Healthy Habits for 13 July

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   Posted 7/13/2010 12:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all...

I'm more than a bit late getting this posted but I haven't even turned on the computer today until bedtime. That's how the weekend has been. We've been moving kids/grandkids for the past few days and I was in charge of the baby, older brother and cooking. No way was I going to be packing, loading and hauling boxes. I gave the keys to my truck to oldest grandson and told him he was the truck driver for the extended weekend.

But in the mean time those obsessions with foods I should not eat would still creep in on me. Anyone else have those feelings? It's like this voice in your head calling you to food when you aren't hungry nor want anything. I truly believe in addiction when it comes to food. Some research has begun to back up this theory but at what level I'm not sure. But all you have to do is ask someone who has been fighting it for most of their life and they will gladly tell the researchers how it is. rolleyes smilewinkgrin

Here is a quote from "A lifestyle change... is the idea of making healthier choices one decision at a time for the rest of your life. There’s no need to avoid certain food groups or feel guilty about eating a cookie. The key to managing a lifestyle change is to eat everything in moderation. Make healthy eating choices whenever possible and limit yourself to a few bites of foods you can’t resist.

Making a lifestyle change also means including daily physical activities. This should include intentional exercise as well as generally being more active throughout the day. You don’t have to spend hours a day at the gym to achieve permanent weight loss. A 30-minute walk along with some strength training a few days a week is all you really need to do.

You should feel good about your lifestyle changes and enjoy feeling more energetic while losing weight slowly and permanently without ever dieting again."

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   Posted 7/13/2010 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chutz.....yes, making that decision for a lifestyle change is hard, but well worth it. As of yesterday, I've now lost 36 1/2 pounds. I feel great (although the fibro pain is no better).

Find a plan that works for you, and make that choice for yourself, everyone. I definately was addicted to food! If I can do this - trust me, anyone can!
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   Posted 7/13/2010 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
There's no question that I'm addicted to junk food; I assume it's the salt, fat, sugar, and the feel good "high" I get from eating the carbs.

I once read a study (I don't know about the reliability of it) that compared junk food addiction to a heroin addiction. Something about the fact that the same area of the brain is triggered in the consumption of both.

It's a real struggle for me. I'm trying to both eat smaller portions and make better choices: baked chips instead of fried, a small piece of healthy dark chocolate instead of a milk chocolate candy bar, etc.

This is one of my biggest challenges. rolleyes

Hugs- Austen
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   Posted 7/13/2010 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
No doubt there are certain foods I'm addicted to. When I go grocery shopping it is
all I can do from keeping that shopping cart from tha aisles those foods are located.
I definately have a sweet tooth and also crave salt.

Lately I have been eating rasberries, strawberries and grapes as my "candy" and will
limit myself to a small portion of cashews instead of potato chips. Sherbet is my
icecream. I'm trying to make better choices and watching portions.

Sunday I was craving a choclate malt and gave into the temptation but watched what
I ate for the remainder of the day. I'm still at my goal weight and I know the exercise
must have a lot to do with it. Walking is still my passion and I do a couple miles a day.
I walk, flare or not just not as far. I also drink at least 64oz of water a day and that
helps flush my system.

One day at a time like everything else!

Hugs, Robin
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   Posted 7/13/2010 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
My problem is I think eating is one of life's greatest pleasures!  I love to cook, I love to go to the grocery store, and I love just about any food.  That makes it tough.  That's why counting carbohydrates works well for me.  When food is calling my name, I always have fresh fruit in the fridge, sugar-free fudgecicles (40 calories) in the freezer, etc.  That's where I head.  Yep, I could eat from the time I get up until the time I go to bed.  I don't, though.  I stay busy and that helps me, too. 
I can't deprive myself.  It doesn't work.  I was on a diet years ago and doing well.  Unfortunately, a commercial for Dairy Queen came on television and I couldn't get that ice cream cone, dipped in chocolate, out of my head!  I started eating celery with a sour cream dip.  I ended up eating the entire BUNCH of celery and nearly a pint of sour cream!  I tried to stop myself but that ice cream cone came back into my mind.  I was a driven woman!   shocked    That's when I discovered it would have been far better for me to just get in the car and get the stupid ice cream cone.  It would have been less calories! 
So, now, I just keep healthy stuff in the house, avoid a lot of carbs and do well this way.
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   Posted 7/13/2010 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
ive been so sick nothing going to make me eat unhealthy UNTIL get TO WALLMART and get my hands on some star crunch tongue
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