AB³ = Body Mind Spirit forum: Reduce Hunger Cravings, Food Stuff & Recipes

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ImageChicotSherry
Mar 11, 2010 10:34 AM CST
Southeast Arky - zone 8a
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Some years ago, I started smoking to control my weight. Before I knew it, I was devoting way too much time, health & money to the addiction. So, I quit & gained weight. I was okay for some time, by disguising the weight with nifty outfits, & I was satisfied with my allusion game until it began to bore me, I wanted more outta life & the extra weight caused me to tire easier, & I sorta drifted into passing up invitations because it was too much trouble, when the real problem was the extra weight & 'building' the right outfit to disguise my expanding abdominals. I was blessed with an odd wake up call - I broke my ankle, but there were set backs before I came outta the fog.

Well, my ankle break was fixable, both bones broken, my foot fell off my leg. I had a super surgeon, he did an excellent job, but I 'wanted' my ankle to be a problem, so I wouldn't have to face the fact that I was too big.

Typically, I wanted to reduce the easy way, so I bought a used AB Lounge from eBay. Of course, I didn't glance at the instructions or DVD, and did 50 sit ups the first day, 2nd day, 3rd day, 4th day, 5th day, and the 6th day, I could not get outta bed, I thought I had polio, oh, my gosh, I could hardly move. So, I only did whatever that day & the set back cost me time. Then, at the end of two weeks, I say TWO weeks, my hubby said - wow, you're looking good - this from a man that wouldn't notice if my hair was on fire, smoking & blazing. But, he noticed that my abs were firming up, which meant he noticed all along that I was too big.

All this was a big thing in my life, I fought giving up my addictions, I wanted exercise to do it alone, but it just didn't work for me. So, ba-bye to fried food, fast food, wine, deserts, sugar, condensed milk, gooey casseroles, cheese (I was addicted, ordered double cheese @ Subway), real Cokes, butter, you get the drift. Don't cha hate hearing that? I really got so sick of hearing that ALL I had to do was alter my lifestyle & the very worst part is that it was the truth.

So, now it's a way of life for me. I pop outta the bed, I eat toast with fake butter & I cannot tell a bit of difference, drink green tea, with caffeine all morning, snack on stuff that reduces hunger cravings, eat a good sized late lunch, or early dinner, with hunger craving substitutes, if need be, and sometimes treat myself, when watching Idol, with no sugar/fat Lime sherbet & a diet Coke, and call it a day. In return, I can wear anything I like, and I seldom buy anything that isn't on sale - BEFORE, when I was bigger, sale buying was seldom possible, because the big sizes went first, and all that was left were the smaller sizes, which I can wear now. Remember, if I can do it, anyone can.

Some things that work for me: I take Align, a probiotic, daily, one cap. I cost $30 per month & if you know of a comparable probiotic, please advise, I don't like paying the thirty bucks, but it works. I started taking it because I tend to have tummy upsets when I alter my diet. Align stabilizes my stomach which allows me to eat right, without upsets.

I quit coffee, which was killing me, now I use green tea, hot or cold, love it, swore I'd never drink it. I did the same thing with Cokes, now use diet Cokes.

There are no scales in our house. I don't care what I weigh or how much I've lost, I care about what size I wear. My clothes are my guide & I tossed all my baggy, 'before' clothes. Gramps always said that if you kept your fat clothes around, that it meant you 'planned' to grow back into them. I don't miss the clothes, but actually giving away the first batch was a struggle, which I readily admit. I suppose that means that I had no faith in myself. Now, we have each other, thx!!

One of my fav foods is: White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter blended with sweet white chocolate - No Trans Fats - No Cholesterol - No Hydrogenated Oil - No High Fructose Corn Syrup, which I buy at WalMart, 6 at a time. The also have dark chocolate & honey, but they don't do it for me. I eat the peanut butter with celery or dip it in Salba whole seed or Salba Ground. You can Google Salba for more details, but it cost about $16, per container & I'm not sure how long it lasts, but I assure you I'll never be without it.

Salba can also be used in soups, salads, cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, you name it. You can bake with the ground Salba.

Salba heightened my interest in seeds, and now I'm also buying fresh sesame, pumpkin, etc, seeds, which I eat whole, but they can be used in other stuff like Salba is used.

