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I Can See My Nether Region Again!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I'd been slim all my life up until a few years ago when stress, hormones, overwork, (and overeating?) piled on extra pounds. So, it took me awhile to see myself as someone who had extra weight on her frame.

That said, I am working hard at dissolving this remaining little kangaroo pouch (smiling) and realized the other day that I can now look downward and see all of my body. Hooray for me!

Wishing all a good day.

  
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SKYEFYR 10/26/2011 12:24PM

  Still looking forward to the day I can say that! :-) CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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Swapping the Grocery Cart for Hand Basket

Saturday, October 22, 2011

I've been noticing all the changes over the past three weeks since starting this vegetarian regimen. Among them is my shopping behavior at the grocery store. I swapped the grocery cart for the hand basket noticing that, not only do I need fewer items at the store, but I also make wiser choices when I have a smaller basket.

Wishing all a fun weekend.

  
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SKYEFYR 10/26/2011 12:23PM

  That is a GREAT idea. Of course, shopping for a family of 4, I don't have that luxury, but I really wish I could have it. Just make sure you're getting all the nutrients you need with the vegetarian diet. I know sometimes that can be a challenge. (And I'll only be supportive of this choice for you as long as you stay healthy!)

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CATLADY52 10/22/2011 7:25PM

    That is a very good idea. Have a good weekend. emoticon

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JILLYBEAN25 10/22/2011 3:49PM

    Have a great weekend, too! Saving space, money, and your health- worth it!

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NATPLUMMER 10/22/2011 1:00PM

    Good if you can do it. I'm buying for me and a 6 foot husband along with 2 kitties...definitely need a cart most weeks.

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THREADS3 10/22/2011 11:47AM

    You also save money! YAY! I have noticed that also in my shopping experiences.

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Sugar Nation (new book)

Friday, October 21, 2011

The other night, as I was falling asleep, I heard the author of this new book guesting on a radio program. Although some of his info is already known, he states some mind-blowing facts about sugar that were timely reminders as to why I am cutting sugar out of my life (as far as desserts and similar other things go). The diseases sugar contributes to are unreal. He says that sugar travels the same neural pathways as heroin, thus its addictive nature.

Wishing all a fun day and weekend.

  
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IAM_HIS2 10/21/2011 8:06PM

    I just read this before reading your blog (about the way sugar travels and our body reacts to it)

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JILLYBEAN25 10/21/2011 5:13PM

    I know I'm a sugar addict, but I would have a hard time equating that to heroine. And sugar is definitely not the bad guy- its the amount of sugar consumed that's the problem. Its used in so many things, especially when one is taking out fat from a product, to make up for the loss of flavor. Fat-free doesn't mean sugar-free! Its an interesting idea though, and it should serve as a wake-up call (if anything) that simple sugar should be monitored just as closely as anything else in one's diet.

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SKYEFYR 10/21/2011 2:24PM

  Anything that goes through a chemical process to get to the form that we recognize as food can't be good for you. But the next question is, are the substitutes (calorie free ones to be specific) any better? Could be an interesting book. I wonder if he discusses he chemial sweetners that everyone turns to when they leave the "white sugar" behind. If you grab it, let me know! (And I have the other one on order!)

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BREWMASTERBILL 10/21/2011 10:50AM

    Sounds over-sensationalized to me .. like maybe someone trying to sell a book. Give a heroin addict some sugar and see if that works.

I don't disagree that cutting out added sugar is a good thing, but we already knew that :)

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NATPLUMMER 10/21/2011 10:27AM

    We are hardwired to crave sugar...for survival.

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BLACK741 10/21/2011 10:22AM

    Wow knew sugar was bad, but did not realize as bad as Heroin, could explain my issues with candy, if I eat a bit one day, it leads to a bit every day, not overboard, but want it every day. If I can break the cycle I am good. Thanks for the wakeup/reminder.

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Now I See How Much of This Is All In My Head

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I have three solid weeks spent on this new vegetarian lifestyle. In this short time I have seen: 1. Elimination of cravings that formerly controlled me, 2. Elimination of night time munchies, 3. Feeling full rather than feeling hungry, 4. Feeling empowered and in awe that it's been so relatively simple.

Okay, even with those great benefits, out-of-the blue last night came a HUGE rebellious streak. My mind started saying that today I would go grocery shopping and buy anything and everything I wanted. I fantasized about amazing things. Then I paused and realized...

This was not the same as a craving. I really didn't want any of that stuff. I also haven't felt deprived during this time, so it wasn't compensation for that.

At first, I told myself that it would be okay to buy those food items - in moderation. After battling with my bratty inner child, I calmed down and smiled realizing that I really didn't want any of those things. My mind is so used to wanting all the wrong things, despite what the rest of my body wants.

How many times have I given into mental cravings, despite not having physical cravings! From now on, I will be realistic in expecting these occasional flare-ups of the mind. And I'll pause and truly think about what I really want, rather than what my bratty side demands that has been conditioned with lifelong bad habits.

As I have done each day for the last three weeks, I've told myself that I can quit this experiment any time I want. Even if I do, I will come away with some terrific new ideas added to my blossoming healthy lifestyle.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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SKYEFYR 10/21/2011 2:20PM

  I would suggest we send our bratty sides out to play together so they could leave us alone, but I'd be afraid of the chaos they would be capable of creating!

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NANCY- 10/21/2011 9:02AM

    Awesome insight! Focusing on what we truly want gets us to where we are.

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JILLYBEAN25 10/21/2011 1:49AM

    It kinda makes you wonder how much of our "diet" problems are really in our mind. I know mine definitely are. I can remember having "bratty rebellious" impulses at the grocery store. The difference is, I find myself giving in to those impulses more often than not. I'm glad you are able to recognize it for what it is and resist. emoticon

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JIBBIE49 10/20/2011 10:52PM

    I've got Metabolic Syndrome/Insulin Resistance, so the less carbs I eat and the more lean protein/good fats, the better I feel. Glad ur diet is working for you.

Roger Gould M.D.'s book "SHRINK YOURSELF" has helped me with emotional eating.

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Night Eating/Cravings Have Left Town

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Another huge change I've noticed this past three weeks with my having become "vegetarian" is that the lifelong behavior of night eating has subsided. No hunger, no cravings. Nada. Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Zero. Another minor miracle!

Wishing all a fun day.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/23/2011 9:02PM

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SKYEFYR 10/21/2011 2:19PM

  Congrats! That's so cool!

I found another way around that problem. Eat dinner at 8:00 and go to bed after you clean up! Although I wouldn't recommend it, since it seems to affect sleep. :-)

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IMJEWELS 10/20/2011 9:58AM

    That is great. I have night time eating issues. It's a habit I have to break. Thanks for the encouragement that it can be done.

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NANCY- 10/20/2011 7:35AM

    Now that is a wonderful side effect.
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