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7 DAY KICK BUTT SUMMER DIET....please join me 
 
Jun. 28, 2010 6:05 am 
Updated: Jul. 9, 2010 5:09 am
Just saw all the pictures of my college retreat and gasped at myself....Canadians in general are just slimmer than Americans (they don't eat out alot), so I felt I stood out with the "extra" pounds I've put on in my 15 + years here.  Time to take action!  I struggle with "meno middle weight" and have heard that the best way to tackle this is with a low glycemic diet.  I immediately called up a friend who has lost 40 lbs and kept it off for a number of years using this lifestyle.  She has agreed to "hold my hand" through this process....I will give her a cooking lesson in exchange...we're both happy!

So, come on, join me at any stage of this journey...just make the 7 day commitment and then we'll evaluate.  I will make a daily blog entry and would love to hear how your day went.

THE BASIC PLAN
*+ add for men or teens

BREAKFAST

1 PROTEIN 4-6 OZ....*+2OZ
1 FRUIT

LUNCH

1 PROTEIN 4-6 OZ...*2OZ
2-3 CUPS SALAD OR RAW VEGGIES
1 LOW GLYCEMIC CARB      ....*+1

DINNER

1 PROTEIN  4-6 OZ   ...*+2OZ
2-3 CUPS SALAD OR RAW VEG
1 LOW GLYCEMIC CARB........*+1

SNACKS

SALAD AND RAW VEGGIES..
*+1 FRUIT


PROTEINS

*AVOID RED MEAT

CANADIAN BACON, TUNA, SALMON, FRESH FISH, CHICKEN, TURKEY, EGGS, SEAFOOD, TOFU/TEMPEH, OTHER SOY PRODUCTS, VEGGIE BURGERS, VEAL.

DAIRY

ANY CHEESE LESS THAN 2 GRAMS OF FAT PEROZ.
SOY CHEESE, COTTAGE CHEESE..1%, ALMOND MILK, NUT MILK, SKIM OR 1% MILK, SOY OR RICE MILK 1%,NO SUGAR ADDED, YOGURT OR SOY YOGURT..lf NO SUGAR ADDED

VEGETABLES

*AVOID.....WHITE POTATOES,
* IN MODERATION...BEETS, CORN, CARROTS, SWEET POTATO

LOW GI CARBS

BEANS, PEAS, LENTILS...NO SUGAR ADDED
*AVOID ALL GRAINS AND CEREALS FOR  6 WEEKS.

FRUIT

*IN MODERATION...RAISINS, APRICOTS,PAPAYA
*AVOID CANTALOUPE, DATES, FIGS, WATERMELON


USE IN MODERATION,....STEVIA, AGAVE, OLIVE OIL, CANOLA OIL

*WHEN IN DOUBT, CHECK THE GLYCEMIC INDEX ....YOU SHOULD EAT FOODS WITH A GI OF 0-55

*SO BASICALLY YOU ARE AVOIDING...ANY ADDED SUGARS, FLOUR, SOLID FATS


*I'M NO DOCTOR SO CHECK WITH YOUR DOC BEFORE YOU START ANY DIET PLAN.

HERE WE GO!

DO YOUR OWN THING OR FOLLOW MY MENUS

TODAY'S MENU
*+MEN/TEENS

BREAKFAST

HOT WATER WITH 1 TBSP LEMON JUICE...FRESH
4-6 OZ LF PLAIN YOGURT...*+2
BERRIES

LUNCH

4-6 OZ BAKED CHICKEN  *+2OZ
BROCOLLI
LENTIL SOUP....*+1

DINNER

4-6 OZ STEEL HEAD TROUT  *+20Z
1 CUP SALAD        *+1/2 CUP BEANS
2 CUPS CAULIFLOWER

SNACKS

HUMMUS AND RAW VEG
SALAD
*+1 FRUIT
 
Comments
Janet 
Jun. 28, 2010 6:37 am
I am already a week ahead of you, however I have been doing the breakfast cereal (grain, fiber) thing and counting calories. I will have to change my ways and try your diet. I am sure that this is a quick way to promote weight loss, it seems very aggressive. If you are excercising as well you will be needing the protein that is recommended. I had my breakfast so I am going to have to start at lunch. Thanks for the info.
 
Jena 
Jun. 28, 2010 6:47 am
Well, I certainly didn't take it that you were bashing anyone or blaming anyone :) In fact, you are inspiring me. Ugh! I need to eat better and MOVE. I know once I start it will only get easier. Good Luck to you!!! Thanks for a great blog!!
 
Jun. 28, 2010 6:57 am
Good luck on your journey, Coco. But as direct as that was, I tend to agree with QueenPin. I think one needs to look at lifestyle decisions (as much as cultural education to healthy eating) as to the reason they are overweight or not. It's easier to blame menopause or culture, but at the end of the day it's what is on your plate and in your stomach. I was just reading an article about health and obesity and Canada is not that much better off, with an estimated 60% of citizens in the unhealthy weight range. I was actually interested in this because I recently attended a baking symposium on gluten free options in Montreal and the keynote speaker was there addressing this very issue. She said that Canadians are quickly becoming as overweight and unhealthy as their Southern neighbors. Here is an interesting link about Canadians and obesity rates. It is somewhat of a misnomer to make that generalized comment these days.. Canadians, like Americans need to go on a diet: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-620-m/2005001/article/adults-adultes/8060-eng.htm
 
Jun. 28, 2010 7:00 am
I didn't take offense to your statement(and for the record, past studies support it) and I applaud your effort. I have become of a similar mind lately and am also trying to take charge. Different things work for all of us and I'll be interested in your results. Good luck.
 
Jun. 28, 2010 7:20 am
Glad you're on the right track, Coco. Will be interesting to see your progress. While I didn't find the comments completely offensive, I did see them as a bit of a generalization. I didn't see what Queen Pin said as bashing either - just direct, which I kind of appreciate. Speaking for my own weight gain, I have no one to blame but me. I remember talking to my doctor about losing weight and I asked him for a healthy diet. He said, "That's simple, put your fork down and get off your duff." Gotta love those old, country doctors. He was absolutely right. I agree.. interesting link to that article.. wow, 60% are at an unhealthy weight? That type of study mirrors the issue that is occurring on a global basis. Doesn't matter where you live, overweight people and early deaths as a result of being overweight are on the rise throughout the world. Scary.. really.
 
Jun. 28, 2010 7:24 am
Good luck...I've been on my own personal lifetime diet for Type II diabetes since August 2009. It was a diet designed with input from my diabetes health couselor and me to help me lower my A1C. I've lost 30+ pounds, but have found myself on a plateau in the last few months. I'm kicking up my exercise and going back to really *thinking* about the foods I'm eating...sometimes, especially now that summer's here and my responsibilites are lighter, I find myself indulging a bit more than I normally would.
 
elt 
Jun. 28, 2010 7:24 am
Wow! RELAX! Anyway Cocojo...good luck! I turn 40 in about 2 weeks and have a little weight I would like to lose before I do! I have been running 2 or 4 miles per day and cutting calories too for the last two weeks. I think I'll stay with the method I am using, but I am anxious to check back in and see your success! Don't worry about other comments. Just ignore it.
 
Jun. 28, 2010 7:40 am
The blog police?
 
Jun. 28, 2010 7:52 am
Koriekiss, at least people are adding something to the discussion - negative or positive. What are your thoughts?
 
Janet 
Jun. 28, 2010 8:01 am
I don't think Cocojo was blaming Americans for her weight gain. I took her comment that Canadians do not typically eat out as often as Americans; would have been based on her observations. We did not have all the choices of eating out establishments in Canada 15 years ago before Cocojo moved to the States. She had a young family and then of course the social aspect and choices made it easy to eat out? We are now experiencing the same social stigma in Canada and slowly we are catching up on the obseity as well. I think she was trying to share her observations, to tell her to put her "fork down and stop making truffles" is harsh. Let's just stick to the diet blog and forget and forgive on comments of who is fatter or eat out more. Although I would love to see a poll taken on which country eats out more. That could be another blog.
 
Jun. 28, 2010 8:25 am
I am right behind you COCO, I too need to put my fork down. My hubby likes the way I look now, he is not into super model thin (Thank The Lord) LOL But that said, I do need to loose 10 lbs and am going to Curves and walking more. Keep up the good fight and good luck! Not crazy about the restricted diet tho,smaller portions and more exercise is, IMO, the better way to go. That way you don't feel deprived and then feel worse. If you want pasta, have some just not a LOT. Put it on a smaller plate. I hate water so I am always making ice tea w/splenda and it comes in soo many flavors that it is hard to be bored with it. Hugs to you! ♥ Patty
 
LMF443 
Jun. 28, 2010 10:38 am
Some generalizations do offend me. I’m an American but I’m educated, well traveled, work in a male dominated field, speak enough of other languages to get around, and I work out regularly and diet. Because of that I detest assertions that since I’m American I am one way or the other. However the comment that was made was an observation that she made regarding people that she knows in Canada and the US, so I’m not all that offended (since she’s never met me). It could have been put a different way that would have been slightly more diplomatic, but then so could have “Put the fork down, stop making truffles all day and go for a walk.” Frankly, she is doing that already. Your argument would have been much stronger if you merely said “This offended me” rather than attacking her lifestyle and dedication.
 
Jun. 28, 2010 1:10 pm
Who cares who said what. Everyone here is entitled to an opinion - some may be generalized to the point of offending others and some may be direct that takes a bite back, however, when blogs are opened to the public, a mixed reaction should be expected. I don't think posters need to be schooled in "how to make their argument stronger" - even by the well educated.. and I didn't see anyone's lifestyle being attacked. I think some of you are reading waaaay too much into the original blog and early posts. Perhaps reactions are sensitive, but this is a cooking blog.. post them in public and you're bound to get a wide variety of opinion. Oh well, such is life. Time to move on, perhaps?
 
Jun. 28, 2010 1:21 pm
I tend to agree ChefSuzie.. alot of sensitivity here on all sides, not just one. Blogs can be dangerous.. things get taken out of context quite easily. At the end of the day, we would all wish Coco great success on her weight loss quest. More courage than me.. posting my diet blog on a cooking site.. more power to you Coco!
 
cocojo 
Jun. 28, 2010 3:57 pm
WHOA!...SO VERY SORRY IF I OFFENDED ANYONE...perhaps I could have chosen my words better..but certainly didn't intend to offend. Please forgive me. I was just with some Canadian friends who are thinner than me...but I have many thin American friends also. It's true, I'v been here for 15 years and much has changed in Canada..I know obesity is a world wide problem. As for the "truffle" comment...ouch! I made them when I ran a business.and now, not often, but can't eat them because I'm actually allergic to chocolate...so maybe that comment was also a "generalization"? And just for the record..I eat pretty healthy..but you can still pack on a few extra pounds eating too much Whole Wheat bread for instance. I also always take full responsibility for any extra weight I carry..there are no excuses...I've been around the block a few times by this age and have known that truth for a long time. Anyhow, let's move on...no hard feelings all round K?......I just want to lose weight and thought others might be encouraged to join me...I'm not advocating one plan over another..it's just what I've chosen to do. I will share recipes as I go. Good Luck to everyone.
 
cocojo 
Jun. 28, 2010 4:00 pm
Also..everyone's entitled to their opinion and can feel free to express it here...let's just try to be kind to each other.
 
