"Oh wow how are you losing weight???"

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  • MiamiDawn
    MiamiDawn Posts: 90 Member
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    I'm over explaining it. I just tell them I'm eating healthier. Most people don't get it. I spent a good hour on Saturday talking to a friend that was interested - particularly what I do for bread and pasta, and what he could eat since he doesn't do beef, pork, or chicken - so I showed him some recipes, directed him to some websites and - then when we went out for dinner, her ordered breaded shrimp and French fries and a bloody mary.

    I have found that most people want to know what you're doing to lose weight, but don't really want to actually do the work involved - as if you have a magic pill you can give them.
  • minties82
    minties82 Posts: 907 Member
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    I usually say "atkins" and only get interested questions, nothing negative.
  • JodehFoster
    JodehFoster Posts: 419 Member
    edited August 2015
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    Cincinnati chili has cinnamon and chocolate in it.

    Usually unsweetened cocoa powder though


    I use Baker's unsweetened chocolate in mine. It's a Greek creation, not really related to any Americanized chili. I could eat bowls of it...but won't *sigh*



    I like to answer with "diet & exercise" ...as if they are expecting you to tell them the "magic" bullet you've discovered.
  • Meeezonajourney
    Meeezonajourney Posts: 101 Member
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    A pinch of sugar balances out the acidic nature of the tomatoe. My mom used to do that with spaghetti and homemade tomatoe soup too. I myself do not
  • canadjineh
    canadjineh Posts: 5,396 Member
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    I don't know... I think tomatoes taste like candy, sometimes I find them too sweet - especially the little homegrown grape or cherry kinds. I tend to use paste tomatoes for most of my recipes as they have a lot of flavour without being too sweet or watery (I HATE tomato 'jello' & seeds in my food).
  • JodehFoster
    JodehFoster Posts: 419 Member
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    Gnulie wrote: »
    A pinch of sugar balances out the acidic nature of the tomatoe. My mom used to do that with spaghetti and homemade tomatoe soup too. I myself do not

    a pinch of baking soda will do the same, or a carrot...but the latter would be more sugary.
  • KnitOrMiss
    KnitOrMiss Posts: 10,104 Member
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    Gnulie wrote: »
    A pinch of sugar balances out the acidic nature of the tomatoe. My mom used to do that with spaghetti and homemade tomatoe soup too. I myself do not

    a pinch of baking soda will do the same, or a carrot...but the latter would be more sugary.

    I second the baking soda thing!!! I was going to say it. It actually balances the acidity, not just the acidic flavor. I need to remember that when I go to make up the last of that chili!
  • DianaElena76
    DianaElena76 Posts: 1,241 Member
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    Gnulie wrote: »
    A pinch of sugar balances out the acidic nature of the tomatoe. My mom used to do that with spaghetti and homemade tomatoe soup too. I myself do not

    a pinch of baking soda will do the same, or a carrot...but the latter would be more sugary.

    I did not know this--thanks!
  • kimberwolf71
    kimberwolf71 Posts: 470 Member
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    I also use baking soda when preparing my garden tomatoes for homemade soup. I would then scrape off the acidic foam. Makes a huge difference!
  • Dragonwolf
    Dragonwolf Posts: 5,600 Member
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    canadjineh wrote: »
    A rotisserie chicken, a large green salad, or a plate of bunless hotdogs are great. We can have chili if it is made with no honey, sugar, molasses or sweetener.
    What the *?! I've never heard of putting sweeteners of ANY kind in chili! No one I know here does that. A U.S. thing?? No wonder you'd be a bit worried about the 'kindliness' of your fellow parishioners.
    canadjineh wrote: »
    A rotisserie chicken, a large green salad, or a plate of bunless hotdogs are great. We can have chili if it is made with no honey, sugar, molasses or sweetener.
    What the *?! I've never heard of putting sweeteners of ANY kind in chili! No one I know here does that. A U.S. thing?? No wonder you'd be a bit worried about the 'kindliness' of your fellow parishioners.

    Um, not in my neck of the US. I've never had chili with sweeteners...... I'll have to ask this of the cooks at the next chili cook off.

