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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:04 pm 
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Breakfast: jelly bread
Lunch: nothing
Dinner: half a carrot
Snack: 1 mango

Well, I didn't get much food in me today. I know I should be eating more, but it was hard to today. Before noon, I went into a panic attack (how I truely hate them :evil: ). I almost threw up my breakfast when I started coughing from feeling like I was choking, though luckily I didn't. Afterwards, apparently, my husband just let me sleep since he saw I was hurting a lot. Tonight, I almost didn't even want to eat, because my chest and stomach hurt like hell. But he kept telling me I really should eat something, so I figured half a carrot should be enough. A little later, I ate my usual snack, a whole mango. I'm still hurting so much, though, and my chest is slowly getting better. One thing I hope I can get over soon is these darn panic attacks. I get so emotional and upset so easily, that it barely takes anything for me to go into one. I think it's mostly due to my abusive past from my dad. :(

Anyway, I didn't do ANYTHING today, as far as exercise goes. Go figure.

Ok, I'm off to bed now. I'm still really tired, and I'm sure my body is probably telling me to go rest so it can heal me, right? Anyway, goodnight.

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 11:19 pm 
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Breakfast: jelly bread
Lunch: cooked whole wheat pasta and pasta sauce
Mid-day Meal: brown rice and pasta sauce
Dinner: cooked whole wheat pasta and pasta sauce
Snack: 1 mango

My husband and I decided to try using up the rice, pasta, and the rest of our homemade wheat bread before the 16th and to not get anymore for a while, to see how we handle our new well thought-out plan. We plan to buy enough beans and lentils to last us up to a month (which would come as very cheap, long-lasting, and liquid-filling meals -- I'd easily be getting in more liquids in my diet, too), some carrots and potatoes to use with the beans and lentils in soups, and spend the rest of our money on fresh raw fruits and vegetables (not all at the same time, though, as we wouldn't want anything to spoil). So if we can stick to this plan and not go over $150 dollars for the month, we're set! And our diet would consist of more raw foods! So, on the 16th, we shall try this out and see how it goes! :)

I did some cleaning and packed a few more boxes today. Also, I had a 2 mile walk. Yay! :D

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:41 am 
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Awesome job on the 2 mile walk!

And that sounds like a good plan for your grocery shopping.. though I cannot stress enough...
GREENS, GREENS, GREENS, and more... GREENS
seriously... you should be adding at least 2-3 heaping salads to your
daily food intake, it will also help you ease off on the starch intake.
Which is acidic to the body and causes a host of problems.

I use to live on pasta and potatoes(granted all organic and homemade :wink: )
But I had severe depression, also suffered panic attacks(I've had a tramatic past
as well, so I can empathize), PTSD, as well as a very long list of emotional and mental
disorders & problems.
It was my diet that was doing the MOST damage to me.


So, if you do nothing else, add massive amounts of greens into your diet;
they are cheap, they are plentiful and full of minerals! :D


Just a suggestion of course, and your plan sounds really good!
so definitely stay focused, and positive girl! :P

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 6:35 am 
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I'm with andesuma on this one!
GREENS!!
An easy way to get them is to make a smoothie (I usually start the day with one) with kale or spinach.
Here's what I use for my smoothies:
1-2 bananas (depending on size)
100-150g frozen berries
Raw kale if available otherwise frozen spinach
Spirulina
Chlorella
Ground flax seeds
water4.net DHA/EPA

(Bean) salads are good! Bok choy, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli is great to have in soups and stir fries (watch the oil though as it has lots of calories). It's also made fast and it's easy.

Another tip is to use Cronometer (it's free) and track your calories. It's a good way to see where the calorie bombs lie. You will thus discover that (non-starchy) veggies is never the problem. You can eat limitless from those.

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 1:58 am 
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andesuma wrote:
Awesome job on the 2 mile walk!

And that sounds like a good plan for your grocery shopping.. though I cannot stress enough...
GREENS, GREENS, GREENS, and more... GREENS
seriously... you should be adding at least 2-3 heaping salads to your
daily food intake, it will also help you ease off on the starch intake.
Which is acidic to the body and causes a host of problems.

I use to live on pasta and potatoes(granted all organic and homemade :wink: )
But I had severe depression, also suffered panic attacks(I've had a tramatic past
as well, so I can empathize), PTSD, as well as a very long list of emotional and mental
disorders & problems.
It was my diet that was doing the MOST damage to me.

