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Eat to Live in the Summer!

post #1 of 65
Thread Starter 
Anyone else doing this here? I know there is an old (and long) thread somewhere in here, but I thought starting a new one might breathe new life into it.

For those of you interested, info on etl can be found here http://www.fatfreevegan.com/etl/index.shtml and here. http://www.drfuhrman.com/

This is my second time doing etl. First time was 4 years ago, ds1 was 1 1/2 and I was having a really hard time losing weight. In total I lost 25 lbs and kept it off until I got pg with ds2. I actually did very well throughout my pg and the first year after, but these last 6 months have seen me gaining again. So I need to get back on the wagon.
I started almost 2 weeks ago and have lost 3 lbs at the one week mark.
I'm going to use this thread a place to record my eating and success. For me, it really has the been the best and only way I have been able to put a handle on my eating long term.
post #2 of 65
I'll definitely join this thread! I'm not doing ETL right now because I just had a baby, and my amazing friends are feeding me (have been since dd was born and will be for a few more days!). I'm cutting myself a break for that!!! Starting mid-June though, we'll be getting a weekly CSA box which should be great for ETL!
post #3 of 65
i'm here, i'm doing a modified version as per my ND. so far i have lost about 10 pounds in 3 weeks. (maybe more, i am only weighing every two weeks now)
post #4 of 65
Thread Starter 
Congrats on the new babe!
I did well yesterday, ate too much at dinner, oh well.
Breakfast was a green smoothie and a banana.
Lunch was a green salad with cauliflower, hazelnuts, and avocado. Also a bowl of pintos with avo and salsa.
Dinner was veg tacos.
post #5 of 65
traveling and e2l....

we are leaving for florida on monday. we are going to see my terminally ill aunt. we will only be there until thursday, but my cousins are both obese food addicts and my mom is a terrible eater too. my cousins are into taking people to all the "all you can eat" places in orlando when they visit.

how do i cope without being a party pooper. as it is, i hate asking my mom to shop for me on monday. we are going to see my aunt, not spend time shopping and preparing foods.

ideas?
post #6 of 65
Thread Starter 
I would just do the best that you can. Pack yourself some trail mix for your purse, drink plenty of water and make the best choices at whatever restaurant you go to. For me one year, on vacation with the extended family that was salad bar and plain baked potato.
It is amazing to me when I "go off etl" how I'm still eating way better than most anyhow. Good luck and sorry to hear of your aunt.
post #7 of 65
I have really fallen off the wagon. I need to get back to it because I just don't feel good in my body, not to mention that I want to lose more weight. I seem to have something blocking my way towards prepping/cooking (and therefore eating) all the veggies. It wasn't that long ago that I was doing great. Ugh!
post #8 of 65
subbing

re: vacation... salad bars are usually pretty good. even those places like moes and chipolte offer a naked burrito in a bowl... essentially a salad with beans... very ETL! I still eat eggs, and eggs and fruit can be had for breakfast at most places (I get egg/spinach/tomato/mushroom omlette, hashbrown and fruit at IHOP when traveling)
post #9 of 65
Subbing.

Been feeling for the last few days that I wanted to try a meatless, low-dairy diet again and stumbled across Eat To Live at the library.

Love the simple rules of thumb. Need that. Counting servings and calories doesn't mix with enjoyment of food for me.

So I've been testing the waters for the past couple of days, going to do some shopping to make recipes from the book.

Any suggestions for what to start with?
post #10 of 65
Thread Starter 
I honestly didn't really like any of the recipes from his book. But fatfreevegan.com and her blog have some wonderful, etl recipes. Also, I found that eating more simply was key for me in doing this. So things you don't really need a recipe for, like a giant smoothie with anything that looks good, same goes for salad. Just something with lots of green veg and all the amazing produce we've got going on now. hth
post #11 of 65
Thanks!

In the fall I will want and need to start cooking again, but I get your point, it is definitely the right time for fresh, raw and simple.

I bought some fat free bean soups, dips and hummus yesterday, so I'm set for the next few days.

