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Okay everyone, as most of you know, I am attempting to lose a large amount of weight. Right now, I need your help.<br><br><br><br>
I am attempting to swap out my higher calorie foods with healthier stuff.<br><br><br><br>
What are some staples I should have in my pantry/fridge? I am serious about this weight loss and I want to do it right. So, what do you all recommend?<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for your help!<br><br><br><br>
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Anni, that is great that you are ready to lose some weight! It all starts with wanting to do it! I know how you can be 100% succesful in your goal. What would you say if it had nothing to do with willpower? What would you say if all it had to do was with knowledge?<br><br><br><br>
Well, that is what I am proposing! The following link is to some success stories on losing weight and getting healthy! Take about 30-60 minutes to read some of this. Read these first!<br><br><a href="https://www.drfuhrman.com/success/successstory_all.aspx" target="_blank">https://www.drfuhrman.com/success/successstory_all.aspx</a><br><br><br><br>
The next link is to a book that you can read a few pages of, it will tell you what foods to get out of the house!<br><br><a href="http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN0316735507&id=CX8huSU0n8AC&pg=PP1&lpg=PP1&ots=ub27jYK90X&dq=eat+to+live&sig=CXQzwADjHoobFM8emcIBw4u-UjI" target="_blank">http://books.google.com/books?vid=IS...M8emcIBw4u-UjI</a><br><br><br><br>
I know you can do this with the correct knowledge!<br><br><br><br>
The next link is to some free online radio shows. The 2 of particular relavence to your request are "The Secret Weapon for Permanent Weight Loss" & "Food Addiction: The Cause of Obesity" . I encourage you to listen to <b>all</b> of the radio shows. The more knowledge you get the easier this will be! It mentions which foods to eat and not eat!<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.modavox.com/VoiceAmericaCMS/Webmodules/HostModaview.aspx?ShowId=185&channelurl=http://www.modavox.com/voiceamerica" target="_blank">http://www.modavox.com/VoiceAmericaC...m/voiceamerica</a><br><br><a href="https://www.drfuhrman.com/voiceamerica/nutritional_wisdom.htm" target="_blank">https://www.drfuhrman.com/voiceameri...nal_wisdom.htm</a><br><br><br><br>
Finally, if you want to get some world class support I invite you to join the member forums at DrFuhrman.com. There are hundreds of people (mostly vegan) who have lost weight and kept it off, are in the process of losing weight and many others who just want to be healthy! You can ask the doctor as many questions as you want too. Also, there are never any fights over there. I love this board too but it does get nasty sometimes.<br><br><br><br>
Please give that book a preview and listen to the radio shows. You can download them in mp3 format and burn them to cd and listen to them too! Remember, weight loss is just a side effect of being healthy, do it to be healthy.<br><br><br><br>
Learn as much as you possibly can and you will be succesful.Here is also a nutrient density chart that you can see which foods have the most nutrients in them!<br><br><a href="https://www.drfuhrman.com/library/article17.aspx" target="_blank">https://www.drfuhrman.com/library/article17.aspx</a><br><br><br><br>
And a link to some more knowledge!<br><br><a href="https://www.drfuhrman.com/library/articles.aspx" target="_blank">https://www.drfuhrman.com/library/articles.aspx</a><br><br><br><br>
And finally a embedded youtube video <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
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Oh, btw, this not only is IMO the healthiest way to lose weight but the fastest way too!If you need any personal support feel free to PM me!<br><br><br><br>
You rock Anni! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:">
 

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I read your blog. I'm not really one to talk, I'm strugglin' with some extra weight right now that I'm totally not used to, but I suggest focusing more on health rather than weightloss. Cutting out the dairy should help, as well as the slimfast shakes and bars. I know they're convenient, but they're just a convenience food, they aren't helping you change your eating habits.<br><br><br><br>
Stock up on raw fruits & veggies. Navel oranges are super good right now. Or maybe they're good all the time, and I'm just currently craving them like I am. Salad is awesome with sliced up tofurky deli slices. My problem is salad dressing. I have a hard time making a low/no fat dressing that doesn't taste like liquid doodoo (exaggeration? yeah.)<br><br><br><br>
Try switching to "better" versions of what you use now. Raw almond butter instead of conventional peanut butter, sour supreme (vegan sour cream) instead of dairy-based (or cut it out entirely.)<br><br><br><br>
Speaking of losin' weight, the gym calls! Good luck, Anni!
 

