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Old 09-16-2011, 03:04 AM   #121
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I saw that number weeks ago and have struggled up and down and never saw it again, OMG I am so excited, and of course my B-day is Sunday and I was planning to eat a piece of cake, LOL Maybe the additonal running is helping, I am just going to keep running and see what happens!!!!
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From The Times
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26 March, 2011


Dr Dukan: the man who’s made us all no-carb bores

From Jennifer Lopez to Jenni Murray, suddenly the whole world seems to be on the Dukan diet

French diet doctor Pierre Dukan, the famous creator of the Dukan diet – the one the entire world seems to be on – is looking for a pencil. “Where did I put eet?” he asks in his heavily accented English. He spots the pen I am using. Suddenly, he swoops down. “This will do!” he says triumphantly. The next thing I know, he is scribbling on a paper napkin.

‘It’s about ’appiness,” he tells me, rapidly drawing boxes. “Food is the weapon, yes. But what is the key? What is the gun? You! It is your hand that feeds you, that reaches out to take it so…” He shows me the napkin. “These are the things people need to be ’appy, see?”

I look at his boxes. In them he has written things like “Food. Love. Beauty. Nature. Spirituality”. “Without these you are…” He waves his hands in the air. “Lost, you see? Empty, empty, empty and so… this space gets filled with food. No sex in your life? Eat! No love? Eat! You are a muzzer and a fazzer and your children have left home and now you have nothing together? Eat! You ’ad a job but now you are retired? Your ’usband has left you? Your parents are ill? This is why we eat. No one wants to be fat. It ’appens because of all these things. If not enough boxes are ticked, then…”

He fills up his face with air and waves his arms around his body. “Fat! You see? You eat, you put on weight, you feel guilty. The next day you are good at breakfast and good at lunch but by dinner, when you are alone and sad…” He motions eating a box of chocolates. “Every woman knows this. But I can tell you, to come back from there… it’s a long journey.”

It may be a long journey but, for 68-year-old, grey-haired, rather avuncular Dr Dukan, it has turned out to be a lucrative one. His book, The Dukan Diet (£7.99, Hodder & Stoughton), is flying off the shelves. Everyone I know is either on the Dukan diet – Radio 4’s Jenni Murray is writing her diary of losing weight the Dukan way – or about to go on it. Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bündchen both used it to lose their baby weight, and it has gone global. Billed as being “the real reason the French stay thin”, it has sold millions of copies in France and it is now available in the UK and in 15 languages in 37 countries. It is, quite simply, a modern phenomenon.

How on earth has this all happened? How has this twinkly, happily married man and father of a grown-up boy and girl created a weight-loss system that has outstripped even Atkins, Montignac, South Beach and GI?

“I believe your body, your self, is what you need to have control over,” he says. “I say to my children, ‘You have no choice about when you enter this world and when you will exit it. All you can do is do something with the life that you have. You can control that, so why not make it the best life you have? Why not take your body and make it sing?’”

The belief, he says, is at the basis of his weight-loss programme. “It’s hard for some people to understand,” he says, shrugging. “At first, no one was interested.” Dukan says success has all been through word-of-mouth. “When I wrote it, in 2000, no one was that excited about getting it any attention,” he says. “They all went, ‘Oh, another diet book,’ even though I kept on telling publishers it really worked. But it’s not the money. No! It’s my belief. I am convinced, I know, this works.”

Yet Dukan never intended to get into the weight-loss business. He trained as a doctor specialising in neurology. “I had no interest in diets,” he says. “I have never dieted in my life!” But then, 30 years ago, an overweight patient asked if he could help him lose weight. “He said, ‘Ask me to do anything but don’t tell me to give up meat. I love meat!’ So I put him on a protein-based diet.” Within a few weeks, the man had lost an astonishing amount of weight. “He came back. I added a few vegetables. He didn’t lose any weight, so I alternated it, proteins, then proteins and vegetables, and the weight started dropping again.”

Realising he was on to something, Dukan went on to study nutrition. “But it was all weights and measures and calories and I thought, ‘Pah! Who wants to do that?’” So he set out to do his own diet. “I tried it out on anyone who was ’appy to do it,” he says. “I made report after report. I changed it all the time, adjusting here and there. It was like an experiment. Will this work? Will that work?”