I have a real block about cooking beans. I eat and enjoy them, but when I cook them myself, I don't want to eat them. Except for a recipe I like for baked black bean dip with garlic...maybe I could experiment with making it without the cheese...There, see, I'm starting to get excited about cooking with beans even, now!

I love green smoothies, so that is the place to start. Here is what I've set aside for eating today:

chopped apple in oatmeal for breakfast

Bowl of napa cabbage tossed in salsa verde for lunch

10 oz box of washed spinach (which I will mostly use up in smoothies)

2 cups cooked broccoli, (tossed with a little fat free italian dressing, working on this one)

2 bananas, a can of pineapple, and some chopped frozen plums (for smoothies)

a bowl of peas, leftover from my kids' lunch.

3/4 cup storebought hummus. Or I'll make my canned pea soup and blend the peas in, and add some fresh herbs for flavor.

Lots of water...

And a couple of cups of coffee and some sweet cherries for a treat. I also carry around raw nuts in my purse to nibble if I get hungry away from home, but I have had that habit for a while. I certainly don't enjoy plain nuts enough to binge on them.

Such a lot of food!

My bane is nachos with cheese or dark chocolate before bed. I'm telling myself that if I actually eat everything, and I'm still hungry, I can eat whatever I want at bedtime. Couldn't get through it all yesterday, and certainly wasn't hungry for anything else :
post #12 of 65
Thread Starter 
Sounds like you're doing great. Not so much here. I keep justifying to myself not eating well. I just need to do it! You've inspired me.
post #13 of 65
Thanks so much for the link to fatfreevegan.com, isomom. Omigosh, now THERE are some recipes I can get excited about cooking (and eating

I am not worrying about salt -- I have low blood pressure.

I also don't own a scale so I won't be weighing myself. I have some clothes I loved that I wore before I got pg with my youngest, and I want to wear them again. 3 sizes to go....
post #14 of 65
I''m on day two and so far so good. I usually struggle for a long time with even starting, so I'm glad I've done that! I just went to Whole Foods and bought tons of E2L friendly fruits and vegetables, and some beans. I am turning 40 in exactly one month, so I am determined to last at least the month (but hopefully all summer), and then continue on a slightly modified version. I feel pretty good about starting this. I had a HORRIBLE wake up call a few days ago, well horrible in the realm of unimportant things, not horrible horrible. I was going through photos and I found some my dh had downloaded from a hike last month. My 8 year old was behind me with a camera and shot about 8 pictures. It wasn't pretty to say the least. I can't believe I actually look like that. It's pretty good motivation though, I just think of those photos and I know I want and need to lose weight, not because I hate my body, but because I love it and don't want to be unhealthy. For the next 30 days I am committed financially and otherwise to make this work! I need to lose about 40 pounds, but I'm hoping for half of that this summer, maybe more!
post #15 of 65
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It wasn't pretty to say the least. I can't believe I actually look like that. It's pretty good motivation though, I just think of those photos and I know I want and need to lose weight, not because I hate my body, but because I love it and don't want to be unhealthy. For the next 30 days I am committed financially and otherwise to make this work! I need to lose about 40 pounds, but I'm hoping for half of that this summer, maybe more!

Wow, I could have written your post, except that I turn 41 in 2 months, I shopped at Costco (we don't have whole foods), it was my 3 yr old with the camera, and I am fully committed for 27 days before I go on vac... but at the rate things are going, I think I will just take my blender with me

Ok, going to do a food diary....

Today I ate:

oatmeal and a chopped apple for breakfast (with 2 tbsp of my homemade granola to flavor it)

A blender of spinach/pineapple/banana smoothie I couldn't finish from yesterday.

6 cashews and 2 pecans to stave off a need-food- headache energy while at the playground with kids.

Leftover cooked broccoli and carrots tossed with a cup of italian tomato sauce, sprinkled with chili peppers and the merest dash of parmesan cheese.

And I'm currently working on a bowl of cooked green peas and carrots tossed with roasted red pepper hummus and a blender of green smoothie made with butter lettuce, pineapple and blueberries.

