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MRSOLIVER455 Posts: 801
2/9/13 9:39 A

I haven't cut out a whole lot from my diet, I just portion control. But I have pretty much cut out fast food so every now and then I miss McDonald's french fries or a Wopper Jr but I know that what I'm doing is going to be better for me in the long run!

KISSFAN1 Posts: 6,257
2/9/13 7:08 A

I eat a lot of things that I like/love but what I miss at times is just eating with abandon. I don't mean to the point of gluttony, just eating as much as I want of something and not worrying about it. Of course I would rather be at my goal weight/healthy, but I do miss that sometimes.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
2/8/13 10:21 P

Nope, never. I know I can have it if I want it, I don't deprive myself. I'm making a choice, and I can chose junk if I want it. I just don't want it very often anymore because it doesn't make me feel good. Even when I was on holiday for 3 weeks and was giving myself permission to eat junk food I still preferred a salad.

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2/8/13 7:49 P

I don't miss anything, because I still enjoy some of those foods in moderation! Don't be scared, just start by making little changes instead of changing your whole diet in one day. Baby steps!

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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2/8/13 5:28 P

I don't miss food because I still eat. I've learned to cook and am in the kitchen constantly preparing all sorts of fab dishes that I'd much rather eat than the foods I used to eat. I love food more now than I did when I was overweight. I also eat a lot more than when I was overweight. More often, better quality foods and more of it because it's not loaded with empty calories.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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2/8/13 11:32 A

Sometimes I do. There are some things I just don't do any more because they were detrimental to my health. One of them is stopping a fast food places even when on my way home to supper. I 'forbade' my car to ever drive into those places. And yes, I do miss it at times.

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SBURDEN Posts: 10,584
2/8/13 11:28 A

I too don't give up foods, I eat them in moderation.

SOCCERTAZ SparkPoints: (32,168)
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2/8/13 9:53 A

I never gave up the foods I like. I just eat it in moderation and limit how often I eat it. For example, I love my mac and cheese. I used to eat a whole box in one sitting. Now I eat one serving and save the other for another day. I also used to eat it at least once a week, now I only eat it every couple of weeks.

Just watch what you eat and take it into consideration on your tracker.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,403
2/8/13 9:48 A

I agree with SLASALLE, I never gave it up completely. I don't eat it as often and I don't really want it that much anymore.

Small changes are the best when it comes to eating plans. And some day the food wont have the same hold over you

PUNKADOO Posts: 146
2/8/13 9:31 A

I'll be honest. Yes, I miss some of it. But like another poster said mostly I miss being able to eat as much as I want whenever I chose.

BUT I don't miss the guilt. I don't miss feeling gross and what I would miss more is feeling great about my progress.

I still falter, a LOT. And I have even found ways to binge and go overboard on healthier options (it can be done, LOL). Overcoming the habits that got me where I was is a long process. About once every six weeks I plan an "off the wagon" day. I still track it (mostly, it's hard to know exactly what goes into everything) but I stick to or increase my fitness on the days surrounding it and that day. It takes the edge off of the guilt. On the same token, if I take a day off from working out, I keep my calories on the low end of my range.

Telling yourself that you "can't" eat something seems to be a recipe for failure. Telling yourself that you can put it off may help.

The biggest enemy in this journey has been my own mind.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
2/8/13 9:01 A

My mind may miss the "junk food" that is a fact. But my body doesn't. it actually talks back to me when I eat something that it doesn't like. My body loves fresh fruit, juices (which i do myself so no sugar unless you consider the sugar from the veggie or fruit itself), veggies, nuts and seeds. it loves smoothies and makes sure I know it when I don't eat them.
Yes, my body gets a treat every now and then. The raw community has some amazing desserts. I get apple cobbler, "cheesecake", tiramisu, sorbet and ice cream (no dairy in this). I control what goes in it so I control the sugar.
You will find no white sugar in my house. You will find no white or wheat flour in my house. I have complete control.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,231
2/8/13 3:32 A

My old friend, junk food, got me fat and unhappy. Not really much of a "friend".

The thing about SparkPeople is, you don't have to give up anything. Like other people have said, you can eat (or drink) anything you want to, in moderation. When I got serious about changing my lifestyle, I did indeed give up fast food. It just eats up (pun intended) too many calories from the precious allotment for the day. Used to love a Burger King Whopper. After I lost the weight and was in maintenance, I wanted to go to BK one day and get a Whopper-- but it no longer tasted as good as I remembered. Same thing with pizza-- I now prefer my homemade pizza to, say Pizza Hut. Theirs just tastes too greasy now.

I can remember at one time, being sad that I'd never sit down with a whole bag of Lay's potato chips and just graze away. That I'd be weighing out a portion and that's it. What a silly thing to be sad about! At any rate, I got over it.

I reckon for me, it comes down to what I want MOST. And I want a healthy BMI and to be a size "medium" and to take care of the one and only body I'll ever have. Do not give up what you want MOST, for what you want now. A Coke and some fast food may be what you want now-- but will it help you get what you want MOST?

