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How does anyone with an IQ over 100 still fall for these stupid fad diets? My co-worker is doing the ‘HCG diet’ which is a crash diet of 500 calories a day (no carbs) and Homeopathic HCG drops, which only have ‘trace’ amount if HCG or even none - just the ‘memory’ in the dilution.

I don’t know about real HCG injections, but this diluted crap with severe caloric restrictions pisses me off. I want to shake my co-worker and tell her she’s an idiot, but instead I’m ignoring the useless drops and telling her to be careful, and watch out for dizziness & fatigue.

(For years I thought homeopathy referred to holistic remedies or natural home remedies. Boy, was I wrong! When I learned what it really was I was quite surprised. What a load of crap! It’s stuff like this that gives the rest of alternative treatments a bad name).

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Post Crash - 9 days later

OK, so I’m still walking with a limp. Ended up hurting my hip flexor, which has made it near impossible to lift my foot off the floor for almost a week. Could barely walk (move?) for the first couple of days. Tried riding my bike on the trainer yesterday. Found it uncomfortable to mildly painful. Definitely would not want to go out for an hour or so. Hardest part is getting on and off the bike. Still taking lots of advil to get thru all he walking I do at work, which is a lot!!!

Not doing a good job of eating less food to make up for the lack of exercise. Damn!

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weight loss tags

I was looking at some diet & weight loss posts on tumblr. What a mistake! This makes me both sad and angry all at the same time. Posts from what I can I only assume are from preteen little girls documenting the 800 calorie per day of horrid, unhealthy diets, with comments of how great they are doing. Or other posts from tumblrs lamenting the fact that they went 100 calories over their 500 per day allotment. I’ll stick to following my cycling and fitness friends, who pepper in the occasional diet info.

(best healthy diet advice I’ve ever seen: give up everything “white”, except for cauliflower. And now I’m craving cauliflower; off to the market I go!!!)

update: checked out some tags under “nutrition”. Great stuff there!

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Vegetable Bean Soup
Ingredients
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, cut into small dice
3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick
3 medium celery stalks, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 medium bell pepper (red or yellow), stemmed, seeded and cut into medium dice
1 pound ‘new’ potatoes, unpeeled and cut into medium dice
1 medium zucchini, cut into medium dice
1 (16 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
2 (15.5 ounce) cans cannellini or other white beans, undrained
8 cups low-sodium chicken broth (2  4L cartons)
 
1 bag prewashed  baby spinach
1 cup frozen or canned green peas
Salt and ground black pepper
 
Directions
Heat oil in a soup kettle over medium-high flame. Add onions, and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add carrots, celery, peppers, potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, beans and chicken broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes. Add spinach and peas; continue to simmer until spinach wilts, 3 to 4 minutes longer. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Each One Cup Serving is 90 calories. The beans & spinach make this a very healthy and filling soup!

Vegetable Bean Soup

Ingredients

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, cut into small dice

3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick

3 medium celery stalks, sliced 1/4-inch thick

1 medium bell pepper (red or yellow), stemmed, seeded and cut into medium dice

1 pound ‘new’ potatoes, unpeeled and cut into medium dice

1 medium zucchini, cut into medium dice

1 (16 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes

2 (15.5 ounce) cans cannellini or other white beans, undrained

8 cups low-sodium chicken broth (2  4L cartons)

 

1 bag prewashed  baby spinach

1 cup frozen or canned green peas

Salt and ground black pepper

 

Directions

Heat oil in a soup kettle over medium-high flame. Add onions, and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add carrots, celery, peppers, potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, beans and chicken broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes. Add spinach and peas; continue to simmer until spinach wilts, 3 to 4 minutes longer. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Each One Cup Serving is 90 calories. The beans & spinach make this a very healthy and filling soup!

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My new healthy eating plan

This will work for losing and/or maintaining weight, plus it eventually trains you on how to judge how much you’re actually consuming without having to constantly count calories or points.

1. Take a picture with your mobile device of EVERYTHING you eat all day long.
2. DO NOT calculate the calories, just try to make wise decisions on types of food & portion control.
3. The following morning, review the previous days’ food & THEN do your calculations. Log your total calories (or points) in your app or logbook.
4. Keep repeating steps 1 to 3 until you are able to eat a normal & healthy amount of food. You should be able to eventually come very close to guessing how well you did before calculating your numbers.

Voila! Now you know how much to eat every day.

Your welcome.

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