It came to him early on that the thing dieters most need is motivation and support. “Oh, yes,” he says waggling his head sagely. “They need motivating, yes, but then support. As I met more people, I found out that overweight people are like children. If you don’t support them, they go back to their old ways. If there are crackers in a bowl, they will eat them. If there is a cake, they think, ‘Ooh look. ’Ere is a piece of chocolate cake. I will eat it.’ This is ’ow their thought processes go. Food is always on their mind. So they need rules and they need motivation.”

Part of his diet is to do with constantly checking in – there’s weighing and reporting and lists of food you can and can’t eat. “You in the UK love it!” he says. He tells me he thinks this is down to two factors. “It works,” he says, “and Carole Middleton.” In fact, ever since the mother-of-the-bride revealed she was on the Dukan diet, book sales and the number of people registering on the internet in the UK have risen significantly.

“Have you seen the internet site?” he asks. I’ve not only seen it; I’ve subscribed to it.

“You?” he says. “Why? You are slim.” I tell him that I lost three and a half stone on Weight Watchers over the years but, recently, I’d found myself putting on a stone.

“What were you doing?” he says.

“Eating biscuits,” I tell him.

“Ah ha!” he says. He gives me a critical look. “I ’ad a woman who came to me,” he says. “She was beautiful, bit overweight but… not really a problem. But I treat ’er and while we are talking she tells me she ’as these children and she loves them so much she wants to eat them. I say, ‘Yes. This is love – food and love.’ But then she tells me she ’as no man in ’er life. I say, ‘Why not?’ She tells me she is busy, independent, blah blah blah.” He waggles his head sadly. “It won’t work so well.”

“What won’t? I ask him.

“She needs a man. A woman and a man need to love, to make love. It keeps you thin.”

Then he looks at me. “Actually,” he says happily, “she was a journalist like you.”

We have a long discussion about how I find being on his diet. “It’s hard,” I say.

“Hard?” he says, his eyebrows shooting up. “No, no, no. Not ’ard. There are 100 foods you can eat! You can eat as much as you like. No weighing. No restrictions. No ’unger.”

But they’re all meat, I say. Meat and fish and prawns. I can’t bear it any longer.

“Have you lost weight?”

I nod. Half a stone in two weeks. Dukan leans back in his chair and smiles. Then he offers me some goji berries.

So, this is how the Dukan diet works. There is the Attack Phase, where you eat only protein and zero-fat dairy products for a certain number of days, depending on your weight. “It’s never more than a week,” says Dukan. The idea is that the body goes into a sort of shock and you lose weight very quickly. “This is what the dieter needs,” says Dukan. “The person wants to lose weight. They want to see quick results to give them momentum.” Then there’s the Cruise phase, where you alternate a protein-only day with a protein and vegetable day – not all vegetables, mind you, only the non-starchy ones, such as cabbage and celery. Then, when you have reached your True Weight – as worked out by the efficient Dukan search engine – you go on to Consolidation. “This is where I bring back certain foods,” he says. After that, it’s Stabilisation, whereby you have one protein-only day a week – known as Protein Thursday. You also walk for 20 minutes a day, never take an escalator, drink two litres of water a day and eat oat bran.

Of course, it’s all more complicated than this. There are things called Celebration Meals, where you get to drink wine and eat a portion of chocolate pudding. “No seconds,” he says. “Never seconds! This is ’ow the French stay thin.” This is probably true. I remember being at a very posh French wedding once and the thin Parisienne women put tiny portions of food on their plate and that was all they ate. Meanwhile, I was polishing off huge portions of potato dauphinois.

Then there’s the oat bran thing. Dukan gets everyone to eat at least a tablespoon and a half every day to provide fibre. “The man in Britain called me up. He has Mornflakes oatbran. He tells me his sales have doubled.” Then there’s the exercise – mainly walking, but Dukan suggests a range of time-consuming exercises, including abdominal crunches and squats.

The diet hasn’t been without critics. Health writers such as The Times’s Amanda Ursell have balked at the amount of protein that is ingested, saying it could have implications for the kidneys and their ability to process waste. “Not true!” says Dukan. “I ’ave one patient with only one kidney and she is fine.”

