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Old 06-22-2011, 09:30 AM   #301
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I have been very interested in reading all ways to lose weight here and your JUDDD way of doing it is good because you only have to do it one day. The other day you get to eat. I can do that.

I have lost a few pounds already by not eating anything that has sugar in it or flour in it. And no potatoes.

I hope I can lose more too.
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Hi Everyone! First off~ this thread is so prolific it takes me forever to catch up, but lots of great recipes, info and great substitutes. Much appreciated!

DD for me, had a couple of zukes, noodled and sauteed with roasted garlic, a little tomato paste (from a tube). a sprinkling of red pepper flakes and a small chicken breast. Really good and filling.

Those muffins look amazing!

Have a great day, all of you!!
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Donna, your marinated veggies sounds wonderful. I never thought of using the dressing like that, but it's awfully tasty, so that would be nice.

I'm going to try something similar to that with the veggies I have here on hand yet this evening, and I'll let it sit overnight. That sounds good for my DD tomorrow.

Sorry about that one stinker of a pound hanging on, but I expect you'll get rid of it very shortly!
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I have been very interested in reading all ways to lose weight here and your JUDDD way of doing it is good because you only have to do it one day. The other day you get to eat. I can do that.

I have lost a few pounds already by not eating anything that has sugar in it or flour in it. And no potatoes.

I hope I can lose more too.
Hi again, Hickerson! Glad to see you again.

I'm sure you will continue to lose weight, and if you are cutting back a lot on foods that are high in carbs, that is a great start.

As to eating on the JUDDD plan, the day that you hold your calories low is important, but the following day that you eat at your high calorie level is every bit as important too, because that is the one that we sometimes feel we don't have to pay any attention to, and then we can make the mistake of eating way too much! Don't want that big of a day to cancel all the benefit of doing the previous DD.

If you can hold your DDs to a pretty good and low level, and not eat too-o-o-o much on your UDs, I expect JUDDD will give you an additional benefit over just eating low carb to begin with.
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Hi, Blonde Rose.. sounds like you're another one who likes zucchini on your DDs. That stuff is very filling and tasty, and so low in calories it really fills the bill. I'll be including it in my DD meals tomorrow.

Hope you're doing well.
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Hey, JUDDDers! Just finished my third Down Day. Yet again, my post UD weigh-in this morning still shows my starting weight, although at least I'm weighing in less after Down Days. Then again, it's only been four days, so I guess I need to be a LITTLE patient!

I felt hungry today, so I decided to catch a matinee this afternoon to get my mind off the rumbling tummy. I saw Super 8, and it was so charming--kind of like Goonies meets ET or something. Lots of fun--great movie for kids old enough not to find the special effects stuff scary.

I have a bit of recorded TV to catch up on tonight, and also a new book to get started on, so I should be able to coast on through the rest of this Down Day.

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Hi, Jessica. I'm up a bit after yesterday's UD too. Just the normal bounce I always expect after the big eating day. But my average of the seven days this week is going to be less than my weekly average of the past weeks.. each week that average ends up being a little lower than the preceding week's average. So it's just that matter of time for you too, of course.

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So I'm doing a Down Day today.. which means it's my big *vegetables & fruits* day.

On the menu for today: broccoli and carrots, steamed 'til tender, spaghetti w/ shirataki noodles, zucchini, mushrooms & onions, 1/2 cup of sauce, zucchini sticks and chopped zucchini marinated in a combo of dressings, an orange, and an apple. ****** says 555 calories. It would have been less except that this particular jar of spaghetti sauce isn't the low 50-calories per half cup kind.. but I'll use it and get it out of the house. LOL I'm not going to throw it out.

Interesting to me is that although I don't make any effort to include protein on my DDs.. like I don't usually eat meats on those days, I still come out with about two thirds of my day's protein needs met with just the veggies. I thought, "Gee.. that's strange. I don't eat any meat but still get a lot of protein even on such a low, low DD calorie consumption of veggies. Huh...." And then I think, "Duh!!! A huge oxen, strong enough to pull heavy loads all day long, builds his enormous power and muscle mass on all veggies (grass) too!"

