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Loops
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I think the recommended oil/fat portion sizes are too tiny to be honest....
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I eat more ghee than my SWAMI allows.  It is recommended for me to have 1 tsp, 5 times a week and I have 2 tsp every day, 7 days a week.  

My recommended portion and frequencies are important to me, but not as high a priority to me as sticking to my Diamonds and Superfoods and staying away from the Toxins and Black Dots.

When I first started the BTD, about 14 years ago, I found that dealing with portions/frequencies was not where I needed to put my attention.  It took me a few years before I felt that I was really grounded in following the food list, being very comfortable with shopping, food selection and preparation and watching for hidden avoids.  Once all that became integrated into my daily life, the next natural step was then to fine-tune the rest of the program.



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Wow- this thread has been chatty today!

I look at the portions in two ways:

First, and most important, i look at proportions of one food to another. I see that I should be eating mostly veggies and only modest amounts of meat. My plate should NOT be half full of meat with only a tiny portion of greens.  When I first started on BTD, I focused on "making sure I ate enough veggies" rather than trying to cut anything out.

As a distant second, I look at the portions to figure out how much I should be eating to promote weight loss. I can maintain, or even gain weight on my SWAMI, even though I have over 25 pounds to lose. For me personally, portions DO matter. Health always comes first, and when I get a fibro-flare, I eat what I need to function, even though weight loss comes to a halt when that happens.

The first thing I look at with portions is the carby foods- SWAMI is right about how many added sweeteners and fruits I can handle a day. That goes beyond weight loss, but onto blood sugar stability and my energy level.

As i feel better, I try to focus more on portions. Completely restricting myself to SWAMI amounts of everything led to me feeling faint and weak after 2 days- it just wasn't enough food. So I don't restrict my fat intake, and I allow myself about 1.5  times the amount of protein recommended. It's not "unlimited" but it's more than SWAMI recommends.

I had way more protein today than i *should* have, but that's OK. I'm getting back on track after the holidays. And I haven't had red meat in a week and had probably 2-3 portions tonight with dinner- on top of the eggs for breakfast and turkey for lunch. Had I eaten the meat at lunchtime (before I bought it) I might have been satisfied enough not to need more protein at dinner. I need to eat beef more regularly- it's part of what I need to do to have energy and to lose weight (more satisfying food means I can eat less.)


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah (in Israel for the school year), 17yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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yeah I think I am eating more protein than is recommended.  But to be honest, when it comes to protein, I really do trust my body.  There is no way I can overeat meat - I have a big loud stop button when I have had enough.  The rice - well, I think it depends.  If I am eating egg fried rice then it is easy to eat loads of it - but rice without added fat in a soup - not so much.

I am still not sure about the cheese - still no eczema but last night I found myself eating a LOT of it and I was a bit irritable and snappy with my husband afterwards..could be coincidence though....
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how is everybody doing?

I am having a problem with dairy again.  I will have to cut it once more I think...despite parmesan being a diamond.  I notice I have phlegm shortly after eating it and get a headache.  Also I felt very tired after eating lentils again the other day.  I think I will stick to fruit and sweet potatoes.  I also made fried fish and I think the yumminess of it (I use rice flour and egg for the batter and shallow fry it in olive oil) makes me overeat it.  I can cope with a little rice in soup, but the flour maybe it is causing too much of an inuslin release with me.  I am kind of bummed that superfoods and diamonds don't seem to be working for me.....I have to say, right now I feel that the BTD is better for me.  Lentils and rice are only neutrals on that.

Otherwise I am doing ok, although I haven't really dropped any weight???  I am trying not to weigh anyway.
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Dipping into cocoa powder (black dot) now and again, but other than that, 100% compliant.  
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well done!   I am pleased that my eczema is almost completely healed up now, and I haven't had to use my asthma inhaler for awhile.
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That's great loops!

If BTD is working better for you right now, then go with that. The point is to do what works for you, not to blindly follow SWAMI just because it's supposed to be the best.


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah (in Israel for the school year), 17yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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yes I think you are right.  I seem to do much better using fruit for my carbs for an example.  Maybe this will change in the future - if I start dropping weight like I did before I was pregnant then I could eventually try Swami again.  Some things seem to be true - like the diamond fruits and veggies seem to be very good for my digestion.  It is odd because I was never in doubt that I was an explorer and Swami confirmed that - but I have gatherer-type weight issues - have done all my life.  I am very muscular but put on fat weight very easily.  Maybe that will change the longer I am doing BTD.
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Well I fell off the wagon on Sunday and I haven't been able to get back on.  Got lost in my eating addiction again.  All's I can do is start now and work my program.    
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It is just a little bump in the road of life...  You'll shake off this dust in no time because you recognize the issue and know what to do to correct it.  Great recognition!



