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Old 05-18-2011, 10:51 AM
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Smile Vita Mix + Dr. Oz = 20 LBS gone! (How I'm losing weight)

I know there have been weight loss threads, but I decided to make one of my own.

I'm losin' it and wanted to share some things that are working for me, in case anyone might want to incorporate any of it for themselves. Even if you don't need to lose weight, it's always good to eat healthy. This health craze that Americans are seemingly in these days is a good craze to be in really.

I'm a big fan of Dr. Oz. I think his show is wonderful and I've learned a lot while being thoroughly entertained. He's so inspiring with his dynamite, uplifting personality and excellent teaching skills.

My new Vita Mix with the 2 h.p. motor has also been hard at work every day. I love making smoothies. As long as there is some fruit, it winds up tasting mostly fruity and isn't too "vegetably." The fruit seems to be dominant. An example (it varies) of a smoothie, which makes two tall glasses (I save one for later) might be:

2-3 florettes of broccoli
a handful of kale
1/3 of a beet
a slice of jicama
a carrot
handful of spinach
an apple
a banana
a lrg. handful of wild blueberries or strawberries
a hunk of tofu
1 lrg TBS of Greek yogurt
some black cherry juice, about 1/2 cup
a splash of orange juice
1 rounded tsp of ground flax seed

I found that my weight, especially over the last winter had crept up to the highest I've ever weighed! (about 35 - 40 lbs over) I never really admitted to myself that I was this bad because I wasn't always over-weight. I was quite fit and athletic as a younger woman. Just over the past few years it's snuck up on me like creeping sludge in one of those horror movies. This was getting out of hand. I finally got so disgusted with my behavior, I decided to do something about it. This was in April, so the first bunch as come off pretty fast. It will probably go slower from here on.

No crash or fad diets for me...no putting myself into starvation mode, which slows down the metabolism. I'm actually changing my way of life without feeling deprived. Something I learned on Dr. Oz is that if you have too much of a pattern of low calories every day and then once every few days, you take in more, (not over the top) it tricks your body into thinking you're not "starving" and your metabolism will keep chugging along at a good rate. If you take in too little for too long, your metabolism slows way down and you stop burning calories as much. (at least until you really are starving, which of course would cause all kinds of chaos)

These smoothies are for one meal, (most every day) maybe two or one can be a snack. So, I don't get sick of them. I have stir fry often, salmon a couple times a week, beans and brown rice, adding lots of chilis and crushed red pepper. (healthy) Home made soups are good too. I've cut out most processed or white flour items. Half my plate will be comprised of veggies, the other /14th carb, the other 1/4th protein. I've cut out all butter, mayo, pastries/cookies, ice cream, cheese except sometimes a sprinkling of parmessan, just a tad. I've cut out almost all processed or prepared foods. Bad news. And I aim for 64 oz of H2o a day.

I will have a day every week or maybe every other week where I'll have what I want, like say, some pizza. And the funny thing is, I don't feel deprived and don't miss those things except once in a great while. And once in a great while is okay to have a small treat. To me, yogurt with blueberries on top is a treat. Or a handful of nuts....very good for you. Pistachios are incredibly good and fun to pick the shell apart with your teeth. They come roasted and partially opened.

I've increased my exercise to include 2.5 to 3 mile, brisk walks every day, plus a little bit of floor exercises and a little on the tread mill in the evening. But a lot of those ab exercises can hurt my bad back, but I'm trying a few that seem okay since that's where most of my fat is.

Yesterday had my blood pressure checked and although it wasn't every really high, it has come way down. It was 111/72. Yeah! I'll have to see if that's a trend though. My bone density is very good and am waiting on some results from other tests. Anyhow, I feel better, but still have more to lose...like about another 20 lbs.

I refuse to pay someone else for me to lose weight, like all those organizations. But if they help other people, more power to them. They're great. I know what to do and this is really not a big deal. You don't have to feel hungry if you fill up on veggies/fruits and other nutritious fiberous stuff, some carbs, some meat or other protein. And pretty soon, those cravings for unhealthy garbage go away.

So, I hope everyone who is working on a healthier life style is succeeding and not feeling deprived, but rather charged up and not just temporarily...that it remains as part of how we live. Feel free to share your tips and successes...would love to hear about them.
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Old 05-18-2011, 03:35 PM
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Wow, great thread! I have been aiming to eat healthier and lead a better lifestyle in general. I need to lose a good 40lbs ideally. But I'm aiming to start with losing 20lbs. I've lost 7-8lbs in the past 3 months which is not as much as I'd like but I have not been good with my diet, as I have with exercise.

