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Dukan Diet Too Expensive? Tips on Saving Money on groceries

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Please share your money-saving ideas and tips.  Not every tip will help everyone but let’s share!!

August 6, 2012   Day 12

Current weight:    182.6 lbs

Daily loss:    0.8 lbs

Total loss:    13.8 lbs

Wt. to go:    28.6 lbs

Food intake

Oat bran cookies 2 with coffee

Chicken breast

Greek yogurt one cup

Dukan recipe French Toast with 3 slices of Canadian bacon.

Oat bran in custard with splenda on top

Food prices are rising.

#1  TIP ON SAVING MONEY ON GROCERIES ON THE DUKAN DIET

I went to buy eggs at Costco the other day and found they were a dollar higher than 2 days earlier.  Yes folks one day $1.79 for 18 eggs and then up to $2.79.  I did not buy them because I had to get over my shock and then do some math.  Eggs increased from  10.4 cents each to 15.5 cents each.  Shaken I went to Aldi’s to get some mushrooms for 69 cents and eggs there cost 99 cents per dozen  ( 8.3 cents each).  This week Aldi’s egg price is 69 cents/dozen ( 6 cents each).  I am looking at eggs since they are the cheapest source of protein available.  Six grams of protein for one egg is a lot of protein is your biggest bargain available.    At Costco 15 1/2  cents delivered 6 grams of protein and at Aldi’s  15 1/2  cents gives me 15 grams of protein.

The Dukan diet is a high protein low-fat diet.  Egg whites are the least expensive complete protein and lowest fat protein food available.

My sister hates eggs but buys organic eggs to eat.  She makes Floating Island with regular eggs and never complains about the eggs.  She loves custard and never complains the cheap eggs I use and oh she likes the stuffed eggs.  I add extra egg whites to anything I can.  Explore egg recipes with a new eye.

The best idea at the right time I ever got was from my friend Sandi who told me I should put a couple of hard-boiled eggs in my pocket when I leave the house and have not control over lunch time.  I do not care for hard boil eggs but like them much better than greasy salty food that I can get stuck eating  sometimes.  Sandi loves Chinese tea eggs and you can find her recipe for them at her website.

Nutrition Facts of eggs

The Egg White

According to the Egg Nutrition Center (ENC), the average egg contains about 6.29 grams of protein, 3.6 of which come from the egg white. In addition to proteins, other nutrients found in the egg white are riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin B12, calcium, iron, copper, zinc and sodium. Of the 72 calories in an egg, the white comprises around 17.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/41005-much-protein-egg-whites/#ixzz22ojcXDoq

One large 2 oz. whole egg without the shell contains 6 g protein. Of this protein, 3 g is contained in the egg yolk and 3 g in the egg white.

Additional nutritional information for one large egg without the shell, according to Kathleen Mahan in “Krause’s Food, Nutrition, & Diet Therapy,” includes 75 g water, 80 calories, 6 g fat, 274 mg cholesterol in the yolk, 1 g carbohydrate, 28 mg calcium, 90 mg phosphorus, 1 g iron, 65 mg potassium, 69 mg sodium, 55 mg zinc, 260 IU vitamin A, 0.04 mg thiamin, 0.15 mg riboflavin, a trace amount of niacin, 0 mg ascorbic acid and 24 mg folic acid.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/250456-how-much-protein-does-1-egg-have/#ixzz22oUKwf9T

Dukan Diet Rebound Day 11 Medical Issues How to avoid cheating

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August 5, 2012    Day 11

Current weight 183.4

Daily loss:   2 lbs. since day 7

Total loss:    14 lbs

Wt to go:   29.4

Food for today

Two Oat bran cookies

Chicken leg and thigh dipped in Coconut syrup (sugar-free)

Skim milk 1 1/4 cup pineapple and Coconut SF syrup

1 cup of roasted veggies with olive oil and herbs

1 cup of Fat Free Greek Yogurt

Some of us have medical issues.  If you are older or have medical issues before you start the diet, talk to your Dr about it.  It is a high protein, low fat, low carb diet.  This diet is not for everyone.  What your Doctor advises is the most important thing.  He may instruct you to modify the diet to better fit your health status.  Doing the coaching program would be the best way to modify the program.  Again this diet is not for everyone.  Check with your Doctor.

