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oklahomachick26
02-01-2011, 08:57 PM
Why is it that when i start eating healthy, im always still hungry?? I want chocolate and fast food and yummy stuff.....and all im eating is healthy stuff and its hard! I got upset a little bit ago and i ate a candy bar and drank a dr. Pepper and now ill feel "guilty" all night. I want to be thinner but i miss my fatty foods! :( please help :(


SkiniJeni
02-01-2011, 09:07 PM
I used to have the same problem. For the past week I've been adding more fiber to my diet, and I've been able to eat between 1200-1400 without feeling hungry or even just wanting to eat out of boredome. I can hardly believe it's working. I used to try to get the suggested fiber amount of 25 - 35 grams a day, but I've decided to try adding more and it's worked. I did a lot of reading and research before deciding to do this to make sure it was safe. I'm now eating 50 - 60 grams a day and I hardly feel hungry at all. If you don't usually eat a lot of fiber be sure to add it slowly. There are a lot of myths out there about eating fiber. I'm finding they are not true. Weird, gross and maybe a little too much information, but also my poop and farts no longer stink!! I read that would be one of the side effects and I can report it's true!

Good luck! And don't give up!

j0lamo01
02-01-2011, 09:14 PM
Try "good" fats like fish, and nuts. type in healthy fats in google. After that if you still have a craving I would suggest having a "free" day once a week where you can eat a dessert or a fast food meal. That way all week you can look forward to that day. Having a a free day once a week will slow your weight loss BUT you will still lose weight. That is what I do.


Nola Celeste
02-01-2011, 09:42 PM
You're drawing a false dichotomy between "yummy stuff" and "healthy stuff." There's a lot more overlap there than you think. :)

You might be hungry because you're just plain not getting enough volume in your meals. I like to eat until I'm full. Not stuffed, not uncomfortable, but really truly I-mean-it full. If you finish a meal and are scrounging your finger around on the plate to get every crumb and still feel like you could eat another whole meal (and I know what that's like because I've done it), you probably need to take a good look at your food choices.

What's a typical day's menu for you?

To give you some idea of what I'm talking about with volume, here's what I've eaten today (so far, I still have a 400-calorie snack planned):

- cereal with milk
- an orange
- a grilled chicken and artichoke wrap with spinach, onions, and feta
- a salad because I haven't eaten one in, like, a month and wanted it
- two black bean tacos on corn tortillas
- a black bean burrito on a whole wheat tortilla
- a whole lotta salsa
- a chocolate ice cream sandwich (they're Skinny Cows, but I limit these to a couple a week and tonight is choco-night).

It feels like a lot of food, so I'm comfortably well-fed a couple of hours after dinner/dessert. It tasted good, so I'm not bored or feeling deprived. I've been doing this for months and I could do it forever because it's actually not bad at all once you fuse the concepts of "healthy" and "yummy" in your mind and mouth.

Free days work for some people, but they never did for me; I spent so much time looking ahead to that day that I forgot to enjoy the food on my plate today. Why not look forward to dinner every night by learning how to make healthy stuff that tastes good? :)

oklahomachick26
02-01-2011, 10:21 PM
thanks ladies for all your help! :) and if yall want to know what i ate today it goes like this......breakfast-fiber one cereal, lunch-slim fast and banana, dinner-a small lean meal tv dinner and an apple. Am i not eating enough for the day? I feel so hungry. Im used to eating 2 fast food meals and all other kinds of junk food and now im not anymore. What am i doing wrong?

somethingnew912
02-01-2011, 10:27 PM
Count your calories for a week and see what the numbers are. It sounds like you are eating too little. There are great sites like calorieking.com and sparkpeople where you can see calories for different things.

Also, I wholeheartedly agree with SkiniJeni about fiber....and i would also add that you need more protein. I make sure that I have a balanced meal/snack everytime with carbs and protein. If I eat something like cereal that just has carbs, I am going to be hungry an hour later. However, if I really want that cereal (healthy cereal!), I will also eat 3-4 egg whites so that my body has the carbs for energy and the protein to balance it out.

amandaswan89
02-01-2011, 10:28 PM
You're drawing a false dichotomy between "yummy stuff" and "healthy stuff." There's a lot more overlap there than you think. :)

You might be hungry because you're just plain not getting enough volume in your meals. I like to eat until I'm full. Not stuffed, not uncomfortable, but really truly I-mean-it full. If you finish a meal and are scrounging your finger around on the plate to get every crumb and still feel like you could eat another whole meal (and I know what that's like because I've done it), you probably need to take a good look at your food choices.

