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The salad kick

I just found out that I've been eating way too many carbs...I simply love bread and have it for lunch everyday! and at dinner I have some type of rice or potato something starchy.

An athletic director told me to stop with the carbs... all they are are sugar and it will eventually kill you!

So now I will be eating salads every day with no bread or carbs...I will ease up on carbs in evening and switch to more at least salad twice a day...

Does that sound doable?

Mon. Oct 1, 6:33pm

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You're listening to a gym teacher about nutrition? Take a step back and think about that one.

Monday, October 01, 2007, 6:36 PM

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I don't think salad twice a day is too nuts, but just make sure it's something you can do long term. I always think that you shouldn't do anything to lose weight that you wouldn't do for the rest of your life. Unless you're willing to cut out all bread and carbs for the rest of your life...I personally couldn't do it. And then when you do start eating carbs, you'll puff up again - I know lots of people who this has happened to!

My thoughts: switch to whole grain carbs (bread, pasta, etc.) as much as humanly possible. No more white bread! Cut your carbs down to one serving per meal (and for things other than bread, that may mean measuring for awhile until you realize what a portion size really is!). By all means, eat as much veggie as you can stand. I personally usually have some kind of veggie (carrots or broccoli with dip ) at lunch, and often salad at supper.

Another thought: Be careful whose advice you take and take it with a grain of salt (even mine!) But this person is telling you that carbs are just sugar and will eventually kill you...that's not right. Carbs are the body's main source of energy and are essential to life. Talk to a dietician or a nutritionist, they'll tell you the same thing! Carbs do NOT equal sugar. Often, the carbs we eat are heavily processed and so they are sugar, but not all carbs are. Trust me, I'm a biology teacher and have studied the chemical structure of food molecules...and sugars and complex carbohydrates are very different things!

Good luck with the changes!

Monday, October 01, 2007, 7:25 PM

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I tried eating salad twice a day and I just got sick of it. You can burn yourself ourt if you are not careful.

Monday, October 01, 2007, 7:51 PM

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Yeah...He's a gym teacher but he played for the NBA back in the day so I think he knows what he's talking about.
He speaks from experience talked to many a nutritionist and doctor and swears that a salad twice a day is more beneficial than loading up on carbs...
I'm not going to completely cut out my whole grains though...I'll just do it sparingly instead of full gusto like I'm doing now.

Besides I think his advice is perfect considering that when I eat carbs I tend to bloat up like a balloon! Whenever I take them away I lose much more and feel lighter!

Monday, October 01, 2007, 8:54 PM

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Ok then why are you asking us our opinion if you already think his advice is perfect?

Monday, October 01, 2007, 9:47 PM

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