Each week, I try to eat a late lunch out at least 3 times, around 2pm, at a cafeteria, Mexican restaurant, Subway, a local drug store, occasionally Sonic, where I order the grilled chicken wrap. At Subway, which provides fresh, filling sandwiches - I order 1/2 a sandwich, add tons of veggies, have the 1/2 sandwich cut a second time, in half, and a large diet Coke. I eat as slowly as possible & when I started all this, I'd take the 2nd half with me to eat later, and it helped. I buy from the vegetarian menu at the Mex restaurants, which I learned from my grands that I like better, all the dishes I've tried have been very good, filling.

I plan to add more to this list but I'm afraid the post will disappear if I don't go ahead and send.

PLEASE tell us what you do to reduce hunger cravings & send all your diet tricks. Thx!!!



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ImageButterflyChaser
Mar 14, 2010 9:09 AM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
For me, reducing cravings means giving my body what it NEEDS. I noticed when I feed it what it actually needs, it quiets. I eat about 6 times a day--more if I'm hungry. I eat mostly fruits, veggies, nuts, yogurt and cheese. I take lots of vitamins and herbal supplements.

Also for me, how I eat is related to how I feel. If I'm bored, I eat. So I keep myself physically and mentally busy so I'm not sitting idle and getting bored. I have lots of hobbies and when I'm bored with one, I switch to another.

I also eat when it's cloudy or cold. These types of weather tend to depress me. I when I'm depressed. The lack of sunlight depresses me. So I've installed a big florescent light in my dining room, a room I spend most of my time in (this is where the computer is and I do my hobbies on the table). The light puts out lots of light; it looks like an airport runway in here! So I'm less likely to be depressed and have the munchies.

And some things you might not think about which have reduced my cravings are exercise and massage therapy. I was made to be active, and I love hard physical labor. (I worked in construction for 7 years and it was my FAVORITE job ever!) I start each day with a brisk 3 to 6 mile hilly walk at the lake. I get the exercise I need, my blood is pumping to my brain and I feel alive, alert and happy. If I was hungry before the walk, I'm not hungry afterwards.

Massage also helps by alleviating my pain from osteoarthritis (I have bone spurs in my spine--OUCH) and it alleviates depression, which I suffer from mostly in the winter (due to lack of sunlight). Certain foods, like cheese and high carb foods, alleviate pain and I tend to crave those when I ache. But massage vanquishes any cravings. Massage causes the body to produce serotonin (our happy chemical) and endorphines and makes us feel good. I eat much less when I feel good.

I'm beginning to learn that my obesity is not as much about food as it is about my life--what I do, how I feel, how I react to my environment, etc. Food (and obesity) is a symptom of my poor life management and coping skills. Changing my lifestyle, thought processes, and my reactions to my environment changes my views of food. I'm just beginning to really grasp this concept, but I'm already reaping the benefits.
ImageButterflyChaser
Mar 14, 2010 9:25 AM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
Another tip I've learned is to get enough sleep. I didn't realize that my insomnia helped keep me fat. For years I've slept 3 or 4 hours a night usually. Occasionally I might get 5 or 6. The lack of sleep kept me wired constantly. You'd think I'd be tired, but I think my body overcompensated by making me feel like I was on speed or something. As a result, I over-produced stress hormones and adrenaline--making my heart race and making me nervous and tense. And I had to keep busy so I wouldn't realize how tired I really was.

My endocrinologist recommended melatonin for me since I didn't want to take any drugs. It helps some. I can fall asleep now, but 2 or 3 hours later, I'm wide awake again. I've recently added Valerian Root to my nightly routine, so I'm now getting around 5 or 6 good hours of sleep a night. It makes a world of difference in how I feel, how much I eat, and what I want to eat. When I don't get enough sleep, I want more carbs. When I'm well rested, I crave fruits and veggies.

So find a way to sleep. The goal is 8-9 hrs per night--no more, no less. More sleep is just as bad as less sleep, reports show. The effect is the same--increased stress hormones. And stress hormones make you accumulate belly fat. Dr. Oz explains it this way. When man was created, his major stress was famine. So when he became stressed, he'd retain belly fat (to protect the core and all the organs inside). Today, famine isn't our source of stress but our body doesn't distiguish the difference in the stresses. To our body, stress is stress and it's going to retain belly fat when we're stressed. Lack of or too much sleep stresses our body, so let's find the balance.

