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Brenda Hoffman - Start Date 19 Aug 2011
« on: August 23, 2011, 05:23:06 AM »

Female  /  46 years  /  5'6"  /  North Texas  /  Light to Moderate Active  /  SLD Start: 19 Aug 2011

Day Date       Weight      BMI      Down        Oil                         Flavorless Cal.   AS    Brief Comment
1    19Aug     184.5       29.78      0.0         3T Pure OO               360                4      highly motivated
2    20Aug     180.5       29.13      4.0         4T Pure OO               480                3      queasy (4T at once)
3    21Aug     179.0       28.89      5.5         2T Pure/2T ELO+FO   525                6      under-eating, then feeling deprivation
4    22Aug     179.5       28.97      5.0         2T ELOO/2T W + FO  525                4      steady & good
5    23Aug     179.0       28.89      5.5         4T Walnut +FO          525                3      steady mood, not much interest in food, easily full
6    24Aug     178.0       28.73      6.5         4T Walnut Oil             480                3      slightly queasy about 10:30a
7    25Aug     178.0       28.73      6.5         4T Walnut +FO          525                3      slightly queasy, less than yest. Get very full on small meals
8    26Aug     177.5       28.65      7.0         4T Walnut +FO          525                7      no am queasiness, afternoon big appetite, big dinner
9    27Aug     180.5       29.13      4.0         4T Walnut                 480                2      not hungry until around 6pm
10  28Aug     178.0       28.73      6.5         4T Walnut +FO          525                3      didn't need breakfast until 11a
11  29Aug     179.0       28.89      5.5         4T Walnut +FO          525                3      steady & good
12  30Aug     179.0       28.89      5.5         4T Walnut +FO          525                4      mostly steady & good
13  31Aug     180.5       29.13      4.0         3T Walnut +FO          405                3      steady & good
14  01Sep     180.5       29.13      4.0         3T (2W/1ELOO)+FO   405                3      steady & good
15  02Sep     181.0       29.21      3.5         3T (2W/1ELOO)+FO   405                3      steady & good
16  03Sep     180.0       29.05      4.5         3T (2W/1ELOO)+FO   405                3      steady & good
17  04Sep     179.0       28.89      5.5         3T (2W/1ELOO)+FO   405                2      steady & good, hunger more easily satisfied
18  05Sep     177.0       28.57      7.5         3T (2W/1ELOO)+FO   405                3      steady & good, stomach feeling light but not deprived
19  06Sep     178.0       28.73      6.5         3T (2W/1ELOO)+FO   405                3      steady & good
20  07Sep     177.5       28.65      7.0         3T (2W/1ELOO)+FO   405                3      steady & good
21  08Sep     176.5       28.48      8.0         3T (2W/1ELOO)+FO   405                3      steady & good, realizing the impact of salt
22  09Sep     176.0       28.40      8.5         3T (2W/1ELOO)+FO   405                3      steady & good, wanting to go more bland
23  10Sep     176.5       28.48      8.0         2T Walnut + Fish Oil    285                3      did well despite having to wait extra hours to eat
24  11Sep     176.0       28.40      8.5         2T Walnut + Fish Oil    285                3      good
25  12Sep     176.0       28.40      8.5         2T Walnut + Fish Oil    285                4      ate too little previous day
26  13Sep     176.0       28.40      8.5         2T Walnut + Fish Oil    285                3      starting a new eating/workout program (4 Hour Body): cutting grains/white potatoes


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Re: Brenda Hoffman - Start Date 19 Aug 2011
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2011, 06:12:41 AM »

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**** MY INDEX OF POSTS FOR TRACKING DIET-RELATED EXPERIENCES ****

Post 1: My Daily Progress Statistics                        (updated daily)

Post 2: This Index

Post 3: My Week-By-Week Summary                    (updated weekly)

Post 4: My Month-By-Month Summary                   (updated monthly)

Post 5: My Personal SLD Approach                        (Starting approach, not continually updated)

Post 6: My Current Diet & Supplementation            (Starting diet, not continually updated)

Post 7:  [Deleted]

Post 8: My Diet/Weight History Before SLD             (not continually updated)

Post 9: SLD Compared to Other Diets                    (occasionally updated)

Post 10:  [Deleted]

Beyond these posts, my daily progress, weight, food intake & comments are updated in individual posts, day by day.
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Re: Brenda Hoffman - Start Date 19 Aug 2011
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2011, 09:21:20 AM »

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**** MY WEEK-BY-WEEK SUMMARY ****

Week  Date (2011)    TTL Lost    Comments
1        25  Aug           6.5           Enjoying eating mostly bland foods, hunger easily satisfied, oil-taking occasionally undesirable but otherwise not unpleasant
2        01  Sep           3.5           Getting over my overeating habits and wrong ideas about food
3        08  Sep           8.0           Getting used to having a light stomach rather than one that's almost always full, desiring less flavorful food
4        15  Sep


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Re: Brenda Hoffman - Start Date 19 Aug 2011
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2011, 09:29:20 AM »

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**** MY MONTH-BY-MONTH SUMMARY ****

Month  Date (2011)   TTL Lost    Comments
1         18 Sep
2         18 Oct
3         18 Nov

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Re: Brenda Hoffman - Start Date 19 Aug 2011
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2011, 09:33:03 AM »

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**** MY PERSONAL SLD APPROACH ****

Oil:
Take 4T Walnut oil every day. If I find that suppresses my appetite too much, I will decrease to 3T.
I take 2T in 8:30 am, the other 2T in 2:30 pm
I prefer Walnut Oil because of the omega-3s. ELOO is very easy to take (as is Walnut) and will use it if I run out of Walnut.
I will continue to take my 4 fish oil caps. I hadn't known it was better to take them between meals to get the effect of taking a flavorless oil. I now take them with my 2nd oil dose each day.

