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4/30/12 9:57 A

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Hi Challengers,
just making you aware that the 3rd 2-week challenge has started! We are looking at removing sugar from the diet, so if you would like to share your sugar-free experience, or just start minimizing this in your day, please check out the 3rd 2-week challenge thread on the main discussion board.
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4/19/12 8:33 P

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This is my "bye" week for (hard) exercise and food journalling.
I'm working out in 3 week blocks, each building in intensity and duration, and then I'm taking a nice week off from hard exercise and food journalling.

Monday, I'm back though, and I'll be attacking another easy and changeable habit. So, if you are still plugging, I'll be here to jump back in with you.
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4/15/12 7:51 P

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I'm finding it much easier to keep my food journal during the week, vs. on the weekend. I like the freedom of not thinking about it, frankly. I may choose to just do it during the week for now, unless I find I need to attack the weekend to reel it in.

I'm running to the store to pick up fresh veggies. Believe it or not, Target of all places has the best baggie vegetables. I've been buying these sweet peppers and just eating them straight out of the bag with a little lite dip. Also, enjoying raw broccoli (who'd a thunk?) with dip too.
I'm doing so much better with getting raw veggies in daily, and I have to say my energy level has indeed gone up noticeably.

Still trying to find a "clean" low-fat dip for my veggies that I can tolerate. Everything seems to have either sugar or sucralose in it these days.

TG

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4/15/12 12:37 P

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Hi TG, I am the same at restaurants or if we get takeaway, Because we dont do it that much I look at it as a big treat and then think its okay to go mad and eat huge portion sizes that I would never usually eat if I had made that meal at home!! Doesnt really make sense!!

I havnt heard of Amy's products but I will keep a look out for them.

Yes the pizza was lovely, really enjoyed it and felt good after eating it, very virtous emoticon

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4/15/12 12:08 P

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Hello all,
this was to be the last official day of the two-week food journalling challenge, and tomorrow would start a new thread. I am thinking that if anyone jumped in late and wanted to continue with journalling, I am happy to continue checking in on this thread so it can be ongoing. What do you think? I will likely continue to journal for a bit longer, just because I have a specific goal and I'm continuing to uncover things I'd like to work on...specifically, restaurants have popped to mind.
I am TERRIBLE in restaurants. At home, I can pop a microwave meal in and make a few adjustments here and there...and I'm good. But, every time I go out to a restaurant, I feel like I have a really hard time maitaining portion control. It's like there's some sort of trip wire that goes off in my head tha says "eat like there's no tomorrow". We went out for sushi last night. It should be easy to eat clean and moderately at a sushi restaurant, but darned if I didn't eat enough for two people. So, I feel like I need to get a grip here and would love to hear some team input!
So Jacqui, kids can be tough. Maybe getting some time under your belt with eating clean first might be the way to go before bringing them into it just yet. Or, you may just have to go through a few things first to find what they like. Weetabix is not something I'm familiar with, but we do have so many stores here with European options that it's possible I might just find it. That makes me wonder if Amy's Kitchen product are something you would have in England. Maybe not! I think your pizza sounded delicious! I hope you got to enjoy it anyway.
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So a question goes out to everyone doing this exercise: WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED SO FAR?
I've learned the following:

1. My diet was very high in fat and calories, even though it was good fat. -I reduced the total amount of fat the second week by switching from 4% to 2%, 1/4 avocado instead of 1/2, lighter salad dressings, etc.
2. Portion control was an issue. Getting the microwave meals and pre-made salads has helped.
3. Needed to drink more water! I'm still working on this.
4. Needed to find fast solutions for breakfastes. I am doing oatmeal w/blueberries, cereals, smoothies, and eggs.

I really need to work on strategies for restaurants! That continues to be a bit of a setback as my job has me eating out a lot. It's tough.
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4/14/12 12:38 P

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I live in England so maybe Weetabix is only over here in the UK, i'm not really sure. Just made my kids a 'clean' pizza made with all fresh ingredients, plum tomatoes, chicken, basil and mozarella cheese. It is actually a spark recipe. Usually they would have a stodgy shop brought one. Unfortunately they have all turned their noses up at it LOL!!!

