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Group active since Tue, Jun 24, 2014

This group is for everyone using Counting calories? Tracking your workouts?
Need a pat on the back? Or a gentle push towards your goal? Come on in.. We're here for you at Team MFP.

Renée **II**
Sep 9, 2016

New to the group

I never even knew this group was here...hope to be checking in frequently now. :-)

Diane C.
Jan 5, 2016

been a while

It been a while since we chatted. I saw the Dr today and got some good news. My cholesterol has dropped THIRTY points in 6 months. I am so happy!!!! My weight is up, but internally, I'm good! Yayyyyy! Doing the Kermit Happy dance!

Sherry Blizzard
Jun 11, 2015

Wheat Free?

I love bread, I love pizza, pasta and almost anything that contains wheat. However, there a good number of people I work with who have gone gluten free and tell me how much better they feel. They have been wheat free for a year, several years and more. I am reading the book Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD and a lot of what he has to say makes perfectly good sense. I know this would require a huge mindshift on myself and family. Is anyone out there gluten or wheat free? How has it impacted your life? How do you deal with curve balls like potlucks and family dinners? My life has always revolved around cooking. How hard has it been to maintain this lifestyle? What recommendations would you make other than, "Get rid of everything that contains wheat in your house...i.e. all pastas, all bread, crackers, tortillas, even some salad dressings, cake mixes, croutons, bread crumbs and I can't even begin to name more.

I did this crazy thing 15 years ago and decided the way to go was Fat Free. Of course I followed the teachings of Susan Powder (remember the weird exercise guru with the blond flat top haircut that wrote that funny book dissing her ex)? I went through every shelf and cupboard in my house and disposed of everything that contained fat of any kind. I lived for a few years without fat and substituted fats with apple sauce, butter buds, olive oil was ok to keep and etc. I maintained a healthy weight, exercised regularly and then Atkins and South Beach came along and I allowed fat to come back into my diet.

Sorry for the long rant here....the point is, I a driven by fads. I know it! I want to hop on the newest bus and take it for a ride and when something else grabs my fancy, I abandon the bus and hop on the newer and, what I think to be improved bus.

With that said, I do have immediate family members who are critical diabetics. I see them grab for the snickers bar or the orange juice when their blood sugar soars through the roof. Yet I also know that the ADA recommends a diet high in Whole Grains and that Whole Grains are the WORST thing to put in your body to increase blood sugar levels. My family members truly believe that it is ok to have bread and butter with dinner, two slices of toast for breakfast or a sandwich made of two slices of bread. Heck, my mom even will eat cake or some other flour based yummy and willingly take an extra shot of insulin to adjust her blood sugar....blaming the problem on the sugar and not the wheat.

Weigh in your thoughts....all, both good and bad are welcome. The book say's that to be wheat free you must divorce yourself completely from any and all wheat and that you must replace that wheat with fresh fruits and vegetables such as kale, spinach, swiss chard, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, sweet potatoes and etc. they leave off potatoes and say to limit oats. They also say to read the labels and do not ingest anything to do with high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweetners. The book says to stay away from snacky things like corn chips and etc....No DUH!!!

Earlier this week I RE-WATCHED the film, "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" and had committed myself to going on a 30 day fruit and veggie juice fast to de-tox my body. Then, while reading the book, it became fairly clear to me that ingesting more micronutrients like Kale, Spinach, Apples and etc...and less macronutrients like bread, pasta, meat and etc...went hand in hand and made sense. I can't and won't every entirely give up my meat and cheese. The book doesn't advise that either. What it does say is that wheat is evil in every form.

What do you think?

Sherry Blizzard
Jun 6, 2015

Heaven forbid! Need help with that four-letter word: KRAB

Yes, I know....I live in Alaska where we have the world's best Alaskan King Crab and I did buy some yesterday to make that Peppy Pimento Grilled Cheese a member posted. BUT....I also like the imitation Krab. Here's the problem: I've got a LOT to use up.

Please post your favorite recipes that I can freeze. I am already going to make a quiche but need other ideas. I pinched Stuffed and Grilled Jalapenos and a Krab Alfredo.

Thanks for your help everyone!

I made scrambled eggs and Krab this morning for breakfast and it was DELISH. Low Fat, Low Calories and High Protein. :)

Diana Perry
Feb 19, 2015

Here is the Moo Shu recipe....finally

Sorry I am slow at getting this posted. I didn't take any pictures yet, but will update when I make it the next time.

Remember, the vegetable choices are very flexible. In the summer I add zucchini, or yellow squash, tomatoes....or whatever I might have a bit of that I want to use up.

Moo Shu Ground Beef

Hope you enjoy! I don't have a WW Point count since it is my take off on a similar recipe of theirs.

Diana Perry
Feb 16, 2015

Got a FitBit....loving it

I purchased a FitBit that came with a complementary trial with Weight Watchers. I am availing myself of the recipes and menus offered on WW.....but not counting points or using their logs. The FitBit is easy to use for monitoring & I prefer it's layout & methods.

I'm trying to nurse a sprained knee back to strength. My physical therapist told me to stay under 7000 steps per day, with daily exercises to strengthen the surrounding parts of my leg. It is slowly getting better, but I wish I didn't have to favor it so much.

I am enjoying some of the WW recipes. I made an Asian moo shu beef recipe last night I will post in a day or so. I took their basic idea, and added some of the spices vegetables and sauces from my love of Asian cooking. It was a big hit, and healthy & light.

Diane C.
Feb 13, 2015

so, here we are again

Hello everyone!
Well it's a new year, and hopefully things are going well for you. I slid backwards over the holidays, but now I'm losing again. Time to sweep up that trail of breadcrumbs so the lost weight won't find its' way back to me. I'm making changes for the better. Eating fruit, drinking milk. Did you know that increasing your calcium intake can help burn belly fat?
Drinking one cup of milk, one oz. of cheese or six oz. of yogurt can make a difference.
Ice cream, unfortunately, doesn't count. Pudding is also a great way to get calci-yum.

Joey Wolf
Oct 6, 2014

got side tracked again....sigh

back on track lil train keeps jumping the track

I've started back up at the pool every other day is my goal. I LOVE water exercise....or as I call it PLAY! Oh and the whirlpool treat at the end, is awesome, the pool is heated too! The only drawback is it's about a 25 min drive.....I live close to nothing. Our county has 1 stop light!!! I hate the gym, put me on a treadmill and I feel like I'm being punished. I hope to add in a yoga class this fall too.

Hubby is in the field, so I'm home alone a lot. Plus my sister and hubby that I help are going into assisted living......I am going to be lost without them. It is a huge relief, but heartrending at the same time.

Do what makes you happy. Any movement is better than no movement. Be kind to someone today.