Cabbage White, South Beach Diet Update

The Cabbage Whites are the only butterflies I see dancing around the yard on a regular basis. Maybe it is a bit early yet. 

To update my South Beach Diet experience, I’m happy to tell you as of my doctor’s visit last week, I’d lost seven pounds. I had hoped the weight would come off more quickly, but I haven’t been exercising regularly for one reason or another. At least I’m not gaining, or stuck on that plateau any more! 

On Phase One–the first two weeks–I was never hungry. About the third or fourth day of Phase Two when I added some bread back into my meals, I had the worst food cravings! I’m glad the only thing in the house was healthy snacks, because I felt ravenous. I didn’t like that feeling, at all, so I’m still not eating much bread. I only miss it when I think of a grilled cheese sandwich. 

I’ve tried some flat breads and other varieties, but the texture/flavor didn’t appeal…until last week, I found Mediterranean Whole Wheat Pitabread. It doesn’t have the traditional pocket of a pita; it makes an excellent pizza crust. I like the flavor and the texture, and it can be wrapped around a sandwich filling. GO BUY SOME! 🙂

Iris; Diet Update

In all the years my mom had a bed of irises, I never once noticed how that gorgeous blossom came to be. 

Last year, my niece was thinning hers, and gave me some rhizomes. We planted them, and I would check on the foliage from time to time to see if everything appeared to be going well. 

One day, I noticed slight bulges in some of the leaves, and the next time a looked, those bulges had become bud-like structures. It reminded me of a butterfly in its cocoon, crumpled inside a pocket, waiting for the right moment to be set free. 

Thanks for sharing your bounty with me, Diane. 🙂

South Beach Diet update: Had an appointment with my doctor today for trigger point injections, and found out I’ve lost four pounds so far! 

Oops! I Led You Astray

I’m sorry to have misled you yesterday regarding being hungry. Maybe blog posts need to be written before midnight…

Breakfast: Egg whites, green onion, green bell pepper, red banana pepper, cheddar cheese and turkey bacon

I commented that I expected to be hungry, and most of you expected me to be hungry, too; it seems to be the nature of diets and one reason we tend to shun them. 

But I am not hungry! It is hard for me to ingest the 1200 calories my body needs for daily nutrition because what I’m eating makes me feel full. I encourage anyone who wants to lose some weight to give this diet a fair shot. Give up the sugar (the hardest for me, because I love sweet tea–and make mine a large)! Start easing away from bread, snacks with no nutritive value, and starchy foods like potatoes, corn, carrots, get tempting foods out of the house. I did that for about ten days before officially starting the South Beach Diet–I found other options to make tea I would want to drink, looked at restaurant nutrition charts to make wise choices there–so I wouldn’t feel “deprived” and cave in to unhealthy choices.

I’ve also learned that I’m not used to cooking for myself. I normally grab a banana or a Zone bar and call it breakfast. Now I know that a banana needs to be offset with protein to reduce the glycemic reaction, the effect that foods have on blood sugar and those dreaded hunger pangs. 

The scale brought a smile to my face this morning–rather than the usual groan-when it said I was two pounds lighter. 😀



Bathing Beauties

After a limited amount of research, I have come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter where you are, if there is water available, there will be birds in it.

The first location was in my own backyard:

I never cease to be amazed at pigeon behavior.

The second location was 50 miles due south (as the crow flies–or in this case, the seagulls):

Diet update:
A good part of Monday was spent paging through the South Beach Diet cookbooks borrowed from the library, making a grocery list, and then–shopping. I survived the day, and am confident there is something to eat tomorrow! My calorie total for the day was just shy of 800, which I know is too low; but I wasn’t really hungry. On the drive home, I entertained the idea of pouring the sugar-free hot fudge syrup over the Planters 100% natural harvest Pistachio Grove Blend of mixed nuts roasted in sea salt with no added oils. That was good for a laugh, and then I came to my senses.

South Beach Diet

In my doctor’s office recently, I noticed a poster on the back of the door regarding weight loss. We discussed how the food pyramid has changed over time, and noted the previous one which recommended 6-11 servings of bread, cereal, rice and pasta daily has led to larger waistlines. 

She said now a low-carb diet, along the lines of The South Beach Diet, is being favored. I’ve been doing some research, looking for recipes and such. This diet was created by preventive cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston for his cardiac and diabetes patients. It was designed to improve his patients blood chemistry, and the side effect of it was weight loss. Sounds like a win-win situation to me! 

I have to admit, there are a few foods that I do not find appealing. More like appalling. We were eating salmon for awhile, now neither hubby nor I care to see it again. The only eggplant I enjoy is in Olive Garden‘s Eggplant Parmigiana, and that is definitely not in a healthy eating plan! The lunch portion is 620 calories, 26 grams of fat, (8g saturated) 1540 sodium (above my daily recommendation with hypertension), 70 grams of carbs.  

Looking into the South Beach Diet Plan, I learned it is divided into three phases. Phase One lasts two weeks and is designed to stabilize blood sugar, eliminate cravings and kick start weight loss. Phase Two returns a few foods forbidden in Phase One, and is the steady-loss phase until the desired weight is achieved, and Phase Three is the maintenance phase. 

If you desire to lose ten pounds or fewer, Phase One can be skipped. Personally, I’ve been stuck on a plateau for far too long, I’m ready to get that scale moving, so today starts my attempt at Phase One. 

Do any of you have experience with the South Beach Diet, or know anyone who does? Do you have any recommendations to help me accomplish Phase One?