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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 17

Monday, October 17, 2011

BREAKFAST (8:00 a.m.)

LUNCH (12:30 p.m.)

Smoked Ham sandwich on wheat w/provolone cheese, lettuce and tomato (from The Corner Bakery); chips; pickle

DINNER (7:30 p.m.)

Okay... I've got to talk a little before I show these pictures. I am so excited about this!!

Many years ago, I was a raw foodie. 90% of everything I ate was raw. I purchased this "cook" book called "Rawvolution" by Matt Amsden which has a lot of recipes in it that mimic traditional cooked foods. It's a gourmet living cuisine book. My dinner was one of the recipes from his book. It's called "Soft Taco with Fresh Tomato Salsa." It involes making fresh tomato salsa and ground walnut "meat."

So, part one: make the salsa. Here is a picture of it close up....

Soooooo yummy!!!!! My mouth waters again just looking at the picture. It was sooo delicious!! I can't remember the last time I made it before today. Eventhough it has simple ingredients (various kinds of gourmet tomatoes, fresh cilantro, scallions, olive oil, garlic, cayenne pepper, sea salt, ground cumin, ground coriander, fresh lime juice), it's takes a lot of time. But, it's so worth it!!

Part two: make the walnut "meat." The picture I took didn't come out too well, but here it is...

It's just ground raw walnuts. But, it looks like ground meat, right? You grind the walnuts in a food processor, and then you add ground cumin, coriander and Nama Shoyu (which is an unpasteurized soy sauce)

And HERE is the finished product, the "Soft Taco with Fresh Tomato Salsa":

Spread the walnut mixture along the center of the collard green leaf stem and then add some shredded lettuce (which I didn't) and top with some salsa.

Roll up, or fold over and chomp down!!! Delicious!!!

And with the leftover juice from the lime that I squeezed, I made some limeade:

And that completed dinner! If you have it in your local library, check out Matt Amsden's book, Rawvolution. There's lot of healthy, raw food recipes in there. If you're interested in the complete recipe (with measurements) for the Soft Taco with Fresh Tomato Salsa, hit me up via email. But, it's really to taste. So experiment and have some fun!


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GOURMETLOSER 10/19/2011 1:35AM

    Sounds wonderful AND healthy!!!!!!!

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ERIKO1908 10/18/2011 9:42PM

    you had me on the salsa until you mentioned cilantro!! read recently to sub celery leaves....i'm taking that tip forward with me in my life...

Happy Sparking!!

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SANYA_SHNICK 10/18/2011 2:55PM

    Looking good! The raw cookbook idea sounds interesting. And of course I love the pancakes! Seems like a good food day for you!

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SEWFITSINGER 10/18/2011 11:44AM

    What an inspiration ... emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 10/18/2011 9:57AM

    The salsa/walnuts looks amazing & tasty. Some foods are worth the extra effort.

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POOKASLUAGH 10/18/2011 8:18AM

    I admit, I'm not a huge fan of raw tomatoes. I do like salsa, but the pureed kind.

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COLLEENMC1 10/18/2011 7:31AM

    I have tried eating raw collard green, i'm gonna try it soon

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SUZANNE0606 10/17/2011 11:55PM

    Everything looks great, especially lunch! Love your new background, too!

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HALLELUL 10/17/2011 10:53PM

    You answered my question about the background photo. emoticon
Oh the pancakes. They just look mmm-mmm good.

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FERRETLOVER1 10/17/2011 10:19PM

    Love limeade!!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 10/17/2011 10:05PM

    That salsa looks absolutely delish!

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GHK1962 10/17/2011 9:52PM

    Oh man....that tomato salsa looks SOOOOOOOO GOOD! Oh man I am hungry now.

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MEYLOSE 10/17/2011 9:50PM

    your foods look so good today, well done!

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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 16

Sunday, October 16, 2011

BREAKFAST (7:30 a.m.)

Kashi Go Lean Toasted Berry Crunch cereal w/milk; and my multivitamin (I don't think I need to include a picture of this anymore, do I? You guys know what the multivitamin looks like. LOL)

SNACK ( 2:30 p.m.)

DINNER (4:30 p.m.)

Salmon and spinach

SNACK (8:30 p.m.)

