Day 5 Still not having cravings!
Thursday, June 14, 2012
It honestly feels like a miracle that I am not having cravings. For my whole life I thought of food every spare minute. I had no power against it. I could not seem to say no. It is so freeing not doing that. I have tried every tactic you can think of to distract myself or drink water or eat healthier foods, cut out certain foods like gluton (6 months) sugar, eat certain foods (like protein), on and on. In my life once I lost 89 lbs. in a year. I kept it off for quite a few years but eventually I gained. Lost 60 lbs. again. Doing sort of OK but when life got really hard I put on more. Then pregnancy. Then life got harder. Found myself at 276 and climbing. Got serious again and down to about 230. But then DH had a bad stroke and my life collapsed. Six years later I am still sole caregiver and no way of eating is working to lose weight ---even with the help of my wonderful spark friends.
I bought the CD's of Eat for Health by Dr. Furhman. I learn best from hearing and the message made sense to me. Get an abundance of nutrients to stop cravings and to even cure many body problems. I am on a mission now. I bought Book 2 in Furhman's Eat for Health in book form because it has the actual plan and menus and the point system and recipes. I thought the CDs would have this, but the CDs pretty much outline the goals and give reasons for eating this way.
the good part is that I am not running back and forth to and from the kitchen 100 times a day to 'pick.' The hard part is making tasty meals from veggies.
It is hard because I have pain from fibromyalgia. I can't walk or stand for over 5 minutes without being very uncomfortable. I do lots of water aerobics and I am strong so I can't understand why standing is so hard for me. I hate to say it but eating all these vegetables has given me gas! My lower back and backs of my legs are even more painful! I have to find a way to lessen the gas. Even with this pain, I am motivated to continue the eating plan. Not having cravings is wonderful. That trumps the gas problem!
Member Comments About This Blog Post
I am glad you're doing so well.
1678 days ago
Change is tough. How wonderful that you are kicking it in the butt! Dr. Furhman sounds familiar, but it was good to get more specifics from your blog.
I was sorry to hear about your husband. I'll say a little prayer for the two of you. Please, do take care of yourself as you care for him.
LYNNGETTINTHIN's idea of getting sliced veggies from a grocery salad bar is great. You should be able to find some other helpful adived form your Spark Friends. I know I do.
Keep up the great work!
1679 days ago
You are making such great progress! I think the gas issue is there because it has been a radical change for you to eating so many veggies all at once. Eating all those veggies is a good thing - the other option may have been to ease into it slowly to give your gut time to adjust, but the eating plan doesn't seem to work that way.
Can you sit down to chop up some veggies at all? I sympathise with you as I have fibromyalgia too - as well as allodynia, so I know how hard it can be to stand, walk or sit for much time at all. It's good that you are able to get out to water aerobics though (I have so much trouble sitting in a car as a passenger, let alone driving) so this exercise will help too. I am weaning myself off sugar as best I can - any change in the right direction is a great move - so woo hoo for you!
1680 days ago
Chris, I am so glad to hear that you are excited about your new plan and how it is helping you! I had one thought about the amount of time you have to spend preparing vegetables. Sometimes when I am pressed for time, I visit the salad bar at my local supermarket and purchase already-chopped-up vegetables from there. You won't be able to find everything you need, but if you can find some of what you need, that will minimize how long you have to stand at the kitchen counter. Continued good luck!
1680 days ago
(((angel ))) It is hard with the fibro monster to do much of anything, but I think this is worth the effort. I am on vacation and don't have total control over my meal so am just staying on track for the time being, but you have inspired me to try this. I've been wondering too long!
i'll be following your blogs!
1680 days ago
I hope your able to find a happy medium. A lot of it is probably just the change like rockinmom mentioned. I'm glad that you aren't having cravings though, that's a big adjustment! I wish you the best in your goals and hope that all works out.
1680 days ago
It's wonderful that your cravings and feeling out of control have subsided. This is often the case, but every time it is experienced, it is wonderful and such a relief.
Regarding the gas: Sometimes if I have what I have termed "fiber fatigue" by evening, I'll just have a bowl of hot cereal that is easy to digest, such as cream of wheat with dried apricots and some vanilla extract for flavoring. That gives me energy, but relief from impending bloating and gas.
Another two possible things to try: Chew your food thoroughly, as your stomach will have an easier time digesting it. Also, you can reduce your bean consumption to 1/2 to 1 cups per day. Too many beans can cause discomfort and extra work for your stomach if you're not used to them (or even if you are).
I also try to give my stomach a break from work by waiting as long as I can in-between meals. That allows my stomach longer to digest.
Your fibromyalgia may actually improve over time as your body will have greater nutrition, and less weight to carry around. I'm so glad that this is working for you! And you deserve extra kudos because you are the primary caregiver for your husband, who had the stroke. You need to take care of yourself first, because without your health, his well-being will be in great jeopardy! Best wishes to you in your continuing journey!
p.s. Eat For Health vol. 2 is my most frequently consulted cookbook because of the wonderful salads and nut-based dressings he offers. The soups are good, too, but be prepared for half a day of cooking, which sounds like something you're not ready for yet. The variety of salads keeps me motivated to keep on eating fresh greens every day!
1680 days ago
Comment edited on: 6/14/2012 9:08:09 AM
I think that once the enzymes in your gut build up, the gas will lessen. Transitioning from processed to whole foods is a change for the body, and all the 'trash' that the processed food leaves behind has to be flushed out by the whole foods. Unpleasant, but temporary.
This may even help your fibro! My cousin's husband is doing mostly whole foods now and has seen a dramatic improvement in his symptoms. I hope you start feeling better very soon!!
1680 days ago
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