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Diet Update #1

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Vickie

    I cannot eat any type of lettuce. None. Severe GI reaction. So I am a salad free person. But I do lots of what I think of as “bowls”.

    Green beans and asparagus and broccoli are my go to add ins.

    One of my daughters was having water shortage issues too. We are a Kleen Kanteen Family. She had two, she now has three. It is helping. I have three too. We fill all 3 at start of day. They each have a time slot or a location. Work, Car, TV, lunch, etc.

    I have to time my water carefully around bathroom availability. I walk 1-2 times a day. So evening is actually my big water intake time. Having it next to me is key.

    Can you alternate running with with brisk walking?

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Those are great things! Good job!

      I have a 24 oz. water bottle at work and I usually drink 2-2.5 of them during the work day. But it’s the weekends I struggle to drink water. I need to make it more accessible.

      I love the idea of doing veggie bowls. I will give that a try!

      I used to do a lot of walking. We walk with the dog and baby after work if the weather is nice.

  2. Vickie

    Do you put the baby in a pack so you can go quickly? Or are you able to keep up a good speed with a stroller? (when I try to walk with too much going on, I tend to lose speed element. But I fully understand nice to walk as a family.)

    I borrow a neighbor’s golden retriever, 1-3 times a day. It gets her out. It increases my frequency and my speed.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s sweet you take the neighbor’s dog out. I bet the dog LOVES it!

      We take Logan in a stroller. We walk pretty quickly. We sometimes stop to say hi to neighbors etc but generally it’s a quick walk. Soon we’ll be walking without the stroller so we’ll definitely slow down!

  3. Lori

    Trader Joe’s – good thing the closest one is an hour away. Seriously – I think we only get snacky junky things there LOL. And they are so good, too 😀

    1. Lisa Eirene

      YEP! Pretty much!! Although, I do buy a lot of cheese at TJ’s…

  4. emmaclaire

    I hear you about the fiber issue on low-carb – have you ever tried a supplement? I’ve been curious if they help. It’s one of the reasons I am not doing low-carb. I sometimes have a starchy thing at dinner (though I’ve been eating zoodles and cauliflower “rice” and jicama hash browns most days) and fruit at both lunch and dinner. I just don’t want to deal with the issues low fiber causes…

    1. Vickie

      You absolutely can get enough fiber with vegetables. I suggest veggies with every meal. I just add them to whatever I am eating. Pull up a listing of green veggies and check the levels. Be careful about the fruit. Look for fiber with lower sugar. Raspberries are a good source for example.

      It is an easy trap to think you have to have starchy veggies (which I think of as carbs not veggies) or grain in order to have enough fiber. And it is not true.

      The supplements usually have sugar. And you can find yourself craving them. In my experience.

      1. Lisa Eirene

        We do a lot of veggies. Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, spinach, Brussels Sprouts, salad, etc. I eat veggies at almost every meal (not breakfast) but MyFitnessPal shows a really low number for fiber! I don’t get it

        1. Vickie

          How low of a fiber number?

          1. Lisa Eirene

            Yesterday I had 11 grams of fiber (I ate a salad for lunch and with dinner, with lots of veggies).

    2. Lisa Eirene

      Where do you get zoodles? I’ve wanted to try them but my store doesn’t have them.

      I do supplement fiber with powder. I suppose it helps. I’d just rather get it from food.

      1. Vickie

        I just chop veggies, nothing fancy. And I use frozen broccoli florets and green beans so it is easy, always available and no waste. I add them at end so they do not over cook.

        1. Vickie

          Is it possible that lettuce is your problem?

          Lots of volume with no fiber? (And little nutrition, I think of it as crunchy water).

          I wonder if you make a “salad” with other green veggies and no lettuce, how much that will help.

          I also would add veggies to breakfast. Easy way to use leftovers. I can eat a whole package of (frozen) broccoli florets, very lightly steamed with lemon on it, very happily.

          1. Lisa Eirene

            When I do salad it’s kale, lettuce, brussels sprouts, cabbage, etc. Plus topped with cauliflower, sometimes broccoli, cucumbers and raw peppers.

            I’ve done scrambled eggs with broccoli and spinach before and it was good. I might have to try it again!

  5. christi in ma

    Lisa, I hear you on getting tired of salads for lunch.
    I really love the LoveLeafCo recipes. You cook once and get 5 servings. Perfect for lunches at the office. Or two easy weeknight meals and a lunch for you.

    I started with the Lunch Challenge this spring and and found some really good recipes that we make a lot (root veggie buddha bowl, bahn mi bowl, fall veggie paella were all fantastic. Lots of textures and flavors.
    Check them out you might find a few new recipes you like

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