South Beach Diet - Need a Little Help Here




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Beach Patrol
05-30-2006, 01:33 PM
I am interested in doing the SB diet. I have the book. It looks OK, like not too restrictive (except that Phase I! whew!!) and I think I can do it. Problem is.... I'M NO CHEF. In fact, the only reason I have a kitchen is because it came with the house.

I've been trying to cut down on processed foods lately, specifically watching my sodium intake. I love fresh fruits & veggies, and normally snack on those. But if I'm going to do SouthBeach, I cannot hit the fruit - esp. during that phase I, and I'm afraid I'll end up gaining weight.

Do I have to adhere to the menu they give you in the book for phase I? Anyone have any VERY SIMPLE/VERY EASY recipes? Lately I've just been eating deli turkey slices and cut up bell peppers & carrots for lunch, and baked chicken with steamed broccoli for dinner. Breakfast varies - sometimes a smoothie (half banana, 5 strawberries, 1/4 cup skim milk, 1/2 cup low-fat yogurt) or sometimes a cup of Honey Nut Cheerios w/skim milk or 2 boiled eggs for breakfast.

I'm hovering at 158 - 160. Can't seem to budge the pudge! OH - I am 42 years old, no children, and going thru what appears to be the beginnings of early menopause :?:

Any ideas?


lottie63
05-30-2006, 01:46 PM
There's lots of easy recipes in the recipe section of the sb forum here.

sarahyu
05-30-2006, 04:57 PM
You don't have to follow the menus in the book. They are guidelines, in fact if you did follow them you'd be in the kitchen most of the day.

Grab the foods to enjoy list and figure out what you like from that. It does help to make some sort of menu for yourself just so you have the foods in the house that you want to eat.

Good luck
Sarah


smartypants
05-30-2006, 07:16 PM
The forums here are great for recipes. I have the SBD cookbook which I really enjoy. I am no gourmet chef either and between a full-time job and nursing school (when shcool is in) it's rough for me, so I do simple things. There are some really easy recipes in the cookbook and in the forum

beachgal
05-30-2006, 07:18 PM
:welcome3: Beach Patrol!

There are tons of easy things you can make, and no, you don't have to follow the menus in the book at all. Just the guidelines (check out the guidelines listed in the FAQ section here to make sure you have the latest information...the book, especially the hardcover, has older information) like the Foods to Enjoy/Avoid lists.

It's a wonderful plan and very easy to follow, IMHO. You can substitute vegetables for your snacks instead of fruit for the 2 weeks of P1 (not long, in the scheme of things).

Beach Patrol
05-31-2006, 01:48 PM
Thanks everyone - especially beachgal! -for the nice welcome! :carrot:

Ok, so I officially started the Beach Diet today. For breakfast I had some slices of turkey breast, one boiled egg & a cup of coffee with Equal and fat-free creamer.

I just finished lunch. Again, slices of turkey breast, some grape tomatoes, and sliced up yellow bell peppers. Drinking water, which is easy for me, because I love-love-love water.

But darn it! - I AM STILL HUNGRY. Nothing else to eat here at work, except the BADBADBAD food in the vending machine.... and I have some grapes left over from last week, but I know I'm not supposed to have fruit of any kind the first two weeks of the SBD. So :( big waaaaah.

What I ended up doing was taking the "eat from this list" list and whittling it down to things I like. So now I have a very Beach-Patrol tailored list. I figure this should be fairly easy, but I really need to go GROCERY SHOPPING!

Can I eat things like frozen dinners & the such that AREN'T SouthBeachDiet dinners??

Beach Patrol
06-01-2006, 03:07 PM
OK, 2nd day in, and I've already gone nutso.

I had a frozen "South Beach Diet" dinner last night. I don't think I was supposed to eat that yet? ... Because it had some pasta in it (which I didn't realize until I started eating it) - it was some chicken-kinda meal with broccoli for veggies. Also, I had a Mtn Dew yesterday (I always have ONE Mtn Dew about an hour before I work out, the caffeine kick really helps!)

So I cheated. A little.

How bad am I, I mean really? :fr:

Ruthxxx
06-01-2006, 03:28 PM
Whoops! SBD dinners are NOT for regular use, just for emergencies, and should not be eaten on Phase I unless specifically labelled Phase I. We are supposed to be eating unprocessed foods as much as possible.
Did you check out the Revised Food List in the FAQ Section? Adding dairy to your menus may help with the hungries.
Forgive yourself and do a good day 2. .

