How 2 Quit Binge Eating?

A few days ago, I was desperate.  I was upset that once again, I was not able to control my binge eating.  I couldn’t seem to have a regular amount of a food, I had to have so much of it.  And then the cravings.  Uncontrollable.

I googled, how to quit binge eating?  And this one video popped up by Raw Alignment.  She explained that once she stopped eating processed foods, she stopped binge eating.  And so – I immediately realized this is what I must do – once again.

In April 2015, I started the Whole30 diet, and I lost 19lbs.  I went from 165 to 145, and I felt fn amazing.  Like super.  But more than just the weight, I really loved not craving the junk I used to crave, over and over each day any-day.

And so, once the holidays hit, and 6 months after I started Whole30, I started little by little eating junk again.  Then I would re-start Whole30, but the will of the sugar was greater than my will for Whole30.  I kept telling myself it’s fine, and I kept eating.

Well enough is enough – and after watching this video, I’m back on the wagon!  I’m on Day 4 of eating 100% clean, and loving it.  I can actually use December 1st as my start date.  I feel good, and most importantly the cravings are gone.  I also am sleeping better, and I’m waking up with a lot more happiness and energy, then previously.  The benefits 100% outnumber the negatives of eating like shit.

When you eat crap you feel like crap. It’s honestly the simplest piece of common sense in this entire world, but hard to execute endlessly at times.

I have to understand that I just can’t have “one bite”.  I can’t just eat “bad” today and not tomorrow.  I have to seriously get it together, and understand taht a bit of something that is processed is disastrous!

So cheers to clean, wholesome eating!  I can’t wait to update everyone with weight loss and health results.

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CRON meal plan & Day 1, again.

black coffee x 2

apple

banana

water/selzer water

grapes

baby carrots organic

sardines in water

broccoli raw

cucumber (1/2 large)

apple

banana

hard boiled egg x 2

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It would be nice if every diet and every lifestyle change just stuck with us.  I got veered off my CRON plan for the last two/three days, and ended up eating too many cookies/bagels/pastas/processed carbs instead.  But, I’m not a quitter, and I’m doing like a bunny and hopping right back on the wagon!  Sunday, my husband made home made pizza, and I couldn’t help myself, and I had a few small slices.  Then, that turned into more pizza, and then a home made calzone, and then cookies, and then bagels, and unfortunately, it turned into anything and everything, and so I woke up this morning and that was it!

Back on my Calorie Restriction Optimal Nutrition wagon, because that’s exactly where my body, my healthy, my stamina and motivation belong!

Day 1 is always though, so I’m going with it – drinking as much water as possible, and I have the healthiest of foods around ready for intake, to make sure I don’t overthink this, but instead just eat the healthy food available to me.  Once Day 1 is over, the cravings stop, and I’m able to eat really healthy foods without too much thought.  I want to stick to just eating the raw vegetable and raw fruits, and then eat really lean and clean fish when possible.  I will also eat eggs, as they are both super delicious and hard to overeat.  I’m going about this in an incredibly clean way which is along the same lines as Whole30, which I also love as a diet and lifestyle plan.

I purchased sardines in water, because my calcium intake was low.  I was always falling short on calcium, after putting in all of the foods into the CRON-o-meter, and someone suggested sardines in water!  They don’t taste horrible, and it’s a nice change from RAW veggies!

Other than this – I’m going to keep passing on the processed grub, even if it’s just olive oil or coconut oil or salad dressings.  Instead, I’m going to eat everything clean, and I’m going to eat to get lean.  So far today – I’m doing great.  I had two small bananas, two apples (smallish size), I had half a cucumber, grapes, organic baby carrots, mushrooms, and two hard boiled eggs.  I had some broccoli, but left most of it, as it was a lot to digest!  I’m feeling pretty proud of myself for getting back on the wagon.

As soon as I get home, I’m going to get into my warm, and cozy and comfy clothes, and I’m going to make myself a HOT TEA, and I’m going to RELAX the rest of the night!  I’m going to spend time with my kids, and have fun with them, and enjoy them, and I’m not going to overthink anything.  I’m just going to stay hydrated, and I’m going to go up to bed around 8pm, so I can read a new paperback that my two neighbors and I are reading together – and whoop whoop – it will have been an incredible healthy, incredibly low cal, wonderful day!!!

Mentally, starting and re-starting diet plans, programs, meal plans – is quite frustrating.  I’ve done this over and over and over in my life, and it sucks.  But, I would rather keep going and starting over and over again, then quit all together and succumb to a life where I’m overeating, eating unhealthy, where I don’t care how I feel, or don’t prioritize my health.

Food is certainly my addiction, or more accurately processed junk food is my addiction.  I wish it wasn’t, but I also am grateful that it’s not heroin, or pills or sex or something else.  I’m working each day how to figure out how to do better for myself, how to deal with my stressors by not succumbing to food binges and cravings, but instead – how to eat the right grub, grub that heals my body, versus hurts my body – regardless of what is happening throughout my day.

