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You on a Diet and Dr. Oz? Anyone?

swflcook's picture

DH and I have been eating much healthier for the last 3 weeks since seeing Dr. Oz on TV one night. I have only cooked white potatoes once in 3 weeks, on Thanksgiving! For an Irish girl like me that's amazing. Anyone here doing this plan? Have suggestions for good low fat, low sugar recipes? I have discovered two good recipes for salmon which I never liked at all before. I know we need some variety so we stay on the healthy eating wagon.

Gretchen's picture

(post #57131, reply #1 of 52)

I don't know the nits and grits of this, but my guess is it is a basic low carb diet with low fat thrown in. Is that right?

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swflcook's picture

(post #57131, reply #2 of 52)

Nits and grits, never heard that but I plan to start using that expression;-)
Well, on this plan we should only have lean pork or red meat once a week, fish 3 days, esp. salmon. Lots of chicken. Lots of fresh veggies, brown rice once in a while, there is one recipe that includes a red potato. I've always said I wanted to go to fish cooking school. I guess it's time to look for one.

chiffonade's picture

(post #57131, reply #3 of 52)

...basic low carb diet with low fat thrown in.


Sounds like South Beach.


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Gretchen's picture

(post #57131, reply #4 of 52)

And, ducking and covering because I KNOW how you feel about it--Atkins!!  Now smile back!!  ;o)


It is sort of a fact of life--you really can't lose weight by eating a lot of pasta and carbs. There is another "diet" guy I heard on NPR recalling to us that 30-40 years ago, when you wanted to lose weight you ate lots of greens and salads and not much spagetti (as it was called then!)  and potatoes.


Oz is probably the latest to jump on the "new diet" bandwagon.


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chiffonade's picture

(post #57131, reply #5 of 52)

And, ducking and covering because I KNOW how you feel about it--Atkins!!  Now smile back!!  ;D


LOL.  It doesn't sound like Atkins because the major advertising for Atkins showed a porterhouse steak hanging off the plate with green beans and something else I can't picture.  For breakfast, a pound of bacon! 


South Beach was much more balanced and it was very clear that a white potato is not held in the same (nutritional) esteem as a sweet potato.  IIRC, one line from South Beach went:  "If you have a choice between a white potato and a small dish of ice cream, go for the ice cream, it's better for you." 


"Sandra Lee is the Culinary Anti-Christ and I am the Anti-Sandra Lee.  The precious moments you may take to measure a level cup of flour are NOT wasted time!"


Chiffonade

*You're a REAL person, eat REAL food."

Chiffonade

whatscooking's picture

(post #57131, reply #6 of 52)

The diet is not gimmicky at all.  It is more of a nutrition-dense approach to eating, i.e., make sure what you eat is giving you something back.  Portion control too is emphasized, but more just because our body doesn't need to eat a 16oz steak.  I would say it is an intelligent diet: eat smart, don't overdo it, forgive yourself if you indulge but get back on the right path after you indulge.


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Jean's picture

(post #57131, reply #8 of 52)

TD blew my good intentions. Now I have 2 weeks to get serious about Phase 1 of South Beach before the Christmas temptations begin, or my 5# will turn into 10.   sigh.



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whatscooking's picture

(post #57131, reply #7 of 52)

I've been sort of following this book but not the actual recipes.  I do make the smoothies for breakfast.  But I never like the recipe sections of diet books.  Instead, when I'm looking through FC, I gravitate toward recipes that are healthy as they were written.  Many FC recipes can work for you if you know what you are looking for.  I go for the soups, salads, beany things, lean meats, sauces that don't involve cream...    And I'm mindful of how much I eat.  In general, I think it is a great book and I learned a lot from reading it. 


Also the ABS diet food guide has been really useful to me in terms knowing the power foods and choosing foods that are nutrition-dense.  This is especially helpful when I'm eating out.  I've lost about 18 pounds since Aug.  I'm working toward 25, but I'll be thrilled with 20.  This week has been a challenge.  I haven't gained, but haven't lost.  


Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the people of the Earth.
 Chief Seattle

Chicago-style deep-dish:  "Pizza for people who just aren't fat enough"
Anthony Bourdain
http://theoutdatedkitchen.blogspot.com/

swflcook's picture

(post #57131, reply #25 of 52)

What's the ABS? We have tried some of the recipes that were really good. If you go to the RealAge website you can print all but about 5 of the recipes in the book. There's a baked pears recipe that rocked my world. DH is walking and we both know we need to 'move it'.

whatscooking's picture

(post #57131, reply #26 of 52)

It is your abs, your abdominal muscles.  The editor of Men's Health wrote the first book, just for men.  And not too long ago, The Abs Diet for Women came out.  It is focused on getting your waistline down (like in You: the diet) and strengthening your core muscles, more than losing pounds.  But the pounds do come off in the process.  I don't expect to get a six-pack (after two c-sections) but I have lost 4 inches.  As far as eating, the abs diet recommends sticking to power foods, nutritionally dense, low fat, and low cal just by their sheer nature.   If you keep these basic foods in mind when choosing recipes, you can't go wrong.  Meals can be graded upon on many power foods they include, for example, a meal of turkey, spinach and black beans, cooked in olive oil, would be a good one. I know it seems obvious, but sometimes, when faced with a big menu at a restaurant, it simplifies things to keep it in mind.


A = almonds and other nuts


B = beans and other legumes


S = spinach and other green vegetables


D = dairy, low fat


I = instant oatmeal


E = eggs


T = Turkey and other lean meats


P = peanut butter


O = olive oil


W = whole grain cereal and breads


E = extra protein, whey powder


R = rasberries and other berries


Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the people of the Earth.
 Chief Seattle

Chicago-style deep-dish:  "Pizza for people who just aren't fat enough"
Anthony Bourdain
http://theoutdatedkitchen.blogspot.com/

MadMom's picture

(post #57131, reply #35 of 52)

Instant oatmeal?  They've got to be kidding.



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shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #57131, reply #36 of 52)

I was wondering about that,too.





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MadMom's picture

(post #57131, reply #37 of 52)

I think they just needed an "I" and that was the first thing which came to mind. 



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whatscooking's picture

(post #57131, reply #40 of 52)

I hadn't given that one much thought until now.  I do see your point about it not being very good for you.  But, I don't really eat oatmeal at all, except in the form of granola.  I'm just a Cheerios girl. 

Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the people of the Earth.
 Chief Seattle

Chicago-style deep-dish:  "Pizza for people who just aren't fat enough"
Anthony Bourdain
http://theoutdatedkitchen.blogspot.com/

MadMom's picture

(post #57131, reply #41 of 52)

I'm afraid instant anything just makes me gag.  Instant oatmeal, instant grits, instant coffee...for heaven's sake, who doesn't have the time to cook these things?  And the taste is simply horrible in the instant varieties.  The only instant I keep around is instant espresso for the few recipes which call for it.



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TracyK's picture

(post #57131, reply #42 of 52)

I don't have the time to cook that stuff, most days of the week. Plain (non-flavored, nonsweetened) instant oatmeal isn't that bad, and I can make it at work. Beats a muffin from the downstairs deli, nutritionally speaking!


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Edited 11/27/2007 4:55 pm ET by TracyK

MadMom's picture

(post #57131, reply #43 of 52)

I guess there is a place for it, and we old retired folks have nothing but time, but still, I hate the taste of anything "instant".  I would honestly rather have plain cereal or something else.



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Gretchen's picture

(post #57131, reply #44 of 52)

Instant oatmeal isn't as bad as instant grits.  ;o)

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MadMom's picture

(post #57131, reply #45 of 52)

They are both an abomination.



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Marcia's picture

(post #57131, reply #50 of 52)

Almost nothing's as bad as instant grits - the one time I was served them, was in the South. Can you imagine?


