I Eat When The Fitbit Tells Me To Eat

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

The Fitbit Flex on my wrist went off at 10 am, but I was trying to write a blog entry. I ignored it. The irony is that I was trying to write an entry for Starling Fitness. I should have just looked at my wrist and realized that I had forgotten the most important thing to keep me eating healthy: I Eat When The Fitbit Tells Me To Eat.

Eat When The Fitbit Tells You to Eat from Starling Fitness

Fitbit Silent Alarms from Starling FitnessThere should be no question about it. I used to want to eat ALL day long without relief from the hunger. It wasn’t until I set alarms every two and a half hours that I found that I could go any amount of time without thinking about food.

Now, I find myself FORGETTING about food and making the alarm go away without bothering to eat. I went a half hour without eating my apple that was already washed and ready to eat. All I had to do was put it in my piehole.

Why? Why do I let myself forget the torment of constant obsession with food and fall into bad habits? As long as I FEED my poor, abused body, it will give me HOURS of time when I won’t even THINK about food. If I had to feed my cat every two and a half hours, I wouldn’t think twice about abandoning my work and jumping up when the alarm went off. Yet, when it comes time to feed MYSELF, I won’t even bother.

And the worst trick of all, is that if I don’t feed myself healthy food every two and a half hours, I get FATTER!! I end up feeling so hungry that I eat an entire day’s worth of calories in one sitting. It’s a paradoxical practical joke that I have played on my body for years, and yet, I still haven’t learned how to do it properly.

Maybe that’s why it’s so hard. I alternately starved and stuffed my body for YEARS and I’ve only been practicing this type of eating for three months. I’m trying to undo YEARS of bad habits, so I guess it’s going to take some time until this is second nature to me. Until then, I am going to jump when that alarm goes off and stick some food in my piehole!

Overeaters Anonymous does not endorse anything on this entry or blog.


Hungry for Food, Not Packaged Poison

By Laura Moncur @ 10:36 am — Filed under:

This season of the Vampire Diaries, has been so enjoyable. One of the “evil” vampires we’ve come to love, Katherine, was made human at the end of the last season and dealing with her humanity has been interesting. This scene, in particular, made me laugh my head off.

You Said You Were Hungry from Starling Fitness

“You said you were hungry.”

Hungry for food, not packaged poison from Starling Fitness

“For food, not packaged poison.”

I thought to myself, I should make an animated GIF of that, but thankfully, She is electric, can I be electric too? did it for me! Katherine’s descent back to humanity has been coupled with an insatiable desire to EAT.

Got any food? from Starling Fitness

The scene where she is literally eating her way through the buffet line is priceless:

Eating your way through the buffet line from Starling Fitness

What are you? The sandwich police? from Starling Fitness

The truth of the matter is, my hunger response, just like Katherine’s, is BROKEN. I feel hungry all the time, but the more REAL food I eat (with protein, fat and a little carb), the better I feel. Additionally, eating every two and a half hours when my alarms go off (and NOT eating in-between), really helps me beat that out of control hunger. I still may have that hunger, but I tell myself, “I can wait an hour…”

The next time you feel like Katherine in her newly human form and want to eat your way through the buffet line, remember to eat REAL food, not packaged poison.

Via: Fitness, Health, And Confidence


What Happens If You Go Without Water?

By Laura Moncur @ 11:53 am — Filed under:

You can survive for a LONG time without food, depending on your fat stores, but you can only last a couple of days without water. What happens when you do? This video from SciShow explains the gory details.

Most diets recommend that you drink 6-8 glasses of water a day to keep hydrated, which is a good idea considering that many people turn to food when they’re actually thirsty. So remember to drink your water so you don’t get dehydrated.


The Skinny on Obesity

By Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am — Filed under:

This video from the University of California has been so helpful to me.

This quote from episode four really helped me give up the shame of being fat.

No one can exert willpower over a biochemical drive that goes on every minute of every day of every year.

No one chooses obesity. Obesity chooses them.

The food industry is too powerful to expect a health initiative banning sugar in our food supply. 80% of our food has been laced with sugar. All those companies hold far more power than us, so it falls to us to avoid it.

Here are their four tips on how to help heal your brain and body:

Their recommendations are:

  • Get rid of every sugar beverage in the house. There is no such thing as a good sugar beverage.
  • Keep insulin down by only eating carbohydrate with fiber, such as fruit.
  • Wait twenty minutes for second portions so your body can get the message that you’ve eaten your meal to your brain.
  • Buy your screen time with activity. If you are outside for a half hour, you can have a half hour of TV. Exercise has to be consistent and sustained.

These are pretty simplistic ideas and don’t address the addictive nature of highly palatable food. This series is great at explaining the problems with our bodies when we become obese, but fixing those problems are much more complicated than their little four tips make it seem.


Refeeding: A Treatment for Obesity?

By Laura Moncur @ 8:00 am — Filed under:

“I’m hungry all the time. I think about food all the time.” I was lamenting to Mike, my husband, about why it’s so hard for me to follow my program for more than an hour or so.