I have special medical needs that changed the amount of Oat Bran I have daily.  Also my health needs have changed the amount of olive oil I consume.  At the present time the pain in my back and knees remind me to stay on the diet.

I do not cheat on the diet.  The cookies help.  I last year I would spurge on yogurt with sugar-free flavorings (pineapple and coconut).  Oh I loved the frozen drinks with skim milk, dry non fat milk, bit of yogurt, SF syrups of chocolate and hazelnut and tons and tons of ice.  I have a list of favs including peach with touch almond flavoring.  I am sure you could think of some tasty ones.  My sister taught me how to make floating island this year.  Spurge on Dukan diet,  save cheating on something else.

Restart of Dukan Diet Day 7 12 Lbs loss I eat too much oat bran

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August 1, 2012    Day 7    Restart of Dukan Diet

Today is a PV Day… Protein + Veggies

Current weight:  185.4 lbs

Daily loss:    gain .4 lb

Total loss:    12 lbs

Wt to go:    31.4 lbs

Please be aware that I violate the oat bran rule to prevent the problems that caused me to drop the Dukan diet last year.

Food for the day

2 slices turkey bacon (4 g protein)

Coffee with 2 oat bran cookies  (6 g proteins  10 g carb)

Oat bran in custard   (19 g protein  15 g carb )

Slice tomato with 3 slices bacon  (6 g protein )

One boiled egg white  (4 g protein)

1 cup of cooked/wilted spinach

8 ounces Fat Free yogurt  (24 g protein)

Two cups of roasted veggies  (cauliflower, tomato, onions, mushrooms with olive oil and herbs)

One  97% fat free kosher hot dog boiled to death   (to lower sodium and fat) (6 g protein and 3 g carb)

1 oat bran cookie    (3 g protein 5 carb)

I did not figure out the net carbs.

I must have a cholesterol test tomorrow.  If it does not come out well he will insist I increase my medication.  I do believe I will have oat bran and take those extra calories to get my cholesterol down.

I will pack breakfast of 1 kosher hot dog with mustard sauce, one cup of oats in custard  and two hard-boiled eggs  and tons of water.  And if the Dr is threatening to increase my medication, I will try to keep my intake of vodka down.  Better bring cookies.

New product or new to me discovered.  It is ” true lemon ” packets.  “NO calories  No carbs”.  One packet equals 1 lemon wedge.  Oh, it is so good in Greek yogurt with splenda ( 3 packets of each).  Best treat.  It is described as “cold pressed and crystallized lemon”.  Please read the label carefully.  I plan to make frozen pops out of it.

Dukan Diet 5 Winning Secrets July 31,2012

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July 31 2012  Day 7  Pure Protein

Current weight:   185 lb

Daily loss:    0.9  lbs

Total loss:    12.4  lbs

Wt to go:    31  lbs

Disclaimer #1:  My nephew had his first child yesterday and I am so happy and excited.  Little Joseph Charles.

Disclaimer # 2:  About the 12.4 lb 7 day loss, I do not believe either.  I know if I went to the doctors tomorrow it would show a 2 lb loss.  I expect that.

These winning secret work.  I will start of with 5 secrets today.

1.  The most important thing is to read the book.  “The Dukan Diet” book.  I read the USA version.

2.  Read part of the book every day.  The most successful dieter will tell you start again from the       beginning to the end each time you read it.  The more weight you need to lose the more important it is to do this.  I learn this from my friend Sandi.

http://flamidwyfe.wordpress.com/author/flamidwyfe/

3.  Use the Buddy system.  My sister was on the Dukan Diet and talking about it all the time.  I wisely started the diet knowing both our odds were better if we dieted together.  This was long distance 3 months after the USA version of  “The Dukan Diet” book was printed.  Feedback is needed. Give good supportive feed back.  More on the buddy system later.

