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CJE1956
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Ihave spent 10 minutes reading the posts, and I am also a beginner! It hasn't even been 1 week, but I have already noticed that I am becoming more aware of what I am eating, and striving to exercise every day even if only for 10 minutes. This site is wonderful and just what I feel that I needed. Everyday I try to explore another section. Thank you all for sharing your journey! I do not feel alone on journey to better health!



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Do not give up; the beginning is always the hardest.


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adding apples to a salad is awesome too



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This thread is jam packed with great ideas. Someone wanted to know about making salads more appealing. My secret recipe is fresh mint, chopped up into a green salad. Everybody comments on the salad when it is full of mint, and there is never any left. Another Sparker doesn't like fresh tomatoes. You can add the jjuciiness of tomatoes to your salad if you don't like them or they are out of season by grating Carrot or beet root into your salad. It looks really pretty, too.
I know this isn,t strictly good for you, but I found adding coconut essence to evaporated milk made a good substitute lo cal coconut milk. Sometimes I add food essences to plain skim milk yoghurt to get extra flavor, and mix it up a little.

Reframing my thinking to release excess weight forever.

If you always do what you always did... You always get what you always got!


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You guys have given me hope that I can do this. I've read alot of what you all have said and it leads me to believe I can do this. Good Health to all of you.

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Like you I have found so much help on this site. I was about to join WW when I realized this site has all I need to be successful. The workout videos are great and combine the articles with it you are sure to get on the healthy track.

Blessings to you on this journey.

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Your post really gave me a boost. I keep starting over but I see I need to make small changes that will last.

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One Step at a time one day at a time;

Please don't try to give up carbs and sugar and sodas and exercise and tracking and weighing and blogging etc. all at one time. It's too much. So instead, ease into it. I guess some can do it....but not me it took me a while a long while....so be patient.

Rome WAS NOT built in one day.... and neither is good health...It is a LIFE LONG COMMITTMENT....
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The good thing is if you mess up one day, there is always the next....
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Quote: Today may there be Peace within.
May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of Faith in Yourself and others.
May you use the gifts that you have received & pass on the Love that has been given to you.
May you be content with yourself just the way you are.
Let this knowledge settle into your bones & Allow Your soul the Freedom to sing, dance, PRAISE and Love.
It is there for each of us.


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For those of you trying to cut out soda, there is a very interesting video on YouTube - I think if you search "can diet soda make you fat?" - look for the picture of a white board. The video is about 7 minutes long and is VERY enlightening! Also, if you search 9 reasons to stop drinking soda - that is also very eye opening and will really help you quit for good! I still enjoy it occasionally, but am able to talk myself into water just by thinking about these two references!



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I have finished by first week of tracking food. I am eating healthy food. so very happy
I found this site.....Looking forward to a better life....THIS IS GOOD



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For me, one key is to have ready-to-eat healthy food around -- so baby carrots are great. Air popped popcorn, veggie sticks (cut them up ahead of time), etc. I also like things that take a long time to eat, so I love celery. I find foods are much more satisfying if they have some zip, so I often eat them with a really spicy salsa.

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There is some GREAT advice here, especially for those of us who are starting off (or trying to get back on track). Like many, I am a junkaholic and when I lost weight before, I was better able to manage cravings and quantity. I am now trying to get back on track and reintroduce healthier eating so yes, it can be done.



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CHUBBYBUNNY317
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Seltzer or smoothies are great alternatives to drinking soda!



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congrats! that is awesome and you give me hope!



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You have given me hope that I too can cut out soda. It amazes me how fast that can overtake my life and how hard it is too quit. Thank you!



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Glad to have found you! I am the queen of junk food and although I have 15 lbs to lose... My body looks awful. Very out of shape and lumpy due to the crap I eat. It has to stop or I will end up diabetic too. My last glucose test was high... So I guess I may be pre diabetic. I am trying to be good with eating and appreciate all of your thoughts and tips!



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CHILLYT58
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I am new too. I am also diabetic. I really enjoy having a forum of others with your same interest and concerns. I agree with many of the other comments that making conscious food choices is a struggle that is won by taking one step at a time.



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My weakness is soda as well. I have not been as successful as you by eliminating carbonated beverages from my diet all together, but I make a conscious effort to limit my intake to maybe 3 12-oz cans per week. I hope to eliminate them all together. Thanks for the encouragement.



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It is definitely possible to retrain your taste buds. I had gastric bypass surgery 12 years ago and was told to stop drinking carbonated beverages at that time. Back then I didn't even think about all the Coke I was drinking. It was routine for me to stop in at Sonic daily and get a Route 44 Coke and even refill the cup later in the day.

When I first stopped drinking Cokes I did crave them but I noticed that the longer I went without one the less I even thought about them. Today is the 12th anniversary of the last Coke I ever drank and I don't miss them at all.

