Originally Posted by Onsecondthought
-I know that I'm suppose to introduce carbs back into my diet slowly...one a week. Does this "one a week" rule apply to the rest of the food that are now available on Phase 2? (i.e. carrots, peas, hot dogs, etc)
-Once I've added my "one a week" carb back into my diet and I've made it a whole week without any adverse reactions, do I then take that one out and add a different one in to see how I react or do I keep it in and add another carb on top of that? (for example, if I add an apple in this week and I do ok, do I then take the apple out and add in ww bread or do I leave the apple in my diet and also add ww bread)
-Does the carb I add back in have to be eaten all at once? For example, I'm adding an apple in tomorrow. Can I eat half for a snack mid-morning and the other half in the afternoon? Or is it better to eat it all at once?
Hi - I'm surprised no one else tackled this question. I personally think this process is all a bit trial-and-error...
I don't have a copy of any of the books any more to check and see if that is addressed at all (I assume it wasn't really or you wouldn't be asking...). But here's how I would approach it - and am planning to when I go Phase 2 next week - yes, I've thought about it a bit
1. About the "other" foods added in, I approach each item individually, weighing the health benefits.
- For example, I don't worry at all
about carrots. Even though they are high in sugars, they are considered low glycemic and they are just so nutritious. I can barely give them up for Phase 1. So adding a serving back in I wouldn't think would be restricted, or at least I am not planning on restricting them
- Peas - I don't eat them very often. My thought would be no biggie unless you plan to eat tons of them. I make split peas as my "beans" a lot. Wow! I just looked up fresh green peas and they are quite healthy - 7 g fiber, nearly 100% RDA for Vitamin C, 22% for Vitamin A. Maybe I should eat more of them
. Maybe just count it as your bean serving instead of your veggie?? The mushy canned peas, I would say - well, since this is all my speculation, I would say avoid them altogether
- Hotdogs, I don't eat them except for the veggie kind so I can't advise, but I'd imagine the reason they are limited is different from the reason grains are limited (salt? fat? nitrates/other preservatives?) I'd say buy the leanest, healthiest ones you can find and that would be fine occasionally.
2. In the research I have done (like Here)
, the recommendation is to keep adding fruit OR carb at 1/week, theoretically ending up at up to 3 grains and 3 fruits/week after 6 weeks.
- I don't really understand if you have to add the same fruit/grain every day for a week... I try to vary my diet a lot, so having an apple EVERY day or a bowl of oatmeal EVERY day doesn't appeal to me that much. I'll have to think about this more
- ALSO, I'm not really sure what you eliminate when you add in all this extra food. Like, I'd assume I am eating too much cheese now, but do I really replace a serving of cheese with brown rice? Maybe... It just seems so complicated when approached this way.
- Honestly, maybe this is heresy, but I have always added 1 fruit AND 1 grain together but never went much further than that ever... maybe occasionally 2 servings of grain in a day. My goal this time is to actually have MORE fruit but never really go more than 1 serving of grain every day, in general. I still have to decide if I am going to spread out adding the grain and fruit over two weeks.
3. Again, I'm no expert here, but I would imagine if anything, splitting up the carb/fruit would have less impact than eating it all at once, thus would be desirable! My only thought would be is that if this is really the "test" period to see how your body responds, maybe it's better to test it with a whole serving at once?
So those are my thoughts on how I am approaching Phase 2... I'll try a few things, and I'll drop back a bit if I feel crave-y/binge-y or my weight loss stalls for more than a couple of weeks or so.
Maybe someone else will weigh in with more info?