4.   Use your free on-line resources as much as possible.  The Dukan Diet websites are great.  Get your target weight from there.  (Coaching is now available from the US site. It was not available when I started round 1.  It is available for a reasonable fee.)  Dukan Diet also has a fab facebook page that is worth checking out daily.  (Join free facebook for access.)

5.  Water, Water, Water.  To get the best results drink the advised daily fluid intake in the form of water.  This is a protein diet and in order for the protein thingy (read the book for protein thingy process) You must drink water.  I try to time fluids around food intake.  If you can not drink water, I strongly recommend you get approval from your Doctor to go on this diet.  I drink more than the recommended water but that is up to you.  Too little or Too much water can cause problems for any one.  You know your body.  If you are unsure go to a Doctor. Or better yet join coaching.

Food today so far

Coffee with Cookie 1 T oat bran cookie

1 cup of smooth move

3 slices of turkey bacon

Cup of oat bran in custard (1 egg and 1 egg white)

I drumstick chicken

Later:  one or two hamburger with SF catsup and slice raw onion,

Snack available:  Yogurt or another cookie

I thought I published this last night.  I guess I was too tired.  Sorry Folks.

July 30 2012 Dukan Diet Secret to Winning

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Dukan diet revisited

July 30, 2012  Day 6  PV

Current weight:    185.9  lb

Daily loss:    0.8  lb

Total loss:    11.5  lb

Wt to go:     31.9   lb

I  will be happy when I can say 30 lbs to lose otherwise I call it 30 ish lbs.  My weight this morning is not accurate.  I only remember I did not gain, think I saw a 5 there.  Last year I had difficultly remembering to weigh  myself.

Winning and losing go hand in hand.  If you do not try it is worse than losing because you deprive yourself of the chance of winning.

Always remember it is a numbers game.  You must lose some in order to win.  Failure is opportunity to win.  Must embrace failure to move forward.

Food for the Day.

2 cookies (2 T bran) with coffee

6 slices of bacon 12 small grape tomatoes with Sis’s mayo. ( tablespoon Greek yogurt, 2 to 3 dashes of Bragg’s Apple cider vinegar,  pinch of sweetner,  black pepper and salt)

Chicken breast

cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes oven roasted with fines herbs and (too much?)  olive oil, salt and pepper

1o ounces of Greek yogurt

too many tiny dukan cookies
I am embarrassed to report I fell asleep early.  I just need lots of rest.  So hot here.

DAY 3 Dukan Diet Restart 10.5 in three days ??

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Daily loss:    4.8 lbs

Current weight:    186.9 lbs

Total loss:    10.5 lb

Wt to lose:    32.5 lb

The first time I did Dukan diet,  it was almost 2 weeks before I saw any loss.  So why do I see on restart 10.5 lbs wt loss,  one year minus 8 days later??  Most important I will not fool myself into thinking  “Wow” one quarter the way there.

First everyone is different.  I learned, after weighing every day last year for 90 plus days, I have a pattern of weight loss.  I could go 2 weeks without any loss and then it would be a few days of lots of great progress and then nothing, no loss and even some gain.  My pattern.

I am doing great if I lose 6 to 8 lbs a month.  That is the bottom line.  It does not work out faster than that.

But still 10.5 pounds in 3 days.  This year I started cold.  Last year I was on a 1200 calorie a day diet before Dukan and that influenced my body. ( It was hard to give up peaches, blueberries, and mostly dry creamer for my coffee.)

I never cheated.  I recorded what I ate to help me stay accountable.  And I will do the same this year.

I will miss the support of my sister who started Dukan a month before I did last year.  We could diet together  a thousand miles apart.  My diet buddy.  Sis is in Ireland this summer, studying Irish this summer.  Eating Irish cooking of her ‘House Mom’ who sounds like a good cook who serves healthy food the old fashion way.

