BFC Servings Reminder

BFC Servings Reminder
15/6 = 15 grams sugar/6 carb servings
Carb serving (no more than 2 per meal)
5 grams - 20 grams = 1 serving
20 grams - 40 grams = 2 servings
Eat no more than 40 grams carbs and 5 grams sugar per meal!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Hurry Up Spring and Weight Stalls!

Who out there is ready for Spring?  I know I am.  I love the change of seasons and I even enjoy winter but I'm done with it and ready for warm weather, flowers, and being outside.

Since my last post I have stayed the course with my low carb eating, and reading a lot about weight stalls, because my stall has been a couple months long!   I read that sometimes people stall because of a food sensitivity.  The main foods people are sensitive to are gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, corn and sugar. Well, I think we've all already given up sugar and artificial sugars.  I use only stevia, erythitol, and "Just Like Sugar" (which is made from chicory root).   Peanuts - I don't eat a lot of peanuts or peanut butter so that was easy to give up.  Corn - that's been out since I started the BFC.  Gluten - After reading "Wheat Belly" in January I decided that wheat is probably not good for us on a lot of levels that don't even have to do with weight, so I gave that up also (that includes beer).  Soy is a little trickier because it's hidden in a lot of stuff.  I'm not going out and getting soy products but that's about as far as I went with limiting soy.  Well that leaves dairy and eggs.  There is not much left to eat if I give up eggs and dairy, or at least that's what I thought.  I finally decided to try to give up most dairy.  So I started out giving up my beloved heavy cream in my coffee.  I have to have something, so I tried canned coconut milk.
The milk in the can is very creamy.  In fact this brand has a thick layer on top that I mix in with the liquid before I use it.  It's a good fat for your body also.  I have grown to like this in my coffee almost more than my regular cream.   After a couple weeks on this I started to give up cheese for the most part.  Once in awhile I have a bit of Parmesan on stuff or a little grated cheese in my salads, but not very often.  I stopped eating cream cheese and sour cream.  It was hard at first but now I'm finding more to eat without it.  I did not give up eggs.  That was just too hard.  I switched my protein shakes to Jay Robb Egg White Vanilla Protein(because of the whey in the regular kind) and I didn't want to give that up.  Plus I make up some hard boiled eggs every couple days and have them in salads, or deviled eggs (with homemade mayo) and sometimes I eat just a plain hard boiled egg if I'm really hungry before a meal.  They keep you full.  I'm all about eating things that keep me full now.

So that's where I'm at now.  I did all that rather gradually to see if it would have any effect on my weight stall.   Well  today when I weighed myself I am FINALLY down almost two pounds.  I know that doesn't seem like much in all these months but I'm hoping I might have broken through my plateau - at least a little.  I'll keep going like this for awhile and see if it keeps working.

I know a few of you were wondering how my working with Maria Emmerich went.  Well, I only did the minimal health assessment and advice from her.   I have to say that she is great about responding to your emails.  She always wrote right back.  Unfortunately her advice was always to"keep going, your doing great", even when I didn't think I was.  It was her suggestion that I give up dairy right from the beginning, but that was something I couldn't do cold turkey and in fact haven't done 100% even now.   She gives you a lot of handouts about nutritional supplements you should take and there are A LOT.  She also wants you to start with a "only proteins and fats" week to get you burning fat.  Well that was a hard week and I didn't lose any weight.  After that she wants you to start with some sample menus that she sends you.   They are super restrictive.  I added up the first couple days of foods on "My fitness pal" and they were under 1000 calories each day.  That's too little for me.   As written in her "Healthy Metabolism" book she thinks we should play around with our meals each week.  One day a fats and protein only day, one day an overeating day (and that means go up to about 1500 calories), one day an intermittent fast day (skipping all foods after lunch).  She says this fools our body and ups our metabolism.  It probably works, but I just couldn't get that hardcore about my eating and my life in general.  I still think she is great and super helpful and knows her stuff, so I took some of her advice and utilize a lot of her recipes into my diet.  Her Shamrock Protein Shake is delicious and I have it most mornings.  Also LOVE her Chocolate Flaxseed Muffins and keep a bunch of those on hand when a shake is not enough.  After the muffin I drink a ton of water and it seems to expand in my stomach and keep me full a lot longer - at least until the next meal.  

So that's about it right now.  I'll keep you posted on how all my modifications go.  I want to feel good in a bathing suit this year and now that Spring is almost here, summer isn't long away.


  1. Wow it sure sounds like you are giving up a lot of stuff! I gotta give you credit cause I'm just not sure I could do that. Don't give up and you will get in that bathing suit in no time :-)

  2. First of all....CONGRATS on breaking the plateau!!!
    That is sure a lot of food to give up? Wow! You must really be ready to get it done if you are willing to totally change what you are eating. How will you know what thing is causing issues if you gave up all of it?
    I'm not surprised about the calorie suggestions, I think most diets end up in that range. A splurge day for me would not stop at 1500 calories;)
    I actually ordered a new tankini from VS. It's the same one I have gotten for years because you order by bra size, but the color/pattern I want is always sold out by summer. It should be here in a couple of days and it should thoroughly depress me!!! Or motivate me!!!
    I am happy for you!!! Keep up the good work:)

    1. When you think about it the only new thing I'm giving up is peanut butter, wheat and dairy(but not 100%), so it's not too bad. They say when you eliminate things you should do it for a few weeks and then introduce one item back your diet for a couple days and see if you have any bad responses to see if that was the problem. I'm sure the VS suit will look awesome on you!

  3. I've never been able to really calorie cycle. I did do upday down day for a while, that's 500 calories every other day, unrestricted the other days. It would be easier if I were only feeding myself. But I'm not. I am glad to hear you are breaking through that plateau!

    1. Wow 500 calories is pretty restrictive! I agree that things are harder when you have to feed a family as well as yourself - I seem to always make extra stuff for them that I can't have. It would be easier to not be around the foods I don't eat at all.

    2. yeah, it is. That didn't very last long - it's tough to keep to 500 calories when everyone around you is eating every couple hours. It was an interesting challenge though.

  4. Beth - glad for you that the scale moved. Have you checked out this website? She has eliminated a lot of foods and then reintroduced to see what she could tolerate. (I think she talks about it in her About/FAQ section).

    I'm like you...enjoy the change of seasons but ready for the next one to be here!

  5. Beth, I have no words of wisdom, and I'm no expert since I'm not even close to goal. I feel better when I eat low carb and low sugar, but I do think mixing it up calorie wise makes sense every once in awhile. I think trying new things and keeping your eye toward your goal is the best plan. One of these days you and I both will reach our goal. Two pounds is a good loss and definitely a step in the right direction!! XO

  6. Hi Beth!! :)

    WOW - With your committment to seeing what works best for your body, I just know you'll figure it out. Sounds like you're making progrss. I'm thrilled when I see a half pound loss, so 2 pounds - you go girl!!!

    I love coconut milk in my coffee! I also heard that when you want whipped cream you can rerigerate the can so that it gets thick and then beat it with a mixer and some Truvia. It's suppose to be a good dairy-free substitute but I haven't tried it yet.

    Have a great weekend Beth!

  7. Yay! Fantastic for you to be busting through your plateau... and to have the discipline to do so! I rely heavily on pb to tide me over fairly frequently... as well as cheese. (Probably why I've been stuck at this same weight for over the past year.)

    As a side note, I read somewhere that you should open your can of coconut milk from the bottom so that you can just pour out the liquid (and save, of course) as opposed to trying to scoop out the cream when opening from the top. I love that stuff!

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