PM
Yep, potatoes are a fine part of a low calories diet, as long as you are sensible about them. I weight the ones I eat, and either have them roasted or boiled, not french fries. Account for the calories, and they are fine. But of course, they are not low carb.
06-02-2005, 02:35 PM
Amen. I lost 70 lbs and ate potatos and bread, but not fried, and always measured. :lol:
06-02-2005, 04:12 PM
I've never counted a carb in my life. One of my favorite dinners, especially in the winter, is a big baked potato topped with sauteed vegetables & light sour cream :D
I count calories and generally have between 1300-1600 a day.
06-02-2005, 05:10 PM
I went crazy on South Beach, but I'm doing well on the Weight Watcher's Core plan which has some similarities, but allows one serving a day of potatoes, brown rice, or whole wheat pasta. It also allows other whole grain carbs like oatmeal and cous-cous with no restrictions except paying reasonable attention to how full you are. It's worked for me.
06-02-2005, 10:22 PM
I lost about 50 pounds and never once stopped eating potatoes or any other grain or carb lol. I counted calories and just focused on eating healthy and balanced foods. All things in moderation!
06-02-2005, 10:49 PM
I know the low carb plans are sometimes a bit extreme regarding starchy veggies, but I don't think there's any reason to be that paranoid. It's primarilysually what we put on carrots, sweet potatoes and white potatoes that make them less than diet friendly. Even a really big potato is very low in calorie in relationship to how filling it is.
If you miss french fries, try these.
Roasted French Fries
Cut potatoes and/or sweet potatoes into your favorite shape and size pieces (chunks, fries, whatever). Spray a bit of cooking spray into the bag and/or add a tiny bit of oil or even water (just enough to dampen the slices, and no more oil than 1 tsp per very big potato). Squeeze the bag around to dampen all the potato slices. Add a package of dressing mix (ranch is the best, but italian is very good too) or your own seasonings (garlic powder, chives and seasoned salt are good). Spray a little cooking spray in the bottom of a baking pan or even on a cookie sheet (just make sure the potatoes aren't too wet if using a cookie sheet). and bake at 425 - 450 until the potatoes are done (soft on the inside, crispy on the outside). How long will depend on how thin you slice the potatoes, start checking at about 20-25 minutes.
the slim me
06-03-2005, 07:55 AM
I still eat potatoes, almost every day! I don't think the low carb diet is health, you need carbs! Potatoes are a good source of potassium. The recipe for oven fried potatoes is really good. I also use that with sweet potatoes. Whie rice used to be a no-no and I was eating bown rice all the time. I just read that white is actually very nutritious! I say, use some common sense. Diet fads come and go!
06-03-2005, 08:01 AM
I eat carbs every day, and have lost 16 pounds in 8 weeks. I get potatoes in about 2x per week. I weigh them to count WW points. My favorite thing to do with them is put a little low-fat sour cream, low fat cheddar, and freshly cut chives from the garden on them. I make servings about 5 WW points, or about 250 calories.
06-05-2005, 10:41 AM
I eat very small portions of white potatoes infrequently, and frequent small portions of sweet potatoes or yams. In general, yes, I've gotten rid of all "the white stuff", but not carbs in general. I stick mainly to fruits, whole grains, and beans for my carbs.
06-05-2005, 01:00 PM
I just had to post this here since you mentioned potatoes. I have arthritis in my knees and shoulders (but mostly in my shoulders) and I have a lot of miserable "achy-ness." I was Googling it one day and I started reading something about "nighshade" vegetables and avoiding them if you have arthritis. Never heard of this! One of the nightshade vegetables is potatoes. I love potatoes and work them into my WW Core Plan every day. The day before I read this I had splurged on a rather sizeable helping of potato salad and had been up all night with my shoulders aching. I thought, "Nah, this is crazy, never heard of such a thing." Then I decided to experiment, and didn't eat potatoes for a couple of days and felt better. Then had potatoes and had a miserable night. Weird, huh? I will put on the usual disclaimer that this isn't meant to be medical advice, talk to your doctor, yadda, yadda, yadda. Anyway, if you have arthritis and love potatoes and have a lot of aches you might want to look into it. It's not necessarily a bad thing for me to stay away from them anyway...they kind of set me off and I have a problem with portion control when I eat them. This whole achy thing might be all for the best....pain is a great motivator!!!
06-05-2005, 01:07 PM
Armygirl, the nightshades are well-known triggers for arthritis pain. I have fibromyalgia, and much as I love tomatos, potatoes, eggplant, etc, I have far less pain when I avoid them. Wheat is also a pain trigger for some people.
06-07-2005, 01:13 AM
Wow, I have fibro and arthritis, and I never knew about the nightshade-pain connection. I have noticed that since reducing starches, including potatoes, I've had alot less pain. I'll need to pay closer attention
06-07-2005, 01:42 PM
I agree with what just about everyone here said about whoever said potatoes were bad were wrong. For lunch everyday, I have a small baked potato (5-10 ounces), 1/2 cup of Hormel Turkey chili (you can use the lean meat chili too, it's just as well), and 2 tbsp. of chopped onion. Since I don't eat hotdogs anymore due to all the carbs and fat grams in the ones that my parents get, the potato with chili and onions tastes the way I always used to fix hotdogs anyway:D
06-07-2005, 02:48 PM
hi, i am low carbing and have cut the taters! I LOVE them also, but I have founda great substitute! I make mashed cauliflower! i cook the cauliflower, then put some heavy cream, butter, minced garlic and cheese in with salt and pepper to taste, throw it in a blender and BAM! youve got Imitaters :) they taste just like mashed potatos, the texture is slightly different but I am satisfied with them.
