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Ten Diet Tweaks to Lose Weight for Life!

| Modified on Jun 03, 2022
Dietary Changes
Posted by Kaylee (Portland ) on 03/31/2022
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During the pandemic, I had gained eight pounds and for the first time my cholesterol went up. I read Cholesterol Down. Started eating doing the 5/2 then I went on to eat 500 calories three times a week it's so easy to do. I eat one meal a day around 2:00 pm and take my vitamins at the same time. I lost ten pounds, my cholesterol is normal, and I feel great.

Eggs +
Posted by Science (Cyprus) on 03/07/2022 15 posts
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As a researcher, I found this the best way to work on my body:

1) 2-4 eggs per day

2) Light cheese 16% to 17% (do not use higher fat cheese)

3) Limited sugar (use stevia instead), limit potatoes, limit spaggetti, limit flour. This means that these should be used as less as possible.

Results were amazing for me, since I wanted to lose 6 to 7 kilos and this the only food combination that worked for me.

2-3 Eggs Per Day
Posted by Cindy (NM) on 11/21/2021

How do you clean the bowels with a salt cleansing? I am constipated 100% of the time.

Plant-Based Diet
Posted by Tessa (Okanagan) on 11/21/2021

Hi Mama to Many -

Thanks for the update with your husband's weight loss.

Although, if he loses any more of his “insulation” and keeps feeling the cold, you may have to invest in some heavy-duty thermal long johns for his Christmas present!

I think you're right – one of the keys to success is having the odd non-diet meal. Everything in moderation (well, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas, heh, heh).

Speaking of which, have a very Happy Thanksgiving on Thursday!



2-3 Eggs Per Day
Posted by KS (IL) on 11/20/2021

Thanks for the info. I see it's about $90 and you need to prick your finger. So, I'll put a hold on it for now, but good to know. What's great is how you were able to do your own research quickly.

Plant-Based Diet
Posted by Mama to Many (TN) on 11/19/2021

Dear Tessa,

You hit the nail on the head. I think teamwork is very helpful to weight loss....and lots of other things! "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor."

My husband's weight loss had seemed to level off, but picked back up. He is now up to having lost 50lbs, in spite of a vacation in the last month! We took most of our food to an airbnb, but he had some planned diet splurges and did have seafood when we went out to eat. We went to the beach and he probably worked off anything extra between swimming in the ocean with the kids and taking walks with me. ;)

He has also taken the evening off the diet at wedding celebrations, etc. He still tries to be moderate in his choices and portion sizes.

One thing we have noticed now that the weather is cooler is that he is colder than he has ever been. He used to be hot natured. He has lost a lot of his insulation.

I have been trying lots of new recipes and a learned to make gluten free bread. (Minimalist Baker has a gluten free bread that is a bit of trouble but worth it! Not quite the same, but works well for sandwiches, toast, croutons, etc. She also has many other great sugar free, gluten free, vegan recipes that are not difficult to make. We have enjoyed all of them.)

Another teamwork story - a few years back my brother's friend wanted to lose weight. My brother is a marathon runner. He and his friend exercised mile for mile. His friend biked for each mile my brother ran. His friend did not make any dietary changes but over the course of many months he lost a shocking amount of weight. I suppose he burned calories and improved his metabolism with his cardio exercise.

~Mama to Many~

2-3 Eggs Per Day
Posted by KS (IL) on 11/17/2021

What is the machine you use that measures cholesterol? You seem to have done your research. I've also read about sugar causing cholesterol, and that eggs don't create a "bad" cholesterol. My biggest problem is bread though.

2-3 Eggs Per Day
Posted by Jgny (Thousand Islands) on 11/12/2021

Do you eat any whole grain bread? I eat eggs daily at least 2 and it has not had any effect on my weight. I include one slice of 12 grain bread daily, maybe that is the problem?

2-3 Eggs Per Day
Posted by MissM (NY) on 10/21/2021

This would be considered a keto diet. If you eat protein and eliminate sugar you will easily drop weight. Keto is more balanced than just protein sources like eggs. It's proteins, good fats coconut oil, olive oil, not canola oil, and vegetables.