But then on UDs, I eat quite a lot of meat... like lots of lovely chicken thighs dipped in General Tso's sauce yesterday.

Going to go prepare another house for the builder I work with. Several of us there today, so it'll be a lot of fun.

Hope you all have a fabulous and *on tract* JUDDD eating day today, whether you're Up or Down on your calories! Such an easy-peasy plan to do, and such a nice dependable way to lose weight.

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Good morning! Reached a slightly lower weight on my post DD weigh-in this morning, so perhaps progress is being made! Gonna try not weigh after the next few Up Days and see if that helps my mental attitude a little. Why should I be weighing that water I retain after a higher calorie day, right?

Don't exactly know what I'm going to eat for my UD today, but it will be low carb. I'm thinking I'll duck into my little local storefront Mexican joint for lunch--steak picado (little bits of skirt steak sauteed with onion, tomato and jalapenos) with guac on the side. And probably a burger patty at home for dinner. (My hub works out of town on weekdays and only gets home on weekends, and not every weekend at that. So with both kids out of the nest and him gone so much, I see this as the perfect time in my life to totally focus on ME--particularly on getting myself to goal weight!)

Wishing you all a happy and productive Thursday.
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Sounds like you're doing great, Jessica! The Mexican meal sounds yummy. That's the kind of stuff I like on my UDs, too, since I tend to mostly eat veg on DDs.

Gaets - oh my, I love veggies so much. I wish you could love them too. I imagine it is pretty difficult sticking to DD counts when you don't eat the veggies. I have a voracious appetite and could never feel satisfied with 500 cals of meat. I have to be careful with my veggies and stick to the very low-cal, low-carb ones. I spent 7 years as a vegetarian and that's when I gained the most of my weight. WAAAAAY too much pasta and starchy stuff!

SoHappy, I found a spaghetti sauce with 30 cals per 1/2 cup! I wasn't sure if I could believe it, but upon using it today it is definitely a thinner sauce than the 50-cal one I usually use, so maybe it is accurate. If you let it sit with the veggies/shirataki long enough, enough of the flavor migrates in and it tastes pretty darned good. The company that makes it is local but I know they distribute nationally - DeLallo Italian Foods. It's their fat-free marinara sauce. I, too, have some of those higher-calorie sauces around so maybe what I'll do is use them half-and-half with this one until they're gone, and cut down on the cals a little that way.

Yesterday at the grocery store, I found a stash of Walden Farms Marshmallow stuff in the markdown bin. I had read a lot of reports on it being nasty tasting, and also a lot of recipes that use it for various purposes in low-cal, low-carb items. I bought themall, and today I made my Ouizoid Superlow Cal chocolate muffin with two tbs. of this...stuff...added. Oh my, what a texture I got! The stuff definitely does taste BLECH from the jar, but the flavor disappeared into my muffin and made it very dense and rich and -- dare I say it -- *almost* brownie-fudgy-sorta. I'm going to make another one later tonight and stick it in the fridge for Saturday's DD, since I've read that refrigerating these kinds of things improves the flavor even more. I'm really glad I bought them all.
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hello lovely JUDDDers ! long time no post

I see everyone is doing great, congrats So Happy on your weigh loss !

I've been celebrating my diploma for 2 weeks now and well, it might be good to get back to plan the scale told me this morning I got 2 pounds back on, which is not so bad considering all i ate/drank those past 2 weeks

I'm having a DD today, I have to keep it real low as I have to keep a glass of wine worth of calories tonight : a friend is visiting and we have to celebrate !!
I haven't eaten anything yet, it's 10am and i might have shirataki noodles for lunch...
Maybe I'll join in the food porn and post a picture of my lunch

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Old 06-24-2011, 07:20 AM   #311
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Good Morning, Everyone. Annie! Glad you're checking in again, Little Girl! Sounds like you've been having a fun, fun time with your friends, celebrating and enjoying the summertime. Glad you're ready to get back on JUDDD again now. And Annie... Definitely join in on the FOOD PORN with photos! That will be wonderful!

