What Am I Eating Wrong?

United States
March 17, 2009 8:31pm CST
So, I've been sick since last week. I think it's just a cold, maybe the flu, but today I started feeling really light-headed and dizzy at work. I don't know why but I figure it is just because of my head being all clogged up. I've been taking sinus medicine and tylenol. Now, for the past couple months I've been dieting. I've been trying to watch what I eat(I try not to consume more than 1,600 calories per day, but even if I go over a little, I don't beat myself up over it) and exercise. I have lost 30 pounds in 2 months. Now, I don't consider this a bad diet. I'm eating healthier, I eat low-calorie and I eat more than enough to keep my stomach full. I drink mostly water also. Now, there is a lady that I work with who I think is kind of jealous about my weight loss. Any time I have ever tried to diet she has always made comments about it. Sometimes they were very rude comments like, "Well, how long is this diet going to last?", etc. Now today, I mentioned about how I was feeling light-headed and dizzy and she said, "It's because you aren't eating right". I said, "It has nothing to do with how I'm eating". She said, "Well, you aren't eating right, so that is what it is". I said, "I'm not eating anything bad, I'm eating healthy and I eat all the time". How am I eating wrong? I eat low-calorie, I eat a lot of stir-frys with rice and vegetables, chicken, and shrimp. I eat low-calorie cookies, chips.....I eat sandwiches, vegetables....I eat a little bit of every food group so how am I eating wrong? Do you think this lady is just saying this because she is jealous?
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42 responses
• United States
18 Mar 09
It sounds to me as if this woman is a busy body and has nothing better to do then try to bring people down to her level. One of the things that occurs when you switch your eating habits, especially if you are going from a heavily processed diet to a non processed diet is that your body will detox. You'll have flu like symptoms until your body is back to a normal cycle. This can last a few days or a few weeks, and is very normal. The light headedness you are experiencing could possibly be low blood pressure or low blood sugar. You may want to monitor both just to figure out which one is going on. The best way to combat a dizzy spell is to sit down if you can and eat something that is a complex carbohydrate and a protein. If it is your blood sugar this will help you stabilize it. If it is your blood pressure you may want to speak to your doctor. If the blood sugar continues to be a problem I'd recommend talking things over with your doctor just to make sure you are not hypoglycemic. It sounds though that you are doing all the right things. Though, your weight loss is a tad quick so be careful just how much you are loosing. The average safe weight loss is around 2 pounds per week. You're loosing almost double that. Just keep an eye on it. Hope this helps a bit. Namaste-Anora
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
18 Mar 09
I'm glad I caught your comment here Anora....I've been doing a bit of a "detox" to eliminate anything and every food that contains High Fructose Corn Syrup...I recently did some research about it and wrote an article about it and never realized how one, how bad it's for you and two, just how many things have it...not just sweet things...I've been eating healthy all along and really don't get too many processed foods, but even a simple thing like bread can have HFCS...so now I'm reading labels like crazy..even got an organic type of ketchup that has none of it...but now I seem to be more tired lately so I'm chalking it up to my elimination of it from my system..does that make sense?
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• United States
18 Mar 09
Pye- We're slowly working on getting it out of our diet but like you said it's in everything. It's even in the brand of yogurt we both love! It's sad too, because my husband (Awen) just read a study a few weeks back speaking about how HFCS causes your body not to produce insulin, leaving you diabetic. So the researcher's solution in this article? To create a pill that will target the gene that is inhibited by HFCS so that it will produce insulin. We were both like "Why not just order HFCS taken out of all foods?". Good job to you for being able to get it all out. And yes, detox isn't fun, but the good thing is it does go away. Namaste-Anora
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
18 Mar 09
Yes, like I said I did an in-depth research about HFCS and couldn't believe how many food products have it---then of course you no doubt heard that some of the HFCS had levels of ...gasps...mercury in them...one part of the process is to concoct this "brew" in vats with mercury in them...so makes you wonder if all along we've been consuming that as well for years and not know about it...the FDA isn't exactly "swift" about getting knowledge out to the public Even though it's more expensive I'm trying to get more and more organic type processed foods...oh, and yogurt...I love it but that has HFCS in it too.
