Do you have a special diet that you follow? If so, what is it and why?

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Do you have a special diet that you follow? If so, what is it and why?

Hannah Savage Hannah Savage
I saw something on TV this past weekend about raw food diets, and I know there are so many more out there. Do you follow a special diet? Is it by choice, or was it a medical decision? Feel free to add as many details as you want, and I'm sorry if I didn't mention the type of diet you follow!
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Vegetarian/Pescatarian/Flexitarian/Lacto-Ovo
7
Vegan
1
Low-Carb (Atkins)
1
High-Carb
Low-Fat
7
Sugar-Free
3
Gluten-Free
2
Raw Diet
1
Religious Diet (Kosher, I-tal, Fasting, etc.)
1
Glycemic Index
Other
13
I do it as a personal choice.
17
I do it for medical reasons.
8
I do it because....
2
I eat what I want, when I want! No diet for me!
31
Total votes: 94 (55 voters)
Poll is closed
04/26/2010
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Sir Sir
I am the "eat what I want, when I want." I do not particularly diet, there's no need for it. I generally eat healthy, because the foods that I enjoy are healthy. For me, anything that is quick and easy is good.
04/26/2010
VieuxCarre VieuxCarre
I watch what I eat and cut my portions in half. I suffer with PCOS and retain weight like nobody's business. I drink a ton of water and limit my caloric intake to a small daily amount. I watch my fat intake as well, but mostly I eat healthy. I'm not horribly overweight, but I am losing weight to help with my bodily issues.
04/26/2010
Gardenvy Gardenvy
I've never been on a diet in all my 26 yrs. I think dieting is actually unhealthy for your metabolism and also for your happiness. Diets are a fad. Eating good foods with no preservatives or trans fats is what we Americans ought to try. I'm naturally slender, but that may be due to the foods that I was raised on and continue to eat. No canned boxed or frozen foods. Eat fresh foods from the farmers markets, and you will not only change your health, but you will also be supporting your local economy and Farmers. Its a win win situation.
04/26/2010
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
I'm a vegetarian and generally eat low fat. This is a personal choice with medical benefits. When I am pregnant I will not be a vegetarian during my gestation. I lost a lot of weight when I started and then it became something that I just enjoy. I taste things differently now. I can taste a lot more things without the extra fat and sugar in processed foods.
04/26/2010
Elodie Elodie
I eat locally and fresh when I can, but often that's just not possible. What kind of food someone's able to eat is tied to their income; not a lot of farmer's markets in poor areas. Also, when you don't have the room, time or materials to prepare home-cooked meals, you still have to eat.

Here is a blog I love: The Fat Nutritionist
04/26/2010
Hannah Savage Hannah Savage
Personally I do not make a conscious effort to diet. I am lactose-intolerant, so I avoid straight milk products, but yogurt and cheese don't bother me. There was a period of time about 3 years ago when my doctor told me to not eat any milk, added sugar or flour for two weeks... It was very hard. I was living mostly off of apples, peanut butter, oatmeal and baby carrots. The average person that would have to go through avoiding flour for two weeks can go through serious withdrawals and cravings for those simple carbohydrates. Since that medically-induced diet I don't eat a lot of red meat (although I love it), pasta or sandwiches.

I was just curious to see what other people eat

That's a very cool blog, Elodie. I'm totally going to check it out!
04/26/2010
Luscious Lily Luscious Lily
I grew up eating a very balanced, low-fat diet; I generally enjoy eating healthy. Unfortunately, I have a pair of issues that makes eating right hard right now: I actually eat too little fat (your body needs a certain amount to make all kinds of important things), but I have a hard time eating anything fatty because it kicks up my acid reflux. I have to find ways to keep my calorie intake low, while getting enough fats that don't irritate the GERD.

