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by florafloraflora
Tue Oct 30, 2007 10:38 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Failure yesterday: Girl Scout cookies came in. Not that that automatically means failure, but yesterday to me it did.
by florafloraflora
Fri Oct 26, 2007 12:02 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Replies: 23
Views: 6639

Based on my visit to London last year, my idea of the English diet is lots of lovely vegetables and very little meat. I was on a 30-40-30 diet at the time (protein-carb-fat) and I remember feeling really protein-deprived. I couldn't figure out how to get any meat to eat. I kept ordering meat pies an...
by florafloraflora
Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:07 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Thank you, Reinhard. My check-in looks really dire because the only thing I post here now are failures. In between failures, things are actually going pretty well. The hardest times are when I'm crazy-stressed at work or elsewhere in life and everything seems to be falling apart. That's when the rul...
by florafloraflora
Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:16 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Bah. Even yet another failure today, first thing in the morning too. I've been having terrible insomnia for the past week. This morning when I got up at 4 and couldn't get back to sleep, I ended up eating some sweets. Boo. Usually I can control myself when I wake up in the middle of the night, but m...
by florafloraflora
Fri Oct 19, 2007 5:48 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Failure just now at lunch, the first one in quite a while. I went to a Tex-Mex place for lunch and succumbed to the free chips and salsa, which I can usually avoid. Today I had gone running for the first time after being sick for two weeks, and I was ravenous, which I think is why I ate the appetiz...
by florafloraflora
Thu Oct 04, 2007 3:01 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: What is the craziest diet you've tried?
Replies: 8
Views: 3398

Does the Zone count as a crazy diet? Because if so, I followed that for a couple of years. I actually felt great when I did it, but it got to be too much trouble to maintain in the long run. It was a huge hassle always to have a big serving of lowfat protein on hand (unless you resort to beef jerky,...
by florafloraflora
Wed Oct 03, 2007 9:48 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: No longer able to eat milk chocolate.
Replies: 6
Views: 2929

I never was a huge fan of chocolate, and now the number of different types of chocolate I enjoy is shrinking. But I can still do plenty of damage to my old favorites, the caramel, custard, fruity and nutty families of sweets. Soda is funny: I've never been a fan, but sometimes on S-days I have one j...
by florafloraflora
Mon Oct 01, 2007 2:37 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: No longer able to eat milk chocolate.
Replies: 6
Views: 2929

No longer able to eat milk chocolate.

I made an interesting discovery over the weekend. I bought some fine milk chocolate, a type I've enjoyed before (Dolfin, from Belgium, with coarsely-ground cinnamon in it). To my surprise it tasted terrible to me, painfully over-sweet, way too sweet to enjoy. I knew I could no longer enjoy candy bar...
by florafloraflora
Thu Sep 27, 2007 8:17 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Grocery bill - going down
Replies: 7
Views: 3673

I never had a lot of snack food around, but I'm noticing that things like soup and yogurt last a LOT longer now that I'm eating smaller portions.
by florafloraflora
Thu Sep 27, 2007 10:20 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on erratic schedules...
Replies: 5
Views: 2343

Wow, what an awkward time for a class. I've had a similar problem with evening yoga classes in the past. If I ate before, I'd feel wretched during class, but eating afterward felt too late. Eventually I just learned to wait until late at night to eat, with maybe a glass of milk or some milky tea in ...
by florafloraflora
Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:27 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Snacks will be the hard part....
Replies: 7
Views: 3145

I'm piling on to agree with what everyone else said: I thought I'd never, ever be able to give up snacks, especially the afternoon one, especially because I had an official diagnosis of blood sugar problems. But much to my surprise, I can now go 6-8 hours without eating, no problem. If the no-snack ...
by florafloraflora
Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:34 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: OK, it might be working after all.
Replies: 6
Views: 3123

OK, it might be working after all.

