Bootcamp - the questions thread

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BIWI Mon 13-Jan-14 07:24:17

From experience of past Bootcamps, in the first few weeks the chat threads move really, really quickly and it's difficult sometimes to see/answer everything.

So this is a place to post any questions that you might have. Those of us who are old hands at low carbing will check this thread regularly and make sure that we answer you as soon as we can.

AthelstaneTheUnready Mon 13-Jan-14 08:11:56

I have a question, Miss. How much cream is too much? I think I may be getting through a litre of double cream a week - is that a) shrug, see what happens, or b) shock greedy idiot territory?

PseudoBadger Mon 13-Jan-14 08:20:30

Hi BIWI et al!

Q1. I'm making bolognese this afternoon, am I right in thinking that tinned tomatoes and tomato purée are acceptable but not ideal IYSWIM?

Q2. Are Herta frankfurters too processed for Bootcamp? (Just seen that they're owned by Nestle shock)

Are fine green beans on the allowed vegetable list? I can see french beans but not any other type. Thanks

Morgan Mon 13-Jan-14 09:00:21

Hi there weigh in done and about to have some total yog for breakfast.

I put this on the bootcamp light thread yesterday but I am looking for breakfast ideas that I can bring to work and eat at my desk . Think eggs might be a bit smelly wink . Any other suggestions ?

UhhOhhh Mon 13-Jan-14 09:28:50

hi, I'm not on the spreadsheet or list any more, how do I get on it and enter my starting weight?

Cbeebijeebies Mon 13-Jan-14 09:41:29

Another one who wants to know much cream is too much? smile

Also, what can you drink besides tea/water? I've been putting lemon juice (about 1 tsp) in my water.

CrabbyWinterBottom Mon 13-Jan-14 10:02:51

Athel I'd go with option A, myself. grin Some people find that a lot of dairy (cheese, cream and to a lesser extent yoghurt, but not including butter) impedes their weightloss. The important thing at the moment is to make sure you're getting enough fat to keep you really satisfied, and that you're enjoying the food. So whilst I wouldn't go absolutely crazy and gulp it straight from the carton (unless it's a creamy emergency grin), I'd see how you go with it.

CrabbyWinterBottom Mon 13-Jan-14 10:07:28

Pseudo the carb content of tinned tomatoes varies enormously. Give me a bit of time and I'll post some. The ones I was looking at yesterday were 4.6% for Ciro (too high) and 3.6% for Waitrose own (still a bit high). I'm sure the ones I was using before were about 3.2% (better).

Ideally we want to stick to veg that are 3g of carbohydrate per 100g.

What's the carb content of the frankfurters? Processed food like that is to be kept to a minimum as this is intended to be a clean way of eating. Ok occasionally though. And yuck to Nestle!

CrabbyWinterBottom Mon 13-Jan-14 10:12:55

therin Ocado lists their fine green beans as 3.2% carbs which is just above the 3% limit. So ok in moderation but not in vast quantities.

CrabbyWinterBottom Mon 13-Jan-14 10:16:31

Morgan I'm not much of a breakfast person so hopefully people will come along with more suggestions, but how about some cheese and olives/ cherry tomatoes (check the carb content on the packet), a slice of cold tortilla (not made with potatoes, obviously!), or mashed avocado?

CrabbyWinterBottom Mon 13-Jan-14 10:18:35

UhhOhh have you followed the link from the end of the Soft Warmup thread that takes you to the weight tracker? Willie the spreadsheet wizard will be along later if you can't just add yourself to the bottom of the spreadsheet.

CrabbyWinterBottom Mon 13-Jan-14 10:24:06

Cbee hopefully the above answered your cream question. Lemon juice is surprisingly carby so don't add too much, but a teaspoon here and there is fine. There's a drink PLJ that's lemon juice based. It has 7.5% carbs (and sulphites in) but you're only using a little.

Herbal teas are fine but I'm not sure of the fruit teas - check that they aren't sweetened or have artificial stuff in. People last bootcamp were swearing by putting cucumber and lemons (or something similar) in water. Maybe someone can tell you about that.

heliumheart Mon 13-Jan-14 10:46:06

Morgan - how about smoked salmon or ham rolls (spread with f/f cream cheese and roll up..)

Or buying individual tubs of Total.

Re. using tomatoes, I'd say it depends - if you're using one can in a meal that is to serve four people, then that's not too bad. I do a bit of a mental check - if I'm not having much else in the way of carbs/veg in that meal then I'd think that was fine, although in general I'd try to find recipes that use a bit of puree instead.

Herta sausages are very low carb, but I agree they are very processed and it's good to try to keep things like that to a minimum.

Attackofthefiftyfootwoman Mon 13-Jan-14 11:07:31

Can I please ask what the carb threshold for foods is? Is it 3g per 100g ? Thanks

BIWI Mon 13-Jan-14 11:24:47

Sainsbury's Basics chopped tomatoes in cartons are the lowest in carbs that I have found

Cbeebijeebies Mon 13-Jan-14 11:26:01

Think I have 'carb withdrawal flu'.

Any tips to make it easier/relieve it a little? Does drinking more/eating certain things (like more salt/potassium etc) help?

At least it's a sign something's going on in there!

BIWI Mon 13-Jan-14 11:26:33

Re carbs per 100g - anything under 4g is what I look for, but obviously it depends on the food itself and the situation - for example, last week at the office I wanted something hot to eat - was sick of salads! I found a tin of chicken tikka massala at Sainsbury that was 6.6g for half the tin.

I never thought I'd buy tinned curry grin but it was actually surprisingly nice, and really hit the spot.

Now, on Bootcamp, that wouldn't have been such a great choice, as we're trying to get our carbs mainly from veg/salad, but it was all about what was available at the time.

Attackofthefiftyfootwoman Mon 13-Jan-14 11:29:29

thank you - off to Sainsbury's to stock up !!

RatherBeOnThePiste Mon 13-Jan-14 11:32:21

Marking my place. No questions but learning so much by reading.

UhhOhhh Mon 13-Jan-14 11:36:01

Thank you, I'll do that now. And put my name on the spreadsheet. Weighed myself this morning, heaviest I've ever been, even post baby blush

Also, what can I have with total yogurt in the morning to make it a bit more err palatable? I take it honey is out?

Thumbwitch Mon 13-Jan-14 11:39:12

Would it be a real PITA for you to link the main Bootcamp thread here? Or at least tell me where to go looking for it please?

Thumbwitch Mon 13-Jan-14 11:40:55

Actually, scratch that - I've just found it via BIWI's profile. [dim]

sj73 Mon 13-Jan-14 11:57:24

With tinned tomatoes I use half the amount and supplement with stock.

Are avocados ok? I have looked them up but keep finding different carb totals?

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