What's a typical day's menu for you?

To give you some idea of what I'm talking about with volume, here's what I've eaten today (so far, I still have a 400-calorie snack planned):

- cereal with milk
- an orange
- a grilled chicken and artichoke wrap with spinach, onions, and feta
- a salad because I haven't eaten one in, like, a month and wanted it
- two black bean tacos on corn tortillas
- a black bean burrito on a whole wheat tortilla
- a whole lotta salsa
- a chocolate ice cream sandwich (they're Skinny Cows, but I limit these to a couple a week and tonight is choco-night).

It feels like a lot of food, so I'm comfortably well-fed a couple of hours after dinner/dessert. It tasted good, so I'm not bored or feeling deprived. I've been doing this for months and I could do it forever because it's actually not bad at all once you fuse the concepts of "healthy" and "yummy" in your mind and mouth.

Free days work for some people, but they never did for me; I spent so much time looking ahead to that day that I forgot to enjoy the food on my plate today. Why not look forward to dinner every night by learning how to make healthy stuff that tastes good? :)

your meals sound amazing.. especially the grilled artichoke wrap. mmm :)

oklahomachick26
02-01-2011, 11:00 PM
so is it best to cut out all carbs like the cereal and bread and stuff? Cuz thats what makes me more full. And i do know fiber is good. But i dont get a lot of meats in my diet and not a lot of veggies which i know i need!

krampus
02-01-2011, 11:07 PM
thanks ladies for all your help! :) and if yall want to know what i ate today it goes like this......breakfast-fiber one cereal, lunch-slim fast and banana, dinner-a small lean meal tv dinner and an apple. Am i not eating enough for the day? I feel so hungry. Im used to eating 2 fast food meals and all other kinds of junk food and now im not anymore. What am i doing wrong?

You're not getting much bang for your buck at all! Can you distribute your calories differently and eat more high volume low calorie foods? Try making vegetable stir fries or just cutting up food into small pieces so it takes longer to eat it. I wouldn't be satisfied with that either (especially the slim fast and the banana).

As for carbs, that's up to the individual. I calorie count and depending on the day/what I have around, I sometimes have pasta or rice. But it does look like you're eating a lot of carbs right now, which could leave you feeling hungrier. Try adding in eggs?

You also could be experiencing withdrawal from all the sugar and stuff from the fast food/candy bars/sodas. I'm recovering from sugar binging and going "cold turkey" no desserts, and I twitch like a drug addict and have mood swings and things that I believe are related to "coming down" off all the sugar.

Stay strong and keep your eyes on the prize!

somethingnew912
02-01-2011, 11:15 PM
Carbs are not necessarily bad, but you need to learn the difference between good carbs and bad carbs. I eat baked potatoes, rice (brown rice), and pasta (whole grain) which are my comfort carbs. However, like has been mentioned, try to get more bulk. Sometimes I will eat 3 servings of green beans (I love green beans) with my dinner just because they are very low calorie but "fill me up".

You can get fiber from things like beans, certain vegetables and fruits, fiber enriched cereals and granola bars, even yogurt.

Think of it this way, try to pack as much punch nutrition wise into everything you eat. Look for vitamins, fiber, protein....the things that keep your body healthy. Sometimes I will play a little game with myself to see if I can get more vitamins and fiber into my dinner vs. the night before's dinner. You are feeding your body NUTRIENTS. We need these things to survive and to feel better! Want shinier hair/nails and soft skin....try eating more fish and good oils. Want amazing acne free skin? Drink TONS of water.