Jun. 28, 2010 6:58 pm
OK, back to the topic of taking care of our weight! I have to be honest and admit I have poor self control sometimes. I know myself well enough to know I would never be able to stick with such a restrictive meal plan. I have greatly reduced my intake of white flour and white potato and cut back on grains but I love fruits and vegetables and am happy this time of year. Just those small changes I have made have helped my painlessly lose 6 pounds and I hope to continue the trend.
 
cocojo 
Jun. 28, 2010 7:07 pm
BigShotsMom...thanks!..sounds like you've got a good handle on things..I'm just being this restrictive for 7days..I can do this but I find I need maybe one more carb at dinner to feel satisfied. The fruits and veggies are a great addition to any lifestyle!
 
cocojo 
Jun. 28, 2010 7:11 pm
Day 1 menu..went pretty well, felt kinda tired until around 5pm. Day 2 Menu

yogurt
fruit

tuna
salad
black beans turkey sweet potato green beans salad 2 snacks..veg/salad/hummus that's the plan
 
Jun. 28, 2010 8:25 pm
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Check out the blogs from this gal. She's been kicking butt... Good luck on working on your goal.
 
Jun. 29, 2010 12:48 am
Sigh. Generalizations are always just that -- generalizations. It doesn't mean everyone fits it. So it's OK to make them, but not OK to assume everyone fits into them. I don't think Coco assumed everyone fit into it. Americans basically ARE, as a rule, fat. And they do, as a rule, eat out way too much. Doesn't mean the very fit & healthy don't walk among us.
 
Jun. 29, 2010 12:53 am
That said, I'm not into "diets." But I'm using the "do something special for a period of time" definition of diet. Diet also means your lifetime way of eating. I don't think sudden changes to the body are good, you need to lose weight over time slowly, and a "diet" should be an overall more healthful way of eating. Generally most people can't change "cold turkey" and have to change their habits more slowly. I agree with the idea PattyCakes said of feeling deprived. If you feel deprived all the time, you'll cheat anyway, and a lot of times cheat worse than if you hadn't held off or hadn't felt deprived. (I'm curious what is off limits on that diet.) Really, nothing will kill you if it's occasional, even eating out.
 
Jun. 29, 2010 1:00 am
Long posts are hard to read (lack of paragraphs around this place)... so, just for instance, I think people are better off putting a little butter on their bread than getting hung up trying to avoid fat. Because a) butter actually has a lot of good things in it, and b) fat is more filling and makes you feel more satisfied, and you might otherwise just go off eating lots of other junk anyway. (Like more bread.) I haven't gone on a "special diet" for a long time and don't plan to. I've lost about 20 pounds, very slowly - it'll stay off, which is an important factor. I just try first, cook more instead of eating out, second, get more "natural" exercise as in getting the house and yard work done & just walking, and third, just avoiding too much junk, and fourth finally solving the fact that fruit stinks around here by getting frozen and making smoothies. :-) And trying to drink more water. Drink more water!! (Water can also help break up the fat cells that like to hang around after you've lost the fat itself.) It does help that I'm not a big red meat eater. But good luck! And just do the best you can - heading in the right direction is well, the right direction. :-)
 
BRENDA 
Jun. 29, 2010 4:43 am
COCO - I like the idea of limiting it to 7 days and getting a "jump start". If I had to think of a restrictive diet going on longer, I'd NEVER stick to it. Good Luck
 
Janpie 
Jun. 29, 2010 5:36 am
I think most people know how to lose weight..exercise more, making better food choices, portion control, etc. But it's the motivation that most people have trouble with. I do very well for a few days and then fall off. But in the last year I have lost several pounds but I have to do it MY way. People need to do what is the right way for them so they can stick to it. That may mean very small changes at first such as switching to whole grains or reducing red meat to once a week instead of 3 times. Whatever works for you is the way to go.
 
Jun. 29, 2010 6:04 am
This started out so positive, in my humble opinion, that I really wanted to join in! I've grown to really enjoy ALLrecipes and was led to believe that the nature of the site was to encourage and enhance one another's success. But when I read the comments here, the hatred, the "I'm fast to take offense, but I'm not fast to understand" and quick-to-the-trigger-attitudes convinced me to stay away, for good! Best of luck to those losing weight but apparently there is a tendency to use any opening to vent ire and display bitterness. Charity is my thing, so I'll go elsewhere and find a different cooking site...feel like I'm ducking out after witnessing a fight...not a good impression. Sorry, bye.
 
Janet 
Jun. 29, 2010 6:07 am
Good morning Cocojo: I understand the diet you are on will send your body into ketosis which means because you are on such a low carb diet, the body will start to burn from the stored fat. This makes perfect sense and you should see some amazing results. This isn't an easy diet to be on, but this will definitely be a great kick start to flush your body of the sugary, carb., cravings, and if you are finding it easy, hopefully the fatigue will pass soon and you will find you have more energy. Go Girl!!!!
 
Jun. 29, 2010 6:14 am
I think the main thing is that you want to try something and i hope it works for you. It sounds like it might be a good one. So if it works for you then it was well worth the effort.
 
angel 
Jun. 29, 2010 6:18 am
I'm a gastric by-pass patient who has lost 170 lbs. We eat a piece of protein every 3 hours the size of 1/2 your hand then finish with fruit or veg. to make up the rest of your hand. I promise you will loose weight if you change your diet to this way. And your not hungry eating every three hours. I have had so many people here change their diets to this and saved them from having weight loss surgery.
 
Janet 
Jun. 29, 2010 6:54 am
Angel: I know of a few people that have had this surgery and I understand that what you go through for the few months is very hard. Your recommendation makes a lot of sense as well, you are always fueling your body with small amounts of food and you are constantly burning it off so therefore weight loss happens. I am sure you had a very trying time in the beginning and I give you a lot of credit for following the recommendations for success. I also know a few people who could not follow the initial plan, so therefore it was not successful for them. I just wanted to say "you had a lot of courage having this surgery", plus what "you have to do still today", it must be difficult at times. You are an angel for sharing.
 
Jun. 29, 2010 7:48 am
I didn't take her comments as offensive at all! It is a known statistical fact that America is the most obese country in the world! We eat too much. Period. Don't take this as an offense. Take it as a challenge and do something about it! The percentage of obese children and the occurance of diabetes is off the charts!
 
Jun. 29, 2010 8:07 am
Hi Everyone! I need some help. By the way, keep up the good work!! Losing weight is hard and I'm trying to as well. Eat less and exercise. Also, when you go too far (cookies, cake, other), don't look back, keep going! Make the next day a better one. Ok, here's what I need help with. I have to bake appro. 100 cupcakes for my Adorable nieces 2nd Birthday Party. I'm going with a chocolate and vanilla cupcake with chocolate and vanilla frosting. The white fristing will be in pink. I HOPE to make them look beautiful and ELEGANT. So, my questions is: you know how a fance cake (gourmeT) they put chocolate round alomost like a chip on top or a VERY thin coin, well I want to put this on some of the cupcakes and maybe even my nieces First letter of her name. HOW DO YOU do this? How do a make such a thin coin and maybe a letter in it? Thank You in advance for any info.!! Vicky G.
 
Cheepy 
Jun. 29, 2010 8:29 am
Thanks for posting this! I, too suffer from the meno-middle age gut. This is a very recent development that I wish I'd been forewarned about so I could've change my eating habits a bit. This week & this week only, to get a jump on things, I'm staying away from all but complex carbs & those in moderation. Alas, that means no beer so Coors Light will have to find another spokeswoman for a bit. I exercise 2 hrs. a day, & end up with 50 laps in the pool & still....nothing. It would be depressing if I weren't on antidepressants. :o)
 
Yoga 
Jun. 29, 2010 8:40 am
I'll join you. I am did the cabbage soup diet last week and lost 6 lbs. This week I am doing a very vegetable soup instead of the cabbage soup but all the same other stuff. I work out 3 times a week at Crossfit which is killer for me. I would love to join up with AR people in a weight loss journey as I really need support. The hardest thing is that my cooking fulfills such a part of me that to give it up to lose weight is hard. If you want a health buddy let me know.
 
Jun. 29, 2010 8:48 am
Kathy, I hear your struggles. Have you ever thought about examining why your cooking is so fulfilling to you? My guess is that somewhere and somehow, it's all connected for you. The reason I ask is that my sister was the same as you. We grew up around my Dad's bakery and my Italian mothers' cooking. So as adults, my sister and I saw cooking as a means of staying close to family - it pleased my parents that I took over their bakery. Lucky me, I kind of knew what would become of me if allowed to succumb to the food connection so I always was careful about diet and got plenty of exercise, but my sister fell into the trap. She feels very connected to her cooking as do you. It wasn't until she knew that it was the cooking that held her back that she was able to break that hold on her and finally start to lose the weight. She still cooks but she "sees food" in a whole new way. It doesn't fulfill her emotionally - other, more healthy things do. Just a thought.. I read your note and thought for a moment you were Carmen, my sister!
 
Jun. 29, 2010 8:52 am
Cheepchick.. every consider talking to a nutritionist? At this time in our lives, it could be a food issue like gluten or something else. A nutritionist can help you sort it out. Something has you locked in.. need to find that so all your effort starts to pay off.
 
Yoga 
Jun. 29, 2010 8:54 am
ChefSuzie, I cook because I am good at it and I love to create food. I actually dont eat it all, I give most away. I also cook when I get bored and give that away too. Years of yo-yo dieting and too much indulgence ruined my metabolism so am now doing it for life.
 
Jun. 29, 2010 9:04 am
TY Queen Pin, I did some research of my own as I incorrectly assumed and believed we were the fattest country on earth.. not true. I have learned to question these "facts" from others in my old age! I looked at several studies, there are many that put us even further down the list. There was also one that put as at #1. More misinformation and generalities. Its frustrating. I also agree about excuses for weight gain. My doctor was great, she warned me in advance that some of the side effects to menopause was going to be weight gain.. besides some other ugly side effects! She said our bodies process foods differently now, we need less fuel to balance out our day and this is why you see so many older women who are obese.. their doctors either didn't give them the message or they arent paying attention. I asked my Dad about this subject, being an Italian immigrant to America. He said that in his day, being robust was a symbol of fertility and success. He happens to like a woman with curves and he said a heavier woman who loves herself is beautiful. More so than a skinny woman who is not comfortable being herself. Maybe he is right and we should stop comparing ourselves to our friends and just relax and eat wisely.
 
cocojo 
Jun. 29, 2010 10:31 am
Erimess....thanks for the wise words......Vicky..this is how they do it...draw the image you want onto paper..cover the image with plastic wrap or parchment paper... ...melt some chocolate..put it into a piping bag with a small tip or a plastic baggy with a small corner snipped off. Using your image to guide you..pipe chocolate onto the paper....let it cool completely and remove gently. ...hope that helps.
 
cocojo 
Jun. 29, 2010 10:33 am
cheepchick..yes, this time of life can be frustrating..my friend just ran 2 13 mile marathon's..didn't lose any weight or any inches around her middle. For me, I'm trying to temporarily cut back on the carbs and increase the protein to see if that might help...if not, I'll just continue eating healthy foods, do my exercise and be happy with a little extra around the middle.
 
cocojo 
Jun. 29, 2010 10:34 am
Vicky...just a suggestion because you love cooking so much...try investigating some Vegetarian or even Vegan recipes...they are very flavorful and don't usually have as much fat and sugar.
 
