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Intuitive Eating. Giving up the numbers for good.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Hey yo! Been a bit since I posted!

Just wanted to give a quick update on how I'm doing and what I've got going on in my health world at the moment...

Over the last 4-5 months, I've been focusing on what I call "intuitive eating" or eating according to "the hunger scale." Basically there is no more counting calories, no worrying about scale numbers or percentages or blah blah blah, you eat when you reach a certain point of being hungry - based on a sense of physical urgency, not a time or a mental desire for a food. I originally found it through a friend, who sent me a link to a youtube video by Robin Woodall, the author of a book called "Weight Loss Apocalypse." The book focuses on emotional eating, triggers of it, how to get past it (lightly), and how to focus on eating to hunger instead of calories. It also explains how leptin is what controls our fat stores in the body, and how calories are possibly one of the worst and most outdated ways to keep track of our food intake. She explains the EXTREME damage we are doing to our bodies, our hormones, and our minds by counting calories and not listening to our bodies. Our MIND cannot outdo what our BODY does for us. Our MIND is not what tells us we are tired or that we have to go to the bathroom... that's our body. So why in the WORLD are we trying to control our hunger instead of LISTENING to it!? (And I refer to TRUE hunger - a sense of urgency not a feeling of eh, maybe I could eat.) We cannot compete with what our body does for us. We should NEVER feel guilty for feeling hunger - our bodies only trigger us to eat when we require more energy. It will not lie to you. Your MIND is the part that lies/plays tricks!

Anyway, Robin is VERY scientific minded (she has a degree in Physiology I believe), so some of it went right over my head, but overall, it was like someone turned on a light in a dark room that I've been standing in my whole life.

The first few weeks were EXTREMELY challenging, because I felt like I SHOULD eat or SHOULDN'T eat if I was hungry or not hungry at the "right" times, etc. I slipped a lot (heck, I STILL slip!), but I also learned a LOOOOOT! That was back in February. I have come soooo far since then, but of course, every day is a learning experience!

All of that to say, I will be absent from Sparkpeople for a while since I have realized that when I stopped using a daily weight on the scale to judge my dietary success, stopped counting calories, and stopped obsessing over it all, I had nothing to tie my emotions or my "worth" to. I had to find who I was at my core instead of hiding from it! That's really part of why the first few weeks were so difficult - I journaled through it and go back and read it often. Instead of hiding my emotions, I had to sit through them and let myself experience them, and be ok with whatever it was that I was feeling. Anger, sadness, happiness, numbness, joy, etc. Part of letting go of the psychological damage that dieting does to us is realizing that a lot of us end up hiding our worth and our feelings inside of our food - whether through binging, purging, anorexia, avoiding certain foods, or exercising. (Yes, exercise is a form of binge/purge for MANY people! Eat bad - exercise more as punishment. Not ok!) I could go on and on, but I would be just re-writing what is already written so I will post the links to Robin's blog and book (I bought it for my iPad - best $10 you will spend in your life. ESPECIALLY if you are doing, are considering doing, or EVER DID hcg. But honestly her advice is for ANYONE who is dieting or trying to lose weight or struggling with weight/food. PLEASE read it!!!!)

So I am taking a break from SP - maybe checking in to post my stats or log some fitness or whatnot, but otherwise no more counting calories, no more worrying about how much I ate in NUMBERS, but only based on how my body FEELS and what my BODY (not my MIND!) is telling me. Until I can completely and entire separate emotion from body functioning, I have to let it all go.

I strongly encourage you to take a look at Robin's blog/book/research and really give it prayers and or/thoughts. It is absolutely life changing, the work that this woman is doing.



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SHERMOR13 7/25/2012 6:59PM

    We all have to travel our own journey - good luck on yours!

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NUTKINNB 7/23/2012 12:31AM

    Good luck & thanks for sharing! :)

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PJBONARRIGO 7/21/2012 6:20PM

    Very exciting that you have found something that works so well for you! I hope you will continue to post your fabulous recipes on SP :-) emoticon

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Almond Joy Fudge (recipe!)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

So, I saw a recipe on Pinterest today for "Almond Joy Fudge" ... however I was pretty much BUMMED when I saw that it was full of powdered sugar, butter, and the likes. So tonight I whipped up a healthy version that tastes ah-mazing!!! Here is what I put together:

4 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 large mashed banana
2 tbsp cocoa or carob powder
half dropper stevia (opt)
1/4 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp coconut butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp shredded or chipped coconut
1/2 large mashed banana
coconut extract (opt)
half dropper stevia (opt)
1 oz almonds


Base layer:
puree 4 tbsp coconut oil, 1/2 banana, 2 tbsp cocoa, stevia, and vanilla in food processor until smooth. Spread into pie pan or other dish, and place in freezer while you make the top layer.

For the top layer:
Puree coconut butter, coconut oil, coconut, banana, coconut flavor and stevia until smooth. Spread over the layer that was just in the freezer.

