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Revisiting My New, Healthy Eating Habits - #7 Eating slowly

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

I'll make this one short and sweet - there is nothing like slow eating. It takes the stomach about 20 minutes to get the message that food is coming into the body. I used to just eat ravenously and was "starving." The overly-full feeling of having eaten too fast is so uncomfortable. Slow eating enables me to enjoy the taste more, and be more in-touch with when I'm full.

  
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BVICTORIOUS 5/7/2009 1:05PM

    I agree - as long as I remember to eat "intentionally" and think about it, I eat slower. It is so much more enjoyable and so much better for me.

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SPARKLESSENCE 5/6/2009 7:56PM

    Good one! And it's one I need to read...reread...etc., ad infinitum! - Sara emoticon

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DANCETAXI22 5/6/2009 5:30AM

    Good job! I think eating slowly is really important, for the very reason you said. Overeating! I have to use the Nutrition Tracker for everything I eat. My body has no signals to tell me "when." I've finally got it pretty figured out.

Good luck with habit #7!

Take care,

Danette

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Revisiting My New, Healthy Eating Habits - #6 Exercise

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Being active all my life, I never gave much conscious thought to exercise. I was always moving - bike riding, hiking, you name it. But in this past 2-3 years, hormonal changes busted my metabolism along with stress and the fact that I was devoting so much time to work that I moved less and less. When I started this lifestyle change seven months ago, I relearned the importance of getting back to the active person I was. Making sure that I start - and keep -moving again is so crucial to successful goal attainment. Yet, I have to fight myself to get it done because there's so much weighing on me right now. But these are the times when it's especially important to exercise the stress out while burning off those calories.

  
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SPARKLESSENCE 5/5/2009 6:28PM

    Good for you, Jesse! There's only one effective way to burn calories, and that - as you know - is through movement. I'm glad you've been able to get more active. Our metabolism has a way of really slowing down with age, and there's no other way to burn up those calories! (Don't I know it...lol!) - Sara emoticon

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Revisiting My New, Healthy Eating Habits -#5 Reading Labels

Monday, May 04, 2009

Reading labels -Prior to 7 months ago, when I began this lifestyle change, I thought that the nutrition labels on food items were a waste of space and I totally ignored them. There was nothing in my awareness that had anything to worry about with calories or other aspects of the food. At least that was true prior to about 2-3 years ago. Never gaining weight prior to that, I didn't have a clue that I should be concerned with calories, fat grams, or anything else in something I put in my mouth.

Now it's the first thing I read and really appreciate the fact that I've learned a lot from SP website. Just for fun, I pick up the food I used to eat to see what my normal day was like THEN, compared to NOW, and it blows me away. I can't believe how many calories were in things that comprised just a fraction of my daily intake. Hooray, hooray for reading labels and understanding them!

  
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KAYLSLYNN 5/4/2009 5:48PM

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SPARKLESSENCE 5/4/2009 12:43PM

    Good for you, Jesse! One thing I've found in reading labels is that food manufacturers often change the nutritional information. It seems there's a trend of reducing salt and fat in lots of the soups and frozen foods I use. Since I keep all my nutritional info in some software for that purpose, I keep having to modify it :) - Sara emoticon

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CHEFROSE 5/4/2009 10:37AM

    I started reading labels out of necessity. emoticon

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LEPETITCHIHUA 5/4/2009 10:29AM

    I would like to add to that in case it can help just one person reach their goal....
Enter every food you eat in the nutrition calculator on this site will change your life! It is an amazing tool that has helped me lose 60 pounds! emoticon emoticon

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Revisiting My New, Healthy Eating Habits - #4 Portion Size

Sunday, May 03, 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.

Portion size. Prior to about 3 years ago, since childhood, I had a huge appetite and could eat any amount of food and not gain weight. I also came from a family whose culture was around food set like a Roman feast. Consequently, I never even realized there was such a thing as portion size to fit my age, weight, body requirements, healthy regimen, etc. It has been one of the biggest lessons during this time of healthier eating. When I think about the quantity I used to consume, I'm amazed that I wasn't twice the size when I started this weight loss. Honestly, I'm amazed that my awareness of portion control has taken me to such a healthier place. Not to mention the cost savings of not eating like a piglet! (smiling)

  
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SPARKLESSENCE 5/3/2009 5:28PM

    Thanks for going over these healthy new habits you've forged! You're helping the rest of us out here in SparkLand by doing so. What's a portion? We had no concept of them in my family, either! When we went camping every summer, the focus was centered on food, not hiking. My mother spent as much time cooking outdoors as she did cooking at home; she worked really hard to feed us! It's a real learning curve, isn't it? I've noticed the difference in the weekly food budget, too :) - Sara emoticon

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BINEMELLES 5/3/2009 9:55AM

    oh, i know what you mean about the portion sizes! i used do weigh out 4.5 oz of dry spaghetti per portion. today i'm perfectly fine with half of that!
i never felt satisfied until i had actually eaten too much and was absolutely overstuffed. learning portion control has been a HUGE part of my success at a healthier lifestyle.

oh, and regarding your comment on my blog--i am very proud of your absolute faith in my success! but i guess nobody can succeed at all goals. my initial goal had been to lose 55 lbs within my first 15 months on SP. i am completing my 22nd month on SP in a few days, and i still haven't reached that goal. i have, however, found my way to better health, brought my blood pressure down to normal, learned to love exercise and made all the improvements you have been contemplating on these last few days.
for me that counts more than the 146 on the scale. but yes, i get impatient too. and i hope this bootcamp will kick my butt!

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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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