Barb0522
06-01-2006, 03:34 PM
And I hope that was a Diet Mountain Dew!

Beach Patrol
06-01-2006, 03:40 PM
And I hope that was a Diet Mountain Dew!

Uh..... :o noooooo..... regular.... :sorry: I just cannot do diet drinks. I am not good with "diet foods" of any kind, really. Some certain stuff I am OK with... like I use Fat Free coffee creamer & stuff like that. I can eat Sugar-Free gelatin & so forth, but Diet sodas.... ICK! - ESPECIALLY diet Mtn Dew... it just tastes like kah-kah to me. Yucky, blatooey, phleh! :tantrum:

But I have a friend who did the SBD and he lost 60+ pounds; he said he cheated A LITTLE from day 1 & has always cheated A LITTLE. So I figure... I can cheat A LITTLE too??? :s:

Beach Patrol
06-01-2006, 03:45 PM
Whoops! SBD dinners are NOT for regular use, just for emergencies, and should not be eaten on Phase I unless specifically labelled Phase I.

OOPSY!!!! :o Ok, now that I know that... ;)

We are supposed to be eating unprocessed foods as much as possible. Yeah, I kinda figured as much. I'm a processed-foods worshipping gal. I've been much better at fresh-as-much-as-possible the past couple of years, tho. And I've lost (& gained! :( ) at least 30 pounds AT LEAST 5 times in my adult life. Last summer, I was only 3 pounds from my goal weight when I re-injured an old shoulder injury, which side-lined me in my exercise habits, and I gained 25 pounds since September... :mad:

anyhoo....

Did you check out the Revised Food List in the FAQ Section? Adding dairy to your menus may help with the hungries.
Forgive yourself and do a good day 2. .

Yes, I've been checking on that several times TODAY, LOL! - but I thought we're only allowed 2-3 servings of dairy during phase 1? Did I misunderstand something there? :?:

Ruthxxx
06-01-2006, 04:34 PM
I've posted twice but lost it!

This plan requires major committment especially during Phase I. Cheating just a little bit can keep your body craving carbs and inhibit your success.

Dairy is 2-3 servings. I mentioned it because it did not appear in any of your posts. It and legumes can ward off the hungries.

Perhaps you could post a day's menu with quantities and we can take a look at it.

wannabehotagain
06-01-2006, 05:00 PM
I used to love regualr Mt. Dew also, but the newly formulated Diet Dew is awesome!! I drink one every morning instead of coffee. Try it for a week...you will get used to it and crave it :)

Beach Patrol
06-04-2006, 12:28 AM
Perhaps you could post a day's menu with quantities and we can take a look at it.

Okey dokey! ... here goes!

USUAL SBD BREAKFAST: 2 fat-free beef franks, microwaved. with mustard
1 boiled egg
1 cup skim milk
1 cup coffee with fat free 1/2 n 1/2 & Equal

USUAL LUNCH: turkey breasts
cut up yellow bell peppers
sliced cucumber
grape tomatoes (those little bite size tomatoes)
1 boiled egg

USUAL DINNER: salad (lettuce/tomato, peppers, cucumber)
boiled shrimp, baked chicken or ham in salad
fat free Italian dressing
1 glass tea

As a snack, I usually grab a handful of nuts, usually around 10am.

Okey... so... whaddya think?? (I have lost 3 pounds in 5 days.)

Beach Patrol
06-04-2006, 12:28 AM
I used to love regualr Mt. Dew also, but the newly formulated Diet Dew is awesome!! I drink one every morning instead of coffee. Try it for a week...you will get used to it and crave it :)

They have a "newly formulated diet Mtn Dew??? I just MIGHT give that a try! If I hate it, I can just spit it out, right? :dizzy:

Ruthxxx
06-04-2006, 08:39 AM
A couple of things I spot but the other chicks may have more.

Franks (even fat free) are very limited which means not allowed on Phase I. They are a highly processed food with additives. Tofu or other soy based are OK.

Fat free dressings have a lot of fake ingredients. You are better off using regular dressing or making your own with oil and vinegar. Remember this is NOT a low fat but a GOOD fat plan.

A handful of nuts? Please check our revised Phase I food list. Nuts are limited and should be counted or measured as they are high calorie.

