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Overeating as Habit

Thursday, April 12, 2012

After reading a health article in SP about 10 reasons why we overeat, I thought of one not specifically mentioned - habit. I started eating an after school snack as a young child. Whether it was when I got home or on those days I stopped at the store on my walk home to buy a small candy bar - mostly Look or Charleston Chew at the time - the result was the same --- often empty calories that I really wasn't hungry for. If it was at home, my mom, who loved to bake and made sure my brothers and I always had fresh cookies awaiting us, insisted we have a snack to tide us over until supper an hour or two later. As an adult I never really thought about changing this habit...until now. I do try to choose healthier options, but often I also end up binging on something not so healthy. I'm not really hungry. I'm simply continuing a habit that was probably not really necessary as a child and helped me to be a pretty overweight kid. My weight has been up and down through the years, but I know that when my weight won't budge despite exercise, healthy meals and lots of water...I need only look to my late afternoon snack habit. For me it is not as simple as substituting something healthy for something unhealthy because once I start munching I often have a hard time stopping. I do find that drinking a big glass of water, taking a walk, doing some chores, or phoning someone can give me time to refocus and make better choices. However, I have been unsuccessful through the years in actually breaking this bad habit. But, that doesn't stop me from continuing the challenge to beat this one. Time will tell. emoticon


Coffee filters are healthy - 2?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

After hearing that paper filters filter out two compounds from coffee that can increase cholesterol, I researched further and found that tidbit to be true. So, I'm going to cut out the Starbuck's lattes for awhile and use paper filters in my pot rather than using my espresso maker for awhile - unless I can make the filter small enough to work with that, too. I'll be interested to see if it is helpful. Now I wonder if my doctor will mention that when I visit next week. Seems the docs often are not aware of some of the simple steps that we can take before resorting to popping pills. We'll see! emoticon

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GRAMMAP1 4/14/2012 10:30PM

    I wonder what steps we could take (simple and complex) to get away from pills. Losing weight at my age is difficult, but that is certainly motivation to be successful.

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TRISH261 4/12/2012 7:09PM

    Hmm....never would have thought of that. Will have to let my Mom know, because she's a big coffee drinker and I don't touch the stuff. Thanks for the info!

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ARNETTELEE 4/12/2012 6:57PM

  Interesting..... well, I don't drink coffee so.... nice to know. I use coffee filters to line the bottoms of my plant containers. Actually I didn't buy those filters, but they were going to be thrown away so...

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Coffee filters are healthy?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

For a long time I'd heard that paper filters were not a good choice because of environmental concerns as well as not so great for our bodies. Now, I heard via Dr. Oz that paper filters are good as they filter out some things that cause high cholesterol. Since, I now have developed high cholesterol, I think I will go back to the filters and hang up the espresso maker for now. Seems that whatever I do because of something that is a seemingly good choice, it is only a matter of time until I learn that it was not the right thing to do after all. Sometimes, it's just hard to figure out what to do! emoticon

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CATLADY52 4/12/2012 4:35PM

    As my dad used to say, 'Everything I like is either illegal, immoral or fattening'. Pick your poison. emoticon

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COCHESE321 4/11/2012 9:21PM

    Things change fast, but I sure wouldn't change my habits based on Dr Oz! I do my own research and often it doesn't bear him out. emoticon

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MEADSBAY 4/11/2012 9:06PM

    Geez- I'm not a big coffee drinker but I never even heard that one!

Also, remember- just because Dr. Oz says it, doesn't automatically mean it's 100% true!

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JACKJACK91 4/11/2012 8:06PM

    Awww I agree it is hard to know what is right or wrong, so most times I let all those advise givers give it to someone else and do what I believe is best for me. I hope you can get your cholesterol under control again. emoticonThnx for sharing! emoticon

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JOANNS4 4/11/2012 7:53PM

    I agree. I do like to use the coffee filters. It seems to change from month to month about what is good.