I just wanted to follow up on my "disaster" post a couple of weeks back. Since then, I feel that I'm back on track; eating both during the week and on weekends has been good. Best of all, I've been sticking to my new running plan without having to change my schedule to include a snack or at least a ...
by florafloraflora
Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:01 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Frustrated
Replies: 11
Views: 4841

Hexagon, I wouldn't call you whiny. Your life sounds pretty hellish, actually, and your work hours sound like a huge barrier to making a change. One thing occurs to me, that may or may not apply to you. I don't know what your work is, and you don't have to tell us if you don't want. But there comes ...
by florafloraflora
Sat Sep 15, 2007 8:23 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: I'm a sugar addict! help me!
Replies: 30
Views: 9405

I, too, used to have a big-time sweet tooth (I used to love Snickers, Twix, and all the rest, and now I can barely eat those: they taste like pure granulated sugar to me). I had good luck going cold turkey (it took me a few tries to kick my sugar habit entirely, because I'd allow myself sweets on we...
by florafloraflora
Thu Sep 13, 2007 5:42 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Individualizing vs. over-complicating
Replies: 11
Views: 3522

I have sort of a template for N-day meals, too, although it's less strict than yours, KCCC. Each meal must include some protein and some fiber, and as many fruits/veggies as possible, with bread or other starchy foods optional. I also go for a balance of flavors, colors, and textures, because I know...
by florafloraflora
Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:41 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: I'm afraid it's not working for me.
Replies: 7
Views: 4039

Thanks, Betsy! My weak spot really is sleep, much more so than snacks or any other bad eating habit on N-days. I guess maybe I should count sleep, or sleeplessness, as another S to watch out for.
by florafloraflora
Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:58 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: I'm afraid it's not working for me.
Replies: 7
Views: 4039

Thank you guys. I think I can point to a couple of factors in my recent exxxxtreme S days. A few months ago I started working on a side project (baking bread for a tiny local food co-op) that requires me to stay up most of the night on Friday. Given the fact that I tend to substitute food for sleep ...
by florafloraflora
Mon Sep 10, 2007 1:17 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: I'm afraid it's not working for me.
Replies: 7
Views: 4039

I'm afraid it's not working for me.

I'm afraid I'm no good at No-S. The N-days I can handle; I have a nearly perfect record, with no more than one or two slipups each month. But the S-days are killing me. At one point I had lost ten pounds, but now I've gotten into a predictable pattern of swinging way up on weekends, almost as high a...
by florafloraflora
Mon Sep 03, 2007 4:17 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Soda habits
Replies: 8
Views: 3739

Congratulations to you for kicking the soda habit. I'm lucky that we never had soda around the house growing up (we drank it only at birthday parties), but I've seen friends of mine trying to shake the habit, and it's one of the hardest food habits to quit.
by florafloraflora
Wed Aug 29, 2007 9:03 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Boo, yet another failure today. I'm on an insane deadline at work and when I'm this stressed-out all restraint pretty much goes out the window. I had a big snack while working this afternoon, of chocolate candies and cashew nuts. I wish I could say I'm just going to have dinner and then work through...
by florafloraflora
Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:15 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: News flash: FDA Approves Seconds
Replies: 3
Views: 3627

I love the part about the benefit luncheon at the Clean Plate Club. I never realized that was located so near me here in Washington. I think I know which malign influence to blame now for my trouble sticking to No-S.
by florafloraflora
Tue Aug 28, 2007 2:54 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Failure yesterday, my first in more than a month. I had been doing pretty well with my circles-on-paper-calendar system, but my downfall came last night when I tried a new bread recipe between dinner and bedtime (product research for my baking gig). I accidentally dozed off while waiting for the br...
by florafloraflora
Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:40 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Non-idiot S days...
Replies: 3
Views: 2771

Huzzah! I, too, had my first weekend in months that didn't feel entirely idiotic. Part of it was eating less, but making sure to include some treats, and part of it was getting lots of exercise, including a big hike. Either way, I didn't feel horrid at the end of the weekend and I was only a pound h...
by florafloraflora
Tue Aug 21, 2007 3:20 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Breakfast
Replies: 29
Views: 11132

My breakfast staples, in rough order of popularity: hardboiled eggs and/or yogurt with a bit of honey and/or a smoothie of strawberry yogurt, blueberries, and a bit of protein powder and/or Kashi Go Lean topped with a bit of pecan granola and milk and/or hot oatmeal topped with peanut butter and/or ...
by florafloraflora
Wed Aug 15, 2007 2:06 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Okay, now I get it
Replies: 6
Views: 2671

