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mm134684
Monday, December 31, 2007, 6:01pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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I've been giving a lot of thought to portion size and the frequency of foods lately...I honestly try to have good portion control and I am often successful lol..but I think that because I've always had a fast metabolism and because I eat so healthy I tend to give myself a little leeway (I'm not sure how to spell this lol), as well as the fact that I have low energy and I was honestly thinking oh I need the calories, I need the energy...but now I'm wondering hmm maybe this overeating is a contributing factor to my fatigue...I don't binge eat..I just tend to turn to food when I'm bored and well basically when I'm not really hungry...So I was just wondering what peoples' thoughts were on this topic, whether they think following the food frequencies has benefited them, what overeating can do to the body besides gaining weight, does it contribute to low energy, and so on...all thoughts are appreciated  
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When I have the urge to eat and its not meal time I mix a teaspoon of lemon and honey {optional} in a cup of hot water and drink it
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sure overeating contributes to low energy but you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue due to stress....so keep your cortisol in check by getting enough sleep and stay away from stimulants like caffeine and white sugar


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mm134684
Monday, December 31, 2007, 6:14pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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I will have to try that lemon drink...and stress has been a killer lately and has made me more physically tired...I'm trying to learn how to deal with stress better too...thats something to work on for the new year!!
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I've always struggled with overeating. From experience, it can be caused by something mental. Sometimes depressive states can trigger overeating. In this case, it would be better to just take a supplement that helps with depression.

However, i think you say your main problem is that you overeat for the energy? ahh, yes, i can relate a lot with that! I think if you find a certain food that keeps your energy levels stable throughout the day you will help your goal of not overeating. Sometimes high sugar foods can make you crash. Sometimes certain grains can do that as well. Sometimes there can be toxins that need to be eliminated. You could try a detox. Undersleeping, also, is bad for eating habits and energy. Excercise can fight fatigue really well also.

Maybe you can drink water when bored? Or a some kind of beneficial tea?

My problem is i tend to overeat at night, so i eat more in the day and the morning to combat this.

Or this could just be a phase you are going through. think about when it started, and what was going on then at that time.
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mm134684
Monday, December 31, 2007, 6:37pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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hmm the tea and water ideas are good..I have a tendency to get dehydrated and I think I fill the void with food sometimes when I'm really thirsty
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ya... I always feel like eating! I am going to try the honey lemon thing!
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I start my day with a large glass of water with a little sea salt in it.  My body is not a fan of citrus, so the lemon is not so good for me.

If I overeat, it makes me very drained because my digestive system is my weak link.  I have found that I am most healthy when I eat at regular intervals and do not snack.  Continuous eating never gives the digestive system time to rest.

Also, certain foods are energy drains, such as the sugars and starches.  I stick with only beneficials in these categories (sweet potatoes, blackstrap molasses, baked squashes, rice, cherries, blueberries).  Also anything containing gluten inflames my gut and gives the illusion of hunger.

As my digestive tract has healed, I have steadily been losing weight until I am presently at what I consider my ideal weight, what I weighed in my 30's.

Of course, some things may alter as I move more into my Nomad status.

Drinking plenty of pure water is very important.  1/2 your body weight in oz.  This does not count coffee, wine, soup, etc.



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Drea
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I've been following the frequency/portion guidelines and still feel that I overeat. It wasn't until I started to count calories that I noticed that I was eating too much (too lose any weight). I'm focusing on stopping before I am 'stuffed', or not eating until I'm hungry, instead of for other reasons, such as boredom or because other people are eating.


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Lloyd
Thursday, January 3, 2008, 3:16am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Aren't A's suggested to stay slightly hungry?
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Thursday, January 3, 2008, 3:34am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Lloyd, since A's have the highest resting cortisol levels, always feeling hungry would make that level impossible to live with!  Physical stress causes cortisol to rise in Type A's.  

Drea, can you find new ways to use foods that satiate you more deeply?  Do you enjoy the whole meal eating experience?  Is it a feast for the eyes, nose and mouth?

p.s.  When one is thirsty, sometimes the body confuses that signal with hunger...and prompts you to eat when you are really just thirsty.


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For me, a long time binger (since early childhood); and a long time dieter, I know the pitfalls of overeating extremely well.  So much so, I can feel the horrid fatigue, brain fog, swollen body discomfort and feelings of shame and guilt without even overeating.  

I find that when I stay balanced... eating all the right foods for my BT and now GT, that I don't have cravings.  I mean I've always suspected that this craving to eat junk was from bad brain chemistry and not giving my body what it needs to stay balanced.

