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  1. I’ve been buying 365 beef jerky from Whole Foods. One ounce contains 5 grams of sugar, which is a lot when you’re trying to restrict total sugars to 25 grams and can easily eat the whole 3-ounce bag for a snack. I’ve tried a couple of varieties without sugar but not liked them.
  2. Has anyone found a good brand of beef jerky that does not contain added sugar?
  3. I have to admit that I didn’t notice the other flavors were missing because I only buy chocolate.
  4. What drives me nuts is that my bra size changes every ten pounds or so. Six years out, I still can’t seem to manage a stable weight, but am big enough that I need a bra with serious infrastructure —in other words, expensive. I’ve lost ten or twelve pounds in the last year and just bought all new bras because last year’s bras were gapping.
  5. Some good ideas in this thread. I just picked up some deli chicken and sandwich wraps, which hadn’t occurred to me before.
  6. Lately I’ve been cooking for one and getting really tired of making meals, or even food, for that matter. When it’s time to eat, it’s really easy to just have something like a spoonful of peanut butter and an apple, which leaves me starving an hour later because it wasn’t really a meal. Or I’ll order a pizza. Or just swing by that drive through window. I’ve been sometimes prepping several salads at a time and stashing them in the fridge. Plain Greek yogurt plus fruit is a staple. Beyond that, I really need some ideas for healthy meals for one that require little to no effort.
  7. Bypass. Sometimes quite unexpected foods make me feel overfull. Today it was blueberries with plain Greek yogurt. Earlier in the day, shrimp and broccoli had been just fine.
  8. I’ve just started taking glycine—a non-essential amino acid that’s supposed to help with inflammation. Too early to say if it’s doing anything, but at least it’s in the category of things that are unlikely to hurt.
  9. I’m six years out and still don’t really ever feel full, which can be frustrating because it’s easy to eat a wee bit too much and wind up feeling really uncomfortable. The amount it takes to get there varies depending on what the food is, what time of day it is, and probably which way the wind is blowing.
  10. Are you taking an antidepressant? They’re notorious for causing weight gain. After my husband died, I gained a bunch on Zoloft and couldn’t lose it until stopped taking it.
  11. I knew about the issues finding protein—I’ve toted cases of protein bars around the world—but was unaware that we are more vulnerable to travelers diarrhea. I’ve been lucky so far and will be super careful in the future.
  12. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here—I’m more than five years out, gained a lot of weight from Zoloft after the death of my husband, and have now lost most of it again. Anyway, a problem I’ve had since my initial weight loss, and that many of us seem to have, is a sore tailbone. Now, after years of traveling with a memory foam cushion, I finally seem to have found the solution: yoga. Yep, yoga. A month of “gentle” yoga classes three times a week and I can, for the first time in years, sit without pain. And I’m not even very good at it yet!
  13. It's been a long time since I've had a Quest bar but I bought some at an airport GNC recently and found them to have a much softer texture than I remember. They also seemed sweeter. I am not a fan of the change.
  14. I'm a bit late to the party, but think a pouch test is a fine idea. I've gained 25 pounds since my husband died and I went into don't-give-a-crap mode. If I eat carbs like a normal person, I gain weight and I'm perilously close to that 200-pound mark.
  15. Whenever I'm in Japan, I notice that almost nothing has artificial sweeteners. I've seen Coke Zero at a hotel that caters to tourists, but that's it. Obesity is pretty unusual there, in spite of a rather starchy diet and fabulous bakeries everywhere you turn. Is there a connection between the lack of artificial sweeteners and the low rate of obesity? Maybe not, but it does make one think.