These things are 220 calories for 12!! So, I just had half a serving. (Hubby brought these in the house this morning.)



Walk 24 min/mile: 92 mins; 313 calories; 4 miles

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SANYA_SHNICK 10/17/2011 3:47PM

    looking good (especially the salmon... yum!!).. i will have to try your cereal and yogurt trick. i have to say when i first read it, i didn't like the idea but the more i think about it the more genius it seems!

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HALLELUL 10/17/2011 1:12PM

    I agree the salmon looks so good. Yummy. I look forward to hearing how you're progressing. Oh and you made me smile about the vitamin.

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GOURMETLOSER 10/17/2011 12:55AM

    Yum but it doesn't look like it's enough to keep you satisfied. It wouldn't be enough for me anyway.

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CHANGING4ME49 10/17/2011 12:29AM

    Looks like you had a good day. The nuts look yummy!!

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ERIKO1908 10/17/2011 12:17AM

    it all looks so wonderful!! :)

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POOKASLUAGH 10/16/2011 11:29PM

    Oh my gosh I think I need to find and try those chocolate things!!

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PEPPERCHILD 10/16/2011 9:49PM

    Looking good. I'm still trying to get my act together so that I can post my food as well.

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GHK1962 10/16/2011 9:30PM

    Your food photos always look sooooo yummy. Especially that salmon. Mmmmm.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/16/2011 9:27PM

    You did good sticking with half a serving. They look delicious. emoticon

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WORDLILY 10/16/2011 9:09PM

    Mmm, those nuts look yummy!

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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 15

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Well, I made it through the day...

BREAKFAST (9:30 a.m.)

2 slices of turkey bacon; 1 scrambled egg; apple wedges; 1 piece of double fiber wheat bread w/Smart Balance Light buttery spread


LUNCH/DINNER (3:00 p.m.)

Subway 6" Roast Beef (double meat) on Italian bread, with pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, green peppers, black olives, banana peppers, red peppers, light mayo

then after finishing this first half, I went right downstairs and got the OTHER half.

(I just wanted it "NOW." I didn't feel guilty. I didn't feel stuffed (which is surprising.) I just felt satisfied. I thought about some of the advice I received yesterday from all you wonderful Sparkers and I just tried to give "Momma Flow" (aka TOM) what she wanted. I hope she's happy now. :-)

SNACK (8:30 p.m.)

12 oz chocolate milk (from Subway)


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SANYA_SHNICK 10/17/2011 3:49PM

    also looks good.. just like crystle i heart the veggie sub sandwich from subway... i'm somehow always surprised how filling it is.. by the way your breakfast looks amazingly delicious!

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1NANA4EVER 10/16/2011 1:08PM

    Where do you buy your turkey bacon? It looks more appetizing than what I seem to find in the store.

Even though the foot long at Subway is only a penny more, I purchase the 6 inch so that I am not tempted to double my calories. I asked the sandwich maker at Subway last week to pass the word on to home office that if they want to really be considered a place for dieters to eat, they should give us a deal on the 6"; instead of encouraging people to eat twice as much. Its great for a construction worker who is burning lots of calories per hour on the job, but not an office worker. (That excludes the ones I see standing around gabbing)

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TEMPEST272002 10/16/2011 10:51AM

    I can never manage to save that other half of a sub either! You've made some great choices, especially with the healthy breakfast.

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POOKASLUAGH 10/16/2011 9:22AM

    I'm thinking about you Vanessa! I really hope that giving in helps!

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ERIKO1908 10/16/2011 12:25AM

    nice of you to give your body what it was asking you for!! have a great day tomorrow!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/15/2011 11:12PM

    I did that with my veggie sub the other day. I always eat 6 inches but I was starvin' like Marvin and ate the whole thing and wasn't even stuffed. Maybe sometimes we just need a little more? emoticon

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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 14

Friday, October 14, 2011

BREAKFAST (7:30 a.m.)

LUNCH (11:00 a.m.)

Double Fiber bread; Oscar Mayer Sub Kit (2 turkey, 2 ham); Spinach; Pepper Jack cheese, Hellman's Light Mayo. Yummy! :-)

SNACK (3:00 p.m.)

