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gabbygabby

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Posted: 14 Nov 2012, 10:57
I have a food problem! I cannot stop thinking about food. Food is always on my mind. Always thinking about food. Always thinking about what I should eat. When will I eat. It is so hard to just not eat. I will eat anything and everything if it is there. I have tried planning my meals and that does not seem to help seeing how after I eat the meal, I am still thinking about other things I could be eating. Also I do try to drink water, but that does not seem to help either. I need some ideas to help keep my mind off food!

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PeeFat

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Posted: 14 Nov 2012, 11:07
Couple tips...

Try switching out your high sugar fruit for fruit on the low glycemic index list like berries. Starchy carbs and sugar will make your insulin go up and down all day long making you have craving as the sugar drops.
Try and add more veggies/fiber.
Healthy fat and protein digest slow and help keep you feeling full a long time.
JustADreamer

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Posted: 14 Nov 2012, 12:02
I think PeeFat has some great ideas! My advice is always to munch on some veggies. If you find yourself constantly thinking about food, eat something. But, when you eat it, make sure it is some veggies or a piece of fruit. Also, when you are eating, be conscious of the fact that you are eating. Focus on your foods, the tastes... things like that. I know that watching television always makes me hungry. Why? Well, I used to eat all of my meals in front of the television. When you're not paying attention to what you're eating, it's almost like your brain forgets that it is eating.

Think about what you are craving. For example, if you are craving fried chicken or something else that is unhealthy, eat a food that would satisfy that craving. Look for healthy alternatives to those unhealthy foods. Maybe your craving is onion rings. Buy yourself an onion, cut it up, lightly bread it, and bake it. You will save tons of calories, and in the end, it isn't all that bad for you.

I hope some of this helps! Smile
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gabbygabby

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Posted: 14 Nov 2012, 13:12
I eat grapes. I think I will start eating more of them so I don't eat as much of other unhealthy foods. I also think I will start up on the vegetables. I usually don't eat them. I pretty much think about food all the time. Whether I am eating, watching tv, working, sitting, hanging out or working out. Neutral Thanks for the advice! Always appreciated!

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-7 days without exercise makes one weak-
-Always think positive, not negative-
-The only one stopping you, is you-
PeeFat

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Posted: 14 Nov 2012, 13:27
Grapes are high in sugar. Look up... Glycemic Index of Fruits, pick the ones you like from the low sugar list for a week and see how it affects your cravings
gabbygabby

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Posted: 14 Nov 2012, 13:39
I am reading cherries, apples, pears, peaches, grapefruit, plums, grapes, oranges and strawberries have a GI below 55, which makes them low. Am I reading wrong?

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PeeFat

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Posted: 14 Nov 2012, 14:00
I guess grapes arent so bad on the GI list, it was the Glycemic Load factor I was remembering. Some fruit can be fairly low but have insulin spiking effects. Look up fruit glycemic load lists. A rating of 10 and under are slow digesting.
There is a huge difference lets say between grapefruit and grapes, or strawberries and a banana.

gabbygabby

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Posted: 14 Nov 2012, 14:25
Listed almost the same: apples, oranges, grapefruit, peaches, pears, pineapple, cantaloupe, watermelon, mangos, cheerries and strawberries. But grapes :0

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djohns36

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Posted: 14 Nov 2012, 21:21
I know where you coming from.What I have done to keep my mind from think about food focusing on something else like painting my nails.or doing my hair things that keep ur mind busy.also chewing gum has helped.
eKatherine

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Posted: 19 Nov 2012, 15:54
Being obsessed with food and eating is often a result of being on restrictive diets. Try to eat moderate portions of foods you like in order to satisfy yourself, so you aren't always in the denial mode.
gabbygabby

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Posted: 20 Nov 2012, 14:34
Thanks for the tips djohns36.

eKatherine: I do eat everything in portions. But I try and eat veggies and fruits beforehand as well.

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-7 days without exercise makes one weak-
-Always think positive, not negative-
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kitty-eared-...

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 11:30
I have a similar issue, but it's a focus more on specific foods. For example, if I know I have a jar of peanut butter in the cabinet, I will constantly think about it until I go and have some (i.e. peanut butter and a spoon).

