Mouth Hunger

There is more than one type of hunger. One type is physical hunger, where your stomach is actually growling and you feel a slight pain in your stomach. Another type is mouth hunger. This is where your body may be telling you that it doesn’t need any more food, but your mouth starts to want it and crave that taste.

This reminds me of a man named Wally that was on the first season of Extreme Weight Loss. Wally admitted to eating to the point where he wanted to throw up and to the point his jaw would hurt and he still couldn’t stop. Wally without a doubt was experiencing mouth hunger.

I think that a big reason that we experience mouth hunger is because we crave that high feeling we get from the taste that those foods give us. Usually, we crave really dense calories. For example, calories that are high in sugar or salt. When we taste them, we get such a high from it that we want to keep eating. A lot of the time it gets past the point of taste and we’re not even tasting the food anymore, we just want that pleasure of eating.

I’ve been there. It’s hard, very hard. I hope that with my blog I can inspire you to realize when you are experiencing mouth hunger. Hopefully, you can turn from that and turn to God. Please don’t think that I’m trying to preach to you, but you cannot do this alone. Turning to a Higher Power can be comforting. You know that you’re not alone.

I used to desire food way too much. I believe that God used that pain and wants me to help others dealing with that same pain. Like I said, you’re not alone. You’ve got many people, myself included, that know what you’re going through. That’s why I feel like it’s good to turn to God. The LORD can help you through the darkest of times. Reading your Bible and prayer and distract you. Also, you can pray for the wisdom to know the difference between mouth hunger and physical hunger.

You’ve got this!

Happier Than Ever

Once upon a time, I was 200 pounds. I didn’t wear shorts and I avoided having my picture taken. I got word that I had elevated blood pressure and that I was pre-diabetic. I went on a spiritual and physical journey and I lost 100 pounds. It was great! But there was residue.

It’s hard when you have the media telling you that the odds are stacked against you. It’s hurtful being told that I’m going to end up failing. That does a lot to you emotionally and mentally. I started getting too careful with calories and eating right. I began losing too much weight. Not good.

The thing is, I know myself better than anyone else does. I know that I will not gain the weight back. I’ve learned knew things about being healthy that has forever changed me. Plus, I like the way I eat. I’m not unhappy with that aspect at all. I’ve also learned not to turn to food for comfort.

The ultimate problem is that I’ve listened too much to statistics and people in the media being negative about keeping the weight off. I’ve let it cause me too much anxiety. I’m sick and tired of it. No one has the right to say that I, or anyone else for that matter, will put the weight back on.

The bottom line is that I’m a strong woman of God. I’ve been through a lot. I’m a fighter. If I have to fight the rest of my life, I know that I can do it. Chances are, you can too. Don’t let others doubt you. I will not let that happen any longer. I’m giving this to Jesus. Everything will work out in the end. It will for you, too!

Health and Fellowship

I’ve been doing a lot of praying and thinking lately. I feel like I want to take what I know about health, fitness, and nutrition and take it to a ministry. A friend of mine from church and I want to start a fitness group next summer at our church. A woman that I work for gave me the idea. I’m really excited!

I feel like this will help me in the long run. I’ll still be really active in the health community, but incorporating the LORD into it will take it in a more balanced direction. I feel like my faith got me through my obesity and now it can help me get over my anxiety over regaining the weight.

In case you’re wondering, I don’t have an eating disorder, but I do have GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and I have OCD. So, me becoming too engrossed over calories is just part of it. I’ve been doing well ever since I came clean on here and have submitted my worries to God. It’s not that my anxiety has been cured, but it’ll help me live out His purpose for me better.

I hope to someday do more when it comes to health and the ministry. I pray that my church will always be a part of it. I hope and pray to go far not only in the health community, but leading others to Jesus Christ as well.

A New Direction

So, I haven’t been completely honest with you all. Although I’m still interested in health, my anxiety has been getting the best of me lately. I’ve become too obsessive over my food and exercising. It’s really starting to take a toll on me mentally.

What does this mean for me and my blog? First off, I’m not going anywhere. I’ll still be here doing my beloved reviews and writing about nutrition. But I want to talk about other health related topics, like mental health and other health issues that’s not just about weight and dieting.

I’ll also talk about my plans for recovery and healing. I don’t ever want to regain my weight back, but this obsessive behavior is just as bad. I need to find that balance. I am confidant that I can do it. Sure, this may be a step back, but like I said in a review, that’s life.

So, stick around. We’ve got a brand new adventure to go on!

Ways to Help Your Overweight Child/Teen

I’ve been thinking about the movie Fed Up more and more recently. I was taking a walk with my husband at the park today and was telling him about how heartbreaking it was seeing this one girl in the movie crying because she was so tired of her weight. I remember feeling like that at one time. It was horrible.

After much thought, I decided to do a short blog on how to help your overweight child/teen lose weight. I realize that I’m no expert. But I have walked the walk. I recently lost 100 pounds total and I don’t want anyone else going through that-especially children.