Guess it is not going to be that easy emoticon

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4/14/12 12:13 P

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Weetabix? You know, I have never tried those! I'll pick some up at the grocery store this weekend and give it a whirl.

I'm loving the Amy's kitchen products this week. They're good, fast, and keeping me in line with portion control. Of course, eventually, Amy's is going to get old, as will Trader Joe's salads, so I'm always on the prowl for new and easy ideas.

I think I'm going to do whole wheat waffles tomorrow with some peanut butter. Just having 1/4 or 1/2 instead of the usual baby-sized one's I usually have. I'm enjoying shrimp with cocktail sauce in the evening too. It's really fast, and lighter than the spring rolls I was making.

Off to enjoy 75 degree weather! Woohoo!
TG

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4/14/12 1:59 A

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I love to have Weetabix for breakfast. It is so quick and simple, just grab it out of the box pour on some milk and you're ready to go. To make it more healthy and substantial you could add some fruit to it. I need a really quick breakfast during the week because I have to be up and get my 4 kids up, washed, dressed and fed before the school run.

At the weekends I like to cook eggs sometimes emoticon

My name is Jacqueline but I prefer Jacqui :)

I live in the South West of England

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Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


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4/13/12 4:09 P

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Great job! Feels good to make some progress, doesn't it?

This may sound totally silly, but I just mastered the art of microwave corn and microwave oatmeal, using whole oats. Instead of sugar, I used two tbspoons of polaner's All Fruit blueberry preserve, as well as a large handful of fresh blueberries. It was delicious and very fast! I'm wondering if a strawberry or apricot preserve will be tasty to try next.

:o)
TG

Edited by: TRIGIRL7570 at: 4/13/2012 (16:35)
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TG-So the last two mornings I have made time for breakfast...yay. I had a strawberry/banana smoothie(next time I will add the oatmeal). This morning I had an egg scramble. Thanks again for the ideas. Still need to work on lunches too, I'll get there. Glad I started the food journaling it has helped me to really see my eating habits! Oh next time I make a trip to Costco I will look for that cowboy caviar, sounds yummy!
I am totally in on the eating cut off for the next two week challenge-Thanks! emoticon

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Okay, thanks for all the tips on what to look at and what to watch out for. I tracking in general has been my problem in the past. I lose when I track but it is over daunting and time consuming. I think this approach at it will change things up. Look forward to the challenge.

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4/12/12 8:24 A

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Awesome! You can use sparkepeople for this, or a notebook I use "my fitness pal", but post here. My fitness pal has the best database I've ever seen. Literally every obscure food I've gone to look up has been in there!

Now since you're joining us late, let me review quickly that we are NOT judging or dieting. In fact, I had a couple of days during the first week where I ate very well and moderately, followed by a couple of days where....let's just say, I didn't (Easter). For a minute there, I felt like I had blown it and had that "what a loser I am " mentality. But then, I caught myself. That is NOT the purpose of this exercise!

We are simply observing this time. When you take that frame of mind, you can't help but learn something that inspires new ideas. We have to get out of the idea that food is something that you can just add up like your taxes. The body and mind are far more complex than that! It's a medium that connects us socially, it has profound effects on our biological chemistry, and is highly pleasurable. So, let's look at this in terms of healthy management vs. "good or evil". That will mean different things to different folks. It also means that when we've learned what we need to learn, we can let go of the food diary, put it back in the toolbox, and only take it out from time to time as we need it. The goal is the put food in its proper place and enjoy health, not turn ourselves into neurotic calorie counters.

These last few days of this challenge, I am paying particular attention to what a portion size actually is. I've been measuring, but looking carefully at the volume of things so I can eyeball it. I know what a cup of grape nuts cereal sitting in my bowl looks like. I am noticing how long that kind of breakfast keeps me full vs toast and fruit. I'm noticing what time of the day I have a dip in energy, and I'm starting to drink protein shakes an hour before that. I'm also approaching my perishables first, making sure that fresh vegetable and fruit get eaten first, before anything preserved.

