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Sunday, July 07, 2019

Things I'd love to hear from you...

1 * How often do you eat per day? (How many meals / snacks?)

2 * How hard on a scale of 1-10 is it for you to stick to 'reasonable' serving sizes? What strategies (if any) do you use to be 'reasonable' (as opposed to 'excessive') in the amounts of food you consume?

3 * Are there restrictions you place on yourself? For example no sweets, or limiting certain foods?

4 * And: how do you handle it when you feel your need for 'emotional satisfaction' (a need to feel heard, accepted, cherished, respected) is not met? What do you do when you feel that way?
Do you have strategies to cope with this 'craving' for acceptance and understanding? What are they?

Any answer is much appreciated!
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    1 * How often do you eat per day? 3 meals, two snacks but I try to just eat another helping of the previous healthful meal.

    2 I switched to a salad plate to help with serving sizes. I follow Dr. McDougall, so I eat until full, only a 1/2 cup of beans at every meal, try to start with soup and or salad in addition to the salad plate. Fills me up healthily and I no longer really worry about the calories if they are healthy ones.

    3 None or rarely: dairy, No oil, butter. Rarely processed foods.

    4 When I'm feeling down and don't have a person to talk to or hug, I turn to my animals (dogs and cats) and they make me feel better. Lately, being with the birds, esp. hummingbirds at my feeder makes me feel appreciated and lifts my mood.

    McDougall Plan Co-leader
    705 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/8/2019 2:12:33 PM
    I am not perfect, but I plan my meals. I buy only what I have planned. Sometimes eating out kills that plan, but I eat vegan when we eat out.
    I don't eat simple carbs, white flour, sugar, white rice and only complex carbs. If I need a snack, I try to make it watermelon or some sort of fruit. I love summer fruits!
    Sometimes I do stress eat, but get right back to plan. My stress food is potato chips and I only eat a small bag. I try not to beat myself up over it.
    705 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/8/2019 10:47:33 AM
    I eat 3 times/day and one snack. I don’t always have a snack, just if I am feeling true hunger. And I don’t eat past 7 pm. It takes work, but tuning into our body's hnger cues really helps. If I'm hungry and I KNOW it can't be true hunger, I ask myself what IS it? Food won't fill an emotional need for me.

    I personally measure and weigh my portions for my meals and have them planned. It helps keep me from overeating. My brain knows there is food for the next meal and so there isn’t that craving or angst about food.

    As for how difficult it is to stick to reasonable serving size, having been @ this for 9 yrs, I’d say for me, it’s a 2. IF we’re out and there are tempting foods, it may be a 5, but usually if I’m eating away from home I have an idea of what I can eat and in what portion.

    I don’t eat the ‘whites’: white flour, white sugar, white rice, white potatoes, white bread, or processed foods. I DO substitute: almond and coconut flour, honey, brown rice, purple and sweet potatoes, gluten-free bread, legumes (beans).

    My body doesn’t handle simple carbs (the ‘whites’) well, but I do get carbs from fruits and veggies.

    That last question is more complex. If I am feeling emotional, first of all I make it a point to stay out of the kitchen. I take a walk, talk to a friend, write in my journal, watch a comedy, read, spark, talk w/my accountability buddy. IF I still feel that urge for something off my nutrition plan, and these methods haven’t worked, I definitely find a substitute. If I crave chocolate (that’s my one craving @ times), I have a square of dark chocolate.

    I guess I’ve learned over time that not everyone is going to like me, and I won’t necessarily like everyone, either. BUT I always respect others, and expect that in return. I feel that it is being true to myself that is most important.

    I have had family members who have disrespected me (and I know, family is who you would EXPECT to accept and respect you). I distance myself from that as much as possible. I try to keep negative people out of my life as much as it is possible.

    706 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/7/2019 7:08:33 AM
    I eat about 5-6 times a day. I do not eliminate any item or food group although I know what can trigger a downfall and try to avoid it til I feel stronger. When I feel emotional, I try to find a lower calorie substitute that I find satisfying.
    706 days ago
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