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 gramsgems 1 year ago

Hello- I am excited to follow this plan. It is all lot of info to get thru but so happy for the support I see. Challenge on!

 Ossie-Sharon 1 year ago

Hi, cubsfan. The following tips may help while you’re traveling:
The general rules for meals are just to be sure to have something from at least three of the major food groups – particularly important to combine protein with carbohydrates, and tuck in a vegetable or fruit. Other than that, the following are some tips for traveling:
• Be aware of your surroundings: Take the time to research ahead of time where you are going and what you will have available to you. Find out what restaurants are nearby and if you have access to a grocery store or farmer’s market. Will you be able to cook your own food or are you only able to eat out? Plan for any occasion, and just know what your surroundings will consist of so that you can account for that in your food choices each day.
• Devise healthy alternatives: If you eat salads for lunch every day, then find access to a salad bar. If you are used to eating an egg white omelette, then order that when out. If you can get access to a produce market, then stock up on fresh items to keep with you throughout the day. No matter where you go, there are always ways to incorporate healthy alternatives. Simply ordering grilled salmon at dinner instead of breaded chicken is a simple but effective example!
• Carry healthy snacks just in case. There’s always room in your bags for items that will stay fresh during your travels. Pack some trail mix and brown rice cakes. No matter with what you are presented, you always have options when you pack a few of your own healthy snacks to back you up.
• Don’t give into the philosophy that food choices don’t count. Sure you are likely going to enjoy a few foods that you don’t normally get, but it’s important to keep it to a minimum. Savor the splurge and always keep portion size in mind, and then move onto the healthy stuff. Never give up or abandon your diet altogether, as that will just make it that much harder to get back on track when you return from your trip.
• Get in a workout whenever you can. When you have access to a gym, use it. If you can get in long walks on your travels, then do it. This doesn’t give you a license to eat whatever you want, but it does make you feel a bit more structured when you are out and about. This will help you to take the edge off, keep you away from endless food options, and even make you burn fat while traveling.
• Fill up on healthy foods whenever they are available to you. When you find a great restaurant nearby that serves healthy cuisine, make it a main fixture on your stay. If there is the potential to fill your hotel fridge with healthy fare, then do it. Any time that you can fill up on the healthier options, you are far less likely to splurge and keep eating the bad foods.

In addition, the following may help when dining in restaurants:
• If you can, get online to search for the ideal place ahead of time, filtering the options by features. Look for restaurants with an emphasis on whole foods, including vegetables and even ‘slow’ cooking – or at least a de-emphasis on junk food, deep-fat frying, heavy sauces, and rich sweets.
• If you know in advance where you’re going, peruse the menu ahead of time and prepare yourself with the right choices. The usual wisdom applies here: salads, cooked or ‘hidden’ vegetables (i.e. red sauce and salsa), baked or sautéed entrees, light sauces, and fruit for dessert. Or if nothing else, “prepared how you like it”.
• Avoid the bread or chip basket, or any other ‘empty calorie’ filler that a restaurant may offer before a meal. This will add a whole new course that you hadn’t anticipated, usually made up of refined carbohydrates an undesirable oils. This can be diet sabotage, so kindly ask the server in advance to leave the breadbasket or chips and salsa off your table, so you are not tempted. If you order unsweetened tea or water with lemon in advance for sipping, you may not miss it. When it comes to the real food, eat bulky, low energy-density (a.k.a. ‘low-calorie’) foods first, generally high in water and fiber – order a salad or clear soup as your first course, and when dinner arrives, start with the lightest foods on your plate, usually the vegetables.
• Don’t be shy about asking how your food is prepared. They are there to serve customers, of which you are one. Even if your server doesn’t know, the cook does, and if you do, you can take it or leave it – or improve it. Find out if butter, margarine, or oil is used, and what is available for substitution. Ask about the sauce that comes with an entrée, and if it has “cream”, “butter”, or “cheese” at the core – then go with a healthier alternative.
• Look for foods on the menu that are broiled or grilled (but not charred or blackened), poached, steamed, roasted, or baked; avoid foods that are fried, crispy, creamy, creamed, au gratin, escalloped, or breaded – all of which are synonyms for high amounts of added fat prepared in an unhealthy way.
• Balance is key. If you really want a high-calorie item, balance it out with lighter choices for the rest of the meal.
• Every food has a healthier version. Order the leaner type or cut of meat, and exercise portion control (take advantage of the doggie bag, and only eat half if the portion is too large). If you love fish and chips, then try grilled fish and oven-fried potatoes, etc. Substitutions can usually be made. Here are some healthy choices you can make at different types of restaurants:
– At a pizzeria, choose a plain cheese pizza (not ‘extra’ cheese) with a plain crust (not ‘stuffed’), or pizza with vegetable toppings instead of meat toppings, such as ‘Margarita’ with fresh tomatoes.
– In an Italian restaurant, if you like chicken, veal, or eggplant parmesan, try grilled chicken or eggplant with marinara sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Ask for oil and vinegar on the side to dress your own salad. Order pasta with red sauce such as marinara, instead of such creamy white or butter sauces as Alfredo. Mushrooms make a great low-fat meat alternative. Have sorbet or a cappuccino for dessert instead of rich cake – unless you’re splitting it 4 or more ways.
– In an Asian restaurant, choose steamed rice instead of fried rice – brown if you can get it! – steamed dumplings or vegetables instead of fried egg rolls or tempura, as well as vegetarian entrees that include a number of different vegetables instead of meat; particularly avoid deep-fried entrees such as lemon chicken and ‘sweet-and-sour’ pork or chicken. Be sure to avoid monosodium glutamate (MSG), which can work against your weight and health goals, and opt for low-sodium soy sauce. Have a salad or clear/miso soup as a first course.
– In a Mexican restaurant, choose salsa instead of sour cream or cheese dips; avocado is a great source of ‘good’ fat, but it is still quite dense, so go easy on it. Choose dishes made with plain, soft tortillas that aren’t fried, such as burritos, soft tacos and enchiladas. Have baked instead of refried beans.
– In a cafeteria or food-buffet restaurant, fill your plate with plain vegetable side dishes before you go for the heavier items. Look for grilled, broiled or flame-cooked chicken, fish, and lean meats or tofu, and avoid anything breaded, batter-dipped or fried. If there’s a salad bar, concentrate on crisp, crunchy vegetable and bean mixtures; leave the potato, macaroni and tuna salads behind. Avoid going back for seconds on all items except vegetables, and be sure to use dressings sparingly unless naturally light, such as lemon juice and/or vinegar.
• If you want a salad with dressing on the side, ask for it. If the house dressing is too rich, oil and vinegar are almost always available, at least upon request. Vegetables can always been steamed instead of fried, and lemon and spices added instead of butter. If you want your chicken grilled instead of fried or smothered, go for it. The same goes for marinara sauce instead of the regular cream-based sauce. You get the idea.
• Stick with sound serving sizes, though sometimes this is easier said than done. Many restaurants, especially the ‘affordable’ ones, make it a point to fill your plate to give you a sense of value. Though this seems like a good idea, be aware that it can take up nearly your entire daily allotment for fat and/or energy. Cut your ‘gains’ right away, and divide your restaurant portion into two – share with a dining partner, or just eat half there and pack the other half to go – in this way, you avoid the problem of eating too much and paying for it later. If you know you’ll be tempted to eat more than you should, ask to have your ‘doggy bag’ prepared in advance, so you’ll only get a sensible portion size at the table. Some restaurants will even let you buy a half order or children’s portion of an entrée.