Being on prednisone for a month with severe bronchitis this winter messed up my metabolism; I packed on weight that month without much change to my eating habits, and now I have to try to fix my metabolism and get the weight back off. People keep telling me to "go on a diet;" what they don't realize is that my normal eating habits are what most people would consider dieting. Basically, a very balanced, high-fiber, low-calorie diet with minimal highly processed foods. As a college student with no access to a kitchen, I can't cook all my meals, but I do what I can.
04/26/2010
Mamastoys Mamastoys
My hubby and I are both diagnosed with diabetes and while he has been diagnosed for about 10 years, he didn't follow a diet. About 2 1/2 years ago, hubby had triple bypass and since then, we have both followed a low fat, low sodium, sugar free diet. I was diagnosed diabetic about a year ago and since I was already working on a diet, it was less stressful for me to change. Hubby lost about 70 pounds after his surgery and has kept it off and I lost about 30 pounds. We eat healthy, exercise, and enjoy a healthy sex life. I have converted lots of recipes to fit our diet so we can still enjoy desserts and main dishes that we used to eat. Lots of veggies and seafood are on our plates on a regular basis. We don't eat out near as much as we used to and when we do, we don't hesitate to ask for special things and have learned who is willing to work with our needs and who doesn't.
04/26/2010
Sammi Sammi
I do Atkins / low-no sugar. It makes me feel better, and I have a lot more energy. Unlike what most people think, it's not all bacon/steak all the time. It's helped me lose weight, and just generally feel better.
04/26/2010
Heather Heather
After gallbladder surgery about 9 years ago I’ve not been able to process fatty foods well at all. Red meats are out of the question, butter is a killer all other fats I need to be very careful I don’t get too many in a day. Not so bad but I did get carb overload and packed on some pounds. Which for other medical reasons need to keep my weight down. Now I make a real effort to eat and serve more whole foods, fruits, veggies, fish and chicken. I wouldn’t really call any of it a diet but a way of eating.
04/27/2010
Red Vinyl Kitty Red Vinyl Kitty
Quote:
Originally posted by Hannah Savage
I saw something on TV this past weekend about raw food diets, and I know there are so many more out there. Do you follow a special diet? Is it by choice, or was it a medical decision? Feel free to add as many details as you want, and I'm sorry if ...
I'm vegan. I do it because of personal reasons, as well as it just being better for my body. My husband is an omnivore, and eats whatever he wants whenever he wants it. I've always been lactose intolerant, and I noticed when I stopped eating dairy that I had no more GERD symptoms anymore. Rock on. I've been vegan for over a year now, and everything just tastes so different. I don't miss anything I used to eat.
04/27/2010
J's Alley J's Alley
I eat nothing from boxes...it is made from scratch. I do it for medical reasons, but I can survive with a normal diet, so it is also just because I want to.
04/27/2010
Miss B Haven Miss B Haven
I am on a gluten free diet. My doctor thought it would help with a strange medical issue I have been dealing with. I found it makes such a Big difference in the way I feel, act, and function. If I have even a bite of a sandwhich I feel sick, have trouble concentrating, and I am told I get really grumpy.
04/27/2010
Mamastoys Mamastoys
Quote:
Originally posted by Heather
After gallbladder surgery about 9 years ago I’ve not been able to process fatty foods well at all. Red meats are out of the question, butter is a killer all other fats I need to be very careful I don’t get too many in a day. Not so bad but I did get ...
I agree that what we eat is not a diet but a way of eating. We decided to make a major life change after hubby's surgery and have stuck to it pretty well since then. I think you have to look at any pattern like eating as a life style and not a diet or it doesn't last.
04/28/2010
JustYourAverageGuy JustYourAverageGuy
I don't believe in diets.. they are all fad's. The only way to lose weight is to consume less and exersize more. Granted making a choice to eat fruit over potato chips is a good one too.. smart eating is the best diet.

Diets that are temporary don't result in long term weight loss, and can actually cause weight gain. What people need to do is have lifestyle changes, and slowly change your habits so you can "diet" without feeling like you are.
04/28/2010
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
We had very few processed foods in my home when I was growing up. Dinner was always made from fresh produce. I had friends who would have pizza and popcorn for dinner every other night and I would be shocked because those were what I considered "party foods" or treats that we only got once a month or so. I never said no to vegetables because, the way my mom made them, they were just so darn delicious. I didn't understand how anyone could dislike them.

