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Drea
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I can be like that, too, ABJoe. But when I'm doing something that takes my concentration, that's usually when I forget to eat. The downside is that when I notice I'm hungry, I'm usually too hungry to make good choices. It just so happened that I only had good choices available yesterday.  


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inulin is contained in many different foods.....artichokes is one of them.....
google inulin content and find out what other foods in your list have it


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The key, I suppose, is finding out from the company what form their's is made from. Actually, probably not worth the effort. I haven't found any thing that inulin is made from that is harmful to me. Just curious.


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Even though I'm sick (I came down with the flu yesterday), I'm still eating compliantly; re: no (refined) sugar or wheat. The elderberry/zinc lozenges I bought yesterday are sweetened with brown rice syrup, and they aren't terribly sweet, which is nice.

This morning I couldn't face coffee, so had two cups of peppermint with twig tea mixed together, and now I'm having some miso soup (just miso paste in hot water). Very soothing to my throat. I stocked up on veggies yesterday, mainly leafy greens, but will probably cook them today. A salad doesn't feel warming enough. If I have more energy later, I'll whip up a pot of lentil soup with carrots, celery, onion, spices, and, of course, lentils.


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your foods sound good as usual, you are making good choices! that is the goal, to make good choices under stress as well as on a good day.
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Thanks Jayneeo!
Drea, I forget to eat when I am concentrating or busy, too! Kudos to you for your good choices and conquering it all!
MMMMMM lentils! Now I"m hungry!


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Day 19, which is more than half of my original goal! I'm doing great, though at the moment, I'm sick, sick, sick with the flu. But...I haven't strayed!


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Hope you feel/get better soon!!!
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Yes, sending you healing vibes! Feel better soon.


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Due to my coughing uncontrollably and the pain that that causes, I asked my neighbor to pick up some cough drops. She had a package of Ricola, and they are very soothing. Unfortunately, the last ingredient is sugar. But in light of being sick, I'm going with it for now. I'll restart the sugar-free counter after I've beaten this bug. *sigh*


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Hi Drea,

I have been following your progress the last few months. Thank you for the motivation it produced on me. You are doing a great job on your food selection. Your meals sound so yummy and I am a Hunter !

Those cough drops are medicine, therefore my vote is you do not need to start a new count. I just hope they do not give you cravings. Keep up your good nutritional program as much as you can given your "weakness" and hopefully you many not even experience them.

Hope you feel better soon so you can continue with your good work.

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Thank you Susana. So far, I have not had any cravings, not even for "real" food. The thought of eating is scary, as I've been vomiting among other things with this stupid bug.


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There you are. In a few days you'll find yourself healthy and most likely with some weight loss and hopefully no cravings. As they say, their is always something good of a bad situation  .

Hope you recover soon and you can enjoy your new situation.

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I'm on the mend, thank goodness! I've had a pretty good day, took a shower, went to the kennel (across the yard), even though it's a lovely 11 deg F without the wind chill factor, BRRRRR. I didn't actually get dressed, just threw on my boots, hat, gloves, and jacket over my jammies. I've eaten a big bowl of the lentil soup with veggies I made this morning, and a small bowl of oat bran with pecans, golden raisins, rice protein powder, and cinnamon. Now it's dinner time and I started to crave sugar. I don't have any, other than the cough drops, but I found a bag of oat flour covered date pieces. That curbed it. Yay!


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MMMMMMMMM...I love dates...and figs....they are my "candy"
Glad to see you are on the mend, Drea!


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Hope you find yourself "mended" today. Well done resisting the temptation yesterday.

From my experiences with hours/days after a fasting (you've just gone through one, forced but never the less) is that the body wants food/energy fast. Careful do not confuse it with sugar. Of course sugar may be one of the items the body/brain calls for. It acts fast. Load up on good food.

Also, one of the symptoms of good health is hunger. Don't let the sugar get in the way of your progress toward good health.

best wishes for today.

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Thanks Susana, I've really missed your loving support; I'm so glad you're back among us!

You know, after I posted my back-slapper, I opened up that same bag of dates and started to mindlessly eat them (it's a habit I've formed some time ago ); once I realized what I was doing, I closed up the bag and put it back in the pantry. I wasn't really hungry after that (not for real food), but did still "crave" something, but I just rode it out, drank some hot tea, some salted lemon water, and finally went to bed early (9 pm).

I'm still not hungry (though know that's normal for me and not necessarily a good thing), but honestly, nothing sounds appealing. Because of the cold (did I mention that it's -14 degrees F here this morning?), some of my grooming dogs might not show up and then I'll be able to take a break to eat a proper meal. Ooh! I just remembered all that lentil soup I made! I'll take a tub of that. Never mind.


