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An Interesting Turn..

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Anyone who knows me knows that without a doubt my most challenging issue to overcome is my night time eating. It sits very, very high atop the mountain over which the road to losing weight travels. I don't want to speak too soon and jinx myself, but at least for the next 33 days, I might have found a solution.

I decided that I was going to give up the generic "junk" for Lent. Now, my definition of junk is wide: cookies and all kinds of pastry, candy, ice cream.. So amazingly, since last week, I have not had this stuff. And there's lots of it in my house right now, thanks to girl scout cookies and Valentine's Day. But I have found myself so strong at that normally weak time. I find now that I stop and ask myself if I am hungry, and if I am, I have something that is a whole lot better than well, the "junk." I might have a light english muffin with a dab of peanut butter; I might have a greek yogurt, the other night I even had an orange!!

So this is all leading me to re-think this whole "binge eater" label I had placed on myself. I have always said that when the beast comes, it is relentless and unconscious in its quest to eat, literally, fist by fist of food without thought. But now that the "junk" is verbotten, what do you know, I have suddenly become a discriminating snacker.

I know that Lent will end eventually, but I am definitely going to spend the next 33 days working on this..not so much that I overthink it, because that is not ever good for me, but enough so that I figure out how and why this is working as it is..because, it IS working, both as a sacrifice in this season of sacrifice, and as a whole new set of mountain climbing equipment to help me climb this mountain before me on my Journey to Health.
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    Maybe, just maybe, Lent is long enough to change a habit forever? Now you just have to make it about YOU.
    2804 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Oh, T, I am sooo PROUD of you!! emoticon (You'll have to pretend the stack of pancakes is your English muffin w/peanut butter, LOL!!) I recently suspected your snacking binges were your body's way of crying for the GOOD food needed to replace what was burned!! This is such an AWAKENING and it's 'working' cause yer' doin' the math, T!! You gave to God and He's gonna reveal/flip/turn the tables and SHOW you- - - GIVE you those 'clues' of what you can and should snack on when your body give you signals, but NOW... there won't be empty junk fuel, but wholesome nourishing RICH nutrients for restocking and repairing your energy and health!!
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    2809 days ago
    I am still doing so much better after my month long focus on making the night snacking healthier. You can do it Tina!!!!
    2809 days ago
    I agree with GIRLINMOTION that this will become a habit and will just be a way of life. Keep up the great work! You can do it!!
    2809 days ago
    You will get used to this style of eating "non-junk'. You are going to make it your lifestyle!
    2809 days ago
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    The disinclination to acknowledge just how hormonally disruptive 'junk' food is, is all-pervasive in our society... and the fact that many third world food issues (largely 'binge' eating and the tendency to over-eat) are hormonally driven, is a truth most people don't even want to understand. There is a physiologically driven component to 'over-feeding'. When people eat 'junk' they are nutrient starved, and hormonally/metabolically unbalanced, and they will be driven to eat.... And then there is the emotional attachment to 'junk' food... a whole other blog, LOL!

    It really is this simple (and complicated, LOL)! I'm praying for your journey this Lent (and always), and I wish for you, Tina, all the answers you seek!

    {{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}
    2809 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/20/2013 3:42:56 PM
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    I know what you are going through. Something I tried was brushing my teeth after dinner and when I think of food before bed I tell myself that I've already brushed my teeth. Otherwise I used wait to brush my teeth until just before bed and it always left it open for me to eat more.
    2809 days ago
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