Sweet peppers and roasted red pepper hummus

DINNER (7:00 p.m.)

SNACK/DESSERT (9:00 p.m.)

French vanilla ice cream and an oatmeal creme pie.

I feel like I want an entire 13 oz bag of Lays classic potato chips right now. Cravings!!!!! Good thing I don't have any in the house!! Lord, help me make it through this weekend. I just need to make it through this weekend! emoticon

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REBELBLITZ 10/15/2011 2:07PM

    That hummus looks great. I have been having hummus and a sliced apple for breakfast for the last few days. Yummo!

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1NANA4EVER 10/15/2011 11:59AM

    Stay strong and busy. Cravings can be defeated with positive thinking! emoticon

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GOURMETLOSER 10/15/2011 8:21AM

    Good job for resisting the cravings.

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MICHSTATE 10/15/2011 6:09AM

    I had that LC meal a couple of days ago with a cup of broccoli slaw mixed in!!! Yummy!!!!:-)

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GHK1962 10/15/2011 12:15AM

    Those peppers and hummus looks soooooo yummy!

And by the way, I did NOT look at the blog that said "For LADIES Only". Nope, nope. And you know I did not because I did not comment on it. Nope, I did not read it and see the part that said, "Men: Look how nosey you are". Nope, nope.

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HALLELUL 10/14/2011 11:36PM

    If chips are your craving don't give them up, just make your own. I think all you need to do is just thinly slice a potato, bake and season. I'd check Sparkrecipes or do an online search for the exact instructions...maybe I'll make some too.

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WALKINGGIRL6 10/14/2011 10:43PM

    I'm past all that PMS stuff but I do remember it well. Drink extra water and fill up on veggies first. If you can control the ice cream enjoy a portion. If not get it out of the house. I always found exercise supressed my cravings. My only problem was at monthly time I was in to much pain to exercise and use to spend the time in bed reading and eating. So far it looks like your doing good. Sending you strength vibes for the weekend.

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TRUE-NESS 10/14/2011 9:53PM

    No, the dessert was BECAUSE of the cravings!! LOL

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ERIKO1908 10/14/2011 9:53PM

    where do you buy your baby peppers at?? your bag the other day looks bigger than mine...

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/14/2011 9:50PM

    Do you think the dessert triggered the craving?

I LOVE oatmeal pies. emoticon They bring back happy memories of my daddy. He used to eat those and the raisin ones. If we were really good every now and then he would share. We had different snacks but his were the best because they were his. emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 10/14/2011 9:47PM

    See? You're craving fat and salt! And carbs. So don't eat potato chips. Eat something else with some healthy fats and some sodium and some carbs. Your body will thank you. :)

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*FOR LADIES ONLY* - A Plea for Advice/Help

Friday, October 14, 2011

Look at how nosey you are!!! LOLOLOL emoticon


I NEED HELP!! It's almost that wonderful time of the month again and I'm already feeling bloated and my cravings are beginning.... Ugh!! No need complaining, right? It happens every month. LOL Just live with it. BUT, I need some advice! How do you deal with your cravings. What are some of the strategies you've come up with to not totally sabotage all your efforts in a week's time??

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MRSSCHENCK 10/30/2011 6:54AM

    I'm just here to get advice, too. Sorry I can't offer much.

For the the salty: I munch on Pringles Fat Free chips.

For chocolate: I find little things that I can graze on. Like a serving of cocoa puffs.

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PINKBEANBOO 10/17/2011 3:45PM

    I'm not one to give advice on this subject because I have the same problem. I'm glad you posted this though because I needed to read the other comments.
I agree with POOKASLAUGH. I have always believed that I have honest hunger right before TOM comes but I've never heard anyone say that we need the extra calories. I really think that it applies to me.
When I'm craving sweets, a glass of chocolate milk helps me out. When I'm craving something crunchy, popcorn with no salt (if you need butter, spray it with 0 calorie butter flavor cooking spray).

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LSBETH 10/16/2011 12:17AM

    I'm in menopause now but I had really bad PMS for decades. I took the highest recommended dose of Evening Primrose oil in addition to my daily EFAs. It was the only thing that kept all of my PMS symptoms down including the cravings.

