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Breaking habits - getting healthy

 
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I second that Tracy!
 
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Amen, sister!!  Faith / trust / confidence it is...full steam ahead! ... now what's the next job?  ox
 
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I'm so proud of what you've accomplished, both Tracy and Nancy!
It can be soo hard sometimes, but it will be worth it, and you've already noticed a lot of good changes! More will come!
 
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Well, today marks 5 months of no Pepsi. And it's one month shy of a year since I quit smoking (although I still use the vaporizer). Yay me!

I miss them both, but not enough to start again. So that's good. I drink lots of water, and some natural fruit juices. I am still trying to eliminate sugar, but it's soooo hard. But I'm not buying chocolate bars and cookies, and I don't drink anything that I add sugar to. But I do love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. So strawberry jam is my downfall right now. I try to get the healthy stuff, but the 'no sugar added' jam that I can get right now is yucky. So that's about the only thing that I buy that is sugary. Once I can grow my own strawberries, I can make my own jam.

I want to try using stevia instead of sugar. That's next on my list. I just got a stevia cookbook, so I'm hoping that it will enable me to eat sweets without all that sugar.

One other thing I tend to use a lot of is butter. I use butter and either coconut oil or olive oil for stir fries (I always stir fry my veggies), and I use quite a bit on rice and mashed potatoes (yum!). But it's summer now, mostly, so I'll be eating more salads, and less hot food. I like to fix a big bowl of potato salad and eat that over a few days, so there's also lots of mayo, which I LOVE. But if I can eliminate a majority of other bad stuff, and cut back on the oils for stir fries, I think that my mayo consumption will be okay. I mean, it's mayo! What is a potato salad without mayo?!

So, it's all about balance. As are so many things in life. I couldn't balance my relationship . . . so I quit that, too. C'est la vie. I'll get some chickens to keep my company when I get my own place. They're more productive, and I can chop their heads off and eat them when they stop being productive. Seems like a better deal.

Anyway! I'm still on the wagon, and forging ahead on my quest for health and happiness. I hope you all are, too!

Cheers
Tracy
 
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Tracy,
I'm so proud of you! At high stress points in our lives things like watching what we eat and taking care of ourselves tend to get put on​ the back burner. Or, we binge completely on the things we know we shouldn't and then have regrets. You are doing awesome! Keep it up. I wish you well.
 
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You're really very stron! I think the splitting up thing has something to do with addictions to sugar or what not are used to cover up a bad relationship. Once the addiction falls the realtionship falls too.
With the sugar: commercial cookies contain bad fats they are called trans fats but are sold under very different names. Make your own and use recipes with less sugar. I think it is very improtant to not snack have  some(!) bickise with ONE coffee after a meal. I think snacking is a very bad habit. I don't aim to get off sugar altogether but I try to get my daughter to bake low sugar recipes. At the moment we are trying to make yacon syrup......
 
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