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Weekends are terrible
I find it harder on the weekends too, so must find that fine-tune that Draglist & Calyn have! One weekend at a time, right?!?
by Ruhu (submitted 2 weeks ago)
Emotional eaters - and resulting yo-yo weight?
I hear myself in all of your posts! For me too, emotional eating has become my "go-to" to deal with stress, fatigue, sadness, anxiety, etc. I have to keep reminding myself that it's such a habit now, that it will take time to "re-wire" my now natural instincts to eat these emotions, rather than healthfully express, release or sit with them. I hope we can keep this thread going & continue to support each other on our journeys! xoxox
by Ruhu (submitted a month ago)
Emotional eaters - and resulting yo-yo weight?
You've got this fellow emotional eater's support, anytime you need it! What's helped me tremendously is working to eat & live mindfully. I'm a huge proponent of Dr. Michelle May's "Am I Hungry?" approach. (She has a book & web site.) I just sent you a buddy request & would love to stay in touch. Good luck!
by Ruhu (submitted a month ago)
Older women????
Can I join the party? I'm 54 but guess I'm technically through/in menopause as my periods stopped when I turned 50. I'll never forget my gynecologist telling me 50 was the average age -- I had my 50th birthday & never another period! I've had a fairly easy time through menopause, mainly after making some dietary changes. Unrelated to menopause, I struggled with acid reflux & allergies. After going through an elimination diet & realizing that gluten and lactose negatively impacted these, I gave both up & now my allergies and reflux are so much better. Last spring was my first not needing to take daily allergy meds:). But, night sweats & mood swings persisted which I realized corresponded with me eating sugar. So, I've now also eliminated added sugar from my diet (as much as possible) and I'm sleeping & feeling so much better. Thanks for creating this thread for us older gals to share!
by Ruhu (submitted a month ago)
Struggling to cut out certain foods
I've eliminated gluten, lactose & now added sugar as they all impact me negatively -- stomach issues, allergies & sleep problems. Sugar has been the hardest, but I've come to realize that some us do best eating all/any foods in moderation & some (like me) need to completely abstain. I was finding with sugar that each time I'd eat it again, I'd want more or fight intense cravings. I'm been off it now for over 2 months & feel so much better. The first weeks were the hardest, but I just tried to focus on all the good foods I could eat, and taking it one day or meal or moment at a time! Good luck to you… we're each on our own journey, so you need to keep trying to see what works for you!
by Ruhu (submitted a month ago)
Group for those going through menopause or perimenopause
I couldn't agree more, richiesbaby! I'm an avid, borderline obsessive, exerciser. No mater how tired or moody I feel, I always feel so much better after breaking a sweat!
by Ruhu (submitted 2 months ago)
The Whole Calorie Counting Thing
I agree, but eat out more than I'd like, especially when traveling. Luckily, now, many restaurants have their menus & nutrition info online. I try to check before I go if I can, but am always amazed at some of the info. Also, the differences between different restaurants can be shocking too. Thanks for the great reminder!
by Ruhu (submitted 2 months ago)
Group for those going through menopause or perimenopause
Just joined! Thanks!
by Ruhu (submitted 2 months ago)
talk therapy
Tray, if you're thinking talking to a therapist could help, I'd give it a try. I am currently & it is helping me quite a bit on this journey. I, too, eat for emotional reasons, which is a long-standing habit that I'm trying to change. Its hard work & is not happening quickly for me, but so worthwhile as I know this is the healthy eating & living journey I want my life to follow.
by Ruhu (submitted 2 months ago)
Avoid feeling hungry
Great insight, ALKJ, & so timely! Thanks for sharing! I have to agree with you Classic, as I too have been eating some sugar again, as mindfully, as I can, but not always in as much moderation as I'd like. It is everywhere this time of year! But, i know come 2014, we can unite again to curb the sugar monster and continue our healthy eating & living journey. Merry Christmas! xoxox
by Ruhu (submitted 4 months ago)
Great Intermittent Fasting Article
I've been doing the 5:2 IF for almost 3 months now, and also am loving it. I too have been pleasantly surprised at how easy it is most of the time. And it's made me realize that it's ok to be hungry sometimes. Since I rarely do my 2 fasting days back-to-back, I always know that I can eat what I want tomorrow. And, I just realized that in those 3 months, unless my scale was or is playing tricks on me, my body fat % went from 19% in Sept to 15% now. That's measured though on our home scale, and I'm not sure how accurate those scales are. I was so surprised to see the drop, that I re-did it several times. I'm curious though since so many of you do 16:8 IF, if there are benefits to it over 5:2, which was what I was hearing so much about when I started. Thanks for the great articles & posts -- I love reading more about IF, and hearing other's stories! Also, I'm curious about the "indulgence day" some of you mentioned. I'm a sugar addict & try to stay away from it as much as possible, but have started having some sugar again as I just can't go entirely without it!