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You mentioned earlier in the thread about being frustrated with the lack of weight loss- which got me thinking about other threads we've had on here this winter about "winter weight." It might simply not be possible for you to truly lose any weight until it warms up outside. IF your body is holding onto extra fat stores as "insulation" then the weight will probably come off, effortlessly, wihtout doing anything different, as soon as it warms up.

Of course, you might have lost some weight with this illness, but that might not stay off once your appetite and taste buds return to normal.


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Drea, my pleausure I actually missed you.

Ruthiegirl I think you are quite correct on winter weight, at least for me. While I have most of the time maintained a good weight I always got 4-6 pounds up on winters. Even when I had the food addiction I always started losing weight in the spring. But Drea, that does not mean you can go stuff yourself on those dates lol! The less weight you put on in winter the easier it will be in spring and it is just around the corner.  We are just about to hit mid winter lol!

This winter I have discovered Yogi Tea. There are lots of different flavours. You in America have even more flavours. They keep hunger miles away and they are so satisfying. I am with one right now: "Ginger Harmony" Ginger (39%), fennel, cinnamon, anis, cilantro, cinnamon extract, ginger oil, and licorice. All organic, diamonds and beneficials. The combination of spices makes it quite sweet so no need for sugar. I add a coffee spoon of carob to add another diamond . Ahhh! so warm and comforting.

Drea, I do not want to be like a nagging mother but, even if you are not very hungry eat those beneficial foods, even in little quantities. It will surely make you less hungry for when you recover. And throw the uncovered nagging "poor me" attitude out the window. I bet it is responsible for wanting you to eat the wrong foods. I´m ranting.

Hope you fell better soon.

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Drea, hope the doggie mom's don't show up....you could use some rest. With a good book and tea. ....feel better soon!
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Quoted from Susana


Drea, I do not want to be like a nagging mother but...



Susana, we could set a new world record if you were my mother!

I don't take it as nagging. I take it as caring. That tea sounds yummy, too. I'll look for it when I go into Santa Fe tomorrow.

I ate a bowl of the lentil soup and I must be starting to get my taste buds back because it was dee-lish-us. *tee hee*

I feel so much better; not 100%, but due to circumstances beyond my control, most of New Mexico is without natural gas. This, and the cold weather, means that only two (out of 4) of my grooming dogs showed up, and all dogs got bathed and sent home before we ran out of hot water (our heat and hot water are powered through natural gas at the kennel, whereas my little abode is powered with propane). I cancelled all the dogs scheduled to be groomed tomorrow and rescheduled them for next week, as the gas company is saying it might take up to 3 days to restore the natural gas in our area.

It's been a weird week, for sure!

Ruthie, I think you may be right about the weight. I didn't even bother weighing myself this morning because I felt that any weight I might have lost from not eating would be added back on as soon as I started again. *great minds and all that*

Thanks for all those healing thoughts; they worked!


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Well as least your little abode is heated and you get a well earned rest Hope do do get the $ you missed next week.

I'm glad you did not take it bad. I have not written English in two years and it is a little bit rusty but I still write as if it were fluent . For example I think you are taking this very well jet I said the "uncovered "poor me" attitude." You are not showing any of it. I meant the unnoticeable (covered), perhaps even nagging impulse. Just in case someone read they may get the wrong impression. You are showing signs of great strength in attitude, towards the sugar/craving nuances, and taking good care of yourself.

I am glad you are recuperating well.

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I had a very similar conversation this afternoon with my mom (she's much more of a pessimist, whereas I'm more of an optimist): she thinks the world is slowly falling apart and doesn't see how we as a people can ever recover. I see the world as going through some heavy changes that will (hopefully) give people the impetus to make better choices. We agree to disagree, finally.

On another note: I've found another tasty way to eat my plain yogurt...with added golden raisins. Just the right amount of sweet in almost every bite -- now I see why Raisin Bran is so popular...(too much added sugar for my tastes).


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Btw Susana, your written English is very good...and much, much better than my written, or spoken for that matter, Spanish...considering I took 5 consecutive years of it in HS!

The temps are dropping again, there is still no natural gas here, but there is only one dog staying overnight and he's a wolf hybrid with a full winter coat, so I think with a space heater directed on him, he'll be fine.


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Still no natural gas, but since I use propane...I made a big pot of quinoa to compliment my big pot of lentil soup. I'm having a bowl of quinoa with sauteed red, green, and yellow bell peppers in evoo, garlic powder, and nutritional yeast.

A little aside about bell peppers. They were avoids on the BTD, which I followed for more than 10 years. I used to love them and was really sad to see them go, but off they went. Then I switched to the GTD, then to SWAMI-X, and never supposed I could have them back. Until one day, I was reading the wallet shopping card that I printed out and laminated from the SWAMI-Xpress, and there in green, and in lower case, were the words "peppers, bell". I couldn't believe my eyes. I had to look a couple of times before I believed it. They are bennies for me now! Wuu-huu! I'm really happy to have them back.


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