Wosnes, you're lucky. It sounds like your eyes are the right size for your stomach. The best way I have of dealing with the problem is just to stay away from restaurants. It's not ideal, but it's the only thing that really works.
by florafloraflora
Tue Aug 14, 2007 3:51 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Okay, now I get it
Replies: 6
Views: 2671

Awesome. That's the hardest thing for me, not cleaning my "plate" even when it's more like a platter, and way too much food for me. That's why I treasure the few restaurants I know that serve food in normal portion sizes.
by florafloraflora
Sun Aug 12, 2007 11:40 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Can't seem to get HabitCal to work
Replies: 2
Views: 1664

Can't seem to get HabitCal to work

I decided I wanted to try using HabitCal again, to track my progress not just on NoS but also with the journal-writing I'm trying to do every morning. Before I used to think that HabitCal wasn't working because something was blocked at work, but now I'm at home and it's still not working for me. Whe...
by florafloraflora
Fri Aug 10, 2007 11:41 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Lost cause
Replies: 9
Views: 3799

Lucdown, I've had a million false starts and slip-ups since starting No-S back in January, but I keep trying and I'm getting a lot better at it. What has really helped me is to mark the days off on a wall calendar in my kitchen: green circles for N-days, orange circles for S-days (because yellow is ...
by florafloraflora
Fri Aug 03, 2007 7:25 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: S-Days as No-N Days
Replies: 0
Views: 1553

S-Days as No-N Days

Lately on S-Days I've been following a bit of an informal strategy to help keep me from going overboard, and I can't decide whether it's dangerous and foolish or pure genius. What I'm doing is this: on S-Days I eat only treat-y foods that taste really delicious to me. That doesn't mean that I binge ...
by florafloraflora
Fri Aug 03, 2007 4:57 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Bento
Replies: 9
Views: 4005

NoelFigart wrote:I feel a lot more satisfied and happier after a meal if it isn't a "one dish" meal.
Yeah, and the compartments are also a reminder not to have a too-huge portion of any one thing.
by florafloraflora
Fri Aug 03, 2007 4:44 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: beginning again
Replies: 8
Views: 3512

Sorry! I didn't mean to badmouth the HabitCal. I thought it didn't work with Firefox, but I could be wrong. What's happening is that when I choose a habit and then hit the Show button, nothing happens. It may be that there's a script that's blocked because I'm at work. I haven't tried it at home yet.
by florafloraflora
Fri Aug 03, 2007 4:37 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Bento
Replies: 9
Views: 4005

NF, I just want to thank you for starting this topic. I've been having so much fun with my new Laptop Lunch box, and I'm eating a lot more healthily too. The little containers make it easy to eat tiny servings of a variety of foods, which I've found is really important to me for sticking to the No-S...
by florafloraflora
Fri Aug 03, 2007 4:25 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: beginning again
Replies: 8
Views: 3512

Welcome back. It's taken me several tries to get into the NoS habit, and it's an ongoing process--I don't want to get smug about it. One thing that has really helped me is to start marking my days off on a paper calendar in my kitchen. Daily check-ins on this site felt a little too public for me--th...
by florafloraflora
Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:44 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Junk food as S?
Replies: 5
Views: 2938

I have some junk-food cravings too, but in my experience junk-food binges are self-correcting: they make me feel so foul that I tend to stay away for a while after that. So, what is the problem you're having with junk food exactly? Is it that it's around the house and you're tempted to snack on it, ...
by florafloraflora
Tue Jul 24, 2007 2:36 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Donating blood and S-days.
Replies: 11
Views: 4389

I give myself permission for a snack or an extra meal, too, after giving blood. YMMV, but right after the blood is drawn I find the sugar rush of eating or drinking something sweet (like fruit juice) quite unpleasant. If I were you I wouldn't hesitate to eat something more substantial, some nuts or ...
by florafloraflora
Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:38 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Organic farming vs. green revolution: new study
Replies: 1
Views: 1787

Organic farming vs. green revolution: new study

Following up on our discussion from a while ago, here's an article from Salon about a new study showing that organic farming can feed the world:

http://www.salon.com/tech/htww/2007/07/ ... index.html

I found this interesting because it does actually link to scholarly sources.
by florafloraflora
Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:38 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Bento
Replies: 9
Views: 4005