06-07-2005, 07:19 PM
I had potatoes just last night :D I made salmon cakes and used a small potato as the binder. I don't eat them often, but I don't intentionally avoid them. The only white stuff I intentionally avoid is sugar, since it's just wasted calories. Potatoes contain vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. And they are very filling for relatively few calories :)
Breakfastsurreal, I am a card-carrying member of the cauliflower haters club. I think Mother Nature ate too much broccoli and cabbage one night, had indigestion, and cauliflower was the result. Jennifer 3FC is just the opposite, she tries to sneak cauliflower into everything to convince me it's supposed to be good. But of course she is the same sister that recently tried to feed me a salad of garbanzo beans, tuna, and mandarin oranges. :fr:
06-07-2005, 08:46 PM
Suzanne, that salad sounds like something my husband would concoct. The combinations he can put together are downright frightening!:o
06-08-2005, 12:50 AM
Call me weird, but 2 nights ago, I was looking at what all leftover items we had in our refrigerator. I took a can of tuna fish out of the cabinet, drained it and put it in a bowl. Then I put 2 tbsp of Fat Free Italian dressing in with it, along with 1/4 cup of turnip greens and 2 tbsp of chopped onion. Then I put it in the moicrowave for about a minute and a half, took it out and stirred it all up and it tasted like pasta salad without the pasta. I'd never tried any of that all mixed together like that before but it tasted pretty darn good:D
06-11-2005, 01:17 PM
I eat potatoes, sometimes I eat regular pasta, but I prefer wheat pasta...I count calories..I also tend to stick to a more higher carb diet then a low carb, I would say bout 60% of my calories come from carbs...I have lost 40 lbs in under 4 months..
06-18-2005, 10:32 AM
I find that if I cut out most starchy carbs, I get cravings, so I try to eat them in small portions plain (no sauce) with veggies and protein, and I crave no more. I especially like baked potatoes with greek tzatziki garlic dressing (look in the Mediteranean diet thread, I posted the recipe there)
06-20-2005, 03:48 PM
I love the potato with chili idea!!! I love baked potatoes
and can feel satisfied with having only them for lunch. I love
the skins and everything. I'm adding the turkey chili to my
grocery list. Thanks for the tip.
06-20-2005, 09:23 PM
I love potatoes but dont eat them too often, esp in summer.
Two things I do with them are make a salad but instead of mayo or fake mayo which I hate, I add a fat-free homemade vinegraitte and lots of celery, some egg, chopped cucumber without the seeds, garlic, raw onion, on occasion chopped black olives and cooked left-over chicken. Very good.
I also love to make good potato/veggie soup. Brown sliced potatoes in no stick pan with ample onion. Add to good stock such as chicken, with other veggies such as carrot, onion, celery, parsley. When soft, blend to desired consistency.
06-20-2005, 11:05 PM
Very interesting thread, especially since I'm sitting on the fence currently regarding the South Beach diet's rule of cutting out two of my favorites-- potatoes and flour tortillas. I love a big baked potato for a meal, and, we use flour tortillas in at least three or four meals a week in my house. On one hand, I see the logic, and want to try it. After all, if it's the starchy carbs I'm craving, cutting them out completely will, logically, reduce the cravings. On the other hand, I'm not sure that giving up my favorites completely is the answer-- maybe just cutting them back is more realistic.
06-21-2005, 02:28 PM
I go for the sweet potatoes or yams. Extra A vitmains!!
06-22-2005, 10:04 AM
I think the only carbs to worry about are those man made heavily processed one. As long as you are watching what you put on or cook with, potatoes are fine. Look at the food pyramid, that is written by health experts and carbs are what you are suppose to have the most of as long as they are whole grain or non-processed. If I don't get carbs I think I am starving all day long and end up eating way more calories than if I would have just had the potato, bread or pasta. My children love baked fries!
07-04-2005, 06:03 AM
To say that a vegetable is bad for you is wrong. I eat potatos but tend to go towards sweet potato - I prefer the taste and it is lower GI.
Honestly, there is nothing wrong with eating potatoes - whats healthier than a baked potato filled with veges or tuna or baked beans? Just don't eat them for breakfast lunch and dinner - treat them the same as pasta and have them only a couple of times per week and go easy on the butter :D
07-07-2005, 06:43 PM
I love a baked potato with salsa. Also, I found a tortilla I feel good about eating. It is a Tomato-Basil totilla made by Tortilla Factory. At 100 calories, it has 12 grams of fiber! Most tortillas have only one or two. The flavor is great as well.
07-12-2005, 08:26 AM
I like baked potatoes with lemon juice and pepper instead of butter. It cuts the dryness and enhanced the flavour. For the oven fries, try using a small amout of chili powder for the seasoning.
Mashed cauliflower may taste like mashed potatoes (I haven't tried it) but I don't get the logic behind replacing a healthy, low-cal and low-fat tuber with a crucifer mixed with heavy cream... I love cauliflower, but prefer it lightly steamed with lemon and pepper. (Hmmmm. I'm sensing a theme here... Yes! Lemon on everything! It's even good on meat!)
07-26-2005, 06:31 AM
potatoes can be good on a diet if you're not going all anticarb-loco about it. i like to slice them up with corn and sliced onion and steam them with water and a teensy amount of oil. i top this with hot sauce and salt. it's very filling and doesn't bust a low-calorie or low-fat diet. i guess it wouldn't be good if you're watching sodium though. i love my salt.