Jun. 29, 2010 10:35 am
Cocojo, keeping doing what works for you and would someone please put this drama to rest. Wow! Back and Forth. Good Luck to all the Folks who are working toward their personal goal of losing a few pounds and sharing their most personal experiences and information. Good Luck to All.
 
Deeann 
Jun. 29, 2010 10:50 am
My husband and I started this in January whan both our work places offered a "biggest loser" contest. He is diabetic and we also wanted to get his A1C down a bit. We have had some great success. His A1C is now 6.6 vs 8.1 it was. He has lost 23lbs, and I have lost 25! Our diet is slightly different in that we also cut out the starches- corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and the sweet veggies and fruits- carrots, beets, oranges, apples, grapes, watermelon (wow, blood sugar shot way up with just a tiny amount of this!) We stick to berries and mostly green veggies. Other veggies only in small amounts. This way he has been able to cut out all of his fast acting insulin, and take the slow acting only in the morning and at night, because none of his meals cause a spike in blood sugar. Consequently, mine don't either thereby keeping my body from telling itself to store fat! Awesome diet!
 
Cheepy 
Jun. 29, 2010 12:18 pm
ChefSusie, thanks for an interesting thought. I just had blood tests & one of them was for my thyroid. As for gluten intolerance, I never gave it any thought so will definitely be looking into that aspect of things. Having said I need to lose 20 lbs., I have to admit that I've never been healthier in my life and some family members have commented that I don't look as gaunt as when I was thinner. I don't get that but for the record, I'm 5'4" & went from 122 to 145 in about 4 months & gaunt looking or not, I felt better at the lower weight. Good luck to everyone whatever eating program you pick. Good blog, Coco. Peace. :o)
 
Jun. 29, 2010 2:26 pm
Cheepchick, I'm with you on that one. I was always in the high teens or low 120's until I met my husband...then I went into the 140's and I just don't feel right. My husband can go on and on about how great I look, how he loves my curves etc. etc. but I feel like I'm in someone else' body. I workout but I did eat only one big meal a day when I was smaller. It worked for me and it was what I was comfortable doing!
 
Jun. 29, 2010 2:28 pm
OH, cocojo, I ticked a Parisian woman off because I said that smoking is not worth being skinny for...I wasn't directing toward Parisians at all! In fact, I was thinking of the American girls I know who are afraid to quit. But she was sooooo offended! So no worries about your comment:)
 
finsmom 
Jun. 29, 2010 2:49 pm
Hi There...I am interested in seeing how things go Coco...My problem is not over indulgence, as a matter of fact, I feel full almost constantly. For me it is inactivity, and not being able to motivate myself to get moving, and not making the best food choices at times. I am going to copy down your meal plans and give them a try as maybe there is something to the low glycemic thing as I don't usually eat more calories then the recommended amount. I'll let you know how it goes...
 
Jun. 29, 2010 5:15 pm
I thought you were probably right Coco (maybe you wish we would not mention that anymore, lol) AT least around WNY, there are so many overweight people. 2/3 of americans are overweight. We eat out a lot! So, I don't see why observations are so insulting. Thank you FOR having the courage to blog on this "touchy" subject. I a WILL walk tonight....see? You made a difference! Cuz I do NOT feel up to it.
 
Wanna Be a Cook!! 
Jun. 29, 2010 9:31 pm
Dear Quenn Pin...Did it really offend you what CoCo said? Could you not see that she had obviously already examined her lifestyle and wanted to make a change? If you don't agree with what she says then don't follow her plan. Don'T read her blog. I felt you comment was out of line. How can you sit and judge when EVERY comment you have made thus far has been just a generalizing as the others...If a person is overweight it is not necessarily b/c they eat too much or have bad eating habits! My MOM is severely overweight and eats very healthy and is very active, and when she goes to the doctor her blood work is perfect. My sister is in the same boat. So maybe you don't know everything ever and you should maybe lighten up on the rest of us! If you are offended so badly at coco's blog then go somewhere else and don't follow the plan. It is that simple. And hey...maybe you could start your own blog, on how all american are not fat and all Canadians are not skinny! Thank you COCO you inspired me! and I was appalled at how someone could be so ugly to a person for trying. And one of the biggest parts of losing weight is support. I hope that the few that were "offended" can get over themselves and let you be you! Thank you!!! :)
 
Jun. 29, 2010 9:33 pm
Would you not agree that a diet such as this one is bound to fail? I do think that you CAN lose the weight and quickly I might add however it is SO strict that people have tendencies to fall off the wagon. I lost 60 lbs last year, and have kept it off, but I didn't stop eating foods I like, I just ate less of it, drank more water, and changed red meats to mostly white, I use a lot of ground chicken and turkey. I also worked out at least 5 times a week, (something I need to get back to) Anyhow it is all about a person being ready and taking responsibility. In the past when I tried losing weight I blamed a lot of my excess weight on having been pregnant 5 times, and where there may be some truth to that, THAT is not the reason I had gotten so overweight. When I finally admitted that it was MY fault and my fault alone, I finally lost weight. So Coco, I am not offended at your comment, however I do think it was out of place, people are fat everywhere, your fat because you like food, I was fat because I like food OWN IT and you will shed the pounds and keep them off. No offense is intended for using the word "fat" I just don't like to glamorize what we all have let ourselves become. GOOD LUCK to all of you! I really hope that whatever diet you try out works for you and you guys become healthier and happier because of your weight loss.
 
Jun. 30, 2010 12:45 am
WOW! on Jun. 29, 2010 6:04 am Florabunda quit All Recipes because of all the squabbling on this post. Interestingly enough NO COMMENTS WERE MADE! No one cares that she was offended enough to leave, only that they were not offended themselves. Sounds petty. I love All Recipes so I will stay on the site. I will never attempt to blog again. :(
 
Rusty 
Jun. 30, 2010 3:20 am
I was on a similar diet for 3 months! Never felt deprived or hungry, I think the thing was, I got sooo scared when I got on the scale and saw 298 lbs. I never wanted to see 300 lbs, so I scrolled my eating way back. Then in June, I started adding a little more carbs. I go to swim arobics three times a week, take 2 fitness classes, and walk 2 miles 3 times a week. I'm a 54 year old woman who has decided to take charge of her health. I still make all the goodies for my hubby and friends, I even entertain at least twice a week, I just don't eat the food I make. I've lost 40 lbs, my sleep apnea went away, and I have a lot of energy. Low fat jello has been a real help to me, I feel like I'm treating myself. My biggest concern right now is knowing that I will have a lot of loose skin when I reach my goal, which I guess would be about 150 lbs. lost.
 
M-B 
Jun. 30, 2010 3:42 am
What a shame this narrow minded individual feels the need to generalize about Americans versus Canadians. Who forced her arm to "eat out" more while she packed on her pounds and looked to others for blame?? She needs to take a look at her own bio (upper right of the page) -- she cooks and eats chocolate and Italian food -- and that has what to do with America???? Duh, Perhaps she needs to move back to Canada to rejoin her other ill-informed cohorts and stop living off the benefits of our great country. She will not be missed. Shame on allrecipes for allowing such dribble.
 
Gitano 
Jun. 30, 2010 3:56 am
M-B.....did your parents ever teach you manners? The one about 'If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all'? sheesh....obviously not...
 
M-B 
Jun. 30, 2010 4:10 am
Hey Coco (and everyone else who is joining the Coco bandwagon): Where's the exercise portion (or hint of suggested exercise portion) of this plan? And Coco suggests Canadian Bacon as protein choice even though 40% of its calories are from fat? OMG. So many faults on this blog. I'm tuning out. But before I go, a note to QueenPin, don't let 'em get you down. Your position was eloquently stated. Any comment to the contrary is.....well, I'm sure you know :)
 
Janet 
Jun. 30, 2010 4:31 am
Cocojo: How did your second day go? With 2 days down and 5 to go you are a third of the way for your first week. Don't let everyone get you down, I applaud you for starting this blog and for sharing this diet. Perhaps this diet isn't for everyone but at least you put a new idea for anyone to try. You are trying it with an open mind and I believe that is what will make it successful. Someonee's mindset attributes to most successes or failures and if you are determined and ready you will succeed. By the way how is your mother-in-law? You mentioned a few blogs ago that she suddenly had to have surgery; hope all went well. Take care and have a great day!!!!
 
cocojo 
Jun. 30, 2010 5:06 am
Thanks to all who have posted..W.Will, thanks for the Paris story!....Finsmom...I've always thought I was carb sensitive and even eating healthy you can get out of balance.....Maureen...Glad you found the motivation within yourself to make yourself walk when you didn't feel like it and it was nice to read that I was an encouragement.
 
cocojo 
Jun. 30, 2010 5:09 am
Kaklrfs..I agree this diet is restrictive , but it's only for 7 days and then I will adjust it..good for you for getting healthy!...
 
cocojo 
Jun. 30, 2010 5:11 am
JustJodie..yeah, it did bother me also but I didn't comment because it sounded like she was gone immediately. I did try to see if she had a blog so I could leave a comment there, but she didn't..sad.
 
cocojo 
Jun. 30, 2010 5:12 am
Rusty...sounds like you're working hard and will reach that goal! Keep going!
 
cocojo 
Jun. 30, 2010 5:17 am
UPDATE: so, 2.5 lbs off the scale this morning..I know it's usually this way at the beginning of any diet , but I'll take the encouragement. My energy was good yesterday and I slept well. I've made a change and have given up my caffeine...now I'm having hot water with fresh lemon..it's pretty good. Here's the menu for Wed... 2 egg omlette with spinach, fruit...bean soup, salad....fish, salad, sweet potato...snacks..veg/salad and hummus.
 
cocojo 
Jun. 30, 2010 5:18 am
I'm going to try the AR recipe for Tandori Fish...let you know how it is.
 
cocojo 
Jun. 30, 2010 5:20 am
Janet..thanks for the encouragement and asking about my MIL..she is progressing slowly..even walked yesterday...hopefully she'll get to come home to her apt which is in a great progressive care facility.
 
cocojo 
Jun. 30, 2010 5:26 am
Queen and M-B...I've already apologized for offending you, can we please move on....you are free to leave your opinions but it's not necessary to attack me personally and turn this blog into a place of contention.
 
