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Old 08-25-2013, 09:03 PM
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Hey dragon, it's okay, stay calm. You need to get rid of those cookies one way or another so you can get them off your mind.
I don't think you've destroyed all your good work!
Sometimes, your back is more sore after its been manipulated back into correct alignment.
Take it easy, and see if your chiro can put you on a massage bed with heat for the soreness, prior to and between adjustments. Just a suggestion from experience.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:06 PM
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oh, God...

I haven't posted much recently due to wedding and son moving out...
My eating is all over the place...
And, just got off the phone with a dear friend in my same career field... chaos is a kind way to state all the changes going on and anticipated due to sweeping changes in health care soon coming up...
I have been on a tortellini kick, with alfredo sauce... carbs, carbs, and more carbs, and fat from the sauce....sorry but I needed the comfort food...
and when I needed something sweet... peanut butter ice cream... and I an addict or what???
I do not want to go to work tomorrow... too much to do at home....
got to get my food straight... more H2O... ahhhhh!!!
Why do life changes show up in my food choices?
Hope/goal for Monday: one green smoothie meal... the rest can take care of itself as I ease back into my healthy eating.
The heat has crept back here and that jacks up my eating as well... that is where the ice cream comes in.
I loveeeee that I can be brutally honest here and not judged.
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:40 PM
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Morning all

dragon-I love love love Thai too joygirl-food porn does indeed sum it up
you're right though dragon,thai is full of sugar. once in a while aint gonna do you any harm though I understand how odd the feeling is eating sugar after avoiding it for a while
you've not detsroyed all the good work you've done. It's still there. you've just had a day off and a few treats. start again today.

Isn't it strange how we talk about it like we talked about alcohol. It's really not the same. We still have good diets just had a day off. Be kind to yourself.

LDT-that;s not easy being with everyone else drinkng. good on you for staying strong. You deserved some treat food too

Tres-tea rooms are my downfall.Live ina tourist area so plenty round here and they call me every time I drive past

good to hear from you 1day. sounds like you've had a lot on your plate( figuratively,not literally of course)

Well today is a new day.
BF- fruit and yogurt
Lunch-eggs and salad
Supper-chicken and roasted veg,no potatoes

Should feel better bythe end of the day .

Happy healthy eating everyone
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:54 AM
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Thanks joygirl. I have had a slipped disc for 7 weeks now. I was doing really well and on the mend until last Friday when I had a relapse. Today I've seen the chiropractor twice...but I'm so sick of this! Anyway I turned to food in a big way today! I've eaten everything that I shouldn't and more! Could have been worse....I could have turned to the wine.

Well tomorrow is a new day. Back to a healthy diet.

I love reading about your healthy eating.
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Old 08-26-2013, 04:21 AM
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Hi all.

I've been away with my family to Greece and had the best time. I feel really well physically at the moment and I'm sure it's not just the fact I've had a week away from the usual life stresses. I think it's because...I've eaten only salads, fish, chicken and rice for a week! The fish out there was to die for and I are it practically every night.

I hope you're not grinning smugly with an 'I told you so' face LDT!!!? But yeah...you did tell me I would feel better if I cut out all the processed food. I know. I know. But you know how stubborn I am.

I have had no sugar apart from the one spoonful in my morning coffee...and I don't know if I will ever be able to live without that. But I've had no chocolate for a week (I eat up to 4 bars a day usually!), no biscuits cake or ice cream.

I feel SO different it would be crazy now to return to my usual diet now I'm home. I've been out to the shops and walked resolutely past the sweets. I've bought lots of fruit, and I'm going to take the blender I bought weeks ago out of the box. At last.

Could this be progress.....?!

And yeah, RAL, we do talk about food in the same way we talked about alcohol. How weird is that?!x
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:26 AM
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Oh Jeni....far be it from me to say "I TOLD YOU SO".... So instead I will just THINK it. Garbage in, garbage out. It's really that simple.

Yes, we all do tend to beat ourselves up royally when we eat poorly ( like we beat ourselves up when we drank or used )....But really folks, eating poorly never made me lie to my family, or miss work, or sneak out in the middle of the night for more food. .....,So lets just laugh at the occasional bad eating day or weekend, and not flog ourselves. We are all doing really great I think....moving forward and making progress.

