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7/13/09 10:13 A

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I can sure relate to the "cyclical hunger." It's much easier for me to stick to an eating plan for the first 2 weeks of my menstrual cycle. The 3rd week, all bets are off; by the 4th, I'm so disgusted with myself that I just say, oh what the hell and keep eating crap for another week. Then I pull myself up by my bootstraps again for 2 weeks. It's crazy.

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5/8/09 11:22 P

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I started today with a homemade egg white whole wheat egg mcmuffin. It really satisfied me and started me off to a good day food wise. Sure I still had a fiber bar snack (and a mini ice cream cone after the gym) but the calories and nutrients were all in line today and I'm feeling satisfied. Not everyday, I'll switch it up.

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5/8/09 10:19 P

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I realized a long time ago that I just simply had to have protein at breakfast. I used to prefer a bowl of cheerios and coffee, but I'd have the shakes within two hours. It is a pain to get *healthy* protein at breakfast, given the thought of bacon, sausage, and ham - thank maude I finally found an egg beater-type substitute that I enjoy.

But, the nice thing about 6 small meals a day is Second Breakfast - oatmeal or cheerios, sometimes with SF yogurt or a little peanut butter. I basically get to have both, but all things in moderation...

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5/8/09 10:17 A

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Oh, Dalai_Lala - that afternoon coffee trick helped me yesterday too. I was so food focused in the afternoon, it was all I could do to stay away from the candy store downstairs. So I went to our kitchen and made a cup of coffee with extra creamer and sweetner and then drank water for the rest of the afternoon. I think that the sweet/hot cup of coffee finally quelled my hunger.

It's not something I can do everyday - me and caffeine are not friends. I get fairly hyper and can't sleep if I have coffee after 4:00. I just caught that deadline by having a cup at 3:45, but it gave me enough energy to go to the gym last night for my C25K workout.

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5/8/09 10:13 A

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One of the recent changes I tried to make to my diet recently was to try a more vegetarian diet with lots of veggies, whole grains, beans and tofu. I was hitting my fiber, protein and fat goals, but I think that it was waking up some major hunger feelings with the extra workouts I've been doing.

So I took some of your advice this morning, and had a homemade egg white whole wheat egg mcmuffin. Its a breakfast we usually make before we go hiking on the weekends. I was so hungry before I had it, but now, even an hour later, I am still satisfied. Maybe I do need to up my protein in the morning. Let's see how that works out.

I really do like the old fashioned oatmeal and fruit I usually have for breakfast, but if that's going to start up my "hunger cycle" with all the extra workouts I'm not really going to see the results I wanted. Hmmm, this is so complicated!

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5/8/09 9:38 A

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I fit into that "Eating Like a Hobbit" thread just below this one! I eat six times a day, usually every two to three hours. Somedays it's all I can do to get all six meals in, and I'm full all day, but sometimes (not as much) I count the minutes until my next meal. Because I'm pre-diabetic I've noticed that if I have anything sweet in the morning, even fruit, I'm hungrier the rest of the day.

I am much happier with this eating plan than any "diet" I've ever been on. My bloodsugar is now rock solid and I've been able to get off of my Metformin. I don't obsess over food so much because I know something is coming quite soon.

On my "must have salt" days I do air-popped popcorn or pickles. On "chocolate days" I have a chocolate whey protein powder that is pretty darn tasty, so I make a chocolate strawberry smoothie.

Also, like yesterday I was ready to kill for afternoon sugar... I had a cup of coffee with sugar free, decaf General Foods Int'l instant mocha added to it and a little extra Splenda for good measure.

I would say that my food tracker is public, but I have made some bad choices nearly every day this week. I own that and the half pound it brought me, though...

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5/7/09 9:46 P

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I'm a grazer, but have to fight it on the "I'm STARVING" days. I have pretzels for the salty (not many calories if you count out the quantity); nuts if I need something more substantial.
For sugar, it is back to the frozen blueberries. It is so hard to be good, but I really want to get healthier. emoticon emoticon
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5/7/09 6:49 P

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You mean they aren't???? Dang!

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5/7/09 6:39 P

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Oh, I understand that craving! I used to think the food groups were sweet, Salty, Spicey, Crunchy and Creamy!

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5/7/09 6:37 P

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Oh, I understand that craving! I used to think the food groups were sweet, Salty, Spicey, Crunchy and Creamy!

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5/7/09 4:28 P

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Definitely more of a grazer here. Right now I'm craving salt really bad. I could ALMOST go out to the barn and lick on the block we have for the goats. LOL OK, maybe not but it's seeming that way.

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5/7/09 2:56 P

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My eating habits seem to go in little cycles. There are days when I feel "not-so-hungry" and other days when I feel like I can't get enough food. It doesn't really matter on the calorie range, and I average the calories in the range over time - kind of doing a calorie-cycling program as my body desires.

My ideal work day includes having my coffee on the train @7:30, then eating my breakfast at the office at 8:30, having a mid morning snack of fruit or yogurt at 10:30, lunch at 12:30, small snack at 4:00 and then dinner at 7:30 or 8:00 with nothing after 9:00.

I pack my breakfast/lunch/snacks to fit that pattern, and even have trail mix or fiber bar in my bag in case I need a snack on the go, or I'm really hungry before dinner. When I track in the nutrition tracker, using this pattern I'm usually 300 calories before lunch, 400 calories for lunch/snack, leaving 700+ for dinner/snack. Perfect calorie range and satisfaction.

On my less hungry days or super busy mornings, I often forget to eat my breakfast in time, then play catch up all day. On those days the snacks I packed usually find themselves in the office fridge for the next day, and dinner is a protein/veggie combo (chicken and salad/veggies) just to get the veggies and protein in. Tuesday was a day like that for me, and even with the gym commitment, I found it hard to eat the sandwich I had packed as a dinner before gym.

On super hungry days like today, I've eaten my breakfast, my fruits, my lunch and yogurt, and am now thinking of looking for that trail mix or granola bar. I know that even if I eat those things, I'm in a healthy calorie range and made healthy choices, but I wonder why my hunger cycles in and out.

I wonder if the hungry/not hungry cycle is a hormonal thing (I see mini patterns) or related to my activity (the day of doing a lot of activity like hiking, I'm usually less hungry, and the next day I'm starving as if to compensate!)

So, I wanted to learn from you...are you a 3 meal a day kind of person, or a grazer/snacker? What makes you the most happy? And when are you the most satisfied? A sample menu would be great! I try to update my nutrition tracker also, so if you want to take a peek and critique, please feel free.

Thank you! emoticon VIOLETTE

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