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    05-23-2011, 10:40 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Hidalgo13    
Don't know what butter you have, but per 1 oz butter, there is 1% of the calcium. Not your most ideal source considering cheese has almost 20 times more, but I never saw butter that said it had no calcium. Yes it's mostly made from fat, but it's still made from MILK.

1% really still isn't that much. Especially for per one ounce. If it had even 10% you m ight convince me it is a decent source of calcium, but I still stick with that there are better things to flavour your food with.
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    05-23-2011, 10:41 PM
Just a quick tip, or question, if you will.

Do you take a daily vitamin or any type of vitamin supplement?

I am just asking because I did not KNOW this, but I put on a few pounds(It was only about 5-7) because I had a vitamin deficiency. One regular, over the counter daily multi plus iron (On doc recommendation ONLY.) kicked those extra pounds in the butt. It helped that the deficiency was causing me to retain water, so a lot of it was just that.

Plus, I am a non day time eater. I can't help it. Gimme coffee, let's get goin'. But, the vitamins I can take with juice or milk in the morning and the will absorb much as they would if I had taken them with food.

OR You can try whole food vitamins, which are expensive, but you don't have to eat when you take them and you will get all the nutrients of a meal in the morning. These are good for non day eaters, because they kick start your metabolism like breakfast would. I also feel a lot more energized with the whole food vitamins.

Also, when I was dieting, I would go every other day on it. That way I wouldn't binge like crazy, but just say, well, you eat this today and tomorrow we can make a pizza. It wasn't the best plan, but I freaking LOVE food, for psychological reasons as well, and I have no desire to give it up. I put my foot down when someone tries to come between me and my cheese flavored puff corn.

Good Luck! I hope you can find something that works for you or a happy medium somewhere. <3
    05-23-2011, 10:58 PM
Here are a few suggestions... I've dealt with eating problems before, but unfortunately on the other end of the spectrum.

- Get a wall calendar and a red pen, and hang both somewhere highly visible to you. Mark down any physical activity you do on the calendar with said red pen ... it gets addicting to see more and more red on the calendar, and it's REALLY exciting to see progress over a few months when you read what you're able to do.
- Keep a bottle of water with you everywhere you go. If you're like me and hate plain water, flavor it with something such as lemon, lime, or even half a packet of those Tetley Tea Infusions. A lot of times, dehydration will manifest itself as hunger - so your body says "eat something" but really it means "I'm so thirsty!"
- Drink a cup (250mL) of water before you eat. This will partially fill the stomach.
- Chew 20 times before swallowing. I have a HUGE problem with eating too fast, and I almost make myself sick with the amount of air I swallow, and realize 3 minutes too late that I'm stuffed. Chewing and being conscious of chewing each bite will allow your stomach to register what it's eating, and you will have a better chance of registering what "full" feels like before you get sick.
- Eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day, and allow yourself only a couple of snacks. Do not gorge yourself on one meal a day - this is one of the worst things you can do to your body.
- Breakfast is essential. It kick-starts your metabolism... if you don't eat breakfast, you're starving your body and it stores more energy as fat to prevent itself from starving should you forget lunch, too. It doesn't know that we're not still in prehistoric times when fat was a necessity.
- Keep a log of what you eat each day. I'm a visual person, personally, and SEEING what I eat is a huge motivator.
- It's really hard to kick the junk food habit... junk food is addictive - but if you start forcing yourself to eat healthier, your body will start disliking the feel of that high-fat food in your body. Really, honestly... but it DOES take a while for this to happen.

...will add more as I remember them.
    05-23-2011, 11:00 PM
Green Broke
I just recently started taking a "One a Day" women's vitamin. I've never taken any sort of vitamin, and I thought it's worth a try to see if I can balance my moods out on it. No noticeable difference yet, but it's only been about a week!

I usually use a reduced fat salad dressing as dip for my veggies. I try to pay attention best I can to how many calories my dip is and ensure I'm not tricking myself into gorging a crapload of calories on the guise of health vegetables.
    05-23-2011, 11:05 PM
Green Broke
Thanks JDI.

I think I need to start taking fish oil because my memory is a HUGE problem. For example, Dusty just asked if I took vitamins and I went "Goddangit, I haven't taken my vitamins all weekend."

