I've been taking a multi-vitamin for the same reasons. I agree that our bodies sometimes hunger because it's looking to fill a need and until it gets that need, it will never be quiet. One thing I like about SparkPeople is it encourages us to add to our diets, not subtract. I drink a lot more water than I ever did growing up and my daughter is starting to get her own craving for water which is wonderful. I'm now working on adding fruits and veggies to the diet. While they are not as nutritious as they used to be, they are still better than other options so I'll take what I can get. I've been stocking myself with frozen veggies, fresh fruits, and a few canned varieties with juice or water instead of syrup.
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For 1000's of years, we humans have been manipulating our food supply consciously and unconsciously. We chose for flavor and tenderness -- not nutrition. And our bodies CRAVE nutrition -- part of the reason we overeat today is that the nutrition just isn't in our food supply as it used to be (for several reasons: our manipulation, pollution, food processing, storage...) and so our bodies tell us to keep eating until we manage to get some nutrition into ourselves. This of course makes it hard to eat "normally". There are simply too many calories for the vitamins and minerals we get in our food.
Don't get me wrong -- the first and best choice is to get our nutrition from our food choices. When we fall short of what we need nutritionally (but have reached our caloric limits) I think it helps to take nutritional supplements (again: vitamins and minerals) to quiet the body's roar for MORE!
I've been doing this for awhile now, and for the last 6 months, I've been noticing that I seem to be eating less without trying.
I think finding my "inner normal" is the reason I'm finally successful. I have finally found ways to incorporate the things I want to eat without overdoing it OR feeling deprived. There are some things I choose not to eat, but not because they're "bad" or I feel like I "can't have them", but rather because they're not in my budget. It's not so different from the way I (should) spend money; yes, I want that $150 perfume but I'm not willing to spend that much on it today. COULD I have it? Sure, but it's not worth it right now. Maybe it might be, on a special occasion or on a different day. I have the exact same attitude toward food. Finally!
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True. When I was a preteen until my very young adult years, I suffered from activity anorexia so I could be at the lower end of the normal weight range. I exercised anywhere from an hour to 4 hours a day. I thought because I exercised so much I was healthy, but I severely limited my food intake because I had a little tummy, a butt like J Lo, and thighs. I wasn't stick thin like the girls I looked up to were.
Be comforted by this medical fact.Men lose weight more quickly than women because their metabolisim is higher.Men require more calories just to breathe.Continue to eat in moderation as you are and exercise more.Also track and record your food faithfully..People who do this lose weight faster.
That always frustrates me when someone is easily getting success and I'm not. I remember when one of my co-workers told me that he lost like 20 lbs just by not drinking soda. I've stopped eating soda for a lot longer and it did nothing for me. I still don't drink it much for other reasons, but I can drink all water and I will be luckily if the scale shows a 1 lb loss and when I start exercising, seems like I gain all the weight back and I don't see the inches come off or anything so I had to change my thinking. I'm doing all this for health reasons now. Maybe a bunch of internal changes need to happen before the scale will reflect. All I know is binge eating due to frustration won't help me.
I read this article too. I think a normal eater is one who thinks of food as fuel for their body mainly, but understands the pleasure aspects of eating. They are people who have control over how much they eat and do things in moderation vs succumbing to cravings and binge eating. At least, that's how I see me when I think of being a normal eater.
GRANDMADAR2 thanks for the compliment. Like you, I do my chores, do some gardening, love to cook of course eat. We must change and move more. I know we need to but I just don't motivated. Last year I did a couple of 5ks and then I stopped my walking/running program. Ok, I must start with 10 min. like Spark Guy recommends. Good luck with you physical fitness.
ZOEWE just keep trying and don't give up. I find that when I plan and track my food my weight lose is much better than when I don't. Give it a try and don't forget, guys loose weight faster than gals do.
Margaret ********************* SW=205 April '10 GW=145 (ultimate goal weight)
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Hmm, good question. I guess I too just try too eat as healthy as possible. I have a room mate who's main thing is Red meat and or bacon yup he became diabetic so now he eats more like me. !/2 plate of veggies 1/4 carbs and 1/4 lean meats. he has lost 30 lbs. since November. and yes why is he losing it and not me? We both use the tread mill and work in the garden. Go figure? and he is retired and I am not!
Hello everyone. I have been around in a long while. Hope all is good by you.
I read this Spark Blog "Have You Found Your Inner 'Normal Eater'? and thought it was worth mentioning here. For years I have been trying to find out what is normal eating and its different for everyone. All I know is that normal eating is sensible and enjoyable. Read it and see if had it pertains to your "normal eating" style. For me, on a daily basis I focus on eating healthy foods and I make them tasty by trying different recipes. I also indulge from time to time and enjoy socializing with friends without worrying about what I eat and the calories that I consume. What I must focus on is the exercise. I don't do enough.
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