And it sounds like the rest of us are working the JUDDD. It does get to the point where I just don't think about it quite so much as I did in the beginning... I'm just am doing it. You know what I mean? But I never fail to feel confident about the strengths of this way of eating, and I never doubt that it can maintain my weight or lower my weight, as I choose, just by tweaking cals a bit higher or a bit lower, as long as I keep the big spread margin between the UDs and the DDs.

That being said... I blew my DD yesterday. Well, last night. I just plainly skipped the food that had been prepared and allotted to my evening meal, and instead, I ate a bologna & cheese sandwich on pumpernickel bread and 5 (count them... FIVE!) chocolate chip cookies from the little pan I baked for my DH, who is muscular and fit and doesn't watch cals or carbs at all and still remains pretty slim at age 77!

My only excuse is that I had worked so hard during the day getting the builder's house ready for the buyers, and I was so tired and so hungry that I just caved. So yesterday turned out to be a MD instead of a DD.

And I'm working on another house today and will do yet a fourth house tomorrow (Saturday), so I'm not going to attempt another DD until Sunday. I'll make today be another MD, and then Saturday will be an UD, in prep for the Sunday DD. Sounds like it should work OK for me as far as calories to fuel me and my working, and work out for me OK. Just puts me back a couple of days in hoped-for weight loss.

My Medium Days are usually about 1,100 or 1,200 calories. Not too low, but enough to be considered a little bit low, and enough to fuel me for the day. I hold DDs to 500 or up to 600 tops, and UDs in the area of 1,700 to 1,900 or so these days. UDs used to be a bit lower, but I seem to be doing better as my metabolism seems to be *normalizing* if that makes any sense.

So this morning I weigh exactly one whole pound higher than I did a couple of days ago when I hit my fabulous new LOW! I'll get there again.

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Good morning! Reached a slightly lower weight on my post DD weigh-in this morning, so perhaps progress is being made! Gonna try not weigh after the next few Up Days and see if that helps my mental attitude a little. Why should I be weighing that water I retain after a higher calorie day, right?

Don't exactly know what I'm going to eat for my UD today, but it will be low carb. I'm thinking I'll duck into my little local storefront Mexican joint for lunch--steak picado (little bits of skirt steak sauteed with onion, tomato and jalapenos) with guac on the side. And probably a burger patty at home for dinner. (My hub works out of town on weekdays and only gets home on weekends, and not every weekend at that. So with both kids out of the nest and him gone so much, I see this as the perfect time in my life to totally focus on ME--particularly on getting myself to goal weight!)

Wishing you all a happy and productive Thursday.
Jessica, In a way I envy you this uninterrupted time in your life to devote to yourself and your own interests. For myself, it's not that I don't love my DH.. it's that he's retired. He is still quite active and has his activities with old cronies, but.. it's not the same as really having uninterrupted days to do what you want, eat what you want, eat when you want, etc. Like you said, time to just devote to yourself!
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OH, Donna. I was going to mention that I have a request for Oat Fiber in at a local Whole Health Foods store. He's going to look into ordering it, costs, etc. It would be so great to be able to buy it locally if the cost is comparable. Otherwise, I'll be ordering from Netrition and pay the shipping.

I'm kinda' anxious to try one of the muffins for DDs. I'm certainly curious anyway. Curious enough to spend some of my hard-earned money on oat fiber! The photos of the muffins make them look so moist and delicious. And then you describe them as something that sits like a heavy rock in your stomach! I'm UP with that!
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Oh yeah, they sit there like a big lump for HOURS...not in an uncomfortable way, but in a way that keeps you full. I kind of envision it sitting there, soaking up fluid as you drink water all day long (lovely, huh?) I think your stomach just doesn't quite know what to do with it since there's virtually no real food in one. After a while it just breaks it down and tells it to move along.