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No time to read the whole thread, but it sure sounds interesting what I did read.
My humorous way to be 100% compliant/bennies is to be fasting! Ha!

I'm glad you are doing better. If we could all get plenty of bennies at all times, it would be wonderful.


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Quoted from ABJoe
It is just a little bump in the road of life...  You'll shake off this dust in no time because you recognize the issue and know what to do to correct it.  Great recognition!



Thanks for the support AB....
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So you fell off the wagon- jump back on! Or, if necessary, climb back on slowly, a little at a time if it's too much to "jump back on" all at once.


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah (in Israel for the school year), 17yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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Just keep your nose pointed in the right direction.  It's a journey, not a destination.  



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I'm thinking of doing two juice meals (with added protein powder i.e. pea or rice protein), and then one meal of like meat, fish, sweet potato and vegetable just to get a grip!  

thoughts?
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hey - don't worry - bound to happen - point is that you keep trying.  I would just stick to the food lists if I were you.  Juice meals never did much for me....Remember failure is giving up trying.
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A juice "meal" would never work for me. I'm assuming you mean veggie juice, not pure fruit juice, but still I couldn't do that for more than just a snack. Even when I couldn't chew after dental work, I needed the fiber of pureed foods, not juices, and I pureed broth and meat in with the veggies.

But we're all unique individuals. You may do fine on two "juice with protein powder" meals and one regular meal. It can't hurt to try it- just be open to trying something else quickly if that doesn't work.


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah (in Israel for the school year), 17yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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If you do those protein drinks, try and keep the sugar content low.  I'd not use all fruit juice - maybe diluted or use almond or rice milk or whatever is compliant for you.  You can spike insulin and it swings you into low blood sugar and cravings.  And add some fat or oil to the drink or ground flax or chia.



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And.....I am back on Swami again!  Tested parmesan AGAIN and nothing happened - so it might not be the cheese doing weird things to me.  Also ate tons of beans and rice yesterday with diamond veggies and meat and belly felt great afterwards - no bloating and although I am not weighing my jeans feel looser this morning.  Am playing tennis but today I feel very tired as my baby is sick and was up all night - but otherwise things are ok.
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It could be that BTD was best for you while pregnant and postpartum, but SWAMI becomes better as your body shifts back into "regular" mode.


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah (in Israel for the school year), 17yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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Oh gosh.. been out of the loop here lost in my food addiction.  

Had 11 great days of freedom and then I lost it.  Then I gained 4 days and then lost it.

Now I am back and working on day 1 again.  What a journey.

However, i'm not going to stay in shame and guilt about it... I'm going to rejoice myself, my connection with God and listen closely to his guidance for my life.

Through it all I've keep going to my 12 step meeting and working on the 4th step which is alot of questions that help one discover their character defaults.  I can tell you this:  it's one thing to think on your character defaults... be subtly aware of them....but when you write them down and they are staring you in the face.. whoa!  The truth hits hard about what a unconscious 'acting out' person I was growing up.  I was a sad lonely insecure girl!  No wonder I chose food to help me deal with stuff... cause I had no idea how to!

The good news is that I'm working on it and discovering my true self which is not the person I was then.. who in my 20/20 vision wasn't even a person.. just an empty shell trying to figure out who I was.  

Hope everyone else that shares on this thread is doing well!

Ha ha.. have to laugh because this morning I've decided that I'm not going to limit my ghee!!  ha ha.... 1 tsp a week is just not going to cut it!!!!    
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You didn't "fall off the wagon." You just stumbled. Get right back on track.

I completely agree about not limiting ghee. I pay no attention to SWAMI's suggestion about fat intake.


Ruth, Single Mother to 19yo   O- Leah (in Israel for the school year), 17yo O- Hannah, and  12yo B+ Jack


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Quoted from ruthiegirl


I completely agree about not limiting ghee. I pay no attention to SWAMI's suggestion about fat intake.


Glad to hear it!  In the previous incarnations of my BTD & Genotype, my ghee was unlimited!  So I just can't drop to almost nothing!  
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I think, looking at the big picture, ghee is not an area to stress about.  



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