So, if you do nothing else, add massive amounts of greens into your diet;
they are cheap, they are plentiful and full of minerals! :D

Just a suggestion of course, and your plan sounds really good!
so definitely stay focused, and positive girl! :P


Greens, and less starches...got it! :wink:

Really? :shock: I just went through some depression again today, though not as severe as my panic attack on the 10th. I was researching stuff online as always, but started feeling tired and sad and alone for some reason...so I put the laptop aside and laid in bed watching my husband chat to friends online and do classwork, and I just felt more and more alone, and even started feeling jealous (I can be a very needy person at times, I guess because in my past I had little to no attention from family and felt worthless). After nearly crying my eyes out, he had to take time out to come lay down with me because I was feeling so depressed. :( I feel bad about it. I don't know why the sudden mood change, though. But since you brought that up...what if this was in connection with all the pasta I had yesterday? And now that I think about it, I think I've been feeling more lousy on days that I ate mostly pasta, rice or bread. :evil: Well, if that's true, I should start feeling really good soon! :D

My husband and I still believe toxins in my body (along with mercury and other chemicals in vaccines) are mostly to blame for how I am...though we think there may still be some connection there with those foods, too. (Besides, why else would I go out of wack like that from eating big amounts of similar foods each time? I smell something fishy here! :? )

offense74 wrote:
I'm with andesuma on this one!
GREENS!!
An easy way to get them is to make a smoothie (I usually start the day with one) with kale or spinach.
Here's what I use for my smoothies:
1-2 bananas (depending on size)
100-150g frozen berries
Raw kale if available otherwise frozen spinach
Spirulina
Chlorella
Ground flax seeds
water4.net DHA/EPA

(Bean) salads are good! Bok choy, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli is great to have in soups and stir fries (watch the oil though as it has lots of calories). It's also made fast and it's easy.

Another tip is to use Cronometer (it's free) and track your calories. It's a good way to see where the calorie bombs lie. You will thus discover that (non-starchy) veggies is never the problem. You can eat limitless from those.


No problem with that one. My husband and I are wanting to use oil very sparingly. And if we try to only cook soup and have all else raw, then we shouldn't have to worry much (if at all) about oil. :)

And thanks for the tips! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 2:03 am 
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July 12, 2008

Breakfast: jelly bread (*gasps* All out of jelly now! And no, we're not buying anymore! :lol: *misses her sweet delectable jelly* :cry: )
Lunch: cooked whole wheat pasta and pasta sauce
Dinner: cooked whole wheat pasta and pasta sauce
Snack: slice of watermelon and 1 mango

Ok, so I failed to get any exercise today...but I will try to make sure to exercise tomorrow! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 11:39 pm 
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Breakfast: bread and pasta sauce (no more jelly, so I'm using leftover pasta sauce to spread on my bread, since I can't stand eating plain bread :? )
Lunch: watermelon (2 slices)
Mid-day Meal: watermelon (1 slice)
Dinner: bread and pasta sauce
Snack: 1 mango

I failed to exercise again today! (I need to get into a habit of exercising daily instead of being so lazy!...grrr... :evil: )

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:45 pm 
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July 14, 2008

Breakfast: bread and pasta sauce
Lunch: brown rice and pasta sauce
Dinner: brown rice and pasta sauce
Snack: 1 mango

Laxative tea tonight! I will probably go 1 week with it, as I keep feeling so stuffed up. :zwangsjacke:

I packed a few more boxes today. We will most likely be moving in September (argg...I wanted to move sooner).

This week's weight: 236 pounds (-2 pounds)
Starting weight: 240 pounds

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:37 pm 
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Breakfast: lentil and veggie soup
Lunch: lentil and veggie soup
Snack: sunflower seeds
Dinner: lentil and veggie soup
Snack: 1 mango

Laxative tea again tonight!

No exercise today.

We'll be going shopping tomorrow, so we'll see what we can get! I think mangos may be out of the question, because their prices are going up! Grrr! :evil: I loved eating mangos... :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:41 am 
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Breakfast: lentil and veggie soup
Lunch: lentil and veggie soup & slice of bread
Dinner: lentil and veggie soup & slice of bread
Snack: 1 peach

Laxative tea again tonight!

