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August 2014
I'm a recovering binge eater. I had a troubled relationship with food from an early age on and in my adult life the periods when I had a healthy weight were only short.

In 2005 when I was 40 years old I 'suddenly' lost 50 lbs when I started doing Fit for Life. That's a program with a LOT of raw and fresh vegetables.
I kept the weight off for several years and then gradually let go of the guidelines of Fit for Life and started gaining weight. I never ...
August 2014
I'm a recovering binge eater. I had a troubled relationship with food from an early age on and in my adult life the periods when I had a healthy weight were only short.

In 2005 when I was 40 years old I 'suddenly' lost 50 lbs when I started doing Fit for Life. That's a program with a LOT of raw and fresh vegetables.
I kept the weight off for several years and then gradually let go of the guidelines of Fit for Life and started gaining weight. I never regained all I lost though.

A shocking life experience in 2010 was the onset of a struggle with binge eating for me. I felt sad and upset and angry and 'discovered' that bingeing 'helped' me deal with those feelings. I developed a pattern of very healthy eating most days, but with big binges in between.
I came to Sparkpeople in 2012. At first I felt overwhelmed with all the inforrmation about food and weight. After some time I came across the books of Dr. Joel Fuhrman, and his program 'Eat to Live' resembles Fit for Life.

In the past two years I've learned a lot about 'clean eating' and how to practice it. I'm thankful that I found so many alternatives for unhealthy foods I used to eat.

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June 2014
I tend to think that the only way I can change my weight for good is by changing my eating pattern and my thinking about food for good.
The only time I lost significant amounts of weight AND felt good AND kept it off was when I ate huge amounts of vegetables, cut out sugar, processed foods, coffee and dairy. Then, it was easy. I was 40 at the time.
At some point I believed I could go back to eating more of the foods I had cut out. Result: weight gain and health complaints. Now I'm nearly fifty and just started to eat, again, according to the guidelines I mentioned (using the book 'Eat to Live'). I immediately feel better physically and emotionally. So my guess is that unless I learn to eat and enjoy a big amount of vegetables every day, I won't be healthy or have a LASTING healthy weight.

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"The problem with the thought 'I'll make it up tomorrow' is of course, that the stuff we need to do to maintain our health is not something we can catch up with, like we can catch up with a writing assignment. If we skip a day it means we missed a chance to do something good for our body, no matter if we exercise twice as long or as hard the next day. The chance to build a good stamina or a stronger heart - or a strong HABIT - happens TODAY. "

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Spring 2014
What works best? To get yourself to take a 20 minute walk every day or to start running for an hour daily? Let me tell you, the 20 minute walk could become a habit for life. The running: my experience was that I tried it, found it too hard, hurt my joints, and gave up! So start small.

It's better to gradually change your 'old ways', adapt them, step by step, than to try to make big changes and be good for a while, and then give up. It is our life we're talking about! It's all intertwined. Make a change here and other areas will be influenced as well. But try to make big changes and the whole network will shake and tremble! Easy does it!
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9/15/2014 12:20:45 PM

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