There have been other foods that I've stopped eating because they taste too greasy to me now but nothing has been as big of a change as stopping my soda habit.



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I've definitely noticed a change in the foods that I want as I've made my life healthier. While I can't say all of it has been conscious (or that there aren't still plenty of times when all I crave is highly caloric), there are some things I've done that influenced that change.

- Watching documentaries like Supersize Me and Hungry For Change prompt me to really think about what I'm putting into my body *and* where I'm spending my money. I haven't had McDonald's in almost a decade. Thinking about all the chemicals in processed foods largely keep me away from them, too - haven't had ramen in quite a few years, in spite of it being a traditional college student food.

- When I wanted to learn to like iced tea without sugar (how my eldest sister drank it when I was spending a lot of time with her), I weaned myself off, using less and less sugar. Similarly, I've learned to slowly reduce portions. I don't deny myself anything I genuinely want, but I can sometimes be happy with stealing one french fry from a friend's plate instead of having my own order.

- I got tired of thinking about food, so I started loosely using Spark's meal plans. The first day, I think, I grabbed a piece of homemade calzone without checking on calories first. I'd also had a homemade fruit pastry bar earlier in the day, and hadn't logged it. Once I did, I had to be much more careful about the rest of the day, and I was hungry the whole day. Looking at the meal plan, I realized how much more food I could have had if I'd minded my eating better. It made a point to me.



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If a Monte Cristo Sandwich from Cheesecake Factory is what you are use to then a apple wont taste that great. Since being off sweets for a while an apple tastes like a snickers bar. (well not that far)

"Don't tell me the sky is the limit when there are footsteps on the moon."


 
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Hungry Girl has a lot of cookbooks for replacing those comfort foods for healthier versions. I have found personally that if I quit eating them altogether and focus on whole food choices the cravings go away. I did a 3 day juice fast and then went to the inlaws for Easter where we had a huge Italian dinner. I was a little stressed that my efforts would be wasted. I usually pig out on these huge meals my mother in law cooks... everything has cheese and pasta and of course bread soaked in butter and garlic salt... I indulged but found that I didn't feel the need to over eat. You can continue to eat healthy and have your favorite junk food once in a while. Just have to be careful not to eat that way constantly.



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This is a great thread. I am always craving sugar, especially late at night. I think I'll start by cutting out refined sugar in my lunches and then work from there.

***Vanessa***

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It's definitely possible to train yourself to eat healthier. My dad died last fall and I traveled back home to be with my family for a few weeks. People kept bringing in high-fat casseroles, ribs, mayonnaisey salads, sweet rolls and desserts, which was a very nice thing to do, but the food was sickeningly rich. A few years ago I would have dug in with gusto. After losing 80 pounds and training myself to eat healthier, I really just wanted a salad and some fresh fruit and a little lean protein. It was a relief to get back home and get back on my regular eating plan.

"I owe everything you see here to spaghetti."

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BAILEYHOUSE2007
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ok, so i am completely new and do nothing but tracking on this. Plus I am technically challenged. How do I get my spark? I am assuming its like an email?



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LWADE1963
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i sent one 5 min mug cake recipe to you via spark. dashing dish has a 2 min microwave cake, a carrot cake for one, and peanut butter cookie for one and several others.

i am really no good at salads. i am sure you can find a lot of salad recipes at spark recipes. there are thousand of them.

happy baking

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BAILEYHOUSE2007
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LWADE1963 I cant find the sparkpeople recipe....the cake sounds interesting. I need a way to make salad even better, any ideas????

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This is an excellent topic and is very helpful. I was recently diagnosed with diabetes. This is my first week on a truly diabetic diet and my food tracker has greatly helped. I am working on opening my mind to new foods. I have been looking at different recipes to prepare foods that I think I do not like. Thanks for all of your great information.

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BAILEYHOUSE2007
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I will. thank you



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baileyhouse, go to dashingdish.com, she has a lot of dessert recipes that you can make for just one. or look up 321 cake under spark recipes.

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BAILEYHOUSE2007
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but what about when you crave something like cake...nice warm cake. I can't find a substitute for that.



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I'm a huge fan of banana "ice cream". If you haven't discovered this recipe yet, it's just a banana tossed in the food processor and processed until it is the consistency of ice cream. You can add some unsweetened cocoa powder or peanut butter if you want, but I like it a lot plain too. It's sweet, cold and satisfies the craving for a sweet treat that I often get in the evening. I also like frozen fresh pineapple tossed in the food processor until it is like sorbet. You have to find sweet, almost over-ripe pineapple to get the right taste, but it's heavenly when you do.

