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Confused (dot com)

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

I'm 58 years old - and I think I've been obsessed with trying to find out how to eat all my life. I've never had an 'eating disorder' but I realised that, at any one moment in time, I am always on some sort of 'eating plan'. I was vegetarian from the age of 18 (when it wasn't fashionable!), then after i got divorced at age 27, I put on about 20lbs and started counting calories at Slimming World with my Mum. I've been through the 'no sugar' regimes, the high-fibre regimes, the eating dinner at breakfast-time regime, raw food regimes, low g-i regimes, I've gone through phases of cutting out caffeine completely, eliminating wheat and gluten, vegan - and superfoods, liquids only regimes.

Now I've just been reading two books 'Body Clutter' by FlyLady Marla Cilley, and 'Mouth Trap' by Pam Young - they're all about embracing and working with your inner child (the one who is emotionally attached to eating the stuff most of us don't want to eat!) - and they are low-carb.

Now, low-carb is much more tricky for a non-meat, non-fish eater - and means you have to include much more protein - tofu, dairy, pulses, nuts etc. The other side of this is that those high-protein foods are considered to make the body too acid - which is, according to some health practitioners, the cause of all illness. Macrobiotics (oh I played with that for a while too) - show brown rice as being the most neutral of all foods in the yin/yang scale.

I've just ordered two new recipe books on low-carb vegetarian/vegan cooking - and am feeling like 'here I go again'!

I am on the Mindful Eating Challenge - although I haven't really plugged into it yet - and perhaps that will help me to decide what to eat too!

I feel so frustrated that I can be at this stage of my life and still be unsure about what I should be eating!

There are SO many bits of conflicting information out there - and some of it really counter-argues the 'official' nutritional lines -

I feel some of it is common sense - like avoiding processed foods, added sugars etc, and making meals with fresh ingredients - but the carb thing is really unclear - people DO feel better on it - is it because they are eating low carb - or is it because they are not eating gluten and sugar? Because I'd like to eat carbs - but could manage without the gluten and sugar

Ramble, ramble, ramble ................... no need to reply - it's all opinion - I'm just in a bit of a confused place at the moment.

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PAPAMIKIE 5/12/2013 1:47PM

    We have tried things like the Virgine Diet where one starts by removing a number of foods that tend to challenge various people, milk, sugar, peanuts, etc. And stays off them for 3 or more weeks and then add them back one at a time. Checking for a reaction. Not everyone is equally sensitive to each food type.

It is not about dropping all foods it is about learning what might be effecting you.

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VEENAS1 5/7/2013 6:52PM

    I have never really been on any kind of diet. I have always believed in moderation. However, I do tend to eat more carbs/sugar than I should. I hope the cook books you are getting will help. Keep us informed of your progress.

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REVIVED 5/7/2013 3:36PM

    Goodness, I'm exactly the same. Feeling very very confused at the moment. You're not giving me much hope that it gets any easier. Hehe!

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RAWCOOKIE 5/7/2013 2:58PM

    Thank you for your comments - it really helps to know I'm not alone!

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KIMPAINTS 5/7/2013 12:00PM

    I feel the same way, although I have an eating disorder. I am really tired of it being on my mind and the search for the "right" way is consuming.

Knewmetoday is right on, finding something we can live with long-term is the key.

We sure have learned what is not good for us! emoticon

Keep your bright light shining!! emoticon

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KNEWMETODAY 5/7/2013 7:39AM

    The search probably will never be over. At 67, I've been a compulsive eater and worked through bulemia; and, at 67, I'm still obese. Spark has given me the freedom to make better choices with improving health. I still make mistakes,but I've not had a binge since I joined Spark in January 2012. It's about finding something you can live with long-term--fads won't work.

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