Try to think of food as a gift to your body and I think you will have an easier time figuring out what to eat.

oklahomachick26
02-01-2011, 11:41 PM
krampus i like what you said about keeping your eyes on the prize. That makes so much sence! Thanks. And somethingnew, im gonna change up my meal plans starting tomorrow :) thanks girls

JohnP
02-01-2011, 11:54 PM
Plenty of great advice already given on this issue but I have one more thing to add. Your body is used to a greater amount of calories and it will take time to adjust. Aside from making better food choices that are more filling and will give you a greater "bang for the buck" to a certain extent you just need to suck it up and your body will adjust.

oklahomachick26
02-02-2011, 12:05 AM
Plenty of great advice already given on this issue but I have one more thing to add. Your body is used to a greater amount of calories and it will take time to adjust. Aside from making better food choices that are more filling and will give you a greater "bang for the buck" to a certain extent you just need to suck it up and your body will adjust. yeah i do need to just suck it up, and get rid of the sugar cravings lol i totally get what your saying

InItToWinIt
02-02-2011, 12:10 AM
Here are a few pieces of advice that might help you stick to eating healthly
1. Whenever you really want something sweet when your depressed even though you know you shouldn't, clench your fist. Clenching your fist re-enforces your decision to not eat sweets.
2. A lot of times when our bodies are craving sweets, they really need protein. A quick and easy fix is a spoonful of peanut butter, otherwise known as a "peanut butter pop." It's not only delicious but it helps to get rid of the "need/want" to eat sweets.

I know I've been there, and done that, so your not alone. (for instance in the past two days I've been offered a soda by several people, more than once. Yeah i'd love to have one, but I gotta lay off that stuff. XD ) You can do it, I believe I can speak for my fellow members by saying we are here for you!

oklahomachick26
02-02-2011, 12:31 AM
thank you InItToWinIt........thats pretty cool, i didnt know that, about making a fist. And thats great that you have been turning down soda! Its hard not to want one. Ive been trying to drink tons of water! :)

ready4skinny
02-02-2011, 01:02 AM
I am not sure of your age - On the daily plate I entered 30 (just a guess :)), with you 6 Ft and current weight 210, losing 2 lbs a week with a sedentary life style, they have you at 1600 calories perday.

Your age and how much you exercise will affect this. But reading what you ate today you were maybe at 700 calories, prior to the candy bar and soda.

you HAVE to eat more calories!!!! I would suggest like PP tracking your food. Try and stay around 1600 calories. Start adding some exercise, even just walking.

Yes fiber is good. Veggies are good, less sugar and fewer carbs can be good. Protein will keep you full longer, water is important, but you HAVE to have calories in order for your body to not protest.

Remember you did not gain weight overnight, it will take one day at a time. One meal at a time. Keep your head up, listen to your body.

YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!

hope this helps a bit, :D

krampus
02-02-2011, 01:13 AM
Be careful with the peanut butter - there's enough sugar in there to ignite the deadly flames of sugar cravings for some people!

AZ Sunrises
02-02-2011, 03:11 AM
Why is it that when i start eating healthy, im always still hungry?? I want chocolate and fast food and yummy stuff.....and all im eating is healthy stuff and its hard! I got upset a little bit ago and i ate a candy bar and drank a dr. Pepper and now ill feel "guilty" all night. I want to be thinner but i miss my fatty foods! :( please help :(

Read what you just typed. You're still "hungry"...but you WANT fast food. That's not hunger--it's appetite and habit. :) I want chocolate cake, ice cream, and I'd love to have a glass of wine right now. This time tomorrow, I'll be glad I didn't have it.

It takes about 3 weeks, sometimes a little longer, to get the cravings under control. All you can do until then is hold on by the tips of your fingernails and decide if you'd *really* rather have whatever you're craving or lose weight. :) If you're actually hungry, find something protein-filled or super high in fiber.

shannonmb
02-02-2011, 05:45 AM
I would be absolutely starving if I tried to eat what you listed as your sample menu. Like I would eat the shingles off my roof at the end of the day! Protein and veggies! :carrot:

oklahomachick26
02-02-2011, 01:34 PM
ready4skinny, thank you for looking that stuff up for me. And you were sorta close to my age.....ill be 26 on valentines day! So a little ways to go before 30 lol ;) but thanks that helps me out a lot! And thank all of you guys for the advice! I see now that i am eating way to little and i will start counting my cals today....

rachinma
02-02-2011, 01:55 PM
I made Ham & Cheese Stuffed Chicken using free range chicken, low-sodium ham, and part-skim mozzarella for lunch today. So good! I used panko crumbs, which made it a little crunchy, too.
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/ham_cheese_stuffed_chicken_breasts.html

Per serving: 236 calories; 7 g fat (2 g sat, 3 g mono); 74 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 1 g fiber; 287 mg sodium; 347 mg potassium.

