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Old 01-17-09, 12:46 PM
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healthy food junkies, junk food junkie or just junkies please chime in....

I need some encouragement from you health food junkies. I'm not a bad eater when it comes to eating healthy but I am a grazer. I find myself eating more than 3 tbsp of trail mix or eating the cup cakes or cookies left in the break room. I'm 5'5" and between 142-145lbs. Over 1.5yrs ago I was 155lbs. I lost the weight and over this last summer weighed 136-138lbs. I have put on some muscle but I really want to cut the little body fat. What is your guys secret to resisting the darkside? I'm 40yrs old this year and 12yrs ago I was able to really focus and stay off the junk. But now I usually get a snickers bar when I shop the evil empire (Walmart). I've stopped the coca-cola and went to coke zero. I do drink plenty of water during the day but have a coke zero morning thing going. I try not to eat but 2-4 slices of bread a day (too much? not enough?) I just want motivation so I can really hit the roads this year and keep up with the guys in the training rides. What is your secret? I do allow for one cheat day a week.
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While this is better suited for Training and Nutrition, it's really a matter of dedication. You have to make yourself stop.

At least that's what it's been for me.
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Like you I try to eat healthy it is the snaking that kills me. Trail mix and nuts in general is my weakpoint. I will get one of those big bags of trail mix from Wally World and at best it will last me 3 days. 2 days and a can of mixed nuts are gone. Basically all of my winter trainer riding does nothing but work towards getting rid of the calories I consumed in snacks......You and I both just need to HTFU when it comes to snacking.
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Mentally when I eat junk I feel I'm degrading my body or health, it's more less a psychological thing I've developed. I guess you can say it makes the food taste almost undesirable. Plus I remember back when I ate junk and how I felt then compared to now.
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I broke my junk carb addiction by totally going off them and into ketosis for 4 months (yep - rode that way, too). < 20 g/day for the first 2 weeks then < 40 g/day for the remaining time. It wasn't until I was off the junk till I realized I was addicted to it.
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I didn't put this in the Training and Nutrition section because this is not really about that. I know how to eat right and blah blah blah crap. Like Garysol1 says we need to HTFU on snacking. Many here seem to be fairly serious riders. I plan to ride at least 4K miles this year and would love to be at 135lbs as my ideal weight. I am using this thread as my motivation.
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I only recently have gone to a totally healthy diet...mostly because it as so hard to afford for me in the past. So now I get all organic foods at Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and a few local organic groceries. In addition, I try to keep real low on fat, cholesterol, and sodium. And I try to keep my calorie intake at a reasonable level...otherwise, I'll eat out of boredeom when at home and take in like 4000 calories a day!

There's really no secret...you just...do it. You just make up your mind one day and do it. What I like to do is treat myself once every 1.5-2 weeks. I have one meal of whatever I want...so that one meal, I'll go get my guilty pleasure...a super large order of Wendy's french fries...or a big nasty Domino's deep dish pizza. I have found one bad meal every couple weeks is just enough to keep my junk food craving under control...and that one bad meal doesn't seem to negatively affect my health, fitness, or weight or anything.

If you can just quit the junk food and get on portion/calorie control...after a while, it actually get pretty easy! In fact, when you indulge in the junk, you start to feel REAL guilty! At least I do!

Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Like Garysol1 says we need to HTFU on snacking. Many here seem to be fairly serious riders. I plan to ride at least 4K miles this year and would love to be at 135lbs as my ideal weight.
Just so you know. I went from 260lbs to 156lbs in about 2 years (4 years ago) and have ridden about 10,000 miles per year over the last 3 years. I know HOW to HTFU when it comes to snacking it just does not make it any easier. I am starring at a can of Almonds right now
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Gary et all,