Sugar Water:
I don't have positive experiences with sugar and my mental & physical well-being so I don't want anything to do with it now. Hopefully the oil will work just fine.

Food:
The basic types of foods I eat hasn't changed, and I have no plans to change them. Just before starting SLD, we did put an end to our 2-month take-out pizza frenzy since the white flour has an unpleasant effect for both me and my DH.
Although we very much enjoy the way we eat, me and DH have agreed to once a week having an "anything goes" meal.  This way we limit the foods that don't agree with us so much, while at the same time not making any particular food forbidden. Our past experience shows us that making any food forbidden sets us up for a binge sooner or later. We are free to eat anything we want, as long as we wait until that one day to have it. Still, we are happy with the rest of our weekly meals since we like our home-cooked whole-food diet which includes eggs, meat, cheese, butter and all the good stuff dieters usually think must be given up in order to be healthy and lose weight.

Flavor:
What has changed in my basic daily diet is the seasoning of my food. I was pleased to read in Seth's book that bland (unseasoned) food helps with the effort. This is not the first time I've had an interest in eliminating all the heavy flavoring I usually add to my food when cooking. I keep feeling like, although delicious, it's not so good for me. The idea of eating entirely unseasoned food has been sounding increasingly attractive to me. I have refrained because I didn't want my DH and DS to suffer from having to eat bland food. They love the taste of my cooking. My DS has just moved out and my DH is entirely supportive of whatever I need to do to feel healthy. He is ok with eating blander food too, and is ok with just adding whatever flavor he wants after I serve it up. As it is, he has decided to do almost as much bland food as I'm doing. I could relate to what Seth wrote about plain foods becoming more enjoyable after being off junk food for a little while. I've had that experience a few times also.

The changes I've made to make my diet blander:
- stopped seasoning what I cook
- use only EVOO on my salad and nothing else
- cook my morning eggs only in unsalted butter (no salt/pepper/herbs)
- accompany my eggs with a small portion of plain whole wheat Cream of Wheat (bland!)
- bought blander cheeses: whole milk mozzarella & muenster (instead of sharp cheddar, pepper jack & blue cheese)
- sandwiches with only mayo (still hooked on mayo but hope to eliminate it) homemade whole wheat bread with turkey and bland cheese
- plain full-fat yogurt (a brand that's mild & creamy, not tart) with nothing on/in it
- steamed veggies plain or with unsalted butter
- plain brown rice
- unseasoned home-cooked beans
- unseasoned meat
- popcorn cooked in coconut oil drizzled with melted unsalted butter

I've eaten all these foods in my diet in the first week. I'm good with it so far, thinking that it may be right for the long term. Not that my diet is restricted to only these foods, but that these foods are the primary foods I eat anyway, minus all the usual added seasonings.

Exercise:
I have no plans to change my level of exercise for SLD. Sometimes I'm pretty active taking my 5 dogs for long walks, doing plenty of yardwork and other things. Sometimes I'm pretty sedentary, spending lots of time writing and researching at my computer. Every once in awhile I feel like taking up a daily workout routine like Pilates, other core workout, weights, or yoga. I won't make an extra effort to do that for SLD, I'll only do it if I'm so inclined anyway.

Calories:
I'm not counting any calories and don't intend to start. I think that counting calories can really mess with my mind. Even if it starts out in a benign manner, it only takes a couple days to become obsessed with the number of calories I'm taking in. Before I know it, I'm limiting my food intake based on calories rather than hunger. Which always means I'm taking in less calories than my hunger tells me to. It doesn't take long to begin feeling deprived, cloudy-headed and irritable. Which is sure to be followed by a crazy binge-eating episode, after which I convince myself that I'm a complete failure with no willpower. I can't bear to get back on track at that point, so I continue to binge-eat for awhile, watching my weight climb higher than it was before. So will I be counting calories? No.
Through experience I have learned that calorie-counting doesn't work because it takes the focus off the body. I have had success at times when I focused on my hunger, noticing when I'm hungry, when I'm not. Noticing when I need to eat for hunger, and when I'm interested in eating just cause I like the taste. If I pay attention to my hunger, it's easier to prevent myself from depriving myself when I'm genuinely hungry, and to stop eating after I've had enough.
Although calories intake & calories burned do play a role in weight gain/loss, there are more factors that play a role as well, such as metabolism and digestive health to name a couple. With dieting experience it becomes obvious that other factors are involved because sometimes we lose weight despite eating more calories, and sometimes we don't lose weight despite eating fewer calories. The same goes with exercise and burning calories. Sometimes we lose despite being inactive, sometimes we don't lose despite being active. In recent times I lost 30 pounds twice, despite making no attempt to increase my activity level or count calories or restrict fat.

Schedule for Taking Oil:
I've decided to split the oil-taking into 2 sessions. 9:30 am and 2:30 pm. Since I'm starting out with 4T of oil, plus I already take fish oil caps, it doesn't seem like it would be a good idea to take it all in one session. I have set my iPhone's alarms as follows:

4:30a - Wake up (M-F) (I cook breakfast & pack DH's lunch, he leaves at 5:20am)
8:00a - Stop all eating & tea-drinking
9:30a - Take Oil (2T)
11:00a - OK to eat again
1:00p - Stop all eating & tea/flavors
2:30p - Take Oil (2T + 4 fish caps)
4:00p - OK to eat again

This schedule works very well for me. Not only does it give me a systematic routine for taking my oil, it gives me a good reason not to snack all day long and mindlessly overeat. By the time 4pm rolls around, there's not that much time before I need to start dinner, so it's not a problem to just wait a little longer to eat, even if my belly is ready for more. Taking the oil keeps me from wanting to gorge myself during my eating times. It also prevents me from having any problem getting from one mealtime to the next without snacking.