I'll also be thinking about weekends, and how I eat differently during the work week. How to stay within the lines when my day gets far less regimented and more social.

TG

Edited by: TRIGIRL7570 at: 4/12/2012 (08:27)
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4/11/12 11:39 P

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I'm new and joining with the challenge!
I'll start tomorrow with journal and tracking!!

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4/11/12 9:53 P

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Yep! We are food journalling (formally) through this Sunday, and Monday begins a new challenge, with the idea of building on each.

Hmmm. So your issues are:
1. Finding time to eat at work
2. Eating in the evening close to bedtime

My main question is, what do you do at work that doesn't allow you a minute to snack? Do you not get a formal lunch break, are you in meetings all day, or do you simply forget because you get too busy?

And how late are you sitting down to eat in the evening vs. your actual bedtime? Do you sleep well?

I haven't read Tosca's book yet, but I'm a HUGE fan of Clean Eating magazine. Love it! If you see good recipes that a monkey could do (ha ha-that's me!), do share!
TG

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What a great idea! And I see a lot of good food ideas here. I've come in late on this challenge, is it still focused on the food journalling part? I've been doing that daily for about a week, and I can see what my biggest issues are. My biggest challenge is in eating often enough during the day when I'm at work. I'm almost always totally slammed at work. I pack a cooler to take with me with small containers of veggies, fruit, nuts, a salad for lunch in case I manage time to EAT a lunch, that sort of thing. But making time to eat it is another matter, and often I take my cooler home again almost as full as it was when I packed it. I have to work on that. Also on my evening meal. I'm often hungry when I get home, but at the same time, it's often late. So I have to come up with an evening meal that I can eat after working out that isn't too bad for you to eat fairly close to bedtime.

Tosca's books...love them! There are a lot of really good recipes in them too.

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4/11/12 8:58 A

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Hey CALIBILLY3,
I think I'm going to make it another 2-week challenge on the eating cut-off thing, so if you want to wait, we can all do it together! I have been doing this for a couple of months, and it makes such a huge difference I can't tell you.

Another good breakfast idea is:
hash browns (just buy the bag of uncooked shredded potatos)-sauteed in pam with the cowboy caviar (you can tell I love this stuff!), then add scrambled eggs on top. An awesome quick omelet.

English muffin, microwave egg maker (make an egg), slice of your favorite cheese, SF chocolate milk

I recently bought a waffle maker from Costcos. This thing is the bomb! I'll make half a waffle in 2 minutes, then use peanut butter or yogurt to top vs. syrup. Delish!

Don't forget, you can add 2-3 tablespoons of dry oatmeal to your smoothies. You won't taste it and it's great fiber.

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4/11/12 8:49 A

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That's the spirit, JACQUELINE-D!
Anytime we get in over our heads, it's best to take a step back to super-simple and doable.
I love that you're still willing to do a portion of the exercise...one that you can handle! Simply looking at perhaps WHEN (later at night) and HOW (too many carbs, caffeine) can help you down the road for the next challenge. You are exactly right. Only ONE THING AT A TIME, sister!!!

I like to think about this stuff as little as possible. One benefit of doing this food diary is that it's helping me to develop simple, memorable meals that I can just roll with and know that I'm staying within a certain parameter. My intention is to stop tracking at the end of this week, and get back to putting food in it's proper place again....which is fuel and pleasure and social.
It's not entirely natural to make a science project out of a basic human function, I think. But, knowledge is power, and I've learned quite a few good things.

Truthfully, weight loss/maintence hinges on two things: Eat well, and eat this way consistently. Consistency with some things is so huge that changing something as simple as an eating cutoff time can create weight loss for people alone!! That's how I dropped the majority of 50 lbs I lost a couple of years ago. I tend to be a night eater, so switching that had an enormous impact...and I really didn't change the crap I was eating much. I've since done that, because I want to feel better and have more energy...which is the point of eating clean.

In other news, who knew you could microwave corn on the cob? Wrapping an ear in a wet paper towel and throwing it in there for 2 minutes makes some delicious corn, man! Cooking at the press of a button is what I'm all about too.

