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LifeIsGood2013 05-14-2013 12:36 PM

Are your UDs 'Healthy'?
I have not been able to get a grip on my UDs and they usually turn out to be a binge-fest :o I don't know if it is because I've been on a diet and have felt restricted and deprived for so very long that I don't know how to control the flexibility that JUDDD offers or what my problem is. Can anyone relate? Any suggestions on how to control my UD eating? The good news is that the poor choices I've made have not had a negative impact on my weight (there's the silver-lining) :lol:

adillenal 05-14-2013 12:47 PM

Mine varies. Sometimes I am very good and then there are the days that I arrive at work to find a carrot cake in the breakroom. I am stilll trying to get my UD's under control even though I am in maintenance I over indulge on UD's and have to keep lower DD's to compensate.

LoCarbGal 05-14-2013 12:49 PM

Oh, you're not alone! In the beginning, for me, I was still pretty low carb, so really I just added calorie counting to the mix. Then when I started adding back carby foods, I absolutely felt like a kid in a candy store! I was scared of the carbs though, so I held back for awhile. By the holidays last year, I was eating anything I wanted, and my UDs often centered around treats and sweets!

I think it's a normal, adjustment thing many of us go through. We all of a sudden can have things we didn't for so long, and it takes over a bit. You'll calm down with that and find yourself feeding yourself more healthy foods after awhile. In the meantime, as long as it's not hurting your losses or making you feel bad, enjoy!

Scarlett46 05-14-2013 12:52 PM

My goal is definitely to keep my UDs healthy. I've been having a hard time filling up my UDs at first though, so I feel like I've been eating more junk, just to fill up the calories. I hope that once I get more used to this, I'll settle into an easy variety of healthy foods on both UDs and DDs. I'm a big frozen veggie eater, so as long as I can afford to keep them in the house, I'll keep trying to fill up on them! LOL

**This all said while looking at a piece of cake and a brownie on my desk... waiting for my stomach to settle from the burger and brat that I had for lunch! ROFL**

Yennie 05-14-2013 01:04 PM

When I first started I went hog wild because having come from LC I wanted to eat all the stuff I couldn't while doing LC. I've settled down quite a bit, likely because I am not restricted and will, in general, be pretty healthy on both DD and UD but I certainly don't turn down the occasional treat if it fits within my cals.

KeirasMom 05-14-2013 01:18 PM

Depends on your definition of "healthy." :hyst:

My typical UD menu:

B: Everything bagel with cream cheese, coffee
L: Banh Mi (Vietnamese pork sandwich, but it has lots of carrots, cilantro, and daikon)
D: Rotisserie chicken or pork chops or steak and a veggie, some sort of starch about half the time.

Snacks are often fruit, sometimes chocolate, sometimes pastry.

There's often wine after dinner. :stars:

Compared to how I was eating when I wasn't dieting, this is extremely healthy. Compared to how I see others eating, not so much. :o

It works for me, and I feel well eating this way, so I'll continue to do so.

desertgirl 05-14-2013 01:37 PM

I've only just started (one week ago) and I've had two healthy UD's and one unhealthy (Mother's Day).

I feel okay about that - today is an UD and I intend to eat very clean, except for maybe some Quinoa and Black Bean chips (TJs) and salsa. I've been dreaming of those all day.....:love:

Daisyjane82 05-14-2013 02:23 PM

I can so relate! :) I'm still fairly new to JUDDD (Just starting week 3) I've been having the same problem. I had been on a low carb diet for 3 months prior to JUDDD so that first baked potato with cheese, butter, chipotle sauce and all the fixings...I felt like I had died and gone to heaven! Then I ate Pasta and Pizza (oh the pizza...I was so happy to eat pizza again...I nearly cried) I was looking forward to Up days just to eat the foods I had deprived myself of for so long. Every Up Day was like Christmas! I think I finally got it all out of my system and now I've calmed down these past 2 Up Days. The craziness didn't impact my weight loss as much as I thought it would. Despite all of that, I still lost 6 lbs, So I'm happy and satisfied.

I plan on making more and more healthy choices as I ease into this new way of eating.

zipp2play 05-14-2013 02:43 PM

I eat more veggies than I have ever before. Up days just include them as well....along with chips or candy sometimes.

DeltaBigBoy 05-14-2013 03:03 PM

Yeah, that kind of depends on ones definition of healthy.

Sometimes I have pizza, homemade chocolate chip pancakes or processed crap out of a box. Not so healthy.

Sometimes I have pot roast, potatoes, carrots, etc. I consider anything I make at home that has nutritional value, low in chemicals and other preservatives to be healthy.

Sometimes I go through 2 dozen eggs a week. Some might freak out at that but I think it's healthy. My cholesterol is great.

