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4/4/07 8:19 P

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I used to eat breakfast most of the time (80-90% maybe?) but it was usually just, one banana or two pieces of toast. (when i was in high school it was usually a giant bagel with some orange juice) I also scarfed it down sometimes while speed walking to class. No good!

Now I'm focusing on getting some protein along with some carbs. As far as the transition goes, the tastiness of the food was a major motivation to start eating a healthier breakfast. I'd suggest finding a few things that are really tasty for you and vary them throughout your meals so you don't ge bored. Sometimes I throw in some microwaved black beans (canned, rinsed, drained) or some tuna. Be creative with spices too! Lots of breakfast foods are either greasy (bacon/ sausage/ hash browns) or sweet (pancakes/ waffles with syrup/ muffins/tarts) and it doesn't have to be that way!

Another thing that helped in a lot of ways was waking up just a bit early. There's an article on SP somewhere about how much your morning waking routine can affect your day, and it's true! I used to set the alarm so I could just barely squeeze in time to shower/dress/eat. Now I give myself time to cook breakfast (even though it only takes 3 minutes) and then sit down and eat it. A little more time being awake before I eat helps me feel hungry enough to eat, and I also have time to drink a glass or two of water to start the day.

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4/3/07 1:10 A

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That sounds really tasty. My problem is that I am so stuck on my eating schedule so far that I have trouble realizing I'm not hungry when it's lunch or dinnertime. I read on Spark that eating a big breakfast curbs appetite later, but I have to train my brain to listen to my stomach.

JUJUANNA, did you have any problems figuring out what worked for you? Did you start your program with this in mind, or have you always eaten breakfast? It's a great tip, I'm just wondering if there was any transition time for you.

Yay for threads being alive and well!

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4/2/07 11:51 P

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let's not let these old threads die!

my favorite new strategy to avoid overeating is to eat a big breakfast. (and by big I mean not very big at all since I just don't have a huge appetite in the morning, but big with nutritional power!)

A nice hot breakfast helps me wake up: I saute together some diced peppers (red/green/yellow), diced onions, and then add some tomatoes and spinach. then i dump that onto my plate and scramble up some egg substitute. mix the veggies in with the eggs, eat with a small slice of whole wheat and a banana, or wrap in a warm tortilla/pita if you're on the run.


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3/4/07 3:21 P

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Rice Cakes! 35 calories a cake (or 50 for the multigrain)

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3/4/07 2:46 P

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My favorite low cal. snacks:
1. 1/2 a cup of skim milk
2. Clementine: 30 calories 2gm of fiber
3. 10 baby carrots and 1/2 tablespoon of peanut butter

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3/2/07 7:17 P

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These are great ideas! Some great low cal snacks I've found that help with cravings are baked Lays chips, fat free yogart, and fruit smoothies.
I definately agree that we should write each other especially when we are feeling low or having a bad day.

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3/2/07 3:49 P

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The most important tip I have is to NOT expect immediate results. If you are dedicated, the results will pay out over your lifetime. There is no need to get hung up on losing on an arbitrarily chosen number of days or weeks or months. Goals are important, but be patient and remind yourself that this is for your HEALTH, not just to see the numbers (scale or tape measure) go down.

Not really a trick to lose, but a tip to stay sane and healthy.

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3/2/07 6:20 A

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* eat as many raw veggies as possible
* seafood is great...low cal and full of omega3 fats (read my blog on this if u want)
* learn to eat low-fat food : 0.1% fat yogurt, 1% fat milk...so on...
* grow ur own herbs (i.e oregano) in a flower pot ;)

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I've just posted a few tips on a sparkfriend page, and I thought I would share them here and see if we can compile a nice bunch of them... What are those little things that really worked for you??


1. Drink, drink, drink your water! and then some more!
2. If you go too high on your calories one day, just make sure you make up for it the next few days so your weekly average is within range. It's ok to have one or two or three bad days, but make sure you make up for it staying at the lower end for a few days.
3. Log in every single thing you eat. Even that spoonful of icecream you had while serving it to your nephew. It still has calories. Logging everything will eventually make you stop bingeing because it's too hard to track. Also, keep logging in even if you have a few days or weeks or even a month "off". If you keep seeing those big numbers you're more likely to get back on track that if you just forget completely about it.
4. Sparkmail somebody (me, another buddy) whenever you're feeling low, after a bad day or before a hard one or if you just need to vent away. It's always better than keeping it to yourself.
5. Ask! There's no dumb question!

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