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Ooh, that DOES sound wonderful! Been a long, long time since I made some...

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It resembled zucchini bread and was delicious - my father, sister, and sons all liked it and so did I - super moist and really delicious.

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That's amazing how inventive people can get, Nancypat - especially with the "musical fruit"! Wow!!

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I must have missed something - I didn't see the bread recipe - I would love to try it. I once saw a recipe for BAKED BEAN bread/cake - I don't like baked beans and thought it would be funny to make it for my family who also doesn't like beans. Everyone loved it. Who knew??

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CELEST...what a remarkable bread recipe! I'll bet it's moist and luscious... I'm thinking of zucchini bread and can see how this could be as yummy as it is packed with the vitamin-rich goodness and fiber of veggies... emoticon

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Ooooh...IAMJOYFUL...that homemade bread with the blueberries and Laughing Cow cheese - that sounds most swoonworthy!! emoticon Add creativity to your list of talents - wow!

That you turned eating it into a thoughtful, meditative process is amazing, a real inspiration! Thanks for sharing this...

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I saw a fascinating recipe recently for bread....it took some mixed frozen veggies in it. It looked like it as full of sweets or something in the picture...but for folks who battle to get veggies in and make their own bread, its worth a try.

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Cirandella
Yes, it is easy to rationalize our behavior. I just do not want to make an art of it. My goal is to align my actions with my goals while enjoying the ride. I know what to do but I haven't as yet made these actions a habit. Eventually it will happen.
It sounds like you eat a lot of low calorie foods which one is able to do and not put on the weight. It is great that you still track all your foods. I do not limit low calorie foods -- just the higher calories dishes.
I have to admit that I am getting better at making healthy decisions. My binges now consists of eating two healthy homemade cookies rather than one which I try to pay up by cutting back a tad somewhere else.
Tracking my food definitely helps.

Celest
I googled raw food recipes and found quite a few that I would like to try. In fact I am going to try a raw burger tomorrow http://www.rawfoodrecipes.com/recipes/mush
room-burgers.html
All the dishes you mentioned sound quite yummy. I would appreciate your sharing some of your favorite recipes. I know when I eat a lot of veggies I do not think of food. Yes, it is delightful not to be hungry.

Pennylynn
I use to eat for any reason also. At times I still turn to food for comfort but I do it differently now. Today I was very tired and wanted some comfort. I should have went to DH for a hug but it didn't occur to me at the time. We make our own wheat bread and sometimes add blueberries to be used as a dessert. I call it my blueberry cake and I frost it with a spoonful of laughing cow cheese. I had a little wedge of my "cake" for comfort today and made it a meditation -- eating it slowly and savorying each bite. It was enough and I no longer feel deprived of an occasional treat. One just has to be creative.

Nancypat-
I agree that a plan is better than no plan. It keeps one focused and I know I am more likely to eat what I have planned than to be tempted with something I wouldn't ordinarily eat. My plan is flexible that I can make an even exchange. For breakfast I plan a lean protein and a veggie or fruit -- it could be a veggie omelette or cottage cheese with blueberries. It is easier for me to stick with what I plan. I only eat foods I like so anything I plan would be fine.
Ladies, thank you all for your kind words and thoughts. emoticon

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(Mmmm, CELEST! Taking lots of mental notes here on those raw-food recipe ideas you've shared with us...they sound soo-oo-ooo delicious, and I've grown very fond of veggies over the past couple of years! LOVE your mouthwatering ideas - and they bring to mind endless possible combinations of all sorts of seasonal goodies!) emoticon

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Penny - often I point out that even a PLAN that doesn't work is better than NO PLAN - why? because if you HAVE A PLAN and don't stick to it, you are more likely to be CLOSE to your plan than if you have NO PLAN at all. Keep tweaking until your PLAN works better - I have compared it to a game of "WHACK A MOLE" where critters keep popping up all around and you have to keep HITTING them, as fast as you hit one another pops up. The same is true about emotional eating -you just keep planning and revising the plan and revisiting it, and refreshing it. BUT along the way, you eventually find something that works a little better and then a little better again. Plans shouldn't be static, they need to be flexible and change to suit the situations as they come up. We don't have to be perfect. It is NOT an ALL or NOTHING situation - it is a PROCESS and you can win it by planning and being flexible.

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IAMJOYFUL2 I am like NANCYPAT, there are so many reasons for me to overeat. Boredom, happiness, sadness, celebration, habit...so many reasons. Food is a comfort. It has been since my childhood. One thing that I have learned about myself is that sometimes I have to just look at the exact moment that I am in. I like your idea of planning and I think that's a wonderful idea. But if you are a food addict, like me, then sometimes, planning isn't going to mean anything. You will plan that meal and still eat what you think you shouldn't eat. Remember that nothing is HAVE TO. I don't like HAVE TO. "I HAVE TO eat salad. I HAVE TO eat chicken." Give yourself the power to choose. Isn't our eating already out of control? I started to take that control back by changing the way I spoke about food. And I just take it one meal, one bite, sometimes, one moment at a time. "Right now, at this moment, I CHOOSE, not to eat that cake." "Right now, at this moment, I CHOOSE to eat my fruits and veggies." Choose whatever words work for you but fill your life with positive, reaffirming words. There is power there. I will walk with you.