There are other downsides, which I can attest to. They are: bad breath, wind, constipation, feeling faint and weak, getting mind-numbingly bored of protein. Oh, and obsessive behaviour. If you do not follow the diet to the letter, you have to start all over again. I have also found myself becoming a mad diet drink consumer. I have never been one for fizzy drinks but now, craving sugar, I have them stacked up in my fridge. If anyone else in my family dares go near them, I shout at them.

Dukan shrugs when I tell him this. “But to lose weight? It’s worth it, n’est-ce pas, and soon, soon you will go back to your normal foods but hopefully, not so many biscuits.” He giggles. Then he says, “Do you know ’ow many diets have been and gone since I started? Over 200! None of them works. Maybe Weight Watchers, but there is no aftercare and they sell too many products. This diet will last you for life.”

This is the key to the success of his diet – go through the pain and hardship and then voilà! Thin for ever (as long as you follow his rules for Stabilisation). As any woman will tell you – and I do mean any woman – the endless quest to lose weight and keep it off is the equivalent of finding the holy grail. This is why, when someone such as Dukan seems to have found the answer, we all pounce on his diet like manna from Heaven. This is how groups of women talk. “I’m on the Blood Type. I’m on Slimming World. I’m doing the Dukan.” I’ve watched perfectly sane, outwardly successful friends of mine eat nothing but powdered drinks in order to lose a few pounds.

“Eet’s a tyranny, isn’t it?” says Dukan, shaking his head sadly. “I see these women and they are all so sad, so sad. They say, ‘Just a few kilos, doctor,’ but what can I say? I don’t treat people who don’t need to lose weight. I treat people who ’ave problems.” Then he claps his hands excitedly. “But I can treat them, yes!” he says. “This is what I do. This is what I am inspired to do!”

For a man who must be worth millions, he has few trappings of wealth. His office, off the Champs Élysées, is reassuringly chaotic. There are packages everywhere; someone is drilling away putting up shelves. Also, for a man who advises the overweight among us not to eat anything but protein, there are bowls of Ritz crackers all over the place. And his staff are not even that thin. Most of them are average-sized. One woman is rather larger than average.

One of his assistants tells me how much she loves working for him. “He is a one-off,” she says. “He truly believes in it. He has a philosophy behind it.” There is certainly an energy about him that is infectious. While he has people producing charts and graphics and successful testimonies to put in press packs, Dukan is happily wandering around telling people about once meeting the daughter of Picasso. His assistant tells me they – as in the Dukan team – are currently trying to work out a vegetarian version of the diet. A vegetarian version of a diet that basically advises eating piles of veal? Dukan waggles his finger at me. “Yes!” he says, giggling away. His assistant tells me it will be based on Cereleg. Cereleg? “Cereals and legumes,” she says seriously. By this point Dukan is giggling so much she has to shoot him a look.

She is also working on the British internet site. “I am changing the recipes,” she says. “I have discovered the English don’t like eating eggs and ham in jelly.”

Later this month, Dukan is on a tour of the United States to promote the Americanised version of his book. How does he think they will react to him? Dukan shrugs. “I don’t know,” he says. “I ’ope they will like it. American men like meat, yes? But they eat too much of it. This is what we all need to understand. The man is the hunter, the woman is the gatherer.”

‘Are you sure?” I ask him. I thought we were all supposed to be hunter-gatherers. “No!” he says. “Men like meat. They are born to hunt. Women are born to nurture.”

He tells me he has one last thing to say. ‘This is the most important thing,” he says. He looks at me very seriously and takes my hand. “Industralised nations are all about growth and consumerism. What makes us ’appy are things that are free – love, the air, belief and nature. As a boy, I was always in nature. My muzzer took me to the seaside all the time. I loved it. All that is free. Laughter is free. But this does not make growth possible so we are all told to consume, consume, consume. We ’ave to stop doing it. We ’ave to make a stand.” Then he quotes the Welsh poet W.H. Davies: “‘What is this life if, full of care, we ’ave no time to stand and stare?’ That’s it, isn’t it?”

I look at him, astounded.

“So,” I say, “this diet is a call for a quiet revolution against consumerism?”

“Exactly,” he says.
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Old 09-16-2011, 04:15 AM   #123
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I posted the interview with Dr Dukan -- thought you would enjoy it. I was afraid it was too long, but I see it got posted all right.

