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From: Raine (the original) (216.25.212.25)
Subject:         Apple & Oatmeal Diet = constipation?
Date: November 18, 2009 at 1:21 pm PST

Dear Mr. Novick:

I've been away from veg*nism for a while (married) but I am now returning. I am 44, 5'7", have type 2 diabetes, and take many oral meds to help control my blood sugar. I was at 202 lbs this summer. My husband walked out and I lost down to 192 lbs due to stress, I think.

So I am getting back to veg*nism, and eating for weight loss and to control my sugars. Money is tight, as always following a split. I have been a McDougall disciple.

I have been following my Apple & Oatmeal Diet for about a week or so. I am down to 189 lbs. I require myself to eat at least 1 cup of oatmeal and at least 1 raw organic apple each day. Sometimes I eat a pear, while we have good pears. (D'anjou, thank you). I can, of course, eat as much oatmeal as I want to. I don't eat more than 1 apple, because I don't much care for fruit.

I've added in different things, salads, beets, sweet potatoes, broth-based soups, and even a greasy noodle dish at Benihanas, to eat for the rest of the day. I try to watch my portions and not just eat to stuff my mouth.

My blood sugar this morning was 96. Hooray! I'm hoping to lose weight over the next year, goal of 150, which sounds like a fantasy to me. (But I must create a healthful way of eating where I can eat that way for years and years, for the rest of my life. )

But my bowels have not caught on. I have had only small output since this change. Should I just wait for my intestines to adjust? Or is it time for some other treatment?

Any other thoughts or advice?

Raine (the original)
(I was here when VegSource came over from the VeggiesUnite! site. Long time.)

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