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1/12/13 11:34 A

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Even with a tracker, counting calories stresses me out and reminds me of the "dieting days". So, what I do is focus on getting my nutrients in for the day. For me, it is more important to get what my body requires as far as fats, proteins, and sodium go than calories. This also helps with trying to say lo-carb.

I still struggle with sugar, so adding how many daily calories just adds to the stress, which I try to ditch as much of that as I am able to.

This is what keeps it simple for me. emoticon

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1/12/13 9:40 A

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The averages makes alot of sense. Someone put it to me like--- would you freak out if you went over one day? Naw- just adjust for the next day. So do the same here- just adjust the next morning with a nice healthy breakfast that reminds the body 'no worries we are gonna eat!". thanks guys!!

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1/12/13 12:48 A

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I don't always make my calorie count either. Especially after starting the wheat belly lifestyle. I agree it's about averaging.

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1/11/13 9:47 P

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My experience and my understanding...

Let me hit the two points that I see here.

1. Eating too little
2. Eating too late (to try to get it all in)

So first, it is all about averages. Too little one day, too much the next day. Try to stay in your range, but life happens. Most people just give up on the days they go over. No... just keep making better choices. You will eventually learn the foods you like, the foods that keep your more full. So you will get better about staying in your range. As long as they are good foods, it's okay. Some days I am on the low end. Some days the high end. And if I have a day that goes over, it is a conscious decision and I have to accept the consequences. But get back within range (low end) the next day. So it all averages out over the course of the week.

2. If it is getting late in the day, and you are hungry and you have that many calories left, then eat. I try to be done eating within a few hours before bedtime, but that is more from a digestion issue rather than a calorie too late in the day issue. But it is my understanding that your body doesnt really care what time it is when you eat. Now if you are getting up and raiding the frig in the middle of the night and that puts you over, and you are not sleeping, etc then that is a completely different kind of problem. Your body does need it's down time to do it's thing so you probably need a cut off point. For me, that is about 8 or 9 if I was really truly hungry.

So my answer would be, if you are hungry, eat. If not, don't. emoticon

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1/11/13 9:23 P

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Ok. First, I KNOW I shouldn't have let this happen so I do intend to do the first and most sensible thing and try to be careful it doesn't happen again. However, with 4 kids and two jobs I have to say I can't honestly say this would never, ever happen again so I need to know what to do if it does. So here is what happened...

I didn't track my food until I got home right before dinner to see how many calories I should eat. I didn't realize my breakfast was only 140 calories and my lunch was only 180!! I usually will eat a couple healthy snacks during the day, but I had one of those crazy days where I just didn't get time and since I didn't have any hunger pangs I did not think about it. I am supposed to eat between 1200 and 1500 calories a day. I know eating too little could do as much damage as eating too much. However, at 530 pm it's a Little late to try and pack in 800 calories to even hit my minimum!! That certainly can't be healthy either. So Prevention, prevention, prevention is my plan of attack. I will try to be better about tracking earlier in the day so I can watch my calories are enough. However, if I AM faced with this situation is is better to just live with being at a lower calorie count. (I had 546 for dinner- it was as much as I could comfortably eat) leaving me with 866 for the day) OR should I suck it up and try to work in another later night snack before bed that will get me atleast over the 1000 calorie mark.

Any and all advice is welcome. Besides, don't let it happen. It is certainly not my intention to let it happen, but as well know we are human so what I am looking for is help for if it Does happen despite my best intentions.

My Mantra: Every day I get to make a choice about what kind of response I am going to give back to the world, what kind of mindset I will meet my challenges with, what kind of life I am building. Each day I will focus on making choices that make me feel good about myself. Each day I will focus on making choices that help my family be happy and healthy.


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