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Old Thu, May-18-06, 16:45
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Hello everyone.

I've just discovered the Ireland section here. I'm delighted to know there are other low-carbers out there in Ireland. At times it feels like I'm the only one.

Can you believe, I actually got kicked out of Unislim because I don't eat chocolate biscuits?

Anyway, I'm a 45 year old mother of three who lost three stone on an Atkins/CKD diet. I kept it off for three years, but when I stopped breastfeeding last year, over half a stone went back on. Right now, I'm working very hard to get that off again. 4lb to go.

Who else is here?

Eileen
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Old Fri, May-19-06, 09:18
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Plan: atkins/under 20 gr per da
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Hi there. My name is Aoife and I am a 33 yr young mother of 3 kids. Was on atkins for about 18 months and got really skinny. Came off atkins and weight has gone up and down over the past 5 months. Am trying the low gi now and have lost a couple of pounds. I know it would be quicker on atkins but the idea of eggs for breakfast makes my tummy go quesy. Am 147 lbs and would like to go down to 134 lbs. Anyone else on low gi?
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Old Sat, May-20-06, 13:31
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You've three kids as well? What age are they?

What do you eat for breakfast now?

I've discovered a great way to eat eggs for breakfast. Well, two. One is a guacomole omlette. The avocado and salsa really cut the eggyness. The other is poached eggs on spinach. Or fish for breakfast is good too.

Do you know any good restaurants in Dublin for eating low carb?

Eileen
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Old Tue, May-23-06, 11:25
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Hi Helen,

Yea 3 kids. Ages 7, 5 and 2. Bit of a handful. I tend to have all bran for breakfast mainly because of the really high fibre content. 12 gr of fibre! Would love to be able to do atkins but after 2 days I am just dying for bread. Cannot believe that I was on it for so long!
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Old Wed, May-24-06, 09:20
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Hi, you've almost the same age difference as me. My girls are 9, 7 and 4. They keep life interesting!

Have you tried out GG Scandanavian Bran crispbread? It has more fibre than carbs, so it works on Atkins. You can get it in Holland and Barret health food shops.

I've also got a recipe for an Atkins friendly bread.
70g flaxmeal (ground up flax seed)
2 large eggs.
1 tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp baking powder
optional: 2 tsp cocoa, sachet Splenda.
Mix all the ingredients and pour into a greased bread tin or divide between six muffin cups. Bake in a preheated oven at 200C for 16-18 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. If you do it as a bread, it comes out as a sort of moist flatbread. Or you can add cocoa and sweetener and do it as muffins. I've got children with wheat and dairy allergies, so I make this a lot.

Today I finally got out for a decent cycle, for the first time all week.
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Old Mon, May-29-06, 08:15
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Plan: atkins/under 20 gr per da
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Have decided to go back onto atkins again. On day 2 and feel like crap. Normally on day 3 I get a huge burst of energy. My husband is on it with me for support! The bread/muffins receipe sounds fab. Just had to boiled eggs for breakfast. Am always in a rush to get kids out to school so morning is not a good time to start cooking.

I do not really know many low carb places to eat in Dublin. My husband is a chef in Dublin and says just to go for salads with chicken and fish. I think the atkins diet has gone out of fashion a bit. Boots in Blanchardstown do not really stock a great deal of low carb products anymore.

If you have anymore hints would love to hear about them.

From a very tired and lethargic mother!
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Old Tue, May-30-06, 04:46
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Hope you are feeling better soon. Keep your fats high, so that you have something to burn for energy. You could make a guacamole with avocado, cream, and salsa or tabasco, and spread that on the flaxbread or crispbread as a quick breakfast. Or you can make a sort of porridge from flaxmeal and peanut butter.

I've been doing this for a long time, so I've got pretty used to eating low-carb when I go out. Steak or fish or chicken and green veg or salad is my mainstay. There's a Chinese restaurant in Moore Street, beside Lidl, which has all sorts of weird things, like "deep fried guts" and "braised pig's ears". But I've found they have lots of Atkins-friendly food.

I always have mixed feelings about the low-carb foods. It's nice to feel there's a bit of support, but most of them are such junk you wouldn't eat them anyway.

If it's any help, here's what I'd eat in a normal day:
Breakfast: eggs, usually omlette or scrambled eggs, occasionally rashers and mushrooms.
Snack: flaxbread or crispbread and cheese OR
Postworkout shake (after gym) of whey protein and glucose.
Lunch: fish and veg or salad.
Snack: nuts or seeds or coconut (something that I can nibble while cooking)
Dinner: meat or chicken, lots of vegetables (I often cook something like a Bolenegse sauce and serve with pasta or rice for the children, cauliflower etc for the adults)
Supper: stewed rhubarb and nuts, sugarfree jelly and cream, cottage cheese.

Snacks I like include soup made from celery or fennel or any leftover veg or stalks, a soy milk and berry smoothie, frozen raspberries and cream mashed together to make a sort of ice-cream, celery and pate or blue cheese, broccoli dipped in cream cheese, pepperami, home-made coleslaw.

And now I'd better stop talking about it, and actually go to the gym and do a bit of work!
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Old Tue, May-30-06, 17:10
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Plan: atkins/under 20 gr per da
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Hi Helen,

Thanks for your message. Have been battling with my subconscious all day over whether to quit atkins or not but am still here. Had no sugar jelly and cream tonight.