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Its summer where I am, so Im using salads with my proteins which are nuts, cottage cheese, boiled eggs and occasionally chicken.
I just google raw food recipes and look through them till I find one that appeals to me. I use spinach salads made fm spinach, nuts, sliced mushrooms with balsamic vinegar. Very delicious.
I also make broccoli salad, with raw broccoli cut into small florets, seeds, red onion chopped very finely, raisins and then make a teeny bit of sauce using plain yogurt mixed with blended apple or strawberries. I also do a strawberry salad.
If this interests you, I can send you the actual recipes...quantities etc. I was forced for health reasons and havn't looked back. Its rare for me to be hungry ever and the weight is coming off very steadily and its delightful not to be hungry.
I could do a photo blog for a week with the 3 meals a day and recipes underneath the pictures if its easier to follow that way....but only if you're serious cos it will take me time to do it. I don't mind, if you do want it done.

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emoticon Aww, please don't be too hard on yourself... Especially in the beginning, we have that almost built-in tendency to want to rationalize our behavior. I think it's just basically because we humans strive to make sense of our world and our behaviors and urges in it - that's just natural, and I'd wager we all share that.

What really heartens me about your own journey is that you've already done so much of the thinking and preparation that goes into dramatically changing the way you eat; you've laid an excellent foundation. It's now a matter of bringing yourself along for the ride, so to speak, and aligning what you do every day with your plan - that seems to be your present focus, and it is great!

I think I differ from some folks about the matter of smaller portions. I have a phenomenal, raging appetite and have since birth - having been known to eat a pound of M&M's at a sitting when I was 3 or 4...and with no ill effects (other than always having been a heavy child). I just have a huge capacity and hunger for food. In fact, when I had a stomach X-ray once to check out an ulcer, the tech had to take three pictures (!). I was a little scared by the time she came in to do the third; I thought something was seriously wrong. It's just that my stomach - empty for the procedure - lay on its side, as some do, and was quite large.

So, my point in saying this is that it takes a lot to get me full. I accommodate that by eating huge salads and larger-than-normal amounts of veggies, especially at dinner (I get really hungry at night if I don't). I track all of this every day, just as I did while losing weight, and my weight's steady. You can also drink lots of non-caloric liquids to help fill the void. But I'm of the opinion that we don't have to eat tiny portions of everything to lose the weight we want to lose. Baby carrots have become my favorite pre-dinner go-to, for instance - I love 'em with a little sweetener and cinnamon on 'em :)

I promise...it will get easier, and you don't have far to go! emoticon

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Celest, how long have you been on raw foods? What are some of your meals like?

Cirandella, at times I do take wise action but at other times I find it easy to rationalize my behavior?
And when I forget my goals and I revert to old behaviors.

Day 3 Reflection

I thought I had served myself a small dinner and I ate it all. I thought I was satisfied but 20 min later I noticed I felt full (not just satisfied). I had eaten too much.
I guess if I want to lose weight, I will have to eat smaller portions than I thought.

Kay

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Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
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Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
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IAMJOYFUL, if you can bring that much awareness to cookies and ice cream :::swoon!::: so early in the game, you are a champion!!! That was quite a phenomenal accomplishment. You have that knack for putting just enough time between the temptation and potential response that you're able to take wise action, and that's a great way to extinguish just about any unwanted eating behavior!

Well DONE! emoticon

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Im glad your indulgence wasn't to major. I must admit that since I was put onto raw foods for health reasons I have not felt hungry in any kind of way and eat far less than I have ever eaten merely because I cannot fit the extra foods in. The rawer the food, the longer to eat, and the lower glycemic load which means the longer it takes to spike your sugar level, which means the longer you stay NON hungry.

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emoticon for your thoughts and support. I can use all the help I can get.
I have already tweaked my plan. Yes, tracking is very important as it keeps me focused on my goals throughout the day.

Day 2

I ate as planned today and have tomorrows meals planned.
I ate only at meal and snack times.
I checked my reminder sheet before each meal.
I ate til I was satisfied.
I tracked everything.

Reflections:
1. I thought about yesterday's indulgence of an unplanned scoop of ice cream after a meal. I was not hungry but I mindlessly ate it anyway, barely noticing its taste.
Afterwards I didn't feel bad about it and I really didn't enjoy it. This is not the way to lose weight but I can use this experience to learn how to deal with future emotional eating.
In the future, ask myself if I am hungry for food. If the answer is "no" then ask myself what emotion am I mindlessly trying to feed.

