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5/3/18 3:03 P

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Hey there, ArchimedesII,

Thank you for your encouragement!

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I see things a bit differently than you do regarding junk food.

I've been researching food, health and nutrition for over 31 years (personal research; not career-related); and because of that, there are ingredients in packaged / processed foods that I believe are not only not-health-inducing but that are also health-damaging (you touched on this a bit with your story of Twinkies now and Twinkies "then").

It's the "health-damaging aspect" that stands out most fore me. The very vast majority of the time, I don't even eat packaged / processed foods. The ingredients contained within those types foods simply do not pass the approval test for me. It's not a matter of weight loss / weight gain for me; it's a matter of health; both short-term and long-term.

Those goofy Bugles? That was a very weird anomaly for me It was also a great teaching moment; one you touched on, as well ("As we become accustomed to eating healthier foods, the junk just doesn't taste good anymore"). I gave up eating junk food (as a regular way of life) many years ago; probably 25 or so years ago. I think my taste buds and my system was probably wondering what in the world was going on with my eating those Bugles. Ha!

I'm not really worried about my little side trip with the Bugles . . . I'm more shocked than anything; it *really* goes against my philosophy regarding eating for health. But. It happened, and that won't change. I *can* choose to go on with things and make better and more conscious decisions from now on.

Thanks for talking with me about this!





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5/3/18 10:58 A



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SHARMIE,

I don't think eating for nostaglia is a bad thing. As long as you're not eating Bugles every single day, there is no reason you can't have them every now and then.

I'll tell you a story. At a previous job, a co-worker brought in a box of twinkies. I hadn't a twinkie in years. Like many people, I gave them up for my health. LOL. anyway, I hadn't had one in years and figured that eating one Twinkie wasn't going to send me to Hades. So, I had one.

What did I think ? I didn't think they tasted that great. Yes, they were soft. Yes, the cream was creamy. But jeepers, the flavor was not right. It did taste artificial to me. This was not the twinkie of my childhood. When I was young, twinkies were made with flour, eggs, cream, sugar, etc. Today they are made with HFCS, preservatives and other artificial ingredients.

Foods that I have eaten out of nostaglia just did not have the same taste as when I was a kid and part of that has to do with the change in recipe. Companies use cheaper ingredients to lower production cost and increase profit.

I will try a food knowing that one taste is not going to send me back down the rabbit hole. And most times that taste will just confirm that the foods I ate maybe weren't that great tasting. As we become accustomed to eating healthier foods, the junk just doesn't taste good anymore.

So, I wouldn't worry about the occasional taste of bugles, chips or any other so called unhealthy snack food. If you're eating right most of the time, that's what counts.



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5/3/18 10:25 A

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Exactly! :)




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Sometimes just writing it down or verbalizing it is enough to help reduce/stop the problem. Hopefully this is the case with you ..... AND the fact that eating them now doesn't take you on that good nostalgic journey LOL!

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5/2/18 5:48 P

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Hey there Kris and ArchimedesII; thank you for your replies!

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Kris, there hasn't been any sudden changes to my life right now, but there's been a huge one that was many years in the making; I wrote about it in my response to ChicagoHope, but I'll cut and paste some of my answer here:

February 24th marked one full year of my being seizure-free (*without* anti-seizure pharms). March 30th (and subsequently, every day after that) marked the longest I have ever been seizure-free since the first seizure I had back in '87.

It really is an entirely new life for me. :)

The past several months, I intentionally put my weight-loss "on hold"; my main focus was to meet the two seizure-free dates I mentioned above. I still ate healthy (and without Bugles - ha!).

Now that I have been seizure-free well over a year and even beyond the "longest time-frame" mark, it's time to for me to get on with my other health focuses (weight loss, fitness and healing my gut). And, it's time to stop interfering with myself regarding these goals.

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Perhaps, the new change is my simply returning my focus to weight loss and fitness.

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Archimedes, I typically I eat very healthy (e.g., I do not eat fast foods, nor do I eat the very vast majority of packaged foods; I cook from scratch using lots of fresh produce, etc.).

I do need to focus on not eating from emotions or boredom . . . nor even, nostalgia.

With the Bugles, I think it's because it's been a recent "new" addition to my husband's snacks. We both commented on remembering them from our childhoods . . . wearing the Bugles on our fingers and how fun that was.

Well . . . now, the Bugles don't fit on my fingers, and they don't taste nowhere near as good as my memory conveyed.

*~*~*~*~*

Today's been much better; I haven't even opened my husband's snack cabinet.

I think just writing about it helped tremendously; especially, when I realized that I didn't even like them . . . why eat something (*especially* junk food) if I'm not going to like it?!