“That’s because there is something the matter with your brain. For whatever reason, it tells you that you’re hungry all the time.” He was trying to help me, but his words were anything but consoling. “You’re like an anorexic, except backwards.”

How many times had I wished I could be anorexic? How many times had I wished I could be free of this desire to eat all the time?

Mike continued talking, “What would you do if you WERE anorexic?” I cried and laughed at the same time. “I’d be so damn happy and not eat for a year. I’d finally be skinny.”

He nodded and asked, “And then after you were skinny, what would you do? If you didn’t eat, you’d die, so what would you do?” (more…)


Adam Levine Loves Lettuce

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

I love this animated GIF that I found on Turning day-dreams, into reality.

Adam Levine Loves Lettuce from Starling Fitness

It makes me laugh to see Adam Levine attack a head of lettuce like a huge bunny or maybe a hamster. It reminds me of that Chris Traeger GIF:

Chris Traeger loves lettuce from Starling Fitness

I need to get some more fresh lettuce in my life. For the longest time, I’ve shied away from iceburg lettuce because my grandpa said that it was the least vitamin rich lettuce I could eat. I’ve chowed down on kale, watercress, and spinach in my salads, but honestly, iceburg TASTES the best.

Iceberg Lettuce Tastes The Best from Starling Fitness

If I have to eat a salad, shouldn’t I eat one that tastes buttery and crisp instead of bitter and floppy? I’m sure I would need a lot less dressing on an iceburg lettuce salad just because I wouldn’t need to hide the bitterness of Kale and spinach. The next time I am tempted to dutifully pile on bitter greens onto my salad, I’m going to remember that picture of Adam Levine chowing down on iceburg. If I have to eat a salad, I should ENJOY it.

Lettuce image via: The Cook’s Thesaurus


Five Steps To Avoid Over-Eating

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

I saw this infographic on Fitness, Health, and Confidence and I wanted to post it here so I always have it handy.

5 Steps To Avoid Over-Eating from Starling Fitness

There is some great advice there:

  • Concentrate – You can cut your food intake in one sitting by 18% simply by turning off the TV and sitting at the dinner table, rather than eating from your lap.

  • Stop Grazing – You are a grazer if you stand at the kitchen cupboard eating the food you have just removed from it. If you must snack, plate the food up properly to instill portion control.

  • Recognize Hunger – Ask yourself if you are truly hungry or simply substituting food for an emotion, such as stress or sadness. Eating healthy and sensible portions for breakfast, lunch and dinner will help to recognize when your body needs food as you are less likely to have blood sugar imbalances throughout the day.

  • Chew – This may sound silly, but have you ever counted the amount of times you chew one piece of food? The more you chew the more taste and texture you will get from each bite and the sooner you will be satisfied, meaning you eat less.

  • Slow Down – If you are sharing dinner with a friend or even eating alone, take time to put your fork down between mouthfuls and give your brain time to register your food intake. Studies show the slower you eat, the less you eat.

All of these sound like good ideas. I’ve tried some of them like putting the fork down between bites and chewing my food a certain number of times. I don’t know if they helped me be more aware of my food, slowed me down so I felt full with less food, or just distracted me a bit, but they seemed to work.


Learn To Say No To Your Cravings And Your Mind

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

I really like this poster from Make It Count.

Learn to say no to your cravings and your mind from Starling Fitness

It reads:

Learn to say no

not only to your cravings, but to the part of your mind that thinks it’s okay to give up.

That part of my mind that thinks it’s okay to give up is pretty strong. It has given up on Weight Watchers twice before. It has given up on low carb twice. It has given up on running. It has given up on DDR and a hundred other fun exercise things to do.

Learning how to say no to that part of my mind is something I haven’t mastered yet, so this poster is really helpful to me.


Your Body Keeps An Accurate Journal

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

This motivational photo from Loving My Body Through All the Good and Bad really made me think.

Your Body Keeps An Accurate Journal from Starling Fitness

It reads:

Your body keeps and accurate journal regardless of what you write down.

I’ve really been thinking about this since the ActiveLink made me realize that I was WAY over-counting my exercise. I wrote in that entry:

I just wish there was something like this for eating. What if I am UNDER-counting my food? I do my best to be accurate, but that was the case with exercise as well. I wish there was a little gadget that could analyze every morsel of food that I eat and record the points automatically. That would be one less place where I could screw up.

Ever since then, I’ve done my best to count my food correctly. When I am in doubt, I choose the one with higher points values or choose the serving size that is larger than I usually would estimate it.

Since then, I’ve steadily lost weight each week. There have been a few weeks where my losses have been only tenths of a pound, but that is SO much better than the stagnating I did last time I tried Weight Watchers.


Don’t Be Fast, Greasy or Fake

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

I love this motivational poster from Funeral For My Fat.

Don't Be Fast Greasy or Fake from Starling Fitness

It reads:

You are what you eat, so don’t be fast, greasy or fake.

Now, I might have to argue with the “greasy” part because healthy oils are ESSENTIAL, but surely, don’t be fast or fake, in real life or in your diet.

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