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breaking the breakfast cycle

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Why is breakfast the hardest cycle to break? Is that I don't want to put much preparation time into it? Do I not have things prepared ahead of time? Am I celebrating my break from eating? Half the time I run out the door and then eat 2 hours into work.

I think it has been 2 decades of either carb n fat w or w/o protein. I should have bought stock in bagels and cheese. Am I alone in this pattern?

For awhile I had been making oatmeal with flax, raisins, and maple syrup and then I ran out of syrup and didn't pick any up....it has been a month! I can't eat eggs and so many breakfast products have eggs. Yogurt and most cereals cause reflux, which I don't understand why - maybe it is sugar or the particular grain.

So...I dont know...maybe scrambled tofu and lowcarb wraps would be ok. Although I find that what I eat may not be the most nutritional bang...as in I disovered in 1 serving of Total cereal I can get my full daily B vitamins!!

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MRB2563 3/27/2011 12:24AM

    I cook several servings of oatmeal ahead at night, portion them out in reheat type serving size containers and stick them in the fridge . You can add nuts, whatever sugar you prefer, raisins etc. right in the container so that all you have to do is grab and go. Also, I used to get reflux until I started eating yogurt that had the right cultures.If you want yogurt shots you should try Danactive Yogurt Drink. That is the kind I used to use and it worked very well. If you have a Costco membership - the Greek yogurt Chobani is a steal.

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DARKORANGE 8/13/2009 3:49PM

    All really good points. I never thought about wasting cals on breakfast but that could be part of it too. I really like lunch/dinner meal choices - perhaps that is a habit from way back when as a student you work, study, work and when you get home your hungry and eat - then you are a bit full or sick in the morning from the late night eating and shove off breakfast.

I do need to start preparing the night before because I am always running late in the morn. The extra few minutes I rather be out the door than still in the kitchen seeing time pass by. Feel the same way with making coffee in the morning. I have that down to a 5 min routine but still.

I don't know if it is habit or preference. Perhaps it is both. YOu know most people list standard breakfasts - almost sounds like having the same thing day after day after week, and maybe that is part of it. Since my lunches and dinners can vary quite a bit or be more spontaneous.

Who actually sits down and eats? I bet that is people who like breakfast! I know about the McD thing. I don't know how it became a habit with that greasy $1 doublecheeseburger but it did and that was 1/3 my caloric intake for a day...and if you have 2. It tastes so much worse than cooking more cleanly at home. But you know the time it takes in the drivethru really is the same it would take to prep most of that meal I'll bet.

I definitely think it would be really hard to HAVE to do/eat something bc of health. I have high chol and was instructed to drink promise yogurt shots and drink metamucil. I have been about 5% successful. I admire your dicipline!


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NIMAWEYGH 8/10/2009 3:30PM

    Breakfast was always non-existent for me until I was told I had diabetes and went on insulin and that I HAD TO EAT BREAKFAST.
So I do things like PB with apples or strawberries and almonds or oatmeal with Promise, brown sugar splenda, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. I do hard boiled egg white (can only have 2 yolks a month) with no salt crackers and mini salad (if you can do salad for breakfast) or sometimes something left over from dinner.

You just have to be creative...........................
...and you can do it.

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DANCINGCAROL 8/9/2009 4:21PM

    I don't like to eat unless I am hungry and I often don't feel hungry til after 8am which is still "breakfast". So I have stuff to eat at work. I guess just keep on trying...I think it's just a matter of creating a new habit... which is tough. Don't give up. emoticon

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2FIT4WORDS 8/9/2009 3:45PM

    Yes, breakfast has been an issue for me too. First, it was that I love to sleep and I never got up early enough to make my breakfast at home, so I would pick up the eggs at mcdonalds (after I found out they sell just scrambled eggs too) and coffee, but they were still putting me over my fat intake for my breakfast numbers. Then, I started doing the "walk away the pounds" dvd which makes me get up earlier, I feel great, but I still was running out of time to make my breakfast at home. Now, I buy wholewheat bagels, oatmeal, fruit and hardboiled eggs at the grocery store on Monday on my way to work and keep them at work all week. I finally started eating my high protein, low fat breakfast this way. But let me tell you, after joining SP, buying the super fatty breakfast at mcdonalds was a very hard habit to break. I too don't know why breakfast was so hard for me.

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    It's important to eat something to jump start your metabolsim for the day...how about a piece of toast or a banana? I generally pack something the night before and take in to work and eat at my desk when I arrive. I enjoy fat free yogurts, oatmeal, hard boiled eggs and any fruits.

Remember, you can eat any type of food for breakfast...how about a sandwich or left overs from dinner the night before...as long as you eat something.

Keep on seeking out opti0ns that may work for you!

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LVNG4ME 8/9/2009 3:31PM

    I have problems with breakfast too. I never know what to eat. I hate to waste calories on breakfast foods because I'm uaually hungrier at lunch, then breakfast. I too find that I don't like to make time to fix something in the morning. I hope you find what works for you.