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I've appreciated all of y'all's input; thanks for being there for me!

Be blessed,
Sharmie






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5/2/18 6:04 A



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SHARMIE,

Welcome to spark people ! I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". if the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. that's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. So, you can't beat yourself up because you snuck into your hubby's snack cabinet and ate some Bugles. You are not a machine who can eat right 24/7.

Losing weight isn't about cutting calories. Yes, it's true. Most Americans eat too much and need to eat less. The problem is that they eat too much of the wrong food (Bugles) and not enough of the right food (veggies). What to do ?

Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Start with some simple changes you CAN stick with. set some simple goals. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. If you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not exercising, don't start with an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've completed these goals, you do them again or you set new ones.

Setting simple goals is how you slowly ease into a healthier set of habits. STOP thinking like a dieter. Instead, of beating yourself up because you ate the Bugles, why not find ways to make the meals you are already eating more healthy.

Rome wasn't built in a day and neither were you. If it took you years to pack on the weight, it's not coming off in a few shorts weeks or months.

Instead of burgling your hubby's snack cabinet, what are some simple goals you can do this week that will help make your day and meals more healthy ?

There is a lot to learn and you're not going to learn it overnight. Be patient with yourself and your body.



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5/2/18 3:26 A



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Have you recently cut out foods from your diet or made some other sudden change to your lifestyle? If so, this could at least partly explain what is happening. IF it is the case, then perhaps going back to what was and making the changes slowly will stop/reduce this happening.

Whatever the cause, I hope that you soon get a handle on it.

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5/1/18 8:06 P

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Thanks for the welcome back, ChicagoHope!

I actually do have my own snack cabinet . . . our fridge. :) We always have a variety of fresh produce on hand; in fact, often the majority of our refrigerator is filled with fruits and veggies.

It's not that the Bugles (nor any of his other snacks) are eating triggers for me . . . in fact, I'm not particularly impressed with them at all; I certainly wouldn't buy them for me.

I just need to figure out why I am apparently trying to sabotage my own efforts.

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Recently, I met a goal that had been many years in the making: February 24th marked one full year of my being seizure-free (*without* anti-seizure pharms). March 30th (and subsequently, every day after that) marked the longest I have ever been seizure-free since the first seizure I had back in '87.

It really is an entirely new life for me. :)

The past several months, I intentionally put my weight-loss "on hold"; my main focus was to meet the two seizure-free dates I mentioned above. I still ate healthy (and without Bugles - ha!).

Now that I have been seizure-free well over a year and even beyond the "longest time-frame" mark, it's time to for me to get on with my other health focuses (weight loss, fitness and healing my gut). And, it's time to stop interfering with myself regarding these goals.

Thank you so much for your response and your encouragement! I really appreciate it!



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Welcome back to Spark!

Since your husband has his own snack cabinet, why not have one yourself with the snacks you like and that are good for you?

Maybe a refrigerator shelf or drawer with your favorite items?

Have snacks that are good for you readily available...

You can do this! With gong to the gym, and knowing your eating triggers, put the healthy food in front of yourself, and make it easy to access.

You got this, you can do this! Stay strong, stay focused!



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5/1/18 7:29 P

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:)

This really isn't a panic post, but I would like some encouragement and support, please.

My husband has a dedicated kitchen cabinet where he keeps his snacks. Usually, I don't even open the cabinet unless I'm putting something in there. Also, I'm not even interested in most of the snack foods he eats. Actually, the very vast majority of the time I'm not interested in junk food at all.

Recently, he added some Bugles to his snack collection.

I ate quite a few of them earlier today; probably about three handfuls. In truth, they're overly-salted (and I also only normally eat sea salts), and they don't really taste that good. But today isn't the first time I have done this. It is truly weirdness at its best.

It's also self-sabotage. THAT's the kicker.

Today marked my third day since Saturday that I've gone to the gym. It's been a long time since the gym was a regular part of my life, and it feels so good to going again!

I (re)joined SparkPeople on Sunday . . . specifically so that I would have a platform to be transparent about my fitness and weight loss journey.

It's not that I don't know what healthy eating is; I've been researching it and incorporating it into my life for over 31 years. It's emotional eating and eating just to eat that's been tripping me up. Any emotion; not just the unpleasant ones; the good ones, too.

Since December, I have been on a roller coaster of losing and gaining the same 2-4 pounds.

There's nothing major going on in my life; I'm just having a bit of a challenge getting out of the pattern I created . . . and it's a bit perplexing as to why I created it in the first place.

I want to stop eating those stupid Bugles. I have far better choices available to me than to eat junk food.

Thank for reading!
Be blessed,
Sharmie




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