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SANDRACOLATO SparkPoints: (24,992)
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1/8/14 3:36 A

Hi there! THanks all for your replies! You are all right, it is true that it takes time and that the most important part is to change little and consciously to a healthy life style… that includes every now and then a small portion of the things we love. Thanks all for your help, yesterday and today I ate lot of fruits and veggies and I didn't over indulge :D so yey! I will continue my healthy lifestyle. As you have all said is just something small the thing.

Thanks a lot!!

And a have a nice day!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (194,549)
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1/7/14 11:18 A

Hi, Sandra !

As I tell all new members and anyone who will listen to me,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

You don't have to give up your favorite foods to be healthy. The fact is, chocolate, pringles, a cupcake, soda, etc CAN all be a part of a healthy lifestyle as long as you are mindful of the portion size.

Good health isn't about deprivation. It's all about watching your portions. AND if that portion size may have been bigger than you wanted it, that doesn't make you a bad person or an unhealthy one. don't try to be perfect. you don't have to be perfect to be healthy.

Don't beat yourself up because you wanted some chocolate. I eat chocolate every day. I just try to watch my portion size.

IVYLASS SparkPoints: (215,849)
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1/7/14 11:16 A

One bad meal is not going to undo all your hard work. You can enjoy dessert in moderation. You are still making healthy choices so it will all work out in the end.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,194
1/7/14 7:30 A

Satisfy Your Chocolate Craving...just chose the right kind of chocolate...The flavonoids in dark chocolate help reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain the ability to use your body's insulin efficiently. Dark chocolate also has a low glycemic index, meaning it won't cause huge spikes in blood sugar levels and the magnesium in chocolate helps prevent type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart it's good for your heart and colon. Pick some dark chocolate like Ghirardelli cocoa 86% Dark Chocolate, not as sweet as the 72% one, but it is so intense that 2 small squares are all you want....chose the lower-in-sugar kinds and indulge in moderation.

Maybe try this for a treat...Chocolate-Almond Butter Fondue
In a microwave safe bowl combine 2 tsp. of dark chocolate chips with 2 tsp. of almond butter...microwave until melted about 20 seconds, add 5 second intervals... if needed and then when soft... stir to combine...Dip in Fresh Strawberries.

Skip the crisps, instead try air-popped popcorn....It has protein, minerals and vitamins… and lots of fiber and not hydrogenated oils. Popcorn is one of the healthiest foods anyone can eat!

Maybe try Artic Zero ice milk...150 calories for the whole pint...the chocolate is really good. Expensive ...I think it's $4.99 for the pint but worth it in my opinion as it is almost guilt free.

Here is a good link about veggies and fruits

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 1/7/2014 (07:33)
CERTHIA SparkPoints: (22,539)
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1/7/14 5:10 A

Whoa! I can't imagine eating a diet omitting vegetables.. It certainly could not possible be very healthy, even if the calories were controlled. Sounds to me like you are on your way the right direction now. Eating chocolates and crisps now and then won't change much. Don't let it discourage you.

Edited by: CERTHIA at: 1/7/2014 (05:10)
SANDRACOLATO SparkPoints: (24,992)
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1/7/14 12:19 A

Hi! Well you are right, it is true. I guess that I panicked because I've finally got the right eating and by this I mean that before entering spark people, when I did some diet, I didn't actually ate any vegetables or fruits (maybe 1 or 2 portions of fruits) and then, when I finally understood what healthy eating was (2 months ago) it was like a epiphany and so I guess that I just don't want to go back to the dark ages when I have so little time of actual change.

Still, the answers and support are really great! Thanks a lot for sharing :D

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (241,163)
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1/6/14 5:59 P

I think one thing you need to remember is the 'life happens' - there will always be occasions, whether it be birthdays, Xmas, weddings, or just an evening out, where you will have maybe a little more than planned, or more than the normal 'allotted' calories. I have done this many times, and in fact, I allow for it in my normal diet. By this I mean that I allow myself a day every couple weeks to eat whatever I want with disregard to calories. It hasn't prevented my reaching my goal - I lost a bucket load of weight. It hasn't stopped me maintaining for three years, either.

Just remember, the meal out was ONE meal..... ONE day. There will be many more to help you achieve what you feel you need to. Just be careful that your goal isn't too low for your height. People often have an 'ideal' in their head, which is actually too low for them. This in itself can cause (or at least contribute to) yo-yoing.

Good luck,

CERTHIA SparkPoints: (22,539)
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1/6/14 5:37 P

Pringles happen. Chocolate happen. You don't have to panic over them. Eating chocolates or pringles does not mean you are slipping into yoyo mode, it's just _one_ night of less than 100% healthy eating.

I would just put it in the past, relax, and move on with normal healthy habits. Just a few days ago I ate a huge serving of soy ice-cream and toffee at night, really busting my calorie budget. Today I had veggie sticks with dairy-free dip instead, staying in range. I'm not yoyo'ing, just living a life where I don't always make perfect choices.

SANDRACOLATO SparkPoints: (24,992)
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1/6/14 4:21 P

Hi there,

Lately, I've been winning the battle. I've been eating lots and lots of fruits and at least two serves of vegetables (I want to eat more but Im trying baby steps). Yesterday I went to eat to a japanese restaurant with my parents, everything was ok I ate pretty healthy… Until I had dessert and then a chocolate crepe and then a bunch of Pringles…

I know that Im learning and that I won't be perfect and that the important part is that if I slip, I go back immediately to my routine (and I have, today I had a nice breakfast and I don't want any grassy, sweet or junk food). But I'm still a little bit worried, I don't want to go back to an endless yo - yo diet or binge eating.

I will go to the gym in the night to lose some stress and Im reading and writing a lot.

Maybe is nothing and Im over thinking it, is just that I thought that it would be good to share this so that someone can tell me some ideas.

Thanks a lot!

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