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 Post subject: Re: Happy Eating Support Group #4
PostPosted: 03 Mar 2014, 13:32 
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Oh what a great idea Joey! That should keep you going. Good luck.

I too am fasting today. Nothing until supper I think, and then some leftover chicken breast, no skin and some Puy lentils. Or salad perhaps, haven't yet decided.

And my nightly yoghurt, cottage cheese and ricotta creamy mix at bedtime.

Good luck to all other fellow fasters today.

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I am fasting today for the first time. Haven't been very good at sticking to a diet so far this year so I thought it was time to try something different. So far, not too bad. I'm hungry but lots of peppermint tea during the day has taken the edge of it. I managed to resist a lot of temptations too which has spurred me on to want to stick to it for the rest of the day. Evenings are always the worse times for me in terms of eating too much so I'm hoping I can get through it.


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I think a lot of us save all or most of the calories till the evening sunshine_daisy - it certainly works for me.

Good luck and do report back :)

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I know I find it easier to try and save my calories for the evening as once I start eating, that's when the cravings sometimes kick in. Good luck with it sunshine_daisy :)

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Hello 5:2-ers. I didn't realise this thread was here! I'm trying to clamber back on the 5:2 wagon but I'm finding it very hard. I lost about 6 stone over about a year and a half, and then everything went haywire. For the last couple of months I keep having a few days of successful fasting and careful non-fast days, but then I get terrible attacks of the munchies and have huge binges, worse than I've ever had before. The physical compulsion to eat simply overwhelms me and I really don't know what to do about it. I'm beginning to wonder if it's to do with the menopause and hormones being all over the place. Has anyone experienced this?

It sounds like some of you are doing very well and having lots of success - well done. :D :D

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Wow, well done on losing 6 stone :D. I only wish I could lose 6 pounds, the way things've been going for me lately :(. I asked the doctor today if my tablets could cause weight problems and she said no, so bang goes that excuse! 6 stone is brilliant!

I recognise the mega-munchies and binges, and it's been going on with me for years so I'm not sure that it's to do with hormone levels, although everyone's different so maybe in your case it could be that. Distraction is probably the best way to try to cope with it - trying to find something else to occupy you physically and mentally.

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Welcome to the thread, Jillyflower. six stone is amazing!

I am only on my fifth fast day, so I probably don't have any helpful hints. I do find that drinking a lot - water, black tea, green tea, fruit and herbal tea, hot water with sliced lemon - helps. A few people on the thread are having success with keeping all their calories and just eating in the evening. I can't do that because I have to take medication with food in the morning as well as the evening, but it might be worth trying. Other than that, I agree that distraction is good. Whilst this lovely weather lasts, try going for a walk - even if you have to work, half an hour at lunchtime should be possible.

On the other hand, since you have lost so much weight, could it be that you have reached your body's optimum weight? It might be very different from what the charts and BMI tell you is a good weight.

Good luck - I hope you find a solution.

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6 stone wow!! I can imagine though that it can be hard to get back on the wagon if one has fallen off.

I've managed to ban the munchies/bingeing by refusing to think about today and focusing on what I can eat on the following one. In other words, if the fasting gets tricky, then I simply blank the current day out in my head.

This has the disadvantage though of making each week much shorter since it only consists of four or five days instead of seven. And at my time of life you really don't want time to be passing faster than it used to - it does that quite enough already :D

I also find that being out and about, rather than with easy access to the kitchen, is helpful. At the moment I am trawling charity shops for things for my dolls house museum which can take up enough of the day (I walk very slowly) to bring me to the start of eating time in the late afternoon.....there are benefits to being retired and without a SLOC since you have more or less complete control of your time.

Do post on here - this is such a helpful thread...good luck with the restart.

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Well I did not give in and stuck to the fast day yesterday. Feeling quite confident that I'll be able to stick to it on Thursday as well.

I would rather keep all the calories for the evening as a lot if you have suggested. That was my intention yesterday, but I took some homemade soup to work for lunch just in case. I thought I would probably be starving by lunchtime, especially as it was first day back at work yesterday. And I thought it was better to eat that than to give in and eat biscuits or chocolate or whatever other junk food we have at school. I was glad I did - I was so hungry by lunch and not sure i could have managed without.

