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Educate yourself to a healthier you!

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As I am traveling on my healthy journey I am trying to educate myself on the why’s and how’s of nutrition..recently I have started to track different area’s of nutrition…not only calories..but carbs,fat,Protein, Sodium and sugar’s…
In doing this I have started to made some comparison’s to what my life was like before in the matters of what I ate daily…I am trying to not only get healthy , but to understand the how and why’s so I do not do it all over again. I think the more I can understand about food and what it does to our bodies..the more we are able to make educated decisions that will benefit our bodies.
Today is my first of what I am sure to be..many comparison’s… I must say I am shocked at the results…it’s no wonder I am fat…in my mind …I was thinking..that One sasuage egg and cheese biscuit..would be better for me than say…donuts from Dunkin doughnuts.. or some type of pastry…but in reality it was worse!

Here is my first Comparison’s….

Item Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
Hardee’s Sausage, Egg & Cheese 630 37 45 18 1520 4
Glazed Donut 260 31 14 3 330 12
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Healthy Meal
2 eggs 120 1 9 12 124 0
2 ww toast 140 13 1 3 125 2
peach fresh 33 8 0 1 0 8
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TOTAL 293 22 10 16 249 10

I was shocked that I was eating 630 calories for breakfast! 31 carbs and 1520 of sodium! And this was every week Monday through Friday on my way to work! OMG! And if someone brought donuts..I would eat one or two of those! UGH!

I no longer go through the drive through window at fast food joints..nor do I eat in my car.. I plan my meals..down to the last morsel…some might think this is too rigid for them.. but let me ask you this.. How are you doing with eating on the run? Would you be reading this if it was working for you?? Maybe being rigid is a good thing…and it could help.. I know one day it will all be second nature for me to eat healthy.. but right now I need a plan..and figuring out the nutritional value of what is being put into my body…is my priority these days! I urge you to do the same.. educate yourself..knowledge can be a wonderful tool for you to win your battle with food..we can’t eliminate food completly..so I need to learn to live with it..the best way I can..so that I can have a healthy body..yes, I am just beginning to learn about nutrition…but each day I make my numbers in my food diary on MY FITNESS PAL..IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD!
Give this a try…and get MYFITNESS PAL and start tracking your numbers…it will benefit you…and you will be on the right path to a healthier you! I wish you the best…

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Addiction

Food-AddictI can’t imagine what its like to be a drug addict..to want a high so badly you will go through thousands of dollars just to get a high..I don’t like to take over the counter drugs unless necessary…let alone the hard stuff..when I had my knee operation..I didn’t like taking the pain medicine..because of the way it makes me feel..I would rather have the pain…how can you like how that makes you feel? And not knowing if the next high is going to kill you… or not..a chance I am not willing to take…why take something that isn’t going to let you remember what the heck you did the night before? I just can’t wrap my head around this…

I can’t imagine what it’s like to NEED a drink everyday… I have beer and wine in my frig that had been there over a year now..I know for some, that it would of been gone the next day….everyday they stop and grab that 12 pack on the way home…and finish it off..before bedtime…Don’t get me wrong.. I enjoy a nice glass of wine..but the rest of the bottle goes to waste…I may have a white Russian if I am out for dinner..but one is enough.. I’ve never been drunk…NEVER… Two glasses of wine and I know I don’t like how it make me feel.. I like having complete control…I don’t like how alcohol makes me feel.. I can’t understand why people can’t see that they can’t drive after have too much? If you fumble while getting the keys in the ignition.. don’t drive.. it’s a no brainer.. how do you like laying by the toilet and puking your guts out? Yet, You still enjoy doing it all over again..tomorrow.. Not me…lives and familes are ruined by alcohol…why do it?

I enjoy sex.. but I can’t imagine being addicted to it and giving up my body to anyone that I meet….or being addicted to looking at it…people meet in the back alley and arrange sex…with a stranger and then go home to their partner..and do it again.. I’d be afraid some creep would kill me.. or that I would end up with a STD..or even AIDS..isn’t this degrading to you? How can you be addicted to this? How does it even begin?

