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What Did You Use to Eat?

I've been eating very healthy for 5 months now. I don't miss some of the things I use to eat. In fact, I was thinking about it today and I am totally disgusted with my old eating habits. For example...

$8 worth of Taco Bell for a meal. (No drive thru food in 5 months.) Half a loaf of bread and half a stick of butter. (I use to buy a pack of butter each week. I still have the same butter from 5 months ago.) 4 Lee's sandwiches in one sitting (I treat myself to 1 a week now.) A pint of ice cream. Two or three burgers and consider the lettuce and tomatoes my vegetable for the day. 2 corn dogs AND a polish sandwich from Wienerschnitzel. A 2 liter of Diet Coke in a day. A whole large pizza. Three item Chinese food plates.

I never thought I ate poorly. But dang! Looking back... how did I not keel over from a heart attack?! I could probably eat that in one week.

What is some crazy crap you've eaten?

Fri. Oct 19, 6:27pm

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Oh man don't talk about the chineese. I love chineese food.
The only thing that I crave from my old days... 6 months ago is KFC. I still have it but only once a month. I have a free day.
I used to have 2 Jumbo Jacks and 4 tacos from Jack in the box and then use 3 ranch dressings for the tacos and if I ordered hamburgers anywhere it was 2 and always with extra mayo and pickles. I knew they had to be fresh then. Any time you change it. Taco bell was 2 soft tacos and a nacho supreme.
Oh but Pizza was the big one. I loved pizza and the more toppings the better. Tons of cheese.
I have probably had as much cheese in 6 months that I used to eat in a day. Not every day but often enough. We would go through 2-4 pounds a week. I don't like butter so that was not too much of a problem for me to give up. I love the butter spray and I can't believe it't not butter spray.
But for me to be able to change my eating habbits I had to be able to have pizza. So I make my own tortilla pizza and use 1 slice of cheese and tons of veggies. I love Ragu combo veggie. Perfect for any sauce you need.
My big thing was meat. That has been a hard thing for me to cut back on. I would eat 3 or 4 times the amount of meat at each meal and have 4 or 5 meals a day. I know why I gained so much. But I didn't care. I was in too much pain to care. Physical and emotional. But I finally got ahold of myself and decided I wanted better for me. So I make healthy choices now. Except one day a month. And on that day I can't even eat 1/3 of what I used to.
Sometimes I think it is good to look back and see how far you have come. And recognize how your palatte changes. I don't even want a lot of those foods now. Or not cooked in the same way.
Our grocery bill may be higher but we always have meat in the freezer and I feel good about what I am eating and the choices I am making. And most of all my body likes this food much better. I feel stronger and in control.
Thanks for the thread I am curious how others have changed too.

Friday, October 19, 2007, 6:49 PM

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Sometimes it's good to look back and remind ourselves of how far we've come! I used to go nuts at night and make multiple plates of chips and melted cheese and then dip them in sour cream - sometimes 3x a night - ugh. Now I feel bad if I have anything at night when I'm not hungry.

Friday, October 19, 2007, 7:01 PM

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I used to pig out on fried chicken...having it at least every other day. I have a sweet tooth so cake, ice cream, chocolate (which I still think isn't all that bad for you in moderation), donuts...And eating chips all into the night...also waking up in middle of the night craving and eating any leftovers in the fridge.

Now, I eat salads almost every day. Steamed veggies on non-salad days...still trying to incorporate fruit and calcium in diet. And I no longer (very rarely) eat in the middle of the night. I take vitamin supplements and fish oil.I also work out about 3 to 5 times a week.

I've only lost about 10 to 15lbs in two months but I'm feeling the difference...have more energy and sleep better.

Thanks for the thread...great reminiscing.

Friday, October 19, 2007, 9:32 PM

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Some of the things I used to eat
entire bag of almond m&m's for a meal!
entire bag of chips
nachos with all the trimmings
steak fajitas dipped in butter sauce(only butter can make mexican food worse)
Any kind of fried food chicken,shrimp,pork chops etc...

Friday, October 19, 2007, 9:53 PM

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9:32- "only" lost 10 to 15 pounds in 2 months? that's great progress tho!

OP-- how much weight have you lost since eating better the past 5 months?

Saturday, October 20, 2007, 2:04 AM

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I used to eat a lb of pasta tossed with olive oil and cheese and whatever kind of fatty meat I could find in the house - sausage, bacon or sometimes chicken - then add soy sauce - A LOT because of all the cheese...... oh man.. I cant even calculate the calroies on that one. It makes me sick to think about it.... but the funny thing is, I would eat about 1/2, then I would need a sweet chaser, then eat the rest. UGH - all alone and in front of tv. i cant imagine now and Ive done it hundreds of times along with all the other horrible things i put into my body

Saturday, October 20, 2007, 5:37 AM

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Well I've always eaten lots of fresh fruits & veggies so no problem there. My downfall was the junk food. I'd pour a snack size bag of fritos on top of my salad and call it "croutons". And every day I ate a big bag of potato chips, a bag of almond m&ms, a pint of Ben & Jerry's (different flavor every day). Then there were the Monday/Wednesday/Friday Burger King egg & cheese croissant with large order of hash browns breakfasts from the drive through on the way to work, the Wendy's french fries with ketchup & large diet coke at the drive through on my way home from work every day, and once a week I'd have to bring home a bucket of KFC (would take me several days to eat it all, but I'd snack on a piece in between meals until it was gone).

Now I don't eat any fast food, chips or candy at all. Just eating real food without extra fats, chemicals, etc. And I'm down 53 lbs. Just thinking about the stuff I used to eat makes me feel queasy.

Saturday, October 20, 2007, 10:31 AM

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What do I Use to eat...what?

Usually I use a fork to eat most solid things, spoons for liquid things, my fingers on occasion....

If you're asking what I USED to eat, I ate a lot of crap. I am so thankful for PT!

For those of you who are about to complain about us grammer nazis, relax. I'm just having a little chuckle.

Saturday, October 20, 2007, 8:10 PM

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funny how you can be a grammar nazi but not know how to spell...

Saturday, October 20, 2007, 8:15 PM

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OMG, I am so glad someone else could eat a whole bag of almond m&m's in one sitting. Oreos, mexican food with guacamole, and candy bars. It's all for me! That is my downfall in life. UGH!

Saturday, October 20, 2007, 9:10 PM

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