    It's those that add BBQ sauces.

    Yeah, anything with BBQ or ketchup is going to have a lot of added sugar. The sugar balances out the acidic tomato and vinegar flavors without killing the acidity, which is what gives BBQ and ketchup their distinct, though not entirely pinpointable flavor/bite. Recipes that use molasses are also often going for the distinct molasses flavor and texture, giving it the more earthy undertones.

    It takes a fair amount, though, even for non-sweet recipes.
  • GaleHawkins
    GaleHawkins Posts: 8,160 Member
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    I ate a small piece of BBQ last night at a gather and it had to have had enough sugar to almost knock out a ketone reading. I am about to give up eating unknown source of food and make sure I eat before a pot luck if hungry.

    There is a near by grease spoon that have been know to dump sugar into the cole slaw.
  • DianaElena76
    DianaElena76 Posts: 1,241 Member
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    I ate a small piece of BBQ last night at a gather and it had to have had enough sugar to almost knock out a ketone reading. I am about to give up eating unknown source of food and make sure I eat before a pot luck if hungry.

    There is a near by grease spoon that have been know to dump sugar into the cole slaw.

    My mother-in-law's spaghetti sauce is like this. I never realized how much sugar she put in it until I started this WOE and then tasted it again.
  • minties82
    minties82 Posts: 907 Member
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    Itst amazing how sweet savory things actually are! My kids had some tinned spaghetti yesterday, which used to taste sorta salty and cheesy to me. I licked a drop of sauce off my finger and it was really sugary.
  • Schmeggly80
    Schmeggly80 Posts: 81 Member
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    I'm with @2Poufs on the snarky reply.

    If you are feeling particularly snarky: Would you say ask me how I was getting so fat if I was gaining weight? No? Then what makes you think it is ok now? That shuts people up about as fast as asking them if they have ever smelled cheese.

    Some other snarky replies:
    Tapeworms! You can order them online.
    Have you ever read the book "Thinner"? Well...
    Breatharianism. My prana sustains me.

    For people who I think are asking seriously because they have their own journey to begin, I tell them that I eat a ketogenic diet. If they want more info, I offer to lend them my copy of "Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It". If they genuinely care, they will borrow the book and read it. If they don't care enough to read the book, they will drop the subject on their own.
  • chaoticdreams
    chaoticdreams Posts: 447 Member
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    Oh the Thinner one....... That's epic LOL
  • ki4eld
    ki4eld Posts: 1,215 Member
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    Tapeworms! You can order them online.


    ded@tapeworms So. Awesome.
  • MrsMES10
    MrsMES10 Posts: 23 Member
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    I just usually say thank you and leave it at that, unless they ask what I am "doing." Then I say I am watching what I eat and work out most days. I've gotten a lot of grief from coworkers especially about low carb (they are WW evangelists) so I am a little gunshy about sharing a lot. If someone presses, I explain, but people rarely do.

    Otherwise, I enjoy my avocado-laden salads and bunless burgers in smug silence.
  • CJ0821
    CJ0821 Posts: 51 Member
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    All this chili talk makes me hungry. I haven't gotten to make the LC version yet... will I miss the beans? LOL... I pretty much say LC is what I do, and if people ask more questions I try to keep in short and sweet. I found everything I needed to know online, and it made a lot of sense to me! Trying to get people to grasp that our bodies are basically fat burning machines instead of sugar/carb burning machines is difficult. Especially when they're brainwashed with all that low calorie low fat mumbo jumbo.

    I was at the doctor's office a few days ago. The nurse said, "tell me about your diet". I responded with, low carb of course. She goes, "oh, that's not an option on my computer, I am going to put 'low-fat' because that is the same thing." I giggled, and said yea, NO its not the same thing, but you can put diabetic diet since its the closest thing to what I do on your little list.. You may want to mention in notes that I am NOT diabetic, and that I use LCHF as my WOE.. you may want to update your list because LCHF is a very effective way to lose weight, and stabilize your medical conditions. Needless to say, she gave me a witchy glare. It's not rocket science people.