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I did a lot of thinking the last week about what it really takes to change and stick to a lifestyle change of healthier eating.  Of course it takes dedication, change and breaking habits and/or beliefs about food.  However if you want it to truly be a lifestyle change then for most, deprivation cannot be a part of healthier eating.  In life sometimes you are going to want a treat such as ice cream, potato chips, fried calamari, chicken wings, etc. and of course you should be able to eat them (in moderation) and you can.  This is why it's better to call it healthy eating and or lifestyle change because it has to be real and doable for a lifetime. Diets don't work forever nor do they make us feel fully satisfied when we are on them.  As soon as I think of the word diet I hear deprivation.

Eat within your calorie range and the affects of sugar  

Of course if you want to lose weight you need to stick to a certain calorie range and sometimes adding these things in or substituting snacks is fine.  Here's the only thing you need to be aware of when eating healthier to lose weight when adding in sugary or white flour snacks or foods – white flour and sugar consist of carbohydrates called sugars and starches. What happens when you consume these types of foods is they tend to metabolize at a different rate thus raising your blood sugar levels.  I've read and studied over and over again that foods with a higher fiber take a longer time to digest and release glucose into your bloodstream at a more gradual rate.  When you eat foods high in sugars and white  flour products such as candy, cake or pastas (just to name a few), your blood sugar goes up and your pancreas releases insulin to help metabolize the carbohydrates and level out your glucose level; glucose is quickly released into your bloodstream causing spikes in the blood sugar.  My best way to explain it as simply as possible is this tends to cause you to feel hungry and crave more sugars and white flours. This is when we sometimes feel as if we are never satisfied.

Chance of gaining weight  

The problem is because these foods cause you to crave more of the same foods there is definitely a chance of gaining weight or not sticking to a healthy eating plan.  Also constant intake of these foods is not good for your health since they can cause diabetes or if you already have diabetes make it worse.

Carbohydrates  

Carbohydrates, however, are what provide the energy your brain and body need.  Of course complex carbohydrates are the better choice; whole grains, brown rice, oatmeal, etc. Simple carbohydrates every now and then are okay but know they will affect your body when you eat them.

I do not believe in depriving myself but I also do my best to eat healthfully most of the time.  At one time I found it much easier to have a treat day.  My treat day was Sunday and I would eat anything I wanted on that day within reason – but I changed that.  I now allow myself a treat when I desire it but in moderation and I do count it into my daily intake.  I do not eat it above and beyond my calories.  Some are able to eat the 100 calorie snacks and be happy with that and although they are white flour or sugars, you need to do what works for you to lose weight or retain and still live happily and satisfied.  It's not as healthy for your body or brain but sometimes it takes time to get to a place of going totally healthy, if ever.  They certainly have much healthier snacks on the market these days also.

We all function differently.  I know people who can stay away from all simple carbohydrates all the time; I am not one of those people.  I need my indulgences every now and then and I am okay with that.  If you are someone who didn't eat healthy and now you do and you have your sweets every now and then, if it's going to keep you eating healthfully most of the time then it's a wonderful thing. Just be aware of what it does to your body.  

Treat Day  

Also, if you are eating healthy regularly and you do have a treat day you will feel it the next day.  The reason I decided to write this article is because last week I had a few extra treats and the following I felt the difference.  I was sluggish upon waking up, my stomach was not feeling great and I just felt heavy.  I rarely if ever feel that way and never when I eat healthfully.  So while I'm saying we are human and of course it's okay, (unless you are advised by a doctor to stay away from sugars) I'm also giving you the 'bad' and what you can expect.  Be healthy, be smart, allow yourself to be human!

All in all my Fab40 friends...we are human and it’s okay to indulge just know you may not feel as well the next day and know what it is doing to your body.  It’s not going to stop me from having my treats but I am more aware and it seems year after year my eating habits get better and better. I definitely eat different than I did in my thirties and definitely, definitely since my 20’s. I’m sure in my 50’s I’ll eat even healthier. Hey I just thought of something...what happens when we are in our 50’s ??? Can we no longer be on this site?  LOL

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      Tuliplady wrote Jan 30, 2012
    • If I got back to eating like I did in my 20’s, I’d be in pretty good shape.  