Naughties: I had a couple of sips of yogurt-fruit smoothies and a couple of bites of the pizza I just made for the kids, 2 half cups of coffee with milk and sugar. Was surprised I didn't finish the coffee, as I usually do want it for energy...maybe I'll crave it less?

I bought a lot of unsweetened canned pineapple and fresh bananas at the grocery store tonight. For those who have done this for a while, do you find your tastes adjust and you can cut down on these "sweetnener" fruits in the smoothies eventually?

I am a fan of eating local and am half-plotting something like the purchase of an aerogarden or something for winter salad greens already....An ongoing dependence on tropical fruit is not something I could ever compensate for hydroponically in my basement, though
post #16 of 65
Thread Starter 
So funny, last time I did etl it was vacation photography that did it for me as well! lol
Anyhow, re-started yesterday, did pretty well.

Brekkie was a banana and coffee.
Lunch was a ww pita with hummus and lettuce, and more hummus wrapped in more lettuce.
Snack was a smoothie with strawberry and banana and some pistachios.
Dinner was shredded cooked beets and a zucchini, potato, pesto bake thing.
post #17 of 65
my trip to florida was a bust! (i posted about it on the other thread) i tried to eat e2l, but i kept ending up in places with no food or horrible food. a bunch of times my blood sugar just plummeted and i was miserable.

i didn't give up and just eat junk, but it was impossible for me to get enough calories of veggies and so ate more than i wanted to. the interesting thing was i felt (physically) very achy and stiff by the time we got home (5 days). and yesterday i had a big blow up with my DS. (i have PMDD issues)

last night i shopped and this morning i went to the public market to get hydroponic greens and other organic veggies and tomorrow is another organic farmer's market that has local organic STRAWBERRIES!! YAY!! (i wait all year for these. we don't eat out of season or non local berries usually)

i am happy to start eating e2l again!!
post #18 of 65
Today so far I've had a banana, a handful (large handful) of almonds, 2 coffees, and a package of strawberries. The almonds were because I was working my son's swim meet and stuck at a timer for three hours. i'm glad I had a bag of them with me, but I probably ate too many. I usually only have one cup of coffee, but I'm tired, maybe from the change in food? For dinner and a snack I'm going to go with beans, and greens, and maybe a little more fruit!
post #19 of 65
that's all you've eaten by 5 PM??? no wonder you are tired! the bare minimum of calories you should be eating is 1200 a day. that's bare minimum. are you tracking what you eat?
post #20 of 65

Hummus. It's the new cheese....

I am rediscovering that hummus does the same thing for me as cheese (my usual main protein/fat source I usually so look forward to eating cheese...now I am using a bit of cheese as a condiment and instead I look forward to eating hummus.

I have three kinds in my fridge right now, and two recipes I have got to try.

I've been eating hummus with pea pods, or steamed peas and veggies tossed with a little hummus.....mmmmm

I should buy some chickpeas. Don't like canned, never cooked them before. There is probably a whole lot I could be doing with them that I'd love.

Today I have eaten:

bowl of oatmeal cooked with a chopped apple.

4 baby zuchs chopped and steamed mixed with one half cup of my fave tomato sauce, sprinkled with a tbsp of feta cheese and some chili peppers
This would be nice baked :

about 10-15 pea pods with hummus dip

And I just made a blender of smoothie with half-a-head of butter lettuce, some banana and cherries, which I am working on.

Later tonight, I am going to have a portobello mushroom or two for dinner....

I also made a very rich homemade ice cream for a party tonight and did not eat any. Yay me!

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Originally Posted by umami_mommy View Post
last night i shopped and this morning i went to the public market to get hydroponic greens and other organic veggies and tomorrow is another organic farmer's market that has local organic STRAWBERRIES!! YAY!! (i wait all year for these. we don't eat out of season or non local berries usually)

i am happy to start eating e2l again!!
Mmmmm...strawberries aren't out locally until July, but there are a lot of nicer ones available now from slighty warmer climes.

I have bowls of strawberries, cherries, peapods and blueberries on the kitchen table for me and my kids to snack on.
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