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KELAN5 SparkPoints: (56,924)
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7/10/13 12:06 A

Like others here, I have found that rather than cutting things completely out, it's really about making choices. I try to choose which carbs I'll have for a meal, for instance, such as eating either potatoes or rice or tortillas (or maybe two of the above) but not all three at once. I have also (like others have mentioned) learned more about what my body responds well to and what it doesn't. Therefore, I have mostly cut out sodas or any other "fizzy" drinks and I try to avoid big-name potato and tortilla chips as I have trouble stopping when I begin eating them. In addition, I have found that rather than eating guacamole (which is another food that seems to encourage mindless face-stuffing), 1/4 avocado (the serving size) actually does add just the right amount of flavor and doesn't leave me feeling bloated. Tonight, rather than enjoying an ice cream sandwich, I indulged in fresh cherries.

KIMBERLYL532 SparkPoints: (75)
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7/9/13 11:11 P

Being told I had prediabetes.

SUNPANTHER SparkPoints: (33,597)
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7/9/13 9:42 P

I gave up grazing - now 3 meals and 1 snack (if I need it) per day. Results in 2 days!

I also have cut out bread. Didn't realise just how bloated I constantly was, until going away for a week and having bread every day.

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
7/9/13 6:47 P

I also subscribe to "everything in moderation", but I have drastically reduced foods that have too many calories and little/no nutritional value. I'll maybe have chips once every couple months, and a cookie less often than that. I'll ask myself with junk food "do I really want to spend calories on that?" and quite often the answer is "no". I think previously I ate that stuff out of habit and because it was there. Like someone said upthread, once you know how many calories you're looking at, you can't unknow.

I've also cut back significantly on the amount of meat that I eat. I didn't even notice until I was discussing meat with a coworker one day, and I checked my trackers and for weeks I had eaten 0-1 servings of meat a day. I don't know that I would cut it completely, but I like my rotation of vegetarian meals and alternate protein sources.

COO_KIE SparkPoints: (64,585)
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7/9/13 5:35 P

I cut out gluten after 42 years of diarrhea. Reason...see previous sentence. After 7 days, I became 'normal.'
I TRY to limit artificial colors, preservatives, and processed foods.

AJBOTV SparkPoints: (0)
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7/9/13 5:04 P

I'm vegan. I don't eat meat, dairy, eggs, honey, or anything that either comes from an animal or is produced by an animal. I'm also in the process of a gluten-free 21 day trial so for now certain grains have been eliminated from my diet.

I did it to be healthier. I know lots of people hear horror stories of vegans who look grey and sickly or suffered health issues, but I can honestly say I've never felt better in my life. I had given up meat sporadically throughout my life but never felt a huge change. Giving up meat and dairy...I feel amazing!

I have more energy, my skin looks better, my nails are harder and stronger, my hair grows so much faster and is way shinier. I sleep better, my asthma is better, and an plaguing ongoing injury is finally healing way faster than before.

Originally, I decided to try veganism to help lose weight before a friend's wedding. Due to aforementioned injury, I couldn't exercise (at all) and was limiting my calorie intake to 1000 calories a day to not gain weight. I was still 15 pounds over where i wanted to be and was in a panic that my dress wouldn't fit. Not to mention I was tired all the time, looked unhealthy, and was generally unhappy. A vegan friend recommended I try it...and I've never looked back.

HFAYE81 SparkPoints: (21,822)
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7/9/13 4:33 P

Because I now eat so healthfully most of the time, and in moderation more than I ever have, I notice how food makes me feel now. For example, I don't eat ice cream anymore (unless its a tiny bit) because of how badly it makes my tummy feel. Even though I love Mexican food, it's my favorite, I definitely eat it very rarely because all the sodium (I'm guessing) gives me terrible headaches. Knowing how it feels to "pay" for eating certain things has made it pretty easy for me to turn them down a lot more now than say a year ago.

COUPONANGELTERI SparkPoints: (32,212)
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7/9/13 2:13 P

I have stomach issues so I have had to cut out dairy, carbonated items and artificial sweeteners. When I eat these things I feel sick!!

I try to eat more natural foods and the only processed foods we have in the house are breads because I simply don't have time to make my own. I do love to cook though, so I make everything that I possibly can.

I also have a nut allergy, so with that I had to cut ALOT out of my diet. (the allergy developed when I turned 40)

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,764
7/9/13 11:57 A

I cut out diet coke 6 months ago because it doesn't serve any real purpose

SUSAN727 Posts: 1,881
7/9/13 11:03 A

I haven't cut anything out but I try to stay "in the moment" more now and quit the mindless eating. I'm doing baby steps.