I downloaded an Expense Manager to my phone, and I keep screwing it up because I forget to ask for receipts and I forget to add the expense immediately and completely lose track.

I use to track my food with Weight Watchers and gave up, because without fail as soon as the weekend came, I'd forget to track my food and screw the entire points tracking up because of it.

It's a good thing I don't have a boyfriend right now, because I go days forgetting to take my birth control!!!

I am HORRIBLE for remembering things. I will try the calendar idea, because if it's in my face when I wake up every morning, that should help. I will do my best to write down what I eat and make a concentrated effort to not be so forgetful, which is a HUGE part of my battle as well.
    05-23-2011, 11:54 PM
First of all, congrats on your efforts, even if you feel like they aren't good enough just yet. And the following post is based on you being a normal, healthy person - have you been checked for diabetes / PCOS / insulin resistance or any other medical issues that could prevent you from losing weight? If not, I'd go get that checked out first.

Weight loss is all about calories in vs. calories out. That's it. It doesn't matter what type of food you eat, when you eat it, or how much protein vs. fat you eat. As long as you burn more calories than you consume, you lose weight. You could eat 1200 calories worth of milk duds a day, and if that was all you ate, you'd be thin. That also means that as long as you eat under the amount of calories you need to lose, then you'll never have to set foot in a gym. Now, that being said, to break it all down it become's a lot more technical.

People are supposed to eat frequently throughout the day because that helps keep your blood sugar stable. If your blood sugar is low, your body CRAVES glucose because that's what your brain needs to work. Therefore, it's **** near impossible to go all day without eating and then have a salad and be satisfied. It just doesn't work. You'd go nuts and binge on carbs because that's what your body needs to survive.

I would start by first figuring out how much calories you can eat a day to lose weight. There are a ton of calculators online that can tell you, just google it. For myself I always put my activity level as "sedentary", which gives me the least amount of calories I need. That seems to keep me in check. Then, when you eat, try to eat small portions of protein and carbs. Protein fills you up and carbs keep your blood sugar levels even. And people hear "carbs" and get nervous, but really most foods are carbohydrates - vegetables, fruits, whole grains, are all carbs. Limit fat intake because they're the most caloric. Nuts (which are very fattening) are full of vitamins and protein, but a small handful of almonds is upwards of 200 calories. For the same calories you could eat two large pears and the fiber would be much more filling. Tracking what you eat is also essential. I use the Livestrong Daily Plate app on my Iphone, and I count every little thing I eat. If I eat 8 peanuts, I write it down. It's too easy to forget or miscalculate when you're trying to keep track in your head and those forgotten calories add up.

Also, the part about exercise that's so beneficial for weight loss is the fact that it help build lean muscle, so your body is burning just fat and not muscle, and it also keeps you toned. A 120 lb person with no muscle is going to look more flabby than a 140 lb toned, athletic person. But if you hate working out, then you don't need to just yet. You can just keep within your calorie limits and you wont have to. I for one bust my butt at the gym (and believe me - I HATEEEEEEE IT) because if my calorie limit for the day without exercise is 1500, and then I run off 600, then I get to eat 2100 but my net calories is still at 1500 and I still lose weight. That's worth it for me, because dammit I love food.

Whew, this was a long winded post. I feel like I kinda threw a bunch of stuff at you, but this is a topic that I am so familiar with. I'm currently overweight ( though I've lost 21 lbs since April when I restarted my diet) and I also have had juvenile diabetes since I was 8, so I know all about how the ups and downs of blood sugar can wreak havoc on your eating habits. I've been trying to learn everything I can about being healthy, and working with my nutritionist following the guidelines above has been working. As far as the emotional part, try not to feel overwhelmed and just start small. Everytime I tried to diet in the past, I'd get discouraged because I felt like I wasn't doing enough - if I wasn't running 10 miles a day, then it wasn't worth it, and I'd just give up after a week. So start by just limiting your calories and focusing on eating a balanced, mostly non processed diet first and go from there. Once you get the hang of things, then work in exercise. And the cravings for bad stuff DO go away, it's just hard for the first few weeks until you can really kick the habit. Whatever you do, just don't give up!!! Keep at it, because the only people who fail at weight loss are the ones who quit trying.
    05-24-2011, 12:02 AM
ES, I do have to disagree with your statement about "it doesn't matter what you eat or when you eat it" - if you starve your body and only eat one meal a day, your body will store a lot more fat to "weather you through the storms." If you constantly starve yourself (even if you don't feel like you're "starving") it's a vicious cycle. Calories in and calories out IS a biiiiig piece of the puzzle though.
    05-24-2011, 01:02 AM
That's true in a sense, JDI. Presenting information to people in written form is not one of my strong suits, so sometimes I write things that I wonder if they make sense to others.

