Healthy Habits for week 2~ 21 June '10

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Chutz
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   Posted 6/21/2010 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
So how is everyone doing this week? Are weekends a hard time to stick to new eating habits? They sure are for me. I get to cooking for us and often others and anything goes. Ya, I don't have to eat it but come on!...This is why we are here... rolleyes smilewinkgrin

But Sunday brought better thoughts and more resolve for me. I have a goal this week to eliminate one small item from my diet that's a problem for me. So far, so good for at least 24 hours! Some days that's a huge accomplishment.

What about everyone trying to tackle one small thing this week. Maybe you have a problem with drinking too much soda. Or seconds on your favorites at supper time. Think of something small you want to change and give it a try this week. There is no way we can take on the entire problem of unhealthy eating habits in one week, but we sure can stop having seconds on mashed potatoes at supper time. idea

Let's keep going!
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   Posted 6/21/2010 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
This week I'm going to concentrate on making "lite" meals, cutting back on the starches.
It has been in the 90's here, so I'm not as hungry. I'll be making a variety of salads,
like adding nuts and fruits, ie manderin oranges, rasberries, chicken, cashews, lettuce
greens and fat-free catalina dressing. My hubby doesn't have to lose so I will give him
croissants with his salad. Instead of icecream, I will eat sherbet.

Hugs, Robin
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   Posted 6/21/2010 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, Robin your salads sound so good! I did well all last week and then we went out of town for the weekend and I ate way too much. Back on track today. I am going to concentrate on healthy snacks this week.
 
 
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   Posted 6/21/2010 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,

I have been working hard at eating something for breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up. I tend to have absolutely NO appetite, so I have to force myself to eat. My hubby has started to set a timer for me to remind me to eat...I do find that helpful.

So, this week, in addition to maintaining my breakfast eating pattern, I'm committing myself to using my Nintendo Wii at least once every day for some form of exercise. Even if all I do is bowl, it will still be a physical activity and that's my goal.

Good luck to everyone on achieving small victories!

hugs,
Pam
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   Posted 6/21/2010 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for sharing your ideas! You have given me more thoughts to ponder and to work into my days.

And...does anyone want to meet in the chat room during the day? What times are good and what days. We can set a time every day and whoever can show up just do it. Or to maybe get a larger crowd we can do it once or twice a week. You guys choose and I'll put it on the calendar.

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Chutz
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   Posted 6/22/2010 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm heading to bed here on the West Coast...or lately it's been the WET Coast. We actually got over 70* officially for the first time in 9 months! Yikes, bring out the sun screen...lol I've done better the past 2 days on my 'problem time'...which is bed time. I'm usually up alone, the last one to bed. And that's the perfect time to get into trouble in the kitchen. I've packed in healthy snacks too. Have lots of fresh fruit ready to go and I love it!

I was preparing a bowl of strawberries after supper and I had my faithful companion - Cedar, our Golden Retriever puppy...if you can call 55# of busy girl a puppy. ;-) But she has a passion for fresh fruit and veggies. I haven't tried onions and doubt I will but she loves strawberries, melon, cantaloupe, oranges, apples, broc, cauliflower, celery, carrots, and she loves the ribs out of the romaine leaves! She thinks they are doggie snacks! I did share some berries with her but do have to limit it...don't want her losing control from eating too much fruit. Had that happen with a former Golden who ate 3 slices of cantaloupe...let's just say I had to find rubber gloves and a garden hose....lol...

On that cheery note, good night...
Chutz
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   Posted 6/23/2010 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Chutz,
 
I was reading your post about your 'puppy' and how she likes fruits and veggies, then you mentioned about possible treat of onions. I read awhile ago about onions and dogs. It can be fatal. If you feed them a lot at one meal or even some over a period of time, it can cause poisoning. It can also cause liver damage, allergies, diarrhea, vomiting, etc.
 
Just wanted to let you know, so Cedar stays healthy and wonderful for many yrs. We have got to take care of our fur babies.
 
Pls give her a good scratchin' for me.
 
