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BigStickBIWI Mon 07-Jan-13 16:14:54

As there are so many of us doing this, the chat thread is moving pretty quickly - and it means that lots of questions are being missed.

So here is a specific thread you to post any questions you might have about Bootcamp or low carbing.

happygolucky0 Mon 07-Jan-13 21:24:18

sorry I found where you posted earlier on thank you very much!

Yama Mon 07-Jan-13 21:33:17

Timidviper - yeah, I'm pretty clueless. I read something and only half take it in as dh is sciencey and is always on hand to answer anything. Think citric acid is bad in significant quantities. It can add up as it's in things like sugar free chewing gum.

DharmaBumpkin Mon 07-Jan-13 21:38:24

Biwi I know we have to eat breakfast buuuuuut... On Friday I have to do a fasting blood test. For obvious reasons I'm giving it priority over the breakfast rule for the day! Am assuming that the best way forward is to take a snack with me and eat as soon as possible after they take bloods?

happygolucky0 Mon 07-Jan-13 21:38:36

another question but thank you very very much .......... on the list of veg on the other thread I think it reads carrots half way down @ 2.5g per 100, then near the bottom it is reading 6. Sorry as I know it seems next to nothing but I was really shocked when I started adding up what i had for dinner, carrots and cabbage almost 11.5g of carbs lol

ChristmasJubilee Mon 07-Jan-13 21:46:11

Alpro soya milk (unsweetened) has 0.2 carbs 100mls. Can I use this in tea and coffee or is full cream cows better.

thekitchenfairy Mon 07-Jan-13 21:47:54

Thx Yama

Slattern did you go for a food box? Their meat boxes that are fab and if you like fish and can cook it quickly after your delivery date they are v good value and their eggs are the best I've found locally.

Can anyone help with this count question? After a long history with WW I like to write it all down, but how much protein and fat should we be aiming for?

I have been using MFP and it is screaming at me warnings about high protein and v high fat. Quite prepared to ignore but wondering if there is a maximum limit?

Thank you grin

AuntieMaggie Mon 07-Jan-13 21:53:32

Thanks - not really counting the carbs but using mfp to record what i'm eating so just wanted an idea.

NoelHeadbands Mon 07-Jan-13 21:56:53

happy iirc 'old' big carrots are the lower carb values, and your young baby carrots are the higher.

slatternlymother Mon 07-Jan-13 21:59:05

thekitchenfairy I have just this minute ordered for Friday! Medium gormet meat box (DH will love steaks), medium veg box, large dairy box (milk is for DS, no one panic!), some extra chicken thighs for salads, a packet of salmon and some bread for DH and DS. Bloody lot including delivery for £65. Bloody fab. The lady at the company even emailed me to ask me about my order to check she'd got certain things right (like the milk and the fact I wanted no potatoes etc). Now, if they can just deliver it well I think this may be the best customer service I have encountered in Cornwall thus far grin

Bessie123 Mon 07-Jan-13 22:27:08

I'm worried I am eating too much cream and other fat, what do you think?

B - boiled egg with a bit of mayo, piece of smoked salmon, decaf coffee with cream

L - broccoli and Stilton soup, 2 heaped spoonfuls of natural yoghurt

D - haddock baked with butter, little bit of parsley and coriander,and a little bit of Parmesan; green beans with anchovy and tinned tomato (about 1/6 of a tin) and a little bit of garlic paste; broccoli cheese, made with full fat Philly, cream and cheese and a little squirt of lime (I thought the heat might reduce the citric acid but it was only a v little squeeze); decaf coffee with cream

Snack - a bit of poached salmon with mayo

About 3.5 litres of water and 2 cups of camomile tea.

I know we are supposed to eat a lot of fat but I really am eating a lot - it def feels like too much cream. What do you reckon?

thekitchenfairy Mon 07-Jan-13 22:28:13

They are fab slatternly and have the right idea about customer service.

There can sometimes be a bit of a glut of the local faves swede and cauli for a few weeks but nothing that a large casserole or a pot of soup cant fix grin I've never bothered with a dairy box so let me know how you get on!

BigStickBIWI Mon 07-Jan-13 22:35:47

Bessie - that looks pretty good to me. There isn't any limit on the amount of fat you can eat. Atkins says to limit cream to 2-3 tablespoons a day, how much would you say you are using?

The only issue, really, is that there's a lot of dairy in your day. You might be fine with it, but some people find that dairy impedes their weight loss.

Dharma can quite see why you would put LC as a lower priority! Yes, take a snack with you to eat afterwards.

happygolucky0 - yes, different carb counts according to whether they are old or new carrots. As I never know whether a carrot is young or old, I always assume that they are the higher carb count.

thekitchenfairy we should be eating food in this order - fat/protein/carbs. MFP will be screaming at you because, as I understand it, it's primarily a site for low calorie eating, and probably also low fat. It's one of the reasons I don't really think it's worth bothering with.