I still have her support thru her recipes and advice.  I just need to read last year’s blog.
Also a great support was my friend Sandi who I found on the internet. I was so discouraged with 20 and 30 year olds, complaining how hard it was to give up the beer or what ever.  How hard and what a struggle.  Wanting to be 110 when their healthy weight is 124.
Dear Sandi was found !!!  Someone who had some life experience.  Someone managing to be on dukan with a hot plate only.  Living in Dubai and later China who had little access our abundant American market.  Never complaining, cleverly sourcing out things like fat free yogurt and other things.  She had to lose more than a few vanity pounds to lose also.  Sandi has reached her goal and is doing the diet to its completion.  Blogging faithfully every day.  Winning awards for it as well.  Here she is http://flamidwyfe.wordpress.com/2011/08/19/i-can-dukan/

or Just google:  Flamidwyfe dukan

My meals                                                                                                          All  coffee black.

Coffee with dukan cookies (about 1/2 tablespoon of oat bran) 7 am and repeated at 3 pm.

Coffee with Oat Bran in custard.  One egg, one T Oat Bran.

2 cups of frozen defrosted vegetables with apple cider and splenda.

2 cup of shredded green curly cabbage with 2 slices of Canadian bacon one kosher hot dog (97%FF)

Lean beef size of tight fist ‘fried’ with ,one teasp bourbon, spry of olive oil, spring onion.

2 cookies to get the curly cabbage taste out of my mouth. ( 1/2 T Oat bran)

Lessons learned:   Wine, booze, still does not help the taste of beef, better save till off dukan.   Curly green cabbage does not cook down.  It is very tough and bitter tasting.  Buy regular green cabbage.
Call for recipes:  cooked cabbage. ( I love it but no fat please and no fruit.)

Dukan Diet Restart Day 1 and 2 July 26, 2012

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Restart Day 1&2 July 26, 2012

Restart wt:  197.4

Day 2 weight:   191.7

Two days of PP and tomorrow I will have first PV day.   I am restarting because of gaining 30 lbs since last Thanksgiving and more importantly my knees are killing me.  I had to stop last year because of stomach problems.  I am still on the same meds so I will be having the same problems with stagnation and water weight gains.  I will modify the program to get more fiber.  Will be at 2 to 3 tablespoons of Oat bran every day.  If I need to I will go to a 2 or 3  PV days to one PP day and see if I can tolerate that.  I have to go to the website to get my weight profile.

I decided to think about it seriously but found myself in the grocery store and decided I would begin in the morning and stop thinking.  Getting the food lined up was tough.  I eat homemade bread with natural peanut butter in the morning and lots of brown rice and beans.

I need to get back into the habit of planning what I am going to have to eat.

Save my eggs for custard with oats.  Do not forget hand food (boiled eggs and cookies) and always have it on hand.

I must admit it is easier the second time around.  I will read Dukan every day and my favorite blog  http://flamidwyfe.wordpress.com/2011/08/19/i-can-dukan/

Consolidation Days Left 164 Custard Recipe

Day 107  November 15, 2011  Consolidation Days left   164   Wt 170.5    TW 154

Daily Loss: Same
Total Loss: 41 lbs
Wt. to go:   16 lbs

Busy, busy.  I am helping a friend with his move from Tennessee farm to suburbia in Huntsville, Alabama.  He has been in the hospital twice in the last month.  So it is slow going.  He has finally closed on the house deal and received his last truck load of belongings.  Old college professor is 78. 
Here at home I am trying to reorganize my kitchen and living room and it looks like a tornado in both rooms.  It says “stop and finish this or I will explode”.  I think it exploded.
Breakfast:     Homemade bread with 1 tablespoon of  peanut butter. Coffee with creamer.
Snack:     Oats in custard.
Lunch:     Oats in custard
Supper:     2 ounces hamburger patty, fried onions, ½ thinly sliced bread. Soymilk.
Snack:     Custard (see below), yogurt.
I stopped and tried this recipe.  No quick dish.  I forgot about heating the milk and never got the temp correct on the microwave.  I finally finished it at 30% oven power after 20 minutes at lower powers.  I aborted the bain marie and I finished without problems.  See if you do any better.  I would recommend add a few grains of salt. It lacked flavor.  I used vanilla soy milk since I am trying to avoid dairy.
By Lilianne Wallace posted on facebook.
“Imitation Old Fashioned Baked Egg Custard
(Save our precious Oat Bran for something else)

125 ml FF milk (4 oz) (Half a cup)
1 egg
Vanilla
Sweetener
Cinnamon

You will need a cup and two dishes, a smallish one, shallow but deep enough to contain all the ingredients, (similar to a small pie plate or a small pyrex bowl) and a larger one to use as a bain marie in the microwave oven.