Back on track this week, and it's better than last week was. I'm prepared, having learned some lessons. I've got my Amy's, my Trader Joes, quick breakfastes, and the last two days have been very smooth. I've been getting great exercise in too...ran for an hour yesterday, am swimming, and started back into mountain biking. It's beautiful out! Love this weather.
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Wow emoticon , thanks for all the great breakfast and lunch ideas. I like the smoothie ideas for breakfast. That way I can mix them up and drink them on the way to work. The lunch ideas are great too! A lot better than the yogurt I had for lunch today. I'm going to look for Amy's at the market this weekend.
I agree about a cut off time for eating. I did that along time ago, stopped eating at 7pm every night. I do think it helped with my sleeping. I will try to get into the pattern of that. BUT only one thing at a time for me...lol. So I will keep with my journaling and try to get this breakfast thing under control.

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Thanks for understanding TRIGIRL, I am having a hard time with my eating at the moment. I have been on a 'diet' for the last 18 years and have been so obssesed with calorie counting and fat counting that I have completely lost all sense of normal eating. I think this has led me to the binge eating that I do and I really need to get on top of that. I am just trying to concentrate on healthy eating rather than calorie counting. Thanks for explaining that you are actually tracking not to count calories but to see what you eat. So I thought I might write down my foods as you said just to get an idea of what is actually going on rather than even thinking about how many calories they are. I weigh myself every day but am going to stop doing that too. My target for now is to improve the quality of what I put into my body, get in control of my emotional eating, and try not to think about how much I weigh for now. Just learn to eat properly again.

I will continue to check in here and will definately come on board with other challenges you do too emoticon

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4/9/12 9:52 P

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These are some of my favorite quick breakfastes-believe me....it's got to be fast or I don't do it!
1. Grape nuts with raisins or blueberries/skim milk. 2 mins
2. Microwave egg cooker-45 seconds, in tortilla wrap with cowboy caviar from Costcos (a southwestern mix of corn, black beans, onions...tex mex style. Very tasty), and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese. Total time: 2 minutes
3. My favorite smoothies. Either,
a. scoop of choc protein powder, cup of coconut water, 1 tbsp organic peanut butter, 1/2 cup of blueberries, handful of spinach (you don't taste it), ice, and blend. Takes 4 minutes
b. scoop of vanilla protein powder, a small orange, 2 slices pineapple, handful of spinach, 2 tbsp whole oatmeal (you don't taste it), ice. Blend. Takes 3 mins.

Mornings can be a lot easier if you institute an eating cutoff time. You will awaken much more refreshed, less hung over, and ready for breakfast. Not eating late at night is key to quality sleep (alot of people don't know this!) and can help people who are not early birds to get up. I am a class case of night owl/late sleeper, and this makes all the difference in the world for me.

Lunches:
My favorite quick lunches have been:
1. Amy's Kitchen-organic microwave meals. I love them, they're generally "clean", and they're fast.
2. Trader Joe's pre-made array of salads. Spicy Thai, Southwestern, Grilled Chicken...they have all the stuff in there and I just eat them straight out of the container. In the interest of cutting kcals, I've used my own dressing. Right now, it's Target's Ginger dressing, but it's really hard to cut the cals and not up the sugars. So, I'm limiting.
3. Good old fashioned PB and organic J with fruit.
4. Shredded chicken, a couple of tortilla wraps, and a bowl of fresh veggies. I throw them in the Bento and then assemble at work. Yummy.
5. Oatmeal and blueberries, with a little SF blueberry jelly preserves instead of sugar to sweeten. I take the dry oats and microwave them in a glass bowl at work. Takes 2 minutes! I usually take a protein shake like "EDGE" low-carb to eat with this, so I get the protein in.

Lately, instead of sodas, I've been loving Soda water like Perrier and Hint Fizz. For added sweetness, I throw blueberries in the bottles and let them soak a bit. It's just a hint of fruity flavor and it's refreshing as it gets warmer.

Hope this helps-I'll post more as I think of cool stuff.
TG

PS. A Bento Box is a japonese-style lunch box. It has several compartments in it, which allows you to pack multiple things side-by-side with dividers. I bought mine in an asian market. They're handy!



