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Friday, November 04, 2011

Here are my ingredients for Melly's Quinoa Salad. There is normally a cup of broccoli in the assembly pile. The small container is sliced almonds. I add the Italian spices to the cooking quinoa. I add the vinegar and then I toss the salad and quinoa together!

Adjust Balsamic vinegar to taste! This is a delicious salad, full of crunch and flavor!!

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Phew, feeling good! I've had a mostly successful week, eating clean, healthy food. The cravings were insane on Day #1 and started to let go by EOD Day #2.
I think it is important to really think through these periodic binges I have, because each time I figure out a trigger or clue, it makes life so much easier!

My dear friend SORGIN wrote a blog about the allure of the treats and junk, and talked about healthy food just not doing it. I really agree with her thinking, in that it's only the junk that calls to us. The healthy stuff stays absolutely silent, especially after a binge. (BTW, I am not using the word binge lightly; when I've gone over the edge, it's a one-way trip to mindless eating even past when I am uncomfortably full.) The crap clamors to be heard and it's so hard to fight your way back. Especially when you know darn right well what you're in for, for a couple of days or so.....

.. but we HAVE to fight our way back to the quietness of a well-nourished body, mind calm, an easier place to live.

Every time, fight back - do NOT give ground for long. Pay it in those first days, we know there's a calm coming. It may not have the allure of chowing down on a pile of snacks - no, not so thrilling a prospect. But it is a place of strength and health, where I DO FEEL better, more confident, more alive!!

Maybe someday, my palette will truly change. In the meantime, I'm picking my hard!
It's HARD to be fat, it's HARD to be healthy - Pick Your Hard, too!!

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  • ELLIE381
    Thank you so much Melly for always being true to your feelings. I am having a HARD time right now saying no to those cravings and to know that you also have bad days helps a lot. Sometimes I feel it should be easier for me to say no than it is. If I wasn't so hard on myself maybe it would be.

    emoticon for sharing!!
    2894 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. They always 'speak' to me. It is HARD to be healthy but it is also HARD-possibly even HARDER not to be.
    You are doing so totally awesome girlfriend! *Hugs*
    2902 days ago
    Just what I needed to hear Melly!

    Why do we think it's easy to be overweight?? It really isn't. It takes such a greater toll on us than being healthy. And while it's hard to be healthy, it really is SO much better!

    I'm glad we're on this road together!!
    2903 days ago
    Your salad looks absolutely gorgeous!
    I love that quote about 'Pick your hard!' It really is like that isn't it?
    WELL DONE on not quitting and battling it out!
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    2903 days ago
  • POPSY190
    So pleased to hear you are feeling better and are past the torture of cravings. How I envy those people who can handle a treat the right way - have it, enjoy it, and then stop having it - whereas I will keep on eating it, even though I might be feeling sick from over-indulging :(. I'm trying to convince myself that the pleasure of "forbidden fruit" lasts only hours at best, while feeling good for the right reasons lasts months and years. But re-training this old brain is a mission in itself! Changing patterns of thought is HARD.
    2903 days ago
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