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In the book Dr D comes across as rather condescending and not very up to date in his ideas about women, but all I care about is that his plan seems to work. I hate his idea that overweight people will do anything he tells them as long as he "the mighty doctor" writes it as a prescription. LOL. Been a nurse way to think Drs know it all or not to question what they tell me. I follow the advise I find useful to me, but don't worry if I decide to twick things a little like eating the protein pudding or shakes on occasion. My guess if once he starts selling his own brand, Dr D will change his mind and think they are just fine.
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Bejewelme- hang in there! Remember muscle weightsmore then fat cells! You are doing a lot of exercising & you may be building muscle... Can I borrow some of yours? You may need a break-not from the program but from the stress the scale is causing you. Eat that piece of Birthday Cake! In fact have two! You deserve it! It may be the break you need for the scale to move. I know a lot of great people born in Sept!

I don't want to discourage anyone but encourage you by what comes next. I was stalled in losing for almost 18mosJ then I found Dukan. I didn't gain but bounced around a 5lb range. I KNEW IF I CONTINUED TO EAT RIGHT AND DIDN't GIVE UP! The pounds would go!

IF IT HAPPENED FOR ME IT WILL FOR YOU! Just don't give up. Bounced back to 173.??? But knew it was H2O so kept on going without stressing about it! Back to 168.8 today. STRESS is a killer of weight loss... Hang in there and LOVE yourself.

got to go... Will read up in the above posts when I get home! Love ya'll!!!!!
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Old 09-16-2011, 05:19 AM   #126
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That is an interesting article, so more sex will make us thin? LOL I will have to show that to Tony, I am sure he will love that!!!! LOL

I still think it is sort of like Atkins only fat modified and the oat bran thing, but whatever it is working for people and that is all that matters, I think there are lots of plans out there and the thing is what works for some doesn't for others, and you have to find what keeps you satisfied and able to stay on it. Like for me I am carb sensitive, I will always be no matter how much exercise I do, the combo of high protein, low fat and moderate carbs is working, I learned a lot from Dukans book, the main thing fat and carbs do not mix in any shape or form!!!!!

Iam- Thank you!! I know I am trying not to be so scale obsessed but its like I just want to see a number start with 1 now, it has been 30 years! Never did I think when I turn 43 on Sunday that I would now be in the best shape of my life, it is mind numbing! This year has been one fantastic voyage!
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Pat Thanks for posting the article. I read every word.

Wow i love the new smileys.

Becky hang in there. It's tough to get started again.

Sinny I am at 234 and you wear a smaller size than me. I carry all my weight in my hips and belly

Amber I am very carb sensitive also. If you think you can have a small piece of birthday cake and not fall face first into a carb binge as I would, then go for it. Unfortunately I always tell myself I am shaking things up and then end up going a week eating every carb in sight

Well ladies as Becky said I am doing well on Dukan right now (with right now being the key words ) Fell off the wagon for a week and gained 8 pounds of water weight back. It has taken me another week of strict Dukan (attack) to get them back off. Hopefully I can move on from here and keep losing.

to tjglc and congrats on the weight loss so far! Dukan works if we stick to it.

Stilldews Good job on fitting into the 14's

Have a great day all and enjoy the weekend.
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Pat thanks for the great read!

Teresa I wanted to use the scale smiley but didn't get how to.... let me try. ok maybe that is how? I find these smileys overwhelming oh look eggs!!! IMADORK!

Amber I am 203 also.... wanna race? oh look at the muscles for you!! wheeeeeee I am nutso I am struggling but keep trying.
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Becky I am sure you will win, it has taken me like freaking 6 weeks to lose 5 pounds, ughghghg!!! I just want to be under 200 by the wedding!
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Hello everyone...it is probably too late to get in on the September weight loss. I decided to start Dukan today (I was going to wait until Monday, but our camping trip got cancelled).

I have a lot of questions...and if there is some other place I should look for these answers, please tell me, so you don't have to repeat yourself...