No sugars or low to no carbs, which means no white foods bread pasta, sugar.

You turn your body from a sugar burner to a fat burner.

I don't think it was just eating eggs that was the miracle worker, you were eating better quality food.

Plant-Based Diet
Posted by Tessa (Okanagan) on 10/15/2021

Hi Mama to Many -

What great results for your husband after three months on a gluten-free vegan diet - losing 40 pounds, almost no snoring, lowered blood pressure, etc. That is very impressive!

It was interesting to hear how he was able to adapt so readily to this diet after being a meat-and-potatoes sort of guy. Maybe there's hope for me :)

I'm sure his doctor will be very pleased with the results when he gets tested again in January.

Kudos to both of you - you're a very good team!

Take care,


Plant-Based Diet
Posted by Mama to Many (TN) on 10/14/2021
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Hi all,

At a check up in July my husband had some bloodwork done. His bad cholesterol number was a concern. Due to a bad family history (his father died of a heart attack at age 37) the doctor wanted him to get a calcium score test done. Well the results of that were not good either. He had evidence of significant plaque in all four arteries of the heart. His doctor gave him two options - statins or a gluten free, no sugar, whole foods vegan diet.

Well, my husband did not want to go on statins. He is 55. We have seen what they did to our parents.

So he started eating vegan, gf, ns (no sugar). I, for the most part, have joined him. (Due to alpha gal allergy I can't eat mammal products anyway, and it wasn't much of a change for me.)

He has been eating this way for 3 months with very few exceptions. I have enjoyed being more creative with vegan cooking. I don't really feel like going to much trouble to cook for just myself, but I do love to make food for others.

He goes back in January for more bloodwork. I don't know how his cholesterol is or if this has improved the issue with plaque in his heart arteries. (I'll let you know, though! )

What surprised us both is that he has lost 40 pounds in the last three months, without even trying (about 15% of his weight.) He has had to buy new clothes.

This is the lowest weight he has had since our first year of marriage (1989.) He has been on diets before. He did the no carb/low carb diet 20 years ago (Atkins) a couple of times but he couldn't bear the diet long and he always gained it back pretty quickly.

My husband is a meat and potatoes kind of a guy. He loves a good burger. So he is surprised himself by how content he is on this diet. Eating out is harder but we have found options. He now loves Smoothie King. Chipotle works, too. There are lots of plant based meat substitutes that are close enough to the real deal that he says I could have fooled him. (I read a lot of labels as being meat free or dairy free doesn't necessarily mean it is particularly healthy.)

He eats oatmeal for breakfast nearly every day. I put bananas or fruit in it with erythritol/stevia sweetener. We have found that oatmilk in coffee is our favorite dairy alternative.

For lunch he eats hummus with sweet potatoes crackers, cashews, raw carrot sticks with guacamole. I send two apples with him and he eats them for snacks most days. Sometimes I have leftovers to send with him.

Dinner - chickpea pasta with a veggie marina, stir fry, beans and rice (with gauc and fried onions/peppers) etc. I serve lots of salads. I learned to make California rolls with brown rice.

He has a sweet tooth. I told him I thought it would get better and surprisingly it has. He does drink Stevia flavored carbonated drinks for a treat. He drinks a glass of wine with dinner a couple of times a week but has completely cut out beer (which went very well with burgers or pizza. :) )

His snoring has reduced by 90%, even when he ends up sleeping on his back.

His blood pressure has gone down and the doctor gave him the go-ahead to cut his blood pressure medicine in half. We hope he can get off of it eventually.

I have known him a long time. I have never seen him so faithful to a diet or so motivated. I am very proud of him. We are hopeful to move to sometime more Mediterranean down the road, as in, add in some chicken and fish.