 cubsfan1961 1 year ago

What about weekends and traveling? We are having a father’s day get together with the kids this weekend, going to Dallas in a couple of weeks and then 2 weeks later to Chicago. You can’t eat what is on my menu while you’re traveling. I do pretty good during the week and may lose a lb or two but then come the weekends we are doing things and going out to eat and then come Monday I’ve gained it all back. I try to do plant based most of the time, but sweets are my downfall. I’m 56, going through menopause and really having a hard time losing any weight to speak of. I had been walking every morning for 3 months and never lost an inch in my legs or lost any weight, so I quit for awhile. All I lost was sleep getting up so early. Makes me very depressed. I hope this helps, but I’m not betting the ranch on it.

 Ossie-Sharon 1 year ago

Hi, LaHoff. Everyone loses at their own pace, but the average is about 6 lbs per month. The loss is rarely steady though – it can be nothing for a while, then 10 lbs, then stability, etc. There really is a wide range of responses, depending on past diet history, physical activity, amount of weigh tot lose, and of course, genetics. Keep in mind that the nature of this program means that even without the numbers on the scale always changing, you will be getting healthier.
Regarding your menus, yes, they will gradually get lighter as you lose certain amounts of weight.

 LaHoff 1 year ago

I am new to this. Excited to see where I am weight wise in a few weeks. I am wondering how much wight loss can be expected with the menus that have been generated for me? Also wondering if as I lose weight are the menus/macros adjusted automatically to continue weight loss?

 Ossie-Sharon 1 year ago

Hi, KathyBruce. Half-&-half is absolutely fine – we do recommend to stay away from the fat-free/skim type, though. Up to 2 tablespoons (60 ml) is a “fat” exchange – any less is “free.”

 kathybruce@bex.net 1 year ago

I thought I posted a question here yesterday but can’t find it. 🙁 Can I use 1/2 and 1/2 cream in my coffee? I only have one cup in the morning. Please advise.

 patriciafields51 1 year ago

I just started the program today. In looking at the menu plans and list of meats (protein) as well as the allowable fats such as olive oil, I am concerned that I will not be able to find or afford the products. For example, meat that is pastured, oils and seasonings that are recommended in many of the recipes. I cannot access or afford to shop in speciality health stores.Are there other options for me?

 Ossie-Sharon 1 year ago

Hi, doingme, and welcome! You may find support from other Clubmembers in the Group Forums – the most acive is “Scuccessful Beginnings.” If you have specific nutrition/fitness questions or concerns, you can post here and I would be happy to help however I can.

 doingme 1 year ago

hey, im new to this and i need all the help i can get

 Ossie-Sharon 1 year ago

Hi, Stashan. The weights for animal products and vegetables in the menus are before cooking, and the grain products are after.

 Ossie-Sharon 1 year ago

Hi, Bendog. This whole program is exactly about that! Eat minimally processed, natural foods in balanced meals, and be sure to exercise. Try our 8-week starter program to get access to videos for workout ideas.

 Stashan 1 year ago

Would like to see answer to question about weighing meats also..please..

 Bendog1966 1 year ago

Best way to get rid of my apple shape belly please help me

 Ossie-Sharon 1 year ago

Hi, Bendog, and welcome. I am happy to help – what are your questions or concerns?

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