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12/25/18 11:41 P

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The main thing I have learned is, I can eat anything I want, but it is my choice, no one and no circumstance determines it!


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12/25/18 10:23 A

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I like to remember the saying "eat to live instead of live to eat."



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12/22/18 1:55 A

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You are right! It often seems that as soon as we label something "bad" or on the "can't have list"... well that's exactly what we want. -- For me, add an oftentimes "bad" night (poor sleep too often), and my ability to make healthy choices goes out the window!
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The other thing I'm trying right now, is to eat all my food before 6 pm. I would like to give it 30 days to see if it makes a difference!

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12/21/18 7:40 P

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I am still learning. Proud that I have come this far.

I will never be one of those perfect dieters. Who can look down at everyone from their moral high ground. I don't want to be.

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12/4/18 6:55 A

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I personally don't think cutting out entire food groups is a good idea unless you have diabetes or an allergy/intolerance as it leads to intense preoccupation with food. If I crave something I have it and move on - I don't need to spend hours trying to find a (less satisfying) substitute



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KATTHOMAS2 Posts: 2,307
12/1/18 6:06 A

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Many years ago my father-in-law loved to say that you could eat pie, just not the whole thing! Now I recognize the wisdom of his words after years of yo-yo dieting. I don't often eat desserts but if I am out for a meal or if I am really craving it, I will have a serving of it. The secret really is in stopping at one serving!



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11/28/18 1:57 A

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To each his own. Personally, I don't put sugar in my fuel tank.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever exercises faith in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16


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11/27/18 7:45 A

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A lot of schoolchildren have problems with eating process in school, so I recommend them to spend a larger amount of time on their food preparing - so they can save their time on writing papers that the company that is presented on the site that is available by the link that is under the post can write for you. There is a review on this company that can save your time that you can use on preparing food!

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1/13/18 1:41 P

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I totally agree. I tell myself. I can always have more later.

It's taken a while to learn. I feel I'm on the right track



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1/11/18 12:20 A

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I'm also a firm believer in the you can have all the foods, just not all the time school of eating. There are foods that I wouldn't say that I "avoid" but that I don't eat often because I know that I will not be satisfied with the amount that fits into my eating plan, or because they will make me make bad eating choices in general (hello Beer, I'm talking to you.)

One thing that helps is to remind myself that I can always have more another time. I love mashed potatoes, but if I wanted to, I could make them every day, so there is really no need for me to eat a giant plate of them.

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1/10/18 7:58 P

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I am not to the point to allow myself to eat just anything, but since I don't go out too often I allow a little more leeway (carefully)



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1/10/18 7:56 P

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I am starting by measuring what I eat and once in a while I may eyeball it if I am not in a place where I can measure it. I know after a while of seeing my foods measured I will know what the portions look like if I am not at home to measure them. I am just started measuring my foods again so it will take some time before I can trust my eyes as measurement.



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1/10/18 4:50 P

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Personally, I'm a huge advocate of "you can eat all the things, just not all of it, all of the time." If I try to completely cut things out it always backfires, but if I allow myself some, regularly, the binges are kept pretty minimal, and even when they do happen (which is pretty rare and tend to be in social gatherings), they are smaller because I know it's not my "last time."



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1/10/18 8:48 A

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Good job. I consciously eat less than I did before but I don't restrict myself to only certain foods.

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1/10/18 8:37 A

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I am still learning when to stop. Before it was when it was all gone. Now I am learning to stop before but it isn't a natural reaction for me.



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1/9/18 1:25 P

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It was an amazing experience for me when I first fully understood the power of being able to say--and feel-- "that is enough"!

This goes not only for treats, but for simple macros like protein, fats and carbs.... Gone are the days when I'd eat a large dinner simply because the pork chop was cut that big, or the potato was larger than I needed. Tracking really helped focus on what serving size gave me "enough" nutrition.

I still have to Stop And Think though when it comes to 'treats, snack foods, etc. Mindless eating never equates to "enough"--LOL!! A continuing learning curve, but I'm in a better place than I once was. Wishing the same for all of us!
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1/9/18 12:54 P

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I agree with you. When I see people talking about everything in moderation I agree in principle, but I personally don't do well with moderation. I have come to realize this and try to stay away from some things. With that I have to realize that there will be times that i will still give in but most of the time avoiding is successful for me.

It is not the mistake that causes the serious damage. It is the mistake that you make of defending the first mistake that causes it, Einstein


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1/9/18 12:42 P

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I know what you mean about being amazed by a smaller serving being satisfying. I used to sit and eat half a container of chocolate covered grahams and still want more. Now I find that a piece of fruit and a couple chips ahoy thins or a protein bar works just as well and no more craving. {Since I backed off, DW gets all the chips ahoy. ;o(}

As long as those snacks fit your calorie allotment, your BMI will *become* normal. You're doing it!

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1/9/18 11:30 A

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Portion control has always been an issue for me. But! Being able to track my foods has helped.

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1/9/18 11:15 A

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I think moderation is such a great thing to practice. No food is automatically "good" or "bad" because too much of anything is never beneficial so slapping labels on to everything is just asking to limit yourself too much! Good job on practicing moderation!

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1/9/18 8:48 A

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I agree with you- working in an appropriate portion of foods we used to classify as 'bad' or 'off-limits' is important! And oh-so satisfying :) I had a coconut ice cream sandwich last night (the ones by so delicious really are)- worth it, within my range, and made sure to keep my macros where I wanted them!

Healthy choices and actions have positive impacts, even if the scale doesn't move!


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1/9/18 3:54 A

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BMI isn't normal and I still have some weight to lose. But I've learned that if I completely cut out sweets and things I do enjoy, I'll never make it to my goal because eventually those cravings will rule me. I have always had issues with moderation and sweets and it's time I learned how. These are the things that get me and make me gain back the weight I lost to begin with, so it's imperative that I learn moderation. I'm just so excited that after I had that serving size, my cravings went away and I was able to stay on track.

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1/9/18 3:43 A

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I avoid processed sugary foods altogether anymore due to diabetes and the need to maintain a fairly flat glucose level and avoid spikes since I'm now off medication and I want to stay that way. OTOH, I lost quite a bit of weight while still eating sensible amounts of whatever I wanted as long as it fit my calorie allotment. I have to be a little more strict with myself now that my calorie allowance grows smaller as I get smaller. It's my goal to cut out as much in the way of high glycemic carbs as I can at this point. Point is this.... you stated it in the title of your post. Moderation. If your health and your BMI are normal, there's no reason you can't have a moderate amount of cookies or whatever the heck you want as long as it fits the calorie budget. Good luck and never quit!

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So tonight I gave in and had a serving size, exactly as it said on the box, of cookies. It said 4 cookies, 170 calories, and I tracked it into my tracker. I started realizing that the problem I've had when I've tried working out and making a conscious decision to watch what I eat is that I completely cut out things I do enjoy and that makes me faulter and eventually give up. So I've decided that instead of cutting the things I enjoy out completely, I'm going to have them in moderation when the craving comes. I don't have to have sweets everyday I've realized, but if I'm craving it, it's ok to have it if the serving size is followed. It's not going to be the end of the world and surely not going to kill me, at least at this point. This is definitely a step in the right direction!

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