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12/13/18 9:01 A

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I also find that when I don't eat enough nutritious foods at meals then I get hungry and snack. And "enough" varies. When hubby is laid up and I have to haul in the firewood, and do his and my chores I need to have a bit more food at each meal than normal or I will snack.

You've got some great replies to think about!

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12/12/18 10:34 P

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FUNNYGIRLJESS,
in my opinion a large factor is not weak willpower, but mother nature designed to get you to eat more before winter comes. Summer time is higher in carbs (fruit, wheat, ...) and winter time doesn't have those things.




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12/12/18 9:33 P



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Out of curiosity I just peeked at your Nutrition Tracker to see what your bowl of oatmeal that makes you full, amounted to ... 3/4 cup cooked and 1 cup of non-fat milk. Then I had a peek through a few more entries. I note that you mostly enter 'all' meals, but also seldom over 1000 calories, and often well below. Are you adding everything you eat?

I wonder if your body's perception of eating enough has been skewed and part of your brain is recognizing that it needs more but the messages are getting jumbled which is why you are 'obsessed' with food.

Have you thought about eating a bit more to see what happens? Maybe a hard boiled egg and piece of fruit, or hummus or cottage cheese on wholegrain toast?

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12/12/18 9:15 P

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Thanks for the suggestions friends.

Meal planning is smart, but I'm never home to sit and have a meal. So I never shop for meals.
I shop for healthy food, but always think about food.
For instance I'll eat a bowl of oatmeal and be full, have a hershey kiss for a treat.
But then eat more since I know there's more....

Addiction is right.

My therapist said today that I need a way to relieve anger and stress. So once again I'll try to exercise as a regular part of my day.
I'm like Keely, I can't have those things around because my willpower is shot.

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11/19/18 11:38 A

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@ARCHIMEDESII : Keeping bags of chocolate in the house (or my office) wouldn't work for me. I've come to terms with the fact that there are certain foods that I simply cannot trust myself to be around, as I'll eat obscene quantities of them. These tend to be certain types of cookies, cakes, pies, ice cream and any sort or filled chocolate. I've had multiple occasions where I've eaten entire multi-serving packages of these foods in a single weekend, and then had to fight the compulsion to go back to the store and purchase more.

It doesn't mean that I never eat the foods, I simply don't have them readily available. If I'm truly craving cookies, ice cream or pie, I'll go out and purchase a serving, enjoy it, and be done with it. But I can go months on end without thinking about them. I attended a business conference the other day where chocolate iced donuts were made available all day and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies showed up in the afternoon. It took great restraint to limit myself to one half of a donut at lunch (only after eating my sandwich). I then had one half of a chocolate chip cookie later in the day. In both case I literally had to get up and throw the other half in the trash can to avoid eating more than half.

I don't think it's possible to avoid being obsessed with certain foods; it's just how some of us are hard wired. But feeling compelled to act on the obsession, for instance, waking up in the middle of the night to seek out the foods, is when it becomes a problem.

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11/19/18 11:21 A

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It depends on how far along you are in starting the diet program. If you just started, you're probably still adjusting. I felt hungry and thought about my next meal every one of my first 30 days on the program. From there it got easier. Not a cakewalk, but a whole lot more manageable.

Having been through the SparkPeople journey before, I know the calorie restriction required to lose weight doesn't last forever, which helps too. Once you enter maintenance, there's a bit more slack.

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11/17/18 2:34 P

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When I don't eat a balanced meal with enough protein, I find myself snacking, so then I realize that I either did not eat enough (too small of portions), or not enough of nutritious, filling food.



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11/17/18 12:22 P

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"What do you call it when you're constantly thinking about food?
Then after eating...thinking about the next thing you can eat?"

Sounds like classic addiction to me.