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
2/8/13 12:46 A

It depends on how you look at food. It is your friend or your enemy.....? For me junk food was my enemy. Because it made me fat, miserable and unhappy and no friend would do that.

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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2/7/13 11:39 P

what I miss the most, out of any food on the planet is.... hot peppers.

My stomach can no longer handle them, even in small amounts, and I find that I REALLY miss those!

I have also found that over time, I am starting to lose my taste for things, and I bet you will too. At this point in my life, I could care less if I ever eat at McDonlads again... although, I could never, ever give up Wendy's chili... even though I make my own, which is really good, I still adore Wendy's!

Like everyone else has said here, you don't have to give up anything (unless there is a medical reason) if you don't want to. Moderation is key!!

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2/7/13 9:44 P

I've never been a real "junk food junkie" in terms of the kind of stuff a lot of people keep around the house....chips, ice cream, snack cakes, soda etc.

However, I used to eat an insane amount of fast food and when I wasn't eating that, I usually ate some kind of frozen or packaged dinner.

I haven't banned any food from my diet. I have a meal from a restaurant about once a week and I make sure and track it. The rest of the time I cook my own food and I drink water about 98% of the time.

I've found that the food I'm eating now, for the most part, is tastier and more satisfying than what I used to eat. I do occasionally get in the mood for pizza or a burger, etc and I'll go ahead and have it, but I don't find I actually want it that much and now that I track it and see what a huge chunk of my daily calories they take up, I want them even less.

The biggest difference when I indulge in fast food is that I no longer order a value meal, plus a wrap, plus a dessert, etc. I get an entree, a small side and if I get a dessert, I get a small portion. It's still a lot of calories compared to what I could make myself, but it doesn't totally obliterate my calorie allotment like my old way of eating would have.

I'd say don't let yourself use "quick" foods like fast food and processed meals as a crutch, but if you really, truly want something, have a reasonable portion, track it and move on. Just make sure you're doing it because you're really craving the food and not because you're just bored or because it's a habit, etc

MOMMYOF2RN Posts: 579
2/7/13 8:47 P

I had to give these foods up slowly as well first I switched from coke to water flavored with Mio or Crystal light, now I like it plain. Chips-I switched to Special K chips and baked versions, now I have no desire for them. I still splurge on pizza every now and then, and I even found a recipe for cauliflowers crust pizza that is really good we eat that alot. I dont really miss fries,after a while your body quits missing most of the "junk" food and craves the good stuff

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
2/7/13 8:35 P

For me, I had to cut out foods like bread, noodles, potatoes, and corn etc. I don't think these are necessarily bad, except that they made me crave more food, and I would end up with pop, burritos, and ho-ho's.

I find that if I eat only certain types of carbs, I can enjoy 2,000+ calories every day, and lose weight easily. Yes, I wish I could eat these foods in " limited amounts ", but I can't, and judging by the amount of people jumping off the tracks on a daily basis, neither can they, but we never admit it. That 1/4 slice of cake may be the start of a 20 lb gain, before you get back on track.

By avoiding them completely, I have no cravings, hunger, or even thoughts of those foods, unless someone asks about them, like this thread. When you ask if I miss these foods, I can't really say that I do. I love the meals I eat now, and prefer the feeling at the end of my 90 minute walk better than some meal I enjoyed 3 years ago on a weekly basis.

My opinion is that its not whether you miss this, which you may for a short while, but would you prefer it over smaller clothes, better health. What you choose to wish for is up to you. Also, if you " miss it " that much, it might be something that you want to avoid. You should be able to not eat the food, if you choose. The fact that you are thinking about food is not a good sign.

CLARK971 SparkPoints: (29,686)
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2/7/13 8:08 P

my problem was not just what i was eating but how much i was eating.

eating an entire sleeve of girl scout cookies in an afternoon has been replaced with 1 serving with my coffee.

i also did not have a realistic idea of a portion. my ice cream portion was 3x the 1/2 serving size on the package. even when i thought i was making healthy choices, i was eating too much. i could eat a cup of nuts in a day. that is over a 1/3 of my calories i need for the day. i was still eating too many "good" calories.

Edited by: CLARK971 at: 2/7/2013 (20:09)
BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
2/7/13 7:03 P

" I didn't set out to ban them from my life, but over time they just fell off the menu and I realized that I don't care if they ever come back."

This is what is sort of happening to me. I fully INTEND to still have the occasional fast food meal, and I'm all set to plan around it and journal it... but so far... and it's been over a month now... i haven't had the urge. I know the urge will hit! And then i will journal it, and find a way to make it "fit" with my big-picture plans and goals.

One thing i feared i would miss - was home-made chocolate chip cookies. My son loves to bake - and he makes GOOD cookies. The big test came a couple days ago - for the first time in a month, he whipped up a batch.