A Typical Day's Worth of Food/Drink:

Breakfast: 2 eggs cooked in a generous amount of unsalted butter, unseasoned... 1 cup whole wheat Cream of Wheat... 2 mugs of tea with stevia/lemon, drank by 8 am
9:30 am: 2T Walnut Oil
Lunch: small bowl of whole milk plain yogurt by itself, small sandwich w/ turkey, muenster cheese, mayo
2:30 pm: 2T Walnut Oil
Dinner: Small salad with vegetables and EVOO, steamed veggies, piece of unseasoned meat  (or salad with beans & rice & veggies)


Weight Loss Deadline:
No weight loss deadline dates. At first I was feeling very impatient. I wanted to lose big pounds very quickly. After reading other posts on this forum, I decided I didn't want to fall into the impatience trap. Impatience leads to (based on my own past experiences) frustration, food deprivation, subsequent junk food bingeing, self-criticism, and a more difficult time losing weight over the long term. I figure I have a better chance of losing weight painlessly, peacefully and permanently (The 3 P's of SLD!) if I'm ok with losing a pound or two each week, sometimes none, or even sometimes a little gain between losses. If having patience allows me to have the endurance to wait a year or two for all 60 pounds to come off, then I prefer that. I'd rather not embark on a mental, emotional and physical roller coaster ride. I'm just happy to be heading slowly in the right direction. That's why I chose a happy snail for my ticker.

Weigh-ins:
I decided to weigh myself each day since this provides me with a better idea with what is happening with my body. The downside to weighing each day is a tendency to allow each weighing to affect how I feel each day. It's fine to feel elated every time there's a weight loss, but not so fine to experience the disappointment if there isn't. I don't want my scale to be in control of how I feel each day, like has happened during past weight loss attempts. So I am doing me best to not invest myself emotionally into the scale says. Sure, it feels good to lose weight, but I want to stay on an even keel...even-tempered. Neither highly excited or highly disappointed. Having a history of emotional eating, I want to avoid such a trigger, knowing that this journey must include both ups and downs, and perhaps a plateau or 2 (or 3). I don't wish to be hurled into an emotional eating frenzy because the scale has gone up a couple pounds. I'm will try to keep in mind that occasionally my weight is bound to dip a couple pounds below my set point, which will trigger a need to eat more calories and temporarily put those pounds back on until the set point lowers again. I've just gotten started and have not yet experienced any of these issues yet, but hopefully I can keep a level head and not have to repeat the same tendencies I've had with weight loss efforts in the past.
I weigh myself each morning. I get out of bed, use the toilet, take off whatever I'm wearing, and get on the scale. I don't have a digital scale. The read-out only allows me to distinguish not less than half pounds. I plug my weight into the spreadsheet I made, and all the other data auto-calculates, like BMI, BMR, weight category, etc.
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Re: Brenda Hoffman - Start Date 19 Aug 2011
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2011, 10:24:00 AM »

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**** MY CURRENT DIET & SUPPLEMENTATION ****

For the past few years, my preference is to eat a diet of primarily whole foods. Generally, that is not changing with SLD. Except that I find the concept of eating the bland foods very appealing.

My General Diet is made up of:

Meat:
100% grass-fed beef & pork, sometimes bison. Truly free range chickens. All meat is from a reasonably local Texas farm. The beef tastes "cleaner" and better than the grass-fed in the grocery store, which tastes like a higher-quality grain-fed beef. Beef & bison is lightly cooked in a cast-iron skillet. Pork is cooked all the way. Chickens are roasted with vegetables, with the leftovers sometimes turned into soup.

Dairy & Eggs:
Full-fat, high-quality cheeses. Raw is preferred, but sometimes it simply costs too much or is unavailable in the kind we like. Unsalted butter produced from grass-eating, pastured cows. Raw preferred but unavailable. Full-fat yogurt. Low-fat dairy is freakish looking and unpleasant-tasting. It doesn't make sense. Fat is higher in calories, yes, but it is also more filling, requiring less consumption. I don't see any benefit to using unnatural low-fat foods. Dairy is naturally full of fat, in addition to valuable fat-soluable vitamins. Eggs must have a minimum of 300-350 omega-3's per egg.

Grains:
My homemade 100% whole-wheat bread, brown rice (brown rice is soaked for 7 hrs in warm water & yogurt). Also, the occasional pasta dish with whole wheat pasta. Some say grains are terrible for us and some say they are great. We tried twice to go grain-free. We felt good for about 2 weeks, then progressively felt worse until we realized we couldn't function much anymore and started eating grains again. We're not interested in many grains, just some bread for sandwiches and rice with vegetables or beans. We've tried other grains, they're just unappealing, except for something like fresh corn or corn tortilla chips. In researching the healthiest, longest lived peoples around the world, there are very few who have been grain-free. So grains (at least whole grains) don't seem to be a determining factor of one's longevity or health for most cultures. It does seem that some people do much better without grains, but not everyone fits in that category.

Dry Beans:
Pintos, garbanzos, kidneys, lentils, navies, black beans, or whatever seems appealing. Beans get soaked 24 hrs & rinsed before cooking. Beans are good added to salads, rice dishes, soups, or burritos.

Fruits & Vegetables:
All are welcome, none are villified. Some have a high-glycemic level but as long as we don't overeat on potatoes, we feel very good on them and any other veggies and fruits. Although more than a little watermelon gives me major cheese cravings. With SLD we are increasing our intake of vegetables in the form of more frequent salads and steamed vegetables. They are good sauteed, of course, with just about anything.