I wish this were not a lifelong battle.  I also believe that it may be.  I also know that 10 years ago, it was worse than five years ago.  And today, I’m better than I was five years ago.  I believe that I’m going to continue to get better and use my desire to eat healthy to combat the food binges and this “disorder” since it’s technically now a disorder.

Either way – it’s a great day so far, and I’m going to keep at it!

 

 

100% Whole30 Compliant! Down to 159lbs (again)!

Yesterday’s Grub:

breakfast:
warm water w/lemon slice
coffee, black
tuna fish w/hot sauce
cherry tomatoes

lunch:
tuna fish w/hot sauce
3 hard boiled eggs w/hot sauce

dinner & snacks:
peach x 2
banana x 2
apple
watermelon

I also drank a lot of tea, and a lot of water.  I’m certainly staying hydrated.  It’s so easy to forget to stay hydrated, because when we get thirsty we feel we are hungry, when in fact, we are many times just dehydrated.  When we’re full of water/tea, and still hunger, then it’s the best time to eat.  I have to remember this each & every day.

I slept sooo well again!  (Mostly because my daughter slept from 8pm-7am), but still, so well!  I can’t help but feel absolutely grateful to be back and 100% compliant with the Whole30 meal plan.  It’s easy to VEER off, but it’s more important to stay on track.  When I’m compliant, I’m 100% ready to rock and roll, and the cravings DISAPPEAR!!!

This morning I woke up and I got on my Schwinn Airdyne bike for a 10 minute ride.  I then baked chicken for my husband and kids.  I baked the chicken in BBQ sauce, and instead of having some, I will pass.  I know this BBQ sauce is made with a bit of sugar, and therefore will give me cravings.  I’ll stick to hard boiled eggs with hot sauce and cherry tomatoes for lunch instead.

The scale this morning was back down to 159, and this was also after my workout, and after I drank my morning water w/lemon!  Maybe tomorrow we’ll see 158lbs!!!  I’m psyched and determined to get to 139lbs, one pound at a time.  I’m also pretty excited to prioritize exercise, or actually take opportunities that I find for free time, and use them for exercise.  This morning is a perfect example of this.  We woke up at 515am, and instead of just hanging, I jumped right on the bike!  Boom boom.  Get it, when the getting is hot.

Stay Uber Motivated, in all you do and all you want.

 

Back to 100% Clean Eating

Back to clean, 100%.

I am a rule stretcher.  Not exactly a rule breaker, but a rule stretcher.

And I love Whole30, but I also love regular salad dressing, and peanuts, and feta cheese and other non-Whole30 compliant grub.  And you know where that landed me?   In the vicious cycle of cravings, and binge eating, and back on track, and cravings and binge eating, and ice-cream and back on track, and the endless roller coaster that too many of us are too familiar with.  And well, it’s time to get back on track, 100% compliant with Whole30, as per their rules.

Yesterday, since it was August 1st, I figured it was the PERFECT day to get back into the hustle.  It sucks starting back up over and over again in healthy & clean eating, but I do refuse to QUIT.  I’m always going to keep trying and trying and starting over again, if I have to!  I’m never giving up my quest for great health, and the best life possible.

Yesterday:
black coffee, no creamer
chicken (off a rotisserie chicken), with hot sauce
romaine, cashew, carrot, sesame seed, chicken breast – salad
/w hot sauce (threw the dressing that came w/ the salad away)
edemame
tea x 2, and lots of water

Because it was Day 1, I was not hungry.  Instead, I was PSYCHED to have had such a healthy & clean day of eating.  We walked to the park with the kids after work, and I ran two laps around the whole play area.  I certainly need to move my body more, and fitting in exercise at the same time/same place is just not possible each day.  But what is possible, is getting moving when the opportunity presents itself!  So here we go!

I slept so well (and so did my lil gal, which helps!), and it was awesome to not wake up, not even once during the night.  The scale is back down to 160lbs, and I’m psyched to go after my goal of 139lbs.

If the mind can believe it, the body can achieve it.

Down 6lbs, thank you Whole30, Day 9.

I got up on the scale this morning, and I’m down to 159.  I ended up just having some cucumber for dinner, and basically chowing down on an apple standing up.  Instead of a dining room, we have a big island that connects our kitchen to the family room.  The kids sit & eat around this island, and my husband likes to eat after the kids go to sleep, which is around 8/9pm.  This is too late for me, so instead, I either eat with the kids, always standing up, watching over the little birds.

I was so hungry at lunch yesterday, that I ate what I needed to (a combo of sauteed kale, zucchini, tomato, peanuts & raisins w/ salad dressing), and then a really cold delicious banana, and my hunger/appetite subsided for dinner.  I really don’t need to do dinner each and every night, especially if I eat enough at lunch and in the afternoon, which makes sleeping more pleasant (less digestion) and I certainty don’t need the calories for the next 7-8 hours of rest.