I think there are many factors involved in the success of this diet for weight loss. He wasn't even doing it primarily to lose weight. He has not done any sort of fasting with it. He doesn't skip meals and eats when he is hungry. He snacks (on healthy stuff) when he is hungry and needs one. He has not increased exercise. He work in construction so he isn't sedentary, but he doesn't do much in the way of cardio. He may be eating less calories. The calories he consumes may be more efficiently used. It seems likely that he has less overall inflammation and perhaps that is a factor.

The weight loss has leveled out now, and that is fine.

Meanwhile, he said I could share his success story!

~Mama to Many~

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by KLB (Canada) on 10/06/2021

The headache is probably caused by the toxins that are escaping from your body during this process. Sometimes we get headaches or for the symptoms when we start to detox or start to get healthy. They shouldn't last more than 2 weeks maximum but it should start to feel relief quicker.

ACV and Baking Soda
Posted by Tony (Michigan) on 04/15/2021

An overdose of cranberry juice will clean your pipes out. I found that out the hard way after I drank a gallon of it during the course of a day.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cyndi (Brookings, Oregon) on 11/13/2020

Rinse your mouth out well and spit it out.

Dietary Products Containing Licorice
Posted by GertJr (Madison) on 11/01/2020

This guy ate like 6 bags of natural black licorice per day, excess in any estimation. And, since he was eating so much licorice, he did not eat other nutrients. What other obsessive traits did he have? Licorice, not licorice flavoring, is an herb that has definite reactions in your body. He self-harmed. He did not turn black, though maybe his mouth was black. As long as you don't overdo things, you should be okay.

Posted by Tea (NZ ) on 10/31/2020

Lol your comment to stop talking soy.... I thought the same thing. Read ages ago ted from Bangkok said to use soy capsules I think it was several times a day for weight loss and after fatty foods.

havent tried it but the apple cider vinegar three times a day and fresh ginger root all day sounds the go!

if nothing else apparently is anti aging for your face😁

Dietary Products Containing Licorice
Posted by Tea (NZ ) on 10/31/2020

Someone recently died from eating too much licorice over a week or so.... they changed from red to black lollies/ shoe laces and died!

True story.

Green Tea, Garlic
Posted by Bee (Tampa, FL) on 06/03/2020
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I would like to add a couple remedies for weight loss.

I am 38 years old and about 8 months ago I started gaining weight for no reason. I had not changed my diet. I went to the doctor to ensure nothing was wrong medically and they checked my thyroid and everything else. All was normal. The doctor felt my metabolism was slowing down due to my age. I tried cutting back on food and calories and still no weight loss. It was beyond frustrating. ACV did not help me and coconut oil was just plain gross to eat for me.

The only thing that was helping was a keto diet but as soon as I ate any carbs the weight would come right back in a couple of days. Who wants to live without carbs? Not me. I read about green tea and also saw a testimonial for garlic.

I know people take garlic to lower cholesterol but I had not heard about it for weight loss.

So I started drinking one cup of green tea during the day. And in the evening after dinner or before I go to sleep I chop up 3 cloves of garlic and swallow it with water. I am finally losing weight while eating regular food. Carbs and all. I have noticed that I lose more weight while doing the garlic/green tea combination daily, even though they both probably work on their own.

Exercise and Diet
Posted by GertJr (Madison) on 11/18/2019
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I have gained quite a bit of weight just over the summer, like 20 pounds, but I can't figure out why. My diet has not changed, and it's pretty strict due to my ibsd. We've had company at least once a month since May, but that doesn't change my diet all that much. All this to say, I don't know why I gained the weight. To deal with it, I have upped my exercise--I go the the gym and row for 30 minutes (sprints, 3 minutes slow, 1 minute as fast as I can) and then lift weights for another 30 minutes. I had only been walking daily before and continue the walking still. Also, I've had fever blister breakouts on the roof of my mouth for a month now. They heal and I get new ones. Just feel so run down and tired. I have never been a good sleeper and that has not changed, either. I can't figure it out. Any ideas? I had thyroid checked several years ago and he said it was fine, but should I try it again? What else could this be? I don't take any medications other than viberzi for the ibs and I've been on it since it first came out. I drink dairy kefir, 1 cup, as breakfast, then have cooked chicken and some vegetables usually for lunch (leftovers from last night's dinner) and then supper is mostly vegetables (2/3's of my plate) and some cooked chicken or fish. I've tried to juice in the past, but anything raw triggers my ibs and I can't function with diarrhea all day, so must eat cooked. Company brings goodies, so I may have a piece of cake while they're here, but not more than that and it's occasionally at most. No snacking. Looking at my calories in, I'm right around 1200/day and should not gain on that. (I think thyroid since my sister had thyroid issues and, seriously, ate only lettuce and still gained weight while in college).

