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9/1/12 10:24 A

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Vadavictoria,
so good that you are adding exercise to your routine. emoticon
A moderately low-carb diet that is not restrictive (although grain-free and no processed foods or sugar) can be a huge asset when trying to increase your fitness level.
Take a look at this book by some of the most respected low-carb researchers, Stephen Phinney and Jeff Volek, which just came out this year and it will show you that your performance can be better on low-carb because your body is used to burning fat as fuel. It is best done with carbs under 50 grams/day but you still will see improvements with carbs in the 50-100 gram/day range.
www.amazon.com/The-Art-Science-Carbo
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Don't let anyone convince you that you need to eat more carbs for optimal fitness. That is outdated science. My running has significantly improved since I went low-carb when I could not improve much before on whole grains and a natural food so-called balanced diet.
Grains, in particular wheat, are proven to be addictive as is sugar and most sugar substitutes.
Birgit





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VADAVICTORIA's Photo VADAVICTORIA Posts: 842
9/1/12 5:56 A

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Normal eating is something I definitely have to learn... after 23 years of poor eating habits and 1 year of a highly structured, restrictive diet (low-to-no carbs and no exercise required!). Now that I've incorporated fitness into my routine, I'm struggling to learn how to eat properly. Tough road ahead but I'm powering through.

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KENDRACARROLL's Photo KENDRACARROLL Posts: 2,207
9/1/12 12:06 A

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I eat intuitively and I exercise for fun. I do gauge calorie intake in my head. Wasn't always that way, but I feel blessed that I was able to arrive at this point where food and thinking about food occupies a healthy portion of my life.


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8/31/12 10:14 P

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I haven't read the article yet, but I don't know if I'll ever be a "normal" eater, if normal means intuitively knowing when to stop. Like 4-A-Healthy_BMI, I need to keep tracking, or I can put on pounds very quickly. I weigh in once a week to keep on track as well. It would be nice if I could develop the ability to maintain without those tools, but after almost 10 years of maintaining a 50+ pound weight loss, I feel it's a small price to pay for being able to fit into the same shorts every summer:)!

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8/31/12 9:39 P

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Good article HOUNDLOVER1 and great comments 4A-HEALTHY-BMI. Thanks to you both!

Edited by: MJREIMERS at: 8/31/2012 (21:41)
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8/31/12 8:41 P

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Make "YOU" a priority today!



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8/31/12 8:33 P

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I posted the article with the intention of encouraging people to seek out behaviors that will help them improve their overall health and fitness. I suspect nobody is able to avoid all unhealthy eating patterns at all times and everybody has a different interpretation of what's healthy (and that may even change for the same person over time).
What is normal in our society is definitely not healthy and should not be used as a model, nor is what psychologists or psychiatrists describe as "normal" necessarily right, which is why the advice changes over time as new research brings new facts to light.
I do think it is helpful though, as a group of maintainers to maintain an outside (outside our team) source of reference for what is healthy because the natural pattern for most people is to become more and more like the people they surround themselves with. While we want to copy each others strengths we don't want to inadvertently copy each others weaknesses. This article gives perspective to me and is one of the better articles written on spark in my opinion.
Birgit

Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 8/31/2012 (20:34)
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8/31/12 8:32 P

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I absolutely agree with 4A-Healthy-BMI. I become overweight/obese due to eating a "normal" American diet and I have reached a healthy weight and body type by eating and exercising in ways that many consider "weird". I bring my salad with me to faculty meetings where meals are served. I bring water bottles with me when others are drinking sodas. I get up at 5am to work out when others sleep in and rush to work. Maybe I am not the "normal" one, but I am the healthy one!

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“Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength!"~ Unknown


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8/31/12 8:20 P

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Well said!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI's Photo 4A-HEALTHY-BMI Posts: 5,967
8/31/12 7:57 P

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A person with poor vision can use glasses.

I choose to track my food and monitor my weight to compensate for my inability to know when to stop eating.

What is considered 'normal' eating in this culture is causing obesity and disease. So I am just fine with my coping mechanisms. If they upset anyone, that is their problem, not mine. LOL

Never, ever, EVER give up!

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8/31/12 7:48 P

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Logould: I do believe it is doable. The article clearly states that it is a matter of degree, so if having any of those made us an unhealthy eater, we would all be in trouble! So I do think maintenance requires conscious effort, it is doable. I bet you can do it too.

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8/31/12 7:43 P

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Which basically means that I will probably NEVER be a "normal" eater. I've spent the better part of my 50+ years living and eating not so healthy. I don't think I will ever be successful at keeping the weight of and being healthy if I don't dedicate a good portion of my time and effort into it ....... but it is worth it ........ AND SO AM I !!!!!!!

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8/31/12 7:35 P

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I don't find that I do a lot of those things. I do weigh frequently and I do obsess a bit about calories, but do watch other nutrients like calcium and fiber also. When I go over, I try not to make it an all or none thing, so no, I do not use that as an excuse to binge, even though sometimes I want to. When I go over, I try to make it as little as possible like baby carrots or accident, which does happen sometimes. So overall, I think I have a fairly healthy way of eating, but need to relax a bit. I get so nervous if I can't track what I ate and weigh myself before bed, etc. But I don't tend to force myself to exercise harder to make up for it. I know deep down, that one I am not on the higher end of my healthy weight range, and that I know how to loose it again if I need to. But a one week cruise next summer with no internet access is going to be very, very hard for me. I so hope that by then I will have a better relationship with food. As I do obsess and think about food way too often.

3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes
4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6
10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6
12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes
4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)


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8/31/12 7:27 P

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Wow. THAT was depressing. emoticon

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8/31/12 7:10 P

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I just found this article in the Spark nutrition section today and thought it would be good to review for maintainers as well. We often think because we are at goal weight that we are healthy but the two are not always the same. This is part 2 of a 3 part series.
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
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Birgit

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