sorry guys - I have not posted again. I went from drinking 4-5 cans a DAY of Dr Pepper and slowly worked my way down to none. I drink cold tea w/ no sweetner (never liked sweetner) but water, no. if the budget allows I get bottled water as you can't drink the tap (it smells, it is nasty, and I hate it! plus it tastes *shivers*)
I eat gluten free, right now, my stomach cannot handle fiber (I am getting over gastritis ) Actually I can't handle solids much at all.
I am working on adding more fruit to my diet - only frozen as fresh is too darn expensive where I live (they jack up prices due to tourists - I am 10 minutes from Disney world) I don't eat red meat, SOMETIMES Pork (tho it is not my fave) Mostly G turkey (not the lean stuff, too $$), Chicken breasts and Fish (tons of fish)
I am all alone in my house too - my husband who NEEDS to lose about 50lbs won't eat healthy and does not stop me when I say I want something. As far as exercise - I am working on it, sadly after a vaccine 18 months ago, I went from Walking 5m and biking 15m to a wheelchair. If my body allows, I do Wii Dance or Country Dance - and Wii Fit U . I can only stand about 10 minutes, IF that. (I can't even cook dinner)
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5/8/14 2:43 A
Awesome on quitting soda! I did that pretty recently too - it's been a month. Definitely track since you said you drank regular soda. There is a big hole where you used to get a bunch of calories and now you don't. And it may help you identify patterns, such as what foods leave you hungrier than others or if you're not getting the "right" balance of protein, fat, carbs, etc.
Finding more wholesome sweet options helped me, as I still get pretty strong cravings for the sweetness of soda. I am enjoying flavored teas, the water flavorings (though sparingly, I know they're not ideal b/c of artifical sweeteners), and good old fashioned fruit.
Also, cheesy as it sounds, I'm keeping track of the # of days done to motivate me, i.e. a Streak. Seeing the days add up keeps me motivated to make that total bigger and bigger!
Edited by: PHDMAMA06 at: 5/8/2014 (01:12)
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Fitness Minutes: (11,285)
5/7/14 11:28 A
As you said in your initial post - you really need to start tracking. The answer to your hunger will likely be revealed if you do.
Ok, so you went from drinking non-diet soda to no soda.... how much soda had you been drinking before you quit? It could have been several hundred calories-worth per day. So when you quit it, and replaced it with zero-calorie green tea - well, that's a whole lot less energy coming in to your body. Maybe - you aren't eating enough? You can't know, if you don't track.
Track your food... see just how many calories you're consuming. If it turns out you are eating too little, add in more calories - from healthy food sources. Keep drinking the lower/no-calorie drink options... and add more food. That will help with the hunger.
If you discover you are consuming an appropriate number of calories (i.e. the mid- to high-end of your spark range, and considering any possible extra calorie needs if you are active/exercising), then take a look at just WHAT you are eating. If it's a whole lot of refined carbs (bread, sugar, baked goods, chips, pasta) with not-much protein and/or fat - you may find it helpful to switch out some of those kinds of foods for something with more "staying power" i.e. complex carbs (whole grains, beans, legumes, vegetables, fruit), protein, and/or healthy fat.
Tracking your food will help you so much! You'll begin to see patterns, like "wow, every time i eat cheerios for breakfast, i'm just dying by coffee break! but the day i had scrambled eggs and whole-grain toast, i wasn't hungry till lunch." Once you have actual data recorded, you are in a position to start tweaking your eating habits to ensure you get good nutrition and satisfaction from the food you eat.
Edited by: BUNNYKICKS at: 5/7/2014 (10:06)
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I agree with SHERYLDS, it does take time for your body to rid refined sugar. Remember, that most of today's regular soda is made with High Fructose Corn Syrup. If you taste sodas made with HFCS compared to regular sugar there is a marked taste difference.
How long have you quit sodas? A week, a month...? Depending on how old you are and how many sodas per day you consumed, it probably takes at least double the time to really rid your body of that stuff.
I also agree with the others that you may not be eating enough protein and fiber even if you think you are.
I wish you good luck.
