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4/18/14 5:20 A

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Thank you, Brenda! I am learning to do that and I am seeing that the end results are good! When we have such sloppy eating habits for so long, it takes experiencing real life for the long haul to see that when we do listen, we do not gain weight!



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4/6/14 10:03 P

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Listen to your body (within reason) and it will tell you what it needs.

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4/6/14 9:31 P

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Hi Brenda,

I had forgotten that you need salt when sick, so forgave myself for eating chips when my husband reminded me I me. I have been reallyvgood with the water. Thank you! Feel better!



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4/6/14 12:13 P

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I hardly ever eat pasta. I am just getting over the crud that has been going around. I crave crackers and salty foods when I am sick. I concentrate on getting enough water to quench the thirst, fresh fruits and light foods.

The most important thing is to stay hydrated. You don't really need to eat a lot when you are ill.

I hope you feel better soon.

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4/6/14 9:54 A

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It's funny. Maybe we become MORE loving towards ourselves in this journey. Foods I loved but denied myself with excuses will now find their way into my new diet, i.e. I will make them find a way (i.e. dark chocolate cherries)--foods that I just didn't buy before because they were too expensive and I knew I couldn't afford them. Hopefully now we eat because of an intellectual understanding and not a knee-jerk reaction. It's a learning process. It's definitely an education of the heart and the mind. emoticon

It makes me sad when I read that people have had failed attempts with SparkPeople. It offers so much, it doesn't seem that people could fail on it. For me, it may have just come at the right time in my life. New life, new start. I baby myself emoticon .



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4/6/14 8:40 A

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I agree the the semolina pasta is my downfall. I cannot gave it in the house but I stop at the deli bar at a natural food store and buy a small container every once in a while.

After I have been sick and beginning to feel better is a dangerous time for craving foods I Normally avoid or manage.

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4/5/14 2:49 P

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Thank you Bossy, thank you SBG. I agree that semolina (white) pasta sedates (that may be the serotonin thing chemically) me in a way that gluten-free products don't (although I haven't had the bread in a while and may try it). I just feel that I can avoid pasta entirely and feel okay. I agree, Boss, that indulging myself is fine-I just probably overloaded myself on the pepper which led to a stomach ache, and 10 oz may be a bit much in one sitting (that's 1,000 calories, okay?!, and especially on a mostly empty stomach!). I now know I have the Noravirus that is going around Michigan, which is an abdominal/intestinal virus. For four days I could only eat tangerines with NO SIDE EFFECTS whatsoever, but high fiber wheat bread (not Ezekiel--didn't have it) gave me nausea. I've reintroduced it sparingly, but it's touch and go there.

What is "healthy" when you're sick is up for grabs. Someone commented in another discussion about her healthy foods. I loved her choices (i.e. chocolate-covered cherries). I'm definitely going to add them when I get better. It's all in learning. I've been on the program a month and I have a long way to go to get the body I think I want ( emoticon ), but letting myself feel it out as I go when I am sick (i.e. allowing myself potato chips too, since my husband HAS to have them in the house emoticon ) means that I'm learning what my body's rhythms and senses and tastes are. For so long I have tried to run the show, laying on it what it didn't ask for or want. I am naturally a whole foods, more vegetarian kind of eater anyway, but my emotional eating made me eat things (like potato chips when they're in the house or food that is given to me, i.e. pizza or anything) that really weren't good for it. Like all of us. Thank you for keeping the conversation going!