I still have to acquire a couple more hours of sleep myself. I'm not sure how, but I'm trying everything I've read about--exercise, turning off the computer a couple of hours before bedtime, and eating a light dinner and not eating after 7 p.m., etc. I'd love to hear other ideas.

NancyAnn
ImageSugarweed
Mar 15, 2010 6:58 AM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
Salba sounds good and something I might really enjoy. I am a tried and true lover of birdseed bread (9 grain from WM) as it has, ww flour, flax seed, sunflower seed, cracked wheat, barley, millet, rye meal, sesame seed, corn meal, and malt.(Plus chemicals of course!) Hm can I emotionally afford making homemade Birdseed bread?
With all of that it's still only 1 gram fiber per slice.
I like everything about your diet except those sneaky wraps. They hide a lot of calories in the tortilla.
I am only 20 pounds over my best weight.
I am down on the scales, but pants are still fitting well.
I've also quit drinking any milk that's not organic. Way too many hormones in the reg milk. They feed them to cows so they will double milk production. I get Costco organic 1% Milk. It has a 6 week sell by date. I don't drink a lot of milk, so this is perfect for me.
I eat very little beef and when I do I try to get organic there too. They give some kind of an "I'm not full" drug to both cattle and pigs in the last weeks before market just to bulk them up.
Chickens are now twice as big in half the time. A few weeks back a friend baked chicken breast. Each breast weighed over one lb. That's over two lbs of breast per chicken. Is that caused purely by breeding? or is it drug induced?
We seriously need to raise some free range chicken.
Yesterday I fixed a pot of 'Sin and Salt', Pinto Beans with a chunk of smoked pork in it. I won't be eating that pork.
Since I started paying attention my tummy has gotten flatter. I also suck it in and count to 10 several times a day.
I would really like to find a source for organic cheese.
Have a great day.
Smiling



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ImageChicotSherry
Mar 15, 2010 11:29 AM CST
Southeast Arky - zone 8a
Friends Supporting Friends' Cubits
Did I tell you hate I'm green with envy re your Cosco?? Memphis is the closest here.

Try the 'sit/stands' - use a solid, straight backed chair, like a kitchen or dining room chair. Sid down, and without touching anything, stand up. Start with a comfortable number & work up, quick, easy, cheap, effective, and you can see almost immediately.

I don't take vitamins & I'm not sure what organic is, lol, but I really don't, and I do not like the hormones that most meat has, I do very little meat. It is my understanding that the size of the chicken we eat is determined by hormones. I stopped cheese, I'm an addict - I LOVE cheese curds & large curd cottage cheese, brie, goat cheese, blue cheese, on & on.

More later, working on a 'ground floor condo' for my baby chicks & ducks...while the sun *shines*....
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AlohaHoya
Jul 30, 2010 5:10 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Where is everybody?

I've been on a low carb kick...losing weight and feeling great!!! I eat chia seeds in my greek yogurt for a great snack...gives me energy and fills me up when the seeds swell up to 9x their size. Full of protein.

Also taking a lot of Fish Oil and Vit. B-12 shots every week. Makes me feel 16 years old!!!!

The only thing I HATE about low carb is little fruit!!! Oh well....

Nice Cubit....I have really enjoyed reading the posts!!! I tip my hat to you.
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ImageKLStuart
Aug 2, 2010 7:59 AM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
My favorite way to reduce hunger is to try and keep my fiber intake up. Sorry, no low carb diet here. I've got a serious family history of heart disease and high cholesterol, so for me that's the focus in addition to weight loss.

For breakfast, it's Kashi Go Lean Crunch with some fruit on top (8g fiber per serv) or Oatmeal cooked in the microwave with frozen strawberries. For lunch I try to use a whole wheat or high fiber bread for a sandwich.