And don’t get me started on cigarettes…I’ve kissed a man who smoked and it tasted awful! I have lived with a smoker and seen his yellow teeth and smelled the smoke on his clothing.. I hated it.. how can you want to stick a cig in your mouth and do all that harm to your lungs! We have all seen the pictures of the smokers lungs…black with tar like substance …and the cancer.. they spend millions of dollars on campaigns to keep young kids to stop..and yet.. its a multi dollar business… no matter what anyone says.. it’s not cool to smoke..not to mention the cost of a carton of those things! How do you like spending all of your hard earned money like that??? Up in smoke!
No I can’t understand how a person gets addicted to smoking.. drinking.. drugs..and sex…..those things don’t interest me…however….
I do under stand being addicted to food.. I understand how it make me feel better after a long day at work.. I understand that no matter how bad my day goes..that I can turn to the freezer and reach for the half gallon of ice cream… and eat myself happy…
I get great pleasure out of eating.. it comforts my soul.. it can make a bad day better.. a fight..tolerable..it can heal my broken heart.. and make me feel better inside..I use food like a druggie uses a needle.. it make me feel better.. and it’s not illegal.. No one cares if I stuff myself and weigh 300 pounds.. no one says a word…

In fact many family and friends of mine are are enablers … my hook up..my pimp…my dealer…see they make things to eat that I like and they even encourage me to eat me.. oh I am not blaming them.. I am just telling you they are enablers..and they don’t even know it..

If I was a alcoholic..would you ask me over to your house and offer me a drink? Or if I was a addicted to drugs..would you ask me over and have some on a silver platter for me?
If you saw me destroying myself with alcohol and drugs.. you would intervene? Why of course you would..
then why don’t you do that for me..? The food addict? Why not encourage me to seek help for my addiction???
Why not talk to me as my weight rises..and not ignore it?
Do you think I enjoy being fat? DO you think I just eat to much so I am getting fat? Do you even care?
It’s a disease that is not spoken about..after all you don’t want to hurt my feelings, right?

I have often said that I wish I wouldn’t have taken up the food addiction vise.. why? Cause I can get no help..if I was addicted to just about anything else..my insurance would pay for me to get help.. and certainly my family would seek that help for me.. out of sight out of mind..with alcohol..drugs.and tabacco…
but not with food addiction.. I still have to eat.. and to someone that LOVES food and is addicted to it.. there is no half ass way to do it.. all of nothing..yes , I eat all…everything.. and then afterwards I feel guilt..shame.. and despair.. which in turns makes me want to eat more to make me feel better..its a vicious circle..one that is difficult to break..but I am trying..
I started attending OA, Overeaters Anonymous …I attend the phone meetings.. it helps me be more aware..of what I am eating.. and allows me to be accountable..this helps me..my family still doesn’t get it.. nor my friends.. and I understand that. it’s really ok..I need to get through this..breakthrough my addiction myself..and with GOD.. at my side..
I hope that one day people who have a food addiction will have a place to get help..a outreach program..even a in house program to learn how to eat again.. I am going to beat this food addiction.. even if I feel that it is the hardest addiction on earth to kick.. after all I can drive down one block and find a fast food joint..just waiting to help me get my food fix! Hell they even have Dollar menu …that I can always afford something to fill my need…I get to walk the isle at Walmart and find just about any food that I want to get my fix..and if I am lucky..they are giving out samples… and being the kind person that I am.. sometimes they will give me seconds! Every second of every day food is on my mind.. every where I look..on TV on Bill boards..in Magazines.. I can find food porn.. and something new that could help me stay in this addiction!
But I want out… I have to get out.. I need to get out..I want out! So step by step. I will fight back.. I am stepping up and taking responsibility for my choices…I am eliminating many unhealthy things.. I started with Diet Coke.. I use to drink 6=8 a day.. I have been diet coke free for three weeks now.. and I feel better already.. my heartburn at night has stopped.. and I thirst for water now.. the colder the better! Now I have eliminated fast foods..I don’t go.. I can’t go.. I don’t have control..it’s not good for me.. so I am removing it from my life…period..next will be packaged food…all packaged foods..then white flour…baby steps..tomorrow is my first face to face OA meeting .. and I am scared shitless! But I am going… I am not sure what to expect…but I am looking forward to this very much.. the phone meetings are great..but this will be even better! wish me luck.. .and to those who are suffering with food addiction.. please reach out to someone.. a friend. pastor ..doctor…ask for help… and find OA ..go to the internet and find the phone numbers and conference call code to participate..it does help..
Cheers!
BeverlyFood-Addict

