Lilley, I was worried about calories too. Regardless what you eat, it's calories in vs calories spent. It's just calories aren't equal. Some do nothing for you, may even hurt you, then others work with your body. You can set up how many calories you should have and how much you should work out here on Sparkspeople and use that as your guideline. Make sure you enter every little thing, and make sure your calories are doing something for you, not just empty nothing food. Really keep track of your calories spent too. To loose weight that number needs to be higher than what you take in - consistently. There are a lot of things here on Sparkpeople to keep track of what your doing and to help you become healthy.
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Can you help me understand how much to eat? I bought the book by Tosca which has great examples but I feel like she eats more then my body can handle since I dont workout as much as she does. My goal is not to become a body builder, it is just to get healthy and lose unwanted weight. Just looking for some guildelines on how much one should eat.
I know what your son is dealing with. My family went clean to the extreme when I was little, so my lunch would be avocado sandwiches on sprouted bread with alfalfa sprouts, baby carrots and boxed soy milk...and this was before anyone really know what soy milk was or anyone was aware of eating healthy. The best thing you can do is explain to your son why you guys eat the way you do and that should help him out. Maybe you can work out a few things that he could say back to the kids that tease him. That's the worst though, it still bothers me when someone turns their nose down at my food.
We LOVE those GNU bars. My son was taking them to school and was getting teased because of it. It drove me NUTS that he was getting teased for eating healthy but he hung in there and kept packing healthy lunches. Hopefully, he'll hang in there again this year. I'm afraid after this coming school year, I'm afraid of the choices at the High School level!!
I love the frozen berry and grape idea. Frozen grapes are my favorite sweet snack as well as apples with pb LOVE those.
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Keep it up. It's hard to break the sugar habit at first because it's incredibly addictive. It also gives u a slight high, if you will, so you feel better but give it about an our and it actually affects your energy and your mood.
I recommend eating frozen berries or frozen grapes when you feel a sweet craving coming on. My boyfriend loves to have ice cream after dinner almost every night, so I "join" him by having a bowl of frozen berries and that totally hits the spot and its chock full of antioxidants and vitamins and super low in calories as well.
Otherwise if you REALLY need something sugary, I would recommend a banana with some almond butter. One other recommendation I have is Gnu bars. They have them in chocolate brownie flavor and there are like 5 ingredients, none of them are sugar and they have 12g of fiber at 140 calories...what more can you ask for?
It's great to hear such positive & encouraging feedback. I've tried everything in the past too, and I recently ran across the clean eating books and have decided that this is the only way to lose weight and build muscle.
I'm just having a hard time staying away from the sugar. I never craved sugar before I had my son, and now when I am bored it seems to be the first thing I want to eat.
Hopefully if I can eat right I'll see results and that will help keep me motivated.
Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. Robert Collier
I just wanted to share with all you clean eaters out there that it's working!!! The most important part, besides eliminating sugars and preservatives is to eat 5-6 small meals all day long. This keeps your blood sugar constant and you never really get that hungry. When you cut out too many calories and wait long periods of time between eating, your body thinks you are starving so it hoards the fat and starts burning your muscle that you've worked so hard to gain. So you lose weight, but the wrong kind and eventually you plateau, get hungrier and probably gain even more!
Take my word for it. I've tried it ALL!!! From lemonade cleanse, to raw food, to fruit diet, to south beach. Just eating clean and eating 5-6 times a day has helped me shed fat faster and see definition better than ever before.
If you have any other questions or want some tips please feel free to contact me!!
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