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Old 02-14-2012, 02:48 PM   #1
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Valentine's Day Candy

One of the great things that JUDDD has done for me over time is banished the all or nothing mentality about food. Example:

Today is Vday and there are chocolates in the house. (heck, there are still chocolates in the house from Christmas). I have had like, 3 pieces over the course of the day - which is actually more than usual but because it's a holiday I had it - and I'm satisfied.

There has been no need or desire to throw back an entire box or bag. There will be more candy made by the candy companies for the rest of my life. There is always more candy at the store. No need to stockpile it or eat it all at once. I can eat it on JUDDD and even work it into a DD if I really had the desire to do so.

I think a big difference between the JUDDD mentality and other diets whether low fat or low carb, is that since nothing is off limits and can be eaten at least every other day, there isn't as much of an issue with it. Especially as one spends more time on this woe. We can really start to settle in and be more casual about it all.

Anyone else see the same result?
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Old 02-14-2012, 02:50 PM   #2
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Old 02-14-2012, 02:52 PM   #3
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Absolutely. My issue was never with sweets, but salty, potatoey goodness. If there were chips in the house, I'd eat the whole bag over the course of a day or two. Now that I can have them, I haven't even bought them. I had one small bag of Doritos at a company lunch, and had no desire for more. I almost never order fries, even though I could if I wanted to.

That's not to say I'm all about "healthy" foods, but my old triggers are definitely not there anymore.
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Old 02-14-2012, 04:32 PM   #4
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I feel the same way. Its just amazing. I'm right there with you dawn. My big thing was always chips. I could sit and eat a whole bag of doritos. I haven't even had any and don't really have the desire to. Its so wonderfully strange. I'm taking a sandwich to work tomorrow and there wad a time when I would have to have chips with it. We have chips in the cabinet I could take but you know what I'm taking? Salad! I love salad. I may take a few pretzels but I don't have the desire for all the junk. I eat dome sweets but not major either. I love how low carb did really change me so now that I'm eating carbs again I don't have that awful desire to gorge myself on junk. Not that I don't have some but its just not the same.
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:00 PM   #5
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I know what you mean! I am so much more cognizant of what I'm eating now, that I really think about whether or not I want to spend my calories on certain treats or not.

And, I am in the same mindset as you on the whole *all or nothing* thinking about treats...I can eat one today if I want. Then I can have another one in two days if I want. In my strict LC days, if I had a treat (a sugary one), my thought process would have been, "oh well, the day's ruined, I may as well eat the rest of these now, since I won't ever be eating them again."

The other revelation I've had is that I think this is how regular people must think about food. ~And by regular people, I mean people who don't struggle with weight issues.~ I think regular people naturally think, "oh, I've just had a big breakfast. I had better go easy the rest of the day." My old way (it's getting to be my old way, at least) of thinking would've been, "oh, I've had a big breakfast. The day is ruined. I may as well eat whatever I want and write today off." *Regular* people naturally adjust what they are eating (less today to make up for eating more yesterday, etc...). This is how I'm learning to think because of JUDDD!

I don't know if any of that makes sense, but I really do think differently about foods since starting JUDDD.
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:04 PM   #6
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I had a french fry epiphany today! For some reason, it suddenly occurred to me that on JUDDD, I could have french fries! Not sub par, squishy "this-ain't-gonna-cut-it" low carb substitutes but real, honest to goodness, golden, crispy french fries!

Now normally, that kind of thought would have led to a craving which would have led to an all out binge OR a day of white knuckled deprivation. However, when I thought of fries today, it was just with the happy realization that I would get them - just not today. I didn't feel compelled to make the drive to get them. It just wasn't that big of a deal. I knew I could have them and so they held no power over me.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:19 PM   #7
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I had the same realization when I went to work on a cruise ship. All the food was going to be there for all of the months that my contract would last, so I didn't have to have dessert now. I could have it anytime. And I lost weight on the ship (I was also really busy running around, swam in the ocean a couple of times a week and did my sluggish thyroid the favor of eating smoked salmon for breakfast every day ).

Since starting JUDDD, I've noticed that I can be moderate with amounts once I dip into some chocolate, say. Before I would have had to eat the entire bar, no matter how large it was. I don't think it has to do with knowing I can have it again in 2 days. I think it is related to straightening my metabolism out. People who are naturally thin don't feel compelled to eat the whole chocolate bar or bag of chips, and my metabolism now works more like theirs does. That's what I think.
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:05 AM   #8
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Totally agree on the topic and chips are my weakness too. Since starting JUDDD, I've had one *serving* of chips. Never before had I been satisfied with a serving nor have I ever measured them before. Now I see them, and I think...nah. They'll be there tomorrow.

I also had chocolate today. It was quite a treat, and don't feel guilty about it at all I have some leftover and feel fine waiting until my next Up day to have it ! Feels *liberating*!
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:56 AM   #9
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YES!!! And it is seriously so encouraging to me. I usually "load up" on candy and sweets because I always feel that I have to give them up tomorrow. You know, "I will eat this whole thing now because tomorrow I'm dieting and can't eat this ever again." I'm still getting used to the thought process, but knowing that I can have these foods again and still lose weight is so incredible, I can't believe it! I just think, ok, I can't have it tomorrow (DD), but I can have it the next day and it immediately makes me feel better. Old habits are dying very hard, and I still have those thoughts like - MUST EAT THIS ALL NOW OR ELSE, but they quickly go away when I remind myself that these foods are OK, as long as I cycle.
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Old 02-15-2012, 10:43 AM   #10
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I still look forward to my sweets....but not as obseissively as before.
This morning...DD I found a box of maltesers....that I had bought several days ago...and forgot about.
For me to forget about sweets...thats progress! Am trying hard to remember them for Friday...my next UD!

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Old 02-15-2012, 11:56 AM   #11
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UD, busy morning, I suddenly realized it was almost 3 PM and I had missed breakfast, missed lunch, wasn't hungry, didn't really want anything but this is UD. Remembered reading these posts this morning. Thanks for mentioning french fries, ladies.
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Old 02-15-2012, 03:43 PM   #12
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I also want to add that Valentine's candy is ehhhh.

Now EASTER candy. Watch out! I will have UD's with 2-3 Cadbury eggs in them. Those things are my favorite.
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:25 PM   #13
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So exactly in agreement here...freedom is grand.
I found an open marzipan bar leftover from Christmas and threw it out....
Without the need to replace it.
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:27 PM   #14
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I also want to add that Valentine's candy is ehhhh.

Now EASTER candy. Watch out! I will have UD's with 2-3 Cadbury eggs in them. Those things are my favorite.
Easter Candy!!! Watch out Jelly Beans
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:09 PM   #15
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It took a week of JUDDDing for this to sink in for me. It's no longer 'all or nothing'. It's, 'if you really want it, have some....and if you want more, you can have it the day after tomorrow'. And this is just as important on maintenance, if not more.
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