Nuts/Seeds:
None are off limits, but hubby loves peanut butter, so we grind ours fresh at the store. I like peanut butter ok, but I really enjoy almonds and pecans. They are very expensive right now though, so I can't keep a steady supply.

Herbs/Spices:
I like using lots of fresh herbs and spices, and am comfortable cooking with them and inventing new flavors with new combinations of whole foods and herbs/spices. I use Real Salt brand salt for sprinkling, I use a lesser-cost unprocessed sea salt for cooking pots of beans or soup. [Note: I have stopped seasoning my food to see how bland meals work for me, since I have enjoyed eating this way at times in the past. If I stick with bland long-term, then I will make little or no use of herbs, spices, and salt]

Salad Dressings:
I make my own Italian dressing with fresh herbs, spices, and Real Salt. On occasion I will make blue cheese or honey mustard.

Drinks:
Green tea with a couple drops of stevia extract, or Black Lychee tea with the same. The occasional cup of coffee with milk or cream and stevia, or black with stevia.  Mineral water from a deep well. That's about it. We like good-quality bulk teas which have a nice fresh flavor and, ounce for ounce, don't really cost more than the cheaper tea bag teas.

Now this is not our diet 100% of the time, this is our main diet. We occasionally eat some packaged food like tortilla chips, or eat out sometimes when running errands, but those kinds of foods are a small percentage of our diet. I feel good about how we eat since we've eliminated pretty much everything that makes us feel bad, yet I still have an issue with overeating, hence the need for something like the SLD. When we get off into eating more junky food, it doesn't take long to get back on track since it doesn't take long before we start feeling the negative effects.

I don't tolerate refined sugar well at all, so I rarely have a bite of anything made with it. If, say, during a holiday I have a couple pieces of fudge, I feel terrible for a few hours. A stomachache, irritability, and general discomfort. I was very happy when I discovered that it was sugar that was causing me to be on an emotional rollercoaster in addition to suffering other ailments and discomforts, because I could simply eliminate it from my diet. I had already given up other refined processed foods, so it wasn't a stretch. I don't miss baked goodies because I never felt good eating flour-y, sugary baked goods anyway. Rich desserts like pie still taste very good to me, but I have no desire to eat more than a rare bite because my stomach gets queasy just thinking about how I will feel afterward.


Supplements:
1. Liquid Minerals - full spectrum of minerals with fulvic acid
2. Liquid Vitamins - full dose of daily vitamins
3. Calm - calcium/magnesium balancing supplement which has a side effect of good sleep
4. Pharmaceutical grade fish oil caps - recommended day's supply of 4 caps

I feel better on this set of supplements than I have on any other. Over 15 years I have tried many types, in a range of qualities and quantities. With this regimen, the only time I feel low is when I've overeaten or when I fall too far behind on sleep.
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Re: Brenda Hoffman - Start Date 19 Aug 2011
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2011, 10:52:50 AM »

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**** MY DIET/WEIGHT HISTORY BEFORE SLD ****

Growing up I've always had just enough extra fat to be a little uncomfortable, but I really didn't deal with being in the overweight category. However, as a teenager, I often felt plagued by not being perfectly thin, even though I usually looked very good according to others. I somehow got the idea early on that I needed to look perfect in order to be acceptable. In fact, I was certain that I needed to be perfect in every way, a disorder that has caused me a good deal of unnecessary angst and conflict over the years. It's still an issue, although to a lesser degree (I think).

By my teen years I learned to be both an emotional eater and one who eats often for taste and pleasure, regardless of hunger level. I've always enjoyed the most intense flavors and high-fat foods. My favorite meat? Pepperoni. Favorite cheese? Blue cheese. Favorite salad dressing? Blue cheese. When I used to eat Doritos, I used to get the most intensely flavored one and in addition to eating some of the chips, I'd also lick the flavor off those I was too full to eat.

After having my son at 18, I was overweight. I was embarrassed to go out in public as my new heavy self, but eventually I got used to it. I lost a little weight but most stayed on a couple years until I moved to Florida as a single (separated) mom and began working long hours at the airport as a baggage handler. My mom wanted my son (now 2) to visit her up North for a month. I agreed. I took advantage of being able to work double shifts. The flight schedule was very busy & the work physically intensive. I forgot about food. I was so broke I didn't buy groceries for that month, but instead noticed there was a leftover box of Little Debbie's Star Crunch. Without any effort or thought, I ate only 1 star crunch per day and nothing else till the box was gone. Then I bought another and did the same until most of my excess weight was gone.

About a year later I began working out with weights (The Firm Workout) and doing very brisk walks. For the first time I stopped eating junk and upped my fresh fruit/veggie intake. I just picked while making dinner, without sitting down to eat a full meal. Then off to work the night shift. I got in fantastic shape! The best of my life. My boss warned me about anorexia, despite having a healthy glow and gorgeous toned physique. I was about 127.

Unfortunately I only maintained that until I began working a second part-time job at TGI Fridays and began eating more, including plenty of deep-fried junk. The weight slowly came back on while my motivation to stay with my workout routine gradually fell away.

After that I was in my 140s for a year, with an occasional dip into the 130s when I'd be so busy at work I'd forget to eat, and active enough to give me a good workout.

I rose through a few ranks at work and eventually was offered a job in the corporate headquarters in Texas. I became much more sedentary and my weight rose to generally the 160s and 170s.