Librarygirl 05-14-2013 05:05 PM

Sometimes. :D I usually have at least one "healthy" thing a day...working on eating cleaner, but I don't stick to any strict regimen on UDs. Dieting eod is stressful enough to me right now, so UDs are a time to relax and enjoy. :)

ETA: The first few weeks I started JUDDD, coming from LC, I made a trip to a store where I had found strawberry cupcakes eod. They were over 500 calories a piece!!! That was when my calorie allotment seemed big. Now, I wouldn't eat one or would think long and hard about it, because it would mean giving up a meal!

bkm 05-14-2013 06:48 PM

My husband and I have low-carbed for perhaps 15 years or so - so on our UDs we typically eat like we always do - meat/vegetables/salads - but now we're adding in more fruit. Since we rarely eat out, it's fairly easy to keep to that WOE. And I've noticed that we are eschewing breakfast more and more - I think after a day of "fasting" we just aren't all that hungry.

And then we sometimes eat out - pizza, beer, and I plan to have some REAL ice cream one of these days. We're going to Universal Studios for a day soon, and it'll be a day we allow some indulgence.

I think the most important thing for eating "healthy" (at least for us) is we don't buy any groceries that are junk - so all of our indulgences will be the occasions when we eat out ...

deedee 05-14-2013 07:00 PM

Mine are really not at all. Today I had a mcdonalds egg and bacon biscuit and hashbrowns. Lunch was a small bag of chips and a tuna sandwich (the tuna was probably healthy!) and dinner was a big banana nut muffin. But I stayed within calories at least?

One of my goals is to get my UD's healthier. Not just within calories but more nutrient rich and less carby. People keep saying it happens naturally as time passes on JUDDD but this is my six month anniversary and it hasn't happened yet. I am losing though.

phoenix17 05-14-2013 07:01 PM

Most are but some aren't. When I first started JUDDD I went a little crazy on UD like everyone seems to do and that was OK for a couple of weeks. But then I stopped losing. I didn't start to lose weight again until I started counting my UD calories. I am a painfully slow loser :(. so now I eat mostly healthy on UD but save at least one meal for an indulgence (or save it for wine/drinks or dessert).

The most important thing for me to eat healthier on UDs was that when I do, my DD are not as difficult. If I fill up on the crap food on UD (for me this means mostly sweets!) then I had way more hungry DDs.

Carly 05-14-2013 08:20 PM

Most of mine are fairly health, but my diet still involves pizza or Mexican food with tortilla chips and salsa... By the way that is the only 2 ways I will consume tomato... Tomatoes are to me what cucumbers are to Cindy (Kissa) :sick: sorry to bring them up Cindy...

I had a small dish of cold stone ice cream over the weekend, but usually I eat a lot of Greek yogurt and rice cakes with PB2. I try to keep snacks far far away from my kitchen. I'm even taking a break from Special K bars since those can get addictive.

I always have loads of fresh veggies and have egg beaters in the fridge. I drink a lot of water with true lemon, true lime or true orange. I just love the true orange in my water.

It can be a balancing act in the beginning, but I find I settle into healthy choices more often the opting for fast food or candy.

Demonica 05-14-2013 08:53 PM

I don't do wheat and try to stay away from processed stuff (with the exception of Nutella. Love that stuff:yummy:) I don't do sugar (with the exception of Nutella...)

deedee 05-14-2013 09:45 PM


(with the exception of Nutella...)
Haha, what a great exception to the rule though. That stuff is addicting.

Stardust 05-15-2013 01:01 AM

Being new to JUDDD I am similar to you, I am going a little overboard on my UD's. But actually I have found myself cooking better and healthier meals on UD's as on my DD I am not craving junk food, but things like sweet potato which are a bit too high calorie for a DD but perfect for an UD.

It's my snacks that are mostly unhealthy at the moment. I am trying to have higher calories, more filling meals to take away the need to snack the rest of time. Hopefully we'll both get more in to the swing of it as we get more used to this way of eating xx

Genie80 05-15-2013 01:28 AM

I've found now I've settled into my rotations (I'm on week 3, doing 4:3 rotations) that I eat far healthier on my UD's than when I wasn't dieting. Lots of home cooked meals & salad/veg etc but do blow out a bit at weekends x

Mamatomany 05-15-2013 05:05 AM


Originally Posted by Demonica (Post 16424931)
I don't do wheat and try to stay away from processed stuff (with the exception of Nutella. Love that stuff:yummy:) I don't do sugar (with the exception of Nutella...)

I have never tried that? I think this woe doesn't care what you eat it is all about calories. I eat healthy all the time BUT, that doesn't mean I don't over indulge in the good things and go over in calories! I think the biggest obstacle is stuff available in your home. For me..I write on the top of my grocery list I AM A LIFE GIVER...I have a bunch of kids so that keeps me accountable. Although we grow and make a lot of what we consume...I'm addicted to coconut butter! Do you know how many calories are in that! Shheesh

Flossyliz 05-15-2013 06:18 AM

Sometimes my UDs include a couple of glasses of red wine but I find my DDs are much easier if I nourish my body well on my UDs. That looks like lots of veggies, some quality carbs and some protein.

I'd never counted calories before JUDDDing, so that was quite an eye-opener and If I'm going to have a treat, I usually weigh up whether it's worth the calories.

