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Snow and insomnia

Friday, January 13, 2012

A bad combination when I have a three hour drive tomorrow.

The not sleeping is getting frustrating. I don't know what's up with this.

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HONBAD 1/14/2012 10:52AM

    Have you tried meditating? When I can't fall asleep, I always give it a try. I'd say it works for me about 95% of the time.

I just breathe in while thinking "in with the good" and when I exhale, I think "out with the bad" and I clear all of the other thoughts from my head. If you are constantly saying those things over and over and really concentrating on them, it isn't possible to be thinking about other stuff. I usually find I am having issues falling asleep when I have a lot on my mind - be it good things, or bad things!

I hope you are able to find a good solution for it. Missing out on sleep is not fun to deal with.

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K1TT3N 1/13/2012 11:22PM

    Sorry you did not get to sleep , hope the drive went well

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SUNNYDAZE9 1/13/2012 11:14PM

    I hope you are able to find the comfort of some relaxing sleep.

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Gluten hysteria - pushback

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

In the long quest to find The Answer To All Diets, people rush from one fad to the next, one year embracing cabbage soup, the next eating nothing but bacon and steak. One year gulping down juice fasts, the next eschewing fruit entirely. We want the golden ticket, the easy fix. And every guru who comes down the road with proclamations of the One True Way leads people in his or her path, the newest Pied Piper.

Eventually people grow tired of eating in the prescribed way and drop out of the parade, feeling like failures. Then the voices of science and reason begin to penetrate the insanity, and most people return to their previous weights, discouraged and cynical, but waiting for the next bandwagon to jump aboard.

Currently, that bandwagon is gluten. Gluten is the Great Poisoner of People. We're told that the staff of life is EEEEEVIL, and that we can all be thin if we just stop eating bread. People are swearing off gluten left and right. Gluten-free substitutes crowd the grocery shelves.

Now, there is no doubt that certain medical conditions preclude the ingestion of gluten, particularly celiac disease. But for people without that disease, scientists are now warning that gluten avoidance may be bad for their health. This article from the Atlantic Monthly warns that cutting gluten out of our lives may lead to other deficiencies. www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2

Now, some people DO lose weight on a gluten-free regime, but that appears to spring from a general improvement in their diet: less fast food, more fresh fruit and veggies. The elimination of bread isn't the key.

So once again, it's sensible eating that makes the difference. Not some secret ingredient. There's no magic bullet.

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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/15/2012 12:07AM

    Yep yep yep yep yep.

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HONBAD 1/12/2012 10:07PM

    I'm a dietitian and I have worked with a dietitian that has Celiac disease. She is very opposed to people following gluten free diets if it isn't absolutely necessary. When she was diagnosed, she gained 100 lbs - a small bit from the reversal of malabsorption that goes along with the disease, but she feels mostly from the increased caloric density of most of the gluten free alternatives. All of the non-wheat flours have more calories per gram. She also commented on the psychological effect of feeling deprived from missing some of your old favorite foods and trying to fill that void with endless amounts of replacements that aren't what you actually want.

I really think many people's GI issues stem from constipation. There is also a definite tie in of emotions and mental well-being to your bowels and their habits. I think it is easy to have a placebo effect when it comes to stomach issues. And I have dealt with plenty of GI distress in my day. I have had the whole array of fun GI procedures and testing. So I've walked in the shoes, lived with all the lovely symptoms, AND got the degree in it! MissG is right!

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MISSG180 1/12/2012 9:39PM

    Because the French, who eat more bread than anyone else, and white bread at that, are such fat, unhealthy people.

Or, not.

I'm unconvinced by gluten as the culprit. A lot of unhealthy eating, yes. But not gluten, not for most people.

Comment edited on: 1/12/2012 9:41:35 PM

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AUDIOAMBROSIA 1/12/2012 11:26AM

    I'm sorry, but I strongly disagree w/ this assessment -- I have known a LOT of people who don't do well on gluten that aren't diagnosed w/ celiac and have had weird symptoms disappear when they avoid it. I think it is wrong to speak about what will or won't help other people unless you've lived in their shoes and dealt w/ their symptoms. As far as avoiding gluten causing nutritional issues, that is garbage. It is not at all hard to meet requirements and never touch grain.

