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Hi Mel, and welcome!  I am very excited for you that you have found us.  Thank you for your positive words.  We wish everyone would find out about our program as soon as antidepressant and other related meds are prescribed - hopefully the word will continue to spread :-)

I applaud you for all you have done to lose weight with all of the factors related to your medications.  Clearly, you are someone who takes charge to take care of yourself. 

I suggest starting the program in Phase I.  If you find you're not hungry for any of the recommended snacks, or if you find the portion sizes are too big and you can't finish them without being uncomfortable, you can eliminate or reduce snacks or portion sizes, respectively, as you need.  If after one week you keep eliminating snacks or you keep eliminating portion sizes without going hungry, you could switch to Phase II (instead of staying in Phase I for the entire 2 weeks).  However, do take things slowly and there's no reason to rush into Phases II or III - the idea is for your body to get used to this way of eating and to give yourself time to establish the habits and rhythm of the diet.

Please keep us posted on how things are going for you on the program, and let us know if there are ways we can support you - all the best,
Ask Judy and Nina / Starting this program after a 50 lb weight loss, where do I begin?
« Last post by Mel on March 14, 2018, 07:46:56 PM »
I have spent the last 2 years on a great diet program that allowed me to lose 50 pounds. The first 30 pounds came off and stayed off for a year,  The second 20 pounds came off while I was on Prozac and now the weight is creeping back on...I can't stabilize my weight.
I was on Prozac for 15 years and that is when I gained those 50 pounds.  I came off the drug, started the weight loss program, lost 30 pounds, but after a year I had to go back on the Prozac again. The second 20 pounds has been a real challenge because of the Prozac.  I have been searching for years for help with this Prozac related weight gain and libido loss to no avail.  I am INCREDIBLY excited to have found your book and I finally have hope that I can manage my depression and my weight. My question is, I don't know where to start your Serotonin Power Diet?  I don't have major weight to lose (only the 6 pounds that are creeping back on from my 50-pound weight loss). I just want to continue my healthy eating, maintain the weight I am at now,  but increase my Seratonin production.  Do I start in the final phase?  Thank you for your years of research and discovery on this important issue!  I just wish I had found you soon (and wish my doctors had!!!). With Gratitude, Mel
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Recipes and Food Tips / Re: Eggplant Parmesan
« Last post by NinaFrusztajerMD on February 28, 2018, 11:33:58 AM »
Hello, and welcome!  It's wonderful you're reading labels and being thoughtful about the diet - and that you're reaching out with questions.  All good: you're taking care of yourself and taking charge.

Eggplant parmesan is typically made with a lot of fat so in general, going forward, I would avoid eggplant parmesan - but sure, vegetable lasagna without the cheese should be fine.  Keep reading labels as you're doing!  And yes, eating rolls is a great way to get the carbs you needed. 

I'm really glad things have been going smoothly so far - that's wonderful.  Please keep us posted on anything related to your experiences on the diet, and we're definitely here to answer more questions, etc. 

Recipes and Food Tips / Eggplant Parmesan
« Last post by LMGiddins on February 25, 2018, 09:48:40 PM »
In the book, it states that if I want to have pizza then I should have a vegetable pizza and remove the cheese. And also to make sure itís under 350 calories for the carbohydrate requirement.  My family rarely orders-in pizza or eats frozen pizza however, on occasion we heat up frozen eggplant parmesan or frozen vegetable lasagna. Iím in the Serotonin Surge Phase.  If I removed the cheese and kept my serving to 350 calories, does that fit the diet? Iím only harping about it now because I had eggplant parmesan (and removed most of the cheese) this evening. I read the nutritional label and saw that it only had 21 grams of carbohydrate for the portion I ate so I then ate  a dinner roll in hopes of compensating for it. I started Week 2 today and everything has been running smoothly until I had dinner tonight.
Ask Judy and Nina / Re: scale won't budge
« Last post by NinaFrusztajerMD on February 09, 2018, 06:18:00 PM »
Hello and welcome!  Thanks for writing in.  It's wonderful you've got an exercise program in place, and I also applaud you for trying something new to lose what you've gained since taking Lexapro. 

Generally, we find our clients and readers lose weight at a rate of about 1-2 pounds per week.  It's variable, though, and I strongly encourage you to stand back and look at the overall weight loss trend over time.  If you look at several months and you've lost 12 pounds, that's fantastic.  Some weeks you may lose 2 or 3, or more.  Just don't get discouraged if some weeks you don't lose, and there may even be some weeks when you gain a pound or 2 for a variety of reasons - stick with it during the challenging times!

