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Old 06-25-2007, 08:40 PM
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Does anyone here follow it? I know Jenn has mentioned it several times. I have a few questions about it.

1. If you have allergies or autoimmune problems or headaches, did it help with that?

2. Did you lose a lot of weight? Where did your weight stabilize?

3. Is it hard to maintain once you've been on it for a while?

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Old 06-25-2007, 10:12 PM
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I read the book, and would like to do it, but am having a hard time making that commitment. I'm not sure I can give up the meat and cheese, and I'm pretty selective about veggies (so are my kids). I did start having large salads at lunch and dinner as the main part of my meal, and am also eating less processed foods. So far there has been no change in my weight, but I'm not actually following the diet like you are supposed to.

If you do it, let me know how it works for you.
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Old 06-25-2007, 10:13 PM
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:32 AM
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Does anyone here follow it? I know Jenn has mentioned it several times. I have a few questions about it.

1. If you have allergies or autoimmune problems or headaches, did it help with that?

2. Did you lose a lot of weight? Where did your weight stabilize?

3. Is it hard to maintain once you've been on it for a while?

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LOVE LOVE LOVE this diet. It cleared up my skin, my allergies, my moods, etc. etc. I think that it's the healthiest diet you can eat.

Unfortunately it can be hard to stick to. I'm a good example because I lost 22 lbs. while eating this way, but went on 3 wks. vacation and gained 10 back. Of course, cheese enchiladas and ice cream every day will do that....

It's normally quite easy for me because I love fruit and I'm not a big meat eater. I found the massive amounts of veg difficult to deal with though-- because I work in a library setting (grad student) with no fridge or anything for lunches.

I never ate as little grains as he suggested though-- just made sure everything was sugar-free and high-fiber. My favorite dinner is a bean bowl stuffed with tomatoes and spinach, topped with salsa and onions.
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:50 AM
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^^ Same for me.
It really is the healthiest way to eat, and I'll try to get back on it. But in stressful times and when I'm on tour a lot it's almost impossible for me to stick to it.
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Old 06-26-2007, 12:22 PM
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Jenn, would you mind sharing some meal ideas? I know for sure I don't like tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach. If I recall correctly (my friend borrowed my book) a lot of the meals in the book included these.
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Jenn, would you mind sharing some meal ideas? I know for sure I don't like tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach. If I recall correctly (my friend borrowed my book) a lot of the meals in the book included these.
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Old 06-26-2007, 01:57 PM
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Thanks Jenn, you're the best!
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duztbunnie, you have never seen pics of my body, how would you know if I need to lose weight or not? Haha.

Anyway I am not actually looking to lose a whole bunch of weight so that's why I'm asking. My BMI is in the normal range but if I lose like 10 lbs, people will probably start asking questions and I won't be able to be seen in a bathing suit around my parents, plus I will be wearing a snowsuit in July...

I'm not planning on cutting back on grains as much as he suggested because he does explicitly say that that is for people trying to lose weight and if you are an ok weight you can eat more. But I am surprised at the weights that he gives as ideal, so then again, hmmm.

I have a lot of allergies and was recently diagnosed with a pain disorder (which is potentially linked to inflammation), so it really would be amazing to get rid of those. (The pain disorder especially). I don't really want to do his 6 week intro thing but I'm worried that it won't have the same effect if I jump right into the regular, more relaxed eating plan. Thoughts?
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^^ that is true! but i know you are very active in Queen's dance etc., which leads me to believe that you lead a very active lifestyle and do not need to lose weight!
plus, if that is you in your avatar.. hubbahubba

EDT: i also remember your old avatar!
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Old 06-26-2007, 09:10 PM
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Riv, I don't think it is necessary to do the 6 week intro. I think that is more for the weight loss. You should still get the benefits from the regular eating plan.
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duztbunnie, you have never seen pics of my body, how would you know if I need to lose weight or not? Haha.

Anyway I am not actually looking to lose a whole bunch of weight so that's why I'm asking. My BMI is in the normal range but if I lose like 10 lbs, people will probably start asking questions

I have a lot of allergies and was recently diagnosed with a pain disorder (which is potentially linked to inflammation), so it really would be amazing to get rid of those. (The pain disorder especially).
i don't think that losing 10 pounds will necessarily have a huge impact on your physical image, but i understand if you want to diet for allergies etc. i also have a lot of allergies, but i've never thought that a specific diet could help with my problems, i definitely want to look into this now. i'm sorry to hear about your pain disorder, i hope this diet really works to make you feel better.
i admire that you are active during the school year, i have only been to the PEC a few times, lol
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I'm not planning on cutting back on grains as much as he suggested because he does explicitly say that that is for people trying to lose weight and if you are an ok weight you can eat more. But I am surprised at the weights that he gives as ideal, so then again, hmmm.