I walked 2 miles today, as we had to go shopping! We bought 14 bags of beans and lentils (which with the 2 bags we had left would make 16, meaning enough for 32 days of soups). The reason we got enough beans to last us all month is because they are cheap, and if we go past our budget too soon before the month is over, we have soup to fall back on (I know going days on only soup may not be as healthy, but it's a last resort, for just incase). We also got potatoes for the soups (we still had some carrots, onions, and garlic left). Afterwards, we stacked up on some fruits and veggies (peaches, nectarines, apples, watermelon, cucumbers, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and celery). We spent about $60 (so we have a maximum of $90 more to spend later during the month on fresh fruits and veggies for when we run out. All in all, I think we did good! Hopefully we be able to afford a decent amount of fruits and veggies all month, but if not, we are prepared. lol. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:41 am 
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Great job with grocery shopping!! I look forward to seeing more variety in your daily intake!
hah :D

July 15th was a good consumption day, definitely adding one or two big salads to
a day like that would be an ideal place to start! :)
But you're doing well, and improving beautifully, so great job!


Your body needs hydration above all else (not just water, but REAL hydration from
fruits and vegetables), so that will help with your 'elimination' issues.. and is
more needed for your body than the laxie tea :wink:
Just a thought.


But awesome job !!! \:D/

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:47 pm 
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andesuma wrote:
Great job with grocery shopping!! I look forward to seeing more variety in your daily intake!
hah :D

July 15th was a good consumption day, definitely adding one or two big salads to
a day like that would be an ideal place to start! :)
But you're doing well, and improving beautifully, so great job!

Your body needs hydration above all else (not just water, but REAL hydration from
fruits and vegetables), so that will help with your 'elimination' issues.. and is
more needed for your body than the laxie tea :wink:
Just a thought.

But awesome job !!! \:D/


Hehe...thanks! :wink:

Your comment about July 15th...was that because of the sunflower seeds I had? lol. We might try adding more seeds and nuts to our diet. That was mainly just a snack, though, since my husband hadn't had them in a while and missed eating them. lol. (Which, by the way, I still have about half of my bag left.) :lol:

Really? Well, I may still need my laxative tea for now...but hopefully I can get a lot more fresh raw fruits and vegetables in my diet by the time we move. I look forward to going completely raw and being able to eat all the fruits and vegetables I want! lol. :wink:

Thanks for the great tips and encouragement! Keep it comin'! lol. :boxer:

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Breakfast: black bean and veggie soup
Lunch: black bean and veggie soup
Snack: 1 carrot
Dinner: black bean and veggie soup
Snack: 1 apple
Snack: 1 nectarine

Laxative tea again tonight!

No exercise today, but I'll try to get some exercise in tomorrow.

If I can remember, I'll try juicing some veggies when I wake up. :D

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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:00 am 
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TigreBella,

I'm not a nutritionist or a doctor, but I am a vegan who has had his own challenges with food, depression and chronic low self-esteem over the years. My heart goes out to you, and I encourage all the changes you're attempting to make. However, in my experience, you must get at what's driving the depression, the feeling of 'alone-ness' you are carrying - so that any changes you want to make will come more easily...

I don't think its simply the food we're talking about here. It seems that there are some serious, unaddressed emotional issues at play. I highly recommend working with someone, a therapist or an EFT Practitioner (check out http://www.emofree.com) to get to the heart of whats driving the bad diet, lack of exercise - all the feelings you're carrying around. To my ears, it seems like EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) would really help you - as it has helped - and continues to help me through my life challenges.

From my perspective - and please take this as it is meant - you can't simply eat pasta and sauce (or much the same meal all day, everyday). The body appreciates variety: vegetables, leafy greens, whole, sprouted grains, different kinds of beans. I've read your posts and I find your diet alarming in this lack of variety / greens and over-reliance on sugars. There's also something about the repetition - the same meals all the time, that seems to be a red flag for something.

So that you stick with whatever changes you're attempting to make, you must address the feelings of being deprived, desperate, alone and all the rest. At least find a way to express these feelings fully, so that you're not expressing them through your diet, your relationships, financially, etc. If you need any tips on where to start, I'm happy to help, but I suggest reading/ learning a self-help skill like EFT, since it sounds like your challenges are emotional in nature.


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 Post subject: Re: I'm ready! Let's do this!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:42 pm 
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I've had depression and low self esteem for years and years.
Therapy can be pricey, and to get in to see a therapist that isn't expensive.. means being on a waiting list for a long time. I know you have a strict budget, as do I. I've never been able to receive good quality therapy as a result.
What I found helped a lot is exercise and a good diet. (Which you're now working on, and I'm proud of you!) When the bad feelings strike, it's important to talk to someone. Talk to your husband, a family member, a friend, or even one of us. You can always message me.
Many times I've hidden my feelings from the world, hoping they'd go away. They never do. This is why it's good to get those feelings out.
I sincerely hope you feel better soon :)


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