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  • MUNCHKIN2235
    This article is nice and concise, thank you. - 11/12/2014 1:12:04 PM
  • I believe the best thing about SparkPeople is we're encouraged to discover what works for us because there's no one "right" answer when it comes to nutrition and fitness. So I get really weary of people telling me various food items or additives are poison. It may not be the healthiest thing, and there may be concerns about consuming too much, or maybe it just doesn't work for you, but no food is poison. Gluten is not poison. Sugar is not poison. Heck, artificial sweeteners are not poison. More importantly, individual experience is anecdotal evidence, not empirical evidence. So lighten up, food Nazis!

    I almost always eat in front of the TV or computer. If I'm dining alone, and I don't have that distraction, my meal will be gone in a few minutes. If I'm watching TV or playing on the computer, I eat much slower. I know what the advice is really suggesting is no mindless eating in front of the TV ~ perhaps that's what they should write.

    And yeah, I'm never giving up coffee. In fact, I nixed the idea of applying to BYU Law - a very good law school - because there was no way I would sign a contract promising to abstain. *shudder* I'm an endurance athlete, and there's plenty of evidence that caffeine enhances athletic performance. And dang it, ritual is important. There's something joyous about that steaming hot cuppa first thing in the morning. Also, I'm an Episcopalian. We may not be as well known for our coffee addiction as Lutherans are, but we do consider coffee to be a lesser sacrament. - 11/5/2014 12:21:24 PM
  • I am of the opinion that there is nothing wrong with coffee, in moderation. For that matter, I will have an occasional diet soda as well. Damn the torpedoes! - 10/20/2014 10:16:43 PM
  • AZRIDERS
    No coffee? Not gonna happen. - 7/22/2014 4:08:14 PM
  • RUBYLEE you are so right. I have acid reflux. I don't eat at that time of the night. It goes right into my throat and I have such a burning. It hurts. I have been to the hospital on many occasions for this. - 10/15/2013 7:20:22 PM
  • My new mantra:

    Mini Goals lead to Massive Changes !! - 1/29/2013 8:40:37 PM
  • I very rarely do any of that list of 6 anyway - apart from eating in front of my iPlayer (not the TV). I eat on my own, so either watch something or read my book. I still take time to appreciate my food, most of the time.

    I don't think it is appropriate to disrespect or be scathing about other folks' problems, however. That is so not what SparkPeopke is about,
    Some folk have problems with getting enough exercise, or enough fruit and veg.
    Some folk have problems with taking too much exercise, or become too extreme in ridding their diets of necessary things such as salt and fats.
    We should be grateful for the opportunity to help other folk with their journey here. - 12/18/2012 4:16:22 PM
  • Lol this is perfect. Eat in Moderation! Sounds Familiar! - 6/28/2012 1:26:57 PM
  • Lol this is perfect. Eat in Moderation! Sounds Familiar! - 6/28/2012 1:26:57 PM
  • With the incidence of heartburn on the rise avoiding eating two-three hours before bedtime makes a lot of sense. While it may not make a difference to your body in terms of how your body burns these calories, it DOES make a difference in terms of acid reflux.

    I've found that this has really helped me pretty much eliminate mindless eating in the evening, too. - 1/5/2012 2:40:30 PM
  • Because I have been part of SP since October, 2011, I had already began setting and achieving some goals. When I decided to do the 28 Day Breakthrough Plan I knew I'd have
    the chance to tweak what I had already started.
    I've taken control of my environment to achieve my nutrition goals, as well as a few SP Team goals. In order to be sure I get my 8 glasses of water in each day, I start the morning with an 8 oz glass as soon as I get up. I take my first morning med with it. I have two reusable water bottles that are 24 oz each. I fill them up the night before, and I drink one on my way driving to work each day, and have the other on my way home. I take my evening meds with another 8 oz of water. If I get any more water in during the day, it is just icing on the cake... On the weekends, I keep a bottle wherever I am, and be sure to get both in sometime during the day. It was not easy at first, but it is becoming second nature now.
    To help get my fruit in, I eat an apple on my way to work, and another on the way home. I eat a banana every day to compliment my meds.
    I preplan as much of my food for the week as I can, and do as much prep over the weekend as I can.
    Is it always convenient? No, but convenience ispartly how I gained this extra weight... I'm worth a little inconvenience! It's only an inconvenience until it becomes a habit... - 1/1/2012 11:07:03 AM
  • It is amazing how the little things add up. I equate it to my finances. If I track every penny, i manage to hang on to a LOT of money. As soon as I stop paying attention, I am broke. Calories are the same way. Practicing tracking (or any other "little thing") really gets the ball rolling. Thanks Sparkpeople! - 8/4/2010 8:47:12 PM
  • I can really relate to the benefits of drinking water. prior to joining SP, I drank little to no water. I now drink 8 cups of water a day, and i can really feel the difference, and see it in my skin. I'm also less likely to overeat, because I maintain a "full" feeling from water. Thanks SP!! - 8/4/2010 8:43:55 AM
  • SIRIRADHA
    LALIZARDE : I deal with that by finding recipes online for the foods I really like and entering them in the SparkRecipes recipe calculator. My DH and I eat a wide variety of ethnic foods and I find I can continue to stay within my calorie range if I put some energy into working out the details myself. Yes, it's more work than entering something from Chile's or Applebees, but that's just reality in my world. - 5/11/2010 12:43:28 PM
  • BAMAJAM
    I really appreciate all the good advice offered by Sparkpeople!! Thanks for providing good tips and helpful information. . . We might know the basic guidelines for good health, but reminders keep us on track -- and re-energize us. The support and the encouragement enable many of us to persevere towards our goal! THANK YOU!! - 3/1/2010 1:48:08 PM

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