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it takes a while for the body to get used to less refined sugar. As others have said...drink plenty of water. And if you are really hungry, and it's not just a craving, allow yourself a piece of fruit.
Sheryl from New Jersey, EST...2015 start wt. 231
Pounds lost: 7.0
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1,027 5/7/14 9:18 A
The reports of Aspartame causing MS, neurological problems and blindness is all a myth spread on the Internet by email and social networking. Of course we need some fat to be healthy but you need to count your fat calories too. Calories consumed vs. calories burned is not a myth. You will lose weight if you burn more calories than you consume and you will gain weight if you consume more than you burn. In spite of all the bad publicity for diet sodas, I think most of it is media hype, propaganda and lies, I find it quite satisfying and prefer it to water most of the time (though I do acknowledge water is a healthier choice, it is just boring and I'm spoiled so I will continue to enjoy diet soda, with few or no known adverse affects to a healthy lifestyle!).
current weight: 118.2
Fitness Minutes: (54,793)
5/7/14 1:43 A
You might not be getting enough fats(healthy ones like olive oil, real butter, coconut oil, bacon fat) which is what satisfies hunger long term. Dont believe the hype...fats are not only good for you but needed to live(dont believe me? google it) As for soda, its great you are off of it..but dont substitute diet!! Diet soda has aspartame which has not only been linked to cancer(what hasnt?) but can cause blindness and MS symptoms!! It's called Aspartame sickness and it creates lesions in your brain..really bad stuff!! hope that helps
Ps if you're still afraid of fats, fill up on fiber rich veggies..fiber will fill your stomach and you wont be hungry
I started drinking more water and I have a goal of drinking half my body weight per day of water (90 oz) before I can have a soft drink. I use to grab a soft drink everytime I would go somewhere but now I grab my bottle of water. Somedays I don't even want a soda after I drank my water.
current weight: 178.2
Fitness Minutes: (9,224)
5/6/14 3:46 P
It could be your body craving the sugar, but I'm not positive. Maybe add soda back in then slowly drink less and less. Personally, I will drink a can about once per week (usually mixed with rum). I drink the full flavor soda, not diet. Honestly, there is nothing wrong with drinking soda, especially 1 a day as long as your calories permit it.
current weight: 183.0
Fitness Minutes: (118,928)
4,858 5/6/14 3:26 P
for me, sometimes drinking milk will take care of that gnawing hunger.
if you think it was the carbonation that was making you feel full, what about a carbonated water with a lemon, lime or orange juice squeezed in for flavor?
have you tried infused water? It's really easy to make your own and use whatever you like - fruit is the obvious choice, but cucumber slices are really good too.
I also like a cup of hot broth with some sliced mushrooms before lunch and dinner.
one other 'trick' that seems to work well for me on those 'grab breakfast & go' mornings - I'll eat 1/2 of a protein bar with a cup of skim milk. When my stomach gets growly about 90 min to 2 hrs later, I'll eat the other 1/2. For some reason that sticks with me much longer than eating the whole protein bar. So maybe whatever your planned breakfast is, eat it in 2 sittings?
I would definitely track your nutrition info & workouts - it's possible you really aren't eating enough
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Pounds lost: 18.0
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5/6/14 12:08 P
So why quit soda? One of the big claims (propaganda in my opinion) is that drinking diet soda makes you hungry. Maybe you are talking about soda with sugar though. If so, definitely switch to diet.
I love diet soda and I find it satisfying (it does not make me hungry nor cause me to eat more). In fact it is a tool that makes me feel more satisfied throughout the day. I love that I can have a treat with no calories and no guilt. I have been drinking it daily for over 30 years I'm on NO medications which the doctors tell me is very rare for my age (55). They tell me whatever I'm doing, keep doing it. I've also been maintaining my goal weight for many years. I don't believe the stuff they say about diet soda making you fat or keeping you fat. Taking in more calories than you burn on a regular basis will cause weight gain and diet soda has no calories. Even so, people who tell themselves they were "good" because they had diet soda, and then indulge in something else thinking it is somehow counteracted by the soda are really deceiving themselves.
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