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    I have noticed over a long time that my eating has changed...I think for the better. I cannot put my finger on it...but I believe it is because I have been on a solid KB Program (ETK) for over 1 year now. Awhile back I would wake up in the morning, and felt really hungry...and I ate a "traditional" American Bkfst...eggs, sausage, toast/butter, cinnimon roll and coffee and OJ. Then of course for lunch I would have a soup and sandwich, diet Pepsi or coffee and slice of cherry pie..(you know the usual stuff)...For dinner it would be the usual...chicken or burgers, mashed potatoes or fries. EVERY morning now I do not even feel like eating, but I know that I have to eat something...so my usual bkfst is a yoplait yogurt with almonds...then morning coffee or tea...lunch I will have a healthy choice soup, or a spinache salad with salmon or tuna and hard boiled egg....afternoon snack I like to have shortbread cookies (2) with a cup of coffee. And I am still not hungry....UNTIL around 8pm....I'm starving!!..thats when I eat my dinner which is a Healthy Choice type microwave dinner...and I have side dish of green beans and brown rice...Sometimes I will make spagetti dinner...or meatloaf dinner...the point is that I no longer feel hungry through out the day...Some days I will miss lunch altogether because I FORGOT to eat...and food is not on my mind during the day (of course it is now because I am discussing it)
    this change has happened gradual.. and It was never on my radar that change was happening....Sometimes at dinner I will even some leftovers on the plate...as a treat for my 2 dogs...(who allways think about food!!)....Dennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by ad5ly View Post
    EVERY morning now I do not even feel like eating, but I know that I have to eat something...so my usual bkfst is a yoplait yogurt with almonds...then morning coffee or tea...lunch I will have a healthy choice soup, or a spinache salad with salmon or tuna and hard boiled egg....afternoon snack I like to have shortbread cookies (2) with a cup of coffee. And I am still not hungry
    hmm well, after your breakie and your lunch and a snack, it's not a surprise really is it that you're not hungry? so what's changed?

    ....UNTIL around 8pm....I'm starving!!..thats when I eat my dinner which is a Healthy Choice type microwave dinner...and I have side dish of green beans and brown rice...Sometimes I will make spagetti dinner...or meatloaf dinner...the point is that I no longer feel hungry through out the day..
    right. but again, you're eating food during the day.

    .Some days I will miss lunch altogether because I FORGOT to eat...and food is not on my mind during the day (of course it is now because I am discussing it)
    this change has happened gradual.. and It was never on my radar that change was happening....Sometimes at dinner I will even some leftovers on the plate...as a treat for my 2 dogs...(who allways think about food!!)....Dennis
    So from what you say you make now, it doesn't sound like you're a major gourmand, so it sounds like you grab food becuase as you say you think you have to, not because there's a whole lot of personal pleasure in preparing food and dining. is that right?

    when in here do you work out?

    Timing of workouts relative to food consumption does have a big impact on whether or not we feel hungry. so workouts sure can have an effect on perceived hunger.

    Likewise, doesn't sound like you're going without food of some kind for longer than about 6 hours in a day, with the exception perhaps of an overnight fast if you're done eating by 9. is that right?

    Also that stomach rumbling feeling of the need to eat is (a) trainable and (b) chemical. so if you're doing stuff that's off set your hunger clock to a different time period and also doing things with your body to mute that chemical hunger trigger (turn it off even), then yup, experiences around food change for sure.

    thanks for sharing this.

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    Your right I am not a chef by any means...So alot of what I eat is the Healthy Choice microwave type in which there is little actual food prep and measuring - and less to think and fuss about.. When I eat I take my time...I used to wolf down my food very quickly (habit picked up in the military) I had single by-pass surgury about 4 and a half years ago...which also reinforces my change in eating style. No chips,no soda, no fast food, no dunkin donuts, and for the most part now I do not even miss those foods anymore. It being summer I prefer to practice when the sun gets low (early evening)...but otherwise I practice mid afternoon. I have also come to distinquish between the feeling of being hungry, and simply eating because I am bored. BUT I DO BACKSLIDE on occassion....but then I get right back on track in short order...Dennis

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    Dump the healthy choice and the microwave. Eat whole not processed foods. If you can't cook then don't - eat fruits and vegetables raw and anyone can cook a lean hamburger or steak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atl View Post
    Dump the healthy choice and the microwave. Eat whole not processed foods. If you can't cook then don't - eat fruits and vegetables raw and anyone can cook a lean hamburger or steak.
    Atl is spot on. A few years ago, I had fallen into the frozen dinner habit because of the ease of cooking and the marketing trick that led me to believe that Healthy Choice was in fact a healthy choice. I decided to start competing in fitness competitions and knew I would have to dramatically change my diet. Our diet is one of whole, natural foods. If you cant pronounce it, dont eat it. If it runs in a field, grows in the ground or falls from a tree it's yours. I thought I was going to be STARVING. To my surprise (although the timing and calculating of meals drove me crazy) I found that the plate got bigger and the calories fewer - plus it TASTED better. I know we get busy and life gets in the way, but try to prepare in bulk on Sunday afternoon enough food to grab during the week. You'll be glad you did. A good, filling, healthy meal is worth the extra time once you get used to it!
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    I used to be lazy, also, and not cook for myself. I was buying "healthy choice" and various frozen meals thinking I was doing myself good, until I started actually learning about food and nutrition.

    Eventually I just bought a cookbook and started learning how to cook REAL food. Heck, it was easy - and much, much better (both taste and nutrition wise). Now I buy fresh, organic food and don't eat anything with ingredients I can't pronounce. No frozen, ready made crap.

    Now I look at cooking as both a necessity and a fun hobby. I'm always learning new cooking methods and constantly amazing myself at how good my food is coming out. I can't believe I used to eat that frozen crap.

    Quote Originally Posted by dpluslane1 View Post
    I know we get busy and life gets in the way, but try to prepare in bulk on Sunday afternoon enough food to grab during the week. You'll be glad you did. A good, filling, healthy meal is worth the extra time once you get used to it!
    Yup - this is a great point. Just last week I cooked a 3.5lb pot roast in my crock-pot. I had roast with cooked potatoes, carrots, and onions as left-overs for dinner (with homemade tortillas) during the next week. I thought I'd made too much, and was going to get sick of it - but it was just too damn good, and too easy to not finish it off over the next several days.

    Nothing like a REAL meal after a tough workout.
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    was Dennis asking for help to change his eating habits?
    he seems ok with what he's doing.

    dennis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mc View Post
    was Dennis asking for help to change his eating habits?
    he seems ok with what he's doing.
    Yeah, he seems fine with Healthy Choice frozen microwave stuff.

    We're suggesting healthier choices. No harm there..

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    Unsolicited advice can be good advice even if it is being nosy.
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    My thread was not intended to ask for advise...but to point out that I feel more in control of my eating now than say a year ago. Seems like my appetite will not kick in until around 8-9 pm....So that is when I eat the biggest meal...saving the calories all day for supper...I eat at regular meals also but frugally...some fruit, yogart, nuts, tuna....I am very content with Healthy Choice...as it fills me up and I do not concern myself with the annoying details of food prep and measuring, and actual cooking. I was not aware that Healthy Choice was not actually all that healthy. But I am not eating Hostess Cup cakes at night either...hehe!...Its so much easier now that I only have to contend with hunger just before bed...as opposed to battling it all day long...busy eating/grazing etc...I also cook meatloaf and vegs, chicken/beef on the grill...or tuna salads...stuff like that. I will reconsider the microwave meal methods...but I do like like the convience of it...Dennis

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