Jun. 30, 2010 6:06 am
Great blog Coco-you simply stated your thoughts and members stated their thoughts. Weight loss is a life style change, changing your diet for 1 week can be done to give your body and mind a boost. Next week you may choose different foods and different activities (variety is good). Your chances of staying loyal to your goal are good with a 1 week plan. If you stumble along the way and cheat-get back on the wagon tomorrow. I don't think geography determines your mass- personal choices, social gatherings and lifestyle determines your mass (provided there are no medical mysteries going on in your body). As we all have different opinions, we all have different ways of dealing with weight loss, sharing them can be beneficial. Unfortunately I have made the mistake in thinking simple things like yogurt or a granola bar would be a good snack -then I read the nutritional value on the packages and was amazed to see the fat content in "some brands" of these simple items. I see toddlers everywhere being handed granola bars as a snack, people eating them while they drive, etc. So awareness of our food is a huge part of weight gain and loss. We need to be accountable for our own actions. I shared my opinion, as did everyone else and will not be offended if someone disagrees with me-we will not ALL agree on ALL topics. Keep us updated on your progress, keep sharing your diet with us and maybe another member will benefit from it all. If you, Coco, are the only one who benefits-good on you it's your journey. If nothing else you are raising awarness and that never hurts anyone:)
 
Jo 
Jun. 30, 2010 6:18 am
Good luck Cocojo on your weight loss journey. I am also trying to lose some weight. My husband and I both are Type II diabetics. We are following a diabetic meal planner. I get 1200 calories and he gets 1600 calories. My husband cannot take any diabetic meds. so we are solely dependent on diet to maintain his blood sugar. I have his blood sugar down to 100 to 105. I find that I do the best controlling my weight and sugar by eating more green salads (very little dressing on this!) If anyone has any tips for diabetics I'm all ears. Good luck to everyone trying to get to a healthy weight.
 
Rusty 
Jun. 30, 2010 6:19 am
redneck gramma makes a good point. I think the reason I have failed in the past is because if I did eat something I knew I shouldn't have, it just blew the whole thing for me. I would get disgusted with myself and give up. So her encouragement on the stumbling and getting back on the wagon the next day(or the next meal) is priceless. Also, I have made the exact same mistake about thinking I knew what was "healthy" or "low-fat". I found a web site, myfitnesspal.com, that has the nutritional values of over 200,000 foods. It's been a great help to me. I just type in what I'm planning to eaqt for the whole day, and then can make adjustments in exercise, portion, so on. It also gives me the ability to go out to eat, I just have to plan in advance. I do agree that the way I'm eating right now is a little strict, but I'm learning to look at food as fuel, not comfort. I also found out thru this procass that my over eating tendancies are triggered by stree, so I can kind of combat that by doing something nice for myself, a walk, reading a book, watching a movie, if I know I'm gonna be having one of those days. Keep going Coco, we're rootin' for ya!
 
Jun. 30, 2010 6:22 am
Good Luck Cocojo! I love that you posted the menu ideas. I often can't decide what to choose for healthy options and the fact that you posted some options is just wonderful. Please keep us updated and please keep posting your menu ideas. This girl from Maine is rooting for you! :o)
 
maryb 
Jun. 30, 2010 6:23 am
Cocojo, I have never commented on a blog before, but really wanted to wish you the best. I admire your honesty and your can-do attitude. I too saw a photo of myself a few weeks ago that shocked me! I immediately started watching calories very carefully, and increased my exercise. Losing weight in my late 40s is not easy - but not impossible. And if I can't get as thin as I'd like to be and still be healthy, then I'll continue to do my best and thank God for my health. All the best to you - I'll be watching to see how you are doing and rooting for you!
 
Jun. 30, 2010 6:40 am
Coco, What an encouraging start! good for you! This could be just the thing to help jump start you into a healthier you! I don't think I am going to use your diet plan but I may use your blog to help keep me motivated with the additional 25 lbs I would like to lose. YAY for you!!!
 
Jun. 30, 2010 6:42 am
Hi Rusty ~ I am going to check out that site you suggested. I have to be careful with what I choose to eat because I have IBS which is literally a pain. I like how you said that you are learning to look at food as fuel and not comfort. Such a truly great point!
 
Jun. 30, 2010 7:28 am
My mother was Canadian and my father was American. The part of me below the belt is in pretty good shape. The part of me above the belt is rapidly expanding its territory. To which nation do I blame for which part of me? I know what you meant, Coco. I just felt the awful compulsion to be sarcastic. You have a great subject going here and lot's of participation. Also great that you included men and teens in your protions. Keep the blog going and thanks for a wake up!
 
Jun. 30, 2010 7:59 am
I made up my mind yesterday to very carefully watch what I eat since I'm already exercising a lot, but not losing weight. I'm going to follow your model. My husband started this diet two years ago and lost 60 pounds. He's not as strict, but he's figured out his groove and continues to lose small healthy amounts. Congrats on your success so far!
 
Jun. 30, 2010 8:10 am
I was also just thinking, Coco, toss out your scale, the worste thing we do is step on a scale and see little improvement. Get out a sewing tape measure and measure yourself-try to always measure the same spot to see the difference-biggest part of your hips, your bra line, waistline-right over your belly button, arms-maybe right above your elbow. Then write the numbers down and watch your inches shrink and your clothes fit better, rather than the numbers on the scale. We gain and loose water weight all the time and muscle weighs more than fat, so a fit person may weigh more than a less fit person. Don't get caught up in the scale frustrations.
 
Gitano 
Jun. 30, 2010 8:18 am
Excellent point Gramma....something I have been doing for the past couple years. I tossed the scale as it just frustrates the heck out of you in the long run (especially us women - NOT a KNOCK against men, but we retain more water is all)
 
Gitano 
Jun. 30, 2010 8:58 am
P.S.... Men just retain beer... :) (It's a JOKE!!! Funny, HA-HA!!!) LOL!
 
Ashley 
Jun. 30, 2010 8:58 am
Well I was just going to comment some good luck, there is no way I could follow a diet this strict I would be set up to fail. Diets never work for me, among others, so I tend to eat what I want with extreme portion control, no "off limit" foods and no failure when you eat them! Upon reading some of these comments however, I cannot believe that people would fly this badly out of proportion and create this big of an issue, A WORD TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC: STOP BEING SO SENSATIVE. No wonder things are in such bad shape in Washington, no one cares about the issue at hand, they only blame and point fingers at each other. Quit worrying about the little things in life and look at the bigger picture!!!!
 
Kelli 
Jun. 30, 2010 9:00 am
This is first summer that instead of resolving to slim down in order to fit into my summer wardrobe, I went shopping for bigger clothes! With 3 growing boys, I'm not sure I can follow this diet exactly, but I'm willing try. Thanks for the kick that I needed. Now off to the grocery store! :)
 
Jun. 30, 2010 9:40 am
Here's a very good thought from Oprah Winfrey. Wherever you feel good- and if it's healthy- that's the weight you should be at.
 
M-B 
Jun. 30, 2010 10:30 am
Yes, Ashley, you are correct about the unfortunate blame and pointed fingers -- which began as a result of Coco and her pointed generalizations. And QueenPin is again correct in her observation -- this is a COOKING site -- not a DIET site. Perhaps if this item alone had been better managed from the onset we could all focus on cooking and not paying credence to a so-called diet that is nothing more than a mere food list (where are the recipes????). If Coco needs inspiration for her diet and some form of atta-girl mentality to get it done, there are plenty of diet sites for that type of blogging. Let's get back to cooking and sharing recipes people, and not merely listing food groups and then calling it a diet plan.
 
Cookin'AStorm 
Jun. 30, 2010 10:56 am
QueenPin Jun. 28, 2010 6:38 am I'm glad you've taken the steps to improve your lifestyle and health, but I do take exception to the generalization and dare I say, the excuse, that Canadians are slimmer than Americans. I find those types of comments rather belittling. Verb: To think, represent, or speak of as small or unimportant: decry, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, derogate, detract, discount, disparage, downgrade, minimize, run down, slight, talk down. QueenPin Jun. 29, 2010 8:40 am …Seriously, that's a new one but equally appalling. Adjective: Very bad: awful, dreadful, fearful, frightful, ghastly, horrendous, horrible, shocking, terrible. Offensive: adjective: Not pleasant or agreeable: bad, disagreeable, displeasing, uncongenial, unpleasant, unsympathetic. ****I would say that referring to a statements as belittle and appalling definitely mean that you find them offensive. That is not a generalization or “putting words in your mouth.”
 
Jun. 30, 2010 11:27 am
M-B and Queen Pin - Obviously you are looking for an arguement. Please take your agressive comments elsewhere. This is a blog that should encouragement, inspire, and help us to all be better. Whether that is cooking or dieting! No one wants to read your negative comments. I have heard of some bloggers that are going to other sites because of this problem. Don't blame them.
 
samus 
Jun. 30, 2010 1:05 pm
While this is a good start (more or less the south beach diet) I think a lot of people fall off the wagon because they are not as prepared as they think they are - i.e. who is going to check this blog once a day, buy all the ingredients that day, hold a job, and cook? Do you WANT to live in a supermarket? Even the south beach diet is a pain in the @$$ because you're at the supermarket buying every 3 days. I also don't want to spend massive $$$ because I'm dieting - you don't have to. Nor do I want to be cooking 3 hrs a day because I'm dieting. There HAS to be a more life-suiting solution for people who work jobs and have kids or projects and don't want to be thinking about the diet all the time. If you worry about it too much, you fall of. Likewise, if you don't plan, you fall off. A good diet is relatively cheap, with a controlled and minimal time commitment each day devoted to planning. I also disagree a bit with the zero-carb thing. If you exercise at all, you can eat whole grains (just not a lot of whole grains - a slice of bread or a single cup of rich grain cereal or oatmeal ain't going to hurt). I lost 40 lbs by reducing caloric intake to 1200-1800 a day and exercising 30-60 minutes 6 days a week - I alternated eggs/bacon (real bacon) and cereal every other day. I'm starting up cutting down again since I dropped the ball this spring and I'm looking for a 1 month plan that I can alter each month, hit the supermarket once a week (twice MAX every once in a while), and more or less be able to live my life with a diet rather than live a diet with a life on the side. Here's what I'm looking for, if you know where to find it muchas gracias! WHAT I'D LOVE TO SEE IN A DIET PLAN: - 21-28 day menu (cut into 3-4 wks) (week A, week B, etc.) - total budget (under 400$) - total daily calories between 1500-2000 preferably so people can exercise if they want to lose more but not feel like they're starving - meal prep time under 1hr a day (includes all 3 meals - please people, we have jobs) - this is hardest part - WEEKLY (not daily/every three days) shopping lists clearly broken down for least time running around in the supermarket. If this sort of thing exists, please direct me to it! If not, I'd be tickled pink to actually see it happen. Maybe I'll do it myself if no one is up to this task. Advice from someone who lost the weight: the best thing you can do in ANY diet is eat lots of fruit/veg to curb appetite (a single strawberry cut the ferocious hunger down for me as an example), and KEEP WORKING OUT just enough each day but not too hard to burn out.
 