What I meant was, all the stuff about "not eating after 8 pm or before 5 am" or any other common diets myths are just that - myths. For people who say work overnights, they probably consume most of their food after 8 pm. Are they all obese? No, of course not. People are designed to eat every few hours because your body can only store enough glucose to last itself 4 hours. After that, it starts eating itself (which isn't all good - it does break down fat, but it also breaks down muscles and cells). That causes sugar cravings and the "need" to eat high calorie or high fat foods.

No, starving yourself is never a good answer, but I also have to take into account what your definition of starving is. Someone who eats within their allotted calorie goals based on their body type (say 1300, for example), even if they're eating 1300 calories worth of cake, is not "starving". Nutritionally deficient, yes, unhealthy, yes, but starving, no. They would also lose weight doing this, but for a short time. The biggest factor is that normal people couldn't emotionally handle that kind of diet for much longer than a day or two because 1300 calories worth of cake is a small amount of food (being that cake is generally ounce for ounce high in calories) and would be constantly hungry, tired, weak, and have uncontrollable urges to eat more food because their body isn't getting what it needs. They WOULD eventually succumb to those cravings as their body's way of trying to nourish itself.

On the other hand, someone who's eating a nutritionally balanced diet and consuming the same amount of calories over the course of the day with healthy foods, is going to feel satisfied, not have the sugar cravings, and will lose weight and be able to maintain eating that way which will result in further weight loss.
    05-24-2011, 01:35 AM
A few things come to mind MM.

When I have kids that need to lose weight, I limit their food to times, rather than the food - they can have breakfast at whatever time, then a snack, then lunch at 1pm then a snack and then dinner - but it is all at set times. They count down those times, and I find it helpful to them that they know when they can next eat. Obviously then what they eat is a factor, but you already know that.

Sounds to me as if you have a few issues going on, you are not happy with your weight, but you are not happy with yourself either, from your depression issues that you describe - it is like climbing a mountain to deal with them both at the same time, and I would recommend that you don't as you can only fail and then hate yourself more. One challenge is more than enough for anyone.

I like you and have a lot of respect for you, maybe you should see yourself the way that others do for a while and work on that first, make yourself feel better first.

Am here for you, if you want to chat at any time, here, there or on FB! :)
    05-24-2011, 08:17 PM
Green Broke
Thanks guys. I feel I did well today, I feel a lot better but that's usually how this starts - I'm gung ho for a couple weeks and then just flag. Here is an example of what I consider a good day of eating, please dissect it if you wish and offer some insight:

1 cup of Apple Cinnamon cheerios w/ 1 cup skim milk
1 small package of Welch's fruit snacks (80 calories)
1 rice krispie square (100 calories)
1 foot long veggie sub from Subway w/ cheese & honey mustard on honey oat
1 Campbell's garden tomato soup in hand w/ packet of crackers
A couple chunk of pumpernickel bread w/ spinach dip (I shouldn't have eaten this, I know that)
1 small chicken breast stuffed with broccoli w/ mashed potatoes

Also drinking water the entire day as well, and I ate the pumpernickel and spinach dip after biking to the grocery store and back with my brother-in-law (3.7km one way). I worked up a CRAZY sweat, and felt so darn good after, my legs feel about to fall off.

My brother-in-law is awesome, he's super athletic and as soon as I mentioned I wanted to maybe ride my bike, he practically dragged me outside (my sister wouldn't go, she drove, LOL). We've also agreed that on rainy days, we'll play DDR or Playstation Move!

Any commentary on my food plan for today would be great, I know it needs tweaking but I felt happy and satisfied all day long.


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