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    Any thoughts on automating food choices? (Besides that to some it may be boring.) Note that I have a food addiction. I will eat when not hungry and continue to eat with stuffed. I can, and have, cut out grains and sugars (with an occasional cheat) which has helped to some extent. It doesn't take care of all of it though. My sons and husband are not primal in their eating. Therefore, there are some challenges such as foods being in the home that I don't buy and don't want to eat.

    I understand about listening to your body. However, that is a very hard thing for a food addict to do.

    Thanks for your thoughts.
    Nan
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    Wife to a Hero
    Mom to 2 Super Silly Boys

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    I'm sorry, but can you rephrase?
    I understand your circumstances, but I don't understand your question.
    -dennis

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    • #3
      I replied and then it vanished! Making breakfast the same or or two options, etc. Perhaps that would break the emotional connection to food, helping to break the addiction. Don't have to go into the kitchen wondering what you are eating....it is already set. Does that make sense?
      Nan
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      Mom to 2 Super Silly Boys

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      • #4
        Sounds like you're thinking along the same lines as Dr. Stephan Guyenet in regards to food reward. He did a series of posts several months ago:
        Whole Health Source: The Case for the Food Reward Hypothesis of Obesity, Part I
        Whole Health Source: The Case for the Food Reward Hypothesis of Obesity, Part II

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        • #5
          If you cook for yourself then it's very easy. Breakfast, four eggs scrambled in butter. Lunch, leftover meat from dinner plus some starch (rice, potatoes, or yams), maybe something green (spinach, broccoli, etc). Dinner, meat starch and something green, optionally a glass of wine. I was pinching pennies so I would buy a big hunk of something to roast (chuck, pork butt, lamb shoulder) and cook that over the weekend, made enough for 4 days. Add a chicken for variety and some fish for omega 3s, that's what I had every week.

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          • #6
            It helps that I do all my shopping one day of the week and buy five to seven helpings of everything. Same food everyday all week. If it gets boring, good. Food isn't for fun, it's for eating. Not that it can't be amazingly good with spices and fats, etc, but staying monotonous definitely makes it easier to eat. Every night, it's salmon and broccoli. Easy. If that needs changing, I'll get some grass-fed ground beef for a few days of the week for variety's sake. Lots of raw veggies are great, too, and easy to eat whenever you want- like zucchini, apples, etc.
            Crohn's, doing SCD

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            • #7
              Thank you for all of your responses. I am going to give a go. Same breakfast. Two choices for lunch (one at home and one on the go). Same snack. Dinner will be meat and veggie.

              Nan
              Nan
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              Mom to 2 Super Silly Boys

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              • #8
                This is the only thing that works for me for weight loss - eating the same foods repeatedly. Once I start with the fancy meals and Paleo baking, even if I am eating only a tiny bit, no weight loss.
                && It's not just about living well, it's about dying well.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by nans View Post
                  I replied and then it vanished! Making breakfast the same or or two options, etc. Perhaps that would break the emotional connection to food, helping to break the addiction. Don't have to go into the kitchen wondering what you are eating....it is already set. Does that make sense?
                  I eat the same exact breakfast every day. With my lunch and dinner I have a side of steamed veggies (same every day) and an apple or banana. This has helped my food addiction. Try it out, it could work for you.

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                  • #10
                    My breakfasts and lunches are typically the same during the work week. I do the prep ahead and just reheat. I like to get some variety with dinner, though. I do plan for every meal when I go to the store, though. I don't leave it to chance.

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                    • #11
                      I agree with the sentiments so far, I eat pretty much the same breakfast and same lunch every day and get a bit of variety in dinner, but it is always a protein source, a salad, and a veggie or 2 roasted.
                      Chris
                      "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
                      Unknown

                      My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                      My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                      • #12
                        oh ok, i get it now.
                        Ya, this is exactly what Tim Ferriss suggests.
                        Scroll down to Rule 2 for some examples.
                        4-Hour Body - The Slow-Carb Diet
                        -dennis

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                        • #13
                          I did an interesting experiment one week. I set a certain amount of meat and leafy greens that was my goal for the day. And that all I ate (so obviously not a long term diet). It brought awareness to how often I actually eat just because I can rather than because I"m hungry. When you just wander to the fridge because you are bored but all you have is kale, raw steak and lettuce you tend to realize whether you are actually hungry of not.

                          My next week I opened it up a bit to a certain amount of meat, a certain amount of leafy greens and a certain amount of other veggies. That week was also a good learning experience!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Noctiluca View Post
                            I did an interesting experiment one week. I set a certain amount of meat and leafy greens that was my goal for the day. And that all I ate (so obviously not a long term diet). It brought awareness to how often I actually eat just because I can rather than because I"m hungry. When you just wander to the fridge because you are bored but all you have is kale, raw steak and lettuce you tend to realize whether you are actually hungry of not.

                            My next week I opened it up a bit to a certain amount of meat, a certain amount of leafy greens and a certain amount of other veggies. That week was also a good learning experience!
                            What an interesting idea! Thanks for sharing.

                            Thanks to everyone for their input!
                            Nan
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                            Wife to a Hero
                            Mom to 2 Super Silly Boys

                            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread46540.html

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                            • #15
                              Honestly I did 4HB and I found that eating the same thing made me dislike the diet, and I couldnt understand how it could be sustainable. It wasnt until I learned new things to cook and found some joy in the food I ate that I figured out I could certainly do this for life, and that it was way better then any other diet for life! Now I have my staples, fav recipes sure.. but I found that out thru experimenting.
                              Primal since March 2011

                              Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs

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