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Old October 20th, 2007, 05:41 AM posted to alt.support.diet.low-calorie
Adak
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I remember the first time I saw a working Mother of two young kids,
actually cook one dinner for everyone else, and AN ENTIRELY different
dinner, for herself. She couldn't eat with the rest of the family,
because her meal was still cooking!

Hers was designed to be good for her diet plan. The husband and kids'
meal choices were designed by somebody who wanted to keep doctors
*really* busy.

While I pretty much subscribe to "whatever works for you to get the
fat off", this two menu's for a meal every day, seems ripe for
failure, because:

1) It's extra work to plan, prepare, and clean up after.

2) It completely misses getting a healthy diet and eating habits, to
the husband and kids.

I don't recommend a sudden and drastic change for the family, (like
becoming a strict vegetarian for instance), but a basic & healthy
diet, where the dieter can share in the same meal (in smaller
portions), just seems a much better solution, for all concerned.

Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I like it when the family all eats dinner
together, as well. Can't do it every day, perhaps, but when you can, I
think it's a big plus.

Let's also be honest - dieters will have to learn to eat smaller
portions of "normal" food. I'm not saying you have to eat really bad
food choices, I'm saying you'll have to learn how to eat small
portions of non-specialty diet foods, eventually.

It would be great for that spouse, and those kids, to see that being
done right at their dinner table.

Leading by example is not the only way - it's just the only way that
works.

I can't imagine a better example for the family, than to see the
dieter in the family increasing their exercise/activity, and
decreasing their calories with a balanced diet, and losing a pound or
two, each week.

No separate or special foods, no special food preparation, needed.
Just common sense eating to cut back on some calories, and a bit more
exercise/activity.

It can really be just that simple, and fit into your life, just that
easily.

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Old October 22nd, 2007, 07:49 AM posted to alt.support.diet.low-calorie
Steph Peters
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Default Make Your Diet Fit Your Life

Adak of http://groups.google.com wrote:
I remember the first time I saw a working Mother of two young kids,
actually cook one dinner for everyone else, and AN ENTIRELY different
dinner, for herself. She couldn't eat with the rest of the family,
because her meal was still cooking!

Hers was designed to be good for her diet plan. The husband and kids'
meal choices were designed by somebody who wanted to keep doctors
*really* busy.

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I don't recommend a sudden and drastic change for the family, (like
becoming a strict vegetarian for instance), but a basic & healthy
diet, where the dieter can share in the same meal (in smaller
portions), just seems a much better solution, for all concerned.


One meal with different calorie counts can be done; I do it every day. I'm
losing weight, but my husband doesn't need to. It is possible to feed us
both the same meal by starting with a low calorie low fat version of
recipes, serving different size portions, and making some additions for him.
As it happens we are vegetarians, so this influences what I add, things
like:
A sprinkling of sesame, pumpkin or sunflower seeds
Parmesan cheese
Divide the food at the last minute to put tofu in my portion and walnuts in
his

There are lots of ready made items that come in different types, so we buy
some low calorie/reduced fat and some not. Then we can both have yogurt,
ice-cream, cheese, crackers and so on, but I'm eating less than he is.

Also he has extra snacks mainly when I'm not around.

We've made this work for nearly 6 months now, and it's going to continue
while I am reducing. When I get to maintenance the smaller and larger
portions part will definitely have to stay permanently because I'm much
smaller than he is, but some of the other parts can be relaxed a bit.
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