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Posted: 18 Jul 2013, 11:03
And I don't know if I should avoid the nutrition community. I want to be healthy, look good, and feel good. But it seems like wherever I look there are a dozen conflicting opinions on how to do that.

I've had long, hard looks at Atkins, Paleo, Low-fat raw vegan, gourmet vegan, "eating clean", just to name a few.

I've heard wheat is poison, soy is poison, dairy is poison, anything processed is poison, eggs are bad, eggs are vital.

I've heard, "It doesn't matter what you eat, but how much." "It matters more when you eat than what you eat." "So long as you're eating my list of healthy foods, you can eat as much as you want." "Diet is more important than exercise." "Exercise is more important than diet." "Sleep is just as important as exercise and diet." "The problem is all the toxins building up in the body." (I've heard that one a lot)

I'm a bit wary about existing in this environment, because it seems like a lot of people judge others heavily on what they eat, on what "nutritional beliefs" they have. Can a forum where people discus dieting from many viewpoints be a positive place, or can it only be negative? I'd like to connect with individuals on this site either way, but I'm not sure if I should be scared of the forum >.>
So yea... hello

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Posted: 18 Jul 2013, 11:11
You'll come to find out there are certain threads that can go sour in a hurry, so feel free to avoid those threads so you don't get sucked into the negativity.. Try to find some good buddies that you can interact with outside of the forums - my favorite part of this website (apart from the calorie/exercise tracking) is the journaling and buddies.. But you might have to wander around the forums and join some groups/challenges to find some people that you get along with and want to support!

As far as the conflicting opinions - yep.. There are conflicting opinions all over the place, so you can either find a group that you agree with and try to just stick around there, or you can listen to all the different opinions, process them, and then figure out how they work in your own life, with your own body..

As far as the toxins "building up in your body" - your body is an amazing thing, built to rid itself of toxins, so unless you are putting a ridiculous amount of horrible stuff in your body, you shouldn't have to worry about doing any magical cleanses or 10-day fasts or things like that... (Again, that's my opinion and there are others out there that swear by cleanses and long fasts.. Find what works for you!)

Start out using the calorie tracker to see where you're at for a baseline of calories/macronutrients and then try to make some little adjustments and see how your body reacts. Good luck and welcome! Smile

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Posted: 18 Jul 2013, 11:51
Yea, I've gotten to the point where I kind of ignore the part of the blog post/article/video that talks about toxins in the body XD

Thanks, will do! I'll start looking around challenges and see if I can find something that will motivate me with (relatively) like-minded people.

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Posted: 18 Jul 2013, 15:11
It was trial and error for me. I gave a lot of different diets a fair chance. Keep looking. You'll find one that works for you. I even changed after hitting a plateau hoping for additional weight loss. So, there is no one diet guaranteed to help you lose weight.

Be well.

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Posted: 18 Jul 2013, 16:05
glad you posted that, I was running scared of the forums- thought I was just being over emotional!find what works for you and stay positive, treat every day as a new day Smile

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Posted: 18 Jul 2013, 19:16
There are some people for whom each of those foods is toxic. I am a person for whom wheat is toxic. And processed food tends to be lower in nutrition and higher in chemical additives than whole, natural foods, so it's less nourishing, and some of it is more toxic.

But aside from that, the diet you choose will depend on your needs and preferences. A way of eating that works for someone else may not be something you can live with. Longterm success will depend on finding something you can live with.

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Posted: 18 Jul 2013, 21:44
You don't have to pay attention to the forum if you don't want to. Do what is working for you and find people that are doing the same. I don't bash people doing things I wouldn't do...and ask they do the same for me. This is my life change and I want to do what I can keep doing the rest of my life...not just a fad thing...but that is me.

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