Here goes.....
1) Can the gallette be made ahead and nuked in the a.m.?
2) I have a BIG problem with constipation already..so I am nervous when Dr.D tells you there is going to be a constipation problem. Any ideas?
3) I am in a big black boot on my left leg...achilles tendon (trying to avoid surgery)...so walking the 20 min. is out of the question (I am supposed to be resting it....yeah,right!!) Would Yoga be ok? (I never did it but i have DVDs)...any other suggestions??
4) Doc speaks of sucking on ice cubes (huh??). Instead of making his yucky sounding icecubes...do you think I could put Crystal Light into the ice cube trays??
5) I was on the Ideal Protein diet a few years back (yeah, I lost 30# -- put 20# of it back on..). Do you think I could use any of the prodcuts from that diet. It is basically very low carb/lowfat/no taste stuff!! I have a ton of it left!!
6) Does the "coaching" DrD speaks of cost money (live video chats...daily emails, etc.) I was on his website today, but couldn't really figure it out.
7) On Dukan Diet website, it talks about a cheesecake recipe...but I looked everywhere, and couldn't find it. (Going without sweets is my biggest problem...2nd is getting in the water...third, the exercise).
8) I must have read the nonfat dairy wrong....is it true that we cannot have cheese?
9) He says pickles are allowed...but they are a veggie. Do I have to wait until the Cruise phase to eat these??

I cannot believe I am starting another lowcarb diet. I lost 50# on Atkins about 7 years ago....gained 30# of it back....went on Ideal Protein...lost the 30#...gained 20# back!! I get SO bored on the lowcarb/hi protein diet...but it seems to be the only one that works for me. (Am I going into this with the wrong attitude...lol!!)
But...this site helped me then (knowing everyone else was on the same diets) -- and I know you will help me now!!

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Hi michigander and

I am fairly new to this and can't answer all your questions but maybe a few. Maybe some others will jump in with more answers.

1) never made the gallete so can't help there but the oat bran muffins are really good. I like to put shredded zucchini in them for PV days. Nice to grab from the freezer and nuke for a quick breakfast. For 6 muffins:

6 T oat bran
2 eggs
5 Tbls fat free yogurt (greek)
1 tsp. baking powder
dash vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup Splenda
1 shredded zucchini (if you plan to use for PV days)

Mix all and put in muffin pan. Bake 350 degrees for about 18 min. These are small and eating 2 gives you the 2 Tbls oat bran allowed in cruise per day.

2) I like to take magnesium every night and sure helps with that issue!

4) I think the ice cube theory is a little out there lol but who knows. I think crystal light would be fine.

5) Not familiar with the Ideal plan but personally wouldn't do any packaged meals.

9) If I remember from reading the book, pickles are allowed in small quantities for flavoring, same with onions....even on attack phase.

You can google Dukan recipes and come up with some blogs and websites to find recipes. DukanItOut is one that has a lot and is popular.

I am a sweetaholic! I love having 0 fat greek yogurt with a couple drops of EZ Sweetz (or any sweetener you like). I also have the carbmaster yogurts from Kroger sometimes. Or sweetened cottage cheese if you like that. I like to whirl it in my magic bullet until smooth like a pudding. SF jello. Just a few ideas.

I am sorry about your husband. Again welcome and get ready to lose!
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Micheganer- I think she answered most of your questions, google the recipe many come up for the cheesecake! Ughgh Ideal Protein, my plastic surgeon pushes it, that stuff is vile tasting and soy laden, I try to avoid soy but it is suitable for on here since it is low fat and high protein, use it up-it is expensive, I wouldn't do the snacky stuff stick to the soup, and shakes and pudding stuff, low carbs and low fat!! You can have non fat cream cheese and I think he says no regular non fat cheese. It's a YMMV thing. You can nuke the galette but it is sort of gross on day 2, the muffins are better heated up and you can make 6 at a time. Magnesium and water for constipation. Crystal light is fine but drink alot of water, like .5 ounce per pound of body weight, if you weigh 200 then 100 ounces minimum. Coaching does cost money not worth it from what people say, but that is up to you, here is free, and we have all done it at some point, LOL A few pickles wont kill you look for the splenda ones or go for the sour dill ones not the bread and butter ones!!!!

I am sorry for you loss, you have been through the ringer, I hope there are better days ahead for you!!! You can do it!!!!!!