Press the almonds down into the top layer, then put back in the freezer for about 10 minutes to allow it to set and firm up a bit.

Cut into slices or squares and serve!

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FREEME1980 5/30/2012 4:02PM

    Yummy! Thank you for revamping and making it healthier. WTG!

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NUTKINNB 5/28/2012 12:54PM

    This looks & sounds delicious! :)

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DIVEGODDESS 5/28/2012 7:24AM

    This looks yummy! I'm going to try it!! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 5/28/2012 7:04AM

    I'm not good at eating "just one" so I'm best to not "go there." emoticon

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ADZY86 5/28/2012 6:40AM

    Wow these looks and sounds delicious. Might have to give it a go

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DFROMTX 5/28/2012 5:01AM

    Sounds great! Thanks.

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SDORTON2 5/27/2012 11:41PM

  I may have to try that! Thanks!

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Food Photo Diary Day 30 (recipe: dark chocolate protein candy bar?!)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Breakfast - pumpkin pie smoothie!!

Lunch. 2 overeasy eggs and steak. One of my favorite meals of ALL time. I am a breakfast fanatic lol!!

TOTALLY forgot to take a picture of dinner (just a salad), but I'll make up for it with a really yummy recipe that I had for dessert!

Recipe: Protein chocolate?! Yuh huh!

1/2 cup protein powder (I use vanilla brown rice pp)
1/4 cup carob powder
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
pinch sea salt
1 tsp vanilla, almond, or peppermint extract (you pick your flavor!)

Mix well (it will be thick like cookie dough), then press into mold or form into cookie shapes, and freeze for 10 minutes before taking a bite and going to heaven!

Vanilla version:
1/2 cup protein powder
1/4 cup hemp seeds or hemp protein
1/4 cup flax meal or more protein
8 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract

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JIBBIE49 5/28/2012 7:06AM

    U r amazing. I have to stay away from this type of stuff as I have Metabolic Syndrome/Insulin Resistance and it would just make me crave more .

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SDORTON2 5/27/2012 11:44PM

  All sound very good! May have to revisit to make these!

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SPICEMWE 5/22/2012 11:49AM

    That chocolate looks so good!!

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TPELL21 5/22/2012 10:26AM

    Thanks again for the recipe(s)! They always look fantastic!

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BRAVENEWGRL 5/21/2012 9:54PM

    Ooooh your pumpkin pie smoothie has inspired me!

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OFFDREA 5/21/2012 11:19AM

    wow that chocolate looks amazing!
Thank you for sharing!

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RITIKADHAR 5/21/2012 10:27AM

    I am one of those who has this crazy craving for chocolates and i just have to eat it. I can starve , i can manage a no carb diet, but cannot live without one cube of my dark sugarfree chocolate a day. - But that has more fat than Dr D approves :( thanks for sharing this, it will defintely help!

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DIVEGODDESS 5/21/2012 6:45AM

    Thanks for sharing the yummy recipes!!

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SPARKLISE 5/21/2012 6:41AM

    sounds yummy! emoticon

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KRAVMAGAGIRL 5/20/2012 7:30PM

    Haha! Definitely! :)

1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
pinch cloves
(or 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice)
1 tbsp coconut milk or cream
1 cup water/almond milk
1 cup ice

Blend away! :)

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LIVERIGHTNOW 5/20/2012 3:31PM

    Chocolate sounds about recipe for pumpkin pie smoothie....are u sharing that, plz?

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Food Photo Diary Day 29

Friday, May 18, 2012

Breakfast... Blueberry Detox Smoothie! (I have the recipe for my detox smoothie posted in my blog a few days back). Smoothie weather is officially here... it was HOTTTTT today!

Lunch. Tuna with spicy buffalo sauce, and half an avocado. I love the combo of buffalo sauce & avocado! So delicious!!

Dinner. Yep... smoothie again! LOL! This one is a Peanut Butter Banana Creme smoothie o.O SOOOO good!!!! It was a scoop of vanilla protein, a tsp of banana creme pie jello, a tbsp of peanut butter, and water/ice. I top my smoothies with a dollop of coconut milk, too... it's like cool whip!

I also had a sweet potato for a snack, but I forgot to take a pic of it lol. Fail.


Food Photo Diary Day 28

Friday, May 18, 2012

Breakfast - waffle sandwich! I made the same recipe for the waffles that I've been making, then I topped it with some turkey, a fried egg, and a bit of avocado. The sweet from the waffle was SOOOO good with the savory & salty... SO doing that again!

Lunch - Easy & yummy. Chicken salad with avocado and salsa dressing.

Dinner - Cookies & cream protein shake. Vanilla protein, a tbsp of cacao nibs, and a tbsp of almond flour. Soooo good!!!

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JAMGIRL8 5/18/2012 12:38PM

    Yum! Looks good!!

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