I discovered vegetarianism and began shopping at Whole Foods. A whole new world for me. I began taking good supplements, buying lots of produce, and discovering replacement foods for meat and cheese. I began doing a lot of walking most every day. I got down to the lower 140s and was fit again, with glowing skin rather than dull. With a happy energetic attitude rather than a blah fatigued one. Did I mention I became a militant vegan for 9 months?

This didn't last too long as having to travel for weeks at a time with my job & long crazy hours while traveling meant a loss of the workout routine and tempting restaurant food. I was back up to the 170s. I was still vegetarian, but I became a junk food lacto-vegetarian. Lots of processed cheese, white flour and deep-fried fast food.

Then I learned about colonics and began getting them in hopes of getting things moving. I had become very constipated and sluggish in general. My skin was dull and pimply. I was referred to a man who, not a doctor, could do some urine and saliva sampling, provide me with a pretty good assessment with my state of health, and recommend dietary changes. That was the first I heard of a raw food diet. Only not 100% raw. And not vegan, but including meat & cheese. Good quality meat cooked rare & raw cheese. I began following his suggestions (except I refrained from meat still), and I began being more active again. It was working. I was feeling much better, I got down to 161. I was looking good again, pretty slim considering my weight. Then I began dating the man I would soon marry. All our dates were out to restaurants and us both having a tendency to be big eaters, we encouraged each other to eat way too much food, including too much junk.

We got married and we both went vegan according to John McDougal's philosophy. That was short-lived. We missed normal food. Hubby was sneaking-eating fast-food burgers at every opportunity anyway (I found out later when we were both able to laugh about it). Then we learned about 100% raw vegan. We did that for about 5 weeks until we felt so horribly deprived we began eating at restaurants again. Turns out, hubby was once again sneak-eating. He actually got out of bed in the middle of the night and made macaroni and cheese without me knowing it.

Then the really tough part came. My son, nearly 17, got deathly ill with a rare, severe, bacterial infection, requiring 2 months in intensive care at a really good children's hospital. They didn't expect him to survive the first night, let alone long term. It's ok though, because he did and he is doing well now at age 27. But during those scary, on-the-brink-of-losing-my-son weeks, I ate like a pig in the cafeteria every day. I think a pint of ice cream each day for comfort, plus a salad (to try to keep it healthy) smothered in a double dose of blue cheese dressing, and all sorts of other food. I ate A LOT! I packed on the pounds. By the end of the 2 months in ICU, I could only wear sweatpants. I lived at the hospital. We were there for a 3rd month for physical rehab. Then at home it was round-the clock care, with me being the care provider. It was stressful because he was still very ill. We went hardcore into healthy eating. Lots of salads, green smoothies, supplements and such. He gradually got healthier. I was still convinced that 100% raw vegan diet was the best way to eat ever, so for 5 years I struggled to try to be successful on that diet. Mostly I was not, and binged between attempts. I stayed mostly in the 180s. I began eating meat & eggs again somewhere in there and was glad. It seemed to give me something that I wasn't getting without it.

Then I got really sick and tired of trying to eat in a way that left me feeling so deprived, that I threw all dieting cares to the wind and decided to eat anything I wanted anytime I wanted. I even began drinking sodas again, which I really didn't care for that much. I went up to 215 pounds and was horrified at what I had just done.

I read "The Overfed Head" which teaches you how to understand your body's hunger signals and to eat only when hungry and only until the hunger is satisfied, never to fullness. No deprivation, hunger is always responded to in a reasonable time frame, no need to exercise to make the weight come off and no need to eat anything other than exactly what you want to eat. No supplements to buy or any other products of any kind. Reading the book really helped me understand how to tell when I was truly hungry, and motivated me to eat only when hungry & stop when I was satisfied, without heading into fullness. It works like a charm. The weight steadily came off, I stopped feeling winded, my energy and mood went up, and I felt so in control of food. And I liked not depriving myself in any way, except I did deprive myself from getting full. I lost 30 pounds in about 3-4 months. 185. Cool. If I remember, I went down another 5 pounds.

It too, though, was short-lived. I forget what it was, but I began overeating again. It always seems to happen when I travel or am out of my routine in some other way. But I didn't go above 189.

As an aside, ever since I first went vegetarian, I pretty much always tried to stick to whole grains and what I thought were healthy foods, which I generally liked. But I did have my favorite fast food and packaged food that wasn't available in a healthier version. If I found something was, I'd opt for the healthier version unless it didn't taste good enough.

Next, about 3 years ago, I decided to take a whole month and eat nothing but simple whole foods and see what happened. I lost several pounds and felt better and looked healthier. I decided not to go back to refined foods, although I did eat a moderate amount of turbinado sugar in my coffee and some things I would cook. My weight was about 185, I think and holding.

In the fall of 2008, I had an urge to go 40 days eating no sugar and no heavy foods like meat and dairy. Essentially, without intending it, we ate entirely vegan for 40 days. I lost 12 pounds and hubby lost 33. Without doing anything else differently. We only ate grains, beans, fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices. We liked going without the sugar so we decided to continue, while incorporating our grass-fed beef and high-quality cheeses back in. I was in my low 170s, holding but not budging.

For the most part, we stayed off refined sugar & grains, as well as processed foods & most restaurant foods. I learned about the Weston Price Foundation and began reading a lot of material on that web site. We were already getting 100% grass-fed meats from a Texas farm, then found a farm offering whole raw milk from Jersey cows and truly free range chicken eggs. A wonderful farm where we were welcome to browse anywhere we wanted. The chickens and ducks were totally free, the cows and horses had large pastures, and the goats had their own area, along with a few random animals. The milk was the best I ever had. I began making a simple spreadable cheese, which also produced a healthy whey by-product that we took as a supplement. For a time I made homemade yogurt as well. Eventually we lost interest in consuming milk, especially learning that when consuming it with other foods, it can often prevent the other foods from digesting well, since milk requires a different stomach acid for digestion. We got tired of the twice-monthly long drives to the farm, but we do kinda miss it.