I've never had instant oatmeal, so I can't comment on that, but instant in general makes me suspicious.

swflcook's picture

(post #57131, reply #46 of 52)

Thank you. I am going to make myself a "good food" list and go from there. I'll be checking out the ABS books too.

whatscooking's picture

(post #57131, reply #47 of 52)

Best wishes to you.  You are starting at a really challenging time of the year.  When you get through December and the holiday parties, it will be much easier, at least there will be fewer temptations.  And as I mentioned, I'm working on getting healthier with you..  I'm down around 15, give or take a pound, but can't seem to get to 20.  The first 15 came off pretty easily, I averaged a healthy 5 lbs a month, starting in Aug.  But now I've hit a plateau. I never lost any pounds in November.  The scale keeps teasing me.  I'll drop to 146, then back up to 150, down again to 148.  Cruel, cruel scale.  Today, I'm 149.  Still, I just keep going.  I am lifting weights too, so I hope that I'm exchanging fat for muscle and that is why the scale is not being so accomodating.  Really, I know I'm healthier, my clothes are falling off me, but still the evil scale taunts me :) 

Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the people of the Earth.
 Chief Seattle

Chicago-style deep-dish:  "Pizza for people who just aren't fat enough"
Anthony Bourdain
http://theoutdatedkitchen.blogspot.com/

Jean's picture

(post #57131, reply #48 of 52)

Throw out the scale. Use a tape measure.



Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
whatscooking's picture

(post #57131, reply #49 of 52)

I'm a glutton for punishment :)


Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the people of the Earth.
 Chief Seattle

Chicago-style deep-dish:  "Pizza for people who just aren't fat enough"
Anthony Bourdain
http://theoutdatedkitchen.blogspot.com/

roz's picture

(post #57131, reply #9 of 52)

OK, diet can take you only so far. Then you have to get moving! Go to the gym, lift those weights or take a fast- over- 40 min. walk. Get a workout partner or hire one. Make a commitment to working out.
I have not read Dr. Oz's book, but I did hear him speak on NPR last December and was impressed. Read the label if you must buy processed food and buy nutritional whey without additives or flavorings. Nuf' said.

Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Do your best. Don Miguel Ruiz
Gretchen's picture

(post #57131, reply #10 of 52)

Why whey?

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roz's picture

(post #57131, reply #12 of 52)

Whey protein is a refined form of protein (a by-product of milk production) and contains building blocks of amino acids that help muscles grow. Whey protein aids one's immune system. Protein helps muscles get bigger and is needed in their repair. The bigger the muscle the more muscle food (protein) is required.
Losing weight isn't only about losing weight. Energy is stored as fat. Muscles weigh more than fat. Bigger muscles boosts one's metabolism which will in turn use more energy (calories) and burn more fat. The real issue is how your clothes fit, not what the scale says.
I use the whey protein powder as a supplement to my diet, when my protein absorption is at its highest. I use it in a smoothie three times a week....during and after lifting weights.
As I said, food and diets will only get you so far...then you have to work at it. Exercise is what humans are meant to do. The equation is simple: calories out versus calories in. If you expend more calories than you take in you will lose weight. Diet alone doesn't do it. Nor does exercise alone do it. You have to do both and whey protein helps in that regard.
Now I will step off the whey protein powder soapbox. Thank you.

Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Do your best. Don Miguel Ruiz
Jean's picture

(post #57131, reply #13 of 52)

I sneak whey from my yogurt cheese in as a sub for the liquid when I bake bread. Makes me feel so virtuous. :)



Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
roz's picture

(post #57131, reply #34 of 52)

A local award-winning cheese maker here in Ireland uses only the milk of the summer (grass fed), Frisians to make her wonderful, nutty, full flavored cheddar. But after visiting her production and asking what she did with the whey I couldn't believe it. The whey gets "wasted" (dumped back on the field) as their production facility has no tank into which the whey can be pumped into further tanks to make either ricotta or some other viable foodstuff.

Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Do your best. Don Miguel Ruiz
Gretchen's picture

(post #57131, reply #14 of 52)

Yup, it is a soap box!!!  But if it works for you, that is great.  ;o)

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