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Old 05-22-2013, 10:23 PM   #1
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Newbie here!

I am planning to begin my LC journey the day after Memorial Day. I must admit I am a bit nervous as I have attempted a LC diet before and have not made it past the first week. Any suggestions or helpful tips?
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:09 AM   #2
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I suggest reading a book, either Dr Atkins Low carb rev or one of his other Great books and read it all. The get rid of All the high carb junk out of the house. Or if you can't get rid of it then have the people who eat that stuff to hide it from you so you're not tempted. Make sure your fridge/freezer is ready with yummy LC foods so you have no excuse on what to eat. And come here because we'll do everything we can to suppprt you! Welcome!!!
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Old 05-23-2013, 06:09 AM   #3
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I am planning to begin my LC journey the day after Memorial Day. I must admit I am a bit nervous as I have attempted a LC diet before and have not made it past the first week. Any suggestions or helpful tips?
Hi there and welcome! I'm new too but can you some of the emotional perspective as I hit day 8 today! I just want to say that making a decision to change your life is one you'll never regret. If you feel down or out at any time come here to the boards. There are some great people who have gone through the same things I or you may go through. And there are great testimonies of people losing the weight that will really motivate you. Let me say the scale may not be the best way to measure your success in the beginning. For me it's not but I can tell you I feel better physically than I have in a long time. Now thats just my case. Just be patient and take it one day at a time. You can do it.See yourself where you wanna be and you will get there. Welcome again!
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:57 AM   #4
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If you can clean out your cupboards of non allowable food that can help. Some people can't do this of course, because they share their house with others. It's also good to plan a day or two ahead of time what you are going to eat. You don't want to end up overly hungry, so plan you menus with an allowable snack. No requirement that you eat the snack, but I think its good back up to have planned snacks. Also make a list and stick to it when you shops for grocs, and never go to the store hungry. Good luck, you can do it!
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:25 AM   #5
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I am on day 5. I too have tried LC before and didn't stick to it because I expected these BIG (and fast) results that I read about at times. I now realize those quick results are not for everyone and I need to be patient. So I am at it again. I do know I feel better once I get the carb junk out of my system as Ive started induction about 3 times now. Hoping to get over the expectations and just go steady based on how well I feel. I dont have a problem with sweets being in the house but I have a BIG problem with breads, pastas and chips........ Without a lot of support from my hubby Ive found away to get the crunchiness I need from celery instead of chips, now if I can just find an alternative to bread I'll make it this time.
I absolutely LOVE this site and believe it will help me through with all the great info and advise!
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Old 05-25-2013, 04:21 AM   #6
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Welcome! I agree with Shelly. Preparation is the key. Reading the book is critical so you understand this WOE. Also having the right foods on hand will help a lot. I try to do a lot of cooking on the weekends so I have good food on hand during the week. I will cook a pork or beef roast and then use it during the week on salads, in soups, etc. Variety keeps me interested in the foods. Drinking water helps me with the bad taste in my mouth and it helps me feel full longer after eating. Reading and posting often in this forum helps me stay motivated and committed too. Look forward to sharing this journey with you!!
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:18 AM   #7
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There are hundreds of different bread recipes o this site, and if you google you'll find hundreds more. Most are not exactly bread, but allow you to have the "sandwich" or "muffin" or "cake" experience and still stay low carb. My personal favorite for the last year is still the one I've linked below. Also, I've found I've had the most success by not trying to recreate the high carb foods I used to eat, with low carb and often very calorie dense treats. Keep it simple.

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/lo...flour-mix.html

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I am on day 5. I too have tried LC before and didn't stick to it because I expected these BIG (and fast) results that I read about at times. I now realize those quick results are not for everyone and I need to be patient. So I am at it again. I do know I feel better once I get the carb junk out of my system as Ive started induction about 3 times now. Hoping to get over the expectations and just go steady based on how well I feel. I dont have a problem with sweets being in the house but I have a BIG problem with breads, pastas and chips........ Without a lot of support from my hubby Ive found away to get the crunchiness I need from celery instead of chips, now if I can just find an alternative to bread I'll make it this time.
I absolutely LOVE this site and believe it will help me through with all the great info and advise!
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:28 PM   #8
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Welcome! All great advice so far. I'd like to add that for me it helps when I think about all the delicious things I *can* have instead of dwelling on what I *can't* have. Just the little things like butter on my green beans or a low carb cheesecake or a fantastic steak make me appreciate the deliciousness I am allowed.
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:57 AM   #9
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Lots of fat. With failures in the past, I've always realized I haven't eaten enough fat which should help to control the carb cravings. Ibuprofen, cinnamon and chromium for the first week and make sure you make some time to nap during the first week!!!!!
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:58 AM   #10
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Welcome! All great advice so far. I'd like to add that for me it helps when I think about all the delicious things I *can* have instead of dwelling on what I *can't* have. Just the little things like butter on my green beans or a low carb cheesecake or a fantastic steak make me appreciate the deliciousness I am allowed.



Mmmmm Cheesecake!!!!!!
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