Nebuchadnezzar
02-02-2011, 02:48 PM
This is relevant to my interests....I was doing a lot of fiber before and am now having trouble with excess gnawing.

Hrmm. I think I'm gonna go get some supplements and more water bottles today.

oklahomachick26
02-02-2011, 07:38 PM
This is relevant to my interests....I was doing a lot of fiber before and am now having trouble with excess gnawing.

Hrmm. I think I'm gonna go get some supplements and more water bottles today. does fiber make you crave more food? If thats the case i better lay off the fiber. Lol ;)

suenos096
02-05-2011, 02:26 PM
I have 3 things a day that quench my sweet tooth. Greek Chobani yogurt it is one of my favorite meals a day and low cal and low fat. Cottage cheese and strawberries. Now it you don't like cottage cheese, I was VERY reluctant to try this also and I can tell you I have fallen in love and eat it EVERY night while I'm in bed watching a TV show. It has not slown my weight loss it's actually one of the best things you can eat before you go to bed if you are going to eat. But the secret is in the preparation. If you don't like the "chunks" blend it then I add a packet of splenda, cut up about 3-4 strawberries and it's a sweet treat! Very often I also add a tablespoon of Smuckers Natural chunky peanut butter and I swear it's like heaven in my mouth.

I drink protein shakes also, usually 1 or 2 a day and I feel like I'm having a milk shake especially when I use the almond milk that has 40 cals.

Breakfast is my favorite time of day I eat just about the same thing just about EVERY SINGLE DAY. I blog about it all. If you want to check out my daily meals they're all posted there :)

I've recently found couscous and quinoa and I don't even WANT rice because I will choose couscous and quinoa EVERY single time over rice. I just tweaked my meals and have added cabbage and kale to my diet a lot more. I also make sure I have a meatless side salad at lunch because again, that's also low cal.

I have a free day but I also look forward to every meal because it's sooooooo good. Last night I had shrimp, coconut flavored quinoa, and kale. I was thinking about it allll day and it didn't disappoint!

Good luck and get out there and EAT some good stuff!!

ERHR
02-05-2011, 10:48 PM
oklahomachick,

There is some very good advice above for you concerning the number of calories you're eating and how to feel more full by eating proportionally more fiber and meat.

I increased my fiber intake recently and was very pleasantly surprised to observe how full it kept me. Some of the high-fiber foods I've been eating recently are black beans (in a salad or chili), split peas (in a soup), low-carb/high-fiber tortillas (to make a quesadilla), whole-wheat pasta, plain oatmeal with nut butter, and walnuts.

I also agree that there are food that are both healthy and tasty. I have been eating low-sugar recently so I have just switched over to enjoying high-fat foods (like nuts, salmon, and cheese). I'm not saying you have to eat foods high in fat like I do but any sustainable diet will allow you room to enjoy yourself!

Best of luck with your research into how you want to eat now.

oklahomachick26
02-05-2011, 11:25 PM
suenos- thank you for the wonderful food ideas! They sound very tasty! :) i will have to try them out. And ERHR thanks for your advice! Thanks to everyone wo gave me so many ideas!

aimeebell
02-06-2011, 10:49 AM
I am going to take a little bit different approach on this....If chocolate and fast food are what you are craving, why not find a way to fit this in guilt-free? I find that tracking calories helps me to have these food without feeling guilty because they can fit into my plan. I buy one of the large good quality chocolate bars and it lasts me the week. I enjoy two steak tacos fresco tacos from Taco Bell once in awhile. Two slices of pizza can fit into your day. Whatever it is that you really love to eat, find a way to either modify it or fit a small amount into your plan a couple days a week. That is what keeps me on plan. No deprivation.