I LOVE making smoothies so your recipe inspired me to try it. I'm going to go grocery shopping this week.

Thanks for the inspirational thread! I've been really bad with keeping track of my food in the past 3 weeks. Since February, I was using MyFitnessPal on my iPhone and it REALLY helped me keep track of what I was eating. Such an eye opener to see how many calories and crap you're putting into your body.
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Old 05-18-2011, 03:40 PM
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"Dieting" really is simple when it comes down to it. Cut junk and processed foods. Eat tons of fruits and veggies, lean meats and whole grains. Your smoothie sounds amazing, I'll have to try a variety! I mix up a great smoothie with kale and spinach and dark berries. High in antioxidants.

Do that, and boost your exercise, and it's amazing how fast pounds fall off!
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Old 05-18-2011, 04:01 PM
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Congratulations It's a great feeling isn't it?

I am also in a firm believer of not doing these diets that say "cut this out or cut that out or no more this only this" (except for gluten free diets of course but that's different lol)

I will NEVER succeed at a diet if I am always thinking "no I CAN'T have that" because them I'm always going to be thinking about how I can't have it and how much I WANT it lol.

The way I'm doing mine is by portion control and proper calorie intake for the day. not LOW calorie intake but the average a person like me should eat. Then i switch it up from time to time. some days I'll eat more and some days I'll eat less... mostly depends on how hungry I am that day.

but I can eat anything I want to. I just have to fit it in with my calorie goals. Like I could go to McDonalds and get a quarter pounder with cheese but I also have to realize that if I do that then that is my calorie intake for the rest of the day lol and it's just not worth it. i don't want it THAT much. I think that's the difference. I CAN have it but when I weigh my options I find that I'd much rather have something healthier and have room for a snack later. This also ensures that I don't sit and mindlessly eat. i think about everything before I eat it. How many calories? how much sugar? how much fat etc etc? how does this fit into my daily goal?

it's really the easiest thing. I had it all in my head that dieting is so hard but it really doesn't have to be... BUT you have to be in the right frame of mind to succeed I think.

Sorry this wasn't supposed to be all about me lol.

Really great work on the weight loss and lifestyle change I make smoothies for Hannah all the time. I don't drink them mostly because I hate fruit and am not really a big smoothie lover. Plus my blender is ticking me off lol
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glad to see another green smoothie convert!

A couple of things that I've learned from my green smoothies:

-bananas are wonderful for covering up the "green" taste

-adding blueberries or pomegranate juice can make the smoothie look a little more appetizing by making it more purple than greenish brown

-vitamix or blend-tec blenders work wonders and won't leave your smoothie with lumps or chunks
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Old 05-18-2011, 04:18 PM
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It is amazing, Allie, isn't it, how increasing exercise really, really makes a difference. I started out counting calories, but I'm just estimating now, that I have a feeling aproximately what things "cost." I think if one is too stringent or too detail minded, too conscious, it can make it into too big of a deal. And then down the road, the tendency might be to bust loose and blow it. So, my philosophy is that I know aproximately what calories I'm taking in compared to my exercise out-put and I try to keep within some fairly lose guildlines. I know when I've taken in too much, so the next day, I either watch it more closely or do some extra exercise. Those beans and rice are actually pretty high in calories, even though it's good for you. So, I had that for lunch with some of my weird salad invention from last night. It's probably about 100 calories more than I planned for lunch since I'm having a little piece of steak with veggies for dinner. So, I'm going to mow my large lawn and I've already taken about a 2 mile walk today....a little shorter to save energy for my lawn. LOL.

Jacksonsmom...good for you that you've lost some lbs. I think it's wise to make your goal smaller, even though you have more than that to lose. I do the same thing. When I get to point A, THEN I'll worry about point B...not so much now.

Have you ever had jicama? (pronounced hicama...I think) I never had before, but saw on Dr. Oz that it is a very good thing to make you feel full. So, I tried it last night and OMG! It's really good! It tastes a little like bean sprouts...kind of sweet, crisp and refreshing. So, I grated some and mixed in some grated carrot, cut up about 1/2 an avocado, an orange and tossed in about 4 shrimp. (not so good for my cholesterol problem) Then I had some left over pesto (about 1 rounded tsp) that I made that has pine nuts in it. (basil, garlic and a little olive oil and a teensy bit of parmessan) That sounds really like a gross combination, but it actually was pretty tasty.

Pistacios are suppose to be a fat burning food. But you can't have too many or the calories add up....just a small handful as a snack is great. Olives are another fat burning food. Somehow, some of these things burn calories.