The other night, it wasn't quite as hard to not drink as it's been in the past at certain events. That's because most of the people were drinking moderately, not with intention. I actually heard the man next to me say to the waitress ( as she was filling his glass again) " No more for me, thanks" . I looked at him like he had 3 heads!! My thought process was "What do you mean no more? Your glass is empty. Of course you need more." .....Alkie thoughts.

Breakfast: green smoothie
Lunch: ( still deciding )
Dinner: Steak topped with lump crabmeat
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:19 AM
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Great to see you back Jeni I'm so glad you had a good time and are feeling good.It sounds as though you ate really well. No ice cream on hols though - I'm shocked

Were you ok with not drinking? I know you had some concerns prior to going -hope all went well
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:45 AM
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RAL, we seem to have the same menus!
Jeni, I was like you when I went on vacation this summer. I ate well (did have ice cream though) and came home feeling so rejuvenated and healthy! So glad for you!
Dragon, you are so right. I can see myself in your situation, making excuses for my pain pills. Food is definitely the better choice.
1day, starting back with a daily smoothie is a stellar plan. Babysteps. lol
LDT, steak topped with lump crabmeat. It just is. Ambrosial.

The ratatouille was really yummy last night. I think I'll blend the leftovers into a ...NOT A SMOOTHIE... a sauce to serve over fish or chicken.

Today breakfast- yogurt with pineapple
Lunch- green smoothie
dinner- not sure yet. Don't feel inspired today in any particular direction.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by ReadyAtLast View Post

Were you ok with not drinking? I know you had some concerns prior to going -hope all went well
Absolutely fine...the odd fleeting thought went through my mind, more like a glimpse of the past and what used to be. No temptation. No craving. Nothing but a lovely family holiday, just how it should be. Thanks for asking x
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:51 PM
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Dinner is going to be Teriyaki Beef, with rice for the boys. I am putting broccoli, carrots, and snap peas in it. Maybe H and I can have ours with a side of meat. Hahaha! Maybe on a bed of spinach? Any suggestions?
I'm being very good so far today and I really don't want to botch it.
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:21 PM
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Joy - You seem very positive and upbeat.

Good to hear from ya Jeni. Glad the healthy eating is making you feel better.

Today I fasted for about 20 hours (started last night). Broke it with eggs, bacon, sweet potato and veggies. Plan on having some raw ice cream tonight.

Like I've written I'm just experimenting with these fasts. I'm not following a fasting protocol like IF or anything. Sometimes I get pretty crabby and fog-headed. However, at times I feel pretty energized and just want to keep going with it. Either way though, I feel significantly better fasting than after I eat a bad meal. Obviously, that could just be a sign to eat healthy though.
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:53 PM
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I've decided I need to try the raw ice cream! I'll look for a recipe, I'll bing it. I've had a sweet tooth the past few nights and need a safe alternative besides yogurt.

Dinner was teriyaki beef. I put tons of vegs in it and didn't need anything else. But I did have a spoonful of rice with the sauce. Normally I would've had a big bowl of rice and sauce with a little meat and veg. This way, I don't feel like crashing out on the sofa after dinner!

Have a good night heaters!
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Old 08-27-2013, 04:49 AM
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Morning Heaters!

Last nights steak topped with crab meat was delicious. Actually, the whole meal really all just leftovers from the fridge, which was an added plus. We also had steamed brussel sprouts and zucchini, along with baked sweet potatoes ( that I suspected were really yams). And speaking of which.....Ghostly, remember the debate this thread had about yams vs. sweet potatoes a while back? Well, my daughter went to the store to buy sweet potatoes for baked fries. She couldn't find them. Asked the manager. He sort of smugly ( but nicely ) pointed to a huge bin of yams and said "they're right there, and they are the same thing". She bought them, came to my house and said " mom, you told me they aren't the same thing". . I said "they aren't". ...... I give up.