I gradually began gaining weight until I reached about 185. Feeling bloated and uncomfortable, I decided to read the writings of Luigi Cornaro, "How to Live 100 years", which is available free online from various sources, in differing qualities of translations. I read two different English translations. One made it difficult to understand meanings, then I found the one that was translated nice and clear. I don't remember the site, but I have the downloaded pdf file. Luigi lived in 14th century Italy and through severe illness, he was left with the choice to either die within a few years (by age 40) or be willing to eat a sick person's diet, which was very small portions, until he fully recovered. At first he refusedů he loved the gluttonous lifestyle, to be able to have what he wanted when he wanted. Realizing he wasn't getting better by any other method, he grudgingly agreed to do the tiny portions. It wasn't long before he realized the incredible health benefits of eating little food and decided to stay on it, figuring if it helps sick people get well, then it should help well people stay well. Within one year every single health problem, big or small, had vanished. For the rest of his long life he enjoyed high energy, mental clarity, excellent moods, and eventually an entirely painless and peaceful death. People of his day were amazed at what he was able to do in his old age. He was more productive in his second 50 years than he was in the first.

I had also researched other centenarians in an attempt to find out what factors were involved in their good health and long life, because I was interested in these goals as much, or more, than losing weight. Even though I knew that losing weight was a side effect of healthy lifestyle habits and moderation in eating. I noticed that other healthy centenarians had a habit of eating just to satisfy hunger, stopping before fullness. They also consumed little to no processed, refined foods. They generally didn't eat foods with preservatives, chemicals, and all of that sort of thing.

After reading Luigi's writings, I was motivated to eat, as I had done after reading the Overfed Head, just until my hunger was satisfied and not a bit more. Only this time I was eating healthful whole foods rather than junky foods. I was entirely off refined sugar and refined grains. I felt fantastic. Over 6 months I went from 185 to 154 in 2010. I had a flat stomach and my body felt light and flexible. I was entirely in control of my eating, rarely having a desire to eat to fullness. I felt great, but I seemed to be at a plateau. Then last summer I took a trip up north to visit relatives. I don't function too well on a lack of sleep. I started the car trip (1300 miles) a little behind in sleep, then proceeded to get more sleep deprived every day of my 2 weeks. I took most of my own food supply so I ate well and only overate a little bit twice. When I drove back home 2 weeks later, I was impatient to get back and drove straight through. I was completely exhausted when I got home. Hubby had to work long hours while I was away  so the place was very dirty (we have 5 big dogs) when I got back and had to spend a few hours cleaning just to feel ok with being inside the house. It took me a long time to catch up on sleep to a reasonable level. When sleep deprived I feel weak and very low in energy. When that happens, I just want to snack all day long. I began overeating and never looked back.

For an entire year, until beginning SLD the other day (19 Aug 2011), I've been regularly overeating. Even when trying to eat only when hungry, I found that I was genuinely hungry for more food. My weight climbed slowly but surely up into the mid seventies after about 9 months. A 20-pound gain. Then we decided we missed getting a good take-out pizza and found an awesome little Italian restaurant on hubby's route home from work. How convenient! Their food was so fantastic that we found ourselves ordering food there often. Lots of refined flour and lots of flavor. I packed on another 10 pounds in a month. Not only that, but the refined food made my belly bulge, which had been staying pretty flat despite my previous weight gain.

So here I am, bulky and uncomfortable again. My story picks up in other posting in this thread:

- The top post tracks my daily weight and oil intake
- Other posts track other aspects of my SLD experience, my personal approach, and my general diet.

Each of topics will be updated periodically as changes are experienced or my oil or diet is tweaked
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Re: Brenda Hoffman - Start Date 19 Aug 2011
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2011, 11:02:25 AM »

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**** WHAT IS DIFFERENT WITH SLD THAN PREVIOUS WEIGHT LOSS ATTEMPTS ****


Day 10: You don't plunge into an abyss of binges just because you get hungrier than normal and have a big meal. If you keep taking the oil and keep satisfying your hunger (with plenty of healthy fats) without depriving yourself, then the occasional extra hunger is just that, occasional. And natural. And necessary. But not overwhelming. And not long-lasting.

Day 7: SLD makes whatever eating plan you want to do easier to do without feeling deprived, as long as there is an intake of sufficient healthy fats in my meals and my hunger is well satisfied (without overeating).

Day 6: You can relax about food and focus your mind and attention on other things. I am entirely unconcerned about what I will eat later today (other than doing what I need for preparation - like thaw some meat). I don't have to be consumed by thoughts of what I want and can't have (because I can, and do, have what I want). Not consumed by thoughts of "I can't wait till I can eat next", rather, I feel entirely satisfied until the next meal time rolls around, as long as at each meal I make it a point to ensure that I am satisfying my hunger (but not eating more than what is required to satisfy my hunger).

Day 5: Oil-taking schedule provides a good reason to not endlessly snack. You have to stop all flavors for at least 2 hours twice a day (except for those who take all their oil once per day). I have two 3-hour periods per day that I don't take in any flavors, just to be sure. This is nice because it still gives me plenty of time to eat while making 6 hours of my day totally off limits. I'm finding that it's easy to just stick to meal times and to not bother with food otherwise. The schedule + the oil-taking means I don't think about food nearly as often. Oftentimes my phone alarm goes off telling me it's ok to eat again and I think "already?", not really caring.