God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 6/23/2010 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for posting that Alice!!!

I've never given her any onions and thought I was up to date on the things not to feed to dogs, but that's one I didn't know about. So, goof as I am I just went out and did some reading. Seems is can be a cumulative effect also. That's even more concerning. It basically brings on a bad form of anemia and goes down hill from there. Yikes, not a good thing!

The other one I didn't know that was on a vet site is macadamia nuts! Seems the dog will begin to get lethargic and before a day is over won't be able to walk. Obviously it affects the muscles. They did say that most will recover from this.

The one thing that I find interesting on the issue with grapes/raisins and dogs is that for a long time we never heard of this. Maybe no one had figured it out yet. My male Golden Retriever who we got in the mid '90's used to to out to the grape vines I grew and would smell to see when they were ripe. Then he's go down the rows, put his mouth over an entire bunch of grapes, suck them all off and only the stem was left on the vine. It was a riot to watch and as far as I know he never had problems with them. He lived to be over 12 years old which is good for a Golden.

I found information on Snopes.com that explains it well. Here's a quote from the article and also the link.

Thanks again Alice for bringing up this topic!! Often our pets are our 'kids'. And she LOVED the scratch you sent...it was behind her left ear. But I'm sending you the slobber...lol

Chutz

www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/raisins.asp

According to the ASPCA, around 1989 a disturbing trend began to emerge from the AnTox database used by its Animal Poison Control Center: Nearly all the dogs reported to have eaten grapes or raisins developed acute renal (kidney) failure. These cases were noted all across the USA, with the amount eaten varying widely, from over a pound of grapes to as little as a single serving of raisins.
The database showed that dogs who ate the grapes and raisins typically vomited within a few hours of ingestion. Most of the time, partially digested grapes and raisins could be seen in the vomit, fecal material, or both. At this point, some dogs would stop eating (anorexia), and develop diarrhea. The dogs often became quiet and lethargic, and showed signs of abdominal pain. These clinical signs lasted for several days — sometimes even weeks.
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   Posted 6/24/2010 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Chutz, you're very welcome!
 
Yrs back we aquired a marvelous little poodle. It was just before Christmas, and my mother used to hang chocolate candies on the tree. We were sitting in the kitchen hearing 'chimes' coming from the living room. We got up to find the cause of the noise. The dog was inside the tree leaning on the trunk 'taking' the chocolate treats off the tree. We thought it was the funniest thing we had ever seen. A few yrs later my DH and I were in our 1st apt preparing to move into our 1st house. It was again just before Christmas, but this time it was the son of that darling dog in the house. I had picked up a package of Hershey's Kisses for my DH (I'm not a chocolate lover, sorry lol) I put them in a bowl on the table and we left for a Christmas visit w/ friends. We came home about 4 hrs later to a puppy that needed to go out and a completely empty candy bowl. My DH was outside laughing b/c the dog had done his business under the street light and it 'sparkled' in the light. We were so lucky that neither baby had any serious reaction to the treats. 
 
We had no idea about the problem w/ chocolate and puppies at that time or I would have been so much more careful. A friend of mine mentioned it to me yrs later and I have been so careful since that time. My 'Evil Puppy' would love to have chocolate but I would never take the chance.
 
I think the story of the grapes/raisins and your male Golden is like my story. The dogs just lucked out w/ not having a reaction. To that I say, Thank God.
 
Yes, most definitely, our pets are our babies, our kids. As far as sending me the slobber, that's ok, dogs love you w/ everything they have. That includes a gallon of slobber!  smilewinkgrin   Hope you have a good day!!
 
God bless.  Alice
 
 
 

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   Posted 6/24/2010 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
My dog will eat anything she can get her paws on! She is a goldendoodle - golden and poodle - and to me she got the best of both breeds. She has eaten an entire pound bag of chocolates before and I had to give her hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting - she really didn't like that!
 
Thanks for the tip on onions, grapes and raisins!


