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2,361 4/23/14 8:45 A
I'm well familiar with the allergy issue. My fav food for feeling full is beans. Black beans, kidney beans, all of them are filled with fiber and protein. I add them to my veggie wraps and they are good. If you can have tomatoes, one of my easiest recipes is a can of rinsed black beans and a can of fire roasted tomatoes. Cook it til they mix and you have a great entree for dinner or lunch. Then it makes a great wrap with the leftovers the next day--just add some carrot shreds, lettuce or cabbage, and whatever else you like.
Sure, you could go and make a tortilla with a veggie burger, some jicama, shredded carrots some hummus or low fat dressing. There are a million things to do, eggs are just my go to for when I am feeling lazy. You could use tofu, chicken breast, nutritional yeast, lots of things.
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10 4/19/14 7:34 P
Thanks for the continued advice. I also forgot to mention that I have food allergies--I'm allergic to milk, eggs, nuts, peanuts, and shellfish (the nuts I mentioned earlier were soynuts). Any tips for things that I'm not allergic to? I'd love to be able to eat eggs and nuts but unfortunately I'm not that lucky.
I looked at your tracker and imo, you don't eat much. I bulk up my meals with lots of fresh/cooked vegetables and fruit, low fat proteins and complex carbohydrates. I ate a median of 1260 calories a day this past week and have never once been hungry. That bread you are eating doesnt have a lot of nutrition in it but is pretty high calories. You could eat a couple of eggs and a La Tortilla Factory Smart and Delicious flatbread thingy for about the same amount of calories as that bread and you would be full. Get some healthy fats into your diet with olive oil or coconut oil. It really satiates hunger as well.
It can be hard to start eating healthy. It is harder to stay on a diet if you are hungry. I am pretty good at eating lots of delicious foods that are healthy and filling and I keep my tracker open if you ever want to take a peak.
Fitness Minutes: (2,723)
10 4/19/14 12:52 P
Thanks MissRuth! I didn't even know I could share my tracker, but I went ahead and did it. I also put in the amount of calories it said I had been burning and it in fact did change my calorie range! I knew something had to be going on, I have been way too hungry and I haven't been losing anything because my body seems to have locked down. Thanks so much for your help and let me know if you have any other ideas!
Could be a couple three different things at work here. When we first start out (or start over or whatever), suddenly restricting our calories can be really hard. Sometimes it's better to get an idea of how much we "normally" eat, and then gradually over a few weeks' time, cut the calories back til we're eating within our range. I started out by just cutting out the sugary dessert-type stuff and most junk food-- even though I was still eating over my range. Sort of worked my way into, staying within my range.
And then too... we need to consider if we're giving Spark an accurate (or, as accurate as possible) estimate of the calories we burn each week through exercise. Do you track your exercise in the Fitness Tracker? When I started out, I told Spark that I was sedentary and only planned to do a little 10 minute walk, 3 days a week. I ended up actually going over that almost immediately-- and was starving all the time. I needed to update my Fitness to reflect what I was actually doing. (Which increases your range to eat.)
And also.... it could depend on the types of things you're eating during the day. Getting some good, solid nutrition and balancing out those carbs, fat, and protein grams. Planning a good snack before bedtime, that includes carbs, fat, and protein. Plus getting enough fiber. Drinking enough water. Sometimes thrist masquerades as hunger.
If you could share your Food Tracker for a while, you'd get some more specific suggestions about the types of foods that would help you keep from feeling hungry.
Fitness Minutes: (2,723)
10 4/19/14 9:28 A
I am just getting back on the wagon for the 2nd time with Sparkpeople (although 3rd or 4th time dieting in general) and I have been doing well at everything but eating inside my calorie range (cacluated by Sparkpeople). I get right up to the top of my calorie range before I go to bed, and then in the middle of the night I wake up with the most extreme hunger pangs I've ever felt. I feel like I'm dying of hunger. Last night I had to eat 300 extra calories before it would stop -- dried fruit and nuts didn't even put a dent in it. I weigh about 171 and I'm being told to eat between 14 and 1600 calories a day, roughly, and I do three hour long classes of Bodypump (weight lifting) a week. I don't appear to be lacking in any nutrients at the end of the day. Is my calorie range not big enough? Is my body fighting especially hard now that this is the 4th time I've put it through this? Help!
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