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Appetite Stability

Thursday, February 21, 2013

My sweet friend Steph challenged our BLC 21 Navy Ninjas team to blog about stability. I'm going to make a few notes about stability of food choices and appetite stability.

I have noticed a pattern which brings what I call a "peaceful" eating style, where I'm hungry enough to enjoy meals but not consumed by cravings. That is, when I make the following wise choices.....

--Eat on a reasonable schedule, not skipping meals or delaying too long.
--Stop eating as soon as I start to feel full, and put it away for later.
--Eat high protein and healthy fat at each meal.
--Eat carbs from real fruits and veggies, some dairy, very little grain, almost no sugar.
--No artificial sweeteners. They make me hungrier.
--Indulge myself with delicious, high-quality, healthy food (plus a bit of 72% cacao dark chocolate sometimes)
--Eat a reasonable dinner and then stop eating for the day.
--Track everything and treat the calorie range like a non-negotiable budget (or like BOSS61 says, treat the tracker like an unrelenting drill sergeant!)

It has taken me three years of very gradual changes, including backsliding, to reach this equilibrium and implement it with any kind of consistency. But I am much happier eating this way. I truly don't feel deprived; I feel very satisfied.

On the other hand, if I have seasons of insanity and eat junk, there is no stability in that. It is not peaceful and satisfying. I have never yet stopped eating white dinner rolls because I was full and felt I had eaten enough of them; I only stopped out of some sense of shame or some feeling that no human being should eat one single number larger than I already consumed. Same with cookies and various processed snacks; I'm never happy to stop, but at some point I listen to the inner police officer and halt.

I'm not trying to tell anyone else how to eat, but the choices I described bring stability and eating control for me.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
XXMILAXX 3/1/2013 4:34AM

    I must have missed this challenge some how.. Maybe that was a good thing..because the only thing remotely stable with me is my instability in routines that I'm not happy to be in. Very insightful blog,

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GRACIEC 2/22/2013 7:13PM

    I love your list! I need to look at it and apply it to my day!

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LIGHTONMYFEET7 2/22/2013 11:28AM


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NANCY- 2/22/2013 8:08AM

    Thank you for sharing the list. I find many of the same items listed helpful too. It make seem like lots of stops and starts over the past three years... but look at all the changes you have made.

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DEBRA0818 2/22/2013 6:15AM

    This is very similar to me only I am not yet at the point where I can understand my fullness level, so I just take moderate portions of whatever I'm eating and stop there. If I could slow down my eating, I might have a chance.

You've done a masterful job on coming to a great way of eating.

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    I totally agree that with stability comes peace. Sugar and all that just seems to lead to more of the same and loss of control - no peace.

Stay strong.

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ZIGFISH 2/21/2013 6:50PM

    Love your list. Artificial sugars definitely are a trigger for me.

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NITTINNANA 2/21/2013 6:11PM

    Such a good list! It's much the same as the only way I can eat and stay on track.

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MAGGIEVAN 2/21/2013 6:00PM

    Your list is getting my seal of approval as it is how I eat with the difference that I only eat meat over weekends and then very limited portions. All of the best for you.

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TRAVELGRRL 2/21/2013 6:00PM

    Wow, great information. Thank you so much for sharing.

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LIGHTONMYFEET7 2/21/2013 5:33PM

    WOW - I love it...I"m so glad I threw this CHALLENGE out there!!!

I soooo agree with you...on the PROPER STABLE Food and HOW TO EAT!!!!!!
and cringe cause I'm just like you with the ROLLS that never end....Biscuits are the same..oh my!!!


I should print this out and POST IT ON EVERY WALL in my HOUSE!!!!!!


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VISUALLYRICS 2/21/2013 5:21PM

    emoticon on finding your balance!! emoticon
I could have written your wise choices list.....::::truly! emoticon
Great blog FL! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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