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I also want to post this picture. Moon is also featured in "The Secret Weapon for Permanent Weight Loss" radio show posted above!<br><a href="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/c/cc/cc1e959b_vbattach5066.jpeg"><img alt="LL" src="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/c/cc/525x525px-LL-cc1e959b_vbattach5066.jpeg" style="width:525px;height:212px;"></a>
 

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Anni,<br><br><br><br>
Swapping out higher calorie food for lower calorie is a great idea - if you eat dairy, go for the low-fat variety; if you don't, Silk light soy milk is fine once you get used to it. Try to stock up on fresh fruits, and eat them when ever you can. Right now clemintines are a great deal here in Virginia - and wow are they good.<br><br><br><br>
You will need to have some fat in your diet just to make yourself feel satisfied. But you'll have to use fats sparingly. A peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole wheat bread is a great and filling breakfast. Beans and grains are very filling and very satisfying.<br><br><br><br>
Stay away from processed food and fast food. They can be full of appetite stimulants (salt, trans fats and HFCS). Avoid those isles when you shop. Aim for fresh, wholesome foods - but make sure that they satisfy. Nuts are wonderful, filling and last a long time in your tummy.<br><br><br><br>
Also, Anni, the real secret for weight loss and weight maintenance, imo, is exercise. If you don't have a habit of exercising, make that one of your new resolutions too. Walk everywhere you can, use steps as much as possible, and if you can, join a gym. It will make all the difference in your weight loss.<br><br><br><br>
Best of luck!
 

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Anni,<br><br>
I want to applaud your efforts. I know you can do it. Your determination is going to be the key factor here.<br><br><br><br>
I read your blog too, and I was noticing the same thing about the convinience foods. Slimfast shakes and bars can help you lose weight, but most people who use them gain it back.<br><br><br><br>
Try to think of this as a lifestyle change, rather than just a weightloss diet.<br><br><br><br>
I know you don't have tons of money to spend on food, and those slimfast things are not that cheap. Go for whole, unprocessed foods. These are healthier and cheaper than processed foods.<br><br><br><br>
Panty staples should include:<br><br><br><br>
A variety of fruits and vegetables. Go with what's local, seasonal or on sale.<br><br>
Things that are out of season are more expensive and worse for the environment since they have traveled to get to your grocery store.<br><br><br><br>
Produce that is always cheap and has good bang for your buck includes: apples, bananas, celery, carrots, onions, and root veggies, like squash, turnips and potatos- including yams and sweet potatos.<br><br><br><br>
Dried beans and rice are cheap, especially if you buy in bulk.<br><br>
You can make up big batches once a week and freeze individual portions to bring to school with you. This will help with portion control.<br><br>
You can do so many things with different kinds of rice and beans and spices.<br><br>
I like to make chili and do this. Or you can make up some rice and refried beans, then put that in whole wheat tortillas and freeze burritos. That makes a wonderful, quick, filling and nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner.<br><br><br><br>
If you are going to eat dairy, do stick to the low fat kind, but I would try to avoid it all together. You can find other things for calcium.<br><br><br><br>
Oatmeal makes a great, filling breakfast or lunch.<br><br><br><br>
Don't forget about water or herbal teas either to stay hydrated and feel fuller. Do forget about juice, pop, lattes, hot chocolate and all of that. Why waste calories that won't even fill you up? I lost 10 pounds by cutting out cream and sugar in my coffee and doing nothing else.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck, and PM me if you ever need to vent, or want some quick, cheap, nutritious recipe ideas.
 

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Ummm... Oops <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
I should edit that, but it's way too hilarious to censor.
 

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You need to step up the fruits and vegetables in a big way. Try starting every meal by eating an apple or a salad. It'll curb your appetite for the rest of the meal, and get you some fiber and vitamins and minerals! When shopping for produce, shop in season. For example, winter is good for citrus fruit, grapes, apples, and pears. Summer for berries, melons, and stone fruits (peaches, plums, apricots....). Frozen fruits and vegetables are usually cheaper than fresh, and are very convenient to toss into things. When I was living alone I always had a few veg mixes in the freezer and I'd use a different mix depending on what I was having that night.<br><br>
A big staple for me is sweet potatoes! I love them, and they're really good for you. They take under 10 minutes in the microwave, and i usually just put a dab of earth balance on it and eat it like that.<br><br>
I always have to have oatmeal and rice milk in the house. I eat it like it's going out of style, usually with just a little salt and cinnamon.<br><br>
I also keep an assortment of grains and noodles around, like pasta, soba or udon noodles, brown rice, pearled barley... and alternate for a grain for meals.<br><br>
We've always got whole wheat bread in the house, and cans of soup. Vegetable soup is a GREAT way to get in lots of vegetables, and it's convenient and relatively inexpensive. I usually have a few cans of minestrone and vegetable soup around for quick grab meals. Tomato soup is another good one. If you're eating a lot of salty/processed foods though, watch the sodium!<br><br><br><br>
On a mod note side, I'm moving this to the dietary and weight loss forum where I think you'll get more traffic!
 

