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GETRESULTSMDMEE
Posts: 1,340
4/15/13 2:32 P

I eat every 3-4 hours or when my stomach growls.



WICCANMOMWIFE
Posts: 42
4/15/13 12:48 P

Thank you for the replies!
I don't mind the basa fish. It doesn't taste like fish, and I use some tasty herbs on it as well. I need to work on dealing with the texture of fish. It's not terrible, but it's definitely not like chicken! I would really like to get white fish in though, I find the pink fish is the strong tasting ones.

I did buy some shaved light turkey breast and lettuce and plan to make wraps with it. I'm trying to avoid bread, rice, potatoes, and pasta. Pasta is my absolute favorite and I can't stand the taste of the whole wheat pastas. I haven't had any in over a week, but I definitely plan to at least limit myself and continue to make my own sauces.
I have spinach, kale, strawberries, and blueberries I plan to make smoothies with as well. And bought a couple cucumbers to add to my water, among other things like salads, etc. I also bought a sweet onion salad dressing. Low in calories, fats, etc. It was actually healthier than the balsamic vinaigrette and I know I like it.

I will see what suits me best when it comes to how often to eat, thank you. I do know there are a lot of things I need to work on, and that eating healthier isn't everything. I have a hard time feeling motivated to exercise even 30 minutes a day. I do walk my son to the bus and pick him up from the bus, 4 blocks total, but it really doesn't feel like nearly enough.
I ended up feeling hungry last night around 11pm and decided to eat simply because I wanted the hunger feeling to return. I dropped about 5lbs during the 2 days of not eating. Not healthy at all.

Anyway, thank you all again for the tips and advice!!



SUNSHINE6442
Posts: 1,749
4/15/13 10:45 A

WHY EAT SOMETHING YOU HATE? Maybe try 2 slices of deli roast beef which comes in at around 150 Calories...or maybe try Oscar Mayer Shave turkey slices....6 slices around 60 calories....lean cuts of meat with the word Loin in them..like sirloin, pork loin...a center cut pork chop is only around 200 calories...Broccoli is good, green beans, tomatoes, cucumber slices, a few black olives for healthy fats...."all Whites" egg whites" are fluffy...I scramble them with onion or green pepper slices...1/2 cup of the egg whites are around 60 calories...and these dont have that awful yellow dye in them.

Eggs are a low cost and low carb source of protein and other nutrients which are around 74 calories each. All sorts of berries are low calorie and low glycemic, pears, peaches, plums, apples, 4 walnuts, 20 almonds...these are all good snacks.....I, personally eat every 2-3 hours to keep my blood sugar balanced and then I don't crave food or sweets.




CMCOLE
Posts: 2,667
4/15/13 9:18 A

take a look at the SP menu suggestions.
stop looking at being healthy as a 'diet' because you'll get in the mindset that it has an end date

How often to eat is up to you - some people live on three meals; no snacks. Others on six small meals; others on somewhere between the two. Decide (or discover) what works best for you.

Find things you love in the line of protein, vegetables and fruit; mix up the seasonings so it's always different; experiment.

However, forcing yourself to eat something you hate will only lead you to despair, discouragement and disaster



SLIMMERKIWI
SparkPoints: (120,996)
Fitness Minutes: (32,364)
Posts: 21,018
4/14/13 11:28 P

My tip would be

* to NOT be so restrictive with your eating plan

* deal with your stress. It is possible that you may find it very beneficial to talk with your Dr about whatever is going on and ask for a referral to a Therapist. They are very good at helping us to sort out our baggage, and learn to deal with it in a healthy way, rather than eating (or not in your case), etc.

It sounds to me like perhaps you may have lost the ability to recognize hunger - a lot of people under stress shut the signals out. Below are a couple links that may be helpful:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_arti
cles.asp?id=757


www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=593


Because you aren't wanting to eat, I would be inclined to put some nuts and/or dried fruit into your pocket and mindlessly nibble on them during the day, until you appetite returns. If you aren't really that keen on fish, why not try chicken, or turkey, or lean red meat?

I would be inclined to eat a little every couple hours at least until your body starts to recognize hunger. Try to get some dark green-leafed veges in as well as others, so that your choices resemble a rainbow of colour. Make sure that you ALSO get in some healthy oils - Olive Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Avocado and Nuts all provide good quality oil. A hard-boiled egg makes a good snack, or part of a healthy meal.

Kris



CORTNEY-LEE
SparkPoints: (50,060)
Fitness Minutes: (42,944)
Posts: 2,982
4/14/13 11:26 P

First, don't force yourself to eat things you don't like! Fish does not offer anything you can't get from another source. If you don't like fish, don't eat it!

I eat about 6 times a day. I have never been one to sit down and eat a huge meal, so I find it better for me to break it up and enjoy my food in mini meals throughout the day.

Make sure to set up your Spark account. Plug in your goals to get a calorie range to work with. You want to make sure you are getting at least 1200 calories a day unless you are being medically supervised by a doctor. Skipping meals won't help you and will cause more harm than good.

My food trackers are public if you would like to take a look at them. My dietary needs are a little different than what yours would be, but it may help you get some ideas.

Best of luck my friend



WICCANMOMWIFE
Posts: 42
4/14/13 11:08 P

I stayed away from the scale for a month after going from 142lbs to 120lbs, and realized I had went back up to just over 130lbs. I had also been stuck at 120lbs for months.
So, I want to start a diet. I went shopping today and bought a bunch of different veggies and some basa fillets. Basa is one of the only kinds of fish I can stomach. I do not like fish. At all. Broccoli has been my main veggie lately. I was thinking of a fruit/veggie and fish diet. Lots of lemon water, sometimes lemon water with lime and ginger. Green tea as well. My down fall is coffee. I'm a huge java junkie, which includes sugar and coffee cream.
But with this diet, I was wondering how often I should eat. I assume I should be having fruit for breakfast, maybe greek yogurt, which I love. What about snacking and meals though?

I've been so unhappy with myself lately that I skipped eating yesterday and haven't eaten today either, I'm also not feeling hungry. (I have been taking vitamins at least) Stress has also played a key role in this too. The 2 days prior to that, I had a single meal of boiled carrots and broccoli, and a half a fillet of basa fish.

Any tips or anything would be wonderful please!



 
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