Jun. 30, 2010 1:20 pm
Good for you Cocojo! Keep up the good work. We all need to be aware of how much we are consuming & how much we are really exercising it off. But, I really hate to see cantaloupe/watermelon on the list. I love them! Are they high in sugar? I thought watermelon was mostly water.
 
newcook 
Jun. 30, 2010 1:26 pm
AMEN Michelle!
 
M-B 
Jun. 30, 2010 1:30 pm
Wow -- Cookin'A Storm knows how to use a dictionary for literal definitions, but seems removed from figurative connotations. And Michelle, if readers are going to other sites it's most likely to get away from a DIET blog on a COOKING site. Further, there is a section on this blog for "comments." Last I checked we were in fact allowed to do that -- small item called Freedom of Speech (yes, I know, it's an American concept). Good for Samus though for at least echoing the importance of exercise -- another seemingly overlooked small item from the so-called "diet."
 
M-B 
Jun. 30, 2010 1:33 pm
AMEN Samus!
 
M-B 
Jun. 30, 2010 1:37 pm
Fruit Loops: I said I was "tuning out." Trust me, the chatter has definitely been tuned out. Now it's just down right amusing. Hilarious, actually.
 
LMF443 
Jun. 30, 2010 2:05 pm
Just throwing this out there but “Freedom of Speech” is a concept very few people actually understand. Freedom of Speech is not an “American thing” as it is recognized as a human right in the Universal Declaration of Human rights. Nor does it originate from the United States as it was a concept discussed at length in Ancient Greece and was also written into England’s Bill of Rights in the 1600s. Furthermore, Freedom of Speech in the US does not grant an individual the right to say whatever they want in any setting. It merely grants individuals the ability to disagree with their government, write about it, make speeches about it, and protest in a peaceful way. Not trying to start a fight, just one of those arguments people make that grate on my nerves so I figured a little education can’t hurt anyone.
 
M-B 
Jun. 30, 2010 2:16 pm
LMF443 -- Please do not quote me incorrectly. Your use of quotation marks in flawed. I said it was an American "concept," not the American "thing" you misquoted. Using incorrect citations is just one of those things that grates on my nerves :)
 
M-B 
Jun. 30, 2010 2:22 pm
Oh wait...now we need CookinA'Storm to come in and define "concept" and "thing" for us.
 
Jun. 30, 2010 2:37 pm
As someone who lost about 15 pounds on the low carb diet, I can tell you that this diet is not something I could do long term. I have long since gone back to normal eating habits but I have managed to stay at a healthy weight. The change that I made that helped me to maintain my weight was giving up sodas and gourmet coffees (Starbucks or other coffees can be loaded with calories) most people don't realize how many calories they can take in just in beverages (including "healthy" juices and smoothies) I was drinking more than half a days calories! I gave up all sugared soft drinks, I prefer water over diet drinks and use splenda in my coffee. I also focus on food as fuel since I have a very fast paced job. I eat what I want in small portions when I want it no matter how "fattening" it may be. I would rather eat a small portion of what I am craving than a whole bunch of something "low calorie" or "diet" which is where many dieters fail. I do not skip meals and make it a point to eat foods with protein and fiber. I eat small quantities every few hours, and a full dinner with the family. I have found that this is much easier and effective long term for me. Everyone is different and this may not work for everyone, but I have never been able to stick to a diet where I feel deprived. Being that this is a cooking forum, I would guess that most of us here enjoy good food, which is how many people end up being overweight.I have learned to balance my meals for both my health and enjoyment, hopefully you can do the same. It is much better to make small changes you can stick with long term than to drastically deprive yourself only to feel like a failure when the weight comes back on.
 
Janet 
Jun. 30, 2010 2:57 pm
Rusty: I just signed up on myfitnesspal, thanks for the website. Cocojo: would you roughly know how many calories a day you are consuming? How are you feeling so far? Are you drinking a lot of water as well? I only read where you mentioned giving up the caffeine (smart choice), and drinking hot water with lemon, but no mention of regular water, just curious. YOU ROCK!!!!
 
M-B 
Jun. 30, 2010 3:06 pm
Yes, also a question for Coco -- are you exercising? YOU ROCK!!!
 
Jun. 30, 2010 3:21 pm
Janet~I agree about giving caffeine, that has been one of my battles for a very long time. I am down to one large cup a day which is really good for me. Are you caffeine free and if so how did you do it? Cocojo~Hope today went well for you. I would love to know how you're feeling. I can't wait to hear how you are doing. You have many supporters on here which is amazing. That's what this world is about right? Supporting one another. I find that when I eat healthy I do have so much more energy and sleep better. Kudos to you Cocojo! :o)
 
Jun. 30, 2010 3:28 pm
MSWESTCOAST - Good point on the *healthy smoothies* I make my own concoction just about every morning & honestly I'm afraid to figure out how many calories it really is. It's a pretty tall glass. I think I'll start forcing myself to make and drink a normal 8-10 ounce glass.
 
Jun. 30, 2010 3:37 pm
One good way to make smoothies is to use a single serve container of Yoplait vanilla light and fit yogurt which has 100 calories. I add fresh strawberries(other berries if you prefer)blend with ice, you can sweeten with Splenda if you like. Very refreshing and the yogurt adds protein which helps you to feel satisfied.
 
Jun. 30, 2010 3:44 pm
MSWESTCOAST~That is a great recipe for smoothies. It sounds very delish and healthy at the same time. Not to mention simple and quick. Thanks for sharing!
 
Janet 
Jun. 30, 2010 3:59 pm
RobynLee327: I don't think having one coffee a day is bad for anyone, I can sometimes skip my day without a coffee, however I typically have one a day. I drink coffee black. This took me years to be able to do this. I used to have (1) 18% creamer in it, that makes it taste like dessert. Drinking a block coffee will actually be no calories and you can count it as a water. Once I found a really good brand of coffee I could drink black, I can now drink most coffees that way. Caffeine does keep you regular, and gives you a shot of energy so I wouldn't fret too much about the coffee thing unless it is something you were really wanting to give up. Switch to decaf and black and basically I wouldn't count a thing bad about it. I agree with you about supporting one another, Cocojo is a strong, intelligent and gracious person for sharing her diet blog with us. I have enjoyed reading her past blogs and hope she will continue to challenge us to think, save receipts, diet along with her or whatever next. I for one will be reading and supporting too.
 
Bobbie 
Jun. 30, 2010 4:27 pm
I tried many diets and haven't had any luck. A friend told me about this SALBA you get it from the health food store and i put 2TBSP in a glass of V8 juice in the morning. It has alot of protein, omega 3 and fibre and i love it as it makes me feel full. I started it will a 1200 calorie diet a day and lost 4.6 pounds already in less then 2 weeks, I reccomend salba as it seemed to work for my friend and I
 
jeangenie 
Jun. 30, 2010 4:38 pm
Wow. One person had to get all up on a high-horse about "blame" and half(? ooh, a generalization, dare I)of these posts are about someone taking a side. Puh-LEEZE. QueenPin, you have too much time to think about stuff that shouldn't bother you. Cocojo, much luck to you; been there, done that, you can do it too!(-; I would be frightened to blog here if this is the kind of response one gets. To heck with it-I think my wide American butt is going to go have a big fat piece of chocolate cake, THEN a beer. That comment ought to get someone's knickers in a twist...Any takers?
 
Jun. 30, 2010 4:45 pm
I read through many posts. I am more aware of the fruits that have a lot of sugar (to avoid): grapes, orancges, watermelons. But APPLES? I queestion that one, as I have read that apples are great for people being careful.
 
Jun. 30, 2010 5:32 pm
I wonder if there is a guide to Low Glycemic Carb on the internet?
 
Janet 
Jun. 30, 2010 5:42 pm
Hi Maureen: I just "googled" glycemic food values and this is the results: apples 38, grapes 46, oranges 44, watermelon 103. check out site www.carbs-information.com/glycemic-index-food-chart.htm. Hope this helps.
 
Janet 
Jun. 30, 2010 5:48 pm
Maureen: It states that low GI foods have a glycemic index of 55 or lower. High is over 70 and medium is between the 55 - 70. Therefore you are correct that an apple is low as well as an orange and grape. The watermelon is really high. Hope you found that site okay.
 
SUDDHERA 
Jun. 30, 2010 6:17 pm
Your plan makes total sense. It is similar to a plan I followed with nutrition counselor. I am a vegan, so there will be some form of grain in some of the meat subs...I am joining you, albeit a bit late!
 
Jun. 30, 2010 7:35 pm
I too will join you starting tomorrow. Thank you for sharing!
 
NJTThomas 
Jun. 30, 2010 7:44 pm
It sounds good to me; do you have recipes to recommend to follow your plan?
 
cocojo 
Jun. 30, 2010 8:10 pm
UPDATE: Day 3 finished..still sporting a headache today..must be coming off of caffeine and lower carbs significantly. Had a cup of tea with a little sugar around 2pm and that seemed to take away the headache. The plan was to make AR's Tandoori Fish tonight but forgot the marinade time, so opted for Tilapia cooked with a little evo, garlic and salt, asparagus and sweet potato. I have been keeping things pretty simple and not following any recipes..but that's getting boring....so do try the Tandoori Fish from the sight..it looks great, just allow 4 hours to marinate..... DAY 4 MENU.....4-6 oz 1%cottage cheese,fruit...salad plate of brocolli,chopped egg,black beans,tomato,greens,balsamic vinaigrette.....grilled salmon, mixed greens, lentil soup....2 snacks of veg & hummus.
 
cocojo 
Jun. 30, 2010 8:14 pm
This recipe would also work for many other types of fish, like catfish or salmon, but Steelhead is what I had on hand. So yummy! by kitchengrrl 20 min | 5 min prep SERVES 3 -4 • 1 lb steelhead fillet, with or without skin • 1 clove garlic, chopped fine • 1 1/2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary • 1 lemon, zest of • 1/2 lemon, juice of • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus • additional oil, for greasing baking pan 1. Prepare a baking or roasting pan by lining it with foil and brushing it with olive oil. 2. Preheat broiler. 3. Mix together all remaining ingredients except fish into a well-blended paste. 4. Place fish skin-side down (if it has skin) on baking sheet, then spread seasoning over flesh. 5. Broil fish at second rack away from heat for 5 minutes or less, just enough to sear flesh but not burn herbs. 6. Lower fish to 3rd or 4th rack and lower oven heat to 325°F Bake for 10 additional minutes, or until fish is cooked through in the thickest portion. 7. Serve with steamed vegetables, salad, orzo salad, whatever.
 
cocojo 
Jun. 30, 2010 8:16 pm
JUST TO CLARIFY..above is the recipe I will use for Salmon tomorrow...but if you have other fish, that will work too.
 
cocojo 
Jun. 30, 2010 8:20 pm
for a goo chicken recipe..try AR's Mock Lobster
 
cocojo 
Jun. 30, 2010 8:21 pm
oops, I mean "good"....have a great day everyone!
 
cocojo 
Jun. 30, 2010 8:29 pm
one more thing...tomorrow, I start Pilates. I have a pool and try to swim/tread water also.
 
