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8/29/08 9:42 P

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It sounds like you are doing good sticking below the calories Shawna!

I realy want to get this weight off, being 5'3 makes me look like an elf LOL,


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SHAWNA76's Photo SHAWNA76 Posts: 273
8/28/08 1:21 P

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Great points, everybody. I'll admit that I've generally been way more concerned with making sure I stayed below a certain number of calories than I was with checking the "kind" of calories I was eating. I knew I was having a hard time getting my protein in but I really haven't wrapped my brain around this nutrition thing yet. But I'm trying!

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I like to fool myself into thinking I'm not a picky eater but, actually, I am. There is a lot of stuff on my meal plan that I just won't eat and subbing foods starts creating this random menu that doesn't sound at all appetizing. I think I just need to sit down, do some research on foods I like that will give me what I need and make a menu based on that. I need to find a time to do that when DH is home to keep his eye on the boys. Boy, do I miss my laptop! I'll be stuck in the office for awhile!

Thanks, everyone!

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CORINACHAVEZ's Photo CORINACHAVEZ Posts: 535
8/28/08 12:22 P

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Hi, I have been hungry all week! I love those french fries and I cannot resist. Just last night my hubby came home with french fries and I eat probably less than half of them.(the rest my son eat) The only thing that is helping me control this type of craving is that I get sick after I eat fast food.
Right now, I am under a lot of stress which I think is the cause of my hungry and the fact that I am depressed.

This is what helps me with avoid over eating, six mini meals and high fiber foods such as fruits and veggies. Another thing is to drink water, sometimes are hungry is mistaken for thirst. I also try to set out my meals a day before and leave 200 cal. available for that extra snack at night.

Go luck and I am there for any support or motivation you need. Remember take one day at a time!!!

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8/28/08 10:17 A

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ITSELECTRIC05 - Excellent observations. I agree that the carbs/protein/fat are not very well balanced.

On some days your fat intake and your protein intake are about the same. QUALITY of the calories you intake is so very important.



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ITSELECTRIC05's Photo ITSELECTRIC05 Posts: 70
8/28/08 10:11 A

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Hi Shawna,

I took a look at your diet log... My feeling is you are not generally choosing very nutritious foods. Your body is craving nutrients that you're not getting from more fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, low fat dairy. Your protein is on the low side, more protein from lean sources (not high saturated fat/cholesterol) will keep you full longer because it takes longer to diegest.
Besides that, the things you are eating are calorie dense oz per oz. You could eat more with less calories without eating "diet food" just healthy food!
good options, also my dietician highly recommends a food scale:
oatmeal, low sugar
1-2 whole eggs with 2-3 egg whites omelette with vegetables
chicken breast, no skin in stir fry veggies with a flavorful soy sauce based sauce
soups with a broth/water base and lean meat and lots of veggies!
cottage cheese with 1/2c berries
greek yogurt, (thick and delicious! great with some berries or 1/4c granola)
extra lean ground turkey (think chili, soup, red sauces)
including more of these kinds of food will keep you full!
I hope this helps you and anyone else who might be facing similar issues
also, someone mentioned the 6 meals, I do that too!

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DEESUGAR's Photo DEESUGAR Posts: 229
8/28/08 10:09 A

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I am having the opposite problem right now. I can't make myself eat. I wake up and all I want to do is get ready for work and then I am off. I don't take the time to eat because I just don't want to eat. I usually have to force myself to eat lunch and dinner. I won't eat dinner if I am not home before 6:00 p.m. I am trying to have a balance in my life but it is only me and I just don't cook anymore and I just don't want to eat. Any ideas. I need to eat because it isn't healthy.


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8/28/08 10:08 A

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Shawana -- Sounds like maybe you metabolism is starting to rev up and although maybe you ay not need more calories -- Maybe you need to look at the QUALITY of you calories.

For example if a good part of your calories is coming from carb (bagels, bread, fruit), try substituting that too brown rice or pasta, ore vegetables. Adding some more protein to your diet will also help. Sometimes when I am feeling hungry and I know there is still another 1-2 till my next meal I have a whey protein shake. Backed with about 18-24g of protein, 100-130 calories each serving, seems to get me through.


I find that when I keep my meals at 30-40% protein, 30-40% carbs and under 25% of my calories from fat (good fats like oil olive, fish oils, nuts) my energy levels are up, I am far more satisfied with my food and I can workout harder.







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8/28/08 10:04 A

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Edamame is my lower cal version of fries, it's usually the salt I want and I can control how much goes on it. It's also high in protein. I also try eating an apple (makes me full) or anything else high fiber, low cal. Popcorn and water are also a very good option like Dee said.

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8/28/08 10:03 A

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I work with a nutrition researcher and he did a study that showed that people's hunger levels are most often determined by what they had eaten TWO days before. Not the day before as one would think. Isn't that interesting? Anyway, I can totally relate to the hunger pangs.

I am only in my second week of sparkpeople, but the first few days I was SO hungry. I think this is because I was so used to eating well over 2,000 calories that my stomach was stretched a little, expecting that food. When I went down to 1200-1500 it was quite a shock!

What really helps me is eating 6 small meals per day- when I know I can eat just 2-3 hours after I finish a meal I am happy and don't feel like I'm starving.

As far as the fries, you could definitely work a small size fry into your meal plan one day. Sure, it is not the healthiest choice but as long as you are still within your calorie range you won't be doing significant damage and you will satisfy that craving. Yesterday, I just had to have a starbucks frappuccino, so I ordered a "light" one for 130 calories and it was actually pretty filling and satisfied my craving for this week!

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8/28/08 9:48 A

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Good morning. When I am feeling like you, I do a couple of things and they seem to help me. I drink more water, I eat unsalted, unbuttered popcorn, I grab a piece of vegetable that has no or very little calories, I dance or just find something to that will take my mind off of wanting to eat.

I hope that this is helpful.
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8/28/08 9:16 A

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I don't know what it is with this week! I'm so hungry all day. I've gone above my calories almost every day - not by much but 100 calories over is still over. It's not my TOM or anything but I can't seem to quiet my belly! I've lost 8 pounds since rededicating myself to the SP plan so I know what I've been doing has been working but this week has just seemed to throw a wrench in the works... Plus, I thought I was done with craving the fast food but OMG I would love some fries right now!

Anybody have advice? Or just want to commiserate?
I have 15 pounds to lose to hit my first goal and I can't get off track in only week 3!

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