2. 30 min after dinner today, I once again thought I was hungry (I hadn't reflected yet). I wanted a cookie and like a zombie I got up and made a small batch. The funny think is that when they were ready I no longer wanted one because I was not hungry. I put the cookies in the freezer.
Thoughts of mindless eating are thoughts like any other ones. I do not have to obey any thought. I always have a choice.

Edited by: IAMJOYFUL2 at: 3/17/2013 (22:03)
Kay

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Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
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If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
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Ditto to what CIRANDELLA said sorry I am lazy at this point. I also love my naps even when I was in high school I used to come home and take a nap I am just a nap kinda person always have been.

I love to read also so all that is keeping me from controlling my mindless eating. Work in Progress. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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You've got an impressive plan there and, most important, you're sticking to it!

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With time, you'll find which of those strategies are most helpful to you. You might discard some and discover some new ones, too - that's all good!

Most important of all: YOU TRACKED EVERYTHING!!! THAT'S what's going to get you where you want to go!!

Well DONE!

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Good comments given.

Today was emoticon of overcoming emotional hunger.
My plan:
1. Each day plan all my meals and snacks
2. Eat only at meal or snack times
3. Notice when I am satisfied and stop when satisfied
4. Have reminders at the table and on the frig
5. Reflect on how I can improve
6. Track my progress

1. I didn't plan today's meals but I have tomorrows meals planned. I indulged in an unplanned scoop of ice cream after lunch. Need to work on awareness.
2. Ate only at meal times
3. At dinner time I ate too fast and watched TV so I didn't notice my satisfied level. I did notice when I was full and did leave three bites on my plate.
4. Reminders helped most of the time but I soon forget. Say affirmations before each meal.
5. I can improve by not watching tv while eating.
6. I tracked everything.

Kay

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle you know nothing about.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Drop judgment and pick up love.
If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
Can'ts are joy limiters.


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CELEST's ideas of eating more raw foods and foods with a lower glycemic index have worked well for me - good going, CELEST!

And what a cool topic, IAMJOYFUL2! You've got a great plan, one that cannot fail to deliver some far-reaching changes in dealing with emotional hunger. I like to pull up my afghan and take an hour's nap in my favorite darkened bedroom, and I can also be pleasantly diverted from emotional eating by knitting and watching YouTube clips and features :)

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What is the key to emotional, mindless, or eating of any sort that is NOT related to actual hunger, nurturing your body, or fueling your body, is to learn more about YOU. When you learn what, why, when, with whom, how, where, and the circumstances surrounding such eating, you can figure ways to combat it. You may need many tools and have a whole tool kit filled with strategies to combat it, but like any good army you will be able to do a better job of controlling it when you have the intelligence to help you. Sometimes you will use blunt force - JUST SAY NO and that is the end of THAT. Sometimes you will use a sneak attack - make it easier to say YES to healthier choices and harder to say yes to unhealthy ones (if it isn't in the house it is harder to eat it - more inconvenient, more costly, etc.). Sometimes you will make a preemptive strike - a LITTLE bit of what you are craving mini candy bars when you ONLY have ONE available. You can figure it out and YOU can conquer it - it just takes a little detective work, a LOT of honesty with yourself, and less willpower than STRATEGY.

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You are all inspiring me!


To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking. - A. DeMille

No matter what you’re feeling, the only way to get a difficult feeling to go away is simply to love yourself for it. If you think you’re stupid, then love yourself for feeling that way. It’s a paradox, but it works. To heal, you must be the first one to shine the light of compassion on any areas within you that you feel are unacceptab


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Know/Learn your triggers...That way you can learn to control them instead of them controlling you!

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The one main thing I have learned about EE and starting becoming aware of what is causing it is at night my worst ever time to mindlessly eat is to just go to bed. It is still new and hard to do but I am making it a number one priority at this point. Faith

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CELEST - Sounds like you did the right thing!

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I recently suffered adrenal blow out and was flat on my back for 2 months. Immediately after that I caught a virus and thought I was going to die (others have died). I ended up at a homeopathic dr who gave me meds but said more importantly he wanted me on a low GI (Glycemic Index) and GL (Glycemic Load) and raw foods.
Since doing all 3 I rarely suffer hunger. I also eat probably half to 3/4 what I used to and have no after effects, no emotional eating feelings etc.
So thats my bid.

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Anybody want to join me in overcoming emotional hunger?
Please share what worked for you today.

From past experience I know I eat mindlessly and for any reason. So I will get in the habit of being aware of what and why I eat.

Plan:
1. Each day plan all my meals and snacks
2. Eat only at meal or snack times
3. Notice when I am satisfied and stop
4. Have reminders at the table and on the frig
5. Notice on how I can improve
6. Track my progress

Kay

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle you know nothing about.
Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.
Drop judgment and pick up love.
If you can move a grain of sand a day, eventually you will move a mountain.
Crappy choices bring crappy feelings.
Can'ts are joy limiters.


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