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Hello. My name's Dakota and I never want to feel like this again....
10-11-2015, 11:37 AM
Post: #131
RE: Hello. My name's Dakota and I never want to feel like this again....
Good for you for making this choice, Dakota! I'm not a fan of processed foods though I will occasionally eat healthy things that I haven't made myself (hummus, guacamole). Sugar is my downfall though and I know I can't cut it out for life. Personally, I'm trying to learn to eat in a way I can maintain forever. Occasional treats with most of my sugars from fruit. I fall off the wagon regularly though because it's a hard road.

It's all about making healthier choices. If you're improving your choices, you're on the right path. Give yourself time to make the transition and let it be gradual if that is helpful to you. Keep up the great work!
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10-11-2015, 12:48 PM (This post was last modified: 10-11-2015 12:49 PM by Dakota.)
Post: #132
RE: Hello. My name's Dakota and I never want to feel like this again....
I know I ask the most questions ever and I'm really sorry but....

This weekend I have eaten very few carbs. I have enjoyed it, although admittedly have really missed a carby breakfast (would usually just be porridge or yoghurt and fruit with some granola). What's the main argumment for and against cutting carbs? I've confused myself reading about banting I think. Banting appeals because I do think if I eat too many carbs I bloat up, but equally, since this whole thing should be about putting stuff in motion that I can live with for the rest of my life, I can see that cutting carbs dramatically would not be ideal.

In your opinion, if I focus on eating 'proper' foods all the time and cutting my sugar intake, will natural carbs, such as oats and potatoes be okay? I can see that bread might not be ideal but Where do people stand on pasta? I eat a lot of pasta....

Why am I still asking so many questions?? Really hope I'm not annoying you- one day I'll make you proud, I promise!!
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10-11-2015, 01:09 PM
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RE: Hello. My name's Dakota and I never want to feel like this again....
Okay, maybe I avoid simple carbs as much as poss....but complex carbs are okay, right? So oats, brown rice etc okay. Bread, white pasta etc out?

Where do potatoes fit?? Just a good old baked potato- okay or not? And wholewheat pasta? Yes or no?

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10-11-2015, 01:57 PM
Post: #134
RE: Hello. My name's Dakota and I never want to feel like this again....
Have you considered rather than cutting carbs, becoming more aware of the carbs that affect you badly? For example, I can eat most carbs with no trouble, but wheat is a major problem for me. Found out nearly 5 years ago that I'm gluten intolerant. I tried to pretend it wasn't so for awhile. But as I paid REALLY close attention to the bloat factor, it ALWAYS came with the wheat intake.

Every body is different. Pay close attention to what you eat and your reactions to it. Perhaps that should gauge what you eat rather than a "certain" diet.
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10-11-2015, 02:25 PM
Post: #135
RE: Hello. My name's Dakota and I never want to feel like this again....
Wise and fair advice. Thanks
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10-11-2015, 07:44 PM (This post was last modified: 10-11-2015 07:44 PM by AnitraSoto.)
Post: #136
RE: Hello. My name's Dakota and I never want to feel like this again....
Like you said ... don't do anything to lose weight (or fat) that you aren't willing to continue for the rest of your life. I would just look at it as eating treats in moderation as well as making smarter choices whenever possible.

For example, brown rice instead of white rice, whole wheat bread over white bread, whole wheat pasta over regular pasta, steamed or sauteed veggies over fried....

Or if you normally eat chili served over rice, maybe try it over some quinoa. Want to add a dollop of sour cream on top? Try plain Greek yogurt instead for some more protein. Craving pancakes for breakfast? Make them with some protein powder mixed in and top them with sliced bananas or berries rather that butter and syrup. Want a candy bar? See if you can find a protein bar than will satisfy that sweet tooth instead. (Of course that is still a processed food, but a slightly better choice). Craving something baked? Maybe make some carrot cupcakes with lots of grated carrots, pineapple and raisins inside. Skip the oil and substitute apple sauce. Toss in some sunflower seeds, walnuts or pecans for variety.

For me it's just about making smart substitutions when possible. Don't make anything strictly "off limits" or else you will just find yourself craving that food like crazy. Everything in moderation.

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10-12-2015, 03:57 AM
Post: #137
RE: Hello. My name's Dakota and I never want to feel like this again....
I eat everything as cutting out anything is the road to me screwing everything up - I'll end up binging. I also live with a man who will not give up pasta or rice and I'm okay with that. For me, it's everything in moderation.
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10-12-2015, 09:35 AM
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RE: Hello. My name's Dakota and I never want to feel like this again....
(10-12-2015 03:57 AM)mrsukyankee Wrote:  I eat everything as cutting out anything is the road to me screwing everything up - I'll end up binging. I also live with a man who will not give up pasta or rice and I'm okay with that. For me, it's everything in moderation.

I'm with you Yankee. I've tried the "don't eat this or that" diets. All it did was make me think about that particular food INCESSANTLY! I'm doing much better now that I can eat anything I want. I've eaten more fruit in the past 6 months than I probably have my entire life. I'm really not kidding about that.
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10-13-2015, 05:04 PM (This post was last modified: 10-13-2015 05:05 PM by Dakota.)
Post: #139
RE: Hello. My name's Dakota and I never want to feel like this again....
Oh wise, lovely people of EM2WL...you're right. I know you're right. I bow to your superior knowledge and thank you for steering me back on to the yellow brick road which will lead to my stronger, leaner future.
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10-13-2015, 07:52 PM
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RE: Hello. My name's Dakota and I never want to feel like this again....
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