Creating the healthiest diet lifestyle for ourselves truly involves figuring out what exactly works for us.  It’s not always three meals per day, it’s not always 6 mini meals.  It’s what works for you, for that day, for that meal.  Yesterday for me, this meant eating a larger lunch, and a tiny dinner.  It’s easy to get upset with our minds, our bods, when we aren’t able to go along with what we think we should do/eat, but instead, make up your own rules – from the evidence you have – your life.   And keep pushing forward.

Health is the goal.  Feeling fit.  Feeling good.  Feeling well.  Feeling rested, and being all of the above is more important than perfection.  Get it done, and do it right – whatever is right for you.

 

Day 6, Whole 30

I am not 100% compliant with the Whole 30 plan.  I guess I’m using the IDEA of Whole 30, their rules, and their plan, and just adjusting, customizing it a bit, meal per meal.

I like to say, oh I follow Whole 30.  For some reason this makes me feel comfortable and confident that success will ensue.  So many of us need a PLAN, and then we can take it from there.  I also feel that Whole 30 was 100% responsible for my SUCCESS when I lost weight and gained health – with it, in the past.  (Even thought I was not 100% compliant day in and day out.)

What do I eat/drink that is non-compliant?

salad dressings – whatever is available
wine – red wine, white wine, social occasions on the weekends, always with seltzer, always with lots of ice (yes, even red)
peanuts – this is my snack at work, and I also like to add to my salads
cappuccinos – coffee that is not black, if the opportunity is there, not daily
cheese –  if added onto already in a salad or a piece of chicken, not daily

I could stress these, but I choose not to, instead I keep on going and keep on trekking!  On most days, I have eggs for breakfast, either scrambled or hard boiled.  Then banana, apples, any type of fruit.  I have been eating salads for lunch, usually romaine lettuce & spinach, with tomato, and broccoli and raisins & peanuts.  Afternoon snack, more fruit – apple, banana (cold from the fridge tastes so good), and then a HOT herbal tea.  For dinner, I have been flexible.  Last night I had a bunch of cherries and strawberries at the pool with the kids, and then I had a small piece of tuna steak with a little bit of Caesar dressing.

I continue to wake up each day feeling better and better, stronger and stronger, and with less and less cravings.  The most important part is to not find yourself HUNGRY or without food, at special events or social outings.  Because when out and about, when hunger strikes, we’re much more likely to have those few handfuls of chips, or fried this or fried that.  Instead, eat those hard boiled eggs, apples, bananas, and stay full on WHOLE FOOD.

This is my plan so far. Down from 165 to 161, and the goal is 139.  This mama is going to make it!

 

Obsessed with Seltzer

Sometimes, water just doesn’t do it for me.  Sometimes, when you are REALLY hungry, and just probably thirsty, or truly actually HUNGERS, which turns to HANGRY, it’s time to jazz it up!

I start off my day with a big cup/glass of ICE & SELTZER (and tap/filtered water if there is room).  Even though I don’t enjoy spending the extra cash-flow on cans, I really really really love my seltzer, and it keeps me in line with my HEALTH goals.

My body, first thing in the morning, instead of craving pancakes or waffles, or bland water, I drink this up!  (And especially when I AM craving things I should not be!) And right before bed, right after I brush my teeth (which I do sometimes too early), I fill up on a can of seltzer & lots and lots of ice.  It keeps my stomach full, and my body on point, and heading towards the right direction.

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I buy most of my selzer at Aldi‘s.  They have the best prices at 12 cans for $2.99, but lately another grocery store had a great special, 24 cans for $3.99.  Hard to pass this up.  I love all of the flavors, and the more the merrier.  I try to limit myself to one or two per day at my house, and my office also has plenty of seltzer water available.  Makes it easier to stick to my beloved Whole30, especially when post lunch munchies start to wake up.  I also like to fill up on mint tea, and hot water with lemon.

We have to stay absolutely hydrated, and full on zero cal fluids.  We have to flush out the toxins, the cravings, the sugar, and the grub, crap we no longer want in our bodies.  Our bodies are gorgeous, really incredible machines, and we have to DRINK UP THE WATER to make sure we get to the EXACT goals we have committed to, and the EXACT LIFE that is ahead.

My goal is to hit 139lbs.  I’m currently 5’6 and weigh 161.  I started Whole30 Day 6, at 165lbs.  I’m 33 years old, and it’s certainly time to be & live at my healthiest weight, and healthiest body.  I’m down 4lbs, and we have 22lbs to go!!!  I know I can do it – so thank you for READING.  Wishing you absolutely ALL of the success possible.

If you have not yet tried Whole30 – do it.  I’ts truly an incredible LIFE plan.  Similar to ATKINS (I would assume from mediocre knowledge of Atkins, but it eliminates DAIRY/cheese, but you can do POTATOES)!  Not too bad of a trade off.