Hello & Welcome! Hope you find something that works for you so that you can reach all your healthy living goals. I'm not much of a "sweet" eater more of a salty eater. I crave potato chips, pizza, etc. and have learned not to keep those items in the house. I, too, eat healthy just have problems with portion control which I'm working on! It all takes time as it took years to gain all these unhealthy habits. One day at a time is my motto! Happy Sparking!
I'm Ecrajett. I'm wondering how, if you are all binge eaters, you managed to get in control of your eating to comply with your Spark diet plan in the first place? I'm 66, too embarrassed to tell my weight here, and am worried about being able to fast for the required 14 hours to take a blood test! I feel helpless against the force of my own ravenous appetite. There was a tv ad for lap band surgery in which the woman was shown against the backdrop of a raging lion roaring in her kitchen that the woman said was roaring "Eat! Eat!" After lap band surgery, the lion had become a kitten mewing. I identify with that woman.
My history is that I originally became overweight taking elavil (an anti-depressant known to cause weight gain) under stress at 26 and have never been able to get back to normal weight since. I see now I ate like a fat person even as a child, I just never gained weight until at age 26 stress and depression put me together with elavil as my metabolism slowed with age. I can even remember the first moment (age 12, a Hershey bar daily after school to comfort myself for enduring attending a school at which I was unhappy) when I began using sweets to sort of self-medicate. Even before that, my mother rewarded me with a chocolate milkshake when I had to get my shots. And I was constitutionally gluttonous, wanting at age 8 to eat everyone else's desserts after dinner, not just mine. I depend on sweets, and I'm afraid of what would happen if I didn't have emergency ice cream, cake, and candy bars on hand just in case! So, my weight goes up and down, depending on how stressed out I am.
The one good thing that's happened with food and me (if I could figure it out, why it happened) is that I ate at night all night from my first semester in my college dormitory until 15 years ago when we moved here, when that behavior stopped on a dime and has never resumed. Also, I do eat healthy, fresh, made from scratch foods with a lot of fish, green vegetables, and fruit, it's just that I eat very fattening foods right along with the nutritious stuff, and way too much of both. Any tips on how to get myself to comply with my Sparks diet plan would be gratefully accepted. I have weight-related sleep apnea and need to lose to get rid of the Cpapp machine I have to use for it at night.
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