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11/17/18 1:01 A

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Hmm... MEAL PLANNING!!! :D

Well, that's my situation. I usually cook my own meals and the fridge is in the middle of the house (: so I'm regularly looking for recipes that use up ingredients I already have in the house -- not to mention I have to make sure I have tonight's frozen meat in the defrosting drawer of the refrigerator.

Also, look into "intuitive eating". I don't fully understand it, but it's the idea of looking at your own wants to create your own diet.

Then there are "cheat days". These are days you reserve to go off your diet, and eat foods you won't normally eat. These days obviously impact your weight loss (it can take three or four days to make up for a cheat day), but they keep me on my diet, and let me enjoy eating out with friends.

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11/11/18 3:49 P



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FUNNYGIRLJESS,

I agree with the other replies. One thing you have to consider is whether or not you're eating enough nourishing food or allowing yourself to have an occasional treat.

When a person deprives themselves of a food (makes it off limits because it's "bad"), they can obsess about that food. Many years ago, I read a book by Tribole called Intuitive Eating. In it, the author explained that if you wanted to lose weight, there should be no forbidden foods.

In fact, she does something totally counter to what the dieting experts suggest. She says FILL the house with as many bags of chocolate as you want. She says that if you know the chocolate is there and that you can have it any time you want, you don't really want it. This is not an easy thing for people who are used to hearing,"No, I can't have that".

One thing I learned from my own personal journey is that if I did make a food off limits, I did tend to think about it. If I allowed myself a small portion of whatever (fried food, chocolate, brownie, cookies, etc), I didn't think about it again. As Tribole noted, I knew I COULD have the cookie any time I wanted. But chose to not have it just because the cookies were right there in front of me.

It takes a long time to get to a point where you can say,"I can CHOOSE to eat those cookies any time I want". Some days, you will just walk past the cookies or chocolate. Other days, you'll feel like you want to inhale the bag.

Something else I learned is that if I eat a cookie every now and then, I will not harm my long term efforts at keeping the weight off.

If you're telling yourself,"no, I can't have that food because it will make me fat", you could find yourself obsessing about that food. If you allow yourself a small portion, you might not think about it again.

Would you be willing to try having a small portion of whatever it was that causing your obsession ?


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11/11/18 9:58 A

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Patti (LADYSTARWIND),

I've heard that too, that the body can confuse thirst with hunger. Its easy to drink something that is essentially water (or maybe is just plain water), but I like it with a flavour, maybe a squirt of Mio, a zero calorie water flavouring thing.

Drink, wait 15 minutes and ask yourself if you are hungry.

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11/10/18 11:10 A

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Lack of sleep also makes me crave food/carbs.... I know my mind is trying to desperately find "energy", but looking in the wrong place!

Also, when I'm more thirsty than I should be, I'm one of those who confuses what I want/need between food and water. I can usually stop that cycle with a large glass of flavored water.
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11/9/18 11:56 P

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I agree with SLIMMERKIWI,

I think one gets hungry for two reasons. One of them is that it is looking for nutrients. If you eat food with few nutrients, soon after the body is still looking for them, hoping that next time it will find them.

The second is if you eat too many carbohydrates, blood sugar goes up, inulin kicks in to lower it, and often overcorrects and blood sugar gets low and you get hungry, and if you eat more carbs to try to satisfy that, it's a roller coaster.

What do you eat? Eat real food. Don't eat apple pie and ice cream (as an example). Eat meat, eat veggies, avoid sweet things. The french often nibble on a cheese platter after supper, not a sweet dessert. What do you eat after a meal, or between meals?


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11/9/18 8:25 P



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Either 'obsessed' or HUNGRY because you aren't eating enough decent nutrition.

If this is happening to/with you or anyone else, then look at what you are eating and how much, and remember that SP sets a minimum limit for an average weight, SEDENTARY woman at 1200 calories for a reason ..... to ensure that your body is getting the minimum nutrients that it needs to be healthy.

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11/9/18 5:48 P

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What do you call it when you're constantly thinking about food?
Then after eating...thinking about the next thing you can eat?




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