Old me would have had five cookies while they were still warm. Plus 2 more before bed. Plus 2 "breakfast cookies" ha ha. Plus whatever was left at the end of the next day. I really wasn't sure how i was going to cope with having ONE cookie (they are about 200cal apiece, i worked them out. whew). Well - I managed. I nibbled and savoured my ONE cookie, and it was.... yeah, pretty good, can't say it wasn't. But I did wonder... where has my compulsion to eat THE WHOLE BATCH gone? And i did think... these aren't quite as spectacular as i remember?? I mean, good yes, but, WHY did i EVER have a compulsion to eat five in a sitting?

Yes, you will find your tastes do change over time. Give yourself a chance to let this happen!

CHRISTINA791 SparkPoints: (70,171)
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2/7/13 6:42 P

What I used to consider treats fall into two categories for me:

There's the ones that have been dropped from my life that I don't miss at all. That includes most fast food, cheap junk food, lazy meals like kraft dinner and canned pasta, most pops. I didn't set out to ban them from my life, but over time they just fell off the menu and I realized that I don't care if they ever come back.

Then there's genuine treats that I enjoy. I love a good burger and fries occasionally. I'd be extremely sad without chocolate in my life, and some nights, it's just the right time for pizza. For those, I've gotten snobby. I don't have them often, but when I do I splurge on the best quality I can get (or make my own) and I enjoy it!

When I began, I did sometimes feel some sadness about the foods I thought I could never have again. I used to start every diet with what I called a food funeral, where I'd binge on all the bad stuff I was going to ban from my life (you can imagine how that made me feel the next morning). I realize now that I was missing the freedom to just eat whatever I wanted without caring, not the foods themselves.

My advice would be to tell yourself you can have the food. Seriously - if you really want pizza or coke, you can have it. But be honest about it - if you eat it, track it. Pay attention to portion size and healthier options, too - I like my Starbucks dessert-in-a-cup coffee drinks, but I found that I enjoyed them just as much if I got a tall instead of a grande and if I went for the skinny version instead of full fat/sugar with whip. Look at it as a part of your daily food plan and pay attention to how it makes you feel and what it does to your numbers. The more you do that, and the more you look at it as just food, the less power it will have over you. Eventually, some things will just naturally not be worth it - the taste and enjoyment won't match the nutritional impact. Some things will be worth it, and you'll still be able to enjoy them in a reasonable way when you want them.

eta: Don't forget that as you make healthy, positive changes, you'll find new foods you like, too. That 80% healthy eating can be just as rewarding as an occasional chocolate cupcake. I'm bad for taking pictures of food with my phone, and there are far more shots of colourful plates of veggies than there are of junk food.

Edited by: CHRISTINA791 at: 2/7/2013 (18:49)
STDWYNWEN SparkPoints: (11,748)
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2/7/13 6:41 P


Do I still have burger and fries? Yes
Do I still go to the drive thru to get them? No
Do I still eat pizza? Yes
Do I still go to Little Caesars or Pizza Hut? No

You can still have all the foods you love. I just make them at home or find a better option then what I used to do.

I tell you what I don't miss....all the salt, grease and calories. They made me overweight and someone with high blood pressure.

You won't be missing out on anything. You'll be discovering whole new ways to enjoy what you eat.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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2/7/13 6:39 P

My response is the same as SLASALLE. I still have junk food, albeit in MUCH smaller quantities than I used to. I also found it fun to try new ways to make things to replace junk food... like healthier versions of fries or pizza. Also I found once I got used to eating good healthy food, the crap food just didn't taste that good anymore.

PAT4PROG Posts: 652
2/7/13 6:30 P

Well stated Stephanie. I was going to post a reply but you hit it right on the nail.

SLASALLE SparkPoints: (264,893)
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2/7/13 6:11 P

I don't have to miss my old friends, junk food, because I OCCASIONALLY get to visit them. Speaking only for myself, SparkPeople is NOT a diet. It's not about deprivation. For me, it is totally about moderation in all things. It IS a lifestyle change, in many ways. If I had to NEVER have any junk food, that is simply not something that would work for the rest of my life. That's why diets don't work for me. Lifestyle changes, on the other hand, work wonders for me!!!

They talk about an 80/20 rule, meaning you try to shoot for eating very healthy 80% of the time. For me, I up that to 90%.

There is always room in your total calorie allowance for something sweet, or something salty, or whatever your favorite junk is - as long as it's in the right portions and not done constantly.

Hope this helps your fears ... good luck. You CAN do it ... it's all in the mindset.


WHYWEIGHT552 SparkPoints: (4,617)
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2/7/13 6:06 P

I think I'm really afraid to start because I feel like I'm going to have to give up all the foods I love (aka junk food aka Coke and chips and pizza and fries etc)
and it's kind of sad
and I just feel like I'll be missing out
and I don't know how to get over this feeling!!!
:( :( :(

do you ever miss your old friend junk food??

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