Xelace 
Jun. 30, 2010 9:04 pm
Such emphatic responses for such a simple topic! I've been wondering how you make your lentil soup and hummus, if you wouldn't mind sharing. I also feel your pain! Shaking the caffeine habit is certainly no easy task. I wish you the best of luck with your new eating plan (which is absolutely relevant since, after all, the recipes we follow often dictate our diets). Thank you for sharing this "recipe for a healthier life" and good on you for making daily posts. If nothing else, it really helps with self-accountability. Cheers!
 
Jul. 1, 2010 12:33 am
Rusty - first good for you for the 40 pounds! Off to a great start with a big old chunk! Just a note about the jello. It's already low fat. Are you meaning no sugar? Cause if so, it's been replaced with something that could be even worse for you. Might want to check that one out. Hate to ruin your fav little treat for you, but weight loss should mostly be about your health. (Though it can do a lot for one's confidence, etc.) So if it's your health we are looking out for, then you need to look out for ingredients as well. (Or maybe reduce how much you have, or just for temporary until you find a better snack or something.)
 
Jul. 1, 2010 12:41 am
rngramma - yeah, that yogurt'll get ya. Did you buy the Yoplait by chance? Jeez, that stuff freaked me out, full of high fructose corn syrup. I've been getting some of the Kroger lite and carbmaster thrown into the mix. And I've noticed Dannon has less ingredients if you check that out. Anything with less ingredients is usually better. :-) (Though I don't like Dannon very well, which proves it's closer to real yogurt cause I hate just plain real yogurt. haha)
 
Jul. 1, 2010 12:45 am
Jeezy pete. I think the concept here is that we all make "excuses" and sometimes those excuses are the real reasons behind things we do. We first have to find out what our reasons or excuses are, and once recognized can maybe do something about it. If I say the secretary is always bringing in doughnuts every morning, I'm not "blaming" the secretary but simply stating the reason I have found that maybe is giving me a problem. It's really that simple. I believe, Coco, that you simply found your "excuse" and are recognizing that, and are trying to do something about it. I know I have no room to talk about ignoring people LOL, but ignore them. Most of us believe in you! You do what works for you. Sometimes the motivation really is the real kicker, and if that's what you need to do to get motivated, whatever. Canadian bacon and all. :-) I agree about the scale.. It gives encouragement when it works, but can throw your motivation in the dung heap if it goes the wrong direction, and it *will* some day go the wrong direction -- it's like in the diet laws or something. And don't forget those days of the month you gain a couple of pounds or so. I can just tell by how my clothes fit, with or without the mirror. By time you see this, it'll be your "hump" day and halfway there.
 
Jul. 1, 2010 1:02 am
Eeeekk, you can not count coffee as water! A cup of coffee means you have to have extra water. If you use it as a replacement, then it's like missing 2 glasses of water. Same with soda. And coffee is killing your insides. (http://nutrition.about.com/od/hydrationwater/a/waterarticle.htm.) This is a good example that everything is not about calories. Having zero calories doesn't mean it's OK, nor does having calories mean something's bad. It's all about what's in the food. But... Coco, you came off caffeine suddenly? Oh wow, you must have a bonkers headache! I weaned off caffeine one ounce at a time (me the anal math person of course had this all worked out with the coffee maker :)), over a period of two months. And still I was really tired all the time. Decaf made me happy for a while, but then it started killing my guts so now it's just an occasional treat. (It tastes better when it's just a treat, just like Pepsi. No, I don't drink soda much either.)
 
tango 
Jul. 1, 2010 3:28 am
I really thought that blogs were for insperation. I thought that COCO was trying to be a good sport and give a helping hand to anyone who wanted it. But for some of those people with the negative thoughts maybe you should either go away or create a Hate blog ten the rest of us can enjoy a nice blog . I will not return because of the negativity that is in this one COCO I applaud you and wish you the best.
 
Jul. 1, 2010 4:08 am
Well...QueenPin just reminded me why i had to ditch these boards for a while. Cheer's to my 1st day back..lol. Maybe QP should put on some big girl panties and just move on to another page...that's the wonderful thing about the internet...the back arrow. Maybe i'll hit that arrow and come back in a few. Sheesh. I didn't read all the posts...didn't have to. HEY!!! to all the cool chicks that i have missed soooo much...i think about you guys often.
 
Jul. 1, 2010 4:33 am
20 mins later...lol....i'm really trying to lose some poundage! NONE of my summer clothes from last year fit, or if they do i don't need to go out in public! I have cut way back on calories...that's my first approach. I also added Alli...which i know is not for everyone, but at least it forces me to not eat too much fat...cause i WILL pay the price!! I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO POST YOUR MENUS!! I get in a rut and just need others to give me new ideas.
 
cocojo 
Jul. 1, 2010 5:41 am
Helzbelz...have been posting the menus under UPDATE...this venu isn't the greatest because everything gets put into one big paragraph...but if you search under my pic in the comments you'll find the last 4 day menus.
 
cocojo 
Jul. 1, 2010 5:46 am
SUPER EASY LENTIL SOUP..I've modified my recipe to fit the low carb criteria of this 7 day diet......4 cups veg broth, 2 cups water, 1 cup red lentils, 2 med carrots, 1 large bay leaf, S&p...slice carrot into thin pcs...bring everthing to boil and then lower to simmer until lentils are soft.Remove bay leaf. At this point I puree the soup with my hand blender..you could use your food processor. Season and enjoy!
 
cocojo 
Jul. 1, 2010 5:46 am
For Hummus...I use store bought, just look for one that is all natural, no preservatives...cosco has a good one.
 
Biogal 
Jul. 1, 2010 5:54 am
Check out glycemic load vs glycemic index. Since glycemic load is based on how much of a food it takes to raise the blood sugar the same amount as 100 grams of sugar (I think my numbers are right). However, we don't eat many foods at that level. For example, watermelon has a high index but that is if you eat 4 1/2 cups! So if you eat a normal amount of watermelon, it won't raise your glucose very much at all and is, in fact, a fine food in moderation. It has a much lower glycemic load, which is calculated by how much a normal portion raises your blood sugar.
 
cocojo 
Jul. 1, 2010 5:55 am
ANSWERS TO SOME QUESTIONS;...Yogurt..I like Costco plain LF yogurt..put berries in it and if you need a little sweet, use a bit of Agave nectar,it's a lower GI...a small cheat..sprinkle a tbsp of Go Lean cereal on top.......A DESPERATE FOR SOMETHING GOOD TREAT..cut up strawberries and put a dollop of Ready Whip from the spray can on them..very little in Ready Whip.....WATER..yes, drink plain water all day along with the lemon water in the morning....I think mild EXERCISE is good for this 7 day program because it has quite a detox kick..headaches, tiredness..etc.
 
cocojo 
Jul. 1, 2010 6:02 am
THANK YOU THANK YOU...for all the wonderful encouragement and support you've written. I really appreciate it.......QUOTE OPRAH..."My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment."
 
Jul. 1, 2010 6:11 am
@ Cocojo: You go, girl. :-)
 
Janet 
Jul. 1, 2010 7:02 am
Erimess: I know what you mean about the coffee, yes it does dehydrate you so that you should drink 2 glasses of water to replace and hydrate. I however read somewhere that coffee keeps you regular and has some cognitive benefits so that is how I justify drinking one a day or switching to decaf. I also understood that clear liquids (no cream), clear pops are better than lets say a dark cola, clear broth is better than a cream broth, etc. etc., I still think about the pesticides in food and antibiotics in meat that are even worse. I had bowel surgery when I was a day old and one of my kidneys were damaged, found this out when I had bowel surgery again at 16 for infected adhesions from the surgery at birth.(lucky to be alive today), and especially lucky to have been able to bare 2 children. I don't smoke, rarely have a drink of alcohol, so my short fall is a coffee. Unfortunately I can't be perfect to quit that, but I have drastically reduce my caffeine consumption, I owned a restaurant and with that brought a lot of working hours, stress and the caffeine helped me. I can't imagine people drinking those energy drinks that have 10 x's the amount of caffeine, I would be all dried up inside, lol.
 
KP 
Jul. 1, 2010 7:08 am
Coco, it's all about how you look at things. Positive people take something and look at the positive first and foremost. I took your comments as a compliment to Canadians... so I was shocked at some of the initial feedback in your blog. At any rate, thanks for what you do and your inspiration. Thank you to everyone who contributed valuable information and suggestions. I look forward to making a go of this. Good luck to everyone!!!
 
Jul. 1, 2010 7:26 am
I'm in agreement with QueenPin. When I first read Cocojo's profile I was offended with the American obesity comment. It was uncalled for and it hints at a bit of arrogance on her part. This diet really isn't anything more than the G.I. diet that has been around for a while. Look online for the book Living the G.I. Diet by Rick Gallop. It has great recipes included. I am not overweight but I tried the G.I. Diet because I felt it is important to cut a lot of the junk out of my food intake including sugar, white flour, white rice, etc. I feel a lot better after being on this diet.
 
Kelli 
Jul. 1, 2010 7:55 am
QUESTIONS: What are some good "no grain, no cereal" substitues? I need a hamburger-type bun AND some crackers. Is corn ok, like tortillas? I'm new to this diet-thing, but I'm trying. Thanks, CoCoJo!
 
poush 
Jul. 1, 2010 8:13 am
Good luck Cocojo!! I think it's great that you are looking to improve your health and quality of life, all the best to you and everyone else who is trying. Anyone who takes the time to check out US CDC data and statsCan data on obesity rates will realize that you are not ignorant... there definitely are obese Canadians, no question too many, but you obviously didn't mean that there are no overweight people here in Canada. Thanks for the inspiration to live a healthier life :)
 
Gitano 
Jul. 1, 2010 8:27 am
Happy Canada Day & Buen Suerte! (means good luck!) Cocojo in your weight loss journey!
 
Van 
Jul. 1, 2010 8:29 am
I am a real believer in a low glycemic lifestyle having lost 40 pounds over the past year. I have not read all the post here so I am not sure if this has been addressed but as I understand it a low GI diet helps to keep our insulin production in check. This allows for a level production as opposed to big spikes and lows. The lows resulting in sleepy or tired followed by the desire to eat more. For me personally eating 5 meals per day has made all the difference. Not meals with snacks ..... but 5 meals. I usually take in about 1800 cals per day (I am male, 6' 185lbs) ... so about 350-360 per meal. I eat on schedule at 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 8pm. No more than 25 grams of carbs per meal. With proper planning I can actually get a sufficient quantity of food on 350 cals per meal. This eating along with some added cardio helped me get rid of my 40lbs. And .. I feel great!
 
