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Subject:Today in un-dietland
Time:10:31 pm
I'm still following the don't-be-a-dumbshit un-diet, though I haven't been working out much because I've been sick. Paying attention to eating less, skewing towards healthier choices, and being sane about portion sizes has interesting effects. The rules for the don't-be-a-dumbshit diet are completely non-restrictive-- nothing is off-limits. Rather, the idea is to move the average in a positive direction, while not creating any of the challenges that come from not being allowed to eat things that you want. To me, it seems better to develop a reasonable decision-making process than to deprive yourself of things you want.

Tonight we had pizza delivered to work while moving offices. OK, pizza sounded good and I was hungry, so I grabbed a piece. I finished it, and was still hungry, so I grabbed a second. Halfway through the second piece my body said, "OK, that's enough." I picked one piece of chicken off and ate it, since it was extremely tasty, and tossed the rest.

Three months ago I'm sure I would have finished the second piece, and maybe had a third as well.

That was kinda fun-- it validates the idea that my body can learn better habits.
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essaying
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Time:2009-02-13 06:49 am (UTC)
The hard part, I've found, is maintaining the new eating style once your attention wanders, a few months down the line. I find that such "habits" aren't really -- that if I'm not mindful, once the novelty wears off I slide gradually back into the old way of eating. If you figure out a way to prevent that, please blog about it.
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whipartist
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Time:2009-02-13 07:19 am (UTC)
It may well happen. I'm hoping that just being motivated will be enough, but if not I'll try to figure something out.
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janinedog
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Time:2009-02-13 09:39 am (UTC)
It sounds like what you're doing is very close to the No S Diet, which I did for a while last year (I wrote about it here). It's just a little more structured than what you're doing. Although I'm not following the diet strictly anymore, I'm definitely better with my eating habits now than I was before I tried it. So I think habits like these can stick, at least for some people. I think it's awesome that you have the self-discipline to do this without any rules at all (most people don't). If you find yourself slipping, you may want to look at No S, since it's more about structure and forming habits than making and following rules.
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loser_variable
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Time:2009-02-13 01:05 pm (UTC)
Good work. I'm finding it becoming habit. For a long time I could not understand people who didn't drink. Now I know, because I don't eat sweets. Not because I like missing all the fun, it's just something I don't have any desire to do.

As I tell everyone whether they ask or not, you should work in some exercise. Not to lose weight, but just because it's really good for your health and well being. Makes you feel wonderful.
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njchick
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Time:2009-02-13 05:25 pm (UTC)
My biggest problem in the past was eating wayyy too quick and not giving myself time to feel 80% full. I just had pizza for lunch in the office and I did allow myself 2 slices. Working out will help you big time. It did for me, even if I am in a 6 month plateau the weight has stablized but the inches are still coming off.

Best of luck with your DBADS Diet.
tina.
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whitebird
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Time:2009-02-14 12:01 am (UTC)
Folks like us who grew up being parented by folks who crew up with parents raised during the Great Depression have really been instilled with the Eat Everything On Your Plate No Matter What behavior. Which was perfectly fine back in the early 70's when portion sizes were still reasonable. But one of the other things that happened, in the 80's, was that people wanted more visual ways of seeing that we were a society of general affluence, and an abundance of food is one of the more visual and visceral icons of our supremacy over much of the world.

And people never learned to either not put as much on their plate as they could, or to not eat whatever was on their plate. And both of those are a disservice to the body. Sane portion sizes and how to listen to your body instead of your habits is one of the harder things for a lot of people to get a handle on, I think.

So, go you! :)
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