Thursday, April 26, 2012

Cravings

I have been craving since Sunday! I told you I felt hungry after a big meal and wiped out several no bakes only to eat peanut m&m's later. When I crave chocolate, no chocolate curbs my craving unless it has nuts attached. I know that a chocolate craving means you need magnesium and that's what I'm craving in nuts so this makes sense.

Yesterday at lunch, I wanted nuts so I ate a partial packet of smoked almonds. Then I ate a big spoon of peanut butter with my lunch. It tasted so good that later on in the evening, I had eaten an early supper so for a snack I grabbed a spoonful of peanut butter again and drank some milk with it.

My cravings today are MUCH less. I still couldn't get nuts off my brain though, so I ate another spoonful of peanut butter with lunch.

I looked into it because I know cravings are a real problem for me, meaning they must be a problem for others too. I found this:

What Your Food Cravings Mean

Makes sense to me! How about you? Can you relate to cravings? Does this link make sense of things for you?

You may also like this article:

What Food Cravings Mean and How To Control Them

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Weigh In Tuesday

177.4

I don't want to talk about it.

But I will. Because I will move past it.

I was doing good until Sunday. Saturday I was down 2 pounds from last week. I ate no carbs for breakfast and was doing fine until the party. I had chili with hotdogs, cookies and candy and ice cream and chips...

I think I let myself get too hungry and I'm craving sugar. And I did not practice enough self control. :(

Sunday, I had only eaten an orange for breakfast (I know better). We went to a restaurant who's menu was eternally long. I saw nothing on there that was going to help me stay on track while trying to order for my kids and sharing a menu. So in a hurry, I ordered something I wouldn't typically and ate all of the disappointing, oversalted plate.
When we got home, I felt like I was still hungry although the plate had plenty of food after I'd already eaten more chips and salsa than usual. I ate a no-bake.
Then we went over to friends house and I took leftover no-bakes (to get rid of them). I ended up eating SEVERAL. I am craving nuts and chocolate specifically. I KNOW that this is a sign of needing magnesium but am not taking any currently. When they served peanut m&m's, I ate some.

So looking back over Sunday, here are my thoughts on what went wrong:

I didn't make breakfast count which resulted in being too hungry and over eating.

I'm craving but not taking care of the problem.

I believe the 'hunger' I felt after eating Sunday lunch was actually thirst. I know I was really thirsty that day and did drink a lot of water, but not before eating no-bakes.

My clothes are tight. I feel terribly uncomfortable physically. Mentally I feel like a failure and emotionally I'm just nearly depressed about it. Instead of giving up, I'm trying to formulate a plan. I WILL NOT gain the weight back. I see this as a temporary problem.

It's a fresh new week and I will move on!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

How To Lose Weight Fast

Not that I recommend it, because losing a bunch of weight in a week is usually kind of pointless and rather unhealthy, but I know people will attempt to lose weight quickly for specific reasons.

If someone were to ask me how to lose a lot of weight fast, I would tell them this:
Don't eat carbs for a week. Every meal you eat without carbs is like a meal you didn't eat at all - when speaking of weight. Your body cannot store fat without the presence of insulin (from carbs or carbohydrates).
Because you are not storing fat, your body is using fat that is already stored so with 2 things going on (not storing fat AND burning fat) you will lose weight quickly. If you want to lose weight fast, this is the fastest way to lose weight without starving yourself. There are even desserts that you can eat using cream, cream cheese and of course BUTTER that are delicious and will help keep you on track.

Drink lots of water during that time to flush water weight out of your system.

Most important: take a fiber supplement! If you are eating mostly meat, cheese and eggs, there is not enough fiber and you are going to become constipated. Metamucil (or the store brand variety) is natural psyllium husks. Take that for two reasons: 1) to keep you from getting constipated 2) to get rid of even more weight from your colon. You'll feel better too! It's important to drink plenty of liquids while taking fiber. Start slowly so you don't feel bloated and constipated at first. Build up to full doses of what the instructions tell you to take.