The “Oh So Good” – “You Could Sell These” – Homemade Granola Bar Recipe

The "Oh So Good" – "You Could Sell These" – Homemade Granola Bar Recipe.

Quick fix to weight loss?

I wish I could get this healthy eating down.. I just can’t seem to get it right… after weeks on the low carb diet.. I am off the program.. again…
I can’t seem to get it right…so back to square one…research..more research…and more thinking..I need … I want to do this.. so I will regroup and retry until I get it right..

So this is what I have come up with
there are NO quick fixes to losing weight..no magic .. no pills..no potions..only hard work..determination and guts! Yep sorry to bust your bubble…if you are reading this wanting to learn where to buy the Magic secret to weigh loss… you can’t…. I believe the magic is in yourself.. and each of us has to find a way to live in our world with all this food around us.. we can’t remove this and than..and never expect to want the old stuff again.. its not going to happen..

So I have decided after trying just about every diet on the planet.. that I am not going to diet anymore. Nope.. not going to do it.. what I am going to do is..eat sensibly ..setting a few guide lines along the way to help me make healthy choices..and smart ones at that..so what AM I going to do??

#1 Quit all diet and regular sodas..yep I am now on day two..after the first day of headacks, I learned to drink hot tea to relieve them..thank goodness.

#2 Drink water.. drink water.. and then drink more water… yes I said it. .we all know we should do it.. so now Just do it.. drink water..

#3 Eat all things in moderation…yes , nothing is on the DO NOT EAT LIST..nothing…does that mean I can eat all day long? anything I want? No moderation..my dears..moderation…

#4 Portion control..yep portions.. measure and weigh your food.. know the serving size and stick to it.. you can have a 1/2 cup of ice cream once in awhile..but NOT everyday…stay within limits..

#5 eating clean is best.. no packaged foods..fresh is best frozen is next..canned if you rinse the food first..

#6 Healthy Plate…1/2 with fruit and vegetables..1/4 with protein and 1/4 carbs..keep that in mind when eating..

#7 pick one day to eat what you want within reason.. plan for it.. special party.. pick that day… the remainder of the week , pick health plate eating

#8 Plan your meals.. at least a day ahead..and better yet..a week at a time. it’s ok if you revise it.. as you go about your week.. but planning will help you stick to the healthy plate plan…

#9 think portion control and calories..yes I said it ….good old fashion calories…decide how many you can have a day and then plan your 3 meals and 2 snacks a day.. remember 6 days of healthy plate eating..

#10. Make a food chart/calendar..put it on the frig and remember to look at it…also have some good low calorie choices for snacks..keep a supply of snack available to you.

#11 NO fast food.Period! That’s not to say you can’t go out to eat..at a sit down restaurant. .but No Fast food…if it has a drive through window it’s fast food…

#12 no white bread..we all know why…whole wheat…

#13 DON’T MAKE THESE CHANGES AT ONCE! SLOWLY MAKE THESE CHANGES OVER A PERIOD OF SEVERAL WEEKS EVEN MONTHS!

#14 Be flexible! ! Tweek it..make it your own..listen to your body. . (Not your stomach) as you make changes you will like how you feel. .and it will guide you to other changes..Ultimate goal is to be healthy. .

#15 Most importantly. …you didn’t gain it overnight. ..and your not going to lose it overnight. .it takes time and patience. ..

Robin Williams

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In Life you made us laugh.. in death we weep….such a tragic loss has happened.. I have not felt the loss of an actor/famous person..since the death of Princess Di..you Robin were an American Icon..and now you shall go down in history as one of the greatest comedians/Actors of our time.