Today's menu:
Breakfast/ green smoothie
Lunch/ vegetable beef soup ( in the crock pot )
Dinner/ fish

At the Bday dinner the other night I thought about y'all. I met the new wife of a friend of mine. She seemed nice enough.....charming....witty.....But then she started talking about how she HATED seafood. She called them " swimmers"..... "I don't eat swimmers. I Eat carbs. I love carbs!" ( insert Chopin's funeral march ).... I was so focused on the fact that I was starving, I didn't have the energy to tell her she was flat out NUTS! Now I ask you.....how am I suppose to be friends with someone that doesn't eat "swimmers". ? She doesn't eat seafood, drinks expensive wine and eats desserts and carbs......This friendship is doomed.
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Old 08-27-2013, 05:47 AM
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Hi all.

Ghostly, I don't know anything about fasting, but that seems an awfully long time to go without eating anything. Do you drink plenty of fluids while you're doing that? I used to go long stretches without eating but then ate rubbish so there was little point for me. I'm trying to eat 3 regular meals a day now. I know that will probably seem obvious to the rest of you, but I haven't eaten breakfast for decades and I think that's where I've been going wrong...

And for the first time ever I'm cooking fish tonight. I loved eating it while we were away but have NEVER cooked it for myself...LDT have you fainted? I'm a terrible cook so I'm hoping it will turn out ok.

And can I ask-why is rice so bad for you? I love it and hadn't realised til I started reading on here that it isn't great. Why oh why is everything I love bad for me??
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:24 AM
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Jeni is cooking fish ....... I'm actually I'm proud of you Jeni. And I'm glad we became BFF before I knew that sordid "never cooked fish" secret about you. I'm cooking fish tonight as well. One suggestion ( even though you didn't ask for it). DON'T over cook it. That's the kiss of death for seafood.

Why is rice bad for you? Well, it isn't bad for everyone. It's just really bad for me and lots of others that have chosen to eliminate wheat from their diets. My best advice is to get the book 'Wheat Belly'. That explains it better than I ever could. If you have a Kindle, you can get it in 60 seconds.
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:36 AM
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Jeni, growing up in my house, rice was a food group unto itself. It's a comfort food to me, which means I eat too much of it.
I'm avoiding it now because of the simple carbs it contains. I'm talking about white rice. I know brown rice is better because of the fiber it contains. White rice is mostly empty calories and that's what I'm trying to avoid. I've tried brown rice, and am having a hard time becoming a convert. I'll try it again soon. I don't think rice is a bad food, it's just one I'm using in moderation. Except when there's gravy involved. Then I need a big bowl of that! MMMmmmmmm!
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I always thought a yam was what was eaten up north by the yankees. A sweet potato was eaten by proper southerners.?lol

This is a true story: When asked for a dinner suggestion by another woman, I said Shrimp and Grits. And she said, oh, I don't think I can feed my family grits. As if patting me on the back in sympathy!

Brkfst- coffee and yogurt with peaches
lunch- green smoothie, turkey slices
dinner- some kind of chicken with some vegs. I should have taken the Mahi out of the freezer, all this fish talk!

LDT-I don't know, she has 3 strikes against her going into this relationship. You can always try conversion techniques, but why, really? As long as she's drinking the wine, she probably won't care about the two other issues she has!
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:06 AM
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Shrimp and Grits...Rice and Gravy....joygirl, you are a woman after my own heart! I still eat those foods occasionally on weekends because there is no finer comfort food.

Here's another distinctly "poor little southerner" story... DH and I were in Maine. We adore the east coast and go often in the fall. We had decided our mission was to eat lobster at every meal every day, in some fashion. So when we saw the "2 for 1 lobster" sign at a restaurant, we went for it. Curiously, most of the people were eating steak. We thought it was strange...who could pass up lobster? When it was delivered we dug into ours, much to the amusement of some locals eating steak next to us. This wasn't our first rodeo with lobster, but I'm sure it looked like it. We each had 2 giant lobsters and finished with no problem....Those same people thought we were cute and struck up a dinner conversation with us. They were very nice. When they left they turned to us and said, in true " Beverly Hills" fashion ( the TV show)......" Y'all come back now, Ya hear?"
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I miss this thread! I've been not-so-great with the eating lately but am coming back around. I've gotten lazy with my diet and have the "when in rome" attitude a bit too much. But am not going to beat myself up about it. Will start fresh when I get back on SATURDAY!!!! Yay.
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InPar, would you please get home so you can start posting regularly again? Enough is enough already! Safe travels home.
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