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PACAROLSUE SparkPoints: (4,135)
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3/17/14 8:48 A

I eat healthy, but I overeat. I know that's a contradiction, because overeating is not healthy. But for the most part, my tastes have changed. Sweets taste sickenly sweet to me. I can eat cake, but if I eat the icing I feel like I want to gag, and I have to eat or drink something to get the taste of the sugar out of my mouth. Chips and pretzels have always tasted too salty for me. Ham and bacon, too.

After I read in depth about the benefits of vegetables, I started eating them more often and in larger quantities and now I am at the point where I crave them. Who craves spinach and kale? LOL

Many people like certain foods because of the way they are prepared with sauces and cheeses, etc. I quit using those and now I like the taste of the lean meats, roasted, baked or braised, never fried. When I cook I prepare sauces etc on the side that each person can choose if they like. I also order food without sauces in restaurants when possible.

So, your tastes can change. It takes time. Give up these foods for a while and eventually you won't want them anymore.

My weight problem continues because I overeat. I go back for seconds and clean my plate. I have no portion control. Even healthy food can be fattening if you eat too much of it.

SLIMTHICK2 SparkPoints: (83,876)
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3/17/14 6:56 A

definitely

LULUBELLE65 SparkPoints: (28,353)
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3/17/14 4:00 A

I eat healthy, AND I have treats. It's not an all or nothing proposition. I have been wanting ice cream all week, so Saturday at the grocery, I bought ONE ice cream bar. I took it home, savoured it, and then made choices the rest of the day that allowed me to have that ice cream bar and still meet my nutritional goals.

I love food, yummy food, good food, and I refuse to not enjoy eating, but 90% of the time, the good, yummy foods I eat are really healthy--Today's lunch is Greek salad with tomatoes, onions, chickpeas and cucumbers, plus a lot of fresh herbs, red wine vinegar and some olive oil. I can happily eat like that the vast majority of the time.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (101,558)
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3/16/14 7:48 P

Yes you can. I don't overeat as this is my lifestyle not something I practice when I feel the need to make a resolution or to loose weight for a special occasion.

CAPECODLIGHT SparkPoints: (53,215)
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3/16/14 2:10 P

It is possible, and there are many Sparker's to prove it. A nutritionist I saw told me to think of it as "practicing" a healthy lifestyle/diet. Practice will improve your achievements over time, but be prepared to make some mistakes. By thinking of it this way, I do not beat myself up as much when I make a poorer choice from time to time.
Instead of trying to be perfect, maybe pick one thing to change for a week, e.g., don't eat after dinner or walk 15 minutes a day - whatever is a stretch but achievable for you. Commit to it, and I bet you can do it because you don't have to do every thing just right. Over time, you can add healthy practices that will become permanent.
We would all like to lose the weight we have gained very quickly, but the reality is it isn't about the loss but fueling our bodies with nutrient dense, healthy food and moving our body more. Good luck! It is possible.

KELLEYBOO50 SparkPoints: (16,171)
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3/16/14 12:34 P

Its possible

ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (103,574)
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3/16/14 12:30 P

I'm at the point where the mere mention of cucumber slices or celery sticks makes me want to "toss"...................spinach and asparagus are the only greens I can tolerate at the moment. I wish some companies would "make" healthier foods that actually taste so good, a person would not mind just eating that way the rest of their lives. There is something fishy when we have to be coaxed and nagged, for years, to eat what is called "healthy" food, that fact right there tells it all, and explains why people go on and off eating plans. It's not because we "don't know" what is healthy or not.

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
3/16/14 12:00 P

It's perfectly possible and pretty easy, in my opinion, to stick to a planned way of eating, to always eat in a healthy manner and to never overeat.

But who wants to?

Would be boring & joyless.

My opinion, of course.

ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (103,574)
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3/15/14 7:45 P

On average, 95% go off their eating plans, no matter how bold the speech, that's just the way it goes...............used to it by now.