This is not a good way to lose weight if you want to keep it off. You will feel deprived after a while and are likely to binge eat. However, it IS a good way to kick start a diet or kick your metabolism up a notch (as long as you are drinking the water, taking the fiber and not eating a bunch of unhealthy foods).

Find a list of carb free (or low carb foods), print it and put it on the frig. (Example: Low Carb Food List )

Eating foods that are low in fat (whole grains, veggies, fruits, skim milk, fat free yogurt, etc) seperately (by 3 hours) from the foods with fat will also keep you losing while doing this.

Check out books by Suzanne Somers. Look for her books with recipes too.

In addition, to increase your health and curb your appetite, read about healthy oils in this series:
Feed Your Brain, Lose Your Belly

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Green Smoothies Taste Amazing!

Green smoothies are an EXCELLENT weight loss food! They have the right kinds of food for weight loss and can be a complete meal but don't have to be. They can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make them - they are so versatile.

Other reasons for eating green smoothies:
Great tasting way to improve health
Fiber
Enzymes
Probiotics (in yogurt)
Improves immune system
Curbs cravings
Curbs appetite
CHLOROPHYLL!
A complete food
Reduces bloating caused by digestive issues

Taken from Green Smoothie Girl :

If you do just ONE thing to improve your family’s health, make it green smoothies! Believe it or not, kids WILL drink it, and you will be surprised that you enjoy them and even learn to crave them.

It’s easy, it takes 10 minutes of my day, and it’s the highest and best use of my kitchen time!

Who eats a big plate of plain, raw, kale, collards, spinach and celery? Mustard greens, arugula, turnip greens, dandelion greens, beet greens, and chard don’t end up in too many salads. Just the time to chew it would be half an hour (oh, and the chopping)! They’re a regular feature in my green smoothies every day. And, in a smoothie, you don’t have to drizzle them with fattening, chemical-laden salad dressings to get them down.

You won’t believe how much green food it has in it: chlorophyll and a powerhouse of enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Unlike a juicer (which makes such a mess and throws away much of the plant), green smoothie is packed with insoluble plant fiber capable of carrying many times its own weight in toxins out of the body.

I love that it’s “fast food” that’s healthful.

Taken from Greensmoothie.com :

Green Smoothies are simple – take any fresh greens you like and blend them with fruit. My current favorite is spinach with 2 big pears. Spinach builds strong bones! And a clean colon, but Popeye was quiet about that.

Green Smoothies are the most nutritious meal on earth.

Children love the taste of Green Smoothies. Sweet fruit takes away the bitter taste of greens. If your Smoothie tastes too bitter, add more fruit.

Green Smoothies are easy to digest. A blender is the perfect set of teeth. It's a dream come true for your digestive enzymes. Nutrients are absorbed quickly and easily.

Green Smoothies are a complete food. With their fiber, the fruit sugars are absorbed more slowly. You don't get that blood sugar rush you get from juicing.

Green Smoothies are so nutrient dense – has so much nutrition per bite of calorie – it gives your cells the food they are crying for.

A chlorophyll molecule (the green in leaves) differs from a human blood molecule by only one atom. The late Dr Jensen proved in The Healing Power of Chlorophyll that if you're anemic or tired, Green Smoothies will quickly raise your red blood cell count.

The core atom in chlorophyll is magnesium (in human blood it's iron). Cravings are often a sign of magnesium deficiency. Green Smoothies are the best food to end your addiction to cakes, cookies and chocolate. When your body gets the nutrients it needs, cravings go.

Green Smoothies are rich in alkaline minerals like calcium. The high-calcium greens are the fibrous ones such as dandelion, kale and collard. Wherever there's a hard shell – as in teeth, bone, or tough-to-chew greens – you will find calcium.

Green Smoothies are a perfect food for children of all ages, including babies when introducing new food after mother's milk. Be careful and slowly increase the amount of smoothies to avoid food allergies.

