I am enjoying the ANNE2468 eating plan. I have realized that there are many foods I enjoy that are better for me than those I have been eating. So I have menus now that satisfy and are easy on my digestion. I feel so much better when I eat like this. Have tried many diets and have been somewhat successful. However, I always feel like I am missing something. It leads to binge eating. Now I can have anything ,but don't even want it. . So far this is working along with counting calories which i find easy to do.
i think trying different fad things has always been a downfall for me (think cabbage soup diet). this time around I am trying to eat normally- just with portion control and modifying recipes to be healthier. For me, 'normal' means eggs, lentils, beans, yogurt, cottage cheese, fruit, veggies, and sometimes chicken.
I am trying to re-train by brain not to think of things as off-limit, but rather to think about what fuel it will give me. Yes, if I really want a piece of pizza or cake I can have it, but what nutrition is it going to offer me? Since those foods are high in carbs/fat, I will try to adjust the rest of my day to increase my protein and keep my macros where I want them to be. Eating this way (granted only for 6 weeks so far) has led to changes on the scale which is of course great, but I feel more energetic throughout the day and don't get hangry or have cravings. more importantly, it feels sustainable and isn't making me hate certain foods because they're all I can eat (or can't eat). For what it's worth, the thought of cabbage soup still makes my stomach turn :p
Edited by: LOTUS737 at: 2/13/2018 (11:53)
Healthy choices and actions have positive impacts, even if the scale doesn't move!
I like most features of the Mediterranean diet & face book has many groups for it, some are for 28-30 day challenges. I am joining one for a month. I do not put foods off limits like the plan does, that is not sustainable for life.
I have pleurisy, 3 types of anemia from Iron,folic acid,other vitamins not working,chronic pneumonia, pleurisy, chronic kidney disease, a partially collapsed lung, low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years..I am 55 years old. I had cervical cancer 6 years ago, no signs last 4 years as well.I am on P.S.T. time zone.
I'm another one who can't / won't follow an eating plan designed by and for someone else. I trust my body to tell me what it needs and when - and make sure that I include enough "food for the spirit" in there, too!
Realistically, I never dropped below maintenance range for a healthy weight (what I consider to be "extreme" calorie restriction, since it is neither sustainable nor healthy for life), I eat primarily highly nutritious foods that I love with a smattering of not-so-highly-nutritious foods that I also love. My eating plan is sustainable, doesn't require any extra effort to try to "avoid" certain things or "match" certain things or do anything out of the ordinary.
We all have learned how to "be on a diet" --- I chose to finally learn how to eat healthfully in a way that is sustainable for life.
Sir Terry Pratchett:
"Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."
I try to eat as closely to what I want, when I want it as possible. I can/will not follow someone else's plan. For foods that I like but know that I should not be eating as much of them, I try to pair them with something that I know is good for me. Think pairing a salad with pizza. Or if I want nachos, I'll have carrots with hot sauce as a side to the plain cheese and chips kind or I will make a meal out of nachos and add in beans, tofu, tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and lettuce. If I want a donut, I might have it as the second part of the meal after a vegetable omelet. I find ways to work in the foods that I want rather than trying to avoid them, and in doing so, don't have any cliffs to fall off of because I have learned how to work in my wants within my limits.
I agree that Spark People promotes the long term lifestyle I choose to embrace. I get to choose moderation with treats as long as my main focus is smart choices of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fat.
I did a quick weight loss plan about 10 years ago and I was miserable and hungry. Bananas were forbidden and I got yelled at when I ate a real cookie or a serving of nut butters. Yes, I was scolded for choosing a healthy fat source over the processed, fake butter garbage that was allowed.
Like Luann, I just try to stay within the guidelines for calories and nutrients ala SparkPeople tracker, but the past few months have been eating vegan. The only meat I have now is when Trader Joe's is doing samples of something with meat. It's not as hard as I thought it would be.
No diet plan, no book of the month, no Dr Oz endorsement of the week... I simply chose to eat foods I enjoy and that are good for me, staying within my calorie range. Also known as the spark people way!
"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." ~ Randy Pausch
"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results." ~ Art Turock
"We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved, there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good." ~ 7 Years in T
In the past I have tried many.. different phases and years.. But 2 years ago I really enjoyed FMD and liked the science behind it. And really thought I could do it! I did try but then fell off a cliff.. And no matter how much I try, I eat foods that I shouldn't. Dr Ian has a new book coming out in April and it seems interesting as it's only 30 different foods for 20 days and the weight comes off. Maybe this could be it!! : )