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Revisiting My New, Healthy Eating Habits #3-Grocery Shopping

Saturday, May 02, 2009

It's been 7 months since I started on this lifestyle change. I spent the first three on the Nutrisystem program(October 08-January 09), which was a great help in getting me started. Then I found SP (Jan 09-present) and I've been able to handle things on my own for the past three months. During this time, I have marveled at the changes in behavior I've made and decided that I am going to go over each of these with my daily blogs to reinforce the behaviors toward better success. These are not in the order of importance, just in order they pop into my head as I blog each day.

Grocery shopping. I smiled today as I looked at my shopping cart in the grocery store...did this healthy food-filled cart really belong to me??? Prior to the start of this lifestyle change, I absolutely hated the chore of grocery shopping. Part of that was because of the high prices of food, but also because I piled stuff in that I just poured into my mouth without a second thought. I now realize that most of that buying behavior was habit - same food every week as a routine. No second thought about any of it.

At the start of Nutrisystem, I had a list of the food I was supposed to buy with me when I shopped. I kept referring to the list, "okay, what foods are protein? " I'd ask myself as I roamed up and down the aisles. It was a new experience, this conscious buying. Every single item in the cart was selected. and ticked off. Dairy, check. Protein, check. Fruit, check. Veggies, check.

It's not like I hadn't learned food groups in numerous classes. But who paid attention? I always thought that I was a healthy eater. (smiling)

To this day, I am constantly learning food values and it's going to take me awhile more before it becomes ingrained. I'm just not food-aware because I never paid attention.

Now I actually enjoy going grocery shopping. There's a new store nearby - Fresh and Easy - with low food prices and fresh stuff that's very good. It makes it so much easier to choose the right stuff. This has been a big learning process. Better late than never, right? Right!

  
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SPARKLESSENCE 5/2/2009 11:20AM

    "Conscious buying"...that's so well said, Jesse! And you've become an excellent example of it. I can remember times when I would throw binge ingredients into my cart - a "landfill" of frozen, boxed and bagged junk! I'd monitor the grocery checker's face to see a "so that's why you're fat!" expression.

It's great to feel good about the food we buy...and it really does become fun to food-shop! Otherwise, I'm generally the "shopping Grinch" - it's a burden to me! - Sara emoticon

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LEPETITCHIHUA 5/2/2009 10:24AM

    Congradulatins! You were able to change your eating habits.

I love the grocery list on sparks, it's great! Just print and ready to go. I enter my personal menu everyday on the sparks my nutrition and get my personal shoping list.

I agree if you only keep good food choices in the house your more likly to eat well. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NATALIEHR 5/2/2009 9:00AM

    You are so right!! Having healthy food in the house makes it easier to make good choices! And like you - while I really have been "taught" this before, turning it into a behaviour is another thing.
Think I'll go make a grocery list! Thanx for the motivation.

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RUBYSNANA 5/2/2009 8:48AM

    I think you nailed it when you said "conscious buying". We can't eat junk if we don't buy junk. Slowly I am finding my trigger foods and I simply won't have them in the house. Out of sight, out of mind, or better yet, not in my mouth! emoticon

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Revisiting My New, Healthy Eating Habits - #2 Water Consumption

Friday, May 01, 2009

It's been 7 months since I started on this lifestyle change. I spent the first three on the Nutrisystem program(October 08-January 09), which was a great help in getting me started. Then I found SP (Jan 09-present) and I've been able to handle things on my own for the past three months. During this time, I have marveled at the changes in behavior I've made and decided that I am going to go over each of these with my daily blogs to reinforce the behaviors toward better success. These are not in the order of importance, just in order they pop into my head as I blog each day.

Water intake. Fortunately, I've been a water guzzler for a long time, so this one is not so difficult to remember to do as part of my healthy regimen. Some things that make it easier is that I always finish the entire 8 oz at once and refill immediately. I then keep the full glass near my work area and reach for it all day long. Whenever I'm on SP site, I make myself have water to sip while spending time here. Of course, keeping bottled water in my vehicle is another thing that makes it easier when I forget to bring it with me. On the rare days when I drink less than usual, I can feel my body clamor for water. Hooray, hooray for water! Simple pleasures, huh?

  
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BEFIT014 5/1/2009 10:19PM

    I am in AWE of how well you're doing and always so upbeat! I LOVE reading your Blogs!

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SPARKLESSENCE 5/1/2009 12:43PM

    That's a great habit you've embraced, Jesse! And congratulations on your seven-month anniversary! emoticon + emoticon I like my water ice-cold and from my Brita pitcher. If I have a couple big glasses the night before a weigh-in, I seem to lose more than I would have otherwise, too! - Sara emoticon

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IZZE_T 5/1/2009 10:16AM

    I also carry water with me in the car to drink when I'm driving around. I also keep a big glass beside my computer and then refill when it's empty. I drink water even when I'm drinking coffee or Chai, etc.

Good job! emoticon

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RUBYSNANA 5/1/2009 7:36AM

    Drinking more water has made a huge difference for me. Before I started SP i don't think I recognized thirst. I often thought I was hungry instead of thirsty. Now I only drink water, and I get really thirsty if I forget to carry my water with me. emoticon emoticon

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BINEMELLES 5/1/2009 7:30AM

    the water habit made a huge difference in my life as well. replacing the sweetened beverages by water AND upping my overall fluid intake to at least 80 oz a day severely cut into my calories consumed, it made my average calorie consumption drop by at least 500!
so YAY for water guzzling! emoticon emoticon

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DISNEYSMOM 5/1/2009 3:50AM

    It sounds like you've got a good grip on what you need to do! In the past I've gone through periods where I drink lots of water to periods where I drink virtually no water. Since joining Spark, I always have a glass (or bottle) of water nearby.