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Chutz
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   Posted 6/26/2010 11:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Not sure how we got on dogs/pets...lol but it's fun at least. Found out the girl like cucumbers!

Anyway, is anyone else having a struggle? I've always had an issue with food...I love to eat. But there are times when I'm sure there are foods that I can easily become addicted to. Does anyone else know what I mean??? Like sweets, for example. I go through times where no matter what I do, if there is something chocolate in the house I'm on it before I know what I'm doing! It is so darn frustrating and it makes me feel helpless and foolish. How can an intelligent woman start shoving food in her mouth that she doesn't even want just because something in there tastes good??? And how can she stop?

I'm an emotional eater and over the past 1-2 years the stress and sorrow level has been high. So when I get that way food is the one thing I turn to for soothing, even though it only lasts for a short time. Once the food is gone then the remorse sets in. I'm guessing everyone knows this cycle....it's miserable. Right now I'm at the bottom of the pit just trying to struggle to keep my head above water.

Does anyone have any ideas? Does someone want to work together on this? Sometimes when I am able to connect with someone or even post here on the forum that I'm going to improve a behavior I'm more able to do it. Once I can gain some control then I hope to settle some of the issues that are causing the stress. One of them is about to solve itself in the next couple of weeks. The other...I have no idea.

Also, does anyone have ideas/recipes for evening snacks that are fulfilling yet not 'addictive' or too fattening? How about we share recipes next week? I'll post it on Monday...hoping that I will remember, that is.

Chutz...feeling down but still trying
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   Posted 6/27/2010 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not doing well at all on my eating habits.  All I did was eat last week while on vacation.  What are vacations for?  Today we're leaving for the lake and my dh smoked baby back ribs for dinner today.  Of course we think we have to always have mashed potatoes and peas to go with them. 
 
I have to tell you a story about my bathroom scales.  My dh has to weigh every morning and put his weight down because he has chronic congestive heart failure so he has to weigh every morning and keep a chart on his weight.  We noticed the scales were up and down and for no reason he would gain 5 lbs. over night and was really watching what he ate.  Friday night we bought a new pair of scales and bless our pea pick'n heart, we were both down 5 lbs. for the last two days.  I needed something to give me a little hope so maybe after this camping trip I can get back on the road again.
 
One thing I have been doing on snacks lately is eating a sweet and salty granola bar by Nature Valley.  I know I shouldn't eat anything at night, but I feel like if I have to eat just a bite of something that it's a lot better on me than a candy bar.  They are coated with yogurt instead of chocolate and they are delicious.
 
God Bless!
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   Posted 6/27/2010 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I definately have days where I over medicate with comfort food. There is a saying
something like...it's not what you're eating...it's what's eating you. Days where I'm
flaring, I crave chocolate. If I have a piece, it's like priming the pump. If I don't buy
it the temptation is not there and my craving will settle down. The longer I go without
eating it, the less important it becomes.

I am at my goal weight and I know if I didn't exercise I would be in big trouble.
After a "pigout", I try not to beat myself up for it. I tell myself I will make healthier
choices for the remainder of the day. I don't want to feel deprived either so I allow
myself healthier treats. I love sherbet and it is less fattening than icecream.

I continue to make healthy salads and use fat- free dressings and cut back on red
meat. When I'm hungry between meals, I will drink a glass of water first; sometimes
I was really only thirsty. Before I eat anything, I try to make an effort to analyze
why I'm eating. More than once I have taken something out and then put it back.

Everything in life seems to be one day at a time, so I try to go with the flow.
Good luck to everyone! Remember we are stronger than we think. Believe!!!

Hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements
 
 


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   Posted 6/27/2010 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I think you are all around the idea of Mindfulness. Be aware, put a stop between the thought and the action. That's where I have such a problem...I act before I think and food is about the only area of my life I do that. I'm more likely to think something through thoroughly before acting. I am going to get up in the morning with a new mindset. If others on here are willing to step up and share their problems then I know I'm not alone. It just feels so alone much of the time.

Thanks for listening and sharing your thoughts.
Chutz
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