Posted by Holly (Atlanta ) on 03/13/2020

Does this cause any kind of jittery feeling? I have anxiety that I am managing fantastically with magnesium therapy but I need to lose weight. I'm wary of things that can raise my heart rate or give me that caffeine-like effect.

Posted by MTucker (Long Beach, Cali) on 07/18/2019
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I started Resveratrol 3 months ago for weight loss in conjunction with a new diet (plant-based) and exercise. I take 200 mg capsules, three times a day. Lost a few pounds, but more remarkable to me is that my blood pressure is down, having good sleep, and super high energy during the day. I am extremely focused and getting a lot done because of it. Highly recommend.

Yacon Powder
Posted by Nat (Brooklyn, Ny) on 06/18/2020
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Yacon syrup/powder helps support weight loss and helps improve intestinal motility.

The powder is much better tasting than the syrup. (bought it online from a nut/seed distributor).

One teaspoon to one tablespoon can be taken before a meal (mixed into water or just taken as a sweet powder), a few minutes to an hour before the meal.

* Too much can cause intestinal distress/diarrhea, (sometimes noticed only a few days later) so the dosage should be adjusted accordingly.

Yacon also lowers hunger level, so that one needs to eat less. It is also a pre-biotic helping to grow good bacteria.

It has many other benefits. It helps against certain cancers. It is anti-fungal. It helps to lower blood sugar, to lower cholesterol, to lower blood pressure. It helps the liver.

Aloe, Slippery Elm, Castor Oil
Posted by Anon (Anon) on 06/07/2020
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Aloe Vera Gel, Slippery Elm, Castor Oil for Weight Loss / Binge Eating

When you are trying to lose weight sometimes the lack of sugar in the diet, irritating/inflamatory foods (like nightshades) or detox cause a sensation of pain or moodyness. Because eating seems to alleviate the discomfort people experience cravings.

Aloe vera gel, slippery elm, and castor oil, are soothing to the body and may therefor help prevent binging.

Taken internally, experiment to find what regimen works for you.

Consider also: poppy seeds, melatonin, wasabi, magnesium, MSM, calcium, molasses

Vitamin C
Posted by Anon (Anon) on 06/07/2020
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I have been overweight since gradeschool. Nobody pointed out that eating icecream every night before bed would cause weight gain... PCOS began in my 20s, from coffee? Chocolate? Birth control pills? Don't really know.

BUT!! High dose vitamin C has been *excellent* for exercise resistant weight problems!!!!, which was aparently a detox/edema issue.

I mix a couple grams of vitamin C with baking soda and water, let it fizz, and drink it. I don't even need to exercise.

I realized it was reducing my weight when I mixed it up one day (maybe with fresh lemon juice added) and for the first time kept adding baking soda until it didn't fizz any more. A few days after I noticed my thighs were much slimmer and firmer. I suspect it gave me kidney stones, though, so I use less now.

The vit c is making the weight come off in all the hard to lose places - belly, hips, thighs, face. Not sure if the baking soda is necessary. It might be. I like to mix in fresh lemon or lime juice.

Lasix and Slimfast (w/ hunger control) were also very effective for weight loss, but less healthy. Regular Slimfast always left me hungry, but the hunger control kind I would drink and not be hungry or tired or even want food all day. I used it for about two years, went from an 18 to a 14. I quit because of the sucralose in it.

