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Tough Times, Tough Stuff

Saturday, November 06, 2010

I have been though some emotional stress lately and I have had a hard time with staying focused on the job at hand. I tried to do the program all at once instead of a little bit at a time. Right now I'm working on writing down what I eat everyday and the calories that I'm taking in. This has been the struggle for me from the beginning. I need a diet that fits my allergies. I have to eat non-dairy and the diet I'm on at Sparkpeople is a lot of dairy. Finding that right combination for me is hard. I guess I have to Google it to see what I come up with. I have been struggling with depression to lately. It seems every time I start to diet I get depressed and I'm not quite sure why. So these have been some of my stumbling blocks lately. I need to find answers so I can move on and continue to lose weight. But I'm very happy that I have been signing on every day, I'm exercising almost everyday and that helps to keep me feeling positive. I'm going to continue to take it one step at a time until I can get it all to match up for me and I begin to see some weight loss. I know I can do this but I need to get some help with what to do with the "Tough Stuff".
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    I can't follow the food choices that Spark offers either. I don't even have half of them in house and don't run out to the store for every meal. I cook fresh, which to me means that if it comes out of a box, I avoid it if I can. I am lactose intolerant and I know dairy products can be a problem. I have found that eating only what fits inside my "comfort zone" can be fattening, so I am trying to cook foods that are healthy to eat and cook them in a different way to keep the taste buds challenged. I wish you well and healthy. By the way, that pic of you by a fence is gorgeous. When you are feeling a bit low, take a good look at yourself and see the beautiful person in there. luv,viv
    3630 days ago
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    I don't follow the Sparkpeople diet either.

    What brought me back to Sparkpeople was the book, Fat is not Your Fate. It takes a look at your phenotype--your genetic stuff-- and your habits. I scored high as an emotional eater, which it true. I've had problems with anxiety and depression since I was 12.

    The authors recommended that I eat every 2-3 hours, combining protein and a carb. They write down the list of what they consider proteins (nuts, beans, lean meat, etc.) and what are carbs (bread, fruit, etc.) and the veggies are free, meaning they can be eaten at any time.

    It's working very well for me because I'm not having cravings or emotional roller coaster reactions to the foods I eat.

    3677 days ago
    I don't follow the SP diet, I use the adding my own option. That way I can see if my nutrition is on the mark. Congratulations on being consistent with logging on daily. Keep at it slowly and you will see success. emoticon emoticon
    3678 days ago
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    There is a way to adjust the menus to eliminate dairy. It's in some options thing.

    That is, if you're using the pre-made menus. Otherwise, you need to just not eat dairy and log it like that.
    3678 days ago
    I have to watch the dairy too, because of allergies. What you eat should be your choice, and you shouldn't have to follow what SP has planned for you. Look at what you normally eat, how to make it more nutritious, and go from there. You will be much happier and it won't be as hard to stick to.

    3678 days ago
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