Robert Ciresi Jr. 
Jul. 1, 2010 8:42 am
* Stop the negative comments and support each other. * Find an eating plan that works for you. * KNOW HOW MANY CALORIES YOU ARE EATING EACH DAY. * Write the calories down. How do you know if you don't write it down? (example: 300, 250, 350, 200, 500, 200) =1,800 * READ LABELS AND FOLLOW PORTION SIZES. If you don't know how many calories are in what you eat, how can you be expected to control your weight? * We all eat way too much. The body does not need as many calories as we think it needs to function properly. * Know that you are not perfect. Forgive yourself and start again... Everyday! * Stop making it so difficult. If YOU know what is going into YOUR body, and how many calories are contained in what YOU eat, YOU will be able to control YOUR weight. Please give me feedback. I am doing this because I honestly want to help.
 
Jul. 1, 2010 8:55 am
I was going to stay out of this debacle, but now it's gone too far. I'd like to see these blogs stay, but at this rate, don't be surprised if they get shut down as a social networking FAILURE! @LMF, do we really need you to come on and "educate" others as to the definition of Freedom of Speech? You've left out a few key elements of that little speech you gave.. as a constitutional lawyer/turned restauranteur/baker, let me at least ask that you leave the constitutional interpreting to the experts.. to do otherwise is elitist and immature. Not only that, but you're just plain wrong. And Cookin'AStorm.. nice that you can copy and paste, but you did nothing to "prove" your point. I re-read all of QP's posts and she is correct.. she never attacked Coco, her choices or her lifestyle all you did was succeed in continuing the flaming and attacks against a single poster. Maybe some comments are offensive to those more sensitive, but the comments were directed at Coco, not you so let's try and mind our own business. You may tell me the same thing as to this post, but my point in making it is that AllRecipes may just come in here and not only remove comments, or this post.. but they could very well shut down all blogging because of the immature comments and attacks to individuals. So yeah, it is all of our business. Between all the B.S. and attacking, you'd think we were all back in the 6th grade - shame on all of you. If you don't like what someone says, please avoid immature advice like "putting on your big girl pants" - maybe you should live by your own code of ethics. Comments like this are not only out of line, but do nothing but continue to inflame the situation. I do agree, I thought these blogs were for cooking, recipe sharing or the discussion of other food-related items, but people have their right to post what they want as long as it is not offensive. When it does offend someone, they also have a right to comment, but you people don't have a right to continue to attack and attack and attack. SO ENOUGH ALREADY! And furthermore.. stop picking at people who haven't commented since 100 posts back.. Good grief.. get over it.
 
Jul. 1, 2010 8:56 am
And one final cudo to Coco.. not for the fact that you've taken on this diet, but because you've had the manners, grace and elegance to state your case and then stay on topic. Maybe others can learn by your mature example. Now, onto other recipes and something more fruitful with my spare time.
 
LMF443 
Jul. 1, 2010 9:01 am
I felt that QP statement that she should put down the fork really crossed a line. There is no need to single me out over and over again. I haven’t made a single comment to you, and I’ve made how I felt very apparent. I never attempted to be patronizing. And even when you’ve attacked me previously, I’ve ignored it. Discussing this argument is perpetuating it. I came in in the beginning because I don’t like seeing cyber bullying. I don’t understand why you seem to be trying to bully me?
 
Jul. 1, 2010 9:09 am
You are absolutely right, Chef Suzie.. anymore of this ridiculous attacking and AR may just bag the whole idea of blogging.. and that would be a shame. I can't believe the immaturity of some of these comments here. How far back has QP even posted and people are STILL attacking her for stating an opinion, wow folks.. might be time to move on?? Comments like "put your big girl panties on" are a direct and personal attack, invites more anger and has no business being posted here. I hope AR does take a strong look at their social networking/blogging. It obviously gets quickly out of hand.. many of these comments are far more offensive than anything QP said. Just sayin' Chef Suzie.. lawyer here too.. Constitutional Law.. a very interesting field of law. I practice Criminal law.. never a dull moment, my friend! (BTW, I concur with your Freedom of Speech notation.. lol, I always find people interpreting them to be rather amusing and I have learned to ignore the "experts"). Are you still practicing?
 
LMF443 
Jul. 1, 2010 9:11 am
And really, I've only made 2 post prior to these. Both you had issues with. Both were in no way related to you, and the second one happened about a 100 posts ago. I attempted to phrase them in a way that wasn't abrasive, so I don’t understand how me trying to throw in a little education is so bad? I knew I left out some points, but rather than just yelling “You’re wrong!” Why don’t you back your statement up? I don’t understand what it is about anything that I’ve said which you find so repugnant to bring it up long after it’s been said and dealt with. Really, honestly, if I said something offensive, call me out on it and I apologize for it. But don’t berate and belittle me publicly. Really? I’m not that important.
 
LMF443 
Jul. 1, 2010 9:15 am
The Freedom of Speech thing is something we covered in my Constitutional Law class at length…so I am no expert—I was a college student at trhe time. I will always defer to other people because I realize plenty of others know more than me. Give me a mortality table and a life annuity to calculate any day over something law-wise. I merely wanted to point out that it doesn’t allow you to say whatever you want whenever you want, as most people believe.
 
Jul. 1, 2010 9:24 am
::head desk::
 
LMF443 
Jul. 1, 2010 9:26 am
Oh. Reading through this I think you beef with me was when I said I was educated. I’m college educated and I’m an actuary so I don’t like when people insinuate that all Americans are stupid. I never meant any of that to drag into anything else that I said. I don’t claim to be horribly intelligent or gifted, I merely work hard. I think you might have interpreted that as me trying to talk down to QP. I was merely trying to level the playing field and say “I take exception to most American stereotypes too.” I didn’t mean that to sounds like “I’m educated and therefore everything I’m better than you.” So if that was in fact what you found offensive, I do apologize. I’m in my mid 20s so you can fill an ocean with everything I don’t know
 
cocojo 
Jul. 1, 2010 9:42 am
RE;LENTIL SOUP...made this today and forgot to tell you that I add1/2 tsp cumin for some flavor...sorry.
 
Jul. 1, 2010 9:56 am
Geez LMF, let it go. Coco, love Lentil soup.. a bit hot here to eat soups at the moment, but a nice add cumin might be. One of my favorite summertime vegetarian dishes is hummus and a nice side of Taboulleh salad.. I have a chef friend that is opening a "Hummus Bar".. she is a master at creating great Hummus dishes.. had one last weekend with black beans, garlic and spinach. Very delicious and so satisfying on a hot, summer day.
 
cocojo 
Jul. 1, 2010 9:59 am
OK EVERYBODY...I appreciate all the comments and even respect everyones need to explain their comments but ...please no more comments on anything but this eating plan....let's not lose sight of what's important here..just encouraging each other to healthier lifestyles.
 
cocojo 
Jul. 1, 2010 10:06 am
Keli...good for you for starting a healthier lifestyle..good breakfast options are: LF yogurt with berries, spinach omelette, protein shake with no added sugar....this is a 7 day diet so no breads or cereals are on it, but if you just want to follow a low glycemic lifestyle, then look for sprouted hamburger buns and bread like Ezekiel bread in the freezer of the health food section...also in health food section look for good whole wheat crackers...Corn tortillas have a higher glycemic index but in moderation I would think they'd be fine.
 
cocojo 
Jul. 1, 2010 10:07 am
Van..way to go 40 lbs! thanks for the GI info.......Robert, good advice and encouragement....Chef Suzie...wisely put.
 
cocojo 
Jul. 1, 2010 10:09 am
Belles...I think you could eat this soup cold..just puree it first...maybe add a little more cumin and add a dolop of LF yogurt on top...what do you think?
 
cocojo 
Jul. 1, 2010 10:12 am
I'd love it if AR let you comment directly under the individuals comment.....I do read all the posts but just can comment on everyone in this format...but so appreciate every ones contributions ...thanks!
 
Jul. 1, 2010 10:17 am
BellesAZ, I was in the Ninth Circuit before stepping down to "retire" and do something much more interesting and intriguing, like taking over Dad's Italian bakery and restaurant in the bay area. I still do some dabbling in law.. you never do leave it. I have a legal outreach program for the under-represented here in San Francisco. LMF, I never questioned your education, just your summary of the constitution. Perhaps as I've aged, I've mellowed, but I have absolutely no interesting in proving anything to you. Let's just suffice it to say I am well qualified to interpret the constitution and leave it at that. This is not about me, or you or QueenPin.. it's about Coco's journey to weight loss. Whether or not you, me or any other person here has a problem with what is said.. is not the point. Character attacks, immature commentary like big birl panties and the like.. seriously does nothing but take away the focus of Coco's blog and her journey to weight loss. As a measure of respect, let's just keep it on topic... and keep personal opinions to ourselves. ONWARD COCO!
 
cocojo 
Jul. 1, 2010 10:20 am
UPDATE...it's day 4 and no headache yet today! My energy is good. Getting a little tired of chicken so I think I'll add some vegetarian meals in..feel free to keep the meat in......MENU FOR DAY 5..........fat free cheese or cottage cheese, 1 apple or berries....salad with diced tofu (chicken) lentil soup.......turkey breast,steamed snow peas and bok choy, 1/2 cup black or red beans,...2 snack of veg & hummus
 
cocojo 
Jul. 1, 2010 10:21 am
Someone asked me...forgot who...how many calories I'm eating a day...it's about 12 to 1300 daily..men and teens about 15-1600
 
Jul. 1, 2010 10:22 am
OK, Hummus Bar sounds like a stellar plan! Luckily, we have lots of vegetarian options for dining out around here. I don't ever cook vegetarian, but I will go out for it instead because the choices are amazing. However, caution that all vegetarian dishes are "diet friendly". They are not. I saw a post to smoothies here.. I'm appalled at how much sugar there is in a fruit smoothie. Disappointing since I always "assumed" they were good for you.. and they can be, but they need to be consumed in moderation and not good as a "meal replacement" option. Why is it that everything so good can be so bad! :)
 
Jul. 1, 2010 10:23 am
Love the discussion! Nice to hear so many opinions. I have one suggestion: try hot, black tea in the morning. It's tasty, good for you, and caffeine can actually help with weight loss (just don't overdo it). If you don't like black tea, try one with chai or rooibos. They're really good.
 
cocojo 
Jul. 1, 2010 10:26 am
Recipe suggestion: AR's Tzatziki Chicken.
 
Gitano 
Jul. 1, 2010 10:34 am
ChefSuzie...for any of the smoothies listed here on AR, I have tried lots and just elminate any sugar called for, the fruit is sweet enough and I actually eliminate orange juice in some recipes that call for orange juice because of all the sugar just in it! I buy fat-free yogurt, mix with one mashed banana and any other fruit you like (kiwi, any berry type, peaches, etc.) just blend and away you go!
 