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Why should I have these mixed feelings about loss...

Monday, June 01, 2009

For some reason being at 250, I feel like I'm in the center of the teeter-totter.
I am half way to 200 (!!!) but then half way from where I almost started (300#).
Just 50 more pounds and I'll be 200. It has been over a decade since I've seen 200.

I am scared of gaining weight back, but I do feel that I have made new habits that I believe that I am not where I once was.

I also seem to becoming more relaxed in my weightloss process, which does make me wondering if I'm close to slipping into bad habits and shying away from effort. I think I'm just overwhelmed. I think I am panicking. Has anyone else ever panicked?

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AMHISPRINCESS 6/6/2009 10:01AM

    Think positive every day.. wake up thinking I CAN DO THIS... and at the end of the day you will have done it.. do this daily.. YOU CAN DO IT.. Congratulations on your weight loss.. Just remember to think just one day at a time.. don't look for what will be come the weekend... just one day at a time.. it was hard for me to even try to do this.. but i am finally getting there.. I know that I can not cheat at all during the day.. that is the hardest part for me.. so now I have lots of fruits in the frig and that is helping me daily.. good luck and keep us posted.. hugs, Carol

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CURRENTFAN 6/1/2009 8:33PM

    I know exactly how you feel. I am in a similar position. I'm at 257 right now, about halfway to my current goal (I started at 300 too). And some days I freak out. I think about how far I've come and how far I have left to go.. and it blows me away. 200 pounds? .. I don't even know what that is some days. I've never had that before and it terrifies me.

I've also become more lazy with my workouts. The first 40 came off so easily that I've fallen into a slower pace with my activities. Try not to focus on the negatives. Remember that you're taking taking steps in the right direction - even if they are small steps. You have much to be proud of - don't forget that! :)

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LEEWORD 6/1/2009 12:31PM

    Change is always scary. Even good change. How about that bride on the morning of her wedding. This is what she has been dreaming of her whole life...but she is still a nervous wreck. I guess it has to do with all the expectations of what you expect from the change, & what if you don't get that. Or, in your case, I have never done this before & what makes me think I can do it now. Except that you ARE doing it now. Your new body and your new attitudes are both a wonderful thing. You are so much healthier. Your life expectancy hasn't just increased, but the quality of those extra years has also improved. I would bet that you can do things physically that you couldn't at 300. I know just 20 pounds increased my energy and stamina. But it is not unusual to think "things are going too well" "I wonder what will go wrong". But that is the old habits. It's okay to be optimistic about the future. You deserve some happiness!
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ASH72461 6/1/2009 5:07AM

you lost 50 pounds
way to go
i am still working on my go ponds down
it has took me a whole year to lose 15 but i keep working towards that 50
but at least we are losing and not gainning
that is a major accomplishment
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Tired people often turn to food, too, to replenish their energy.

Monday, June 01, 2009

This is for sure the case. I find it so hard to distinguish hunger from being tired when I pass certain signs and keep pushing through the night when I should be winding down....see here I am again. It is after midnight and there always seems to be just one more thing. Turning off the tv (or other electronics) by a certain time should be on my new habits to work on list. Tonite I took a late powerwalk and feel energized still.

So coming back to being tired...I notice that I'll keep eating one thing after another being too tired to recognize that I really don't need to be eating more, but eating rather to keep awake. When I do stop, then do I realize that darn I was tired because I really have no energy to clean up the kitchen or put any leftovers away.

What I need are good options so I can modify my behavior. I've started reading more. But often it has been magazines that have nutritional subjects or even food ads - not helpful!

Maybe there just isn't enough time in the day to do everything.

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APE153 6/2/2009 8:01AM

    You just gave me an Ah Ha moment! I am pretty anemic and I get iron infusions for it. So every 6 months I am due for an infusion and there are about 2-3 weeks where I am sluggish and pretty much feel like a sloth. I'm at that point right now and I'm going through my kitchen cupboards and fridge for something to "help"? I need to get it through my head that food won't help boost me up, although I will use caffine to get me through the day, but I need to switch my thinking when that time comes. So thank you for your post, I hadn't eaten breakfast yet and the leftovers from supper the night before were looking pretty good. Now I'll grab something better for me.
Thank you!

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CURRENTFAN 6/1/2009 8:06PM

    There's nowhere near enough hours in the day.. I could use another 10 hours and I still wouldn't get everything done! The best we can do is make the most of the hours we have and be happy with it. :)

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PUFFKINKITTY 6/1/2009 3:00PM

    I've heard it helps to brush your teeth. It gets the taste of food out of your mouth. Drink a glass of water. Wait 5 minutes to see if you are still hungry.

Good luck...if you solve this you should look into world peace!

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    Whenever I "feel" hungry, I start by drink an 8oz glass of water and wait 5 minutes. That helps me determine I am really hungry or if I'm bored, tired...

Have you tried this?


