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SLENDERELLA518
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10/11/10 8:36 P

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I brush my teeth, I chew "special" gum (in a flavor I don't usually chew, as a *treat*) and I drink herbal tea out of a beautiful cup and saucer.

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I like the apple idea! I need to bring some more fruit to work than I usually do.

Today at work they were giving away free cookies to get people interested in the political issues related to banking. I sat inches from the cookie table at lunch and didn't even take a 1/2 cookie. Later in the day when I was starving getting ready for dinner I used visualization and remembered what I wanted to be- a person who didn't eat over stress and I managed to hold off for a healthy dinner.

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3/1/10 8:44 P

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I too have been trying to drink a cup of warm tea to stave off eating. It works most of the time. If I absolutely can't get my mind off food, I have started my own inner 'mom voice' .. "If you're REALLY hungry, go eat an apple." If the apple doesn't sound appealing, then I know I'm being tempted by something other than hunger and I try to go for a walk or do something physical to get my mind off of it.
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2/12/10 9:48 P

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Great job!

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2/12/10 8:46 P

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After both breakfast and lunch, I felt hollow, though I ate reasonable amounts of good food. On the way home from lunch out, I had the urge to stop at a market and buy junk. Instead, I promised myself I could have an early dinner, if need be. Since I had the day off, I came home and napped, waking with no urge to binge at all. Whew! made it. emoticon

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2/7/10 10:06 P

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Thanks. As it is, the plan to go to a friend's fell through. It's fine. I actually am not hungry enough for the burrito. I have some marvelous broth in the fridge and can easily throw in some veggies and chicken for a light late dinner when I do get hungry. Got fabulous bread in the freezer, too. I am not a bit interested in any sweets this moment. Can't ask for more than the freedom of this moment.
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*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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RACHELRB
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2/7/10 9:30 P

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Sounds like a plan! I admire your conscious thought.

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2/7/10 8:38 P

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I was in a coffee shop trying to get some work done. I noticed that a woman had brought in a burrito. It looked so good and I immediately wanted to go and get one though I wasn't hungry and it certainly wasn't a meal time. I ordered some iced tea instead. Now I'm so glad. I'm going to a friend's house to chat and do some studying. I'll bring a burrito there, share half, which will be plenty with a salad, and enjoy it for dinner. emoticon

*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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OOLALA53
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I was just thinking in the past few days about how it doesn't make sense to me that people try to "diet" in the winter. It doesn't mean we should overeat, but it makes sense that it might be a lot to expect to eat at the low end of our ranges, either. (Okay, I live in San Diego, but it's all relative. It was 60 degrees in my house when I got up this morning, and that is cold for inside!)

That being said, I find the best way to heat the house is to go for a walk! The house always feels warm for quite awhile after that. Hot tea and broth helps, too, without making me feel bloated.

In keeping with the post format, though, yesterday a friend let me come to his work so that I would have a space to do some catch up work of my own and have some company. He had some shredded cheese and tortillas out in the work lunchroom. leftover from a ski trip he and dads & sons had gone on. It would have been so easy to warm up a quesadilla, but we had dinner plans, so I kept thinking of how much better dinner would taste if I wasn't full from that snack. I did have coffee with a packet of hot chocolate in it, but nothing to chew. I got back to work and made it to dinner. emoticon

*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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This post isn't quite to the pattern that Oohlala started off but:

I subscribed to the Shrink Yourself site's email, and the one that was sent this week was really relevant to me - about how to stay warm in the winter. I definitely know that I eat to try and warm up, and these hints and tips were really helpful in suggesting other options. Have a read...

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Oolala you can have all my icing. Chocolate? Well that's another story. I was having a hungry day today but I managed to keep an eye on it. I kept asking myself if it was true hunger vs. hormonal urges. When I realized it wasn't true hunger I let myself snack on my planned snacks every 1/2 hour- 2 clementines, a pair and a granola bar. That got me through the afternoon.

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Icing! My beloved! I stole a saying from a gretting card: "never separate a woman from her frosting." If there is anything besides straight up chocolate I sometimes can't imagine never bingeing on again, it is icing.

It strikes me that this is probably not a very good thing to be writing about...

I have been having a pretty easy time this week (just lucky, I think) diverting easily from any thoughts of food and choosing to read, rest (have had a cold), cull clutter or do dishes. I just keep remembering to ask myself, What would you do if you didn't eat? emoticon

*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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LKG9999
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1/5/10 12:06 A

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Personally, I would have been intrigued to find out what purple icing tastes like... although I suspect it would taste like sugar with purple food coloring.

