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Revisiting My New, Heathy Eating Habits - #10 Hunger vs. Triggers

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Since starting this lifestyle change of healthier eating seven months ago, I have become more aware of the difference between real hunger and eating for other reasons like boredom, stress, etc. It has been very important for me to focus on true hunger and not social eating, which is one of our society's favorite addictions.

  
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BABYFACE26 5/14/2009 1:13AM

    You said it. Here's the real tricky part. At night, when I want to eat to comfort myself...and I KNOW I'm not really hungry - I'll still want to eat anyway!
and like you say, it Is a Societal thing, that we eat to Socialize, and for recreation. Its crazy. I love what you wrote on your page...about not having to obey your Feelings, but sticking to your Life plan. (I think that was you?)

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SCOTTIEGIRL57 5/9/2009 6:39PM

    Good point Jesse,
I seem to do well during the day and at the last part of the day I overeat. Not 'cause I'm hungry, but because - well comfort eating, boredom, stress, I'm not quite sure...It seems like a lot of folks have the same problem. If I could just tackle this - I'd be OK. emoticon

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SPARKLESSENCE 5/9/2009 5:00PM

    And that's a really major discovery process, isn't it? I find myself eating out of boredom, nervousness, tiredness - you name it. As for real hunger, I doubt I feel that any more than the average thin person, i.e., someone who hasn't had a weight struggle. I'm glad you happened to mention this, Jesse; it beckons me for lots of further work! - Sara emoticon

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Revisiting My New, Healthy Eating Habits -#9 Weighing & Measuring

Friday, May 08, 2009

Prior to 7 months ago, when I began this lifestyle change, I hadn't weighed myself since 1980. Since I never had a weight problem, I always went by how my clothes fit. However, about 3 years ago, with hormonal changes and lots of stress, the lbs. started piling on. When I began eating healthier food, I resisted having to use the scale and measuring tape. However, I soon realized that they are tools to serve as measurement of progress. From one extreme to another, I went from never using the scale, to using it daily. I think that's too often; it drives me crazy to see bodily fluctuations each day, so I've compromised and weigh-in weekly instead.

  


Revisiting My New, Healthy Eating Habits - #8 Breakfast & Regular Intervals

Thursday, May 07, 2009

As a kid, mom always made me eat breakfast. But when the teenage years hit, I decided I "wasn't a breakfast person." That habit of skipping breakfast remained throughout my life and really didn't affect me because I never gained weight (up until the past few years, that is). So I didn't see the disastrous effects of skipping until I actually started this lifestyle change 7 months ago. Eating breakfast daily has made all the difference in the world, as does eating at regular intervals throughout the day. Before, I'd eat whenever hungry and never paid attention to keeping my blood sugar up. No wonder I'd be ravenous toward the end of the day! Seems so simple to do, but now when I deviate due to schedule changes, I can really see how my body responds now that it is used to the healthier way of doing things.

  


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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