By Holley03 Latest Reply 2011-07-13 14:43:47 -0500
Started 2011-07-13 10:06:06 -0500

Can anyone recommend a good low cal diet thats easy to follow. I have three teens at home and can't afford to buy or cook two different meals.

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ochibeachgirl 2011-07-13 10:24:51 -0500 Report

So true Jim, I find that it is about what we eat. Portion control is what my nutritionist preaches for people like me - unfortunately, I love sweet stuff - hey, I'm sweet, what can I tell ya?! - so, it is about controlling them rather than giving them up. I think I am an overeater too, so that is another thing. I try to cook healthy alternatives, limit the ones that are not so good, and have found that sweet potatoes (you call them yams in the US) are better than the regular potatoes, and even how you cook them can be a challenge. Sauces and gravies are dangerously loaded with fats and sometimes sugars, so be careful of those. If your kids are active, then they don't need as much restriction, but if they are weight challenged, they need to be careful too. I have a overweight 6 yr old, so I have challenges too. One is eating too late and going to bed. Now the summer is here, he is more active, so I'm hoping it will help with the weight control. I am also conscious of the type of snacks we buy for home as many are fried and loaded with way too much salt (I have BP issues too). Good luck with your meal planning!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-13 14:43:47 -0500 Report

I would not find it hard to down about 6 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups a day, but at 24 grams of carbs per package, that is 5 carb servings. I am allowed 6 serving a day! I am so sweet, I almost melted in a downpour we had today! I was assured by a few of the camp counselors that was not going to happen. The sweet potato is a common US term. I do not know for sure if a sweet potato is a yam/squash or if they are 2 different items. sometimes on food here, it depends on what part of the country you are in. I know a white potato will send my sugars high and hold them, and I don't have that problem with the sweet potato/yam. You are so right on the gravies and sauces. My daughter has a four year old and as far as Anika is concerned snack means: carrot or celery sticks (a dip is a real special treat!), a garden salad with about a tablespoon of dressing, or fruit. Chips? Maybe once a month.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-13 10:12:59 -0500 Report

With teens, I am afraid this is easier said than done. One of the problems I see is that teens tend to need and like carbs, where you want to avoid the carbs. Your carb count is more important than your calorie count, for the most part. Now you can cook regular meals like this: hamburger/fish/chicken, mashed potatoes & a vegetable that is not corn, peas, or carrots. You would eat a larger portion of the meat and veggies and no potatoes, while they can eat it all and get the carbs they need. So it is not so much as what you cook as it is what you eat. Hope this helps. Jim

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