If you are *very* desperate to lose weight though I would recommend it. Just make SURE you eat some fresh fruit or veggies every day to keep your bowels clean. And drink water.

I also recommend lots of garlic, cilantro, parsley, and turmeric for their detox properties.

When I was in gradeschool someone gave me diet soda ( Diet Rite if I recall) for the first time and I have a vived memory of how fuzzy and foggy my head was after. It was like just like static on a tv screen but in my head. I was formerly very energetic and cheerful but ever since have struggled. My grandmother drank a lot of the same diet soda and died of Alzhiemer's.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Karen (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) on 07/27/2018
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I am currently 75 pounds overweight. I have all of the symptoms of having a thyroid issue yet tests are normal. I am acidic. So I am taking the following daily:

flax seed, greens, a good multivitamin for 40+ women, a digestive enzyme plus ox bile with every meal, adrenal support, I stopped eating anything prepared and eat fresh veggies, fruit and lean protein. I also take 5-HTP and an herbal sleep aid. I make a tea daily with 2 litres water, ginger root, lemon, baking soda, ACV and honey.

None of this is making any difference. I usually have a protein shake with 3/4 c almond milk, a banana, greens and flax for breakfast with all of my supplements- then I won't eat much all day until 2-3 pm because I don't get hungry. I have been sleeping a lot. I have a hard time falling asleep at night then I can sleep until 12-1 pm if I am off.

I have battled with depression but the supplements help. I need to lose weight and get some energy, or I need to sleep and never eat to lose weight. One or the other I don't know what else to do. Exercise makes me gain. Help

5:2 Diet
Posted by Frances (Cabarlah, Qld.) on 07/20/2018

Here is a link to the 5:2 Fast diet. Healthy protein and low-carb side dishes recommended on fast days. Best not to weigh oneself until on this for 4 weeks. Most people lose approx. a kilogram a week.


5:2 Diet
Posted by Frances (Cabarlah Qld) on 07/20/2018

The 5:2 Fast diet was developed by Dr Michael Mosley, a BBC medical journalist. Calories are restricted on 2 non-consecutive days of the week; 500 calories a day for women and 600 for men. Mosley may have increased the calories since his book was published.

5:2 Diet
Posted by Wendy (Columbus, Oh) on 07/20/2018

I googled it, and found this link that describes it, among others: https://dailyhealthalerts.com/top-5-trending-diets-hit-or-miss/

5:2 Diet
Posted by Jillery (Rawlly, Nc) on 07/18/2018 89 posts

nice. what the heck is it?

Hydrolyzed Collagen
Posted by Tea (Nz) on 07/07/2018

There's more about serrapeptase on google than earth clinic, unfortunately. I have also heard people say that old injuries and problem areas get more painful as they get repaired and to bare with it.

Posted by Tea (New Zealand) on 07/06/2018

Indians, after giving birth, drink loads of fennel seed tea to drop the water and baby weight.... don't know if it works but my boss was made to drink it!

Hydrolyzed Collagen
Posted by Tea (New Zealand ) on 06/27/2018

Research: serrapeptase.... for some it gets much worse before it gets amazingly good!

5:2 Diet
Posted by Katie (Beverly, Ma ) on 02/02/2018
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I found the 5:2 eating program, I don't think it's a diet, here on Earth Clinic. I was feeling unhealthy and I don't think any strict diets work. I started in September of 2017 and am down 11.5 pounds. It's the easiest to follow and I actually look forward to my 500 days. I highly recommend!!!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Janet (Ca) on 11/02/2017
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I have hypothyroidism and for years I fought to lose weight. I tried every diet out there, exercised everyday for 2-3 hours a day. I would lose 5-20 lbs and gain it all back, plus some. I finally saw a dietitian and found out I was doing it all wrong. She explained that people with thyroid issues, can't digest food fast enough, if large volumes of food are eaten. So I was put on a six mini meal a day plan. I was also told no more than thirty minutes of cardio. I did this and very slowly the weight was coming off. I wanted quicker results and saw an article about ACV, baking soda, and lemon. I have hypertension and opted out on baking soda.