LISS741 SparkPoints: (27,095)
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7/9/13 10:40 A

When I realized why I was eating it had nothing to do with benefiting me in a healthy way

MI-ELLKAYBEE SparkPoints: (228,267)
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7/9/13 8:24 A

The mirror. And zippers that didn't, anymore.

7/9/13 7:45 A

The decision to cut things out is made when I look at my bulging waistline and say,"Yup! It's time to watch what I eat and exercise!"

LEANJEAN6 Posts: 18,867
7/9/13 6:52 A

I feel better when I eat better!

MARYANNSHEPHERD SparkPoints: (11,580)
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7/9/13 4:35 A

wow!!80? emoticon emoticon

7/8/13 11:32 P

When the tag-line "No actual food was harmed in the production of this meal" became far too accurate. What the heck are "natural and artificial flavors"? There are lots of natural flavors I don't want in my dinner. (Cellulose -- wood pulp -- in grated cheese to keep it from caking.) Not to mention the scores of preservatives and enhancers, coloring agents and tons of salt.

Homemade may not be convenient, but it is real food.

SWEETSTUFF331 SparkPoints: (15,893)
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7/8/13 4:46 P

Realizing that the forty pounds I have gained is most likely due to the amount of soda I have been drinking. water all the way now

7/8/13 1:55 P

I no longer eat cereal for breakfast. I replaced it with plain greek yogurt and berries. It didn't matter what kind of cereal I ate, even oatmeal or Fiber One, I would get very shaky, and starving by about 10:30 in the morning. Just this one change has made a huge difference in how I feel. I am full until lunch time.

SIRENSONGS SparkPoints: (57,040)
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7/8/13 11:09 A

I try not to cut anything out completely, but limit myself to smaller portions. Unfortunately, sometimes this leads to me entering binge mode, as I find it hard to say no after just one or two cookies. I try to buy junk food as little as possible, and if I do, buy it in portion controlled servings so it's easier to limit myself if I just HAVE to have something unhealthily salty or sweet.

AUGUSTREADY SparkPoints: (1,560)
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7/7/13 11:13 P

I agree - moderation is very tough when it comes to foods we are biologically programmed to desire!

I cut out sugar and red meat from my diet about 20 years ago because I didn't want to end up with the health problems my mother endured.

Not only was she sick all her life, but she was very obese as well...she rarely ate vegetables fish and chicken, never ate whole grains; pretty much just lots and lots of sweet treats, pre-prepared meals and red meat.

I did a lot of research and came to the conclusion that an over consumption of sugar and red meat were the main culprits for her woes.

I had to go cold-turkey to break my sugar addiction, which did take some time...but once my cravings disappeared, I've never looked back.

Don't miss sugar; don't miss red meat (and no, I'm not anaemic...I've researched this stuff extensively to ensure I get my intake of iron from alternative is totally doable!).

7/7/13 3:39 P

I really admire those who can stick to "everything in moderation" lifestyle. If there is a family size bag of Lays potato chips in the house... I will eat the family size bag of Lays - in one evening. Yes, I am that girl. Bag of cookies?... can't just have a serving... must consume several servings at once. So - for me - I don't bring them into the house. The latest item to stop coming in has been diet pop -yes, I'm Canadian :) Although it is calorie free, I'm no longer confident that it's the best choice for me.

happy living everyone!


7/7/13 3:39 P

I started gaining weight again. I knew I had to get strict with what I was eating so I decided to join a few challenges that required giving up junk food, fried food, sodas, ice cream, meat (for a month), chips...I am a week into the challenge and have already lost 5 pounds. I feel great and my clothes are loosening back up.

ATHENA1966 Posts: 4,003
7/7/13 3:36 P

There are some food that consistently make me want to eat and eat. Cereal, bread, and pasta are some examples. I have not completely eliminated these items from my diet, but I rarely eat them. Its what works for me.

BLINGQUEEN:O) Posts: 249
7/7/13 3:06 P

I decided long ago that I would never give up because YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN FOREVER STARTS. I am on day 2..... again, again.........

KEELY128 SparkPoints: (390,468)
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7/7/13 1:37 P

my clothes fitting to tight

GLOW8211 SparkPoints: (69,786)
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7/7/13 11:20 A

I feel so much better when I cut certain things out like Sweets and Red Meat

LILLITH32 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/7/13 10:37 A

I cut pop out of my diet when I was in my 20s, it was a major trigger food for me and very hard to give up. Now I hate the taste of pop, I can't even finish a can of Coke - it just tastes nasty.A few years ago I had really bad digestive issues and cut out grain, milk and sugar, which cleared up the digestive issues and helped lessen my chronic migraines. Later I found out I was lactose-intolerant and likely gluten-and-soy-sensitive. I'm pretty good with keeping my diet clear of them now, and I can forgive myself the very occasional slip-up as long as I don't go overboard and get sick. What most posters say about feeling fuller on protein-rich, low carb diet is very true for me, and I love the lack of hunger pains and a lot less binges. Next thing on my list to cut out is sugar, but that is a heck of a lot more rough, I have a big old sweet tooth.