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@roxa19 (115)
• Romania
18 Mar 09
i think she is jealous. in my opinion, you eat well. i don't think your diet is wrong. if you still feel dizzy the next days, maybe you should go see a doctor. i kept a diet for two weeks, only with cabage soup and i started feeling bad, so i gave up. it wasn't a good diet.
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@jillhill (37379)
• United States
18 Mar 09
Right....if the dizziness continues then go to a doctor and see what's up...might be a bug you can't shake!
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• United States
18 Mar 09
Yeah you are eating fine if not you would have been feeling this way much earlier if you changed you diet two months ago. Keep eating healthy you'll feel better after you get rid of the flu. My boyfreind and my son have both had it no fun. I had a cold and I felt the same way it's just being sick thats causing it. Feel better and Congrats ont he weight loss!
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• United States
18 Mar 09
As far as the diet itself I have no idea, I've never been on a die before. However I've heard low calories are supposed to be good but what I meant was if she's already been on the diet for 2 months it's unlikely that it will start to take that affect now.
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@ancy114 (102)
• India
18 Mar 09
s i think tat lady s jealous on u .... n all can reduce their weight ... now u look more smarter then before tat might be d reason .... moreover t's good to ve balance diet buddy ..but never ever skip ur food..tat's not good for health eat balance diet tat's good for u n for ur health.. cheers!!!
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@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
18 Mar 09
Sugar, corn and by products, white foods (white rice, white potatoes, white flour) are things that not only make us gain weight but also hurt the immune system. Look into that. (So leave out the cookies and chips). I eat low-carb bread and wraps, low-carb pasta (Dream Fields is great!), do not eat white rice, white potatoes, sugar, anything made from corn. I do not exercise enough to lose weight but I rarely am sick and if I am, it lasts two days, at most. Do you take any supplements? What do you eat for breakfast? That has a lot to do with it, too. Look for a book called Protein Power. It is, what I consider, the perfect way to eat.
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@messageme (2821)
• United States
18 Mar 09
I don't think she is saying it becuase she is jealous. She could be right. With dieting you have to make sure you are still getting enough fiber, iron, calcium. You may be watching your calorie intake, but are you getting enough of the needed ones? Such as the ones I mentioned. I am thinking with dizziness you could be low on either fiber or iron. I can't remember which one it is. Also make sure you are getting your vitimins too. Do you take a daily vitimin to make up the difference in the calories?
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18 Mar 09
Is the lady in question someone who needs to diet? If so, then perhaps you are correct and she is jealous. It really doesn't sound as if you are eating incorrectly ... and by the way GOOD FOR YOU if you have managed to loose all that weight. It's not easy to change your eating and exercising habits so 'hats off to you!' Carry on as you are and when you are a size 10 (UK) you can turn around and tell her she is eating incorrectly! All the best - keep it up. Violetdreams
@syankee525 (6293)
• United States
18 Mar 09
pop sone zinac, and drink some gator aid. help to put the stuff back in your body
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• United States
18 Mar 09
This woman sounds negative & a hater. She is just plain Jealous!!! Sounds to me like you are eating all the good things. My mom she would diet during Monday to Thursday & then Friday, Saturday & Sunday eat what she wanted in reason. She would have her sweets on the weekends only. She didn't over do it on the weekends or anything it was her reward time. I am thinking about going on that kind of diet. I read somewhere where those diets are good diets because you trick your metabolism into high gear. But your diet sounds OK to me....you have already lost 30 pounds, great job.
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@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
18 Mar 09
I think your lightheadedness is due to the medications you are taking. Sometimes sinus medication can make you feel sleepy or dizzy. If it had anything to do with your diet, you would have felt something before now, since you have been on your diet for two months. Sometimes, people say things before they think, and this woman is probably a little jealous because you are looking so good. She sounds like the type, that if you said high, she will say low. Pay her no mind, and keep on doing what you are doing, because it is working for you. Hope you feel better soon.