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Tracked my food. I am seeing that I still struggle with breakfast and lunch. Could use some ideas. I am super rushed in the mornings and just don't have time for breakfast or to pack a lunch! I should get up earlier....maybe that should be one of my goals. I don't know I have never been a morning person! Hey TG what is a bento box? You said you had some good solutions for lunch, what are they?
Whew tonight I really wanted to eat my husbands chocolate chip muffins, but I didn't. Was tough had a small glass of raspberry keefir instead. What do you all grab for when you are wanting something sweet?

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Eating intervals can be tricky, for sure-especially when jobs and families come into play. I am in a job that has me travelling alot, so I have to pack lunches. I've picked up some really good solutions, but I'm always interested in figuring out more as I go. The bento box idea has been very helpful for me. I can pack a greater variety of things and just pop the lid wherever.
I pretty much stick to 4 intervals of eating per day, with the occasional 5th.

Eating vegetables (raw) has been a little tough for me in the past too. I don't always want to go for kale vs. bread, as you can imagine, and I don't really enjoy cooking beyond 3 ingredients. However, lately, I've been doing really really well!! I've learned just two or three very easy recipes and I've been munching away on the good stuff now.
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I personally struggle with my eating intervals. That should probably be my goal for the next two weeks. To make sure that I am eating small gorgeous meals/snacks every 2 hours or so, instead of big meals 3x a day. My son snacks throughout the day, I should take a note or two from him! Now, to encourage his snacks to be a bit healthier! ;)

Thanks for mentioning that, TRIGIRL!

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No worries, JACQUELINE-D. If this is putting you in a bad place, then by all means...go and regroup! You have to take care of yourself, and I totally understand.

I would like to just throw it out there that this exercise was never intended to be a "diet", per sey. I personally, have multiple goals in mind, but reducing my total calories is only a small piece of that. I'm looking at several factors..including how processed my food is, eating at the right intervals, eating enough protein, adding fresh foods in, training for an upcoming event, etc. etc. etc. Too many things to do all at once! So, that is why the first and only step is simply to be willing to observe...and that includes observing when I make terrible choices so I can figure out how to set myself up for success in the future. However, that being said...I've totally been at the compulsive eating place, and sometimes it really is best to avoid the semblance of structure in this form. I'm approaching this with very little restraint...i.e., I eat it anyway even though I'm tracking. I haven't talked much about the other aspects, and perhaps should focus more on those in my posting, so people aren't confused about what the purpose is.

Yesterday, Easter, I ate my face off too, but I'm not looking at it like I blew it anymore. It's not about self flaggelation or trying to achieve any kind of perfect routine. That doesn't even exist!
It's about identifying pieces that can make a small difference towards "leaning" into health. Now, today is a new day, and I'm realizing that I was PMSy and it was a holiday and my crazy relatives were over and blah blah blah. Now I'm back on the high road. By being willing to look at WHY I was binging, it helped to apply a little self-love and forgiveness. Heck, I even gained 1.5 lbs since last week! C'est la vie. Happens.

Do you feel like you understand what was going on with you? Was tracking things making you feel too walled in? Was it hormones? Was it a stressful event that triggered you to use food? If so, then maybe just pick ONE thing

Besides, the great thing about this is that each new day offers another chance to learn something helpful! Food tracking makes me nuts too most of the time, which is why I'm only doing it for long enough to figure out a gameplan. then I'll step back a bit and work on something much simpler. As for me, I'm at it for just one more week, and then I'm going to start another mini-challenge. Feel free to join us for that one!
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Thanks for the Agave nectar post too! I have read the same things, and have eliminated it from my diet. Since eliminating most overt sugars a year and change ago, I'm realizing that enough is invisibly added to my food without having to pour this stuff on.
I'm definitely on the "anti-sugar" bandwagon!

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Hey guys! I haven't hopped on board yet, just peeking in on this challenge and something caught my eye.