Also decided to make sure I had enough left to have a 40 cal options hot chocolate drink before bed, and that felt like a big treat.

Biggest surprise is that I haven't felt like overeating today to compensate. That was my biggest worry with doing 5:2, I thought I'd just undo everything from yesterday by eating too much.


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sunshine_daisy wrote:
Biggest surprise is that I haven't felt like overeating today to compensate. That was my biggest worry with doing 5:2, I thought I'd just undo everything from yesterday by eating too much.

No it's odd, that doesn't seem to happen at all for us (daughter is also doing it). In fact I am surprised to find that we don't even look for an early breakfast but seem to be quite happy with our normal time of around 10.30 or even later. Neither of us likes eating first thing....

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So far, I have been very hungry and light- headed the morning after a fast, and light- headed in the evening of the fast day too, but I've only had five fasts so I'm still hoping it'll get easier.

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Having read the comments on 5:2 over the last few weeks I decided to try it and have so far found it ok. My concern is that I have a tendency to become grumpy if I'm hungry, which I can cope with for a day but I'm due on and also have a tendency to switch into Bitch From Hell mode during this time....is it possible to fast with no problems when on or do you have to work round the hormones?


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Is there a particular time of day you get grumpy, Mell? For me it was late afternoon so I built in an apple of a drink of low calorie hot chocolate at that point.

Don't know about the hormone thing, but, in general, I think that forgiving yourself if it doesn't go perfectly every fast day is quite important, provided you stay on track overall.


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IME the bad temper around that time is usually limited to the day before and maybe the first day. So with the flexibility of the 5:2 it should be possible to avoid the worst days anyway.

Having said that, my daughter doesn't seem any more bad tempered than usual on those days and she hasn't made any particular attempt to reschedule the fast day.

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I survived with the low cal hot chocolate, thanks for the idea


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Good news Mell, stay warm too :)

Fasting in winter is much tougher than when the days are brighter, so things will get better. It was light at 6.30 this evening, which is fabulous.


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Good news Mell, stay warm too :)

Fasting in winter is much tougher than when the days are brighter, so things will get better. It was light at 6.30 this evening, which is fabulous.

That's great Mell....

Yes, it's nice to feel happy eating salad again!

I seem to have dropped back to 5:2 at the moment. How's your 4:3 going abbey, or did you decide against it in the end?

Lots of chocolate today - and some fabulous flapjacks I made on Saturday. But it's not a fast day...... :D

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Well done, Mell! I agree that staying warm is important - I find I'm a lot colder on fast days.

I've just finished my seventh fast day. Only Friday to go and then Mum will make the charitable donations she promised.

I think I can call this a success. I'm still learning how to make a fast day work without getting too lightheaded. I do think that the fact that I have to eat in the morning makes it harder. I've been making it a bit later than usual but can't push it back any more because of my meds. I think the whole day is going to get a lot easier as more fruit comes into season! I haven't lost much weight and I'm trying not to be discouraged. My clothes are slightly looser so there is that!

This evening I got to the end of the day and found I unexpectedly had forty calories left over. I don't usually eat after my evening meal so I was surprised how filling and comforting the low calorie hot chocolate was! I'll have to try and keep forty calories for that in the future.

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Good news, Joey. Don't get too hung up on weight. I've just checked my first month and see that I lost two pounds the first week, two pounds the second, then put on two pounds over the next two weeks. It ended up averaging a pound a week, though, but there were ups as well as downs. Clothes feeling looser is definitely a good guide :)


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Now this is what I appreciate about 5:2. The flexibility to decide at 6am that, after a lousy night and with a stressful day ahead, it would be far more sensible to shift today's planned fast to tomorrow, rather than struggle through today.....

And that will also bring it closer to next week's first fast day which can't be until Wednesday since there are social lunches planned on both Monday and Tuesday.

What other diet gives one this sort of flexibility without a guilty conscience? :D

Good luck to everyone fasting today....and tomorrow.

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