I don't see any good carbs like legumes. They are essential both for fiber and to keep away the hungries.

You might try running your food (with quantities) through www.fitday.com to see if you are eating enough.

Barb0522
06-04-2006, 09:11 AM
I don't see 4 1/2 cups of veggies. It is very important that you get a variety of healthy veggies. Lettuce doesn't add much nutritional value so make sure you add lots of other veggies to your salad. I snack on raw veggies.

I found I couldn't not keep my nuts to the limit so I rarely have them. I use my nut allowance for the 2 TBSP of peanut butter instead sometimes. You can also snack on yogurt. For phase 1, get the fat free plain yogurt. I like to add Splenda and cinnamon to mine. Others add the sugarfree gelatin powder to it to flavor it.

I rarely eat the fatfree franks. They have so much sodium and are so processed that I always gain weight after eating them. I figure that is why they are so limited even in phase 2. You can have turkey bacon. That is pretty good for breakfast.

Beach Patrol
06-05-2006, 11:55 AM
Well, after this weekend, I'm thinking this may not be the diet for me. I am thinking maybe I should try WW Points, or maybe just go back to doing what I did last year, and that is eating whatever I want, but limited portions and tip-toe careful around the "bad" foods (chocolate, pizza, etc.)

My friend made dinner last night that included a wonderful shrimp-veggie dish, pasta, grilled pork chops, and asparagus. I ate the shrimp, asparagus, and pork chop. I didn't have any pasta. Dessert was butter pecan ice cream (home made!) and I can't have that, so I thought "What a stupid diet." :p ;) But then, "friend" & I were supposed to do SBD together, & she hasn't even gotten close.... that's when she suggested WW Points system, because she did that before & was successful at it (but like me, has since gained the weight back... I SWEAR! - maintaining is the HARDEST PART of it...)

I actually did the SBD about 7 or 8 years ago. I paid a LOT of money to a "Diet Center", and it was called something else, but it was exactly the South Beach diet. I did lose 35 pounds on that diet. After I started adding carbs back in, and rediscovered bread... eight months later, gained it back +10 :mad:

Oh, why oh why couldn't the skinny gods have blessed me for life??? :?: :^:

QuilterInVA
06-05-2006, 03:26 PM
On Phase I you are required to have 1/2 c. or more of veggies with breakfast. You are also required to have the snacks and dessert - which must be nutritious like the Ricotta creams for example. You are way heavy on the protein for your current weight. Try cutting down a little on that and upping the veggies and the weight will start coming off again.

Schatzi
06-05-2006, 04:47 PM
Beachpatrol: maybe you need to commit to something? Most all diets work, if we give them a chance to ... WW is a great diet, so is South beach and an number of others.. you need to find what works for your lifestyle. :hug:
Unfortunately there is no magic bullet for any of us :( the 3fatchicks just put out a book that gives a super overview of each diet pros and cons and pitfalls of each... maybe that will help you...

Beach Patrol
06-05-2006, 05:42 PM
Beachpatrol: maybe you need to commit to something?

Yeah, that's what I thought! LOL...

Most all diets work, if we give them a chance to ... WW is a great diet, so is South beach and an number of others.. you need to find what works for your lifestyle. :hug:
That's EXACLTY what I was thinkin'! - and last summer, the best thing I've ever done (diet-wise) was just really watching that portion control, and not denying myself anything that I really wanted. That, combined with a really good exercise plan, took the weight off.

Unfortunately there is no magic bullet for any of us :( the 3fatchicks just put out a book that gives a super overview of each diet pros and cons and pitfalls of each... maybe that will help you...

But that's the problem (for me anyway). There IS no magic bullet, and I know that. But I'm also smart enough to know that every diet has pros & cons. I read a lot - my favorite magazine is FITNESS. They always have a "I DID IT!" section every month. And more and more, what I see from these women who have lost the weight AND kept it off, is that they "special tailor" their diet to fit their needs. I'm more & more convinced that's the only real way to go. I once read that "all diets work.... for a little while" and that made me think about what causes a diet to FAIL. And it's not that WE fail a diet, but the diet FAILS US. And I don't seem to be too happy on the SouthBeach because it's a bit too restrictive FOR ME.

But I really appreciate all y'alls help & advice - you're a swell bunch! :hug:

Love,
:beach: patrol