You can ask us questions about how to tweak the diet to make it work for you, or ask questions about how you're following the diet.  Definitely try to notice how eating certain foods makes you feel - you know your body best.

The more weight someone has to lose, the faster the weight loss.  You may lose at a rate of one pound a week overall which is excellent.  The keys are:

- controlling your appetite so weight loss is comfortable and you don't feel deprived
- incorporating foods you like again, so you don't feel deprived
- planning ahead for meals and snacks
- mixing up your exercise routine and incorporating aerobic exercise (being in the Northeast, I get it that at times sidewalks are icy and the air is frigid!  Dress accordingly and walk safely - better yet, walk or jog indoors)
- be kind to yourself and stay connected to people who make you feel good about yourself
- try to get back on track going forward if you veer off track rather than beating yourself up or completely getting sidelined and throwing in the towel - you don't have to be "perfect"

Ask Judy and Nina / scale won't budge
« Last post by rkhaleel on February 09, 2018, 04:32:07 PM »
Hi.  I started Lexapro in December of last year.  After I went to 20mgs, I put on about 10 lbs.  when my dosage was increased a second time, I put on another 8.  I have tried everything to lose it under the sun and the scale won't budge.  I do pilates 3 times per week with a trainer as well as diet.  This is day 4 of the Serotonin Power diet for me.  I am very anxious to see if this works.  When can I expect to start seeing results?  And is there a coach/mentor type of person that I can talk to about whether I am doing this correctly? 
Bipolar Disorder/Depression Medication / Re: Forced To Choose
« Last post by NinaFrusztajerMD on February 09, 2018, 12:59:03 AM »
Hello and welcome.  Thank you for writing and sharing your story.  I am so glad you have found us and our book. 

So many people have had a similar experience to yours, with no answers from professionals to solve the dilemma you describe: having to choose between mental and physical health.  I so hope The Serotonin Power Diet will allow you to have both as it has for many people!

I assure you, many of our readers and clients who have gained a significant amount of weight find that by boosting brain serotonin with the proper schedule of eating and the right foods, their cravings are controlled, they can eat less while still feeling satisfied, and they lose weight and keep it off. Making changes in eating and keeping up some form of movement (you can build up your exercise gradually) can feel challenging at times but controlling cravings by boosting brain serotonin can make it all possible.  We wish all prescribing health care practitioners of psychotropic medications would prescribe The Serotonin Power Diet along with the medication!

If you find initially your appetite and cravings are not under control, consider following the menís portions until your cravings and appetite are under control and then gradually reduce portions, meal by meal, to the Womenís portions.  If you do that and by the end of week 2 you have not reduced fully to the womenís portion, consider staying in phase I for an extra week or 2 until you are following the Womenís portions.  If you are losing weight on the menís portions, consider staying with the menís portions until your weight plateaus and then reduce portion sizes.  The main point is, eat to control your cravings and give your body time to adjust if you need to otherwise if you feel deprived constantly you wonít stick with it and risk bingeing.

Youíve taken a great step getting our book (thank you for doing so), and I hope it leads to many more steps to feeling good about yourself - believe itís possible because it is. 

Bipolar Disorder/Depression Medication / Forced To Choose
« Last post by LadyG on February 06, 2018, 12:57:37 PM »
In the 10 years I have been taking Cipralex for anxiety disorder I have gained 200lbs.

The only time I can lose weight is by taking less medication or coming off it entirely. While taking the meds I could literally eat from the moment I get up to going to bed at night. Nothing makes me feel full or satisfies me. When I alter my medication to lose weight, the resulting self hatred when I see myself as I am is enough to drive me to exercise and lose weight.

This comes at a price, usually  episodes of despair and anxiety. Iím utterly fed up with having to make a choice of physical or mental health. The doctors literally have no idea what to do about this and a visit to them usually results in me feeling worse.

I have just bought this book hoping at last it might just be able to help. I would so appreciate any messages from people with similar experience. I feel my life is just passing me by.

Ask Judy and Nina / Re: New to SPD & Questions
« Last post by NinaFrusztajerMD on February 05, 2018, 07:36:40 PM »
Hello - I'm glad my response was helpful, thank you for letting me know. 

Please be hopeful and give yourself time to adjust to this way of eating, learn what works for you, to get into a rhythm, etc.  Just by being mindful of your eating and how certain foods make you feel is a positive step that I applaud you for. 

Here's to feeling your best,
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