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10/26/10 11:15 P

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I do the same exact thing... at home/work I eat a pretty healthy and balanced diet, but when I go to my sister's house all that is out the window. I spend an average of 2 days a week at my sisters (I often sleep over to spend time with her, my bro-in-law, and my niece), so all my hard work from the rest of the week is wasted. It really is frustrating, but I've just been trying to be more careful about where and how often we go out to eat, what I'm putting in my coffee (a big thing for me in all this is milk & splenda... trying to get rid of cream & sugar), and making sure I'm drinking a lot of water.
Anyone have any other tips for us to keep things healthy and in control while we're with our family members?

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7/16/10 10:06 A

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Nah, I think that's totally normal. Food is comfort and family is comfort. They go hand in hand. Although it's not easy to turn down when parents/in-laws make some good soul food. lol. Luckily my Mom is on SP so I don't have her coaxing me to eat bad and my in-laws know I'm trying to lose weight and I've told them I won't even go over there if the food is really high calorie. That encourages them to make some healthier choices. For their own good too. :-) You can help people sometimes even though they don't realize it. :-)

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6/20/10 10:24 A

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I totally understand what you mean!

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6/17/10 4:33 A

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I Am The Same As VANILLAMOCHA. We Live With My In-Laws So I Eat What They Make But When We Go Out I (Almost) Always Eat Healthier Or If I Cook Its Healthy.

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BARBYCHICAGO Posts: 241
6/6/10 7:59 A

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I agree. I'm a creature of habit, so when I'm not home, I really struggle with my diet and my excercise. I've also noted that when I'm around my best friend we ocassionaly go off the deep end and finish our nights with too much wine and too much chocolate....

Also at work, I switched offices recently. At my old job, we had a break room where people would put all their food, so I'd just avoid the break room. Now at my new job, they put it on a table 2 yds from my desk. I graze all day and I've noticed I've started to put on weight....

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5/29/10 11:08 P

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I ALWAYS have portion control issues when I go home, which is not good at all.

I don't know if its influences, something emotional, or simply not enforcing any self-control.

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5/21/10 7:06 P

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I totally agree. I also feel like I eat different in different environments. I think its normal and is determined on your level of activity and comfort.

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5/20/10 8:53 P

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I'm right there with you all! My natural grazing instincts kick in over at Mom & Dads I automatically start cruisin for junk when I go through the door... which they always have (oreos! cookies etc...)

A big help though, was when they went on a major diet/change together and purged a lot of the junk, but after they reached their goals the junk creaps back.

Another harrowing place for me is the 'teacher's lounge' someones'always leaving leftover cupcakes there or something (must resist!)

The best thing has happened recently, normally when I come home from work I head straight for a snack but, since I started walking after school I'm not able to do that since I'm walking at my Mom's house instead of mine :) I also started bringing an orange with me over there so I had something that wasn't terrible to snack on.

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5/20/10 3:37 P

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i always go over my limits when i go t my mom's, i mean i do the whole portion thing but she always cooks and bakes alot of things, she made me chocolate cake for my b-day and sent some home

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5/8/10 7:00 P

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Absolutely.

It's not weird at all. I find it easier to be good at work since it's not as easy to get food which forces me to make my meals ahead of time (which makes for a healthier meal).



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2/16/10 11:44 A

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OMG! I was actually talking to a friend about this a few weeks ago. But it’s not my parents it’s this one other friend that I have. For some reason when I’m around her and we go out to eat, I eat like crap! Then I read an article I think that was all about if you’re friends are overweight you’re more likely to be overweight because it’s kind of like the whole “monkey see, monkey do” thing. I don't know how true that is but it was interesting just the same. Defiantly weird...

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2/15/10 10:49 P

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YES!!! I do it too. And my mother doesn't help. She buys food and makes things I don't normally eat. She came to visit me last week and brought these brownie bars which she knows I shouldn't be having.

Then I come home, and she's offering me coke and way too much food. And when I leave to go back home, she's giving me a can of coke so i will "stay awake" while driving.

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2/3/10 9:36 P

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I eat really poorly at my parents' house because of the foods they keep in the house! If there are Oreos in the kitchen I will eat one every single time I walk through - that's why I cannot buy things like that for home. I live in FL and my parents are in Illinois, so I am only there a few weeks a year, but it's a really bad week in terms of eating when I'm there. I always plan to do better, but it never happens.

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2/2/10 8:43 P

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I travel for work sometimes - usually a week every month or so and it completely screws me up. I cook almost all of my meals when I am at home and I exercise on a very regular schedule, but once I get out of that home environment for even a few days, it's so hard to get back on track again. I feel like it takes so much more conscious energy - I just have to accept it and keep moving forward. But it's definitely a ripple in my pool!

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2/1/10 5:10 P

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I feel in control at work...weekends are really hard!

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1/30/10 9:00 P

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I find I do that too... especially when I am at my parents house. They always have sweets around and always try to feed me as soon as I walk through the door. I usually go there just after I've ate...

I also find that at different times of the month I get so hungry... I think it is hormonal... because then the next week, I'll have very little appetite.

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1/26/10 1:48 P

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Human beings are adapted not just to be hungry when food is around us, but to crave the particular foods that are readily available to us.

This is why it is so easy after a few weeks to eat extremely healthy if all you do is surround yourself with great whole foods.

This can be a problem when we go on vacations of visit family where we remove ourselves from our typical environment, but it's not at all out of the ordinary.

It's important to be aware of this, but don't stress out about it. Most of the time this is only temporary, and as long as you are being knowledgeable about what you are eating, you aren't going to lose your way too bad.

Besides, its incredibly healthy to indulge from time to time.

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1/24/10 11:53 A

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Nope, you're definitely not alone. I was thinking about this very fact just recently. Classes started back up this week and I was reflecting on how at the beginning of every semester I automatically switch back into healthy-eating mode. I do most of the cooking at home, so I do try to fix healthy meals, but yeah, when I'm not cooking it's harder for me to keep eating right when my family may not be. Then here at school it's easier since I buy my own groceries with a limited budget and can choose healthier meals when I eat on campus.

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1/21/10 8:53 P

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lol, dont worry, your not alone! I live at home still so here i always pig out and like going to a restuarant i always wanna be healthy, kinda reverse things, but i still get where your coming from

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1/11/10 10:40 A

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Ok, me and my mom are both eating healthy and working out, but when I go to her house. We both seem to fall off and eat all bad stuff. I do not go there too often as she is 2 and half hours away, but it is frustrating. We always say that were going to be good, and then we decide to get an ice cream and eat a burger and fries. LOL

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1/11/10 10:08 A

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No, I don't think you're weird for that. There's something about "going to mom's" that makes you eat. I know with me, when I go to my mom's or grandparents' houses, it's like they expect me to eat. It's just what they do. lol

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1/11/10 1:15 A

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I have a question...does anyone feel like they eat differently in different locations and times of the week or day?
I eat very healthy when I am at my house, but when I go to my parents, its like I am a totally different persone with little self control? I was just wondering if anyone else felt this way or if I am just being weird about it...

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