ANAMORPHOSIS Posts: 1,617
3/15/14 6:50 P

Nobody's perfect. I'll have a cookie now and then but don't keep a whole package in my house, just buy one. If you stay on track most of the time a little splurge won't hurt. It's the big picture that counts. If I overeat just put in more exercise.

GRAMMIEOFTWO Posts: 2,639
3/15/14 4:36 P

As I get older I have to eat less because my metabolism has slowed down. I try very hard to eat healthy exercise and I just do the best I can. I remind myself I am not perfect and neither is anyone else.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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3/12/14 10:15 A

I know both are very possible.

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,081
3/12/14 9:43 A

I think the attitude towards food has to change. I have worked pretty hard to stop thinking of food as a reward or a "cheat." It's all about balance and planning. I eat cookies, burgers and pizza at times, but I largely eat healthy foods that I have made at home. On a day when I know that I will be going out, I will eat a little more conservatively. Like today, I'm probably getting some form of takeout for dinner, so I'm skipping my usual afternoon snack and will try to eat lunch a little later, so that I'm not starving. I may have a bit of fruit if I get hungry. I'll still make it in my range for the day.

NIRERIN Posts: 12,279
3/12/14 9:21 A

if i told you to start walking around backwards for every even hour, top hop over cracks, to only take left hand turns on the way to work and spin every time you crossed a threshold, how long do you think you could keep that up? not very long, right? so why is it that when you do the same thing with what you're eating you expect to suddenly be able to do it forever? and then you get mad at yourself and beat yourself up because you can't keep it up indefinitely?
change is hard, especially when you're talking about something that is made up of so many little habits like eating it. it can take six weeks to change just one habit and how you eat is hundreds of habits all mixed together. yes, there are people who can do this sort of thing cold turkey, but you're talking about less than 5% of the population here. most people can't do it and trying to hold yourself up to that standard is kind of like being upset that you can't be an olympic gymnast. you can be mad that you didn't start gymnastics when you were 5, but there isn't a whole lot you can actually do about it now.
so stop comparing yourself to this ideal person that you want to be. it's fine to keep that as your ultimate endgoal, but start where you are. don't hold yourself up against some standard that you're always going to fail at. building up a streak of success actually helps keep you on track, which means setting goals you can actually attain. compare yourself today to where you were yesterday. compare this week to last week. don't compare today to your ultimate destination, compare where you are to where you were and see the difference. in other words, don't beat yourself up because you only had one serving of fruit a day this week and your end goal was to have five a day. celebrate that this week you had a serving of fruit a day instead of none that you had before. adding a serving of fruit a day is a step in the right direction. teaching yourself to cook with less oil is a step in the right direction. eating more vegetables is a step in the right direction. getting closer to your fiber/calcium/protein goals is a step in the right direction.
if journaling leaves you bored can you make your journaling work as a template for when you don't want to journal? in other words as you journal you find ways to create meals that fit your calorie needs. instead of just leaving them in the back of an old book, can you transfer the recipes to a list or index cards so that when you get tired of inputting information you can use what you have already figured to plan without additional work. let's use breakfast as an example and let's pretend that you're eating about 250 cals for breakfast. so you might make a list that has
- 2 eggs, a cup of broccoli, a teaspoon of olive oil, rosemary, garlic 230 cals.
- half cup oatmeal, a cup of almond milk, a teapsoon of peanut butter 255 cals
- whole wheat bagel and a laughing cow wedge 240 cals
- 1/2 of a 5oz container of greek yogurt, 1/8 cup granola, 1 cup mixed berries 240 cals
or each thing on that list could be written on an index card for when you don't want to journal, you can just grab a card and follow the recipe because you've already done the work to make it fit your calorie needs. you can also include the full recipe that you need to use or more nutrition information if that would make it easier for picking when you don't want to track. that way you're using all the work you have already done when you don't really want to do more. and when you feel like properly tracking again you can add more options to what you already have. if you find yourself bored of what you do have, make a note of what you choose instead and when you feel like working again, find a way to make that off choice into something that fits the ranges and the macros you need it to. so if you're running to a fast food joint for french toast sticks you could find: an eggwhite sandwich at the place you usually go that's better for you, a muffin that hits that sweet spot that you could have with peanut butter or yogurt that's closer to where you want to be, cinnamon toast and a hardboiled egg at home.this way you're slowly tweaking where you're off into where you want to be.