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4/4/14 7:06 P

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Good topic.. emoticon .
I always have a container or two of turkey broth frozen in my freezer just for those days when I feel too sick to eat. Any vegetable broth also works to help get feeling well sooner. Pasta is also one of my trigger foods because it's a comfort food, and when I am recovering like you just did I will eat a couple of cups of plain macaroni lightly buttered for flavor with a little salt and pepper. I read on an article here about mistakes dieters often make and one of the mistakes they mentioned was depriving yourself of foods you really enjoy. They said instead of depriving yourself you should instead eat what you enjoy but put it into the planned meal and only eat the serving size that is recommended. Pasta a couple of nights a week will stop becoming a trigger food if you know it is already planned and accounted for and not something you have to avoid. I've tried the whole wheat and gluten free pasta and I don't get the same enjoyment from them as regular white flour pasta. I figure as long as I eat healthy every meal, the twice a week lesser healthy pasta that provides me with a rewarding feeling for eating all of my other meals healthier is acceptable to me. I also use the same psychology towards my love of chocolate. I buy the darkest chocolate I can find and after I do my daily exercise I reward myself with one square of chocolate. If I don't exercise I don't get to have a square of chocolate that day. I also found when I ate the milk chocolate I always wanted more than one square but with the dark I felt satisfied stopping at one square. I guess we all have to learn how best to deal with our triggers so they don't de-rail us.

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4/4/14 1:23 P

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My DH cannot eat gluten so I make him gluten free pasta. I don't crave it the same as wheat pasta. However, it is made with other kinds of flours and often the number of carbs per serving in the gluten free foods is high. Which means it has a lot of calories per serving.

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4/4/14 8:27 A

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Thank you, SBG. It may be that I have to do that too. I had told my husband to pick up gluten-free pasta too, which he did, but that's not what I turned to. It looks like I'm going to have to keep it out of the house as well and find an appropriate substitute, kind of like what he has to do with alcohol. It's interesting that when we start to have some control over foods, our curiosity about foods increases so that we have a greater range to enjoy. That's happened to me. There is so much I have to relearn. One is that pasta is a trigger food. The other is all the things I have to learn about other foods, good snack foods, keeping them handy, good desserts and on and on. Wow. And I am not a food novice, either. But such a baby when it comes to managing it.



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I don't know why being sick brings up the craving for trigger foods. I feel sorry for my self when I am sick and tell myself I deserve a treat. I LOVE pasta. There is none in my house because I have no self control. I have been working really hard to keep my trigger foods out of the house. Finding an acceptable substitute is my best defense.

Are you feeling better?

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4/4/14 6:23 A

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Hi you guys: thank you SO MUCH for responding! I have been overdoing it (in a good way) on the "Little Cuties"--tangerines packaged 20 or so in a bag that we see each Spring; it was the first solid food I ate, and I continue to want it. Yesterday I totally overdid it on the spaghetti--10 oz (1,000 calories), which I thought I needed at the time but which, come bedtime, gave me an awful stomachache (it could have also been the pepper--bad choice, I know--which I seasoned it with). So I'm back to a new day and the Little Cuties. With all this emphasis on calories in and out, we can get crazy. I am definitely still unwell and will not overdo it on anything else. Sunny and Eliza, you both gave me good advice and I appreciate your input. It's nice to be a part of a loving group. Incidentally, I have not eaten spaghetti in six months, having realized it's a trigger food, but it called my name at this time; I don't know why. It is either an allergy or an addiction, or both. I will have to get my carbs in another way, like Saltines, which are very easy on the stomach and are my old time sick food, along with tomato soup. It doesn't seem like I can handle spaghetti. Do you guys stay away from these trigger foods once you know you have them? Thanks.



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4/3/14 10:59 P

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I hope you feel better soon.......try not to eat too much but do eat fresh fruit and veggies..
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4/3/14 6:31 P

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Interesting question! I never think about exercise when I am sick. If my stomach is upset I want high calorie low fiber crackers, 7UP and chicken soup with rice. My weight goes down but I think it is due to water loss. When my appetite comes back I try to eat healthy again. Now when I get a cold or the flu the craving monkey hits me hard.

Couldn't answer your question but hope your feeling better soon

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Hello group. I'm new here--don't know if I've posted before. I've been sick for three days and have not eaten a lot due to it being an abdominal bug--maybe 300 cals the first day, 700 the next, and today probably closer to my normal base range of 1200 (I'm at 600 so far and getting ready to eat some spaghetti).

My question is about calorie expenditure on days you're sick and lying in bed. Does anyone know what it is, and what happens when you eat according to your needs (less and then more, even with no exercise, as you recover, like I am doing?). I'm not forcing myself to do either--eating or exercise. Just doing what feels right and taking care of myself so I get better. Thank you.



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