I avoid sweet junk but I love home-made cookies and cakes. However, I don't bake so I don't get many opportunities to have them - I suspect that's fortunate! I rarely enjoy the taste of commercial ones, so they normally class as not worth the calories.

Cindy, I couldn't eat one cupcake - or I'd have to scrape off the frosting, which would be sacrilege, I'm sure!

My idea of food heaven looks more like fresh crusty bread with lots of butter, maybe a smear of Marmite or thick with some expensive jam and some good quality cheese on the side.

However, I love good quality chocolate/s. If I fancy ice cream, it has to be the real deal. My fruit yogurts are organic ones - I'll take a few sugar calories in lieu of artificial sweetener anyday!

Stuff available in the home is definitely my biggest obstacle. Potato chips can be my nemesis - and salted peanuts. I don't buy them but DH sometimes brings them at weekends!!

I'm lucky that I didn't low carb for long before coming to JUDDD - I gained several pounds during that experiment! So, I haven't had the urge to make up for lost carbs time. If you've LC'd in earnest, I think the sense of JUDDD freedom must be awesome - and maybe a little scary.

Mamatomany, that's a wonderful reminder to write on your shopping list. What a gift to your children!

zipp2play 05-15-2013 06:41 AM


I'd never counted calories before JUDDDing, so that was quite an eye-opener and If I'm going to have a treat, I usually weigh up whether it's worth the calories.


Potato chips can be my nemesis
I completely agree with this statement. Chips to me are addictive. An open bag means, eat at will. No matter the size, it is a "one serving bag" in my mind. CHIPS are horrible horrible horrible! Many here know my DS14 is following a loose version of JUDDD, he won't touch chips EVER, DD or UD, unless it is a free day that he doesn't count. I have the small 1 serving bags at the house right now due to a church event, he looked at that small bag (1/2 full of air) and saw 160 and was like, NO WAY! Why bother! ;)

lilowl31 05-15-2013 07:57 AM

I try to keep most of my UDs healthy. Friday is date night with my fiance though, and I eat whatever I want off the menu...usually followed by a stop at the yogurt place haha!

deedee 05-15-2013 08:12 AM


I've found now I've settled into my rotations (I'm on week 3, doing 4:3 rotations) that I eat far healthier on my UD's than when I wasn't dieting. Lots of home cooked meals & salad/veg etc but do blow out a bit at weekends x
I just started making my weekends U and M days, with three DD's during the work week and I can already tell a difference in what I'm eating. Mentally I've allowed myself the notion that Saturdays can be UUAD's, and I think that calmed the binge monster in me.

LifeIsGood2013 05-15-2013 10:05 AM

I can relate to something in nearly every post here! Nice to know that I'm in great company :)

route66 05-15-2013 11:16 AM

Getting to place mentally to eat what I want within reason has been the hardest part of the whole "healthy" eating thing. That being said, I eat a combo of healthy/unhealthy foods every UD. There are three ways I use to reign it in to keeping UDs from becoming a bingefest. I do whatever fits my mood of the day...

1. Eat 3 meals no snacks - each meal is one plate of food of whatever I want. it might be a traditional meat veggie starch or it might be coffee and an egg mcmuffin...

2. Use some method of Intermittent Fasting - i.e. eat within an 8 hour window or make sure I fast for 16 hours from dinner to the next meal, then I usually only eat 2 meals and maybe a snack - nice size meals, but still, it helps to keep me satisfied yet stay within a decent calorie range.

3. Have carbs at only one meal. Eat low carb stuff whenever I am hungry, but definitely have carby, junky stuff at one meal. (usually try to keep to one plate on this one, too)

Genie80 05-15-2013 03:11 PM

Today's certainly wasn't... I ate a whole can of pringles :(
I usually work out each morning what my calorie intake will be by planning all my meals I forgot today and am now tryin to pluck up the courage to work it out...

bkm 05-15-2013 03:56 PM

hmmm - I've never even thought about counting calories on my UDs :o

Maybe because we've been low-carbing for so long, it's no longer something I think about. I do count the 500 calories for the DDs (as I counted for HCG) - but I don't worry about fats and/or proteins - seems to be working okay - one of these days I probably should figure out just how many calories I typically eat.

Today (an UD), I had flax granola (that I make, the only calories would come from the flax seeds and the rolled oats, then some Hood's milk); a banana and a handful of cashews; and leftover meatloaf with 1/2 avocado, 1/2 tomato, some lettuce and mayo, all on a low-carb tortilla - I doubt that came to over 1500 calories????

Librarygirl 05-15-2013 04:31 PM

Well, chalk me up as one who didn't eat so healthy today...not terrible, but I did have a bag of chex mix (single serving), and a Zero candy bar. Then I ate two small servings of banana pudding and two cookies that were supposed to be dessert for both of us tonight.:o Bf didn't mind because he hardly ever eats dessert, but I felt wicked.:p I'm pretty sure I'm headed for a slight UUAD.:o After all, I've not had dinner yet.:hyst:

KeirasMom 05-15-2013 04:42 PM

Don't feel bad. I'm leaning toward having a Western Bacon Cheeseburger for dinner. :hyst:

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