      Oh, and there’s lots of women on this site that are 50 and over!



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      Marion Licchiello wrote Jan 30, 2012
    • Hooray!!! to the 50 and over...LOL cos’ I’ll still be hereheart... I will be 48 next month.. Hooray!! I can’t wait to turn 50.. I know that’s going to be my best year.....



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      Nathalie Girard wrote Jan 31, 2012
    • I’m eating healthier too with age. In my 20s I didn’t feel the difference between a hamburger or a salad; the next day I would get up and do whatever I wanted to do. But now, I’m like you: greasy, fatty or too sugary food make me feel heavy and even sleepy.



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      Linda L wrote Feb 1, 2012
    • I can’t believe that until a few years ago I loved to eat the skin on fried chicken. Yuck! Now, chicken is skinless and baked or grilled. On occassion if I have any kind of fried food or pizza, I blot the grease off before consuming.

      I hate the word Diet and it failed me numerous times in my younger years. What worked was as you’ve said don’t deprive yourself and eat in moderation. I can have my cake too!



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      Marion Licchiello wrote Feb 1, 2012
    • Definitely - I have my cadbury mini eggs and eat them too!!!!!



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      Vikki Hall wrote Feb 1, 2012
    • I’m finding that the older I get the less I can handle the junk. My body lets me know immediately. So I have been on a ” changing my medical future” diet for a few years now. I didn’t go all out at one time but worked on pieces at a time. I don’t feel overwhelmed and it is doable for me this way.  

      Now if I could permanently delete the cravings for coca cola I would be happy!



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      Marion Licchiello wrote Feb 1, 2012
    • vikki... yeah.. sometimes our bodies tell us... that’s good in a way... I did everything little by little too.. it takes time but .... oh boy.. coca cola... you can do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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      Marya1961 wrote Feb 1, 2012
    • I absolutely agree!  Back in 2006 when I changed my lifestyle completely, there was a huge difference.  Our family does eat organic food 90% of the time and it makes a difference for us.  I know many people think organic eating is very expensive, but there are ways to include many items in your budget...and some of the treats made organically are also tasty!estatic



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      MaryAnne Carrier-Harrison wrote Feb 1, 2012
    • I agree, I have changed my eating habits also. I can no longer eat spicy food or greasy food.. But like everyone I do tend to partake in a slice of pizza and a glass of Coca Cola..

      I could eat anything and everything when I was younger..tongue out
      I guess my advise to my daughter is “Eat it now while you can“..estatic

      Have a great day all..estatic

      MaryAnneestatic



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      Marion Licchiello wrote Feb 1, 2012
    • Wow .. that’s great you went 90% organic.. that’s really really healthy.  Good for you!!!!!heart



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      Nita P wrote Feb 2, 2012
    • my eating habits have changed more as an aspect of my ill health and not by my age.  as much as i do not like illness it has given me a much needed wake up call to better look after myself.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Feb 2, 2012
    • I’ve always been a healthy eater but gained a lot of weight when perimenopause began. The hot flashes were so bad I virtually stopped exercising. Things more or less balanced themselves out during the last year and I lost about 50 pounds. I’m back to running and my eating habits are still healthy. I eat everything, even white flour and sugar, but I eat smaller portions than I used to since I turned 50.



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      Tuliplady wrote Feb 2, 2012
    • I’ve always been a fairly healthy eater too.  I just have to get back to eating smaller portions than I have the last few years.  I’ve never liked greasy food much and I don’t drink soda, but otherwise I eat anything and everything.



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      Mary Clark wrote Feb 4, 2012
    • I despise the word diet.  You are right...they don’t work.  But changing your eating habits slowly does work.  

      After having my gastric bypass surgery over a year ago I have found that portion control is a major factor in losing weight.  We all eat way too much and now that I cannot eat that much I am seeing how important portion control is in losing weight and maintaining. I will add that my indoor plumbing has been re-routed and I don’t absorb the fat that I use to...which does help ME but for someone who has not had gastric bypass it will make it a little harder to lose.  

      Even after having the surgery I have taken my time in adjusting to my new way eating and all the new things I now have to incorporate in my daily living.  When you try to do it all quickly...make all the changes....you get overwhelmed and then you give up.  Give yourself time to change!!



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