Looking for Dieting Advice

I'm a 31 yr old single mother. I have to have my upper teeth pulled, after having kids my teeth just went for the worst. I'm so upset by this, because I work two part time jobs and am a full time college student.

I have to go 4 weeks without teeth. I have to heal before I get the denture. At the same time I could stand to lose a few pounds, so I'm gonna use this time to lose weight. Any suggestions on what to eat during this time?

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By plusizsista78 from Detroit, MI

September 3, 20090 found this helpful

Soups are always good weight loss strategy. Also cereal and skim milk. I also cook just the egg white in cooking spray. Bananas with skim milk will make you feel full longer. Baked potatoes topped with salsa will help with weight loss. Lots of water, I use Lemon Juice and splenda to sweeten. Pastas (only about a cup) with canned tomatoes, sauteed onion and italian seasoning is also a good one. Salads with naturally fresh lite ranch is the best. Some times I just do a wedge of lettuce with the lite dressing and bacon bits. Email me if you need anymore help. I have battled weight just about all my life. I am now 41. U can do this on the cheap. Thanks Tammie

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My sun just had same situation only his dentist did the put teeth in and leave them method to act as bandaid while healing. It doesn't matter, you won't feel like eating. You will be so hungry, anything you can get down will do. Veggie

soups, yogurt, puddings, jello will be your best friend. You don't have to do anything; you'll lose weight. It's been about 6-8 weeks now and he is beginning to be able to eat scrambled eggs, a soft sandwich, mashed potatoes, and the other day a tender chicken leg. His old pain is gone, he looks nice, and it's getting better day by day.

As for general dieting, read below to the woman who lost 50 pounds. She's completely right. I would only add, fiber, fiber, fiber: veggies, fruits and cereal or bread with lots of fiber and NO high fructose in anything. NO pop. I was listening to a dietician/nutritionist from a famous university doing weight loss studies and she said the one thing that makes the difference seems to be fiber.

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Try a product called "ensure". It is in cans and you can get them at the drugstore or hopefully at your grocery store. They will be cheaper there. They are a full meal replacement and are meant for people who can't eat whole foods. A diet drink could help some, but don't use just the drinks because that could make you very sick. They advertise as a complete meal but are not the same. Low fat yogurt, low fat milk, both made into smoothies with frozen fruit would be good as well. Jello would wiggle it's way down and I would suggest some Psyllium powder or a drink with psyllium in it for roughage since you won't be getting any otherwise. You don't want to end up constipated along with your other issues, like a very sore mouth.

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September 5, 20090 found this helpful

Smoothies - lots of smoothies made with fresh fruits and yogurt.

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Also try making smoothies. My favorite is vanilla yogurt with frozen blueberries,or any of your fav berries. This is a healthy drink, you need calcium and fruits. Take fiber, but lots of water. Jello is great. Try some baby food to get some nutrition. Good luck

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September 6, 20090 found this helpful

I had all of my teeth pulled 3 weeks ago. It takes quite a while to be able to eat solid food again. What I eat mostly is apple sauce mixed in with cottage cheese, yogurt and egg salad sandwiches.

Good Luck!

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Be sure you are getting adequate nutrition while you are healing. Smoothies are great-add some protein powder to them-available in drug store, Costco, health-food stores. Get the vanilla flavor so it won't mess up the fruit flavor of whatever fruits you choose. Take a multi-vitamin and calcium daily, too.

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When I had oral surgery a couple of years ago, I couldn't stand chewing anything for a couple of weeks, only able to have soft stuff like over cooked veggies and chicken broth, so I made sure that I got balanced nutrition by including supplement shakes like Boost and Ensure with the soft foods I could "chew" (mush with my tongue). Lost about 15 pounds during that time....Hope this helps!

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Anyone have any advice for dieting? Anyone tried a particular diet that has worked for them? And does anyone have any books to recommend? I have started doing a little research and the number of diets, strategies, books, etc is pretty overwhelming.

Thanks, Beth

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Beth, I have lost 50 pounds in 6 months with the following strategy.

I have learned that "diets" do not work. Lifestyle changes do. Stop eating white flour and sugar. Cut your portion size by 1/3 and drink water every chance you get. Start moving more. Get a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps daily. You can do this by taking one or two walks daily, walking in place while you talk on the phone or watch the news, for instance. You can do this. It has worked for me very well and it's a habit now. I don't even have to think about it. Good luck. (05/20/2004)

By Nancy Wall

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Something I recently read and want to start for myself is to start with your water intake and exercise first, worry about the food as you go, but don't kill yourself trying to be faithful to a diet. When you are mentally ready you can then crack down on harsher standards for yourself if you choose to do so. (05/20/2004)

By Princess Frogee

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I have found the weight watchers diet to be the easiest to follow. No special foods to buy, although I have started buying the reduced fat and /or sugar free items. I have lost 22# since March, and I feel great. (05/20/2004)

By Lisa Anderson

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I've recently spoken with my doctor about dieting. She said to join Weight Watchers and exercise. I just started and you'd be surprised how much just keeping a journal of what you eat helps. I'm still trying to get motivated on the exercise part though. Good luck! (05/24/2004)

By Hache

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I've talked to a dietitian about what foods and how much to eat. If you can stick to changing your serving portions, that with exercise will do it. She also said with me living in the desert, I can't drink enough water. But said if I lived anywhere else and drank too much water, it could kill a person. Check with a health official where you live to see how much water you should consume daily when and while exercising. Better to be safe than sorry. Best of Luck towards your goals! (05/26/2004)

By Terri

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Hi. When my husband left in March I vowed to lose the baby weight I was still carrying. I weighed 170 pounds and was a size 14, it's now August and I weigh 109 pounds and am a size 0. I started easy by cutting out fast food and eating out. Then I switched from cokes to water. Coffee to green tea. I began walking first then built up to an exercise program and started a low-carb diet working gradually toward my ideal and here I am. I feel great, look great and have no complaints. Good luck (08/27/2004)

By Suzanne S.

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Well, I recently started to cut down on sugar and white flour. It has only been a week but I feel healthier. Another diet I tried was this:

Morning: 1/2 grapefruit or 1 cup of grapefruit juice, 2 eggs, 2 slices of bacon

Lunch: 1/2 grapefruit or 1 cup grapefruit juice, choice of meat (no flour on it), veggies (could be salad)

Dinner: 1/2 grapefruit or 1 cup grapefruit juice, choice of meat, and salad or veggies

Late night: 1 cup skim milk or tomato juice

Do not eat potatoes or starchy vegetables, no sweets, caffeine will slow your weight loss. You will lose weight extremely fast. The first four days you won't lose weight, but on the fourth day you will lose four lbs. The problem is, like most low-carb diets, it is really hard to keep the weight off. You can eat as much as you want all day long as long as you only eat what you are allowed to. The more you eat the more you lose. The reason you lose weight is because you are eating nothing but fats and when you have two things colliding with each other they cancel each other out. Fat against fat equals no fat. Remember to only eat green veggies and no onions or fruit (01/08/2005)

By guest

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I love Weight Watchers Points plan. I've lost 14 lbs in 1 1/2 months, doing great. Also get a treadmill, it's easy especially if you are just starting. I also love Women's Health Magazine. Good luck! Just saying you want to is a great start! (01/13/2008)

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Try to eat organic foods. You may try organic supplements as well. Exercise and have enough sleep. You can try to visit www.drmercola.com to learn more. (02/03/2009)

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