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Posted: 24 Nov 2012, 16:27
Going on a low carb diet, especially if you go into ketosis will eradicate cravings and the constant thinking of food.

Or if not going low carb, eating something (natural/wholefood) every 3 hours will also help greatly.
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Posted: 29 Nov 2012, 14:16
I agree with you rhumen. I need to redirect that focus/addiction and say if only I could convert it to working out! My problems would be solved! Thanks for the support and advice! Most appreciated. Very Happy
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Posted: 30 Nov 2012, 00:24
I too am constantly thinking about food. But the thing is I redirect my energies to thinking how I would make whatever recipe I'm looking at healthier and think about making it later.

Of course, I'm lazy too so it never gets made but makes a fun pass time. Don't fret it. Just imagine creating different types of dishes, the more complicated the better. Haha.

Also, take a look at videos of people chopping fresh vegetables. It gives you a high. I love watching people slicing cucumbers and tomatoes. Makes my mouth water. That way your cravings would be healthy food not... fries.

To prevent yourself from eating unhealthy, try imagining the amount of fat it has and imagine tasting that fat by itself. It will put you off.

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Posted: 04 Dec 2012, 12:27
Ambtreh - I think the part about eating the fat by itself can definitely help. Thanks!
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Posted: 21 Dec 2012, 06:33
I know what you mean, I was the same way. It might not be the easiest but I changed my outlook on food. Meaning, we eat for enjoyment, but it was intended to be a necessity. The problem is what we choose to eat and how much. Now when I eat, I think about how the meal will effect me. Just yesterday I went out for breakfast, I had any option in front of me. Instead I chose the egg white omelet with spinach, a side of fruit and a piece of whole wheat toast. When ordering I was craving biscuits and gravy, but by the time I was done eating, 1. I was full. 2. I didn't feel bad. 3. I actually enjoyed the food. Eating healthy will not happen overnight. But with hard work, it can be done. Either way, according to the weight, you are doing a great job! Keep it up! Also, my snack food is pickles.

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Posted: 21 Dec 2012, 13:09
That's the problem with being on a "diet". Reducing your calories drastically is setting yourself up for cravings and binges. The combo of protein+fiber+ healthy fats is key to keeping your appetite at bay, elimating cravings and giving you a sense of well being which helps you keep on your healhty eating plan for life. Make a small change everyday that you think you can sustain for a lifetime. Here are some things I did to keep 30lbs off for over 10 years now.

Replace breads like muffins, bagels, croissants with oatmeal and high fiber cereal and eggs. Here are 3 of my favorite breakfasts:

1. One boiled egg (eat egg first) 1/2 a cup of Fiber One cereal mixed with half a cup of Honey nut cheerios, 3/4 cup unsweetened almond breeze. The sugar will come off of the cheerios and sweeten the almond milk.

2. 1 package quaker weight control maple and brown sugar oatmeal mixed with 1/3 cup 1% no-salt added cottage cheese, a few walnut halves or 1 tbl freshly ground flaxseeds.

3. 1 low-carb tortilla filled with 2 scrambled egg whites, 1 oz cheddar cheese and a little salsa.

Starting the day with a great breakfast will go a long way to keeping you satiefied.

Try to eat a huge salad everyday for lunch. Huge to me is a salad that would normally feed a family of 4. Add 3 cups of romaine, and or spinach or steamed kale, etc. Add 1 large tomato, add steamed broccoli or broccoli slaw, shredded carrots, and just about any vegetable you can think of. Get to know new vegetables you haven't had before. Make your way around the produce dept and get creative. You can combine fruit/veggies/steamed potatoes, peas, anything really to a salad.

The dressing is what gets most people in trouble. By making delicious oil-free dressing at home, you can eat tons of salad coated in yummy dressing without the calories or guilt. Here are a few of my favorite.

1. Oil-free Japanese dressing: Put in a blender or food processor 1/2 a med onion, 1/2 a carrot, 1/4 vinegar, 1/4 soy sauce, 2 tsp agave nectar or sugar. This is a very delicious dressing.

2. Orange/tomato dressing: Blend 1 large tomato or 10 cherry tomatoes wtih 1/4 cup orange flavored vinegar and one date. This goes really well on a salad with grilled chicken and a little avocado.

3. For creamy dressing use nuts and/or seeds instead of oil. Here is one of my favorites: 1 tbl almond butter mixed with 1 tbl ketchup mixed with 3 tbl of fig flavored vinegar. I know it sounds strange but the combo is really good on a salad of romaine and watercress.

I've had 10 years to research/save/experiment with new flavors, always keeping things new and interesting so I don't get bored. Google is my best friend because it has helped me find delicious recipes that are healthy and filling. I recently discovered shirataki noodles and adore them in light cream sauces that I make with lite laughing cow cheese wedges.

Good luck to you! Don't forget, focus on fruits, veggies, lean protein and find replacements for the obvious offenders.

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Posted: 02 Jan 2013, 20:35
Thank you all for the advice and tips. What I have found helps me out is eating salad, carrots, broccoli and other vegetables and fruits. It is hard at times but I am proof it pays off in the long run. I wish you all the best in your journey!
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-7 days without exercise makes one weak-
-Always think positive, not negative-
-The only one stopping you, is you-

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Posted: 02 Jan 2013, 21:25
rhumen: I agree with the re-focussing of energy. When I get serious about my weight loss (as I am now), I tend to direct a lot of my energy to this website - diligently tracking every calorie, reading forums and posts, adding bits to my journal, and then making myself exercise just so I can come back and post about it! I have a bit of an addictive personality and if I focus it here, then I am focussing on my good health and keeping myself motivated at the same time... I'm sure it wont work for everyone, but it's working for me so I thought I'd throw it out there Smile Good luck!

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Posted: 02 Jan 2013, 22:40
Im sure this is going to sound silly but it worked tremendously well when I transitioned off junk food. When you get that strong desire to eat or you've got food on your mind and you know you've eaten enough and should not be eating, eat something you don't really like. I dont mean dirt or anything, just a food you're not thrilled with like raw veggies. When you get it in your mouth, your body will say im not hungry I don't want this and it'll help stave off the hunger for a while and teach your body to eat for fuel and not for taste.

If you are genuinely hungry all the time, try to find healthy foods that fill you up like those high in protein and fiber like previously mentioned by a few. Keeping hydrated also helps so stay drinking water all day til your belly feels full and you dont feel the need for more food.

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Posted: 04 Jan 2013, 09:13
I also think about food to much. I enjoyed reading the posts. It is hard to focus with a family. Trying slowly making the right choices. Trying out the app on my phone, so far its been handy

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