Agave Nectar -- Some studies have shown that agave nectar may not be all it is cracked up to be. It is actually a HIGHLY processed product, and some argue that it may not be a whole lot better than HFCS.

I, personally, will be avoiding it like I avoid HFCS.

Here is what Tosca Reno has to say about it --
http://toscareno.blogspot.com/2012/01/su
gar.html Item #4.

I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade, and I see that the steps being taken to be clean are FABULOUS!! Many kudos to you all!

Let me mull over what I want to focus on for the next two weeks and I'll get back to ya! LOL

Hope you all had a blessed Easter!

P.S. If you don't have any of her books, I HIGHLY recommend you get your hands on as many as you can! They are excellent! A great one to start with is "Just the Rules". And excellent spring board into clean eating!

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Sorry guys I am dropping out of this challenge. I am having big problems with binge eating at the moment and the idea of being on a diet seems to make things worse. SO i have decided that I need to stop the concept that I am on a diet and concentrate on healthy eating and making my body more healthy. Therefore no more food tracking and calorie couting until I am more able to manage my eating issues.

Good luck on your challenges.

I will still be on the team and concentrating on my clean eating goals.



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CALIBILLY3- don't feel bad. I'm right there with you! Alas, the whole idea of this first challenge is to simply put it out there, and believe me, it's not particularly pretty on this end.
This was the end of the 1st week of my two week challenge, and I've identified more than a few freakin' problems. Fortunately, a few things went well too, so I'll try to stick with those and work on the stuff that's holding me back.
Here's what week one tought me:

1. I really want to simplify things. Tracking has got to get and stay easy, or I'll stop doing it. I liked the novelty, but eventually I know that will wear off.

2. I'm going to shoot for 1500 kcals (ish). 1200 is too low. I did that for two days, and was really hungry. Then, 4 days later on Easter, I ate everything in sight and said screw it to the tracking...so rebound is no good.

3. I need to get "grab and go" lunches. I hate cooking or taking longer than 5 minutes to do anything food related. The trader joe's pre-made salads were great this week, and fast! Also, I'm going to stock up on Amy's Kitchen frozen meals just for the purposes of reaching my weight loss goal. A quantified meal is so much easier and faster.

4. I've got to get consistent with the fish oil again. Taking liquid fish oil kills my appetite well, but I keep slacking off with taking it.

5. I learned that a few things I had been eating were much much higher in calories than I had previously thought. Something I thought was arond 400 was actually 1200!!! Yikes!

So, I'm making a new shopping list, and tomorrow is a new week.

As for your pattern, I am very very familiar with the light eating thing during the day followed by eating everything but the wallpaper at night. I struggled with this my whole life, and find that when I follow an eating cut-off of 6:30pm, I function best. I wake up hungry, and sleep much better at night since I'm not digesting alot of food. You can try starting this by giving yourself permission to eat whatever you want, but stop eating at 6:30pm. I look forward to a hot drink at night-like SF hot chocolate or vienna cafe, but I don't eat.

You definitely need more food during the day. Coffee and a banana won't fill you up! The caffiene will hold you over for a while, but then you'll rebound. The pistachios and fruit and nut bar may or may not have had enough protein, and then you had dinner.

What kinds of easier breakfastes could you do to add to the banana and coffee?
TG

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TG- I am not happy with my diet at all. I know I don't eat healthy and that I am lazy when it comes to preparing food. So I end up eating whatever I can find on hand. Like today it was coffee and a banana again for breakfast. Lunch I ate a handful of pistachios and a fruit and nut bar. Later on a handful of Hershey Kisses. Dinner was 3 rolls(ugh), chicken and mashed potatoes(ate out).

I feel tired most the time. I am usually starving by evening time....probably since I am not eating well through out the day. Then I get into late night snacking...its not pretty.I am trying to change my eating and need help with ideas. That's why I joined this team.

Thanks for asking emoticon , I appreciate all the hep I can get.
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CALIBILLY3

How did you feel with this diet, as far as timing and feeling full? Did you find yourself getting really hungry at certain times of the day?

