Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I am really struggling with my eating. Today hasn't been too bad so far, but last night was so horrific when the sun went down that I am not ready to declare a one day of victory yet. I have gained several pounds and just feel like I need to go back to square one. One thing I have learned about myself is that I MUST focus on calories and portion control using the food tracker. I have tried with NO success to use plans (SB diet, Eat-clean diet) that say that calories don't matter. Just eat good foods and you will be fine, they say. The problem is that they assume that I am a normal, rational person who stops eating when they are stuffed. Not so. I like the principals of clean eating, etc., but need to make sure to keep on the food tracker and really crank the willpower up a notch. Once I get a good streak going and start feeling better, I know it will get easier. Once I fall off the wagon, it takes me SOOOO long to get back on! So long, this time, that I have done some damage. My belly is coming back and the clothes are tighter. ...and don't even talk to me about that scale!

OK, enough whining.
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    Hey there, Liz. I hope that today is a better day for you. I think that we all backslide......I do, especially when I am stressed to the hilt.......Have you tried protein shakes? Those really fill me up.....you can put all kinds of "stuff" in those.....maybe that would help you a bit at night.....

    emoticon Wendee
    3981 days ago
    Hey Liz,

    Just thought I'd jump in and say hello while on the road over here. Fantastic effort on the food thing. I've been working with a few people over here who are going through the same thing and two things have helped that might help you.
    One: a meal replacement system called Vega--it's a bit expensive, so you can use one scoop instead of two, but it gives the body everything it needs, which leads to the elimination of cravings, morning, noon, and night.
    Two: The Thrive Diet by Brendan Brazier. Been reading it back home and it's amazing, and totally explains why cravings happen and the easiest way to eliminate them, while controlling eating habits.

    I have my entire family following its principles, as well as friends and others and I can't tell you the impact it's had on them. There's really no need to struggle with cravings. As an example, my mom, being British, has not existed without at least two cups of tea with 4 or 5 heaping spoonfuls of refined sugar for at least the last 40 years or more. She has not only replaced the sugar with stevia or agave, but gone for entire week without a single cup of tea!!!! Without even noticing! She is so satisfied with a smoothy and all the goodness provided for it that has completely eliminated the need for something that creates biological debt through stimulation.

    And it's not just her. On Friday, SId and I are taking her friends on a 'group shop' in order to help them find and make better food choices that reduce stress and promote healthy eating. These people have had some serious dependency, but have noticed great results, just by coming by the house and have a meal with us here and there throughout the days we've been home.

    If it's cravings you have, it's nutrition you need, not a restrictive diet, and you can totally have it all! Hope this helps, and hope to be on the boards again soon!!!! emoticon emoticon
    3982 days ago
    That was a nice ugh. Here's a Hug back.

    Ong Namo
    3982 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/20/2008 6:44:52 PM
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