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High Cholesterol & BP are Detressing

Monday, April 02, 2012

I finally got lab results from a bunch of tests done over a month ago. Not surprisingly, the lipid profile was terrible and I understand that goes hand in hand with high blood pressure. I've never before had either high cholesterol or high blood pressure so this is a new adventure and not one I'm especially interested in having. Other numbers were out of normal ranges as well so will be interested to see what the doctor has to say. Since I exercise pretty regularly and eat a low fat diet this is a bit of a mystery. I do wonder if it could be related to a particularly high stress load so far this year, but I don't want to jump to any conclusions. Guess I'll figure out how to get in more exercise and cut back on even the good fats and see what happens. Meanwhile, I'm a bit confused about the whole thing. Maybe I'll find some answers with my own research before I get to the doctor. Then, perhaps it's time for an endocrinologist. Our bodies are so complex and amazing. I know I will figure this out as I'm sure many have who have gone down this road in the past. Have a great day! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 4/3/2012 12:38PM

    GOTTA be the stress-
take care of yourself!

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JTREMBATH 4/3/2012 3:20AM

    I have just found out that I to have got high cholesterol and blood pressure and not had it before.

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Binge Eating???

Thursday, March 29, 2012

So, I thought I'd gotten past those binges and really didn't consider binging to be my problem anymore. Then I read something that described the condition of binge eating and the psychological issues associated with it. One statement was that the decision to diet can trigger binge eating. That really hit a nerve. It seems that whenever I increase my efforts to lose I find myself eating too many nuts, triscuit crackers, cheerios, etc. Even the healthy things can be unhealthy when they add to an already packed calorie diet plan. A few days ago I was filling plastic eggs for grandkids and of course I had to eat some of those candies....and I don't even like THOSE candies. That is binging. Now that I've had this wake up call about dieting itself being a trigger to binge and that there is evidence of this in the science it gives me more incentive to fight back. I can't overeat even the 'healthy' foods or I will regret it. I don't keep much in the way of trigger foods in the house and that has helped. But, holidays always seem to overwhelm my plans. No more of THOSE candies for me this Easter! emoticon emoticon

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DEKA2010 3/29/2012 5:53PM

    Yes, I'm right there with you. I can't keep certain foods around the house (anything sweet can't cross the doorway!) and, as far as dieting being a trigger...well, I can do just fine for a day or two, then the idea of 'dieting' sends me to the grocery store for ice cream.
I need to re-frame my thoughts somehow.
I've done this before, I can do it again! So can you!


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MPLANE37 3/29/2012 4:02PM

    Same here... Lately I am popping up one or two squares of dark chocolate that my wife keeps around on the table (she expects me to control myself). I thought the night snacking was over for me. It is somehow creeping up again. I must do something about it. But WHAT exactly... Willpower is not an option, because it will fail eventually. I should re-learn the chocolate to change my perception of it: It is NOT good for me.

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OOLALA53 3/29/2012 2:36PM

    Eating a few Triscuits is not bingeing, but it is relatively mindless, not useful, and harmless to resist doing. It is a bit of a catch-22 about the dieting, but you can develop habits of eating less without traditional dieting. I've not tracked my food or calories for two years, but I've lost 31 pounds. I wouldn't say it was easy, but it was easier than dieting, and it IS pretty darn easy now. I won't say never, but I'm pretty sure I won't go back to that kind of mindless eating.

And I, too, find that as soon as I start thinking about trying to change my food choices or amounts to TRY to lose more weight, the crazy food thoughts come back. I'll just have to take the body that moderate, consistent eating and exercising gets me. Everything else is just lunacy. emoticon

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BESCATS 3/29/2012 1:37PM

    It is hard. I can't even have an open box of Triscuits because I can't eat just a few. And candy, oh no, I love candy. The old saying "bet you can't eat one" about chips is certainly true. Staying on a diet is harder than people know. I can eat a portion of the "healthy" food, but not the "unhealthy" food. i can't keep the trigger food in the house or it calls to me. Good luck, we can do it. !! emoticon

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