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*chuckle* I'm going to have to get some bigger panties to hold all the staples. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
For me, the biggest thing is keeping the junk out of the house. If it's around me, I WILL eat it, most of the time.<br><br><br><br>
Thinking on that, I must say that it's NOT just about knowledge. No way, no how. Knowledge of nutrition, health, etc. is important, true, but saying that willpower isn't a factor (at least for most people) is just false. I KNOW that eating too many tortilla chips isn't good for me, but that doesn't stop me from doing so sometimes. I can polish off a king size chocolate bar even though I *know* that it contains like 1/2 my daily calories and virtually zero nutrients.<br><br><br><br>
Again, I don't want to discount knowledge as a factor, but I really believe that for most, willpower is far more important. I was very, very overweight for a long time in my adult life. I knew about nutrition, took classes, etc. and even had to plan healthful meals for the children I taught. None of this mattered until I decided losing weight and eating better was important to ME.<br><br><br><br>
Also, I wanted to mention that exercise is a great help. Not only will you shed some pounds faster, you'll tone up and your mood will likely be elevated. I've gained a bit over the past holiday (ish) few weeks, while not exercising, and now I've got that slug-like feeling. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/no.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":no:"><br><br><br><br>
This week saw a run and a bit of time on the rowing machine...hopefully, by next week I'll be back in the groove. I can't stress what a difference exercise (even moderate) makes.<br><br><br><br>
You can do it Annikat! (geez, that sounds like a cheerleader)
 

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I definitely agree with the advice to focus on HEALTH and not weight loss. A year and a half ago I decided to do just that, and with the help of regular exercise and focusing on health I lost 17 pounds. Maybe that's not as much as you're looking to lose, but I think the principles are the same. If you make it a permanent lifestyle change, you'll have much better luck keeping the weight off. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Do not eat meat since they have hormones injcted into them to fattem them up. Do not eat un-whole grains like wheat and brown rice. It is best to avoind wheat altotether and eat othe grains. But fruits and vegetables are better for losing weight. Eat lots of water. EAt foods liek raw fruits and raw vegetables that contain a lot of water.
 

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Gingko, this is a veg message board. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> I don't think she's eating meat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Gingko, this is a veg message board. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> I don't think she's eating meat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"></div>
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Hi Annikat,<br><br><br><br>
I've been trying to lose a lot of weight as well (I have over 50lbs. to lose). Something that helped me was printing out a list of fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetables that I like and putting it on the refridgerator door. Now I can just look at the list and figure out what to eat instead of getting frustrated and grabbing the Newman-O's and Amy's pizza, both of which I've been totally addicted to <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blank.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":|">. Good luck!<br><br><br><br>
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Hmmm...Maybe get at least some of your exercise in a way that makes you happy so you are still motivated to go even if you ache or are tired...like a walking group or something?
 

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I've been following Dr. Fuhrman's Eat To Live program. Because it is such a high nutrient diet, I consider it a health plan with weight loss as a side benefit. It starts out with what he calls the "six week plan" which some people just keep following until they reach ideal weight. Here is the six week plan in a nutshell. <a href="http://www.fatfreevegan.com/etl.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.fatfreevegan.com/etl.shtml</a><br><br><br><br>
For exercise I like to walk every day. I either walk outside for 3 miles or I use Leslie Sansone Walk Away The Pounds videos. <a href="http://www.lesliesansone.com" target="_blank">www.lesliesansone.com</a><br><br><br><br>
Hope that helps.
 

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Here are some tips for following Dr. Fuhrman's plan (from Eat To Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman)<br><br><a href="http://www.drfuhrman.com" target="_blank">www.drfuhrman.com</a><br><br><br><br>
Ten Tips for the Six-Week Plan<br><br>
1. The salad is the main dish.<br><br>
2. Eat at least 4 fresh fruits daily.<br><br>
3. Eat a variety of greens (raw and cooked).<br><br>
4. Limit cooked, high-starch vegetables/grains to one cup a day.<br><br>
5. Eat beans/legumes daily.<br><br>
6. Eliminate animal and dairy products.<br><br>
7. Eat one Tbsp of ground flaxseed daily.<br><br>
8. Limit nuts/seeds to one ounce a day.<br><br>
9. Eat lots of mushrooms.<br><br>
10. Keep it simple.
 

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I have lost 30 lbs. in the last year simply by exercising 5-6 days a week, 30-45 minutes a day, and eating more nutrient-dense foods, like fruits, vegetable, and whole grains. I also made it a point not to eat 2-3 hours before bedtime. But the main thing is to focus on your health, not how much weight you lose. And don't do the frustrating thing like I did by weighing yourself every day! Especially if you want to get some muscle definition by weight training. Focus on how your clothes are fitting, not how much you weigh, and focus on eating healthy most of the time. If you're really craving something that's unhealthy, have a small portion of whatever you're craving. Also, I've been eating on smaller plates, so my portions are smaller. And eat because you are "hungry" not because you are "bored" or "stressed."
 
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