DMJAKES Posts: 1,624
3/12/14 8:23 A

Anarie, that's a really good idea. It could even be a colored rubber band that would just remind you to think and then choose. I might have to try that!

ANARIE Posts: 12,527
3/12/14 12:36 A

Well, to start with, stop calling it cheating. Cheating means doing something that gives you an unfair advantage over other people or tricking another person out of something that they should have. You're not doing that. No one else suffers because you eat something unhealthy.

What you're doing is making a choice. When you're trying to lose weight but you eat too much, you are choosing not to do the work it takes to lose weight.

Try doing something silly like writing the word "choice" on your hand with a magic marker. Then every time you reach for food, you can see it and remember that you have a choice about whether you're going to work toward weight loss today, or put it off another day.

If other people are likely to see the ink on your hand, you could get or make an inexpensive personalized bracelet instead. It could say something other than "choice"-- maybe "choose health" or something like that. The point is to have something that reminds you that you're not powerless. It's just a decision that you need to make.

REBCCA SparkPoints: (279,369)
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3/11/14 11:48 P

Yes, I have been eating healthy and maintaining for ten years.
I am still finding ways to improve. I believe overeating is caused by not getting the nutrients one needs to fuel their body.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/11/14 6:30 P

Is this food in your house? Or are you stopping to get Big Macs?

If it is in your house...get rid of it. Easy Peasy. If it's in your house, but is your husbands box of Chips Ahoy....you will know that you are kinda stealing your husband's food.

If you are stopping to eat/grab food cause you are out and about and you are simply hungry...start bringing nuts or protein bars with you to stave off hunger.

The easiest thing for me is to simply not have it in the house.

--MEOW-- Posts: 3,371
3/11/14 6:24 P

Yes, I'm like that sometimes.... I guess the only solution is to keep tracking everything you eat. Even if you eat something you shouldn't.... yes, it's boring but it's definitely worth it.

It doesn't matter if you eat something you "shouldn't", really... just track everything and as long as you stay within your calorie range you will lose weight.

SHERYLDS Posts: 12,476
3/11/14 6:15 P

the more you avoid processed foods, sugar, salt, and unhealthy sources of fats and
the more you include whole foods in your eating, the less cravings and insulin fluctuations you will have. It isn't just in your mind....the food industry uses unhealthy amounts of sugar, fat, and salt, to keep customers coming back for more. It's your choice to retrain your taste buds to enjoy healthier levels of sugar, fat and salt, and give your body real nutrition in a healthy number of calories. Tracking is a primary aide in doing that by letting you plan what you think you'll be having (ballpark) and letting you see how the numbers spread out. What you don't know (about what you are eating ) can hurt you. It's not just the relationship with food, it's also not acknowledging what/how much we are eating

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3/11/14 5:59 P

Do you think a lot of the overeating is because we see food as an enemy? When I was in grade school many, many years ago the kids picked on me because I was overweight. I remember that so well. I remember I overate to hide from boys or so I thought or to feel better about myself which I did not. It just became a cycle, a big yo-yo. Now, I am trying to work through it with a nutritionist and it's been such a slow process. It doesn't happen fast losing like it used too since I am almost 50.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
3/11/14 5:53 P

I had that problem too one time. But I changed my attitude about food. Now for me it's about fueling my body with healthy things. when food became my friend and not my enemy it all changed for the better

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3/11/14 5:49 P

No matter how hard I try, I eat healthy or try too and then I eat something that I should not in a day. I try to journal but I get bored. Journaling does help though stay on track. I feel guilty and hopeless when I cheat and eat unhealthy. I realize though it's all a pattern. I get too hard on myself and I eat too much. It's like a cycle that can't be broken. Does anyone ever feel this way or am I the only one because it sure does feel like it.

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