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Amber and Becky, I can feel Wonderland pulling you towards it like a super strong magnet. You're both gonna get there! Just keep fighting for it. For some reason those big numbers like to fight us.

Michigander, welcome to the group. You can probably tell most of the people here seem to be willing to bend the rules a little and I like that. I use protein pudding and will probably use up some of my low carb milk shakes too. Not familiar with Perfect protein, but as long as the products are lower in carbs than say milk or greek yogurt, I would think they are OK. I try to use products with under 3 gms. carbs per serving. I drink an occasional Crystal Lite drink and haven't noticed it hurting any. I read on the US Dukan facebook site that fat free cheese in limited amts. is a tolerated food. I will try to find the list for you. I know wheat bran in 1 Tb amts. a day is also tolerated for constipation. So far, not finding that much of a problem after the first couple weeks. Just having to get used to the fact that regular on Dukan is different than regular when you're eating lots of whole wheat and other high fiber foods.

I just checked on the USA Dukan facebook site and it does discourage fat free cheese other than cream cheese, cottage cheese, farmers cheese, ect, but does say that it is allowed in limited quantities as long as it has less than 1.5g of sugar per slice. If you look on that site on the left side under FAQ'a it's listed under dairy products. Also lots of other answers there plus lots of recipe ideas. I think the difference between USA Dukan and the French has to do with the type of products that are available.

Sounds like you are like many of us that have lost on low carb before. Just like any other plan, the pounds do come back on easily after you go off the diet. That's one of the things I like about Dukan. The 3rd and 4th stages sound doable and hopefully will keep that from happening. I know I have 200 days of consolidation to look forward to after getting to TW and also know that is going to be the toughest part of all since I'm the type that loses 90 and gains 100 back over and over. Not going to let that happen again!

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Yes as Stilldews says one thing I learned you have to mix up your body I think all diets need tweaked to what you can tolerate, the bottom line is fat and carbs together= weight gain, the carbs and fat always have to be low, its either low carb and high fat and I mean really low carb or its low fat and a few more carbs, it really is the truth! Its finding the foods you like that make you stick with it, longterm, there is no going back, when I think of the careless eating I did, OMG it is frightening!

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Here's a quick cheese cake recipe that'a legal even for attack.

8oz FF Creamcheese, 1Tbsp FF Sour Cream, 1 Egg, 1/4 cup of Splenda, splash vanilla & Lemon juice. Beat well till smooth. Put in 10 cupcake liners and bake for 20mins on 350. Done!!! Put in fridge to cool if you can resist. Enjoy. Top with a little sugarfree syrup if you want.
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stillsdew and I must try the cheesecake sometime. Thanks for posting the recipe.

michigander. I am struggling this time but I usually try to do it by the book. I think the galette would be fine made up the night before and nuked in the morning. I have only made it once and think I prefer the cookie myself. I have never made the muffins however and I am betting that would be the best to grab in the morning.
The magnesium does work well. I take mine at bedtime but you can also use stool softners. Just try not to let it get too bad.
I use a bit of dill pickle relish in my tuna and also a bit of light mayo.
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Thank you all so much for the replies to my questions. I just knew I could find help here. No, I am not going to pay for any coaching (did that with Ideal Protein).

Well, Day ONE is done....Had a terrible time sleeping last night, even with a sleeping pill. Did take the magnesiium AND a stool softener, so we will see "what happens." I had an awful time with constipation on Ideal Protein...Scale says I lost 1.2#..(water weight).

I am SO braindead when it comes to recipes. Obviously, I am used to Atkins (altho really glad I don't have to do 2 weeks of Induction again). I looked thru some of my lowcarb recipes (and recipe books) -- and none seem appropriate for the PP days. Dinner last night was SO boring!!

In many ways, Dukan reminds me of Ideal Protein (without the expense). Low carb-high protein-low fat (no taste). True Weight calculations say I should stay on this 3 days..doubt if I could last much longer.

My hardest time was last night...I like to munch while watching t.v. AND (my biggest hurdle) is that I like to munch M&Ms in bed while I read (to keep me from smoking and THUS the weight gain). Is there anything you can think of that I could make (with a bit of sweet taste) to help me over this hurdle?? I had thought of the muffins TXniteowl suggested, or a meringue recipe I found (but making them small).

