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Baby Step - Planning my Meals

Saturday, February 04, 2012

I'm not sure why I've been having trouble lately with compulsive eating. It's so strange that I just keep eating even when I'm not hungry or even that excited about what I'm eating. It leaves me feeling awful not only mentally, but also physically because I'm full all the time.

Every night I've been telling myself that I'll start tracking my food tomorrow, but then can never actually follow through. The next day I'd eat something that I cooked and then think, "Well there's no way I'll ever be able to figure out the calories in that."

Last night I finally decided to add all my foods the night before and make it work by balancing everything nutritionally that I knew I'd want to eat. Today, having a road map made it so much easier. And I had the added motivation that a too-snug pair of jeans is so good at providing.

So I will try to track food in advance and then hopefully only have to tweak it a bit here and there as I go.
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    Sooo, how has the tracking been going??

    Tracking IS where its at but I cannot give any advice because I have highs and lows with it, just as you:)

    Hope you've been doing what you set out to do and are a tracking machine:)
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    2230 days ago
    ALISHAB3, thanks for the book suggestion. I'll see if I can get a hold of it.
    2238 days ago
    Thats a very good solution. I have had a lot of success with Renee Stephen's book 'Full-Filled.' It has helped me deal with eating when not hungry. But, that said, I do like to track what I eat. I use a food scale to help, so that I'm not guessing so much. I do plan it but I allow myself to eat less if I'm not hungry. I also build in a couple hundred calories for foods that satisfy my soul, not just my tummy, like dark chocolate. However, that won't work for trigger foods. I just can't eat a donut or caramel ice cream.
    2239 days ago
  • DAV128
    Glad for your decision to track your food. I'd like to say here, however, that it's not a baby step. I believe tracking your food is essential to developing good eating habits. I also believe it was the most important aspect of my own weight loss program.

    I see, also, that you're planning your meals ahead of time. This also makes the process easier and lets you think about your nutrition.

    At any rate, good luck and good tracking. Remember, if it goes past your lips, write it down. I found it doesn't pay to cheat, it only makes it harder to understand how your body reacts to the foods you eat.

    2239 days ago
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