HOLLYM48 Posts: 19,492
7/7/13 9:42 A

The only thing I cut completely out of my life was fast food and now the thought just disgusts me when I think of the fat and the calories in that kind of food.

CORGISGALORE SparkPoints: (6,695)
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7/7/13 9:39 A

agree so much. Love Coca-Cola but it doesn't love me. I feel bad after drinking one now. Easier to leave off now that I know I will ache the next day.

ROBBIEB7 SparkPoints: (9,140)
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7/7/13 9:00 A

Developing Hypertension got me to cut out salt entirely. The calories are harder. I find I'm afraid of being hungry and look at the menu and think that won't fill me up. Same thing happens eating out; I anticipate hunger, and eat more! Working on it though

82NORTH Posts: 119
7/7/13 7:05 A

One major, life-changing turning point for me was getting a kitchen scale and educating myself about calories. Once you learn the truth about what you're putting in your mouth, as well as the amount of minutes/hours of sweat you'll have to put in in the gym to burn it all off, you cannot un-know it. This, I found, took the joy out of several food items I used to mindlessly indulge in.

The fleeting moment of pleasure simply was not worth the negative effects said food would have on my body and health.

Edited by: 82NORTH at: 7/7/2013 (07:07)
LOWWILL SparkPoints: (1,133)
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7/6/13 9:35 P

I've cut out higher fat and sugar foods as well as red meat. I do eat some fats and I do eat some sugar but, for the most part, I don't feel well when I eat these foods (digestive issues).

But, I subscribe to the "everything in moderation" thinking. My grandparents were truly of that mindset and ate what they wishes...but, all in small portions and in moderation. They were all quite slim.

I also gave up "dieting". I was on one fad diet after another that deprived me of all kinds of different foods and made me ravenous for them when I did "cheat" and have them again. I think the Atkins diet was the worst one for me, personally (though I know people who do very well on it) because it was far too restrictive in food groups for me to keep up with.

I think that we can all have our cake and even eat it too...just in moderation and in conjunction with planning to make up for the long as it's not compromising our nutrition factors to have it on a daily basis.

MHAWK01 Posts: 3
7/6/13 9:26 P

Right now, I haven't really cut out any foods, just tracking my calories trying to stay under 1800. I use a higher calorie count right now because I found that right now, sticking with 1500 leaves me constantly hungry. I raised it to 1900, and now that I'm a few pounds down, reduced it by 100, which is what I plan on doing until i'm down to about 1650ish. About the only thing I have cut out is soda. I've been drinking unsweetened tea, coffee, and lots of water. At some point, I plan on transitioning to organic whole foods, like the diet described by but for now, I'm focused on calories.

MBRANDO SparkPoints: (79,270)
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7/6/13 8:51 P

I cannot do the "everything in moderation". Yeah, does NOT work. I can't eat one cookie. I CAN eat one bag of cookies if I eat one cookie so I just don't eat cookies at all. Same for any kind of sweet. I have also cut out those Special K protein bars and pretty much cut out buying bags or whole containers of sweets. I cannot stop at one. If I want a sweet I will buy a candy bar, a single one or I will buy a scoop of ice cream from braum's. But I cannot keep sweets in the house so I pretty much have cut out sweets, especially chocolate and they are certainly banned from keeping them in my house!

7/6/13 2:57 P

Congrats on the soda kick! I also used to love Coca-Cola. My first decision was to switch to diet soda, but after I discovered that I have an adverse reaction to artificial sweeteners - I just stopped drinking soda all together. I think I had a root beer about 2 years ago, but nothing else for over ten years now.

Good luck to all of us that make a change! emoticon

N16351D Posts: 2,349
7/6/13 2:56 P

I decided to cut things out of my diet when leaving those things in didn't work very well for my fitness, health, strength, and size goals.

At age 21, I took a nutrition course in college. That was when I cut out chips, soda, and alcohol from my diet. That was 34 years ago and I have not missed those items one bit.

I also cut out beef and pork after taking that class, but that gradually worked its way back into my diet after marriage and kids. But I still avoid all hot dogs.

I cut out all sugar treats for the months of October and January. I do miss them, but then I can have them back when my month is over. I lose about one pound per week when I do that.
Recently, I cut out all candy. I decided I could not always have my beloved sugar treats, so chose to have only those I love the most, and candy was one I won't miss. I don't expect to have much at all for the rest of my life.

Following a doctor's order, I also cut out calcium for one year. That was tough! I missed cheese! But I learned to enjoy soy frozen and other frozen desserts as a substitute for ice cream. I also traded cow's milk for alternative milk on my cereal each morning such as soy "milk."

