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8/26/17 1:02 P

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Will eating hard boil eggs and fruits and veggies on down day be a good idea?

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I have an Italian Pasta and Bean soup that I make a big batch of and store in 400 calorie portions. They end of being pretty big portions and quite filling. My Down Days are always half a portion for lunch and half for dinner and then I have 100 calories to spend however I'd like. Sometimes it's a small latte in the morning or 1/2 cup of cottage cheese with fruit. Sometimes it's some dark chocolate or even a small glass of wine. I find that getting in that soup (which I love even on Up Days) provides fibre, protein, and veggie vitamins and really frees me up to not have to make decisions (which gets me scrolling through all the possibilities in my head and can lead to cravings).

On Down Days, less choices make me SO much happier!

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8/29/16 9:17 P

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But fresh from the oven tastes best!

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8/26/16 5:59 P

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Today my eating plan is not going well as fresh cookies are hard to resist!

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I have to warn you that one of the reasons I started considering IF is because I often lost my real hunger (though not my desire to eat, which is totally different, and an unacceptable reason for me to eat, unless it's really meal time) but couldn't get myself to eat a lot less at those meals, even though I often wasn't hungry for dinner. So I may not be the best model for satisfying meals.

I can easily wait until at least 10:20 a.m. when our school gives the students a break for a doctored coffee that's about 50 calories. Then our lunch is at 12:35. Today I had lots of veggies with salad greens plus two eggs and about a third of a cup of no fat cottage cheese. I had mixed 2 T. of ground flaxseed into about a quarter cup of spaghetti sauce. I mixed that in with the cottage cheese and made that a dressing for the salad. I still wasn't hungry at 6 but had another plate of veggies (lightly water sauteed with Italian herbs) plus a quarter of an avocado. I'm actually guessing on the calories, but I"m pretty sure I"m close to the limit.

Alternatively, I do about the same with veggies but with a 7.5 ounce can of salmon distributed between the two meals. (Actually, I have also had the whole can with veggies at midday and not gotten hungry again the rest of the day and night. Just dumb luck.) I get the salmon at a 99cent store. I have no idea why it's so cheap! I can't depend on that forever, though.

As of now, I find I HAVE to have some good quality fat, at least a tablespoon's worth to get a satiated feeling. Protein alone is not enough for me.

When I feel I am more acclimated to the routine, I may experiment with starch+protein and-very risky- starch plus fat, always with plenty of veggies.

I got used years ago to not always having dressing on my salad, but using the other parts of my meal to mix in and flavor the salad. Recently, I've also found herb mixes and some salt are effective, too.

This is just my opinion, but if it feels too challenging right off the bat, consider easing yourself into the habit by allowing a week or two of 750 calorie days. You probably won't lose, but you won't feel like your torturing yourself, either.

At the same time, I also have to admit that I actually like feeling hungry for an hour or two before a meal, and I like not feeling very full for a lot of the day. There is some evidence that people actually feel more alert eating less. Some researchers suggest it might be evolutionary; early humans who were short on food would be at a terrible disadvantage if they couldn't keep their wits about them to hunt, and if their bodies couldn't draw on their stores for energy but relied on fresh input. When you think of it that way, it can help you from feeling deprived. In fact, you can start considering that we all might be "depriving" ourselves of optimum conditions by eating too much too often!

I really believe you are doing yourself a real favor finding a way to incorporate this into your life!

Edited by: OOLALA53 at: 5/12/2016 (00:03)
Seven years of maintaining a 20% weightloss and counting.
*To seek happiness, identifying the Self with the body, is like trying to cross a river on the back of a crocodile." Ramana Maharshi
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5/11/16 8:27 P

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Lean proteins are a good start, I find green tea helps me to eat less. Fiber also helps keep you full longer. Vegetables are low in calories and high in fiber so they are very good to eat on your down day as we sometimes call them.

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5/10/16 9:16 A

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I would like some ideas of what to eat on my down days. Since I had company for a few days I have not been following the program. Now I need to get back on track. I would like some meal ideas for my down days. I get really hungry when eating only 500 calories. Do you eventually get use to the down days? How many meals do you eat on the down days? I have difficulty understanding what to eat on my down days and would appreciate feed back.



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