I still crave treats now and again, so it is not that I have trained myself not to want them, but I have trained myself to view them as treats and not as daily foods. One of my rules is that treats can only be eaten after I have 6 fruits and veggies, and usually by the time I have eaten them, the craving has gone away.

If you have formed the habit of checking on every new diet that comes along, you will find that, mercifully, they all blur together, leaving you with only one definite piece of information: french-fried potatoes are out. ~~Jean Kerr

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19 pounds in 5 weeks? How did you do that. I feel like I am already eating so little and I have only lost 3 in about a month. I am a fried food lover, so it's really hard to pass over the fries and the burger. What motivates me is when i get on the bike, or the elliptical, or fill in the blank for the exercise you like. When I see I have 25 min on the bike and only burned 180 calories, I found I look at food differently. Do I really want to eat those fries knowing how long I will have to spend on the bike. It's crazy, but it helps. Another way of keeping myself accountable.



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I would second Maz. I have tried gradual changes in the past and it didn't work for me. For me, I just had to give it all up. Craved it like crazy the first week or two but then it gradually got better. Slipped up once and had one chocolate...huge mistake, thought of them for days! I wish I was someone who could occasionally indulge but now I certainly can't...maybe in time :)

I have been faithfully tracking and eating as much healthy, simple, natural foods as I can for about 5 weeks (only about 2 weeks here) and it seems to be working. I'm 19 lbs down and most of the cravings are gone. I still "treat" myself but now with plain biscuits, fruit and yogurt, small lattes and avoid the chocolate, cookies, fried foods etc. It can be done, best of luck to you! emoticon



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They say it takes only 21 days to change your habits...I have proved they are right!!!

I have been tracking EVERYTHING going into my mouth for the last month and cannot believe

how easy I have found it.

I have lost 8.7Kg's so far this month with healthy eating and exercising. Check out my

pages if you want and this is coming from a JUNKFOOD FREAK and thought I would never

be able to resist the temptation but I now look forward to my new way of life and can't wait

for the rest of my excess weight to dissappear!!

I was forced into this new lifestyle after being diagnosed with diabetes.

Hope this is of some help and all the very best to you and your new journey!!

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I love healthy foods. But sadly I hate tomatoes! I really wish there was a way I could get to like them. Not the big ones on sanwiches or burgers, not the little ones in salads. But I love tomato sauces, ketchup, salsa, etc. I just know they have so many good nutrients, especially for the eyes!

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I think its possible to retrain yourself especially once you get into a constant routine of monitoring what you eat . After the 4th day of monitoring my calorie intake it started becoming natural for me and I was super conscious of what I am now putting in my body. I always rethink those extra 100-200 calories that don't really need to be there as I equate it to knowing I need to burn it off and burning off 200 calories is no simple task.

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I never used to like spinach but learnt to love it as japanese spinach and omelette rolls. There are plenty of recipes around the internet if you fancy trying it.

Mine involves egg, spinach, soy sauce, mirin, a little sugar and toasted sesame seeds. I guarantee you'll never want to eat it cooked on it's own again!


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~*Cely* (UK)"A little more persistence, a little more effort and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success."
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It is definitely possible to retrain yourself, because I did. I have read that when you remove the junk from your diet over time you stop craving it. It is possible to learn to love more fruits and veggies, just experiment with flavors and cooking methods until you find one that suits you. Whole foods have so much nutrition to offer your body. Once you shift to eating healthy food, you will totally know it because you will feel so much better!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I wish I had some good advice for you. It's tough. There are a lot of foods I should like but I don't. Like spinach. It just tastes like grass to me.

Somehow I find that I like things better when others cook them. The first time I ate asparagus it was at a restaurant and now I love when spring brings asparagus season.

Maybe next time you go out to eat try to choose something different. But I'm a terrible cook. Maybe just cooking things a bit "fancier" might help.

Either way, good luck!


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I was determined to get to like broccoli. Ohhh how I did not like broccoli. I thought they tasted like dirty socks. But they were healthy and a lot of prepped foods had it in them, soooo I trained myself to like them. I started by eating the stems only as they were sweeter and eventually moved on up to the whole broccoli. It took me TWO YEARS !!!!! and it's not on my fave list, it's on the ok list.
Stick to foods you like that are healthy. You don't need to like all the fruits and all the veggies. If you like one of each colour, that is a good start.




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Hi all! I am a BRAND NEW Member- I haven't even set up my personal page yet. In fact, this is my very first post. I want to thank all of you for posting your thoughts and experiences. It is very helpful, hopeful, and inspiring to read.

I have about 50 lbs to lose. I have never weighed this much - so weird to see it in writing. I have had a lot of losses in many areas over the past five or six years and as a result have turned to junk food and the couch for comfort. My body finally screamed at me for help when I recently had a back injury - slipped disc (just from weak muscles and a misaligned sneeze). I am about 90% recovered from it now, and I have listened to the wake up call of my need to regain my strength an honor myself.