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Revisiting My New, Healthy Eating Habits #1-Conscious Eating

Thursday, April 30, 2009

It's been 7 months since I started on this lifestyle change. I spent the first three on the Nutrisystem program(October 08-January 09), which was a great help in getting me started. Then I found SP (Jan 09-present) and I've been able to handle things on my own for the past three months. During this time, I have marveled at the changes in behavior I've made and decided that I am going to go over each of these with my daily blogs to reinforce the behaviors toward better success. These are not in the order of importance, just in order they pop into my head as I blog each day.

Conscious eating - Sounds sooooo simple. But I used to eat at various locations. No, not in a picnic, happy sense, but in a "wherever I'm at" sense. At my desk while working. In front of the TV. You get the picture. But now that I eat at the actual dinner table, I am so much more conscious of taste, quality, overall enjoyment of my meals. Not to mention (but I'll do so anyway - smiling) that I can pay attention to portion sizes, pace of eating, etc. I am in the moment and not distracted by other events while putting away huge quantities of food like a piglet. So, hooray for conscious eating.

  
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AMYMLE 4/30/2009 11:49AM

    I think it's a great idea to review the basic healthy habits that SP started us out with. Since I seem to be at a plateau right now, maybe that's something I would benefit from, too.

Hope it helps you! emoticon

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ARTHURTOM 4/30/2009 11:15AM

    I too have utilized that strategy of only eating meals while sitting at the table. Often I have found it too easy to roll through the drive up window and score some double bacon cheesburgers, super sized fries and a super sized drink only to feel hungry a few hours later after eating over 2500 calories only to feel hungry a few hours later, not to mention the mess I would make in the car while I was devouring the stuff I had just scored.

Healthy eating habits are difficult to establish. Not so difficult once you have the habits established. I often have seen people woofing down various things from the corner deli near my home as they walk out of the deli. Polish boys loaded with all the goodies, slices of pizza and they always are toting a bag of chips and large soda along with those items that they're shoving in their kissers.

Yes, fast is easy. Fast also is not very healthy. We have identified those areas and have worked on them. It is to our benefit to be vigilant to assure that our healthy eating habits not only are maintained, but we can show others that, indeed it can be done.

Tim

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Keeping My Piehole Shut For Night Eating Will Ensure My Success!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Guess what? I think I've got this night eating thing figured out and it only took me the entire 7 months since I started eating healthier! Better late than never, right? Right! So many sparkfriends have offered great advice, and I've begun to use all of the tips. Making sure I'm getting enough of what my body needs during the day. Brushing my teeth early. Getting more water (except the down side is the bathroom visits during the night with so much water intake). Realizing that MOST of the night eating habit is/was just that - a habit. A lifelong habit. And, when worse comes to worst, in the event I'm really hungry - a protein shake as part of my caloric intake for the day. Honestly, if I stick to this resolve, I feel that the night eating component will be a huge boost in getting the rest of this goal weight off my bones. Good riddance!

  
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CINDIDIT 4/30/2009 8:15AM

    You have it sister! I figured out that the days I go to bed early, before ten, are the days I don't over snack. And about that waking to go to the bathroom, just figure that its your bodys way of passing out some extra fat, lol.

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ARTHURTOM 4/29/2009 4:57AM

    "...always going to be an uphill battle, sometimes we're going to have to lose! Ain't about how fast we get there, ain't about what's waiting on the other side...it's the climb..."

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DISNEYSMOM 4/29/2009 2:57AM

    Good for you!!! I'm glad that you've found something that seems to be working to take care of your night eating. I know it can get rough when you're still awake and therefore feel you should have a snack... I stay as far from the kitchen as possible at night! LOL

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My Achilles Heel Is Night Eating

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I have to admit that this is my main challenge in my weight loss plan. I know that it's a lifelong habit, left over from the not-so-distant past when I could eat any time of the day or night and not gain weight. I'll have to beat this in order to lose the rest of my goal weight.

  
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BINEMELLES 4/28/2009 4:01AM

    i am glad that this never has been much of an issue for me. when i have a good and filling dinner i am usually satisfied until bedtime. the bf is a night owl, and if he stays up late he makes trips to the kitchen every hour or so. never gains an ounce either, grrr.
i hope you can un-learn this habit, or replace it by one healthy and filling snack per evening. my current favorite (when i had an early dinner and am up for more than 4 hours afterwards) is greek non-fat yogurt with a sprinkle of honey and cinnamon.
have you tried the brushing your teeth trick? i have never tried it, but many people here on SP claim that it helps turn their minds off food after dinner.

anyway, i am sure you should be able to kick the habit! wishing you a great week!

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ARTHURTOM 4/28/2009 3:56AM

    Try to match your intake with your burn Jesse. It is something that I am struggling with at the moment. I have recently come to find out that my stagnant weight loss has been due to my heavy workout schedule and not eating enough so I have put my body into conservation mode and I am not losing weight but I am holding onto fat and my body is being resistant although I have been working extra hard at making myself healthy.

Tim

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MARSHA74 4/28/2009 3:35AM

    what sort of things are you nibbling on in the evenings????... and is there a couple of things that you eat in the day that you could sacrifice so that you can save the calories for the evenings?? emoticon

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