Just make sure your health food store REALLY gets oat fiber. I had more than one place assure me that they carried it, only to find that they thought oat bran was the same thing.

Stubborn pound is gone after yesterday's good DD. Woo hoo! I had hoped to be down one MORE pound by tomorrow to keep on track for my June goal. Seems unlikely, but you never know. I'll just keep working to carve off TWO pounds by the end of the month.

We are going out to dinner tonight - going back to the Thai restaurant that had the shirataki noodle dish, yum yum.
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Oh yeah, they sit there like a big lump for HOURS...not in an uncomfortable way, but in a way that keeps you full. I kind of envision it sitting there, soaking up fluid as you drink water all day long (lovely, huh?) I think your stomach just doesn't quite know what to do with it since there's virtually no real food in one. After a while it just breaks it down and tells it to move along.

Just make sure your health food store REALLY gets oat fiber. I had more than one place assure me that they carried it, only to find that they thought oat bran was the same thing.

Stubborn pound is gone after yesterday's good DD. Woo hoo! I had hoped to be down one MORE pound by tomorrow to keep on track for my June goal. Seems unlikely, but you never know. I'll just keep working to carve off TWO pounds by the end of the month.

We are going out to dinner tonight - going back to the Thai restaurant that had the shirataki noodle dish, yum yum.

So it sounds like I could just drizzle some chocolate sauce over a bath sponge and swallow that, and it would do the same thing.

Yeah, when I asked the guy about the oat fiber, I said, "oat fiber, as opposed to oat bran" and he said he knew that the bran was fiber, so what was the difference between the two items, and I couldn't tell him.

I guess I really need to do some research into this stuff to see what it actually IS. LOL

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OK, did some Google searching and found a LCF post by ouizoid back in January of this year that answered my question perfectly. She posted:

"..........Oat fiber and Oat Bran are NOT the same. Oat fiber has had all the starch stripped from it and is only indigestible fiber and no digestible carbs. Oat bran still has starch.........."
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Here ya go, SoHappy: oat fiber on the left, oat bran on the right!



Lousy camera again - I hope you can tell how much like a very fine flour the oat fiber looks The oat bran just looks like wheat bran, only lighter. It's very coarse.
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Jessica, In a way I envy you this uninterrupted time in your life to devote to yourself and your own interests. For myself, it's not that I don't love my DH.. it's that he's retired. He is still quite active and has his activities with old cronies, but.. it's not the same as really having uninterrupted days to do what you want, eat what you want, eat when you want, etc. Like you said, time to just devote to yourself!
Yep, in a strange way, I am really, really enjoying this time. I am a musician, and I've joined some singing groups that have evening rehearsals and lots of weekend concerts, something I wouldn't have done if DH were home. And I'm reading a TON, and discovering the world of television (he always was "king of the remote," so I never got much chance to see what was on that might interest me.)

Of course, I don't TELL him how much I'm enjoying this time--he'd be mightily insulted. Hahaha.

Sounds like everyone is doing very well with their JUDDD efforts. SH, I wouldn't sweat the Medium Day one little bit. I honestly think that the "trickier" you get with your metabolism, the better it responds.

I've told this story before last time I was doing JUDDD, but I'll repeat it because I think it's interesting (and telling.) Years and years ago, I was doing Weight Watchers winning points. I had lost slightly less than 20 pounds, when suddenly, my losses slammed to a total halt. Week after week, I went to meetings, weighed in, received counseling about what I had recorded in my little food diaries, saw the suspicious looks they gave me (I know they thought I was cheating, but I was not, at all.)