It also helped if I kept my blood sugar (and I suspect our hormones) stabilized by avoiding anything with refined sugars in it. You'll need to learn the name of all types of sugars to know when its in something. Also eliminate all refined grains (white flour, white rice, etc). It helped somewhat to reduce my caffeine intake (but not enough to get a withdrawal headache though). Eating those foods caused my blood sugar to crash in an hour or less, which triggered more cravings. They also cause bloating & negatively effect our emotions.

Reducing stress was the best thing I found for my cravings since I'm a stress eater. I drank a lot of warm calming herbal teas with a tad of honey throughout the day and during cravings. There's a slew of calming tea choices at health food stores. Camomile was my favorite. I also upped my B vitamins if I felt particularly nervous or edgy and took St John's Wort if I felt sad, depressed or weepy. That stabilized my emotions and I had fewer cravings and more control over the cravings I did have.

Probably the biggest thing was to learn how to put myself first in order to reduce stress. I made my family respect that I needed at least an hour every evening for a lavender (lavender is calming) infused warm bath or just to go out by myself to sit in nature, write in my journal, read a book, go for a walk, have tea with a friend,etc. The family didn't fall apart and the 'crisis' the kids will say they need you for will still be there after your hour, but you'll feel centered and more in control when you handle it.

I also had to avoid talking to negative people and learned how to gently cut people off and leave when they wouldn't respond to my steering the conversation to positive topics. I avoided my drama queen friends and all friends going through heavy stuff if they were just looking for someone to dump on (as opposed to if they really needed my help) by screening my calls or keeping the calls very short. (yes, I confess to pressing my own door bell many times to gently get off the phone or told them right off that I only had a couple of minutes to talk). Reducing stress was a huge thing that helped me control my still is.

I like what others have written here. The walks and exercise are nice because they cause the body to release serotonin and dopamine and that reduces the intensity and number of cravings.

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 10/15/2011 10:54PM

    I've tracked that 2 weeks before TOM is when I get some off the wall cravings. Starting on that Sunday I start taking a supplement called L-gluetamin (I think that's how you spell it) twice a day. It helps with cravings and it's helped me battle the greedy monster. You can buy it at any vitamin store. Good luck!

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CANNIE50 10/15/2011 8:34PM

    Lots of good advice here. I am glad you got such a response (of course you did, Sparklers are wonderfully helpful). Thank you for reading and commenting on my "go just beyond" blog - I am glad you are a Sparkler.

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BEACH_BABYDOLL 10/15/2011 2:49PM

    Praise Him! I can relate. My temptation is anything chocolate and lots of it. Try having your healthier version of snacks around. For example -- to get over my chocolate craving, I'll have sugar free Jello pudding (chocolate). Only 60 calories. If you need the crunch -- try air-popped popcorn (w/nothing on it). It should be just enough to get you through those first few days. emoticon

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NEVERMIND2010 10/15/2011 11:21AM

    Exercise, water and protein. (I think the protein helps the most.) Extra sleep doesn't hurt, either. There's been more than one night that I've gone to bed early to avoid eating.

Hang in there. This too shall pass!

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TEMPEST272002 10/15/2011 11:05AM

    I had to laugh when I followed Leslie's link to one of my own blogs! lol Project PMS has been ongoing & I've learned a few things since I wrote that blog:

1. what POOKASLUAGH says is true - we burn more calories during PMS & so if you can feed your body those cals in a healthy way, then the cravings aren't so bad. Nuts and seeds are a great option. Did you know walnuts help ward off depression?

2. exercise, exercise, exercise - helps eliminate those edgy feelings.

3. For the days I know I'm going to want to just eat all night, I make meringue cookies. Not the best cookie ever, but you can have 18 of them for about 30 calories!

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DAPHNE_RUNS 10/15/2011 9:33AM

    One way to beat the cravings is to give into a healthy way. For sweet cravings, reach for an apple, grapes, yogurt, or maybe a cup of chocolate milk. And for salty cravings have a salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, a cup of soup, a slice of cheese or maybe a piece of bread with peanut butter. Just a few ideas. Fight food cravings the smart way....the healthy way.

You can do this.