I started drinking 2 TBSP of ACV in 4 ounces of water, three times a day. Immediately the pounds started melting away faster with the program I was on. I went from 259 lbs down to 197 lbs in six months. Even my blood pressure dropped to normal, my cholesterol levels were normal, and the inflammation in my joints were gone. If not for weight loss....do it for your health. It's worth it!!

Dietary Changes
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 08/25/2017

Here is my 30 day report on losing weight. As I reported a few weeks ago I undertook one of those TV weight loss programs where you buy the food and they ship to you a thirty day supply. The following is the result .... primarily I am reporting on the health aspect of the program. I started at slightly below 240 pounds. That is 60 pounds heavier than I should be. My weight was kept under control until about 10 years ago and began escalating up year by year. The old ways I had to lose weight were not working....such as intermittent fasting.

So out of desperation I tried one of the heavily advertised TV "meals provided" methods. I bought in and included an extra for "shakes" as another filler to the meals but the shakes were part of the total allotted amount of food. So I ended up not really using the shakes.

So here are the health benefits and following are the warnings.

I have lost, in 30 days, 20 pounds. For me, I rate the food as a B plus. Better than I thought it would be. I did not have cravings or feel deprived.... feeling like, "I can't wait to start eating real food again." In fact, my portion control expectation is much better and the bad stuff is not even a temptation....such as, "I can't wait to eat french fries again." My blood pressure dropped 15 points. I'm now at 113/75 with resting heart rate of 58.

However, the warnings are serious: First, the advertisements show generous portions. They are definitely NOT generous and if it had not been for a trick my wife figured out, I doubt if I could have completed the program given my voracious appetite. Simply she made a vegetable stew (carrots, spinach, tomatoes, onions, celery...non starchy veggies) and that vegetable stew got added to the SMALL portions provided. That extra "free" vegetables was sufficient to make each meal (lunch and dinner) more "full" and like a real meal.

Another warning: If you order from one of these companies (I bet they all do it) you are set up as an automatic SECOND order unless you follow their cancellation rules. In the case of the company I bought from, their rule (stated in hard to follow language) was at the bottom of a few paragraphs and very easy to miss. It did not say: YOU WILL BE AUTO REORDERED unless you notify us within 14 days..." In my case we got an email after 3 weeks that the second shipment was on the way. We tried to cancel but the representative said there was a $125 dollar penalty (I thought it was $165, but my wife corrected me).

So watch out for the penalty. AND you have to cancel BY PHONE within 14 days after getting any order or you keep getting orders. AND you must make sure you keep your cancellation number; which is given to you by phone.

So my conclusion: I'm happy to lose the weight; just "eat out of the box" and the weight will come off ... and probably most people might have to supplement with "free" veggies to give enough food to make the thing work. AND the warnings about auto reorder/penalties and canceling by phone after your FIRST order arrives and making sure you get and keep your cancellation number.

Therefore in my case; Good outcome relative to food and lost weight....terrible company and policies.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 08/23/2017

This is an update on my attempt to lose over time 40 pounds. I had used a well known TV advertised food supplement program and complimented the food and the amount of weight I'd lost in the first two weeks of the program. I am a week away from reporting in total weight lost on the first 30 days.

But this morning I got a CURVE BALL from the company. They are AUTO SHIPPING a second order I did NOT order. The auto ship information was deep into a paragraph that you had to carefully read in order to spot the "automatic" reorder if you ordered the first time. To cancel the AUTO Shipping of a SECOND order, you had to cancel within two weeks of receipt of first order. Same with second order. And the representative told me that also you had to call in the cancellation...you could not do it by email. I said, Well, can I go ahead and cancel the auto order now? She said no, that I'd have to actually get the delivery before being able to cancel the third order. And I'd have to have a cancellation number given to me when I cancelled the order. So I have nothing in writing from Nutra...... that showed cancellation? She said that was correct.

