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Changing Eating Habits

Discussion in 'Health & Healing' started by Revoltingest, May 15, 2022.

  1. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Abnormal before it was fashionable
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    I've decided that a big dinner is bad.
    To eat one's high calorie meal before sleeping
    means one will store rather than use the calories.
    I've also decided to eat smaller meals in general.
    It didn't happen right away...but eventually, it all
    fell into place. (Perhaps warm weather made it
    easier? Will I keep it up in winter?)

    What eating goals do you'ns have?
     
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  2. Daemon Sophic

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    Whole foods, plant-based diet (WFPBD)
    It's not so much a "diet" as a change in lifestyle.

    Also, directly related to your OP, I have GERD (GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease), meaning that while I sleep, gastric juice (acid) trickles back up to my throat. Eating large dinners, and/or snacking in the evening make this much worse. I have coughed chronically for decades (never smoked a cigarette), and I have very early pre-cancerous changes at the bottom of my esophagus. Believe me, I and my GI doctor are watching that closely.

    A useful expression I picked up some years back is ....

    Breakfast like a king.
    Lunch like a prince.
    Dinner like a pauper.
     
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  3. Brickjectivity

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    I have achieved my goals, however they continue to evolve as I learn more. Currently I rely a good bit on: fish, frozen fruit, oranges, coco, cream and flavored triscuits. I eat other things, too: this or that. Today someone gave me some lemon cake. i also had various proteins and a very unhealthy gravy biscuit. The poor thing was so unhealthy that I felt a surge of righteousness as I put it out of its misery.
     
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  4. Twilight Hue

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    Not bad but I do the opposite.
     
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    I started intermittent fasting during COVID. I eat muesli with almond milk, yogurt, peanut butter and fruit around noon. I eat dinner by 6pm. I rarely snack. My wife is pescatarian so it’s usually veggie-based meals or seafood. If we eat out then I’ll treat myself to some red meat or poultry or pork. I lost 40 pounds and have a “normal” BMI.
     
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  6. KenS

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    Love it.

    We have stopped having 7pm meals opting for 5pm meals.
    In addition, we are eating more vegetables.
    White sugar is changed to cane sugar and that at a minimum
    White bread is at a minimum.

    We have lost abut 5% of our weight, feel better and are healthier. :)
     
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    When I am hungry, I eat. When I'm not, I don't.

    I know, it sounds simple, but it is a real challenge for me. I have dropped the 'meal time' concept, because then I'd sit down to eat, and eat way more than I needed or was good for me.

    When I'm hungry, I cook something. When the kids are hungry, I cook something for them. Nothing's changed for my husband, who doesn't eat anything until 3am, when he gets up to pee, and then goes downstairs and empties out the fridge.

    Not only has it helped me stop eating so much, but its encouraged the kids to eat more.

    I will say there's a lot more dirty dishes though.
     
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  8. Father Heathen

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    My goals: smaller portions, more water. Cook more often.
     
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    I'd like to compliment my environmentally friendly vegetarian diet with lab grown beef, because I miss the taste of bacon.

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    1) Eating very little (bouillon) after the sun sets, as the sun boosts digestion, hence best to eat when the Sun God helps me

    2) Eating smaller portions spread from sunrise till sunset

    3) No salt, no oil nor (stir)fry, baked food

    Summer starts here now, so I have 6 month...by then it should be a good new habit
     
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    I love it...how much we agree:)
     
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    Here we have a very small dinner because the lunch (usually from 1pm to 2pm) is really big.
    All the carbs you can think of.
     
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  13. Twilight Hue

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    I agree with that. Excellent!

    I find that drinking more liquids and little or no sugar helps tremendously.
     
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  14. ChristineM

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    Have enough to eat...

    If it's enjoyable then thats better still.

    I have a light breakfast, usually a light lunch and a main meal around 5pm when the children get home from school.

    Not getting to sleep until midnight means there is not much of the fattening stuff left to digest and it often meaning i go to bed hungry.

    Many people think we are crazy eating dinner so early, the usual time around these parts is 7 or 8 pm
     
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    No goals. I'm fine with my diet.
     
  16. Secret Chief

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    My diet is good (as in my meals) but I eat too much sugary crap in between. I need to reduce it.
     
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    I decided after Christmas that my weight had crept up a couple of kilos more than ideal - I was finding it hard to get into trousers that I had bought over 10 yrs ago. What I did was reduce lunch, by the expedient of allowing myself only a quarter of a baguette with something and then simple salad with minimal oil and vinegar or lemon dressing, and a piece of fruit for dessert. I also reduced the pasta I eat at dinner to 90g dry weight and rice to 50g dry weight. 5 months later I've lost 2.5kg (5lb), my trousers fit again and I've lost most of the "love handles" that I had developed.

    My idea was to make small changes that could become ingrained as habit and thus permanent. I'm convinced the expectation one has of the volume of food at a meal is something that can be altered. The Japanese have this idea of stopping when one is 80% full. I think that works, because your feeling of fullness goes on increasing a bit after you finish eating. Slightly smaller plates can help.

    I'd much rather do it that way than turn my eating habits upside down, with all the knock-on effects for other people that can be involved.
     
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    Yes, the longer that interprandial gap, the better. (Aids with weigh loss too).
     
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    Terrywoodenpic Oldest Heretic

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    The older I get the harder it is to keep a stable weight. when I was working I kept a steady 185 pounds what ever I ate.
    Since retiring and now 87 it has been somewhat difficult to keep under 200 pounds.
    I eat a high fruit and veg, high fiber diet with only a little meat. very little salt or sugar. and with almost no snacking between meals. Nearly all my cooking is by steaming or in the oven, no frying.

    I tend to regulate my weight by reducing my portion sizes.
    My weight was more or less constant between the ages of 20 and 60, though what was once muscle became more fat as I aged.
    I have have as much hope of returning to 185 pounds as I have of reducing my waist from 38 to 36 inches, or 32 as it was at 20.
    But I maintain a pretty healthy style diet, and low blood pressure.
    My last food of the day is at 5pm
     
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  20. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Abnormal before it was fashionable
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    I've seen you eating out of the (feral) cat bowl.
    That is a problem with your diet!
    Although it's hard to discern if it's you....cuz
    you guys all wear masks over your eyes.
     
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