Beat egg, sweetener and vanilla together in the smaller dish
Microwave the milk in a cup just enough to make it warm (± 20 seconds)
Then slowly add the warm milk to the beaten egg mixture
Sprinkle a LITTLE cinnamon on top
Quarter fill the larger dish with very hot water
Very carefully place the smaller dish into the larger one (don’t burn yourself)
Microwave on Low for approx 10 minutes

It sets and tastes EXACTLY like Old Fashioned Baked Egg Custard! Comfort food de luxe.

If you can wait for it to cool down, eat it cold.
If you can’t wait for it to cool down, eat it warm.

Really quick, really easy, really does the trick!”

My stomach felt better today and wish I planned on eating more.  Since I have not felt like eating it has been hard.  I have thrown out food.

Consolidation days to go 165 Super Slaw Recipe

Day 106     November 14, 2011     Consolidation Days left  165      Wt  170.5     TW  154

Daily Loss: Same basically
Total Loss:  41 lbs
Wt. to go:    16 lbs.

Well, basically my problems with my stomach and water retention are due to my cardiac medication which I am not anxious to change.  All medications have side effects and the problems of changing to a more expensive one is time-consuming and physically unpleasant.  Now I must undergo more extensive tests “because it is time to”.   I do believe that this is good idea.  I promptly went to the store and bought the “Essential Pepin” (Jacques Pepin) and a bottle of cheap red wine.

Breakfast:      Homemade bread with extra fiber (bran), flax seeds, and molasses with peanut butter, coffee.

Lunch:      I forgot.

Dinner:      What I did not eat last night,  Chicken soup with veggies,  melted cheese on top.  My fruit, a glass of red wine.

Snack:     Oats in custard.

Recipe from Susan Leishman posted on Dukan US facebook site.

“This simple slaw is a staple in my diet. Makes a big batch and lasts for a week covered in the refrig. Good as a side dish with proteins or just a tangy snack when you want a little something between meals. I’ve never really measured the ingredients, so just adjust to your taste. If it’s too tangy, I add an extra pkg of Splenda right before serving.

Super Slaw

1 pkg shredded cabbage
1 pkg shredded broccoli slaw
1 cup or more of shredded carrots
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
6 pkg splenda
1 Tb Lemon Garlic Pepper. The seasoning I use has salt, lemon rind, black pepper and garlic powder all combined in it. Otherwise you can just use salt, lemon pepper and garlic powder to taste.

Mix all together, cover and refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to blend.”

I use Lemon pepper seasoning where salt is not the first ingredient (Lawrys).  I use more splenda and Bragg’s apple cider vinegar.  Very good and does last.

Dukan with extra fiber

Day 105   November 13, 2011    Consolidation day 166 out of 180   wt 170  True wt 154

Daily Loss: still retaining water
Total Loss:  41 or 36
Wt. to go: 16

I adjusted my total weight loss to include the weight I lost before going on Dukan.  I must give myself credit for all the weight I lost during the summer and the fall.

My days are mostly all PV I have not done a PP day since I am still constipated and that takes priority over all things.  Have increased my fiber is the first rule.

My body is better but not back to normal.  My main diet consists of a lot of bran in custard. I add egg white to increase the protein.  But fiber is the main stead and I am currently soaking kidney beans as I type.  The bread is in the machine with flaxseeds and lots of wheat and oat bran.

Breakfast:     Oat bran in custard, coffee.

Lunch :     Chicken soup with melted cheese and kidney beans.

Supper: Chicken soup with melted cheese, kidney beans, sliced of bread.

Snacks:  Yogurt with one cup of berries, Oat bran in custard.  Metamucil.

I finally got an email from Dr Dukan. I had signed up for coaching on August 2, when I started the diet but they never got back in touch with me until this week.  I guess it saved me a lot of money.  I have not had access to any chat sessions since I posted about it.