In desperation, I did an internet search and stumbled across something called "The Wendie Plan." Someone, somewhere, named Wendie had discovered that if you took your week's point allotment and divided the week's total into wildly varying amounts of points, say 14 points one day and 30 points the next, yet still equaled the week's total you'd have had had you simply eaten the exact same points every day, you'd lose much faster.

I had nothing to lose, so I tried it. Instantly, my losses resumed. And ya know, that "Wendie plan" was simply JUDDD, put into WW terminology. The body, especially the female one, likes to preserve body fat, and our metabolisms adjust REMARKABLY quickly to whatever we throw at them! So we just have to keep throwing surprises at the body, and what does that better than JUDDD?

Hope everyone has a great Friday!

(P.S. Didn't weigh today following yesterday's Up Day. I'll see how I do with only weighing after DD's for a while!)
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Thanks, Jessica. I'm just home from my job. (This is such a part time job for me, just to earn a little extra spending money, but for some reason they have four houses jammed up one after the other right now. Arrggghhh!)

Anyway, I log in here first thing when I've been away from the computer for awhile, and it was great to read your story about the Wendie Plan of cycling. I think you're right about our bodies responding better to varying daily calorie intake than they do if we're sticking to the same close little range of calories, day after day after day.

So I'm not going to fret the overage last evening or today's MD.. or tomorrow's. I'll get back to a tighter calorie restricting shortly.

Thanks for the support and example.
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I am down a pound this morning! Very, very pleased--it's a new low for this round of JUDDD.

Decided to track today's Up Day on ****** just to make very sure I know what exactly what's going on. Already got breakfast logged in--MUST REMEMBER to log the other meals, too!

Wishing everybody a great Saturday.
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Hi everyone. I decided to start JUDDD today. I've already been eating low carb, and I'll continue to do so. I started with a down day, and while I'm not at all hungry now (bedtime), there were a couple points today when I was feeling a bit of hunger. And that's with the appetite suppression of low carb - I can't imagine how hungry I'd have been if I started this after following the typical American diet. Anyway, I'll be reading through this thread to get ideas of what foods to eat on down days. I'm glad I found you!
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Good Morning, Everyone. And welcome, Maryo! Glad you've found us and found JUDDD, one of the most remarkable eating plans I've had the pleasure to enjoy for myself.

As you read through past posts I expect you'll see us eating all sorts of different meals at a wide carb range, but that seems to be effective for all of us too. JUDDD is so adaptable that there are folks who do it while eating a *standard American diet*, folks who do it while eating a low fat diet, and of course many here who follow JUDDD and make low carb food choices at the same time, so the plan is yours to design for yourself. Pretty amazing, huh!?!!!

Hope you love what this calorie cycling and calorie reduction plan will do for you and for your weight loss and especially your health. So glad to have you join us. Welcome, New Friend.


Jessica, congrats on the pound gone. Sounds like you're on your way now. Did you find that your UD calories were about where you had thought them to be, and at about the level you feel they need to be?
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The scale gave me good news and bad news this morning. First of all, I was down in weight 1.7 pounds from the week before, so that's always good. But I'm up in weight this morning after the last two big days. I'm not particularly concerned as it was expected as I ate a lot more food and calories in these two days, but I completed my work with more strength and energy, so skipping the DDs was a good decision.

But needless to say, today will be a good DD. It's time to get this show back on the road for this last week of June. And I need to have a good few days going in to this last week because.... My daughter and granddaughter will be arriving from out of state on Thursday or Friday. I'm overjoyed, but I'm not going to be eating 500-calorie days while they're here!
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Good morning, JUDDDers. Welcome, Maryo. I hope that your first DD went really well and that you woke up feeling good about life! I'm going to suggest that you start out only weighing after DDs. I was stubbornly determined to way every day no matter what, but must be honest and admit that bouncing up and down 3 or more pounds every day was bothersome to me! Of course, in the weighing department, we all must do what works best for us.

