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Featured Have you Ever Changed Your Diet?

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  1. Psalm23

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    Have you ever changed your diet? Such as you stopped eating certain foods or started eating other kinds? Did you notice a positive change? Did you experience any push back from others who didn't understand? Share your experiences.
     
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    I tried the FODMAP diet a couple of years ago and slowly reintroduced stuff to find out what was affecting my stomach. My wife for some reason takes it as a personal insult that I no longer eat onion or garlic. I do the cooking and still make her stuff with garlic and a garlic free version for me so I'm unsure what the problem is.
     
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  3. Watchmen

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    I began intermittent fasting a few years ago. I eat muesli for lunch almost every day. I’ve lost 40 pounds and never felt better.
     
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    I went vegetarian at 12. I did not get support from my parents; actually, I was punished. After a week of being grounded, they caved, and said I could start cooking for myself(one of the best things that ever happened to me). My friend's just thought I was weird, and a little annoying.

    I felt so much better. I got sick less often, and was at peace with my food choices(I was known for crying at dinner as a kid).

    I went vegan at 16. My parents didn't care this time, but friends balked a bit. I became more annoying to some of them(a few tried with me). I felt a lot healthier, and shed a lot of excess pounds.

    In my early 20s, I gave veganism up, due to cost and having a significant other who belittled me all the time because of it. I felt less healthy, had less energy, and gained about 20 lbs.

    What's FODMAP?
     
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    Twilight Hue Twilight, not bright nor dark, good nor bad.

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    No change really but I did adjust some foods and drinks to lighter calories and less or no sugar.

    It made quite a difference.
     
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  7. sun rise

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    I gave up fast food many years ago and am healthier for it.
     
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    I went vegetarian (and mostly vegan, actually) for about 3-4 months. It was really just to try it out. It was fine. I won't pretend I didn't miss meat, but I'm pretty comfortable that I could go full vegetarian without too many hassles or hiccups. Veganism took more planning (and I'm not fully onboard with it anyway, from a more philosophical point of view.

    There was a little pushback, and also some positive feedback. Maybe slightly more of the former than the latter.
     
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    I've given it up, too...

    I didn't eat a whole lot of it, but bluntly put, I can't afford it anymore. Not even for an occasional meal...

    I'm sure not having it isn't going to hurt me, though. Perhaps a blessing in disguise.
     
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  10. Hermit Philosopher

    Hermit Philosopher Selflessly here for you

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    I was a vegetarian (before that was an easy thing to be in the West) for 15 years. No one in my surroundings, back then, understood.


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  11. Brickjectivity

    Brickjectivity Turned to Stone. Now I stretch daily.
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    A few years ago I began avoiding sugar and began learning to cook. I did this after watching a film. I think was That Sugar Film.
    That Sugar Film - Wikipedia

    Not long after I stopped missing the sugar, and my sense of flavor changed.

    Soon after I stopped eating bread as well. Also about nine months ago I began experiments with intermittent fasting. I tried fasting in the morning, and that did not work for my digestion or for my self control. What works very well for me is to stop eating as close to or before 2 o'clock as possible. Its not hard for me, and it works well. I also take dextrin soluble fiber, because its difficult for me to get enough leafy veggies.

    I avoid extremes, because I have seen the extremes people go to with dieting such as happened in the past with the Atkins diet. I also don't expect myself to be precise, since I get strong cravings now and then. I have people throwing deserts at me all the time. I can't go for very long without half of a pie showing up or something of that nature.

    Lately I work around a lot of sugar and bread with preservatives in it and ground meat, and I have been drinking some sodas and occasionally bread and the meat. I offset this, however the environment is hot and its tempting to get an icy fountain drink, tempting to eat things that aren't really food. I just start to slow down when I am hot, so perhaps I will start bringing in some distilled ice water. Its not convenient. No doubt this results in more food cravings and sugar cravings. I worry about other effects of the sugar and preservatives. It seems innocuous, but a body can be very busy cleaning up after the sugar instead of fighting other problems. It hampers digestion, too.
     
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  12. Mock Turtle

    Mock Turtle 'Some of you humans are just so funny!'
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    I was vegetarian for about two years, and whilst I was caving regularly almost every week, which as you can imagine is rather physically intensive. I didn't notice any effects of the change in diet but I was in my late 20s then. I also seemingly invented the 5:2 diet (or Fast diet) later and before it was known as such, although my version also had me exercising more on the two days combining with the lower calorific input. I lost about four inches off my waist over 18 months (from 32" down to 28") - which I would certainly like to do now. :oops:
     
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    I went vegetarian and stopped buying chocolate biscuits. Vegetarianism wasn't really doable for me for a long time as I live in a rural area and don't drive. I made the switch when my local shop got some quorn stuff in.

    I stopped buying chocolate biscuits because I have really bad impulse control with them. I can't have just one so I switched over to yoghurt and fruit slices instead. The fruit slices probably aren't much healthier than chocolate biscuits but at least I don't eat a full pack in one day.

    I'm definitely slimmer than I used to be. Unfortunately, I'm also less muscular so I'll call it a wash.

    Not really. I live alone though so there's nobody to complain about what I buy. I've also never liked going for meals with people* so my diet doesn't really come up if I'm with friends.


    *I can't stand the sight or sound of other people eating, nor do I like other people seeing me eat.
     
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    I became a vegetarian, but there was no "experience." I just stopped eating meat.
     
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    I changed to a vegetarian diet when I was 18. Everybody I know acted like I had lost my mind . There were no health benefits, probably because I ate pizza almost every day.

    The first time I tried veganism I gained half a stone. I couldn't cook and had no idea what to eat so existed almost entirely on chips ('fries' for most of you) for six months. Everybody thought it was hilarious. I enjoyed telling people that I was the only vegan in the world who was piling weight on.
     
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  16. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    Alhamdulillah, did not ever need to. Gluten, chilies, fried, non-veg., liquor, do not bother me (I am 79, not yet 80). I listen to my nervous system. It has (nearly) stopped responding to sweets, chocolates. It welcomes salt and tea (three times a day, boiled with sugar, milk, the Indian way).

    IMHO, being a vegan is a bit of overdoing it. Mother Cow provides so many good things. Why should one miss them unless one is allergic to milk? Some thing that most Indians will not be able to understand.
     
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  17. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    My diet is pretty good pretty healthy, home cooked local produce. However when we (hubby and me) worked we would often eat out or buy take away foods and have home cooked food a couple of times a week. I can't say i noticed much difference in the transition to home cooked. Perhaps because qe didn't have fast food.

    Following a couple of stomach operations, for a few weeks each time i was on protein drinks, yoghurt and cooked mashed apple baby style food. The only thing i can say about that is that i am still alive.
     
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    I wasn't a healthy-eating vegan, either. I didn't put on any weight(and lost a good bit), but I'm not sure how. I just don't think my body processes dairy well.

    An old coworker had made an assumption that I ate nutritious all the time, and I explained to her that when I got off work, I was going home to a dinner of a slice of cake and a glass of gin, and asked her how healthy that sounded.
     
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    Drastic changes made me feel temporarily ill, while small, experimental changes sometimes reaped benefit.
     
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  20. ChristineM

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    Scottish chips at that???
     
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