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where is the nutritional tracker exception?!?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

so I had the flu and then just had my wisdom teeth out. so obviously i'm not tracking much nor when i try does it allow me to run a report because I am fundamently under. That is a bummer. there should be a poor health button so you don't lose login points or efforts to track. but hey it is what it is. I'm getting hungry and made some yummy food but need to put it all in the frigdge because i couldn't swallow or move it out of my gum line. ick.
any how. I am very very glad that feeling returned to my tongue, lip and jaw. The dr said there was the possiblity of complete loss or loss for months. That I should have had the wisdom teeth out years ago. so the dentist believes keep them in until necessary to remove and the oral surgeons believe remove them early because risk of damage increases with age. hmmm.
any how what is it feed or starve a fever? I look like a red balloon! go spark! :)

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AKIMBERLYQ 4/19/2009 7:30PM

  TLC get some rest.. Hope you feel better soon

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GOING2LOSENOW 4/16/2009 10:18PM

    Poor thing- hope you get to feeling better soon. I remember having all four of my wisdom teeth take out at once, ended up in the hospital overnight! Not fun.
Just remember this to shall pass!! Better days ahead!

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breaking the cycle of nighttime binge eating

Friday, March 27, 2009

Someone had posted a story about their unhealthy relationship with food. I too have read almost every weightloss book there is but fall a bit short when it comes down to committing to a particular plan. I guess I like to live a bit spontaneous but I think it has to do more with I don't want to be dictated what or how much I should eat. There are many reasons why I eat but what really drives me nuts is that I feel addicted to food (my mind is thinking so often about food, what I'm craving, what I can make for dinner, when I can get to the grocery store next, what recipes can I find about some item that I'm now craving).

I try to sneek my nighttime eating but once I get started I'm just not feeling finished. I don't want to be seen and actually get a bit mad if I'm caught. So far I'm not sure how and if my mind can be retrained or ever free of this. Where are the "Quit Eating" support groups - health care has 1 for just about everything else!

I've learned that my addiction to food had me watching Food Network and food shows were driving me to eat for most of the evening. Now I limit that channel to a very specific 1 show per week. That has helped. I haven't been able to stop my night eating which hampers weight loss, but what I realized when I was at a hotel for work for a week was that it is strongly linked to my home environment and that I felt freed up and less food-crazy when I wasn't there. So maybe getting outside for a minute of fresh air could be an alternative to refocus and stop the cycle?

I don't know, but what I do know is that I want to end this cycle of nighttime binge eating! And I really am at a loss for what to do, so I'll be searching for ideas.

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PINKHAIRGIRL 8/28/2009 1:44AM

    I know this blog was from a while ago - but I was looking up the late night eating and it popped up. I'm a night time binger as well - and when I lived with someone it wasn't so bad, because it was secret and I didn't want to get caught. But then I moved out and I've gained about 30 lbs back! I changed my meal plan to include one "meal" after 10 pm. It's really helped me a lot. I'm also trying to keep busier at night, I signed up for a class and then go to the gym after that - so I don't have quite so much time at home alone in the evenings.

I know if I'm just feeling crazy unsatisfied that if I can make myself fall asleep, even if it's just a nap, it helps - though that's really hard at times.

good luck!

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AKIMBERLYQ 4/9/2009 1:12PM

  I suffer the same too and trying to get it under controll. I will go few months without over eating and then something happens to upset my thought process and before I know it I have eaten way too much calories.

Most times I secret eat.. when my husband is not around. Finding Sparks have made my life change. I will have slip up ones in awhile but not so often. BUT logging all my food as really opened up my eyes and now I see just how much of a damage I have caused.

It gets eaiser and eaiser everyday..just hang in there.

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DARKORANGE 3/28/2009 3:14AM

    I'm that same way too. Food as a reward even if it isjust for getting thru work day. Someone suggested a website so I started to explore and hopefully will be able to turn this around.

So far I know NES fits me to a T (I remember my mom needing to wake up at midnight to eat just to get back to sleep). There must be some genetic or impressed behavior...emotional eating and compulsive overeating are close 2nds. I know what you mean about still eating something but chosing to make it light. I'll work on putting that into action. It will be a challenge even tonite. I am just now leaving work (an unusual late one - computer process was running unusually slow and I have a deadline to meet) but when I get home I'm wanting to eat just to relax myself too! Thanks for your thoughts!

Here's the Merck Manual definition and conclusion about treatment. (1982 ed.) p.917:

"Night Eating Syndrome consists of morning anorexia, evening hyperphagia (abnormally increased appetite for consumption of food frequently associated with injury to the hypothalamus) and insomnia. "

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MPSCARTER 3/27/2009 8:35PM

  You and I have the same challenge as to night time eating. It's like a reward for me. ........somewhat like a pacifier. Although I have cut down considerably eating late night, I still have to have something before I go to bed. It's much lighter and healther than what I was eating before. Hopefully, I can stop eating after 8:00 or 9:00 p.m.

As far as night time eating, II have simply traded one bad habit for another----------night time eating.

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