I find that I am indeed somewhat hungry on Down Days, but I learn to sort of "enjoy" that sensation, if that makes sense. It makes me feel like I am accomplishing something--doing good for my body--but it doesn't make me desperate, because HELLO, IT'S ONLY FOR ONE DAY! That's the magic of JUDDD!

SH, I think I had about 1800 calories yesterday. That's a few more than I typically have on Atkins, but it seems about right for JUDDD. We'll see how it goes. I felt plenty full, but not over-full. I may experiment with doing less some up days and more on others, if my body seems to need an extra nudge.

Down Day for me, and looking forward to that nice, in control feeling of a Down Day.

Have a good one, friends. I must be off to church.
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Thanks for the welcome, ladies. I'm very hopeful that this plan will work out for me. My scale hadn't moved for a few weeks, so I wanted to do SOMEthing, and it did move a little this morning after my DD yesterday. It's so encouraging to read about your weight loss successes, and more importantly how good you all feel with this WOE. One thing that would help me, if you could indulge me on this - what is your favorite (or most useful) down day food(s)?
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:28 AM   #326
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Thanks for the welcome, ladies. I'm very hopeful that this plan will work out for me. My scale hadn't moved for a few weeks, so I wanted to do SOMEthing, and it did move a little this morning after my DD yesterday. It's so encouraging to read about your weight loss successes, and more importantly how good you all feel with this WOE. One thing that would help me, if you could indulge me on this - what is your favorite (or most useful) down day food(s)?
I am answering you in this post.. # 328 (shown up in the right-hand corner).

If you search back through the pages of this JUNE JUDDD thread, I have listed my menus for a few Down Day meals and posted photographs too. And a couple of PenguinPower/Donna's are in here too, although they're mostly my posts. I'm gabby. LOL

Look for posts # 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, -- 190, -- 230, 231, -- 234, 235

Most of those posts have the pics too.


I'm one who can't stand to have almost nothing in my tummy for the entire day, so I go heavy on veggies and even include some fruits. The fiber seems to fill me up a lot and last quite awhile.

Another thing that is wonderful and very filling are the shirataki noodles. The pure white ones are 0 calories! It also comes in a solid yam cake block for o calories, so nice to dice up and add into other things to bulk up the size of your serving and fill your tummy against hunger for no extra calories.

I use Eggbeaters or egg whites only on DDs and skip the high calorie yolks. Save them to use in things on your alternate UDs as they are nutritious. I just don't eat the yolks on DDs. Also salads, salads, salads with dressings that are usually 35 calories for 2 tbsp serving. I did find Maple Farms s/f Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing for 5 calories for 2 tbsp. Amazing. And some folks swear by the Walden Farms dressings as being fairly decent tasting and 0 calories.

This is not to say that you won't be eating luscious foods on your Up Days... just that you want to do everything you can to cut calories to the bone on your DDs. If you can hold your calories to 500 and not go over on your UDs, I think you will do wonderfully. Many of us eat at even higher cal levels than that on DDs, and still do very, very well. Big hint... don't go over on Up Days. That is almost more important than those DDs that we focus on so intently.

One of my favorite, favorite things is a chocolate/coffee milkshake using unsweetened chocolate almond milk, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, Hood's Calorie Countdown Chocolate Milk, Sugar-Free French Vanilla Coffee Creamer, instant dry coffee crystals..... you can put in some unsweetened cocoa powder, or maybe a tbsp of s/f chocolate syrup, of maybe cut back on the Hoods milk or maybe cut back on the vanilla almond milk... in other words, you can measure out whatever combination of this stuff you want to, depending on how many calories you want to make it. Make a shake as big as you want it to be. I put all of this stuff in my blender along with about half a tray of frozen strong coffee ice cubes and blend it up into a shake. Totally fabulous.

I don't worry too much about how much protein I get on my DDs, as I eat high protein amounts on my UDs and more than make up for it, and I keep my DDs low fat too, but I get more, more, more than enough of that on my UDs too.

