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1/29/18 11:41 A

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Love peanut butter. It fills me up like nothing else can. Even though another spark member admonished all of us. That we should eat nut butters, but never peanut butter.

I'm on a grocery budget and nut butters are an expensive treat. I can't always afford them.

I've even been known to eat PB & J on whole grain white bread or sourdough.

All or nothing diets is why my metabolism is so messed up.

Restrict, binge, guilt, restrict even more, binge, guilt. I figured out the only way I would ever get healthy was to stop that disastrous cycle



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1/29/18 6:18 A

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Mandie, I agree that the restricting too much can make it difficult for most of us. So, Ithink your 2 cents are worth something.

I know the all or nothing attitude is part of why I have struggled to get the 40 pounds off I gained during my unfortunate marriage. I followed a very restrictive and expensive plan back in 2008; I actually had to have my mom help me pay for it. The plan used a lot of packaged crap, put me on 1200 calories, and yelled at me if I slipped up and ate a couple of cookies or ate a serving of peanut butter because it had too much fat. I was cranky and hungry for many months. I have been struggling to get the weight off because this awful experience was really hard.

Now, I am back on the wagon and we'll see what happens. I eat a 32 gram serving of peanut butter almost every day because it's delicious and a healthy fat source. Sometimes, I eat a cookie or two. I track it and move on. I am much happier.

Edited by: MLAN613 at: 1/29/2018 (15:40)
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1/28/18 6:27 P

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I like that quote, too. @MLAN613 @SHERYLDS

Today I ate Pancakes and I am having Low Mein for dinner. Sunday is my more relaxed diet day. I still track and stay mostly in my ranges.

It is about having something that you can keep doing your whole life.

If I have really good homemade bread. I can also sit down with a stick of butter and eat the entire loaf. Which is why I don't make loaves of homemade bread.

If I can be so bold. If you give up bread. Then you give up and binge on it. A bread free diet isn't the one for you. Better to find a way to incorporate bread into a healthy diet. So that you don't feel deprived and you don't binge. That's just my two cents. Take it or leave it.

All or nothing diets is why so many diets fail.

~Just my .02 cents. Not sure that it is worth that much~



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1/28/18 8:27 A

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I still eat some bread and pasta and such. As a matter of fact, Yesterday I got a free entree at Noodles & Company. I tracked it, ate it, and enjoyed. It was a perfect treat after my hilly 10k that morning and before working a 5.5 hour shift my part time job at a local dinner theater where I have to hustle hard.

I am actually losing right now myself because I am focusing on eating mostly good foods: fruits, vegetables, protein, and healthy fats and tracking them. I am successfully staying away from the treats, which was causing a lot of problems for me because it caused me to eat too many calories.

I love this quote that @SHERYLDS shared: “It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.” ~James Gordon

I think that is what's going on with the people who make the excuses. If a person isn't ready to change, then they won't. When they are ready, hopefully they will reach out for the help they need.

Edited by: MLAN613 at: 1/28/2018 (18:30)
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1/27/18 10:32 P

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Waves @LACOYTA I was just wondering about you! Congratulations on your progress.

The reason spark people is so wonderful. Why have stuck to it for so long. Is because it's not one size fits all.

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 1/28/2018 (09:28)

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1/27/18 10:31 P

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It is great that you have found what works for you!

I personally have not and will not. Give up the bread, pasta or crackers. I'm losing weight just fine.

My problem was emotional binges and portion control. Eating macaroni salad and thinking. I did good. I ate a salad.

I can't do milk. I just can't even with milk. I have no problem with cheese. I use butter. Mostly though I use Earth Balance buttery spread. It still has as much fat and calories as butter. Not as much cholesterol. So it still needs to be moderated.

I prefer to cook with Olive Oil.

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 1/27/2018 (22:35)

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1/27/18 4:34 P

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I think excuses are wonderful. They are a ready made list of things that you need to work on.

Personally I do not give up bread, pasta, and crackers. I love them, so I have learned to make them vehicles for other foods. Bread and cheese is one of my favorite light meal/heavy snacks. Half a cup of pasta is a great way to get a cup of vegetables in me. Crackers and cheese and fruit is a very common snack/meal for me. I love it and it's quick and easy. If I had an issue with wheat, giving up wheat would benefit me, but as it stands giving up wheat based products would limit my options and be to my detriment.

Dousing everything in butter in not likely to be great for anyone, but I would say that the same is true for avocado oil. Eating a balanced diet has thousands of workable possibilities. Someone who has to have chips might be able to easily give up chocolate. Another person who has to have chocolate might easily give up chips. It's not about the one right way for everyone, it's about balancing your needs with your wants within the calorie limit that you have in a way that satisfies you and keeps you full.

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1/27/18 11:24 A

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I've made plenty of excuses but I've cut way back on junk out of work vending machines this month and lost about 2 lbs and 3 inches (that's a lot in a month for me)

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1/27/18 10:53 A

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I agree with you. Everybody is different. I know for sure, my body is sensitive to anything like bread, crackers, pasta, etc. I think it is the wheat that freaks my body out. Ironically, those are the things I crave (like a drug). I could make a meal out of a loaf of bread. It is like my heroin. Last time I lost a lot of weight, I gave up bread completely. It was hard, but I did it. Then I fell off the wagon and ate everything for a number of years. Now, I am paying for it. Once again, I am weening myself off bread. I feel and look better when I just don't eat it.

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1/27/18 10:38 A

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“It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.” ~James Gordon

When it comes to self improvements, Everyone needs to do it for themselves. And what works for you may not 'work' for them. Be it paleo, vegan, Weight Watchers, Mediterranean or DASH etc, people have to stick to a strategy that They can live with.

Unfortunately,
“Most people want to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch.” ~Robert Orben

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1/27/18 10:18 A

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I loathe excuses. I’ll be the first to admit I LOVE bread, candy, cakes, etc. But I absolutely cannot handle it when people around me try to state that by giving up grains and dairy will hinder my weight loss. Before I gave up grains, all grains, my waist was 43”, even though my weight was the same. After just one week of no grains my waist measured 39”. Not everyone can handle grains, and clearly I can’t. I avoid dairy because it makes me gassy.

My mother in law and sister in law always complain about their weight, but they never make any dietary changes to help. They “can’t go without...bread, pasta, crackers, creamer”...and much more. They cannot use avocado oil instead of butter for cooking because they just love butter. Omg. They look at us like we are crazy for the restrictions we’ve put on our diet. But, we are seeing good consistent results, where they are seeing consistent weight gain.

Ok rant over.

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