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Abstainer or Moderator ?

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

I read an interesting article in Good Housekeeping about how you look at food and your way of reaching and maintaining your goal. Some people just can't seem to " eat just one" and for them it seems best to just completely stay away from certain foods( their trigger foods) They are the abstainers ( I don't eat dessert, fries or what ever). For some, like me, I don't want to think of a future that doesn't include German Chocolate Cake . These kinds of people are the "moderators". They are able to include unhealthy food into their life without it taking over.
The thing about that is,.... when I am using the nutrition tracker, I can eat pretty much anything and stay in my calorie range( which is fairly high since I don't want to lose weight and am active). BUT if I'm not "tracking" I figure my body isn't either and I'll go way overboard and eat way more than I should. How do I get myself to realize that even if I don't enter it into the tracker, it is still going into my BODY?
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  • BEACH_KANGA
    Interesting thoughts. I think I may be a mix of the two. But rather than "abstaining" from certain foods, I just don't allow them in the house e.g. Peanut butter. I also find without tracking, I'm just lost in a fog of 'calorie unawareness'.
    1770 days ago
  • DIZZYBRITCHES
    Oops. I had no idea this post was years old. I guess you figured it out by now, huh?
    1867 days ago
  • DIZZYBRITCHES
    ...maintaining so you are so successful in my eyes. Fwiw Lol.
    1867 days ago
  • DIZZYBRITCHES
    I saw you mention this and I'm glad I found it. I'm an abstainer but I track all the time. It's still pretty new to me. But remember that you've already reached your goal and are
    1867 days ago
  • BUBBA365
    I understand your questions. I have to stay away from moderators now...until significant losses start. Thnx for the info.
    1883 days ago
  • TRISHA2407
    Interesting
    1943 days ago
  • TRISHA2407
    I believe im an abstainer
    1943 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15375640
    It's hard. This is probably the biggest reason I track throughout the day (minus my SAT which requires an upload). Without it, I'm a yo-yo act.
    2132 days ago
  • GSABASS
    I don't plan on stopping tracking once I hit maintenance, hopefully by the end of the summer. I think I will need it, even once I get to a similar stage as you are now. Hope that helps?
    2132 days ago
  • GSABASS
    That trigger for me is ice cream, and I've chosen to eliminate that from my life, at least for the near future. I don't trust myself to stop eating it if I start, so I don't eat it. Everything else I eat in moderation, except beets (yech!)
    2132 days ago
  • GSABASS
    That's tough grandmap. I know you were trying to figure out whether to track going forwards or not. To me, tracking keeps you on course whether you're an abstained or a moderator. I'm mainly a moderator but I know I have a trigger.
    2132 days ago
  • NAOMI_ACOSTA
    If you need to track, then you need to track! Nothing wrong with tracking for the rest of your life if that's what works! It's not bad for you, no chemical addiction to worry about, just a tool that fits into your lifestyle, and allows you to enjoy your treats in moderation!
    2132 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13873757
    Oh, that is a difficult one! Right now I rely on the tracker because I'm trying to lose weight and because I'm a binge eater. I'd rather not even try something because my brain doesn't know to stop.

    I would follow what Robin said... read everything and, if it doesn't have a label, don't put it in your mouth.

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    2833 days ago
  • ROBINJOY61
    My nutrition coach says to look at every food before you put it in your mouth and ask if it will support your goals or derail them. An occasional treat won't derail them, but too much of a treat will. I have been pretty consistent with tracking, but I still overdo the calories. I hope you find an answer that works for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2833 days ago
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