Did you know, this is the best-kept secret in the capitalized world? That the richest source of protein for humans is green leaves? Leaf protein is easy to digest, easily assimilated into the tissues, and has none of the harmful side effects of flesh protein.

Green Smoothies contain all essential amino acids.

Believe it or not, Green Smoothies are a good source of Omega-3 unsaturated fat. Green leaves are the plant’s food factory where it manufactures the fats it needs for every one of its cells.

Youtube video: How To Make A Green Smoothie



Don't let the amount of green she puts in scare you. haha I don't put that much in - yet. And I don't drink a quart yet either. Usually more like a cup or two. Maybe I should start drinking more...
She also didn't mention that she put water before the greens but it's obviously in there. The water (or juice) makes it blend easier.

Recipe idea:
1 - banana
1/3 cup frozen blueberries
Handful of spinach
2 T sugar or honey
2-3 T water or juice
Ice cubes

More tips:
Orange juice really gives a smoothie a great flavor when used instead of water.
Avocados are packed with nutrients and make the smoothie even more smooth - no you can't taste them. Just add a little extra sweetner.
Strawberry leaves are green - you can't taste them either.
Ice has a lot to do with texture - don't skip it.
You can add veggies like tomatoes, red bell peppers and carrots too!

Interesing:
What Dr Mercola eats for breakfast

Getting Past A Weight Loss Slump

So I've lost 50 pounds and now I'm floundering. I've been alternating losses and gains over the past few weeks. The last 2 weeks I gained and this time it was 2 pounds.

Part of that is sitting down to a meal and caring more about eating the delicious food than losing weight. Part of it is craving sugar and Easter candy being on sale.

A big part of it is that I haven't gone grocery shopping (beyond picking up a few things here and there) for about 2-3 weeks. Actually, I think that's most of my problem.
My fruit basket is empty. My veggies need to be tossed. My lean protein sources (chicken and fish) are dwindling. And it doesn't help that with limited ingredients, I'm cooking less often and we ended up eating out several times.

I'm finally starting to exercise. I'm very excited because I'm actually exercising because I want to and the guilt factor is now missing (thanks to this post).

I plan to go shopping asap. I'm craving a good salad (I like mine with things like beans, chicken and southwest style dressings) so I'll pick up salad fixings. Fruits like apples, grapes and oranges help keep me on track so I want to buy some of those (eating a bit while cooking helps curb my appetite). I've really been wanting a green smoothie...

The most important thing I've realized even more through this is that weight loss truly starts in the mind. You have to want to lose weight more than you want to eat too much of the delicious foods. It's mind over matter. I can't use Paul McKenna's system if I choose to overeat and not pay attention to my body's signal that I'm full. Changing your mentality toward food is the most important part of weight loss. Food is not just for pleasure, but is what our body is made of and energized by. Weight loss depends on what type of foods you eat so tweaking your choices a bit helps a lot. Kind of like what this picture depicts:


Reminding myself:
Cut back on the carbs, lean toward complex carbs, eat as many veggies as you want (except starchy ones like peas, corn, potatoes - just limit them), lean protein causes weight loss, fiber makes your food stick with you longer, drinking lots of water can cause weight loss on it's own, exercise boosts metabolism a LOT (besides burning calories), lack of carbs = no fat stored (1-2 low-carb meals a week helps), I don't need cake and peanut m&m's (I CAN choose just one of them), fat is satiating and brain food...

Also...
Falling Off the Wagon

Junk Equals Junk

A post about kids that you might apply to yourself:

If you're feeding your child things like mac-n-cheese, hotdogs, chips, chicken nuggets, Ramen noodles, sweet cereals, white flour foods, etc... at what point will you ask yourself "When am I going to nourish my child?" Their body has needs and if you're feeding them junk ALL the time, expect them to be sick. Don't tell yourself that you can't afford better food because that is ignorant and lazy.

They need protein (hotdogs don't count), fiber (it's important!), healthy fats (margarine should never be an option and this is a critical part of brain development), vitamins and minerals, etc.