Day 4: It's easier to avoid over-eating as long as you don't try to restrict your calories and just eat until your hunger is satisfied (but not to fullness)

Day 1: All you need to do is buy oil. No special foods, no special supplements, no calorie counting, no deprivation, exercise is optional. Potential reduction in food costs will likely more than compensate for the cost of the oil.
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Re: Brenda Hoffman - Start Date 19 Aug 2011
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2011, 05:10:38 AM »

Day: 1
Date: 19 Aug 2011

Weight      BMI      Down        Oil
184.5       29.78      0.0         3T Pure OO

Food Intake:
1 egg, 1/2 slice toast, 1/2 sandwich (turk/ham/cheese/mayo/must/pickles/onion), sm salad with cheeseburger patty (grass-fed beef & cheddar cheese)

Comments:
Highly motivated about SLD & it's ease, low expense & potential for weight loss w/o suffering & struggling w/ exercise & deprivation & feeling out of balance. Because of excitement, started out desiring to eat less, the oil helped. Also ate much less because of having to limit my eating episodes to certain time frames to not conflict with oil consumption. Swallowing the oil was easy with no unpleasant feeling.
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Re: Brenda Hoffman - Start Date 19 Aug 2011
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2011, 03:13:40 AM »

Day: 2
Date: 20 Aug 2011

Weight      BMI      Down        Oil
180.5       29.13      4.0         4T Pure OO

Food Intake:
turkey/mozz/mayo sandwich, grass-fed steak, steamed broccoli with butter, sm. salad with tomatoes and olive oil, sm handful of pecans

Comments:
Surprised to see 4 pounds less than yesterday morning on the scale. Probably a pound of it was because I drank some water before weighing yest. It's a relief to not be in the 180s and I hope I don't go there again. before heading downward. / Took 4T of oil all at once and felt queasy w/i 1/2hour. I will split it up tomorrow. / Before bed: feeling good, feeling light, a bit sleep deprived from the past week. Took a much-needed nap. Finished reading the book and decided I want to try eating primarily bland food as I have done in the past for short bouts. My plain dinner was delicious, especially the broccoli. Today I wanted to eat some of our watermelon, but physically I didn't really want it, so I had none.
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Re: Brenda Hoffman - Start Date 19 Aug 2011
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2011, 09:45:55 AM »

Day: 3
Date: 21 Aug 2011

Weight      BMI      Down        Oil
179.0       28.89      5.5         4T Pure OO

Food Intake:
1 Egg 1/2 slice toast, tuna & mayo on a slice of bread, grass-fed steak with steamed veg's & butter & whole milk mozz cheese

Comments:
Was glad to see another 1.5 pounds dropped off. I'm aware it may not be fat dropping yet, maybe just fluids. Had an egg cooked in generous amount of unsalted pastured butter & 1/2 slice of homemade ww toast. It was absolutely delicious w/o any seasonings. At 10:30 I'm feeling a bit deprived. I'm going to start having 2 eggs in the morning instead of 1. I think going to bed on a light stomach, then having only 1 egg in the morning is the cause. Either that, or my appetite is not suppressed today. My non-eating times are 8am-11am and 1pm-4pm, which gives me plenty of time on each side of my meals to take my oil. Based on my schedule, these are my best non-eating, oil-taking times. I can't wait for 15 min to pass so I can eat my second meal. I'm craving bland food, raw almonds, brown rice, steamed vegetables, plain meat (grass-fed) and salad. Not really interested in fruit. Nor bread. Went grocery shopping and bought both ELOO & Walnut oil to take instead of Pure Olive Oil. I also stocked up on more fresh veggies and less flavorful foods. I ate as much as I needed to at dinner to eliminate any feelings of food deprivation. I think it came for two reasons: The Pure Olive Oil doesn't work like the ELOO does (I had thought they were the same at first), and second, I was mentally eating less only because I thought I should be eating less instead of actually paying attention to my hunger. I decided to focus on ensuring that I always satisfy my hunger to prevent unnecessary feelings of deprivation and subsequent binge-ing.
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Re: Brenda Hoffman - Start Date 19 Aug 2011
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2011, 07:08:13 AM »

Day: 4
Date: 22 Aug 2011

Weight      BMI      Down        Oil
179.5       28.97      5.0         2T Pure OO/2T ELOO

Food Intake:
2 eggs, C CoW, 2 turkey/mozz/mayo sandwiches, plain whole milk yogurt, small salad with steamed veg's & butter

Comments:
I woke up feeling good, did my schedule of eating and oil as planned. Ate till satisfied, paying attention to hunger. I ate one small sandwich at lunch time and felt like I needed more food so I ate another one. That was a mistake. I should have made 1/2 sandwich because a full one was too much & I felt uncomfortably full for hours. I ate light at dinner, but as much as I was hungry for. I'm surprised that all my bland food is tasting delicious to me. I'm loving the subtle flavors, especially when butter is involved. I'm up 1/2 pound but not fretting, knowing that I lost a lot very quickly. Not only that, but I've decided to not fret about the little weight gains that happen to everyone. If I have consistent weight gain, I will examine whether I'm eating beyond what is necessary to satisfy my hunger. My mood is good and steady, and so is my attitude toward food. I found that when it was time for dinner, it was no big deal. But I ate because my stomach was empty and I was getting hungry. Still, I was in no rush to eat as I normally would be. It was my first day taking walnut oil. I found it smoother and more pleasant than any oil so far.
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Re: Brenda Hoffman - Start Date 19 Aug 2011
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2011, 07:10:46 AM »

Day: 5
Date: 23 Aug 2011

Weight      BMI      Down        Oil
179.0       28.89      5.5         4T Walnut

