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Just my own observation on food issues.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

I read a blog that really made me think about maintenance. I read that after working hard to get to a goal it will allow you to eat the items you love.
The thought was going back to it will allow you to be able to stay on track
My opinion is once you can leave the foods that got you there in the first place I think they should stay avoided.

This was my immediate reaction reply.
Once you get in the habit of LABEL READING you will be amazed at the shelf life garbage in there. The shelf life, preservatives and flavor enhancements are chemicals our body does not need, A lot of it is addictive.

Learn to substitute your own favorite foods. Make them, Freeze them and Portion control them.
Control what you BUY. Control what you Prepare for your family. Control what you eat and of course portion control.

Look at the practical side of that. It helps your wallet to become fatter and your body leaner.
Avoid processed foods they are the result of us wanting year round availability of everything and it works. People buy and become so accustomed to those foods they cannot get them out of their mind.

Once you find YOUR own satisfying foods it is much easier and maintenance should be a walk in the Park.
If you are hoping to get to maintenance to eat those things that got you over healthy weight in the first place, you are overly prioritizing the goal.
The goal is to eat healthy and change your priorities.
Often maintenance is the time others do just that and then they come back needing to start the process over again.
That is the dreaded YO-YO effect. Put the bad choices behind you and find your new good choices.

It takes will power and determination at first, however eventually it becomes a healthier lifestyle.
These have been my priorities even when I was stuck on a weight loss plateau well over a year. I kept my food choices that had helped me at the beginning and had to fathom why I was no longer losing weight.

The answer was easy eat just a little less calories, I adjusted my tracker and now I am losing ounces on a fairly regular basis.
I never thought about nearing your goal you have to anticipate the loss will slow down. I guess it means it is somewhat in balance. I am hoping it is so.
Pat in Maine.
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    1713 days ago
    You are spot on! It's a change of life style and going back to the way you were eating in the first place will take you back to the beginning. That's why so many people who go on these restricted diets like Nutrisystem, Medifast etc almost always gain everything back and then some.

    Thanks for keeping us on track!
    1714 days ago
    You hit the nail on the head, IMHO! But knowing and doing are two different things for most of us. We know it in our head and it makes sense but we have temptations all around us not just in our own homes. I hope we all remember your wise words when faced with choices and those wise words are 'we cannot keep off the weight while once again eating those foods that got us overweight in the first place.'
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    1714 days ago
    Your point is so true!

    Once we've lost the weight, we cannot keep it off while once again eating those foods that got us overweight in the first place.

    Maintenance is going to be a lifelong effort. And for real success, we need to make a change in our eating habits -- permanently.
    Going back to the old habits will only bring back the old problems -- along with weight gain.
    1714 days ago
  • TERRI289
    Good having smart friends!!
    1714 days ago
    I totally agree with you. Being healthy is about more than a number on a scale. It involves exercise and eating right.
    1715 days ago
    Great blog, Pat and I think you are absolutely correct.

    hugs...Mary Anne
    1715 days ago
  • LISA579
    You are so correct. I can never go back to the way i was eating. I would gain the wieght back. I am still losing and have a ways to go but i know that i need to make life changes NOT DIET.
    1715 days ago
  • _BABE_
    I agree. Why play with fire. On the other hand if there is the possibility of incorporating some of the foods you love and still maintaining your weight and health...why not? I agree preservatives and false foods in the not the path for anyone...but a little dark chocolate, red wine and the occasional ice cream cone is a good thing! emoticon
    1715 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Awesome Blog. I agree with You 100% with the Foods Issues Pat. Who would want to go back to the way they was eating before that You gain the weight and made You sick? This is Something that Everyone should ask Themselves. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Marvelous Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1715 days ago
    Pat, I agree with you on this. Why go back to something that made you sick in the first place. HUGS, Terry
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  • AUNTB63
    Just started transitioning into maintenance and I so agree with your blog. I've been in a "dress rehearsal" for three years learning how to portion control, experimenting with home made healthier meals etc. I have no plans on changing how I eat....going back to those old habits of eating.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.....
    1715 days ago
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    1715 days ago
    Good post. Shop the outside of the grocery store, don't go down the center aisles if you can avoid it. I am trying to teach my son about the tricks that grocery stores use to market the stuff that's bad for us. It's sick!

    Better yet, food coops, farmer's market, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's. Once you learn to love the "real" stuff, who wants the processed stuff anymore, right?

    Woo hoo!
    1715 days ago
    And we all want a healthy lifestyle..... Well put.
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    Great blog!
    1715 days ago
    So true.
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  • FLYER99
    I loved the comments on processed food. I have to learn to get rid of more of it. Thanks!
    1715 days ago
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    1715 days ago
    I completely agree Pat. I love making every-
    thing from scratch and knowing what I put
    in the food we eat. I find processed food so
    salty now and that is the processing that gives
    it a longer shelf life - in other words chemicals
    we know nothing about. My friend told me today
    that she has given up sugar and processed foods
    for 3 years now and her surgeon told her the good
    news yesterday. Her tumours had dried out and told
    her that he doesn't want to see her anymore. She
    is certain it's because she has given up the sugar and
    eating healthier. It really does make a difference.
    1715 days ago
    I agree with you. Why go through all the discipline and self control and get to goal just to throw it all away and then go back to your old habits of eating and living just to end up over weight once again?

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    1715 days ago
  • MAWMAW101
    Great blog Pat. Actually I don't think we have to wait for maintenance to use that advice. Sometimes I try to fit things into my food log which I should let go of now.
    Thanks for the insight.
    1715 days ago
  • SISSIE21
    Thanks for sharing this Pat. I have noticed as time goes by that I don't crave many of the foods that got me overweight in the first place. I do eat certain things I like occasionally, for ex, a slice of veggie pizza with a large salad as it helps me from feeling deprived. But many foods represent to me years of pain and misery. I used to never be able to go into a bakery without some sugary treat and now I look at them and think, no, not this time. My goal is to cook most of my meals with fresh foods, it's a bit hard while visiting. I am also amazed at how often Americans eat out. Way more than we ever did in Holland. It's a way of life here and the challenge is figuring out what you can eat and still stay on track. I never got the 'life style not diet' thing before. I totally get it now.. emoticon emoticon
    1715 days ago
    Okay, I'm joining your bandwagon. A lot of the weight I put on since Steve's death was because I was eating highly processed canned and frozen foods. The high sodium content ,which raised my blood pressure, my rising sugar numbers and my again rising cholesterol-which has never been normal-got my doctor into freak mode. I'm not going back to that era, but when my children were younger, I made everything from scratch-that I am going back too.
    I'm learning that sugar (my favored black licorice) is now a NO-NO. I am not controlling how much I eat, so unless I can find a place where I can by 1 serving it's off limits.
    Great blog Pat.
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    1715 days ago
    Yes, it's all about control and good choices. Glad you are doing well.
    1715 days ago
    Having been in maintenance for several years now, I can tell you I couldn't agree more about leaving those foods that got you in trouble in the first place ALONE. Sugar, fat, salt . . . all addicting just like any chemical substance (alcohol or drugs) . . . lights up the same pleasure centers in the brain. So, good riddance!

    I am in your camp too about eating whole foods as much as possible and not the processed, preserved foods. Just a whole lot healthier.

    Hugs and smiles.
    1715 days ago
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