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Okay here's my food journal for today.:

Coffee with creamer
1 banana
Ham and swiss cheese sandwich on a pretzel roll
Handfull of tortilla chips
Handfull of sunflower seeds
Baked Chicken with mashed potatoes
1/2 a chocolate chip muffin

Writting down what ya eat is an eye opener for sure!


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Those are great changes you're kicking off with! I love salmon, so that would be an easy add, and I'm also starting to really kick in to gear with farmers markets. I just love fresh lettuce and tomatoes, etc!

Good idea on the maple syrup, etc., but take care to eat proteins with those because they still have the same effect on blood sugar as plain old table sugar. I've actually moved away from those recently, but they can be good if they work for you.

Have you tried sugar-free chai tea, like the kind they sell at Target? I thought it was quite good!
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Ooof.

What I thought would be an "on target" day turned frightfully bad at dinner time.
I made spring rolls, like I have many times in the past, thinking that since they are mostly chopped lettuce and greens and shrimp, that it would end up being reasonably light.
Wrongo.
I scarfed them down, and then sat down to add it all up...1024 kcals!!!! FOR DINNER ALONE!! The dipping sauce added up to be much more than I thought, and the individual rice papers were each 100...I had four...yikes.

Arrrrrrgggh.

I've got to take the mindset that there will be a learning curve with this, and that I may not get into a groove immediately. I got in a good swimming workout today, and thought that might offset the damage a bit, but I know it doesn't really work that way.

On the bright side, I am building a nice database for quick-adds, and I learned that next time I make spring rolls...it will be only two I'm making, instead of four...and with half the dipping sauce! Yikes!

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Well trackers really makes me realise how many calories I am REALLY eating compared to what I thought. Also that my usual lunch was an egg sandwich on white bread and low fat mayo. It tasts yummy but never really fills me up and leaves me wanting more. I swithched to a small sweet potatoe with loads of salad and a small amount of no fat cottage cheese. THis tasts just as yummy, totally fills me up and is actually slightly less calories!!! I would never have known this without tracking.

I need to stop the peanut butter, I am addicted to it and kid myself that is is good for me because it is good fat but lets be honest it is packed full of fat and calories. Also it is a trigger food for me. Once I start it is hard to stop!

I like hummus for a dip at the moment. I have been buying it but really want to make my own soon!

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"3. Does anyone have a good idea for a clean eating, lower-fat dip that could be tasty for raw veggies?"

My latest, favorite dip is my version of one I bought at Whole Foods a while ago: Edamame & Cucumber

I make mine with a bag of shelled, organic edamame
Cubed English cucumber
Enough Bragg's Amino to liquidize to a thick consistency (in the VitaMix)

You can add other seasonings as you like.

Other ideas: Hummus, bean dip, and Sunflower/Cashew butter

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Ha ha! This is too funny! I didn't receive any notices of replies to my post for a few days, so I assumed that nobody was down with this idea. So, I thought to myself..."well, I'm on a roll here so maybe I'll just post alone and hopefully someone will join me later". WOW!!! Yay! Other people!!!

I love Sparkpeople for blogging, but frankly, the ads sometime slow my computer down so I haven't done much tracking here in this food journal. I've been using "My Fitness Pal". Also free, but far fewer commercials. If anyone wants to "friend" me on it, I'm open, although I will continue to blog here indefinitely. One thing I think is really cool about it, is that it remembers what you put in there, so you can quick click and it's done. Not to mention, the food bank is incredible. It has literally everything you can think of and you can even scan it in with a bar code! I'm so geeked out. Nerd alert.

So. My first 2-3 days have been quite illuminating. Yeesh. I've been seriously kidding myself. Despite eating predominantly fresh, whole foods, I've been eating one hell of a lot of fat. I'm accustomed to chowing down on half an avocado here, liberal butter on my toast there, 4% cottage cheese, nuts, etc. All good, but let's face it...not helping in the weight loss department. My portions are over the top too. God, can I ever chow down on food. I just love it, and I'm wired to not stop after just one plate, so it's hard.