Eliminating some things and substituting can be done, and can be helpful. I have had good experiences with the discipline of cutting out some foods.

MACLOVIAITA SparkPoints: (18,422)
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7/6/13 2:13 P

I a m so proud of you that you cut out soda from home. That is the first great step you made. Soda, very addictive. emoticon emoticon Macloviaita

OKIE30 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/5/13 7:16 P

Iceangel0531 is right on! I just made a decision today to cut out all junk, as it is addictive for me!

ICEANGEL0531 Posts: 1,858
7/5/13 12:50 P

There are trigger foods that I cannot keep in the house as I discovered I have zero self control

7/5/13 12:04 P

I agree that keeping the bread and pasta out of the house works for me. It is an addiction and once I have some I want more. Cannot control portions of the starches. Avoid Italian restaurants one of my favorite kinds of food. Stick to corn tacos at the Mexican restaurant and NeVER go to a buffet. Still lots of choices in the world

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7/5/13 11:51 A

I did this too! I'm a total bread-a-holic. Not having that or crackers or English muffins in the house, really helps me. i try to avoid it when I'm out as well but I don't feel too guilty if I have an occasional wrap or prepared sandwich!

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,837
7/5/13 10:07 A

I'm mostly an everything-in-moderation person, but I have cut out foods that I cannot have one portion of and be satisfied. Also, I'm currently working on weaning myself off my 3-cans-a-day diet soda habit down to the occasional indulgence. It's a money suck, and I'm caffeine dependent.

7/5/13 9:42 A

COCA-COLA!!!!!! I could easily drink a six-pack or even a 2 litre bottle every day. Cutting coke out of my daily diet was the best thing I could have done for my health as well as my family's health. Now, if I could cut fried foods I would be in business.

JUULEE SparkPoints: (7,178)
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7/5/13 9:04 A

I've cut out buying bread and butter. Now I buy a sandwich or have a bread roll with a meal when we go out. Not having them around the house stops me making more sandwiches, toast, croutons plus the fillings/toppings etc.

KIRSTENCO SparkPoints: (11,539)
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7/5/13 8:49 A

I could no longer deny that what I was putting into my body was harming it, when I reached 88 kgs and was suffering with bad sinuses and chronic bloating.
I decided to cut out all things toxic at the beginning of April, including toxic relationships, and go back to Herbalife and proper nutrition.
I am already looking and feeling better and am, as of this morning, no longer clinically obese!!!

7/5/13 4:25 A

I have mostly cut out things that I used to eat mindlessly like cookies, chips, and the bread and butter that often precedes a meal in a restaurant. This strategy works better if I replace the mindless things with fruits and veggies. Nutrient rich hummus or yogurt as a dip gives satisfaction. I don't have my system worked out perfectly, but I accept the fact that I never really will. We are all works in progress.

SUSANK16 Posts: 2,635
7/5/13 2:59 A

i seem to take some things out of my diet for a period of time. I am a binger my nature and have a habit of starting on something and continuing until the box is gone. Since I have started Spark I decided that I could eat whatever I want but proportionately, This has helped to reduce the binges extremely. I have tried to cut out things like soda pop and candy. That is more because I do not think they are the healthiest of choices and they seem to make it more difficult to enjoy the healthy choices like water and fruit. I believe someone referred to them as super foods made to entice the palet into wanting more.

I think I am getting better at my choices and portions rather than eliminating them all together,

MADAMES Posts: 3,137
7/4/13 10:31 P

I cannot have chocolate covered peanuts, cashews or almonds in the house. If family members buy them, I insist that they hide them in their room in a canister. If I buy doughnuts, candy or cookies for a fund raiser I donate them immediately to teachers, firemen or police officers.
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HEALTHYJO77 Posts: 99
7/4/13 9:31 P

I stay miles away from rice and pasta because I love them so much and cant control my portions when it comes to those to items. I compromised and decided that I had to give them up in order to stay within my calorie intake. It was hard at first, but I'm getting use to it.

SEARCHINGNANA1 SparkPoints: (3,038)
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7/4/13 8:44 P

I haven't cut anything out. However recently I've realized that I have much more control over my choices. I can keep peanut butter for 2 weeks or more, formally was lucky to keep it 1 wk, just loved to eat it with a spoon. My hint of salt ritz crackers are in a container on the cabinet, I allow myself 4 each night, much better than the whole cylinder. Am learning to request take out tray & divide the food before the 1st bite is eaten. More conscious about exercise, walking, gardening, yard work. I'm 71, have battled weight all of my life and something, don't know what has triggered in my brain and I'm much happier. Best wishes to each of you. Your messages motivate me to continue this journey, get it off now and not later.

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