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@Nhey16 (2518)
• Philippines
18 Mar 09
Hello singlemommy, Congratulations on your weight loss. That is what's important, the will-power to get and do what we want for ourselves. Just ignore the people who are jealous of your will-power, they are not worth your time...
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@Jennlk84 (4216)
• United States
18 Mar 09
I wouldn't be surprised if that's why she's saying this. Maybe she too is trying to lose weight and hasn't been successful? Women get jealous easy. It happens to a lot of us. As for your dizziness though - I've had that problem in the past. Sometimes it can be due to dehydration. I know you said you're drinking water, but make sure you're definitely getting enough in each day.
@walijo2008 (4646)
• United States
18 Mar 09
It sounds to me like she may be jealous, she sees that your doing something about your weight and your health, and that its working, and deep down she probably wishes she could do the same, which I don't see why she couldn't. There are people that are like that, they don't want good things to happen for you if their feeling bad about themselves, I think she's just trying to discourage you, but don't listen to her, keep doing what your doing, its working. As for feeling sick, you may need to see a doctor for it if its been going on for awhile now, you may getting some kind of inner ear infection it will make you dizzy and lightheaded also, its all probably because of the sinus problems your having, I don't think its from anything your eating like your co-worker seems to think...Have a good day
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@suzzy3 (8352)
18 Mar 09
No she is not jealous she is concerned and so am I.If you are feeling dizzy or light headed then something is wrong increase your calorie intake by 200 extra a day at least even if you get more excercise might be a better option.You are losing weight to quickly it is dangerous. Slow down a bit ,don't stop just slow down.xxx
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@jillhill (37379)
• United States
18 Mar 09
Yup! It's a totally nasty thing. When my first book came out I had lots of people say and do nasty things because they were jealous...now I have three books out. I didn't let them stop me from seeing my dreams come true....even my sister...the oldest one....was so jealous she was hard to live with.....so yes....she might be jealous of what accomplishments you are making! Stick with it girl! congrats again on the weight loss!
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@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
18 Mar 09
You deal with all kinds of people when you enter the weight loss world! LOL Sounds to me like your inner ear has your equilibrium screwed up. You may need to check with your Dr. and see about getting some anti-biotics. Inner ear infection will casue the same symptoms you are describing and nayway if it was your diet you would have known about it before 3 months. Tell her to get back with you when she finishes medical school.
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@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
18 Mar 09
I think that your head is probably full of congestion, right? That can make you dizzy, especially if you have pressure behind your ear drums. It sounds like you're getting all the nutrients you need to be healthy, so you stay with that food program and enjoy the continued improvement in your health and appearance. Get a decent decongestant and don't listen to that jealous witch.
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@pergammano (7691)
• Canada
18 Mar 09
I don't know whether she is jealous...but just from reading, I truly think that she has figured out how to "rattle your chains"~~~~"pull your strings." She knows how to get thru to you, and you keep reacting, and some people are so miserable in life, they love to see everyone else miserable, so she is doing her best to take you down with her! This is the time/place in your life, you take everything she says "with a grain of salt." I would be kind/polited but discourage any interaction with her....and I truly do wonder if you are letting her "in on" too much of your personal life, so arming her with information to use against you! It is the season for colds & flu's to be going around..and you may have a touch of the flu! Good luck! Cheers!
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• Canada
18 Mar 09
Why would she be jealous of your weight loss?
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@mods196621 (3629)
• Philippines
18 Mar 09
Your kind of foods are fine and it makes abig help to your health. My advice is maintain your exercise, eat fruits and water intake. As well as eat vegetable, fish which is rich in protien, eat a little pork all foods eaten in the right way are good. Don't eat too much with colesterol content. As I read your diet there is nothing wrong it's good enough. If your feeling doesn't change you better consult to your doctor for advice. Tell them what you exactly feel. How about your sleeping habit or time? did you sleep late at night or you took only 4 hours? Try to check your sleeping time and habit because it will affect also to your health condition. Take some advice friend... take care!
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