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02-25-2006, 11:42 AM
I don't do well with starches, even keeping them around makes me want to eat more than I am allowed. I tend not to eat them at all, because it's so difficult for me to just that "one" serving.

If I don't eat the starches on my plan can I substitute them for something else? Another protein, a fruit? Any ideas?

02-25-2006, 01:32 PM
give them to me :lol:

No I really don't know what you can substitute for a starch...have you talked to your COD?

02-25-2006, 02:09 PM
I follow the program on my own actually, not in-center. Starches and me just don't play well together, LOL!

02-25-2006, 04:16 PM
Minni - I feel your pain. I am a huge carboholic. So, I buy packages of things that are ready to eat then freeze them - only setting out a days worth at night before I go to bed. (A pita bread, an english muffin, etc...) It will get easier. I did get rid of all the "bad" starches, not OP, and tend to set all my starches for the day into a bowl so that I can see what I have out there- Rice in a ziploc bag, a small potatoe, usually a bread or pasta of some kind. Planning my day helps me keep on track... (thanks Shennie for that advice, too!):hug:

02-25-2006, 04:25 PM
I am the same way with cereal, but it has actually gotten much better now that I have been on plan so long. Can you just buy starches you're not that into or use things in recipes (like breadcrumbs) that aren't actually edible outside of a recipe?


02-25-2006, 06:44 PM
I would not recommend any substitutions. Your body needs complex carbs. I think it is always a mistake to eliminate any food groups. I think you're just going to have to learn how to just eat one portion. The suggestion above about taking out of the freezer just what you would eat for that day is a good one.

02-25-2006, 06:52 PM
Julie Marie brought up a good point. This diet is portion controlled and balanced...that is why it works. You are not going to give up carbs forever, and if you are you just should do atkins probably. You gotta learn that self control with carbs. It will happen, I believe. This diet helps my carb cravings tremendously when I follow it. Can you believe I have had a trigger food of cereal (honey nut cheerios at that) in my cupboard all week and I have had ONE on plan serving of it? You'll get better.

Also, you can try more vegetably carbs to get you started (english peas, lima beans, sweet potatoes).


02-27-2006, 08:59 AM
oh my goodness! I couldn't agree more. I easily do the TO, but if I ever go off plan it is becauses of a silly carb addition. I found that I can't keep a box of matzoh in the house becauses i can't be trusted to stick to the 2 starch limit with them. they just so set off my cravings. I find that cream of wheat cereal, whole wheat english muffins, and low fat multigrain waffles don't set me off nearly as much.

Good luck.

Love the idea of freezing everything but your daily portion! Also like the idea of planning a day ahead. I never did that before. Last night though I wrote down what I was going to eat today. Let's see if it helps. I just did TO again on Sat. and Sun. and need to suppress the desire for carbs after 2 days without them.