Based on what I've learned from day 2-3, I'm making the following changes:
1. Going from 4% to 2% cottage cheese. Fat free is too gross for me for now.
2. I'm switching meal volumes. Heaviest at lunch (fat), lightest at dinner. I'm going to try having grapenuts with skim and veggies at night, so I go to bed less laden with calories.
3. I've bought the coolest tupperwear salad bowl:
you can see it at this link: http://www.hrpersonality.com/Products/Area
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I didn't pay $30 for mine though..I got it cheaper through a local gal.
It has it's own dressing container, knife and fork that attach and it's super handy. To keep lunches simple, I've been buying the Trader Joe's pre-made Spinach Super Salads, their Mediterranean Pasta Salad, etc. but lightening them up with my own salad dressing. Target sells an Archer Farms low-fat Ginger salad dressing that is deeeelish and much lower fat than what I've been using.

I also bought a "Bento Box" from an Asian market. It's got all these separate little containers that fit like a puzzle and I can just throw all my mixed veggies in there with a dip and go. It's great!

QUESTIONS:
1. What are you learning about your patterns and eating habits as you journal?
2. What changes are you ready to make if any?
3. Does anyone have a good idea for a clean eating, lower-fat dip that could be tasty for raw veggies? I have a hard time eating them plain and need some good ideas!

TG

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Okay first day and i wrote every thing down. I guess I now need to work out the calories for what I am eating to see if this is where I should be or not!!

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Hi! I'm new here and have been making small changes toward cleaner eating recently. I'd love some support and ideas.

I have started buying organic apples.
I have started juicing or blending fresh fruits and veggies.
I am cutting way back on meat and using home cooked beans, lentils, quinoa, and other whole grains. I'm adding more salmon to my diet.
Trying not to add salt.
Switching from refined sugar to using maple syrup, agave nectar or honey when it works.
Try to cut back on coffee 'treats' and sugar laden chai tea - but that's the really hard one for me.

Will continue on my journey! All the best to everyone here.

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Welcome Maggie!

Okay here's my food journal for today. emoticon :

Coffee with creamer
1 banana
Ham and swiss cheese sandwich on a pretzel roll
Handfull of tortilla chips
Handfull of sunflower seeds
Baked Chicken with mashed potatoes
1/2 a chocolate chip muffin

Writting down what ya eat is an eye opener for sure!

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Hey guys, let me introduce myself.. my name is Maggie and I'm new in here joining this team but I really need to get serious and disciplined about the food I eat... So, definitely I'm in the boat with you all..

Step by step... Every day is a small win.. Let's do it: one day at a time!!! :) Maggie


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I think this is a great idea...count me in. I am just getting on the boat with clean eating, so I think keeping a journal will be helpful. That way I can really see what I am eating.

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Yeah I'll come on board with you. I am in exactly the same boat, I have 12 weeks until my holiday and was hoping to lose 12 lbs.

I also hate food journalling, I usually manage about two days and give up but it is always an eye opener when I do it.

I'll come on and post every day too

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A few of us have made the plea for a "clean eating" buddy. So, I would like to throw it out there to get us started on a tangible goal towards clean living. I am going to do a two-week at a time challenge for myself, and I'll make a goal of checking in on my thread here as I go.
If any others out there are game to jump on board, please join me on this thread!
The idea is to pick ONE THING, and work to consistently do that one thing for two weeks. Then, pick another, and build on each new habit while working to maintain what you've started. Perfection is not allowed, but picking achievable, highly do-able mini-goals is!
I'm thinking a 12-week plan, with 6 mini-goals-two weeks each. You could pick your own, or come along with me on my list. Mine are:

1. Food journalling to identify
2. Switching some easy things...like high fat to low fat
3. Switching from artificial, to fresh, organic foods
4. Getting protein with each meal
5. Getting good exercise
6. Getting good sleep


My first 2-week challenge is judgement-free FOOD JOURNALLING.

I totally hate food journalling, and resist the idea of jotting down everything I eat. However, I have a goal to drop 12 lbs by early summer so my first goal is to face what I'm doing that got me here in the first place. This next two weeks, I'm going to look at what I'm eating and get cleaner by making better choices the next round.

I would really welcome anyone else's support and ideas! :o)
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