ChristmasJubilee if you would prefer it, it should be OK.

mumat39 Mon 07-Jan-13 22:54:41

Just catching up on the other thread and realised that there is a question thread.

How long does roast chicken keep ? I have some leftovers that I didn't eat today. over cooked it yesterday. Well it be okay for tomorrow's lunch?


Ketostix. Just used one and it came back at a small amount, 1.5. Is that okay? What does it mean? I know it should be light pink but it wasn't the lightest colour on the chart. Btw I picked up a pack in boots for £4.80something if anyone is after some.

Thanks again. smile

BigStickBIWI Mon 07-Jan-13 23:01:37

Yes, it will be fine for tomorrow, mumat39 (assuming you've kept it in the fridge?!)

Ketostix are showing that you are in ketosis. Congratulations! Don't worry about the colour. If you are drinking enough water then they will never go dark.

mumat39 Tue 08-Jan-13 00:03:53

Oh wow. That's cool. Lets hope I'm not one of the ones that get stalled by the flippin citric acid olives. Thanks BIWI. thanks

By the way, do you have any tips for where to buy olives? Thanks again.

frenchfries22 Tue 08-Jan-13 02:24:26

Hi I have to eat tonight in a Thai/Italian restuarant - any ideas what i can eat thats lo carb and vegetarian?? Their menu is very limited which doesnt help thanks

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-Jan-13 06:44:40

Marking my place.

I am bound to have questions smile

Whether they are related to low carbing remains to be seen. grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-Jan-13 06:47:44

My first question is

Week 1 - We are off thread
Question thread - ici obv
Recipe thread

Is that all? Am I missing any???!!!

I am determined to keep up this time you see.

thekitchenfairy Tue 08-Jan-13 07:06:33

Hello piste

I am doing as you, if there is anything else, well i have missed it entirely!!

<scurries off to shine sink... How on earth did I think I would be able to keep up,with Fly lady as well?! grin>

TaffyandTeenyTaffy Tue 08-Jan-13 07:33:39

Is there anything that would be ok eat at the Chinese on Friday? Had a last minute change of venue for friends birthday meal angry Its an all you can eat but they cook each dish fresh rather than a buffet....

I am thinking crispy seaweed might be ok? and maybe something like chicken/prawns and mushrooms - without the rice and noodles!

BigStickBIWI Tue 08-Jan-13 08:17:26

Pistey - those are the three threads that you need! (But also, most of the recipes have been transferred by the lovely Justonemoregless to the low carb section in Recipes, which is in Food)

Eating out:

Thai - is probably the hardest place to eat at if you're low carbing as everything has sugar in it. Obviously you will need to avoid rice/noodles, but most sauces are also made with some kind of sugar.

Starters that are probably OK, if they have them - spare ribs, if they are dry rather than in a sauce; chicken satay, but go sparingly on the peanut sauce and the vinegar dip that they will come with.

For a main course, it's not easy. If they do Crying Tiger, go for that, as that usually has minimal sauce on it - or one of the salads like Yum Nua, which is a beef fillet salad.

Try asking for a side dish of stir-fried veg - our local Thai does a lovely dish like this which seems to be just cooked with a bit of soy sauce

Chinese is similarly awkward, although sometimes a bit more manageable. Lettuce wraps are good as a main course - a mixture of chopped pork and mushroom, with other veg, to be wrapped in lettuce leaves in place of pancakes. Avoid the hoisin sauce that will come with it though.

Sizzlng dishes are often better than other main courses, as there tends to be less sauce. And look at the vegetable side dishes too - a plate of stir-fried beansprouts or stir-fried waterchestnuts and celery make good additions to the meal

Crispy seaweed (which is, in fact cabbage!) is OK, but beware that it is sprinkled liberally with sugar!

Italian - as long as it's not just pizza/pasta, then this should be more easy to manage. Usually there is some kind of meat/fish main course that you could have. Look for salads as well, to replace any potatoes that might come with your meal.

Melanzane Parmigiana is a good choice - it's often on the list of starters, and sometimes I have it as a main course with a salad. It's aubergine with tomato sauce and cheese.

In terms of starters, if they do an antipasti of salami that is often a good choice - just avoid any bread that they might serve with it.

slatternlymother Tue 08-Jan-13 08:28:15

How long does it take for your body to go into ketosis?

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 08-Jan-13 08:33:48

It takes me about 48 hours to get into ketosis.

Jacaqueen Tue 08-Jan-13 08:44:38

Some people go into ketosis really quickly and for others it can take upto 5-7 days.

slatternlymother Tue 08-Jan-13 09:04:53

And ketosis means weight loss mode, yes? Are there any other signs (other than using ketostix) that I can look out for that I might be in ketosis?

I feel like I ate onions a while ago, but haven't brushed my teeth. My breath must reek. <classy>

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