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GOURMETLOSER 10/15/2011 8:41AM

    Wish I could help but this is the one time of the month I usually find easier to stick to my plan. I'm so bloated that I don't feel hungry. Now the rest of the month.........

All the usual things apply for the rest of the month so I guess they apply now too. Avoid even starting sweet things, they make the carving worse. Drink well, have healthy snacks, try cleaning your teeth........ etc

I'll be praying for you over the next few days.

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JERSEYFLOWER 10/15/2011 12:11AM

    I eat a lot of rice cakes. The mini ones that are flavored. Crunchy sweetness that doesn't kill the calorie count.

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LESLIES537 10/14/2011 11:49PM

    LOL about the men!!! Ok, I heard your plea and I came running. Had to back track through some blogs to find this one...but it's the best advice I ever recieved and think it could be of great help to you, too!

Just go to this blog and you'll see! I'll send you a link via sparkmail as well.

Keep on being awesome!


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HALLELUL 10/14/2011 11:25PM

    Simple. I get yelled at by my very dear emoticon. Her name is True-Ness. I'm being silly.

But to be real. I won't forget it when I ended my no gum chewing and you tried to encourage me to go longer. I know I didn't listen because I craved the sugary stuff and back I went. Well your words still ring true to bust the door down and do this. So far I'm going for 30 days but I have a hunch I'm going to hear your encouraging words saying go longer.

So back at you. You know the cravings are coming but don't give in. Perhaps find a similar treat that's guilt free. Instead of candy I'm enjoying grapes. Instead of cookies, I'm enjoying Coach Nicole's granola bar recipes. Instead of white sugar, I'm using Maple Syrup. Enough yapping I'll just say....

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DJONES3423 10/14/2011 10:05PM

    I feel for you! I get the worst cravings, and I can eat or drink until my stomach feels like it's going to burst without the cravings stopping. It doesn't seem to matter what I eat or how much water I drink either. I can't eat enough to make the signal get through to my brain that I'm not hungry any more. Distracting myself and keeping very busy seem to be the only "cures" to get through that stretch. I have to keep myself too preoccupied to think about eating. I feel like such a pig, but it happens to me every cycle the day before I start.

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POOKASLUAGH 10/14/2011 9:44PM

    Back in May, I read a book on running that told me that during those few super-hungry days right in the PMS and start of TOM, the reason you get those cravings is because your body actually needs about an extra 500 calories to function normally those days. If you pay attention to this and feed it extra food (not junk, just food, though usually there's a reason your body is asking for fat and such), your body will compensate a few days later by having a couple of not-very-hungry days.

Because I've always done the intuitive, I've always just eaten more on those cravings days, though again I try to eat healthy foods (with fat in them). Consequently, I never gain weight or get bloated during TOM. There were two months this summer where I ignored my intuitive and tried to hold back from eating those days, and on those months I got bloated and gained weight that week. I've given this advice to several others on Spark and every one that has tried it has said that it works.

I think the reason we get all bloated and start gaining weight is because our body is not just retaining water but food too on those days when we're supposed to be eating extra, but if you just eat extra, it will keep processing normally. I had TOM this last week and lost 1.5 lbs. There wasn't a single day of gain, though I had two days where I stayed the same weight, which of course is no big deal.

so that's my advice - take a couple days while you're super hungry and let yourself eat. Not binge, but eat an extra 500 calories or so (or your picture approximate of that). Eat until your body is satisfied. Have a little extra healthy fats. Hopefully if you follow the same pattern as I've seen in multiple people, that bloating will go away and you'll have a few not-so-hungry days in a few days. Good luck!

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KJMAZ2011 10/14/2011 9:42PM

    I've been eating "vita tops" those strange muffin top things.. 100 cal. portions. I like the double chocolate. I also know that I don't crave salads, or veggies in the same way, so I try and make some of my comfort foods. just in smaller portions, and "re-vamped" to be fairly normal in cals.

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ERIKO1908 10/14/2011 9:35PM

    I try to exercise more!! I've heard it is more effective during TOM...and, if it isn't true, I'm just not going to listen to anybody saying it!!! I also try to consume a bit more iron in my food...and more water!!!

Hope you receive some helpful tips!!

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