What I want to add regarding this thread is how SP has already helped me, and offer my 'newbie' perspective of how to change your habits. I have been following the recommendation of not 'changing' any eating habits over the first two weeks, but simply tracking what you are eating. Very cool way to start because there is no sense of deprivation whatsoever.
Interestingly, this is already automatically beginning to change my eating habits after just a short time. To see in the tracker what nutrients I am depriving my body of each day is a clear view as to why I haven't been feeling so great. I find myself in this early stage striving to eat more, and compelled to fill those nutrition numbers - rather than thinking of what I 'shouldn't' or 'can't' have. I am now looking at it as what I deserve.
I have no idea if I have lost a single ounce - we will find out on Monday. :) But I already feel much better physically and emotionally, which is the point of all of this afterall. And I already feel back in control of my life. (Yay!) Because I am feeling so much better I have also begun to exercise in baby steps.
So the point is, maybe just tracking your food and changing your focus from deprivation to fulfilling your body's needs and honoring yourself will help along with all of these other suggestions. I mean I dunno, brand new here- but I know I have inadvertantly begun to change eating habits, begun to move again, and I feel so much better.

Thanks again to everyone! So happy to have found SP - I know when inspiration is at my fingertips I will fly!



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I have been trying to find the magic bullet for weightloss. I have eliminated this food and that only to find myself binging on the food I was avoiding. I think I will take the advice here. It seems all things in moderation should be my motto. I need to track what I am eating and stop making excuses. Thanks for all your great ideas.



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I have found that trying new foods, but adapting them in "oldish" ways helps me like them better. Like that cauliflower....there's a receipe on SP for pizza made with it. I also like to cut it small (rice it) then steam it and put my home made pesto sauce over it!!! Wow, it's really really great! I even serve it to company and they love it. (nothing like my mom's boiled cauliflower!!!!)



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Bunnykicks , just wanted to say that I read your message and it really hit home with what I was doing. After going on a 2 week fast I realized that I needed to embrace the foods that I love to eat that are healthy and just avoid the stuff that I don't like..PLAIN AND SIMPLY!!! I found that I was forcing myself to eat those things that were nasty and hating it so much that I vowed to never diet again. So it is no longer a diet but a healthy lifestyle change and I am ready to do it right this time............................Thank you!

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There are some great ideas here! I agree, try new things sometimes, but also take pleasure in the healthy things you already do eat.

As for broadening your food choices, going to the farmer's market is a great way to see and try new vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, milk, and fish, in the freshest state you can get unless you grow your own.

I'll never forget a cauliflower I bought once at the farmer's market. I didn't normally care for it unless it was completely covered in cheese, then I tried it fresh. The farmer had just picked it that morning, not a week or two ago, like you find in most grocery stores. The cauliflower was so sweet and tender I could hardly believe it - not the crumbly, dry, tasteless stuff I was used to. I do like to garden also, so now cauliflower is one item I grow from year to year.

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On the weekends I hit the farmer's market in our area. After getting all my little goodies, I head home and prepare them for the week ahead. I put each in a see thru baggie, and leave them in plain sight.

Also with my grandchildren they have a shelf in the pantry for their healthy snacks, all measured out to a serving size.

I don't have my danger foods in the house. I reserve these for special "rewards."

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Thank you for all the great advice. BUNNYKICKS thank you for spelling clearly. Just knowing that you don't have to eat all the yuckie stuff makes things a lot easier.

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Thanks Everyone for all the great tips. Don't know what I would do without Spark People! It's great to have these reminders of what we know we should be doing. I especially like the comments about one step at a time. I've make several changes over the last year, but still have some that I need to work on. So for this week I will choose one of those steps that I have been neglecting and make it part of my healthy lifestyle.



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thank you so much for the tips!

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First of all, I want to thank Belleuosus for starting this thread!! Wow, all the great tips everyone has shared. I am also trying to change my unhealthy habits to healthy habits. It is work, but I know like others it will be worth the effort to have a healthy lifestyle.

I guess I am grateful to my family who always had huge gardens and taught us all to love our veggies! (However, my grandfather owned a bakery and we grew up with tons of sweets...) I do agree with the comments about adding the veggies and fruits you like to your meals. I also think we need to keep an open mind and try new things! When my children were small I made them try everything...one bite...sometimes we just have this mind block about things without trying. Remember most things we say we don't like may be good for us and trying it will not kill us!! I hate milk and yogurt....but I eat it!! Because it is good for me...and it really is not as bad as I thought (plus I wanted my kids to see me eat it...).

Once again, thanks for all the wonderful comments!!



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