Your personal struggles will not shadow the man we felt we knew and loved..I only wish we could of saved you..your comedy has saved many and given so much joy to so many..if only we could of given that back to you..
I hope you knew in your heart..you were loved by millions..I am sadden beyond words…may you rest in peace dear Robin..may you rest in peace..
Thanks for the laughs !

Love
Your Biggest fan
Beverly Roffeydavis

New Beginnings

Tomorrow starts a new day..a new life.. for me.. a new job.. much to my surprise I have been offered a wonderful job working with Seniors and I am thrilled! It no secret that the last three years have been very difficult for me. After having a knee replacement I was laid off from my job at the hospital..the knee replacement didn’t go well.. and I have been struggling every since…not only professional, financially and emotionally.
It’s no wonder I ate to make myself feel better. Now the cycle is broken.. yes.. right now..life is looking up for me,. and I no longer need to use food to make myself feel better! I did it. .I went into the darkness and came out and saw the light! I feel good!

Good Morning!

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I made it through the evening without touching that Blue Bell Ice Cream in my freezer! And I feel GREAT about that!! This morning I ate a sausage , egg, peppers and cheese breakfast bowl! Yes from Atkins! And I loved every bite! Now I am sipping on some hot tea..this first day of August, 2014..because it feels like a fall day! Only 60’s today, and chance of rain!

It’s now 9:57 am and already I have cleaned the kitchen..washed two loads of clothes..but a roast on to cook..cleaned out the pool…gave the dog a bathe…and finally sitting down to blogging…for just a bit…WOW! Far cry from Miss drag my ass out of bed girl! Energy is coming back.. and I like it! No heavy loaded down feeling…interesting observation..and all I did was change what foods I decided to put in my body..interesting..

I tons more stuff to do today.. still unpacking from my two week stay with my Mum in Ohio.. wishing I was still with her right now..ok slap my face and knock me back into reality…lots to do.. final exams to study for..(yek) and a bedroom to reorganize so our favorite guest can sleep in there when they come to visit!

Just wanted to share with you my changed in energy level..and my hunger pains are finally calming down..going to do some meal planning that I will share with you all later…I am going to save this as a draft..and finish this evening..
TaTa!

I made a roast today for dinner.. since I have a unhealthy relationship with food.. I wanted to make sure I didn’t sit down and eat the whole thing..so I made plans to make the cooked roast into several different meals. For my son.. I added potatoes, onions and carrots..he ate it for lunch and dinner..
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I had a portion for dinner ( mine has roast, onions, baby carrot and French green beans…) and then I made three to freeze.. I added some french green beans and one chopped tiny carrot to each. I also used a cup of water and a packet of seasoning to the whole roast..total carb count is ( 2 carbs for seasoning, 1 for baby carrot & onion..and 2 for French cut green beans) Total 5 carbs for the meal. Plus No things in it I don’t want!
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I have wrapped them well with plastic wrap.. if they cook up well after freezing them I will be making more..keep posted for updates and recipes for my frozen low carb meals!
I like the fact that I knew that it was possible that I would eat the whole roast..and recognized that I needed to portion it out into meals.. recognizing these little things is important to my success !

Low Carb Root Beer Float

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Every now and then I want a “treat”…without going off my food plan.. this Low Carb Root Beer Float does the trick!! And it’s so easy!!!

Low Carb Root Beer Float
4-6 ice cubes
ice to fill your glass
1 cup Root Beer
2 Tab Half & half
1 Teaspoon vanilla
squirt of whipped cream
Directions…
Place all ingredients in blender or magic bullet..blending well..
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then pour over ice..add a squirt of whipped cream to top it all off! ENJOY!
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You can also add a scoop of low carb Protein!
VARIAIONS :
Diet Orange soda
Diet Cherry 7-up
Diet Vanilla Coke
Diet Grape Soda

Choosing a food plan just for you!