I find that if you buy a big bag of trailmix. It's best if you take ziploc bags and make serving sizes for yourself. Hold yourself to one at a time. It's really easy to (purposely) lose track of how much you've eaten from a big bag, and then you're done the bag and thinking 'oh no not again'.
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It's best if you take ziploc bags and make serving sizes for yourself. Hold yourself to one at a time.
Not a bad idea. I need to try that.
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You can't eat what you don't (buy and) bring home.
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You can't eat what you don't (buy and) bring home.
Right, but nuts are healthy. You just can't go crazy eating them since they contain a lot of fat.
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I like that idea too. The problem is that I know where the other little bags are kept......I did it once darn it....I can do it again. I just don't know if I want to.... I know it has to be done.
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I shop the evil empire (Walmart).
There's no hope for you, until you repent!
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Try buying individually portioned bags. This only works if you eat one bag though not three. Also start replacing the junk food around the house with healthy snacks. I personally don't think nuts are a healthy snack, lots of salt and fat. I try to replace junk food with other sweets, like fruit. I am not one to talk though because I am fat myself, but I have recently lost 40lbs. I do however find days were I am simply burning through the calories that I have overeaten.
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Write everything down. Keep a log. Every time you eat something, enter it in the log. Just the act of keeping the log and looking at how much you already ate when you are considering eating something else will almost certainly get you to eat less.
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Write everything
This is what works best for me....



Until I fall off the wagon...
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If you are training and racing super hard your body will use anything for fuel. In my racing days I had trouble maintaining weight eating 7000 calories a day. A compatriot of mine won a climbing stage at beauce only eating a box of timbits(doughnuts).
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So don't totally deny yourself
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Just have to decide you're going to change...and do it. No one can do it for you. It's your decision and commitment. No different than an alcoholic acknowledging the problem and then making the daily/hourly commitment to change. If you fall off, gotta just get right back on it...

+1 on writing down everything you eat - I used https://www.myfooddiary.com/ for about a year and learned where my issues were in caloric intake and what it took to burn it off. This tool combines your intake and burn (exercise) to give you a daily view.

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Eat foods in their natural containers. If it comes in a package that has more than three ingredients on the label, avoid it . Become conscious of when you are eating to satisfy hunger as opposed to eating out of boredom, frustration, etc.. Track calories consumed vs calories eaten, write it down in the beginning until it becomes second nature. Avoid the three Ss: sweets, snacks and seconds. When you eat, sit down, eat slowly and try to enjoy the tastes and textures of the food. I believe that good nutrition and eating patterns can only make us better cyclists and are an important part of our overall training and fitness regimens. This is not easy to do as it is part of a life-style change requiring long-term commitment. Finally, if you have a bad day/week, etc. you can begin again tomorrow. Good luck
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Simple get celiac disease you wont eat any snackies left in the break room. You'll cut your bread consumption because the breads you'll be allowed to eat arent palletable unless toasted. You'll eat less carbs because you have to make 90% of them yourself for them to taste good. You'll eat more produce because its readily available unlike baked goods .
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Make sure that you have healthy food to eat in case you get hungry. Make it a rule to never eat the really bad stuff (whatever "really bad" means to you). Eat frequent small meals. I bring snacks to work so I won't have to eat work-provided junk.

I don't like writing down everything that I eat, it's too tedious. But when I am going to eat something I think about it first. Do I really need it? If I am not sure I'll wait a bit. Maybe I just had the munchies. If I still want it later, I probably need it.

For treats, I will eat smaller amounts of better quality stuff. A small dish of really good ice cream is better than a big bowl of mediocre ice cream. Much of the pleasure is from the first few bites.

If you exceed your diet by eating too much or eatring something that is on your personal forbidden list, don't do like many people and beat themselves up while pigging out because they "blew" their diet. It's normal to exceed your diet every once in a while. Just keep in mind that it's the average that counts, not what you do on any single day. If you find yourself exceeding your diet often, then your diet may be too strict (too few calories, not enough fat, too many forbidden foods, etc). Or you are just being weak. Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference. That is where a dietary analysis can be useful.
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Strength of will-power. Eat clean... eat simple.... skip the processed stuff altogether.

The only approach that works for me is to stay in that box completely. No cheats.

Our bodies are just not built to deal with all of the processed stuff and all the additives.

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