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TTLEELEE 1/12/2012 8:33AM


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TATTER3 1/11/2012 6:40PM

    You are so on point!!! There is a health center in town that focuses on 1 problem a week and a lot of people have adopted the cry of "that's bad for you!!!"I could LOL at some of the forbiddens....but life goes on. Keep Sparkin'!!!

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HONBAD 1/11/2012 11:38AM

    OMG I LOVE YOU!!!! You have no idea how much I hate diet fads. But this one is really annoying to me - probably because it does seem to be the most popular at the moment. And because it makes my job harder. I feel bad for people with actual Celiac disease because it makes them look like part of the nut jobs.

Vegan will be the next one. This is the one I have family members doing at the moment. And making their young children follow. And as much as I believe in being vegan for animal rights (if that's your thing), I completely reject the idea that you must be vegan to be healthy or that it is a cure all for heart disease, autoimmune disorders, cancer, [insert every terrible health condition here]. No doubt most people can and probably should cut back on animal products, but 100% avoidance of any food is just lunacy to me.

You know what those crazy diets all do? Make you cook your own food. Avoid eating out at restaurants. Shop for ingredients while looking closely at the labels. Eliminates most of the processed junk available. Those are all things you should be doing already for just general healthful eating!

Just eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Uh, I hope my Michael Pollan book is ready for me to pick up from the library soon!

Thank you for this blog!

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LADYIRISH317 1/11/2012 10:49AM

    Amen, sister!

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Don't be derailed by the scale

Monday, January 09, 2012

Last Sunday I did the "walk of shame weigh in" after the New Year's Eve party. As I suspected, the scale was up - back up to 282.4, rather MORE than I expected.

I briefly considered panicking, running around like a headless chicken and changing my diet plan. But instead I took a deep breath, calmed down, and continued on my path of whole food eating and working out.

Today I weighed in at 273.2, down 9 pounds from last week, and down 3 pounds from 10 days ago. I didn't mess up my metabolism with untenably low calorie intake, or overstress my body with unfeasibly extensive exercise. I just stayed on my path. And it worked!

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EUPHRATES 1/10/2012 3:39AM

    THAT's telling the scale who's boss!

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TATTER3 1/9/2012 4:58PM

    Yea you!!! Keep Sparkin'!!!

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BLUE42DOWN 1/9/2012 2:41PM

    emoticon job! Sounds like a lot of that MORE was water, which balanced out with the better eating. Very well done for sticking to just doing things properly in a healthful manner.

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IWILLICANIAM 1/9/2012 1:04PM

    That is so cool!! I would have ran around, and been like OMG!! I am gaining again!! But it sounds like your plan worked out awesomely! I am going to keep that plan in mind if I start gaining again!! :D Congrats on the 9lbs!! :D

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THOMS1 1/9/2012 10:29AM

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HONBAD 1/9/2012 9:48AM

    That's awesome! Keep to your plan! It is hard not to flip out at the scale. When I feel the urge, I just tell myself I'm not going to let myself get on it as often if I can't handle the natural ups and downs.

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NANCYBOAT 1/9/2012 8:20AM

    Woo hoo - that's **great**!!!!!

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Recording the food when you've already "screwed up"

Friday, January 06, 2012

We had friends stay the night, and this morning I made a big breakfast. Sitting and visiting, I ate way too much of that big breakfast.

Now, my first thought was, "Oh, man, I've blown this day. I can't possibly recover from that!" Followed by, "Oh, well, might as well just let go...."

That's an EEEEVIL little voice in my head, programmed by years of bad thinking about food. "Hey, you have a little guilt! Why stop there, go for BIG guilt!!!"

But then I reminded myself that there isn't good food and bad food, there's just food. And though there can be too much food, having too much food isn't the end of the world.