by Ruhu (submitted 4 months ago)
How to tackle comfort eating
I, too, try to "close the kitchen" after dinner is cleaned up, brush my teeth & settle in with my dog and cat to read, relax, watch tv, etc. I also try to chew gum or have a mint if cravings come. Distraction is great in any form, but its also good to try to sort out the emotions you're wanting to eat rather than feel or deal with, if you can. Hope that helps, and good luck in this new week & new opportunity to better deal with wanting to eat when its not really food you're hungry for!
by Ruhu (submitted 4 months ago)
Goodbye sugar
Felon, is vintage found in stores or do you order it online?
by Ruhu (submitted 5 months ago)
Goodbye sugar
That's what I'm trying to do for now too. How do you feel about dark chocolate? And, kingkeld, I'm curious about the protein bars you eat. Thanks all, this has been such an ongoing struggle for me, so its great to hear how others handle it!
by Ruhu (submitted 5 months ago)
Goodbye sugar
I've struggled with sugar on & off forever it seems. I'm curious what forms you do/do not eat -- added sugars, natural sugar as in fruit, sugar substitutes, etc.
by Ruhu (submitted 5 months ago)
The GRAIN BRAIN, has anyone else read it?
I just downloaded the book & saw Dr Oz. I'm intrigued but not yet ready either to give up fruit. I incorrectly thought Dr P was saying it was wheat or gluten that was causing memory issues, but now realize he thinks it's all carbs that raise blood sugar. I'm eager now to read the book & learn more too. Please keep me posted as to what you learn. Thanks!
by Ruhu (submitted 6 months ago)
5:2 diet
I've been following it for 3 weeks now & also loving it. I've only lost 1 1/2 lbs, but thrilled with that as I'd been slowly gaining beforehand (I am close to goal though). The fast days have gone smoothly -- I keep busy & like the freedom from thinking about what/how much to eat. And while I don't go crazy on the other days, I do like being able to eat more than I had been & not having to count every calorie. Good luck & let us know how it goes for you!
by Ruhu (submitted 6 months ago)
Eat, Fast, Live Longer!
I've been experimenting with IF too, and liking it so far. I've been trying windows (eating between noon and 6-8 pm) and 5:2, and still deciding which is better suited for me. I haven't lost much weight but am close to goal which I've been trying to maintain. I'm curious to hear of any other success stories as well as any stories in which IF was not the WOE for you. Thanks!
by Ruhu (submitted 6 months ago)
Muscle Soreness and Exercise
I've been having what feels like never-ending muscle soreness, or really heaviness in my legs for awhile now, so am equally interested in the responses you get, kitty. While I do workout most days, it's not extreme & I mix it up. I keep thinking it will go away, but am wondering if its due to my exercise routine or something else.
by Ruhu (submitted 7 months ago)
Binge Eating - a venom!
I'm a sugar addict & binge on it at times too sadly. It's become such a horrible habit & equally horrible to break no matter how hard I try. I'm happy that my binges seem to have become predictable at stressful times, but frustrated at the same time that I still can't stop them. As others have said, it's like something takes over & doesn't let me think rationally about the consequences. I'm hoping that by recognizing my pattern & taking them one day or meal or moment at a time, I can continue to reduce the binges & curb them when they come. I have to agree that cutting back/out added sugars & processed foods and focusing on vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats & some fruit (even the sugar in it affects me if I eat too much) helps keep me on track. Hope we can stay in touch & continue sharing what we find that helps!
by Ruhu (submitted 7 months ago)
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