Have not felt that energy yet that comes after a couple of days. Hope it comes soon. Those low carb crackers from Holland and Barrett - can they be eaten during induction? Hope so had a couple today. Feeling the constipation big time and hope they work!

It was great to get some hints. Thank you.

Keep up the good work.

Aoife
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Old Wed, May-31-06, 10:14
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Good luck. Have the energy arrived yet? Sometimes a session of moderate cardio, like a brisk walk, can speed things up.

Don't see why the GG crispbreads shouldn't work on induction. If you read the ingredients, they are pretty much bran baked to stick together. Make sure you drink lots with them.

My bicycle broke today. I was cycling into town, and about halfway there, the bottom bracket went completely, leaving the pedals detached from the rest of the bike. I got the bus in to do my business, but then now I've got the problem of getting my bike back and to a repair shop, preferably in time for tomorrow's school run.

Oh, I've just thought of something else that's Atkins-friendly. 99% chocolate. Lindt have just started doing it, it's in the Avoca food hall and some supermarkets, and is one of those foods with as much fibre as carbs. It has no sugar, and tastes very sharp, but it is a great way to satisfy chocolate cravings without risking a binge.
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Old Thu, Jun-01-06, 03:38
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Plan: atkins/under 20 gr per da
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Hi Helen,

Where would I be without you! Have printed off all your hints and hung them in the kitchen! Where is the Avoca Food Hall?

Feeling much better now. Have been awake since 7am and am as bright as a bubble! Have lost 4lbs so far another 16 to go! Have stoppped weighing myself every day was getting a bit psycho about it!

Am dying to get some exercise in but my children are off school for the week and am trying to potty train my youngest so am really house bound. Try running up the stairs as often as I can though!

Wanted to thank you for all your hints over the past couple of days. It has really encouraged me to stick to atkins. Can feel the benefits already!

How is the bike? Do you bring your kids to school by bike? I walk mine when the weather is fine otherwise I have to admit to driving them the 2 minute journey to school!

Keep in touch,

Aoife
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Old Fri, Jun-02-06, 10:50
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Congratulations on the weight loss. I don't care if some of it is water, it's still great to get on the scales and see a smaller number. Isn't it stupid how obsessed we can get about a number on a machine that nobody ever sees but us?

Avoca Food Hall is the downstairs bit of a big shop just off the bottom of Grafton Street. I think it's called Suffolk Street. It's just opposite the AA shop and has lots of trendy stuff I can't afford, but it does have some interesting kinds of food down there.

There's a Spanish restaurant on the same street that does lots of tapas sized food, which is great if you want to take children out for a meal.

Oh, I remember potty training, and am so glad I don't have to do that again. Good luck.

Yes, it is very difficult exercising with children in tow. Maybe if you play musical statues with them or some other game that involves lots of dancing or running?

My bike is better, though it took two men two hours to fix it. I don't have a car, and collect my youngest from Junior Infants by cycling up to the school and bringing her home on the child seat at the back. Come rain, hail or sunshine, I get my cardio!

Have you any plans for the bank holiday weekend?

Helen
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Old Thu, Jun-08-06, 17:34
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Plan: atkins/under 20 gr per da
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Progress: 84%
Location: Dublin Ireland
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Atkins is going really really well. Have my period so not even trying to weight myself. Actually to be honest am sort of afraid to weigh myself in case I have not lost any weight. Bought the ketone strips and they turned a gorgeous purple colour so am in fat burning mode!

Have been walking everywhere the past week and feel really great. Did the mini marathon on Monday so got plenty of exercise in and am going to phoenix park in the morning for a good walk too. I wake up at 7am as bright as a button which is so unlike me.

You are great for the cycling. How do the rest of your kids get to school? I am walking mine to school and all i get is "hate walking, can we not go in the car"?

Those crispbreads are really great. Thanks for the hints. Could not have got through last week without your support!

Have a nice weekend!

Aoife
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Old Sun, Jun-11-06, 16:28
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Congratulations! I'm so impressed with anyone who does the mini-marathon, I've never done it. Did you enjoy it?

Sounds like you should be getting a very nice surprise when you step on the scales. I can't believe you are doing all that and not dropping weight.

My school run takes up most of the day. We all walk or cycle to the bus stop 2km away to get the school bus in the morning. I get a couple of hours to hit the gym or (horrors) do housework, then I have to cycle up to the school to pick up the youngest. Then we either go home, or shopping, or for a snack, before I have to be at the busstop to pick up the other two and we all walk or cycle home together. I've been using my Kelloggs Special K watch, and I burn 400+ cals just on the school run.

I'm just back from visiting my sister down the country. Her kids eat lots of junk, and every surface is covered with a layer of sticky. Ugh!

How are your kids on junk?
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Old Sun, Jun-11-06, 17:24
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I'm not from Ireland but I just wanted to say hi and good luck on your journey!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old Mon, Jun-12-06, 13:00
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Plan: atkins/under 20 gr per da
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Don't get me started on junk food. My son went off chocolate, sweets and rubbish for lent and his behaviour was fab. Am trying to continue this but all his friends mums give them rubbish all the time. Its so frustrating.

Thought I would have lost more weight. Am walking about 3km a day but have lost 6lbs in two weeks. The ketone stips sometimes go dark purple in colour but sometimes just a light pink. I can get a bit psycho over this so am trying to test urine only once a day! Have a bit of thrush so maybe that is not helping either.

You sound like a very active mum. Prefer walking on my own rather than walking with the kids. They just complain all the time.
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