I have a lot of allergies and was recently diagnosed with a pain disorder (which is potentially linked to inflammation), so it really would be amazing to get rid of those. (The pain disorder especially). I don't really want to do his 6 week intro thing but I'm worried that it won't have the same effect if I jump right into the regular, more relaxed eating plan. Thoughts?
In regards to the pain disorder I would definitely try to cut back on grains. There is a yahoo group for eat to live by the way that is very knowledgable.
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Riv, I'll stop giving you crap and say that I'm more or less trying to eat this way. I got the book out from the library when jenn posted about it a while back, and I also skipped the 6 week intro because i didn't think it would be healthy for me for many reasons.

You shouldn't lose a ton of weight as long as you're getting in your good fats and high quality carbs. The plan is a little hard to follow for me because I'm so lazy about cooking/preparing food, and I hate grocery shopping...so getting fresh produce (which would really take 2 trips a week to keep things from going bad) is a little challenging, as is making sure to get a variety instead of just eating the same thing over and over.
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I wish I did not just... think about this too much and could just do it, but I am really afraid I'll just end up binge eating on this plan. When I was a teenager, the only way that I was able to stop bingeing was by eating more grains during the day, so cutting back deliberately makes me hesitant because that is obviously not a place I want to go again. Did anyone have a problem with bingeing? (And if not, was bingeing ever a problem for you or was it always a nonissue?)

I am also a bit concerned about the feasibility of eating this way while sharing a fridge with 4 other girls. Ugh student housing.

Also a random thing: did you guys get colder when you guys did this, or is the plan magical and prevent the freezing-ness that losing weight brings? As it is, I wear sweaters constantly (as in, when it is 27 C outside) and I really do not think I can handle being any colder. I probably won't lose tons of weight but I mean I am heavier than a lot of the people who lost weight on the plan so I want to be prepared in case I do!
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i don't think that losing 10 pounds will necessarily have a huge impact on your physical image, but i understand if you want to diet for allergies etc. i also have a lot of allergies, but i've never thought that a specific diet could help with my problems, i definitely want to look into this now. i'm sorry to hear about your pain disorder, i hope this diet really works to make you feel better.
i admire that you are active during the school year, i have only been to the PEC a few times, lol
The PEC is downright nasty! Who can blame you for not going more than a handful of times? I think I have been 4-5 times in 4 years! ;)

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^^ yeah, i think it's complete B.S. that my tuition money is going towards that stupid Queen's Center and i won't even be around to USE it when they're finished building it
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^^ yeah, i think it's complete B.S. that my tuition money is going towards that stupid Queen's Center and i won't even be around to USE it when they're finished building it
Same. I frickin' pay for 3 gym memberships, PEC, Queen's Centre, and GoodLife!

But to answer what you said before, my parents are annoying and notice 10 lbs and freak out if they see any rib on me, and we have a hot tub now that I would like to use and not worry about them seeing me, so that is why I have that concern! MMmmm hot tub.

For the record, today's plan to eat according to the plan was not a success. Do the thoughts about eating other foods (DAIRY!) go away? Please say yes.
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Old 06-28-2007, 01:03 AM
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All cravings go away after a few weeks. Best join the yahhoo group for eat to live. They're very helpful, and they take you through it if you want.
You don't go through a phase where you're cold or so, because you won't starve yourself. You just have to keep in mind to eat almost constantly. Keep fruit and veggies you can eat right away with you at all times. Keep prepared salads (without the dressing) around, as well as frozen veggies etc. Go find a store that has readymade hummus etc, and buy a few to have at hand. Try whole wheat tortillas- fill them up with salad, veggies etc. Yum!
But seriously- join that group. Otherwise it's hard, if you're not used to eat a lot of veggies etc.
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I checked out yahoo groups and am not sure which group you mean, Jenn. Is it "how2eat2live" or is another one?

Sharing living spaces sucks because I don't really have room to store a lot of prepared salads, etc. I can manage it more in summer though so hopefully I can get into it enough to find a way to make it work this school year.
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I checked out yahoo groups and am not sure which group you mean, Jenn. Is it "how2eat2live" or is another one?

Sharing living spaces sucks because I don't really have room to store a lot of prepared salads, etc. I can manage it more in summer though so hopefully I can get into it enough to find a way to make it work this school year.
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