Van 
Jul. 1, 2010 10:35 am
Thanks Cocojo. Keli, I have been doing this for a year now and for me the breakfast is so important. Our metabolic system takes a break over night and I think getting it back in business first thing in the morning is most important. Nothing does this for me as well as eggs. I have what I call Egg Bake each morning. I keep this in the fridge for my gotta-get-going mornings. Easy recipe: 6 eggs, 1 pint of egg substitute, blend well and add 2t salt, 1t black pepper and 2t dijon mustard. Pour into a non stick spray coated 13 x 9 (can sprinkle a little cheese on top if desired) and bake at 375 degrees for 23 minutes (my oven). Will puff up like a souffle and then deflate when you remove. Cool and cut into 6 servings. Keep in the fridge. Reheat 30 seconds in the microwave. By my calculations each serving is about 110 calories and 2 carbs. I add a slice of toast or a low carb snack bar for a complete breakfast. I know Cocojo is avoiding bread for the 7 days ... so, you have to do what fits your plan.
 
Jul. 1, 2010 11:04 am
@Gitano, I hear you on the smoothies! I have stopped buying any commercially prepared ones and just do them at home. I just make sure the fat free yogurt contains to aspartame or other chemical sweeteners and in fact, I buy the greek yogurt and sometimes add a bit of agave nectar if I need it to be sweet. I really try and avoid the juices because it just adds sugars you don't need or miss. Adding water really doesn't take away from the taste at all. I was given this smoothie recipe by a friend and I've been making these. Don't let the romaine lettuce throw you off.. it has such an incredible flavor that really compliments the melon. I'd be curious if you would try it and tell me what you think: 3-6 leaves of romaine lettuce, 2 fresh or soaked dates, 2 cups water (or 1 ½ cups water plus 1 cup ice), 1 cup honeydew or tuscan cantelope melon, 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed, 1 Tbsp hemp protein, ½ Tbsp grated fresh ginger. I'm hooked on them.. it's like drinking a fresh, tropical drink that reminds me of the neighbor guy that mows his lawn. I know, sounds odd.. but that romaine is a beautiful ingredient in this drink.
 
DerAvi 
Jul. 1, 2010 11:13 am
Love this!.. Thank you so much for sharing!...
 
Jul. 1, 2010 11:48 am
good for you for deciding to change things up. what do you plan on when the 7 days are up? personally, i've had great success with weight watchers in the past. i used it briefly after high school, and then again after i had a baby. i like it because it really instills tools for permanent change. it seems like once you have the self-discipline down the rest goes naturally. good luck to you, whichever way you go!
 
Jul. 1, 2010 12:40 pm
Just a small side note on Agave. My husband is a diabetic & I was so excited to make him some muffins with it. His numbers went through the roof & he asked me what I did different. I've been researching Agave's claim that it is low on the glycemic scale & I found a lot of posts by diabetics claiming that they don't think it is. Just something to watch out for.
 
Gitano 
Jul. 1, 2010 12:41 pm
Chefsuzie - thanks for the smoothie recipe, and you are right, it does sound odd! LOL! I will definitely give it a go in the next week or two, this weekend we are heading up to the cottage for a bit and I am limited in what I can do up there (i.e. NO blender/food processor, etc. just the basic utensils...) anyway, thanks again! I have copied and pasted it into a Word doc for later... ;) Have a smashing weekend!
 
Linda 
Jul. 1, 2010 1:09 pm
Cocojo, Good going with this diet plan. I thought the issue of coffee being dehydrating was finally, scientifically, put to rest. All non-alcoholic liquids count as water. Sometimes the story changes but we haven't had anyone publish a food myth buster blog.
 
Jul. 1, 2010 1:11 pm
Hi Cocojo. This diet looks easy and healthy as well. I'm going to try it with you. Great variety and what I call 'clean' food. thanks! I'll check back.
 
jesimaka1 
Jul. 1, 2010 1:16 pm
Wow! I came on here looking for some dieting ideas and I get a soap opera! It's sad that all of this came out of some woman's good intentions of trying to inspire herself and others at the same time loose some weight. Good for all the ladies out there trying to better themselves. Props to you, keep up the good work. For the oversensitive people, it seems like you try to take out the stresses of your life on a recipe blog site? Coco, great ideas, I've been working on a similar diet for a few months and have seen awesome results! I also allow myself one small cheat meal a week to keep myself from crashing. Keep up the good work everyone! :)
 
Janet 
Jul. 1, 2010 1:18 pm
Hi Linda: I thought it counted as a water too if you drank it black, but I do find depending on its strength that it tends to dry me out. In a restaurant I will ask for coffee and a water. The water to chase down the coffee. Sounds strange, but I wear contact lenses and sometimes a coffee will act like alcohol and dry my eyes out quickly. Maybe I don't drink enough water in a day to avoid this, or I am of the very few that reacts that way to caffeine. Sounds like cocojo has got into the groove of the diet, if you are not experiencing headaches you are probably over the need for caffeine. Happy Canada Day!!!!
 
Kelli 
Jul. 1, 2010 1:22 pm
Love the morning Egg Bake - thanks, Van! Still searching for more "no grain, no cereal" substitute for bread (give or take.) I bought Mary's Gone Crackers Orginal (brown rice, quinoa, flax & sesame seeds). Anyone have a better option? THANKS!
 
Janet 
Jul. 1, 2010 1:23 pm
ChefZusie: Thank you for posting your smoothy drink, sounds interesting. Our grocery stores are closed today (statutory holiday in Canada), but I will make sure to pick up ingredients tomorrow. My daughter makes smoothies all the time, she would be open to trying this and we will let you know. Thanks again.
 
Katie 
Jul. 1, 2010 1:54 pm
a diet should be a change that is with you for the rest of your life! Not 7 days! The weight you will be losing will be water weight and you'll gain it right back! Try making simpler less drastic diet changes so that you can keep to it forever.
 
pj 
Jul. 1, 2010 2:30 pm
Hi Coco, I was inspired to try this "diet" for a few days. Don't know why, maybe because I needed a kick start, at least for a few days. I won't be so strict about it, just because I know myself. But I do need to get my cholesterol down so who knows. Isn't it funny how this is supposed to be all about healthy eating and people just can't resist making it a complaint column. Good luck to you!
 
Jul. 1, 2010 2:42 pm
That is sound advice,Katie. Everything in moderation and prepared as fresh and healthy as possible. Sometimes it is OK to have something on the naughty list, but that is why a journal is a good idea too. Love that tool on weight watchers. Keeps you On track and honest.
 
MAUSERATI 
Jul. 1, 2010 2:56 pm
I'm a newbie to low GI, so pardon me if this is a dumb question. What is a serving of: lentil soup? hummus? accompanying veg? et c. or, because they're low GI, may I eat unlimited?
 
Jul. 1, 2010 3:55 pm
Wow...I am amazed and disappointed at all the "experts" out there about dieting. I have never read such judgmental opinions about a subject. I hope all of you are healthy and exactly at your correct weight. And, that you never have to diet. No wonder she stopped writing. I would have too. It's a shame you have to take her wanting to make a change in her life and blow it all out of proportion. I got offended by reading the comments posted here...not from her original post. What ever happened to the idea of "If you can't say something nice...don't say anything at all." Your comments were hurtful to me and I'm sure they were to her too. Next time think before you write.
 
cocojo 
Jul. 1, 2010 7:15 pm
VAN..thanks for that egg recipe..sounds like a great way to make sure you get breakfast running out the door....Susie..I will try this smoothie..I've used Romain in my juicer and it's really good. I use romain, 1/2 apple and 1/4 lemon in the juicer..it's very good also.....JK..I plan to stay LG for a while but inculde a few complex carbs..but keep them minimal and eat as many veggies as I can....SCOTDOG...Thanks for that info on AGAVE..I was under that impression also so I will check it out....MAUSEROTI...a serving would be 1 cup...personally I need to watch my portions and don't think just because it's low GI, you can eat as much as you want because weight loss is also about calories in calories burned. I think the only food you can eat unlimited would be green vegetables!
 
Rowdie 
Jul. 1, 2010 7:59 pm
Darn..wish I had started this same day as you! Thank you for inspiring me to just get started! I have been feeling and looking fat fat fat! Although I am not! Just have a few pounds of padding in my way! But I am going to do this and hope that it gives me the boost I need! Good Luck to you and too all those you got up and off their lazy bums!!!
 
Diane 
Jul. 1, 2010 8:24 pm
I think most people here don't want to see diet blogs because it is a cooking website. AllRecipes.com is a jewel of a website and I personally love that there is still some people out there who enjoy traditional cooking and are not all about diet products/dieting/restricting. I truly believe that this kind of website helps people to be healthy as they rely on cooking -from scratch- instead of buying processed products loaded with chemicals. I think cocojo had good intentions in starting this thread and that she din't mean to hurt anybody. I feel bad for her and I wish her all the best.
 
Jul. 1, 2010 9:10 pm
Seriously...glad the arguing is over! I truly think people are getting offended WAY to easily nowdays...Isn't their more important things like injustice to be offended about and taken action against ? Coco was just trying to start a Blog to get healthier. Too much uneeded seriousness here ! Have a HAPPY :0) night everyone and try not to be so offended ! :0)
 
Jul. 1, 2010 9:12 pm
Keep blogging!! Cocojo, I know you won't be deterred by t____. ok....no name calling (sorry for the bad thought!).
 
Jul. 1, 2010 9:14 pm
Janet, Thanks for the website! Ya know what? I had a "braeburn" apple for lunch and it was satisfying! Thank you !!
 
Jul. 1, 2010 10:05 pm
I think all the bickering on here is very disrespectful of Coco's blog, which was about weight loss and her new diet. A blog is not the proper place to fight back and forth about this kind of stuff. I couldn't even weed through all the mess to find her results. I applaud Coco for trying to encourage others with her own tale of struggling with her weight, and wish everyone would have left it at. Good luck Coco!!!
 
Jul. 1, 2010 11:09 pm
best of luck cocojo,you have been an inspiration and also provided some tips,keep up the good work,regards
 
B L 
Jul. 1, 2010 11:45 pm
Coco - I wanted to thank you for the blog and the inspiration. I was disappointed in many comments which seemed overly aggressive and hostile, but at my age, it is easy to scroll right past and find the good stuff and interesting comments. I am really not that surprised, though - I learned firsthand that this subject brings out a lot of passion in many and unfortunately sometimes a lot of rudeness as well. I lost about 50 lbs 5 years ago and it was amazing some of the comments I received - many disguised as compliments that were anything but. People can become bold and invasive on this subject. Then there were also those who gushed about my weight loss and how great I looked, but then picked my methods apart.... it was weird. For me, I had to just keep trying different things, and when I found something I could live with for any length of time, then that's what I did. When I got bored with it,