Here are some other cool things I learned that they've done lots of studies on. Whether or not everything is true....who knows. But I figure it's worth a try. I take notes. LOL. His show has so many neat tid bits about things like Arizona cactus pear can slow the growth of ovarian, bladder and cervical cancer cells. (from Sicily)Sardinia (botanga fish eggs) mullet or cart fish or tuna slows the growth of colon cancer cells. Salted and pressed - grate over pasta in place of parmessan. (I guess it sort of tastes like that)

From Equador - aloe. There's an aloe drink that you can buy. Comes in drops. 1 tbs a day...tastes bitter but that goes away very quickly. You can put in smoothie. Reduces inflamation and slows the growth of leukemia cells. Or better yet, grow the plant. (I might do that one of these days)



1- White kidney bean extract prevents carbs from being broken down into sugars. Take with meals. (Dr. Oz says it is very effective)

2 -Konjac root fiber (very potent) makes you feel full, regulates hormones. Take before meal with lots of H20. NO Calories! You can get it in the form of "Miracle noodles" or a powder that you mix with water. Found in Asian food stores.

3 -Raspberry ketones slice up the fat inside the cell to help it get out faster. Or a handful of raspberries with every meal. I think the suppliment is probably more concentrated.

4 -L Carnitine gives energy, helps body to use fat. Vit C helps body to produce L Carnitine. Take 500 mg twice a day. (I already had some of this from when Lyric was on a special diet for his liver)

He says to start with only one of these 4 things at a time to see how it works before trying another so you know which thing works best for you.

Devil's Claw reduces pain and inflamation of joints.

Walnuts - more anti oxidents than any other nut. (but again, caloric so just a little handful)

So, I'm not going to buy everything under the sun. Produce is expensive enough as it is. But I did buy a couple of things at the health food store. LOL. The gal in there, I think the owner lost 100 LBS! I couldn't believe it. She was so thin that it was impossible to imagine her so much heavier. She now weighs 130 lbs and she's 5' 7". Another customer who lost 50 lbs came in when I was there and she was asking for the same couple of things I was asking for. We both started laughing and said at the same exact time, "Dr. Oz...right?" The owner said, "Oh gawd....every time he has a new show, everyone comes in looking for the stuff he was talking about and it doesn't give me enough time to order it." LOL. We got a pretty good laugh about that.
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Sparks...that's terrific how you're doing. It's funny but I hardly ever even get cravings for those things I use to eat. I suppose I will at times, especially when I'm in Seattle by all those restaurants and my daughter and I are out and about. But yeah....just to keep it in mind to compensate some other way the next day or so. I never did have a huge appetite....I'd get full easily with not too much food. My skinny daughter would be surprised how I couldn't finish my dinner when she could. It was that I was eating a lot of the wrong foods that I knew better than to eat. But I do see that the stomach definitely stretches and as you take in less, pretty soon, you don't feel hungry as easily. A McDonalds hamburger never did appeal to me whether I was watching my weight or not. LOL. But I sure could get after the pasta and creamy alfredo goo over sea food and pasta. Sweets are another of my down falls. But not so much once I get use to not having too much.

Too bad you don't like fruit. But it's a great way to sneak in a carrot or some spinach into Hannah's smoothie. Kids often don't like many veggies, so a smoothie is a great way to sneak some past them. LOL. It's amazing how a few berries and a banana can mask the taste of all the veggies I put in my smoothies. There are more veggies than fruit, but it still comes out quite sweet tasting.

Goingnowhere....My smoothies are never green. They almost always come out a darkish purple color...could be the beet and cabbage too that makes it dark, along with the berries. I don't think I could stomach one that didn't have enough fruit in it. Even a tsp of frozen juice concentrate makes a big difference. A few ice cubes and it comes out very cold and thick or the frozen berries do that a little too. It's just such an easy way to get a whole bunch of veggies in you. I'd never sit there and chew all that which I put into the blender. It is easy on the digestion too because it's already chewed up. LOL. So, it's nice to know you're making smoothies too. We'll have to experiment and see what concoctions we can dream up....maybe something with vodka in it. Hahahaha.
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Oh I really want to try this. I absolutely hate tofu though... is there something I could probably replace the tofu with??
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You don't have to use tofu. I just put it in sometimes for a little protein. It's good for you and low in calories. But I can guarantee you, if you put all that other stuff in, you'll never know it's there. I'm not crazy about the taste of tofu all by itself, although it's really very mild. But I sneak it into stir fry, salads or some soups and it's really not noticeable much at all, if at all. (that is...unless you have bionic taste buds. lol)
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Oh I really want to try this. I absolutely hate tofu though... is there something I could probably replace the tofu with??
Its actually pretty bad for you so i would replace it with some soy free protein powder.
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