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I feel overwhelmed

Friday, October 14, 2011

I spent a lot of time today reading sparkpages and have learned a lot! Maybe too much? I have read about people's successes (and the research that backs it) for all sorts of plans from plain ole counting calories to Paleo to Eating Clean to Atkins. My head is spinning. I know I should just find out what works for me...but how? Where to start? My hubby loves meat and carbs and fruit and veggies...the whole shebang...but he has given up chocolate. Can I give up wine and chocolate? Do I have to?
Do I sound like I need medication? LOL emoticon
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ELISADENK 10/15/2011 7:05PM

    Yep, sounds like you over did it!

Remember SP is a Lifestyle. Any one particular 'diet' can work for awhile. But in the long run?

No, you don't have to give up chocolate unless Doc says too or your allergic to it or something.

Do what you feel comfortable doing and keep tracking your food and all the nutrients possible. You'll learn and adjust as you go along. No worries!!

My breakfast evolved this way. And I like what I'm eating.

Play around, experiment and have fun! emoticon

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GREENMOUSE 10/15/2011 12:07PM

    Starting small is good advice, I think. And make only changes you know you can live with the rest of your life. I KNOW that wine and chocolate will be two pleasures that I hope to enjoy the rest of my life, so they will NOT be dropped. But I WILL learn to enjoy within boundaries. To me, that's what it's all about.

Good luck to you!
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BLUE42DOWN 10/14/2011 5:50PM

    It's possible to progress without giving anything up - just reducing the portion sizes to reasonable. There's a difference between a single glass (not an 8 oz. one ... a serving of wine is actually 5 oz.) and a shared bottle. There's a difference between one truffle and the whole bag.

Some of those diets you mentioned are very drastic changes to eating habits - and not all are healthy for you, no matter how many pounds Tina, Diane, and Harriet lost on them, how vibrant they felt, or how glorious their success story is. Start with the simplest and easiest things to implement without such major shifts. Those can come later once you're more in a groove and can feel when things work or don't.

And to add to what Staciepete said, making too many changes all at once means that even if you succeed at one or two ... failing at one or two tends to overshadow the successes. A few small, simple changes toward improved health are things that you can and will succeed at - and things that will serve you well for the rest of your life no matter what.

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STACIEPETE 10/14/2011 5:24PM

    You don't have to give anything up. Just start small. Make a list of everything you'd like to change, and don't make any changes you know you can't keep for the rest of your life. Change one thing at a time until that change becomes a habit, and then add another change from the list

My first three changes were:

1) Replace most non-dairy liquid in your diet with water - aim for 8 glasses of H20 a day.

2) Get at least 7.5 hours of sleep a night no matter what.

3) Eat a healthy breakfast every day

I did #3 first, then #1, then #2.

The most important thing is to not overwhelm yourself, and to experiment until you find what works for you. You can do it!! :)

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