Now that I live in a college dorm that requires the purchase of a meal plan, it restricts most of my eating to what the dining halls have to offer. The veggies are boiled and bland. The daily "ethnic foods" are utter crap. The only things that taste the way they "should" (true to my previous experience, that is) are the dessert items. And even then, when half of what I fill up on seems to be baked goods, I'm still steadily losing weight because I'm used to eating only small amounts of sweets. I'm pretty sure that, whatever my daily nutritional intake is, it's not healthy. I'm not eating the way I used to, and I'm pretty sick of it. I can't wait to have my own kitchen so I can be at least be responsible for making the junk I put in my body.
04/28/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
I don't really follow a particular diet, I just try to eat things in moderation instead. I know it doesn't necessarily work for everybody, but it works well enough for me
02/08/2011
darthkitt3n darthkitt3n
I just try to eat low fat or sugar free foods. I also try to work on portion control. I will also buy foods that have extra vitamins or minerals added in to help make up for anything I am missing. Like, I buy Jif peanut butter with omega-3 added in, which helps make up if I don't get it from other sources or forget to take a vitamin or something. I've found that eating something made with healthier foods feels way more satisfying than eating junk food. I am hoping that taking care of myself now will help me from being like my mom, who is obese and has a ton of medical conditions, like diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep aphnea, weak bones, and the beginnings of Alzheimer's, which is something my grandma is suffering from pretty bad.
02/10/2011
onehotmomma onehotmomma
I eat what I want. I do eat healthy though =)
02/10/2011
Lady Venus Lady Venus
I don't eat anything that used to eat, walk or swim.
02/10/2011
Alura Une Alura Une
I eat what I want, and pretty much when I want and I am vegetarian. I don't feel like I'm on a restricted diet.

I crossed off seafood as a child. It is amazing that MY parents let me do this. I just suddenly couldn't stomach the taste and smell anymore. In middle school, I started reducing other meats for ethical reasons and decided that I felt better physically and kept it up.

Today, I will sample foods containing poultry on the very rare occasion, but I don't try it specifically for the meat. I really don't like it all that much. I am almost vegan as I buy soy milk and Vegenaise, and when out I avoid dairy and eggs when I have good alternatives. But I like some dairy products...I ate too much ice cream earlier.

I try to keep my weight low and try not to let it move much. What has helped me is avoiding sugary drinks and I try to not go overboard on carbs. That was a little hard at first when I needed to lose a few lbs. for something. But now it's just how I do things.
02/10/2011
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
I'm an "Other". I count calories on and off. Sometimes it feels a little neurotic, but when I don't keep track of everything I eat, I go way overboard and end up gaining weight. I try to get the most out of what I eat by filling meals and snacks with fruits and veggies.
02/10/2011
null null
I live on fried chicken and fast food, anything processed. I'm going to be huge once my metabolism slows down :/
I know I'm going to have to change my diet soon, I'm at high risk for diabetes, but planning for food is the last thing on my mind. I often forget to eat 3 meals a day...
02/10/2011
buzz buzz
Not diet for me! I a skinny beast!
02/11/2011
Anne Ardeur Anne Ardeur
Lactose intolerant.
02/11/2011
Naughty Student Naughty Student
I try to eat vegeterian mostly for the morals I uphold. I try to eat low fat bcs it's healthier but honestly, I eat what I want when I want. I love cooking and trying new things as long as they ar healthy. I hate wings bcs they are so greasy and fattening. I used to eat them all the time but I have been getting really naucious in the past year if ever I ate soemthing with too much cream/oil/fat. So I avoid those things.
02/11/2011
sophie2229 sophie2229
I eat whatever I want, but most people would consider what I like a pretty big diet hahaha
02/12/2011
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
I follow the "See food" diet, I see food I eat it.
02/12/2011
bayosgirl bayosgirl
Gluten free and as organic and unprocessed as possible.
02/25/2013
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