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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Ugh… Diets

Diets suck; no other way of putting that. I have to get myself kick started to get back into healthier eating as trying to do one thing at a time just isn’t working for me.

So I decided to give Slimfast a try… I don’t know who ever thought that a slimfast shake could hold you for four hours but they must have been used to eating nothing… sigh.

My worst place is work. I’m a social worker in a hospital. When I’m not seeing patients, I’m sitting at my desk writing notes or letters for patients or looking for resources so I spend A LOT of time at my desk. Problem is when I’m at my desk, I eat. Not sure why but I do so it’s been torture only drinking a shake.

I do a small regular breakfast and am only doing the shake for lunch because lunches seem to be my biggest downfall. It’s hard to make a low calorie sandwhich that tastes good and so I often bring leftovers from dinner.. they’re easy but unfortunately, my lunches usually cause me to go way over on my calorie intake.

Hence the Slimfast… I’m hoping if I can get used to not eating a big lunch and only munching on either raw veggies (no dip) or apple slices (all factored into my calorie count), I will be on my way to being a bit more successful.

Hey.. if I really get used to it.. maybe I’ll just keep drinking slimfast for lunches and just increase to two on alternating days when I reach my goal weight.

Here goes nothing!

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    HI Ush,

    I understand what you mean about the temptation to eat when one works at a desk most of the day. I found I was hungrier during the winter months and used to drink a number of hot drinks during the day to keep me going...that was a long time ago. Maybe herbal or decaffeinated tea now and again might help? Also's said that we can mistake hunger for thirst. Keeping some healthy snacks like a handful of nuts when you feel the need for a little something extra might help as well as the salad ideas already mentioned.

    I agree that the only way to do this is slowly, but the most important thing rather than numbers on the scales is eating as healthily as you can, and not denying yourself a treat now and then - however, I know coming from a European background myself that it is hard to break habits like being brought up with always finishing a lunch or dinner with something sweet. These days I try to eat fruit instead. Perhaps having a look through some Spark recipes might give you some ideas for lunches and snacks that can help keep you within your calorie range too. Good luck with it all and keep well.

    Hugs and blessings,
    1894 days ago
    Diets are not the answer,eating Healthier for life is what we have to do and
    stay focused on.You may need to do calorie counts,don't try to lose your
    weight fast.You will only gain it back when you stop the liquid diet and will
    gain even more weight.Have you ever tried salads in a jar?Fix your own but
    make sure you put your dressing in first on the bottom.Take some fruit with
    you as well.Usually for lunch I eat peanut butter on whole wheat bread and
    have a apple.Also have cut out ALL white foods no white bread,rice,sugar
    or sodium.You can do it little by little til you get used to it.There are other
    foods you can put in Mason Jars as well.Do not drink any sugary drinks.
    Just water or drinks with no sweetner in them.Good to hear from you again!
    Hope this helps.
    1901 days ago
    Maybe you could plan having most of your daily calories at breakfast and lunch and having the slimfast in the evening. Go for high volume, low cal at lunch eg. lots of veggies with 3-4oz protein. Breaking the habit of eating at your desk would be wise too, but one thing at a time. emoticon emoticon
    1901 days ago
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    I tried Slimfast one time. I just have a problem with drinking my meals. I never felt I had a meal. My husband loves them, though.

    Good luck and just stay positive. You will find what works for you.
    1902 days ago
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