I'm not saying don't eat those things - we do, but not as our primary diet. For example, if you eat sugary cereal for breakfast, don't feed them Ramen noodles for lunch and fried foods for supper. At some point, you've got to feed them something nourishing. Literally consider adding nutritious food to their diet.

I get so frustrated/sad when kids get sick over and over and I know they're being fed junk all the time.

Don't expect them to succeed in life - they won't be able to think well.

You are what you eat and if you're feeding your child junk, expect them to feel like junk, look like junk and act like junk. Love your child (self) by learning more.

The Sneaky Chef

Foodlets

Monday, April 16, 2012

How To Start Exercising

I have wanted to start exercising for a while now. I planned to start with only a few minutes a day to establish the habit and keep a calendar that I can mark when I exercise to see how I am doing.

I've had Buy a Calendar on my list of things to do for a while now. As much as I WANT to exercise, I realized a couple of weeks ago that I had so many things on my plate that starting to exercise just seemed like one more thing.
Now that things have calmed down quite a bit, I am feeling rather motivated to get started exercising and get my weight loss rolling again.

After posting about it on my blog, my mind has definitely changed about it. I don't feel stressed about it at all. I now think of it as something I WANT to do instead of something I need to do. I've remembered a calendar I have that will work perfect for keeping track.

I'd seen a post on Zen Habits about motivation but hadn't read it yet. I'm reading it today and feeling rather inspired. He recommends finding an exercise buddy so I thought maybe an online group of sorts might help.

How to Lose Weight: Exercise Hangups

Zen Habits: 4 Simple Steps to Start the Exercise Habit

Zen Habits: 31 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

Motivation To Exercise

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Weigh In Tuesday!

After that week, .2 lbs lost sounds good to me! :)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Motivation

My motivation was reading the blog my sister was using to track her progress last year and for the first time thinking it was worth spending the money to go to Weight Watchers.

My current motivation is my lack of clothes that fit and the fact that although I've lost a lot of weight, I am still very unhappy with the way I look. The weight has come off my hiney a lot slower than the rest of me. I'm still in a size 16 skirt although I can wear some shirts that are a large. I look smaller but I'm still seeing a big butt. It's got to go!
Also, I've always considered 140 my goal weight because I will be almost to a 'healthy' BMI at that point (whatever that means).

Over the last 2-3 weeks, I have been having trouble staying motivated. I realized that regardless of how much you want to lose weight, if you're lacking inpiration or motivation, it's going to be nearly impossible.

What's motivating you?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Weigh In... Not.

I weighed in yesterday. The number was terrible. But I knew that with the health problems I've been having, not to actually use that weigh in number. After an average week, the scales were telling me I'd gained 2.2 lbs. I knew that was off so I stepped on the scales a few more times and discovered that the scales vary if you step on them over and over. I don't know if they're broken or if they just need batteries or what. Either way, I don't trust them entirely.

After a terrible day yesterday and not eating much, my weight today looked more like I expected - lost point something.

With all that said - I'm skipping my weigh in this week. I have no idea what I've really gained or lost.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Funny But True...

This is a picture I saw on Facebook:
















This is my opinion of that picture:



Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Donut Effect

When you eat junk food, it is more difficult to think clearly.

When you are not thinking clearly, you are more likely to eat junk food.

Which causes you to not think clearly...

Which causes you to eat junk food...




This, for most, becomes a vicious cycle and before you know it, they're eating worse and worse and thinking less and less clearly.

If people only realized how important it is to nourish our body. Eating is not only for enjoyment, but our food is used to rebuild and repair cells constantly. If you are not nourishing your body, it is too busy making repairs from the toxins you've consumed (foods stripped of their nutrients like sugar and white flour, artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, antibiotics, hormones and other chemicals) while trying to replace each and every cell in your body on a regular basis, to function properly.

Learn more about real food:

100 Days of Real Food

Real Food, Real Life

Weston A Price

...and Keep It Simple Sally!