OK, I just ordered a box from Laptop Lunches. I had been coveting one of their boxes but I found it too confusing to figure out what to order. This post reminded me and I finally went and did the heavy lifting. There's no stopping me now!
by florafloraflora
Fri Jul 13, 2007 3:52 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Hello everyone, newbie here. Plus a couple of questions.
Replies: 15
Views: 5146

* The hardest one for me to cope with is the social event, where people have brought chips, cake etc. ... simply to be gourmet snobbish about it. I'm too good to eat trans-fatty artificially-flavoured styrofoam-textured lurid-coloured crap. Only *real* food for me. Hey, I'm snobbing right along wit...
by florafloraflora
Fri Jul 13, 2007 1:52 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Post-July 4th checkin: I must have spoken too soon, because the rest of the week from Wednesday the 4th through Sunday the 8th were pretty much a straight-through binge, and I gained a horrifying amount of weight. It started with pie on the 4th taking me forever to bake and not actually being ready ...
by florafloraflora
Tue Jul 03, 2007 3:03 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Status Report
Replies: 10
Views: 4035

Excellent work!

That dressing sounds fabulous. I'll have to remember that. Thanks!
by florafloraflora
Tue Jul 03, 2007 2:59 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Just a quick check-in to say that everything is going swimmingly . I'm out of town at my sweetie's place, and in the past this has been very much a place I associate with S-days and grazing/treats. But I am actually doing a good job of sticking to my N-Day rules. I'm planning a pie for tomorrow, the...
by florafloraflora
Tue Jun 26, 2007 12:54 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Things have been going smoothly since I last posted. A small victory last night: I had an early dinner, then went out with friends. I had a couple of drinks and was tempted to get something to eat too, but I had just the drinks. I'm keeping track of my progress on a wall calendar in the kitchen. Eve...
by florafloraflora
Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:41 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: When does it get easier?
Replies: 14
Views: 4131

No-S days are really important for keeping a strong habit, and not just because cravings need to be indulged once in a while to prevent bingeing. A little extra indulgence once or twice a week helps keep your metabolism from slowing too much. I've also found that S days are a good opportunity for in...
by florafloraflora
Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:32 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: How the world eats
Replies: 5
Views: 2396

That was fascinating. I think my diet might be closest to the Polish family's, except with less chocolate.
by florafloraflora
Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:15 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Toning down borderline foods: yogurt and granola
Replies: 14
Views: 6571

Since we're talking about yogurt, I'll bring out my dirty secret, even though you probably will all think I'm a freak: sometimes I eat my yogurt with Marmite, the dark salty yeast spread. It's got to be really good, non-sour plain yogurt. It's sort of like eating it with honey, only salty, and I add...
by florafloraflora
Fri Jun 22, 2007 12:55 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

*knock on wood* I think I'm back from the brink. I got a wall calendar in the kitchen, put a red X through my two failure days, on Monday and Tuesday, and since then I've been gaining motivation from circling each successful day in green. Tuesday was a pretty undisciplined day, but I decided just to...
by florafloraflora
Tue Jun 19, 2007 5:25 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

FAILURE Bleagh, more bad eating this morning. My life is a mess, and food is just one part of that. I need to figure out how to keep eating sanely through all this, but I'm having a lot of trouble with it.
by florafloraflora
Tue Jun 19, 2007 2:47 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Blah. Failed yet again tonight. I'd been feeling hungry and deprived all day. After dinner I caved in to a bunch of cravings. I've never been much of an after-dinner snacker, but all day today I've been feeling deprived and craving something tasty. Tonight my resolve broke. Boo. I'm still stressed-o...
by florafloraflora
Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:54 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: I can't WAIT for tomorrow!
Replies: 1
Views: 1646

I can't WAIT for tomorrow!

I've had a jar of Nutella calling my name from the kitchen cupboard all week, and I haven't even had a taste. First thing tomorrow, that jar is MINE.

Sad, but true.
by florafloraflora
Sat Jun 09, 2007 4:16 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Will be a bit distracted next few weeks...
Replies: 17
Views: 6339

Wonderful news! Congratulations!
by florafloraflora
Fri Jun 08, 2007 9:46 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Thanks, Jan. I appreciate all the encouragement I can get.