I'm enjoying staying clear mentally and strong physically more now than at any other time in my life and I'm fairly new to the game so I'm certainly not a 'long termer' yet but I am very motivated about this new science.

That doesn't mean I don't get any cravings... or I should say 'desires' that pop up.  For instance, yesterday I was very tired and had to go to the store.  Well one of my old binge thrills was to sneak away to the store and secretly indulge in my favorite goodies.  (junk goodies).

Before I left, I made sure I ate my Gatherer snack of a piece of celery with almond butter.  

When I got to the store, I still had the sort of urge as I was still tired and kind of bored, BUT I was able to not indulge and give in.

THIS IS VERY DIFFERENT from my normal way.  Normally I WOULD NOT have the strength to walk away and I would indulge.  

So the celery helped get some good food to my brain and caused a balancing act to happen even though I was still tired and bored.

So I hope this helps you.  It sure is worth all the extra cooking and prep.  I've had to do lately!  

Much luck...

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It's 3 main meals with 2 tea breaks for me. I find the portions mentioned in the book a bit too much for my system. 3/4 full works best for me. My B hubby on the other hand eats round the clock, small portions of something or the other.


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My problem of eating because I'm bored or because I don't want to do something that I'm supposed to do (this became evident while I was finishing my degree) aided my tendency to overeat. My other issue is that I really have to concentrate on not eating too fast, and to chew my food. When I eat beneficial foods high in protein and good fats (BTD), I can go longer between meals and snacks. But if I'm eating in the car, or in front of the computer, I do tend to not notice that I'm eating past the point of fullness. Ive recently taken up knitting, too, and this keeps my hands busy so that I cannot mindlessly snack all day.

I drink between 3-4 liters of water a day already (it's dry here).

I think there's something to be said to Lloyd's thought about being slightly hungry; although in my case, I think it's more to do with not eating until I am stuffed.


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Gosh Drea... if I may be so bold... it sounds like you need something exciting and creative to look forward to in your life... I mean... eating in the car, in front of the computer, etc.?

I know those times... I've been there and done that a million times.

I had to make some big changes in my life to find a deep core of happiness that was missing BESIDES finally finding good foods to help me stay balanced.  It's not only about the food.

When we are stressed out on a deep unseen level because of some sort of unhappiness or change(s) we need to make, the stress hormones that are released cause us to want to eat or drink or....

Just some thoughts.  
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Gosh Drea... if I may be so bold... it sounds like you need something exciting and creative to look forward to in your life... I mean... eating in the car, in front of the computer, etc.?


I have just finished a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, and the majority of my classes were taken in an on-line format (I graduated in Dec 2007 - yay for me!). At the moment, I'm taking some time off from mostly everything...except knitting, and moving, and looking for work. When I say eating in the car, it's mostly snacking in the car, like eating a LaraBar. Not because I'm really hungry, but because it's there, and so am I. Eating in front of the computer is a bad habit left over from my last job. Bad, bad, bad.


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Well possibly underlying stress from all the previous push for your degree.  I know when I'm in a big push for something and then I slow down... it's kind of like plunk... down to the ground I go... relieved but kind of craving...

And by the way, congrats!
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What genotype has the most problem with overeating or appetite control? I would think it would be gatherer.
I assume Os are the BT with that issue, also.


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I have just finished a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, ... (I graduated in Dec 2007 - yay for me!).
Congratulations Drea!!


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Congratulations Drea

I like Lloyd's "slightly hungry" because trying to eat until I'm not full is harder. I keep eating..waiting..eating..waiting..eating...
ooops..full. This way, if you're slightly hungry, you won't try to find "comfortable" and trip over "full".

What is it an "A" thing?  Does Dr. D mention who has the most weight problem?  You know like astrology, the sign that has the most weight problem is..Taurus.  That would be me.  
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You know like astrology, the sign that has the most weight problem is..Taurus.  That would be me.  


I'm a Taurus, too.  


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Hello everybody,

This is my first message on this website. I have been working with the BTD for years and have found it to be very helpful. However, I am really having trouble with a couple of things.  I need a lot of protein in the morning, have eggs a couple of times a week, but what do I do the rest of the time?  What are some good snacks for O types who have desk jobs with long hours?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thank you.
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Hey Xplorer, welcome!

There are a number of good threads that deal with that, look through the archives on this board. Others will stop by with specific  suggestions.

Visit the member center, you can pick up a type O avatar to help others respond to your posts. Also, other personal info can be entered there if you choose.

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To avoid overeating, eat small amounts before you get really hungry.
Xplorer: Are you exercising regularly? That helps in many areas from alertness to appetite control. Welcome to this board. You will love it!!!!

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how about some beef or turkey jerky?


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