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Good choices and extra kudos on walking rather than waiting!

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Today I had orientation for the new job (sort of weird since I've been there a couple of weeks). At the orientation they offered lunch- deli platter and some cake with nasty purple icing. Rather than going with the flow and just taking everything I opted for no cake (I usually HATE buttercream icing) and opted for only potato salad instead of potato salad and pasta salad. The bread was HUGE so I only took 1 piece some nice turkey and a piece of avocado. The veg tray was practically untouched so I grabbed a bunch. I felt much better- less stuffed and pleased I didn't take cake I knew I wouldn't like anyway.

Afterward I had to wait for my son to pick me up. Rather than stand there or wait inside I chose to take a walk and meet him at a spot a mile away from the location. Time well spent- but I could have used gloves!

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Oohlala, what strikes me about what you've written so far on this thread is how much the urge to eat can be situational. I have been amazed - not in a good way - about how much of my urge to eat this past month has been simply because the food is there, with no real emotional stimulus that I can see.
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What seems to have stopped me from going overboard has been doing just that a few times and feeling uncomfortable after. After that happened a few times, when that urge to just eat and eat and eat would strike, I would have one simple thought: "I've had enough.", associated with the memory of feeling uncomfortable.

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RACHELRB
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Great job Oolala. We take each moment as it comes...

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I am on a trip, so this morning I had breakfast in the hotel. I cut a pastry in half to eat it. When I started to dwell on how good it would feel to chew and taste that other half, I thought about how I did not want to feel full while out and about this morning. Plus there were other foods I wanted to enjoy. I got a local paper and started talking about items from it with my breakfast mate. Yay! emoticon

*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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I try to think about the hunger switch being weakened if I resist the urge to binge. Sometimes I do resist but I am still learning how to catch myself sooner so I can resist more often.

Usually music and movement helps the urge pass. I crank up the tunes and dance.

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Wow .. well done finding a diversion for the feeling. You're doing great!
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Today, I sent a friend of mine who had come for lunch off with a few Christmas cookies. Immediately after she left, I suddenly wanted to eat about 5 of them fast! However, I shifted my thoughts to how satisfied I felt and how I didn't want to feel uncomfortable again as I had on so many days this holiday season.

I called a handyman to have him come over and then I immediately did the dishes so he wouldn't have to see them. Urge gone and I made it to dinner without eating. emoticon

Edited by: OOLALA53 at: 12/30/2009 (23:13)
*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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ndividual.asp


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12/29/09 5:17 P

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Whoo hooo... well done Oolala!

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OOLALA53
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Oops, I forgot to post my thought and activity! This is probably a little long on the thought, but it's the idea.

When I had the urge to eat, I thought that I didn't want to give in to the habit of eating at that moment because research has shown that eating would stimulate my brain so that the urge will become stronger if I give in. I'm not building up some huge reservoir of desire that will burst the dam someday. In fact, I'm decreasing the power of the urge.

Instead, I got out some information on my finances that I will need for an appointment later today and made some phone calls. The urge has passed.
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*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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Great idea. I have general thoughts but I am going to wait until one of those moments catches me so I can write what I did right at the moment.

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OOLALA53
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I've tried before to get a thread going on what people do instead of eating when they have the urge to eat but they know it is just an emotional urge or craving, and what thoughts get them to get involved in another activity besides eating. Whether people are using the diet or non-diet approach, success can't depend on never having the urge to eat. And, no matter what approach, people who have successfully kept weight off had to have thoughts and behaviors that kept them sticking to their plan. They had to think something when there was an urge and then do something else besides eating. I'm sure it can eventually become a habit, but in the beginning...

So, I suggest we have a simple format to share:


thought that kept me from eating: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
non-eating activity: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

So, it shouldn't be much about our history or food, etc., but what thought stopped the eating and what behavior replaced it.

I'm also going to suggest this on a few other boards to see where it catches on--or not. I may be the only one this is useful for! I'll share my own in my next post. emoticon

Edited by: OOLALA53 at: 12/29/2009 (14:38)
*"The goal of weight loss is incompatible with recovering from disordered eating." Center for Clinical Interventions
*The No S Diet saved my emotional life! Four years and counting. nosdiet.com/ *Be happy with this moment. This moment is your life.
*Get to the next meal hungry!
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