I know how good I feel when I stick strictly to No-S. If I can just beat the insomnia, which really messes with my schedule, my energy, and my resolve, I think I can get back on my game.
by florafloraflora
Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:44 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Another failure last night. I baked some lemon squares for a meeting of my building's tenants' association, and foolishly assumed I could stay away from them. I was wrong. Instead I had an early dinner of lemon-square trimmings, and a few more bites with breakfast this morning. I may need to start a...
by florafloraflora
Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:34 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Food quality; Devil's Advocate
Replies: 41
Views: 24912

Me? I'm hesitant to 'return to nature' on principle. Nature doesn't seem to like us all that much. She assaults our food with mould, rats, locusts, blights, birds, infections, flies, weeds, and plagues of frogs. Much of the hard work of farming is defending your food against nature. I say from just...
by florafloraflora
Wed May 30, 2007 4:32 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Unexpected Success
Replies: 2
Views: 2095

Groovia, that's fantastic! No-S has really helped me deal with the urge to snack at work. At first it was hard saying no to the 4 PM munchies, but now that time comes and goes and I hardly even notice it. About your lunchtime dilemma right now, sometimes I find that I'm still hungry immediately afte...
by florafloraflora
Wed May 23, 2007 8:50 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: A 90% diet solution -- in 2 words (podcast)
Replies: 12
Views: 20830

Congratulations from me too. And thanks for the podcast. I've been struggling with my commitment to No-S lately, and I found a lot of encouragement there.
by florafloraflora
Thu May 17, 2007 4:07 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Insomnia: am I the only one?
Replies: 3
Views: 2073

Insomnia: am I the only one?

I've had sort of a string of failures lately, and I blame it partially on insomnia. In the past I've had a tendency to bad insomnia, which becomes a downward spiral as I eat badly/too much to keep going on no sleep, which makes it harder for me to sleep well, which leads to more bad eating... on and...
by florafloraflora
Thu May 17, 2007 1:22 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Even more blah overnight: serious sketchiness, if not outright failure. Last night I was up baking bread in the middle of the night (why was I doing that, you ask? good question), and I ended up eating about half a loaf of bread, with butter and jam or cheese. I could technically say it would fit al...
by florafloraflora
Tue May 15, 2007 7:41 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Food quality; Devil's Advocate
Replies: 41
Views: 24912

Steve, I appreciate what you're trying to do but I'm not going to cite sources. The problem with debates like this is that you can always find a quote from someplace official-sounding like the Institute for Human Nutrition, the Center for Technological Advancement, or "scientists in Italy", to suppo...
by florafloraflora
Tue May 15, 2007 2:18 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Failure, Day F5

Boo, another failure last night. It wasn't a huge slip in the scheme of things, but I'm posting it here to keep myself honest. I had eaten a generous plate of beans and cornbread for dinner, then I went to a friend's house to visit her new baby. Her husband cut up some pineapple for us to snack on, ...
by florafloraflora
Tue May 15, 2007 2:13 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Food quality; Devil's Advocate
Replies: 41
Views: 24912

Re: Food quality; Devil's Advocate

I'll play, even though I think the debate is probably pointless, especially if we're just flinging around assertions without any special background in farming techniques: Because organic foods use less pesticides, they get more pests. Quality control filters out the spoiled stuff, but the consequenc...
by florafloraflora
Fri May 11, 2007 2:47 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: How automatic are your habits?
Replies: 7
Views: 3411

My habits are pretty close to automatic, but it helps a lot if the food in question isn't around or is so hard to reach that it's easy to resist. Yesterday I had a leftover piece of cake from my friend's birthday dinner sitting on my counter, and it nearly killed me to resist it. But once I put it a...
by florafloraflora
Thu May 10, 2007 4:07 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Thanks, mimi. It's kind of tough because I hate eating in restaurants. I always feel that I could make better food (more to my taste, smaller portions) at home for less money. Ordinarily I would invite them over on a weekend so I wouldn't have to worry about it. But they were away last weekend and w...
by florafloraflora
Thu May 10, 2007 1:24 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Failure, Day E21

Failure yesterday. I was having a friend over for her birthday. I'd planned to make that meal a NWS because I didn't think it was realistic to make a birthday cake and not eat any of it. But I was hungry and really stressed-out while cooking, and I ate a bunch of stuff that had nothing to do with d...
by florafloraflora
Mon May 07, 2007 5:41 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Fruit juice?
Replies: 9
Views: 4030