The easiest way for me personally to deal with this is to not keep these trigger foods in my apartment. I haven't bought peanut butter in a few months now because I find if I don't have access to it, I don't mentally crave it. Same with Oreos. If the boyfriend brings some home, I find that I will think about them until I end up having some. My self control is disgustingly absent, and I know this. Which is why I avoid temptation by not keeping items like that in the house.
Stella1964

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 11:42
I totally agree with PeeFat. Eat more protein, fats and veggies. Get off the sugar spike roller coaster than insulin surges cause. This is what gives you cravings (from carb addiction). Once you're off that, food won't be your focus anymore. You'll need to be reminded to eat!!
Ingria

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 12:08
By looking at your calendar, it is obvious that you are just plain hungry. Don't try to create such a large deficit. At 21 you don't need it. You will not lose weight fast but you will be able to do it without constant hunger. Eat more protein than you do, much more. Eggs, chicken, fish, beef, plain yogurt and cottage cheese, anything, it makes you feel less hungry, and at your age you still need it as your body still develops. Start your day with high protein breakfast, research shows people who eat eggs for breakfast feel less hungry during the day. Don't be afraid to eat fats, they are essential for health - butter, olive oil, coconut oil, fish oil for omega 3, they are all good for you and will reduce hunger. Vegetables for vitamins, mineral and fiber. Cut the juices, they only want you to crave for more. Better eat veggies than fruit, they have less sugar. Good luck, you are making great progress. It is OK to think about food, it is our friend, not our enemy. Just try to make good choices and be patent. You are doing good.
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thynes

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 12:18
I don't think that it's the fact you have tooo much of a deficit, I think it's what you are eating. I was the same way when I ate a chigh carb diet. It messed with my bloodsugar and was always cranky and hungry. I am not atkins or primal but I do try and eat more protein than carbs. And also keep my carbs to clean natural foods (most of the time lol) and got rid of the pasta, rice, cereals etc... Protein and fiber will keep you full much longer. Good luck!
thynes

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 12:19
Oh and for meal ideas peak at others food diaries! I have gotten LOTS of ideas that way!
Cthulhu

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 12:19
Gabby, I'm impressed with your success, you might enjoy reading 'French Women Don't Get Fat' it's an easy read about pleasure in moderation as a lifestyle (i.e not being plagued with cravings).

“The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” ~Victor E. Frankl
amandawl

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 12:30
I understand this completely. I tend to get fixated on one specific food in my cupboard that I can't make my mind stop wandering to. My self restraint isn't at the level where I'm able to resist my binge cravings so I have had to stop purchasing things that I really like. At home, I find it easier to not think of food if all I have is boring veggies and healthy foods. I still have slips where I will eat 5 rice cakes instead of 1 but gradually changing my habits seems to make it easier than changing all my bad habits at once.

When I'm at a coffee shop eating a donut with my eyes I find reciting this mantra helps, but only if I say it at least 10 times. "Don't reward yourself with food, you're not a dog!"

I know how hard it is to change your lifestyle and I hope it gets easier for you.
gabbygabby

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Posted: 23 Nov 2012, 09:50
Thing is I live with family. So they have a bunch of different foods. Both healthy and junk, mostly junk. It is hard to not be tempted when it is around. Plus they aren't so supportive and wouldn't not buy the junk food to help me out. I am solo in this journey. Definitely will try to get more protein and veggies in my day though. Thanks Ingria & Thynes, I will definitely need luck. And thanks to the rest as well for the tips and advice. You are all so helpful and I wish you all luck in your journey. Amandawl, it is hard, too hard sometimes. Needs to be much easier.

-Your success is a direct reflection of your efforts-
-7 days without exercise makes one weak-
-Always think positive, not negative-
-The only one stopping you, is you-
rhumen

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Posted: 24 Nov 2012, 14:05
you're addicted. i don't know that changing WHAT YOU EAT will help you any more than going to a drug addict and say "change from meth to heroine" or go to a alcoholic and say "change from rum to vodka" or go to a gambling addict and say "change from casino's to lottery"... addiction is addiction and the players may change, but the game is still the same.

from what i know about myself and addiction, you can never cure it or rid yourself of it, but you can redirect it. you need to find a new addiction, maybe a positive one that helps your life out instead of impeding your progress (especially with regard to your weight).

find a new source of attention, a new focus, that you can vomit all this energy on that you are wasting on food. eat to live, not live to eat.

most people choose bad things to make the focus of their addiction: food, gambling, drugs, sex, anger, hate, etc. the better choices like volunteering, advocacy, success, organization, etc. will benefit your life much better and take your focus on food away.

i wish you well on your journey!



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