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Old 02-29-2008, 06:26 AM
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Hummingbird, I have read several stories (Health magazine, The Today Show etc.) and all are saying that artificial sweetners increase appetite. Not sure why this happens. I don't like artificial sweeteners because they seem to leave a bad aftertaste in my mouth though I can occasionally drink a diet pepsi. Lately I am trying to stay away from diet sodas and drinks and am trying to drink just skim milk, water, or an occasional glass of juice. I am also staying away from cookies, chips etc., foods I know will trigger me to eat too much. I won't give up popcorn though. My doctor told me that eating a small amount of protein with each meal helps stave off hunger and i find it does work. At breakfast I will eat a piece of whole grain toast with 2 tsps of peanutbutter on it. For a snack I might each 10 unsalted almonds. I usually have fish or chicken or a small portion of beef with dinner. I can't decide if I feel hungry sometimes because I feel 'deprived" so it is a psychological thing or if I am really hungry so I try to wait it out and see if the feeling passes or not. Basically I am just trying to make healthier choices and cut back on portion sizes. But if I am really hungry, I eat something, just try to make a healthy choice. Also, fiber can help with hunger so a piece of fruit like an orange or an apple helps.
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Old 02-29-2008, 12:52 PM
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Gah! IDk what to do anymore..
I have been told to drink crystal light and water. Which thats all Ive been drinking all day everyday! I have the single packets and just dump em into my water bottle and drink it up!
I was drinking plain water and stopped doin that since im drinking it with teh crystal light! i do have my 1 diet coke a day -which is now caffiene free diet coke* I have heard that regualr soda makes you gain more weight than diets but no im hearing all this different stuff and idk what to do /think
Im SO confused. I just wish I knew of accuracy!

I know that I feel hungry pretty much all day long so something isnt goin right.
I have lost some weight, not alot but some..
and I havent been workin out-which I know I need to and it would help big time!!
But--I am also being told by a friend who went to a dietician- that your supossed to eat protein at each meal and wait until 15-20 mins after your done eating to know for sure if your still hungry and want seconds-and IF you do then eat the meat (protein) and not the sides! so ive been doin that
I still eat things I want to eat-just less and i "try" to limit myself.

Candy is my downfall (sweets) but I try and limit it

I ave also been trying to eat a yougurt a day! but its hard to figure out which ones better. Light or lowfat or regular. Ive looked on teh back of some of them to compare and some of them the regular is better than the light or lowfat. but I was told to look at the protein! IDK!!
Im getting depressed mroe each day over fighting this battle!!
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Old 03-01-2008, 06:07 AM
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Hummingbird, I'm sorry you're having such a difficult time. It seems like everyday we're given conflicting advice about what we should or shouldn't eat. For me, personally, what is working is trying to eat as "naturally" as possible - fresh fruit & veggies, whole grains (no white flour), lean meats like chicken and fish, and high fiber. I have given up drinking diet sodas as I have heard quite a bit about how they actually make you crave sugar more. I don't know if that is true or not, but I figure I'll just drink water and skim milk. I have found that my cravings for sweets have basically gone away.

I have found that a great snack that fills me up is a Kashi bar. They are high in protein and fiber and come in different flavors. My favorite is the cherry dark chocolate. I'm hooked on them!

I wish you luck and hope that you won't give up.

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Old 03-01-2008, 11:00 AM
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Hummingbird, I have trouble figuring out yogurt too. Some of the low fat ones are very high in sugar. Mostly i eat the light ones because they use fewer points in ww. Eating a little protein with each meal does help keep you feeling full longer. I think it is the artificial sweetners that make people want to eat more. I did cut out white bread etc and eat a lot more whole grains now including whole grain bread. I have lost 8 pounds so far but seem to be stuck at the moment which is very discouraging
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Old 03-01-2008, 12:15 PM
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Sammi, way to go on the weight loss!! Good luck on getting "unstuck" and continuing to lose!

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Old 03-01-2008, 03:55 PM
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On the diet sugar and soft drink thing I heard that like a lot of things what works for one, is not necessarily what works for another. It can have a negative effect on some.

You just have to figure what dos and don't work for you personally, try it for a week and if it doesn't go how you want, take it out of your diet.

Last night was a big pig out with pizza with family here for a birthday, so I think I need lots of exercise this week and watch my food intake .... pizza was great though LOL
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Old 03-01-2008, 08:33 PM
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Connie, It is confusing with all you hear. I really believe you just gotta try each way till you find one that will work for you. We are all different which when you think of it makes the world go round.LOL
Don't get discouraged, You can do this! I know you can girl!!!
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Old 03-02-2008, 06:54 AM
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DH and I went out for dinner last night to Panera's. I got a bowl of vegetable soup and 1/2 of a chicken pomodoro sandwich. I was surprised that it only added up to 10 points (calculated from the nutrition info on their website)! I ended up the day with two points left over.

This morning I weighed myself again. I'm down another 2 pounds! So far, in the past week and a half, I have lost 7 pounds. But even more important than the weight loss, I feel great - more energy, etc., and this is an eating plan that I think I can stick to.

I hope each of you finds what works for you.

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Old 03-02-2008, 09:51 AM
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Everyone is doing great!

I started a new weekly menu plan. It is working very well. I really love it. Dh and I are going to try a Atkins type diet. With dd's food allergies we have to tweek everything to make it safe for our family. My downfall is sweets. I will be reading up on high protien diets this week. I lost thirty pounds ten years ago on Atkins. Between the female problems and surgeries and west nile it is no wonder the weight is back. My body has been thru hell. One thing I won't change is our Sunday dinners. Dh has been making fried chicken dinner every Sunday. It means a lot to the family so that is our free day.

I realized the other day, I am not needed a nap every day! For the first time in almost two years! Or longer I choose not to do the math!
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Old 03-02-2008, 01:42 PM
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Connie, I'm so glad to hear that you're feeling better. Hopefully, that'll help with your weight loss goals.

I agree - don't give up on the Sunday dinner! Like the Jell-O commercial says, "Every diet needs a little wiggle room." Having that dinner with your family every week will be so much better for you than giving it up.

I wish you luck in meeting your goals.

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