Hope this has helped. I have my camera back so will be taking pics of my meals pretty often again. That helps me stay focused, makes me really plan out my meals, and gives me something to go back to when I need some fresh *old* ideas of what to fix.

Hope you'll post some of your meals too. We all give each other ideas.
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Mary, I have a slightly different approach on Down Days. I use pre-packaged stuff because I just don't want to be in the kitchen/cooking/messing with food on my DDs. Possibly I can be more like these other ladies and make soups and stuff farther down the line, but for now I use a lot of:

individual packets of tuna (most are only 70 or 80 calories)
Hebrew National fat free hot dogs (good flavor and 40 calories each)
low carb bars
low calorie bread, at 40 or 45 calories a slice, depending on the brand
Eggo fat free waffles (70 calories each)
100 calorie microwave popcorn bags
celery sticks and cucumber slices (I keep them cut up and ready to go in a ziplock bag)
kosher dill pickles
bagged salads
the zero or very low calorie spray-on salad dressings
I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spray
Walden Farms zero calorie maple syrup
Smuckers sf fruit spreads (10 calories a tablespoon)

Hope this is helpful!

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Mary, I have a slightly different approach on Down Days. I use pre-packaged stuff because I just don't want to be in the kitchen/cooking/messing with food on my DDs.
Oh! I hope I didn't come across as saying everyone had to eat veggies, etc. I apologize if I did. There are so many ways we pick the foods we eat. Others here have stressed eating just a bit on their Down Days, and making it be mainly meat protein foods as that very low carb seemed to curb their appetite the best.

I wish truly there was a single once-size-fits-all way to do this.

In the end, it seems to be based almost entirely on calorie cycling between highs and lows that works the magic. Alternating your calorie consumption from your normal maintenance level number of calories (in other words, not even being on a diet) to a very low number (considered a *fasting* level of calories) and back up does the trick.

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No no no, of course you didn't, SH! You were super helpful! I just thought for information sake I would chime in with my own approach! As we all know, there is no right or wrong way, only the way that works for the individual!

(And editing to expand a little more--I believe you are exactly right--it's not any kind of magic food-combining here! It's just plain having those calories go sharply up and down that works! So as far as the choices of what to eat on a daily basis go, that is more about whatever it takes to get YOU, as an individual, to stick with that low, low calorie day, according to your tastes and preferences and your own metabolism and physical comfort. I've noticed that for many, many folks, maybe for most, eating tons and tons of veggies in the form of soups and salads really works for them. However, if you happen to be like me and would prefer to just stay out of the kitchen and not handle or think much about your food, I wanted to point out that it is possible to do that. Hahaha--now that I've overexplained myself to death, I will go back under my rock!)

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Old 06-27-2011, 07:12 AM   #330
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Good Monday Morning, fellow JUDDDers.

Boy! Am I ever fat and up in scale weight this morning! I'm puffy with swollen fingers, etc. so water retention for some reason. I strongly suspect supper last evening, which included french fries, which I almost never eat these years of my life, and something called a spicy chicken crisp sandwich at Burger King. Tasty. But maybe not all that good for me, I'm thinking.

BUT... DH said he wants me to put him on a diet too! He is feeling fat and wants to lose his 13 pounds of 'overweight', so that's going to be a whole lot easier for me. So a whole lot less bread and sweets and snacks and soda pop in the house. I don't have too much problem resisting it all, but nice to not even have to spend any of the grocery money for that stuff. Well, other than an occasional loaf of really good artisan bread. I still eat and enjoy bread on occasion. Well, and other than an occasional loaf of my 40-cal bread which I occasionally use on Down Days. Well, there go some of my best intentions right there!

Anyway, not making separate meals for the two of us will save me a lot of time.

So that is my bad news and good news for this morning so far. I'm just drinking a nice mug of coffee with half & half for breakfast right now and deciding what to get accomplished during the rest of the day.

Hope you all have a good one, whether it's Up or Down for you.
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