One thing to do is to make working out fun. Don’t just put them on a treadmill. Go on thirty minute walks together after dinner. Do an exercise video. You could also join a rec center or take a class together. Exercise should never be torture. You can find something that you both can enjoy together. (I highly recommend the walking!)

Learn about portion sizes and follow them closely. Use measuring cups and teach your child how to measure, too. Here are some things to remember. Meat should be the size of the palm of your hand for you and your child’s palm for them. Vegetables should make up half of everyone’s plate. A really good thing to remember is to look at the package that the food comes in and see what the serving size is and how many servings per container are in them.

A rule that I swear by is to never eat white flour. Eat 100% whole grain flour. Just because something says wheat flour doesn’t mean that it’s real wheat. If whole grain flour is the very first ingredient, then you’re most likely good to go. You’ll want to avoid white flour as much as you possibly can because your body processes it as sugar.

I’ll probably do a part two somewhere down the road. I thought that this would be good for a start. Let me know if you have any good ideas, too. Just remember that your child’s obesity doesn’t have to be forever. You can make the changes together.

Why You Should Start Eating Healthy Right Now

I hear about it all the time, people saying that they’ll start eating healthy when they get older or after the holiday’s. Another big one goes something like, “I’m starting a new diet next week.” I know all this excuses, partly because I used to make them myself. It’s very common.

The truth is that I should have started back in high school. I knew very well that my diet was unhealthy, but that didn’t stop me. When I got older, I’d promise to start a new diet the following week. That didn’t work. Why do we keep putting off making a healthy change to our way of eating?

It’s a scary change. Unhealthy food is like a comfort. It tastes great and you’re so used to it. To change it means changing everything about your life almost. It will forever affect you. So, you put it off as long as possible, thinking it will get easier over time. You’ll be ready for the change later. It doesn’t work like that.

I finally made the change in my lifestyle when I became pre diabetic. Although I’m very, very proud of myself for losing the weight, I should have started eating healthy before it became a problem. Oh sure, we can blame the weight gain on my medication that I was taking at the time, but that wasn’t the overall picture. I had been eating badly for a long time and was too scared to change it.

Let me tell you that it is so freeing when you finally decide to make that change. When you finally say, “Today is the day.” Not next week or after the holiday’s, right now. It’s like a weight has been lifted off of your shoulders. But, you have to be ready for it.

If something is mentally and emotionally keeping you from making that change right now, then it’s time to address it. Don’t wait until you start having health problems. Once again, I’m proud of myself for making a whole lifestyle change, but that phone call that I got from my doctor’s office was scary. I don’t ever want that to happen again.

Get up and make any changes you need to be making. Maybe you need to address some problems first. Maybe you need to rally some people that you are close to around you for some support. Whatever you need to do, grab the bull by the horns and go for it!

5 Sneaky Ways Students Can Fit In Exercise

Who here likes to exercise? No one? Yeah, I figured. I make sure to, but it’s not like I’m thinking, “Yippee, time to workout!” It’s like brushing my teeth, it’s just part of my routine. Let me tell you, though, I wish I had begun working out in high school or even college. I would have been much better off.

You may be at a time in your life where you don’t have to exercise pretty hard, but it’s still important to build that up somewhat into your daily routine because it’ll pay off later. I’ve made a list of 5 sneaky ways you can fit exercising in while being a student.

1. Dumbbells.

I have a set of 5 pound dumbbells in my room that I use in the mornings. I do two sets of ten bicep curls and two sets of ten reps where I slowly raise them up above my head and then back down. Try finding some moves that you can do with them in the mornings, too. Building muscle is good for you!

2. Squats.

Doing squats either first thing in the morning, or when you get home after school is a great habit to get into. Check out Pinterest to see which routine would work best for you. A lot of people swear by doing squats and you might find that you like it, too.

3. Walking.

Once you’ve gotten back home (or to your dorm) after school, try regrouping and take a thirty minute walk. By fitting this into your daily routine, you can build up leg muscles and burn some serious calories. I did this myself when I first started my lifestyle change and it worked well!

4. A New Hobby, Maybe?

I recently began taking up golf and have been working hard at it ever since. Besides learning something new, my arms have gotten a lot stronger. It’s a great payoff! Have you always wanted to try something new and have yet to give it a shot? What are you waiting for? Go for it! There are so many things that you can try. You’d be surprised as to how much exercise you’d probably be getting along with it.

5. Chores.

I know, whomp whomp. Very few people like cleaning. I get that. But, cleaning for an hour burns a ton of calories and does the body good. Sweeping, doing dishes, wiping windows, and doing laundry all requires great effort and keeps you active, not to mention all the other cleaning that you can do, too. I know firsthand that it requires some great effort to actually want to clean, but once you get started, it’s hard to stop!

I hope that this list gave you some good ideas on how to fit exercising in. Like I said, I wish that I had started this sooner. But, that doesn’t matter. What matters is that I’m doing it now and the same goes for you. Get out there and start right now. Just finish your homework first!