So I sat down and did my food log. And, hey, there wasn't nearly as much food as I was conflating in my head! I'm a little high for breakfast, but as it turned out the be actually brunch, I haven't blown the day entirely.

If I'd run away from Spark People at that point, I probably would have let myself fall into old patterns of guilt and self-recrimination and made a mess of the day. But by taking the time to take a deep breath and be honest about the moment, I avoided the guilt-binge and feel better about myself.

Still too full, but definitely better.

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MISSG180 1/23/2012 11:55AM

    Norman, you can just enter what you've eaten. I'm not sure what you're asking, but I will be happy to answer further questions.

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NORMAN129 1/21/2012 7:02AM

    Perhaps someone can help me. I would like to know how to enter my calories for each meal without using the food plan. I want to figure my calories for each meal that I eat and then enter to track them. I don't see how to do this. Again I am just eating normal food but in smaller portions and less often. I desperately want to track the calories here but don't know how.

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EUPHRATES 1/9/2012 4:16AM

    Good for you lady!!!

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K1TT3N 1/9/2012 12:36AM

    Thats great !

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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/7/2012 10:52PM

    Exactly! Yay!

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MUMZELLA 1/7/2012 7:52PM

    Good for you! Its important to track the food even when you do mess up. It reminds you for next time and lets you have a chance to plan the next meals. I am just getting back into tracking and am realizing how much good it's doing me.

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BEVPRESLEY 1/6/2012 10:49PM

    Good for you. Never give up.

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DEBIBLUE72 1/6/2012 6:16PM

    i have had the same little voice in my head saying go ahead. i wish it would just shut up. aren't you glad you didn't listen.

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DELHSI 1/6/2012 2:52PM

    I have had the same experience - thinking I had blown my calories but since my resolve is to record EVERYTHING I eat (not always easy to do) I would go ahead and record my food to find out it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought!

Good job!


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CHEFSOPHIE 1/6/2012 1:56PM

    I think tracking food on bad days is even more important. That way you can see if there are times of the day or stressor that trigger going off trackl

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Very good job!

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IWILLICANIAM 1/6/2012 1:16PM

    Wow. Reading your blog I can totally relate! Went out with a friend last night, and I listened to that evil voice. YIKES! I love your blog, as it has opened my eyes that just cuz I lost a battle does not mean we have lost the fight! Right? :D

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CAR58OLE 1/6/2012 12:59PM

    Old habits return faster then new ones develop!

Good for you - tracking and realizing that you didn't blow the entire day!!!


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The importance of pushing through

Thursday, January 05, 2012

"I just don't feel like it. I can start tomorrow."

Those are the thoughts that got me to almost 300 pounds.

When I wasn't working out, I continually told myself that tomorrow was the day when I'd get back to my routine.

When I was overeating, I continually told myself that tomorrow was the day when I'd start cooking healthy meals again.

"Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow. You're always a day away!"

"Free beer tomorrow."

Tomorrow is the enemy of motivation.

Some days, when things have not gone well, we have to resign ourselves that tomorrow will be better. But if my "tomorrow will be better" pep talk starts at 7am, then there is something radically wrong with my attitude about TODAY.

TODAY is the day I have at hand. It's my current resource. And if I don't feel like working out today, shoving that off to tomorrow is cheating myself. So I will push through TODAY. I will work out TODAY. I will eat right TODAY.

Tomorrow should be my safe harbor only occasionally. TODAY is my goal.

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YULLABELLE 1/5/2012 4:25PM

    I love Annie too but you are so right. We can't always wait for tomorrow we must start to day to have a better tomorrow. Just remember today's a new day to get up, get moving and make better choice. Stay motivated. emoticon

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AHNAZEE 1/5/2012 1:20PM

    MISSG, you've had a few blogs that are uncannily timed for being exactly what I need to hear!

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TOWHEE 1/5/2012 11:54AM

    TOMORROW never happens because there's always a tomorrow. Today is the only day that we can do anything productive.

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COLEENCOLE 1/5/2012 8:29AM

    Another enemy; too much cheap and easily available fast food, coupons for fast food, and the bigger the meal the bigger the savings.

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