I've done the mini-meals thing before, and that does seem to help. I'll have to give it another try. Let my weight get out of control here, so I'm trying to get back down to where I belong... and have a long way to go!
ImageSugarweed
Aug 3, 2010 5:59 AM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
When we started here I weighed 172. This morning I weighed 149. Hurray!
When I want a snack I reach for plain almonds and fresh fruit, mostly strawberries.
I also watch my salt and refined sugar intake.
Only eat WM's 9 grain bread and little of that.
Let myself have 1 serving of anything.
Use olive oil based margarine, salad dressing, & mayo.
I also have been purchasing frozen steamer meals.
Sometimes that's all the sodium I consume in a day, sodium is usually 30% of the daily requirement.
In a way I do like the Nutri-system and when my meal is gone I don't have left-overs to go back to for seconds.
I buy potato chips in a box holding 50 pkgs. I only eat one pkg at a time. I also give about half the box to my DS so they don't go stale.
Do check the expiration date on those boxes as they can expire too soon. (Sam's, Costco, etc comes to less than 20 cents each)
I go to several bring food meetings and when I want something decadent I fix it right before one of those. Then I take it to the meeting. I have some there, and maybe bring one serving home.
The rest I give to folks who want it.
I keep 100 calories or less ice cream bars and will stave off hunger with one of those. They also have the cream/dairy that soothes anyone.
At this time I have both kinds of cherries, limes, peaches, and apricots in the refrigerator.
Sidney Thumbs up
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ImageKLStuart
Aug 3, 2010 7:25 AM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
Way to go Sidney! I'm at over 180, and need to be under 150... I'd prefer under 140, but we'll see.

Are you exercising too? My Dr. is recommending 1200 calories.. which is pretty much the lowest I can ever manage to consume... going to be hard to maintain. If I can get back on an exercise schedule I can bump that up a bit, so I really need to do that!
ImageSugarweed
Aug 3, 2010 7:54 AM CST
Name: Sidney, Zone 9A and 9B
Okeechobee, Fl
Giving Audubon Sanct. Tours Soon.
Kelly, my exercise is all gardening and housework. And walking in the big stores.
I do an Air Force isometric for my tummy where several times in a day I suck my tummy in real hard and count to 10 or 20.
That kept my tummy flat for over 40 years and I hope it does the trick again.
Whistling
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AlohaHoya
Aug 3, 2010 3:18 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Good pointers!

Dr. wants me to eat at least 100 grams of carbs...I was under 50....so I am adding a fruit smoothie with protein powder, Almond Milk, Chia seeds and fresh fruit. I take it about this time of the day, late morning, to get thru the rest of the busy morning with lots of garden stuff. After lunch I like to paint or read. I also snack on toasted seaweed I found in Trader Joes...YUM!!! Full of minerals. We have a bit jar out with walnut pieces which I also snack on.

Have lost 10 lbs so far in 3 weeks (one of them travelling!!!!) and feel good. When my skin starts getting too saggy I will quit!!!! Whistling
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ImageChicotSherry
Aug 28, 2010 2:42 PM CST
Southeast Arky - zone 8a
Friends Supporting Friends' Cubits
Okay, I'm returning. Following approx 3 months of rebuilding my house. 'Nuff said! I never weigh, I go by clothing sizes, I know what I have to do to stay in the size I like. I exercise every day using the AB Circle Pro & AB Chair, I've worn my first AB exerciser completely out, had to toss it, the AB Lounger. I highly recommend all three. I eat a breakfast of one ample slice of toasted pecan/cranberry bread, or Early Bird seeded bread, or other such bread. I guess I've already mentioned the Peanut Butter & Co, White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter, no trans fats, no cholesterol, no hydrogenated oil, no high fructose corn syrup, I eat it on Early Bird or other seeded bread, with celery, fruit & salba seed.

I do 'lupper', cross between lunch & supper, @ 1 or 2isn pm, which is my only and, or real meal for the day. I eat as nutritiously as possible, no fried, sugar added or in drinks, no cheese, no desserts, no gravy and I eat as little salt as possible, you know all that. I use Salba seed to stave hunger, works for me, I dip very small portions of white cho peanut butter in the seeds, then munch. We've recently discovered Liptons *Sparkling* Diet Green Tea, we LOVE it, but difficult to locate, I buy all they have when I do find it. WalMart has the white cho & a local insurance agency has the Salba - but, now, I buy both, online, by the case.

Giving away my fat clothes helped, forcing me to rely on my intake. I also eat out approx 3 times a week, generally Subway, cafeteria, or a grill, etc, or plate lunch, making sure I eat daily from all food groups, and quality food.

I don't do many treats, but I enjoy this one: WalMart peach sherbet, with diet Coke poured over it (or other diet drink), cool whip & slivered pistachios. First Razorback game I watch on TV, you can bet that's what I'll be having!

So pleased to see this cubit in use, thx!!!!!!
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Imagezuzu
Aug 29, 2010 6:30 AM CST
Name: Zuzu
Northern California
zone 9
Welcome back, Lady. Tell us more about the renovations. Did you build on some extra rooms to house your "clutter"?

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