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    Greek Yogurt vs. Coconut Cream/Manna??

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    I am relatively new here, but doing remarkably well with the lifestyle so far. I have two things I do regularly that should probably be more in the 20% side of nutrition than the 80%: I regularly eat some sort of dessert about an hour before bed and I regularly have a whey protein shake for my breakfast meal.

    In an ideal world, I would completely eliminate dairy and fruit (and powdered food) for maximum weight loss and health. But if given a choice, would one choose to top some frozen berries with Coconut Cream/Manna or Greek yogurt? (I love them both and KNOW I'm addicted.) I recently ditched the yogurt (full-fat Fage, of course--heaven...) for the coconut because I thought it spiked insulin too much? What do I know? I'm sure the coconut is doing similar things, right?

    Also, I see NUMEROUS posts about whey protein and the whole gray area of "Primal-ness." I usually don't crave protein in the morning and find a low-carb whey shake gives me some protein AND is convenient. Has anyone had luck with weight loss using shakes regularly, or am I shooting myself in the foot? Again, too much of an insulin spike?

    If anyone has any advice or stories to share, I would be VERY grateful.

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    Greek yogurt & coconut manna aren't even in the same deliciousness category. No fair making that judgement! Personally, I choose the yogurt. However, if you're worried about dairy, there are plenty of online tutorials for making your own coconut milk yogurt
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    Have you tried berries with toasted coconut flakes and a pinch of cinnamon? Now that's heaven!

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    Thank you both for responding! Dr. Bork Bork (funny), I actually prefer the yogurt but wondered about the insulin spike--and right before bed? Not sure if any "dessert" is good for me in that respect.

    And Glamorama, I will have to try the berries with the toasted coconut flakes. Sounds delicious! (It would probably save me some extra calories as the coconut cream is really coconut-crack!)

    Do either of you (or anyone else out there) know if the coconut is better for you than the yogurt (in terms of it's effect on weight and blood sugar)? And have either of you (or anyone else out there) know if whey shakes can help facilitate weight loss instead of gain?

    Thanks again for the replies! Much appreciated!

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    I am a T2 diabetic if that helps your curiosity at all. I think dairy makes it more difficult to lose weight, but not impossible. I limit my dairy consumption to a couple cups a week (and usually in the form of HWC & Fage Total).
    I also have no guilt about enjoying whey protein. My favorite is Isopure Zero Carb & Isopure Low Carb. Both use stevia as a sweetener. They are helpful in the fact that they help me keep my carb count low and satisfy my sweet tooth at the same time. I also use them to make pancakes, waffles, and crepes. Recipe on my food blog in my sig below.
    Dunno if that was helpful info for you or not.
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    Yes! Very helpful, thank you! My weight has been increasing, sadly, since going on hormones and thyroid. So, I'm also trying to "clean up" my diet, as well. I was thinking my desserts and shakes were probably not helping, so it's good to see you have had some success with weight loss while enjoying them in moderation. Again, so appreciative for your response!

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    Just be mindful of what you eat. Everything in moderation. A lifestyle that eliminates life's simple pleasures is no life at all. Just make sure your "in moderation" really is in moderation. Limit once a week. Keep your fruit to 1/2c/week, and dairy consumption very low to nonexistent. The bulk of you diet should be veggies, meat, and fat. The rest is just fluff. If you want to be lean & mean, eat veggies & meat. If you want to be fluffy, eat fluff.
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    I only do an evening snack 3-4 times weekly, and always before 7.30 pm. Any later and it affects my sleep. If you are watching your weight i would skip the yogurt and manna and just do the flakes or toasted almond flakes instead.

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    Thank you both! I kind of figured my evening snacks were a bit late and probably not the right thing to eat. I will definitely modify things and try the coconut flakes/chips instead--just earlier. And, Bork, I hear ya...my "moderation" can really get out of hand and become overload very rapidly.

    Thanks again! L.

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    A few foods that are okay that won't interupt sleep are: bananas, cherries, almonds, yogurt, etc. you can do more research on this. I know personally I usually have a tablespoon of Fage or Almond Butter w/ half a banana or 1/8 cup berries about 1-2 hours before bed. It just helps me sleep better than on an empty stomach since I eat dinner so early. Each of us is different....
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