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I know I am probably get a lot of flack for my choice of food plan to follow..but your not me..no food plan is for each of us..if it was we would all be skinny! We have to figure out the road we want to take..count calories,low fat, low carb, paleo,weight watchers, tops, clean eating..no matter which one you choose..it has to be personalized for you..I’ve choosen low carb..because I can eat…there I said it.. I can eat real food..and not feel deprived. I love eggs..( ask me that in two months) I love meat.. oh I will miss bread and pasta..and sweets..but I wanted to cut out sugar..and white flour..I have experimented with cutting back on flour and do notice a big change in how I feel. Also I have done Atkins before.. I lose a considerable amount of weight. But had a false sense of security that I would never gain it back..and didn’t work on a Lifetime Maintenance plan. Big mistake on my part. And I have since understood the importance of maintenance in weight loss. No matter what plan you choose..you must always figure out and follow a maintenance plan of some kind. If not.. you will be where I am and doing it all over again!
I am all for convenience in the beginning weeks of following my food plan. .on days I work I just want to grab something quickly. And still stay on my program.. Atkins allows that! And tons of choices for me to choose from.
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Atkins dinners are a big help for me.. And they taste great! I haven’t met one I didn’t like.. Right now they are a little costly..but I think they are worth it! Tonight I had the Atkins Italian-Style Pasta Bake.. YUMMY! I enjoyed every bite! I hope Atkins will continue to add to this line of products..my only word of caution is that you must limit the number of these you have a day. or It can slow down your weight loss. Atkins has a line of Protein bars.. Protein Drinks and even candies..
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mmchchip</a They can help you through any sweet attack..and the protein drinks are to die for! Serve over a big glass of ice..and yummo!…The protein bars fit in my purse for food attacks and late meetings..stopping my hunger! And the best thing is that I stay on track! No trips to the vending machine or coffee shop! just remember to use in moderation!

I will be featuring my review’s on each new Atkins product that I try… nope I’m not a ATKINS paid spokesperson..but maybe one day I could be! Right now I will leave that to…….Sharon!
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Willpower, how to get it!

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Willpower.. why do some of us have it and some of us don’t??? I need it.. I want it…! I don’t have it! I like this quote…
think of Willpower as a muscle
You don’t find Willpower
You build it!

What a concept…I never thought of it this way.. I thought you either had it or didn’t.. and I always seemed to never have it for very long.. oh sure I start out with it.. and them BAM ! As fast as I had it .. I lost it..
Now I realize that I have to build it .. over time.. I am not perfect.. I doubt if any of us are.. or we wouldn’t be where we are right now..over weight..but with this new idea…that we need to BUILD on our Will power ..is a life saver.. I feel like someone just through me a life preserve on this one… I always like that determination when I first start out on losing weight. .and often think.. I don’t want to lose this feeling..but I do..we all do..so maybe with my new mind set..I can learn to take it step by step..muscle by muscle.. hey it isn’t going to happen over night ..I have to work at it..
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I believe that Will power is the KEY to success.. so this is something I am going to really try to work on and develop..I know that it will help me to reach my goal..so this is important.

Right now I could use some of that Willpower! I know the first week or so..is hard.. but right now ..I could eat the couch!! I need to find something to much on..that is low carb.. maybe I should drink a Protein drink..Lord help me.. Right now all I can think of is the rest of the container of ice cream in the freezer. .I really should of thrown that away..maybe I should go get it and run hot water on it in the sink.. No I can’t trust myself…I’d eat it right out of the carton right now..who am I kidding…think I will stay out of the kitchen..period.. Tomorrow I will get rid of it! But not now..

Isn’t it funny.. I want his .. so badly..but my voice in my head is telling me that I should eat something. .Right now.. the slogan…NOTHING TASTE AS GOOD AS SKINNY FEELS…SUCKS! WHo ever came up with that..never had Blue Bell ice Cream! LOL!
I will control my thoughts and not let my thoughts control me..period….caffeine…I need Caffeine..good Heavens! This is torture! Ok..control yourself Beverly.. this to shall pass…
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Yes! Shut up stomach.. I am not going to listen to you anymore.. look where you have gotten me so far! I do not need to eat.. I do not need to eat…I will not eat! I will not eat! Water I will drink water…then .. I am going to bed!
Cheers!
Beverly

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