I managed to kick it when I started Cambridge. Then I kicked the ciggies and filter coffee started appearing It's not too hard an addiction to kick compared to others I've had, but there's just that little bit inside me that tells me I deserve something I really enjoy. No alchy, no binges, no ciggies, no accumulating snacks. Worked through them all....feel I'm entitled to a filter coffee or two with pure caffeine. Still, it was getting a bit much (like 5 or 6+)I think everyone has addictions to some degree. Whether it's food, drink or habits - we use them as a crutch and security blanket. Coffee's an easy one to kick, as I've done it. Took me 3 days of serious headaches and 3 attempts. Then I realised I'd been drinking decaf for 2 days and had forgotten. I figured I'd kicked it. Have drunk decaf ever since.
All tips gratefully received. I generally don't go for organic because of the price. With 2 teens and DH, it just gets too expensive, but I do grow some veg That's probably the closest I'd get.If you need any ideas for healthy eating meals, I'm happy to help.
That's excellent!I was suddenly diagnosed with liver disease and given medication to force my liver to behave normally. I was told there was no known cure for my disease and no knowledge as to its cause. I educated myself on the role of the liver (boy, was I shocked!) and switched to organic eating, ditching the meds. One year later, my liver had returned to normal and my doc and specialist were amazed.
Okay. I did have been to McD once. Wasn't impressed. The boys calls it McCardboards.I wouldn't eat a Big Mac or KFC if I was paid a million dollars
There is a reason why I don't add these things. I do have wholemeal pittas some days, but try to keep things different from day to day or I get bored. This is the reason why I don't have salad again for dinner (even as a side dish), if I've had it for lunch. I think keeping it varied has been one of the reasons why I have been successful at maintaining my weight.Excellent that you don't go for 'low-cal' foods. Exactly the same reasons I don't have them. I don't want laboratory-tampered food.
You sample diet looks superb, really balanced and nutritious. I would try to make some tiny changes:
Try to have a wholemeal pitta bread instead of the tortilla wrap, as the chances are it's made from refined white flour and makes the blood sugar shoot up, and higher in carbs.
Try to have wholemeal spaghetti (same reason as tortilla).
Try to cut out the Alpen bar.
Try to add something raw to every evening meal. A side salad would be great with your example meal (try raw baby spinach instead of lettuce). As we get older, our store of enzymes reduces. Raw food contains all the enzymes the body requires to digest that food. Heat kills the enzymes. So it becomes less of a burden to your system. You can add a little Extra Virgin Olive oil and lemon juice or balsamic on it, to taste.
I do Don't get me wrong, I don't consider an alpen bar to be a part of my healthy eating plan. It's one of my treats like the odd packet of maltesers.You can obviously cook so why not try making your own cookies with ground almonds or other nuts and a few choc chips. Or make a banana loaf.
I think this is what I've been trying to beat...and for the moment it's going well. I must admit that between diets, my binging was becoming an almost daily eventMy weight went on due to my increased binging when times got tough. If I could stop binging (which I could for a max of about 3 weeks) then I actually lost weight at quite a rate without changing any other aspect of my diet.
Maybe that's part of what makes it special - you're not Superwoman, you have had blips, binges and all sorts but you're still here, still maintaining - just makes it feel more doable. I think sometimes it can feel to many who are still on their journey that it takes a superhuman to make it to the end. You bring it all to the table - the good times, the hard times - and it really does make people feel as though they can do it too.Most of the time I want people to see that it can be done....and by someone who has failed so many times it's seriously embarrasing