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NIRERIN Posts: 14,325
6/14/13 8:49 A

if you want mexican, have mexican.
fajitas are basically peppers, onions, and meat lightly sauteed and seasoned. have them with or without the tortilla.
make gazpacho. it's basically vegetable soup.
people seem to love the slow cooker salsa chicken in spark recipes.
i like making burrito bowls. refried or black beans plus salsa [and feel free to toss in extra peppers or tomatoes or onion] are the base and i'll add some combination of a little cheese, mushrooms, baked potato, baked sweet potato, quinoa, rice, or steamed cauliflower or broccoli.
i also have several recipes that are succotash type variants. basically sautee up some chopped peppers and onion, add corn and seasoning, then some black and/or lima beans, and then finish it off with tomatoes. one recipe adds a little seafood to the mix another leaves it vegetarian.
go heavy on the peppers, onions, and tomatoes, add a grain and/or a protein and stuff it in a pepper.
perhaps use some chili powder as a topping for popcorn.
basically figure out whatever it is that is mexican than you love, and use those flavors, even if you have to add things like broccoli or cauliflower to bring down the calories a little. so if you want yellow rice, make yellow rice, but use perhaps 2/3 of the rice you usually would and make half of the rice amount grated cauliflower.

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6/14/13 12:16 A


JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (597,332)
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6/14/13 12:03 A

Seems like the pounds do creep in overnight, but we can conquer them!!!!

SUZZQ4LIFE Posts: 1,232
6/13/13 11:06 P

I agree with the others. Be sure to eat your main meals and an AM and PM snack. I always have a carb with some type of protein. It's that protein that will make you feel satisfied for longer periods of time. Example that I love is apple slices with some peanut butter or a few crackers with some cheese. Small meals is the key

BRAVELUTE Posts: 3,966
6/13/13 10:57 P

Well, you certainly got a lot of different ideas to try. I'd like to expand upon one point of another reply, and that's fiber. If the problem is you're hungry, then I prescribe starting to increase your fiber (in the foods you eat, not a supplement). The Full Plate Diet saved me when I started, because I was coming from dieting where you starved yourself, lost some weight, and then put it all back on when you started eating, plus a few extra pounds that hadn't been there before.

This diet comes with a great book that you can download. Lots of good, down to earth ways to add delicious food to your eating plan.
Links to the website and their free e-book are on one of my old blogs:

And are you eating your fruits and vegetables?

Edited by: BRAVELUTE at: 6/13/2013 (22:57)
B-QUINN Posts: 25
6/13/13 10:50 P

Yeah I haven't been sleeping too well & been eating very little its weird I get hungry and when I'm about to eat I gross out blah! thanks for all the good advice & replies! :)

EMMYERS76 SparkPoints: (10,444)
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6/13/13 10:45 P

I agree it is important to eat frequently, especially if you are just starting to cut back calories. Your body is just learning how to recognize it is full, so when you truly are very hungry, it can sometimes be hard for your body to stop. Also, it is very important to make sure you are drinking at least 8 cups of water. Too many times, people mistake thirst for hunger. Lastly, if you are super hungry, eat something like fruits of veggies. These can fill you up fairly quickly without many calories.

LADYSTARWIND SparkPoints: (84,980)
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6/13/13 10:29 P

You didn't indicate how many calories you ARE eating each day?! Are you trying to be on the very low end of your range, and then adding exercise?? If so, then you probably really ARE hungry! If you've added exercise after you let Spark calculate your Calorie range.. or you set a really aggressive time frame for your weight loss goal, your calorie range might be too low, and you might consider recalculating it.....

I found that once I started eating more, I lost more....!
Good luck!

PS--don't worry about the "bigger size" jeans!! I think the clothing companies are going nuts these days. I'm 5.2, 143 lbs...and I just spent a day trying on "XL" dresses??!! I think not...!!

Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 6/13/2013 (22:35)
HAPPYTUHA SparkPoints: (16,381)
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6/13/13 7:48 P

Eat salad and cheese

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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6/13/13 6:18 P

Eat more protein and eat every two to three hours.

SINGERA9 SparkPoints: (4,308)
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6/13/13 5:13 P

I'm eating clean, too, and I'm almost never hungry!

Some things to think about (they worked for me, so maybe one will work for you?):
1. Figure out how your body responds to mealtimes. For me, eating small meals every 3-4 hours keeps me satsified and non-rhymes-with-witchy all day long. Some people respond better to three full meals and a snack. Try both maybe, and record what works for you.
2. How's your sleep? Lack of sleep will absolutely mess around with your hunger/satiety hormones.
3. Are you including a complex carb, lean protein and healthy fat at each meal? I have found this to be key to eating clean, esp. the fat.
4. Are you getting some good fiber in to your food choices? I "fiber-load" every morning.
5. Are you drinking enough water? The recommendations on this are all over the map, but I stick to 1/2 oz. per pound of my current weight. I have a medical condition, and my doctor recommended this for me. You might experiment with this to see what works for you.
6. Are you eating enough? Yes, to lose we must limit calories, but we'll never lose if we restrict too much.

One note about a PP's suggestion about including all foods that you like. I personally think we each have to do what works for us. I absolutely cannot include fries in my food plan, but I have found really awesome ways to eat potatoes once in a while. Mexican food is so easy to do a recipe makeover on. Try the Whole Wheat Flatbreads from the recipes section as a sub for processed tortillas. Cook up your favorite protein, season with chili, cumin, garlic, etc. Add crispy lettuce, sour cream, salsa or pico de gallo, guacamole, cheese, etc. If you're not including dairy in your eating clean plan, it could be a little tough, but I bet you could think of something! Mexican rice can easily be made with brown rice (or barley, buckwheat, quinoa), fresh tomatoes and seasonings. Refried beans are a cinch to make from home cooked or canned pinto beans.

Good luck! Hope you find something that works to help you not feel hungry all the time.

BEEBEA SparkPoints: (47,240)
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6/13/13 2:49 P

Something that helps me stay on track for the whole day is NOT letting myself get too hungry! I will eat a little something (a cheese stick, a piece of fruit, a spoonful of peanut butter) every couple of hours some days! It's my personal theory that the hormone you release when you're starving stays in your system and prompts you to keep eating even after you're full. There's no prize for enduring hunger! Eat good food!

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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6/13/13 2:45 P

Denial's a quick trip to a binge, if you're constantly craving foods but you're avoiding them because they're "bad" or "not good for you." It's OKAY to have MExican food! Go easy on the tortillas (refined white flour usually) and skip the mass quantities of tortilla chips most places offer as an appetizer, and enjoy! You don't need to avoid this sort of stuff, you just need to be smarter about it!

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,501
6/13/13 2:43 P

allow yourself all the non-starchy veggies you want. just watch how you prepare them (limit the fats to what is reasonable or sautee in chicken broth.)
If you mean CRAVINGS instead of real hunger...that's another issue.

B-QUINN Posts: 25
6/13/13 2:11 P

Lol yeah the title pretty much explains how I am feeling; hungry! It sucks I wish I was eating some real good Mexican food but no :( I am trying very hard to control my hunger and cravings. So far so good :). Everything to get my body back. Today I had to go and purchase new jeans; a bigger size *sigh* although it may be pretty depressing I actually saw it as a way to keep me motivated. Trust me I can't wait to fit into my old cute clothes! Geez it happenend so fast, at least that's how this weight gain felt. Oh well back to doing work and eating clean! :)

Edited by: B-QUINN at: 6/13/2013 (14:21)
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