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Friday, June 13, 2014

Having a daughter who has anorexia, I am hypersensitive when faced with a new nutritional concept. I tend to research and consult the experts before trying anything new. Here is one I will pass along......

As I am an emotional binge-eater, I am very attached to my after-dinner stress eating routine. I have tried many things to change this behavior with no success. A recent piece of advice from an eating disorder expert seems to be making a difference. Don't change when you eat, change what you eat. Apparently, studies have shown that if you eat protein (nuts, cheese etc) during those emotional eating times, it cuts into the cycle of binge eating and significantly eliminates the cravings that keep you eating. I have replaced the chips etc with salted cashews. I have noticed that, more often than not, I feel satisfied enough to not continue eating after 1-2 oz of nuts. If I am still craving a sweet thing after that, I have tried a protein bar (The Zone bars do the trick for me emoticon )

I would be interested to know if this has worked for anyone else..........

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 6/13/2014 1:09PM

    Try exercise instead of food to raise your mood & energy.

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GRANDMABABA 6/13/2014 12:42PM

    This is what I most often do and it does help a lot! Plus, generally I don't get enough protein so this helps me get a few more grams of that as well. great success to you.

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Exercise and the Mind

Friday, June 06, 2014

Endorphins are a beautiful thing! These are the little critters that start pumping through your blood vessels every time you exercise vigorously. I like to call them "brain candy". They lift your mood and give you a sense of well-being. Having suffered from anxiety and depression for years, I have started to pay more attention to how much better I feel after even just 20 minutes of aerobic exercise. My whole day seems to go better.

However, being human, I make excuses as to why I don't have the time to exercise. Actually, I can always find at least 20 minutes in my day for exercise. I can walk out my door or find a low impact aerobics video on YouTube. My new motto? Exercise done for any amount of time regularly blesses your body emoticon

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    Love that idea, "brain candy"!!

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KOFFEENUT 6/6/2014 6:53PM

    I'm going to have to try the "brain candy" route and see if it helps with the "other kind of candy" attraction!!!

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DELIA38961 6/6/2014 2:47PM

    I like that brain candy emoticon

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LUCKYDUCK2 6/6/2014 2:08PM

    I could not agree more! emoticon

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BARBIE66 6/6/2014 10:42AM

    So well said .. this made me think of exercise in a different light... thanks emoticon

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Keeping it Real

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

It just occurred to me this morning, that my food tracking was a little "off". In other words, I was not being completely honest with myself about all those additional bites and extra helpings that were sneaking into my mouth. I have been estimating my portions, mostly because eating disorders run in my family (or rather gallop!) and I am trying to avoid the traps that presents. So, I have gone back a few days and reentered some items and....WOW! No wonder it seems that my scale is stuck on one number.
Time for adjustment to my honesty. It is rather sad that I am lying to myself. We can be our own worst enemy at times.... emoticon

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SSPRAYBERRY 6/4/2014 7:30PM

  You're so right. We may lie to ourselves by "forgetting" something we ate but the scale keeps us honest. On well. Another lesson learned and taking corrective action.


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CAJUNBUCKEYE59 5/15/2014 5:40PM

    At least you admitted it..Good for you...what i have learned since my stroke is i carry a notebook around with me and i write anything down i want to remember, cause 10 minutes after i do something i usually don't remember it or its that might help..if you enter everything at once on your tracker....but you did GREAT so keep going... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 5/15/2014 4:17PM

    We've all done it- conveniently "forgotten" about small amounts that "don't matter". ALL the small steps count regardless of which direction you're headed! Good for you for making a course correction that will pay off in the long run.

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KRISTA987 5/14/2014 6:46PM

    So true! It wasn't until I started seriously tracking what I ate, that I actually realized what I was putting in my body! And once I bought a scale and started really measuring things, brought me to a whole new level of self-actualization! I was surprised that I was off on quite a few things.
I saw a good quote once, something like 'your body keeps an accurate journal, no matter what you write down'.

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LUCKYDUCK2 5/14/2014 12:36PM

    It is so easy for me to over estimate on calories burned versus calories consumed also. I have had to go back to using a scale and measuring cups to get my portion sizes right again. Its an ongoing lesson that needs to be repeated every once in awhile. Old habits and serving sizes keep creeping back in.

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CHAR8026 5/14/2014 10:53AM

    Isn't that the truth? I find myself lying to myself also on occasion. I have been working really hard to not do that. Keep it up!! emoticon

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An Imperfect Me.....Back Again!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Hi all! Back to SparkPeople after a year long hiatus. I have been through this cycle before; making a new start, eventually being faced with some crisis in my life and then giving up on trying to have a healthy lifestyle, starting again...etc.
What will be different this time? My perfectionism. It has always been there...standing in my way, judging me, discouraging me.
The truth? Life is not perfect, I am not perfect, but my Father in heaven is perfect and He is all about second (and third, fourth....) chances. It is time that I stop being harder on myself than God is. Hence, a new day, a new challenge and a new, imperfect day at a time emoticon

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LUCKYDUCK2 5/14/2014 12:42PM

    You and I could be sisters!!

I too am a perfectionist and that is the fastest road to failure for me. Now, I do one mini goal a day and build on it when it becomes a new habit.

I took a year long hiatus also because suddenly...I reached burn out and just needed to see if in fact...I could maintain my new weight without being so diligent.

Finally, I have left the word diet behind me and am truly feeling like this is a lifestyle change and it has made all the difference in the world. NO MORE DIETING for me. That is so freeing.

Welcome back. Hugs

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KOFFEENUT 5/13/2014 12:23AM

    Smart move to leave your perfectionism behind - you don't need it on a healthy lifestyle journey!

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WIFE48 5/12/2014 11:37AM

    emoticon Good for you for choosing to begin again with being healthy and fit! emoticon

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Something about me.......

Monday, July 29, 2013

"Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. Get an easy three SparkPoints, and help your SparkFriends get to know you.

Where is my cell phone?
On the dining table

At work :)

Your hair?
Long, red naturally (in need of a touchup), thick, wavy

Your mother?
Sadly, gone for the past 12 years.

Your father?
Going strong at 88!

Your favorite thing?
My laptop

Your dream last night?
Not sure, but strange.

Favorite drink?
Iced tea with lots of lemon

What room are you in?

Your hobby?
Sewing, reading, jewelry-mking....too many to list!

Your fear?
Making mistakes

Where do you want to be in 6 years?
In a teeny, tiny house with a beautiful garden

Where were you last night?
Reading before bed

Something that you aren't?

Blueberry with cinnamon streusel on top.

Wish list item?
My daughter to be healed of her anorexia

Last thing you did?
Updated My Trackers

What are you wearing?
White cotton shorts and a blue cotton top

Your pets?
Pandora, a SH Tabby cat who is afraid of everything and Alba, a SH pure white kitty with blue eyes who is stone deaf.

Miss them back in NY, but making new ones in Ohio :)

Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?
Lots of people

Lots and lots of water!

Your car?
A VW wagon named Walter

Something you're not wearing?

Your favorite store?
Any bookstore

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?

Five people who email me regularly?
No one

Favorite place to eat?
Any place with my HH.

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?
In Freeville, NY

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KOFFEENUT 7/29/2013 5:11PM

    Thanks for sharing! I did one of these, too - it asks questions I never would have thought to pose (favorite store, hair) and IS a fun way to learn about other folks!

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