But there's more confusion. I told the representative that I had planned to reorder two or three weeks into September when I experimented a bit on how my body was taking to the new eating style but that I wanted to change about 30 percent of the items and get different things. Then she said, OK, I can cancel the order and let you reorder now with me by phone.....I said, I have to tell you the items I want now? Yes. But finally after I complained that I felt pressured to choose the food items, she relented and gave me till September 17 to reorder before the penalty of $165 kicked in.

SO, since I complimented the Nutri....... program in my first post I feel obligated to warn people to go ahead and cancel within 14 days of delivery or get hit with an automatic reorder that you can't get out of without penalty.

All in all, I think this auto order stinks and is really a curve ball. Given that this group is a FOOD company, this experience really leaves a BAD taste in my mouth.

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Sharon (Middletown, Ct) on 08/10/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I have been taking a teaspoon of activated charcoal first thing in the morning since the weather got hot. It has reduced my appetite considerably, given me more energy and I have no BO! I have also lost a few pounds without trying. I love it.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 08/10/2017
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This post has to do with me trying to lose weight. It might not be "Earth Clinic" grade because it is not a full blown health issue but excess weight sure can become a health issue. Well, I've always had trouble with being overweight and have used a number of "dieting" methods to take off extra pounds. But in the past five years those methods have not worked and so in this past six months the weight has been such that I really was getting "out of control." I've used all kinds of methods...fasting, lots of ACV, various herbs, protein drinks, not eating after 4pm etc etc. Some of those worked in the past but none of them worked in the past four years.

So....finally, I gave up on "self help" and bought into one of those services where you order on line. I mean one of those prepared food boxes that you eat out of and....

I'm reporting in after 15 days on my "eat out of the box" venture. First, is it healthy? Well, I continue to supplement with vitamins; green drinks and multi nutrition powder cardio drinks. Second, the company I ordered from has digestive enzymes built into the program and has a good amount of fiber also. In fact, the problem with fasting is that after four or five days, the system stops eliminating in a regular fashion.

First, the results, mid way into the 30 day program I bought. I have lost 15 pounds. That's much more than I expected.

Second, when I dove into my first "lunch" I thought it was perhaps five tablespoons of food. That "little bit" was crushing but a lucky thing saved me from a quick rejection of the whole thing: My wife had finished canning a lot of fresh tomatoes the day before and she had used part of the tomatoes along with some onion and carrots to make a vegetable "stew" and I added to my paltry "lunch" her stew .... six tablespoons of the vegetable mix to the prepared package. And through the past two weeks I've often used the added vegetables to enlarge the portion. I would say to anyone, especially a guy used to getting large portions, use this idea to enhance the "small amounts" the company gives you. As the days went on, I found I needed less and less "extra" to give me more. You can have all the veggies you want...well certain ones.

After all, part of the strategy is to get the stomach to shrink so that less satisfies you.

I'll keep you informed as week three passes and finally week four. I hope to have lost 22 to 25 pounds by the end of 30 days...the amount of food I bought. But the key to this whole thing....the bane of any weight loss is...can you keep it off over time. I have high hopes because...I'm not eating as much nor do I want as much....I'm not famished for food at 10 pm before bed.....I'm not craving junk (chips, ice cream) .... and not craving my favorites (pastry stuff)....but biggest I don't feel driven by food.

Start weight...240...current weight after two weeks...225. Goal after two more weeks....215. That amount is much more than the company says is a norm. BTW, I have not increased exercise.

BTW again, I was told that the food tasted like sawdust but have been surprised that 90 percent is actually good, the rest being ok. Better tasting than I thought. And .... my "snack" tonight....chocolate chip cookies.

Oh, almost forgot...blood pressure dropped 15 points. Down to 115/77 with heart rate at 64.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Esther (Greenwich) on 08/10/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I have been taking apple cider vinegar for the past month to lose weight. It's working and I feel awesome. I take a teaspoon of ac vinegar in hot water with lemon when I wake up, then a tablespoon of it in my sports water bottle, which I sip all day. I have lost 4 pounds so far.