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E2L: What's new with me?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Yesterday I wrote about new foods I've tried since following the Eat to Live program. A Sparks Friend asked about benefits. So here goes…

The number one reason I even considered starting this madness was the possibility of losing weight faster than I ever did while following a traditional lower calorie diet. And the program did not let me down.

But for me, the biggest plus on my score card is the total elimination of carb cravings. Ok, the first three days were rough. I now know what it means to feel like you want to crawl out of your skin. But I toughed it out, and *poof* all gone! Seriously, folks. People can eat pastry in front of me now without fearing for their safety.

Health-wise, I don't feel any different. Would you expect to? I'm taking it on good faith that my body is becoming healthier. No more junk food or processed carbs.

On the down-side, though, and I hope I'm a rare case here; I no longer eat stick-to-your-ribs kind of meals, and with this heat, who wants to? I often wake up hungry in the middle of the night. And I have a hard time falling asleep, so that's annoying. I'm trying to be aware of my evening meals. And a salad before bed? No thanks. A handful of nuts maybe.

But in any case, I'm making better choices now. Nuts instead of a dessert-type of thing? WOW!
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    How I avoid eating after supper is to brush my teeth. I have had to brush the after every meal, otherwise, I am at sweets, my weakness. Even if I freeze them, I grab them. So this really helps me. It is too much bother to floss, use the pick in between teeth, and brush for me to eat after I clean them before the next meal.
    1767 days ago
    Great work - thanks for sharing your journey with us!
    1768 days ago
  • DS9KIE
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    1768 days ago
    Very interesting blog!

    A handful of nuts before bed could work well. Or some fruit, or a dessert made of frozen banana with a nonfrozen fruit, and a few tablespoons of soy or almond milk, in the Nutribullet. Delicious.
    1769 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/17/2013 11:24:49 AM
    Great job!! I completely agree about the loss of carb cravings. It amazes me that I can make pasta, etc. for my family and not tackle them for it at the dinner table! Keep pushing!!

    1769 days ago
    I think I'm eating enough. My guess it's that I used to go to bed "full" as opposed to "satisfied" now.
    1769 days ago
    Make sure your getting all you need to eat. Less calories don't mean faster weight loss, it means it is attacking muscle and depleting your gained energy.
    Are you following ETL to the T? Are you eating what is set forth? You shouldn't be waking in the middle of the night hungry if your getting what you need. I usually around 7pm have a fruit or a handful of nuts, and I make it through the night without waking up hungry. I just wake up to go to the bathroom because of all the water I drink.
    1769 days ago
  • MIMO11
    Great work, Dragon-Chick. I find it works best for me if I have my cooked veggies with some beans at the evening meal, and I often save my grain serving until then too. Plus we seem to be eating later - around 7. emoticon
    1769 days ago
    emoticon good for you!
    1769 days ago
    Thank you!
    I never thought I'be be an inspiration to anyone!

    (A horrible warning, maybe, but not this.)
    1769 days ago
    You are doing emoticon You are my new inspiration!
    1769 days ago
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