Am having a hard time getting my ticker to work. I had to delete my latest ticker..cuz it showed I was at 154 lbs!! When I tried to put in a new one, it just comes up blank.

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I like FF cottage cheese, ricotta cheese or cream cheese mixed with a little cinnamon and Splenda for a sweet treat. You can also mix a tsp of FF no sugar cocoa powder and some splenda in any of the above. On PP days, I take along either 2 small containers of sugar free jello or a cup of Greek Yogurt mixed with something like Cyrstal light powder or sugar free jello powder. Also the MIO liquid that comes in Cranberry Pomp flavor is good in the yogurt. Totally Light 2 Go is a powdered liquid flavoring much like Crystal Lite, except it is made with Splenda. Netrition has it. Very good just sprinkled on cream cheese, mixed in and eaten with a spoon.

I make a sweet breakfast dish with the oat bran that can be eaten anytime of the day. Lately I have been flavoring it with Vanilla Custard, peach or French Toast Flavored Capella drops. Also good with cinnamon or apple pie/ or pumpkin pie seasoning.

Mix your 2 TB of oatbran with 2 eggs, 2-3 heaping tablespoons Greek Yogurt, 2 PKg Splenda or Stevia, and 5-6 flavoring drops or 1/2 tsp spice of choice. Whip well with a fork, microwave 1 minute. Whip again with a fork and microwave 2 more minutes. Can be topped with a little Walton's sugar free pancake syrup or anyother sugar free syrup or mix a little FF cream cheese with Splenda and spread on top. If you decide to use the wheat bran, it could be added too. This is my breakfast everyday.

The pudding Amber and I use is MHP Power Pack Pudding. Not really officially approved for Dukan, but it sure makes a quick easy treat when you need just that something extra. It does have 9 gm carbs a can, so I cut down on other dairy the days I eat it. Also has 30 gm protein, 4.5 gm fat and 190 calories, so filling enough for a meal/to make a meal.

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michigander the oat bran cookies are really good too and simple to make. Maybe those would be good for late night snacking.

2 Tbls oat bran
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 Splenda packet
1 Tbls skim milk (or water, s/f syrup, etc)

Mix and let stand a few min. for the liquid to be absorbed, then spread out into cookie shape and microwave for a min or so.

Makes one cookie and is the daily serving of oat bran but perhaps you could break it up into small pieces or make several smaller ones.

The meringues sound like a good idea too. I have not tried those yet.
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michigander I know of no sub for M&M's I find sitting here at the computer for hours at night to be the hardest for me. On PV days since I can munch on celery and the like. I have made s/f pudding with the skim milk in the past and it never seemed to stall me.

stillls you do have some good recipe ideas. I must say

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Morning Becky oops afternoon lol.
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I think you need 40 posts before you can put up a ticker here!!!!!
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Hi my name is Helen! I started Dukan on Monday at 203.50 and today I am 198. I am thrilled. I never lost this much in such a short amount of time - even on Atkins. I don't know what it is about this diet but I really think that this may be the new wol for me. The fact that I can have greek yogurt and skim milk is super. I love the oat bran galette. I am so excited to be here and doing this. Dukan's website said my true weight is 145 so I will start with that goal. Good Luck to everyone!
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Welcome Helen!

OK there is absolutely no substitute for M&Ms but for chocolate lovers... I love the Fage 0% Greek Yogurt mix in some Truvia/Splenda & a spoonfull or 2 of Hersheys Special Dark or regular Cocoa Powder (unsweetened). Mix it together til it tasts good to you & leave it several houes in the fridge. It is like eating a chocolate mouse.

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Helen!! That is amazing weight loss If I could just settle in and behave like I did the first time maybe I could get back in onederland.
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Helen!! That is amazing weight loss If I could just settle in and behave like I did the first time maybe I could get back in onederland.
You can do it! The timing just has to meld with the mindset! Til they join yourself and be to yourself. You will get there!Never get or at yourself. Just keep a PMA and you will with the finished product!
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Hey girls I did the race, OMG it was so thrilling be able to run like that!!!

I posted pic and stuff in my journal

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Thanks Becky, I cant tell you how excited I was to be run, running has been the biggest challenge for me and it makes me more determined than ever to keep at it!
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