Food Intake:
2 eggs, 1c cream of wheat, Turkey/mozz/mayo sandwich, plain whole milk yogurt, grapes, brown rice,steamed veg's & butter, garbanzos

Comments:
I woke up feeling good. I was glad to see .5 pound gone. I ate my two buttery eggs and my cup of ww Cream of Wheat. I went to work writing up all my info for this discussion forum so it was a mostly sedentary day. I felt in a good mood all day long. I was careful to pay attention to my hunger to be sure I was satisfying it, while being careful not to go beyond that. Maybe a little too much at lunch, even though I ate less than the previous day's lunch. By dinnertime my stomach feel very empty, but I was entirely ok with it, and in no rush to eat. It was no problem at all to wait a couple hours to sit down to the meal. Dinner seemed too light for me - brown rice, steamed veggies, and garbanzo beans. The blandness was fine, but I realized that bland food of this sort is very low in fat. If I don't take in plenty of healthy fat (about 50% of my calories or more), then I don't feel like I've been properly nourished. Lower calories and lower amounts of food are just fine, as long as it's not all low-fat foods. I added a generous amount of butter to my food to give me my necessary fat. Otherwise, my body and my brain just don't seem to operate very well. I went to bed feeling well-satisfied with food yet light, not weighed down in any manner. I fell asleep quickly and slept through the night without problem.
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Re: Brenda Hoffman - Start Date 19 Aug 2011
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2011, 07:12:35 AM »

Day: 6
Date: 24 Aug 2011

Weight      BMI      Down        Oil
178.0       28.73      6.5         4T Walnut

Food Intake:
2 eggs, 1c cream of wheat, Turkey/mozz/mayo on a slice of bread, plain whole milk yogurt, 2T peanut butter, grapes, peach, leftover brown rice, veg's sauteed in butter and olive oil with grass-fed beef

Comments:
I woke up feeling good except that I seem to be perpetually behind in my sleep since we have to get up so early. It's a challenge to get to bed early enough to get a full night's sleep. It was nice, of course, to see another pound drop off. Regarding hunger, diet and food, I feel entirely at ease. I had my 2 unseasoned buttery eggs and my whole wheat Cream of Wheat and my green tea with stevia & lemon, and I feel like all is right with the world. I know that I'm going to have no problem with hunger between now and lunch time. I can simply focus my energy on other things that need it. Felt slightly queasy at 10:30a, nothing significant. I didn't have the same issue after the afternoon dose of oil. I was able to take a nap, which is usually hard to do. For lunch I decided to make my sandwich with bread on only 1 side instead of both, with a little more turkey and cheese added, and plenty of mayo. I feel like I need to ensure I get less grain & more heavy food. I notice that when my grain & veg proportion is too high over the course of a couple days, I begin to feel deprived. When I lower the light, low-fat foods and up the meat & high fat foods, I still feel light if I don't overeat, but I feel more grounded, stable, and satisfied, preventing any kind of cravings. Still, I felt like I needed a little more today so at lunchtime I also ate a big spoonful of peanut butter.
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Re: Brenda Hoffman - Start Date 19 Aug 2011
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2011, 07:14:14 AM »

Day: 7
Date: 25 Aug 2011

Weight      BMI      Down        Oil
178.0       28.73      6.5         4T Walnut

Food Intake:
2 buttery eggs, 1c cream of wheat, leftover rice & veg's in butter w/ a little turkey & cheese, yogurt, peach, few grapes, small salad with steak tips

Comments:
Woke up at 3:30a, not able to fall back asleep for the hour I had left. I think the scale said I was .5 pound down (177.5), but my a.m. vision is a little blurry & I couldn't tell. I would put on my reading glasses but it would still be blurry due to the distance. When I tried leaning down for a closer look, the needle moved a bit. Since it was a toss up between 177.5 & 178, I recorded 178 for today's weight. Maybe I should get a scale with a better read-out. Immediately upon rising, I had an unusually large BM (As an ex-raw foodist, I have no trouble discussing these). Not only that, but I usually don't have a BM until about an hour after I'm up and about. Is the oil and/or a cleaner/blander diet causing some kind of bowel cleansing effect? I hope so. I had the usual breakfast and am feeling good & light, feeling entirely unburdened by what I'm consuming these days. I decided to add a post to My SLD Page containing my daily food intake. About 8:30a my stomach began to growl. Strange because of the fatty breakfast I eat, with the addition of the cream of wheat. I didn't want to eat and mess up my SLD window, so I figured if it was true hunger, I'd make up for it after the window. In the past I've read that what seems like hunger is sometimes a need for water, so I drank water in case that's it. I do find that I notice thirst more. Not the kind of thirst after eating salty foods, but the kind that feels like the body just needs it for basic functioning. Years ago I read in "Your Body's Many Cries For Water" that most people are chronically dehydrated, tending to often answer thirst signals with food rather than water, which just compounds the problem. I suspect that noticing more thirst is due to both less eating, eating cleaner foods, and not seasoning those foods. However, I do notice the past few couple nights that upon wakening, I have a small dehydration headaches which disappears after drinking a glass of water. Could what I'm doing be causing dehydration? Do I need to add a little salt to my food? I may try it to see if it helps.
I was able to easily take a 2-hour nap from 10:30-12:30, helping to catch up on sleep. Unlike at 8:30a, I wasn't particularly hungry, but felt empty so I ate. I felt so empty and light when I awoke that I got on the scale and found myself weighing only 176.5. I ate a modest amount of food for lunch and then felt really full about 1/2 hour later. I remained feeling full until 6p. I ate a peach and a few grapes. I didn't want much for dinner so I had a smaller small salad and a few beef tips. I felt satisfied without feeling like my digestive system was burdened in the slightest when I went to bed.
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