I think fruit juice is OK, especially as part of a meal, especially if it's only sweetened with other fruit juices.
by florafloraflora
Thu May 03, 2007 9:18 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Potential trouble spot: tasting food I cooked (slight TMI)
Replies: 3
Views: 2230

Potential trouble spot: tasting food I cooked (slight TMI)

I'm reposting this from my check-in because I'd be grateful for some opinions. Everything has been going well, except for one slight wobble. I have been doing a lot of bread baking, practicing for a professional opportunity that has come my way, to bake for a small co-op. I want to taste the bread w...
by florafloraflora
Thu May 03, 2007 9:07 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Check-in: The importance of S-days, part II

I haven't done a regular weekly check-in in a while, but I just wanted to say that I'm still on track and things are going well. A couple of weekends ago I learned that I need some self-indulgence on S-days, or I don't do well with the shift back to N-days. I stayed in a hotel for a conference with ...
by florafloraflora
Mon Apr 30, 2007 8:06 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: HONEY
Replies: 14
Views: 8149

When I get sick of plain water I add the juice of a lemon or lime and drink it unsweetened. I don't sweeten my tea either, I only put a little milk in it sometimes. But then I never said I wasn't a freak.
by florafloraflora
Mon Apr 30, 2007 6:56 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Advice on forming habits
Replies: 6
Views: 3303

I find that the very simple No-S rules eliminate the need for discipline and self-denial to kick in. It takes some work for the first few weeks to get into the No-S habit, but after that it should be an automatic decision most of the time. If I had to deny myself a snack every time I wanted one, I c...
by florafloraflora
Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:24 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: HONEY
Replies: 14
Views: 8149

Heee! My own innter Mungo, like many children, is an absolute little trial lawyer when he wants something, rationalizing and nitpicking with the best of them. That's what's so great about No-S: when Mungo starts up, I don't even engage him, I just say "Not today, Mungo" and keep right on going.
by florafloraflora
Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:21 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: S-days as a vital escape valve
Replies: 2
Views: 1814

Thanks, cvmom. In the end it went fine. Lunch at the reception was fabulous, and just enough food. Then I had one piece of really tasty wedding cake (it's a shock, I know, but there is such a thing), and then the newlyweds took us on a nice brisk hike (how adorable is that? they are really fitness-m...
by florafloraflora
Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:16 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Advice on forming habits
Replies: 6
Views: 3303

It's a matter of discipline. I have to say I really like No-S because it's not about discipline, it's about habit. From my experience, self-denial isn't a sustainable habit, and I don't think it is for many people. The reason many people eat less and stay slim is that they've made healthier habits,...
by florafloraflora
Mon Apr 30, 2007 2:07 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Late night eating
Replies: 10
Views: 3759

Just a repost from the No-S homepage, on the subject of multiple meals: I love the No S Diet, but my doctor says I need to eat 4/5/6 meals a day because of my medical condition! The No S Diet has a little known loophole just for you. If you look closely at the site, you'll notice that nowhere does i...
by florafloraflora
Sun Apr 29, 2007 12:42 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Late night eating
Replies: 10
Views: 3759

Maybe you could try having dinner later. I don't usually eat dinner until 7 or 8 at night, and after that, I'm usually done for the night. This is after having breakfast around 7 or 8 AM and lunch around 1 PM. I sometimes get a snack craving in the afternoon, but some tea, or milk if I'm desperate, ...
by florafloraflora
Sat Apr 28, 2007 3:18 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: S-days as a vital escape valve
Replies: 2
Views: 1814

S-days as a vital escape valve

I've been No-Sing for three months now, and my habits are solid. I think one key to my sucess, such as it is, is to do my best not to eat anything that I don't find delicious, whether it's an S-day or not. But I've learned that I REALLY rely on S-days as an escape valve. I don't go wild anymore the ...
by florafloraflora
Thu Apr 26, 2007 6:17 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Cravings :(
Replies: 11
Views: 4826

I agree with mimi and The Preacher: I would dump the Doritos. Snack chips are cheap, cheap, cheap. After you've been No-S'ing for a while they probably won't even taste that great to you anymore. As The Preacher says, you can always give them away: I know that anything left on the kitchen table at m...
by florafloraflora
Wed Apr 25, 2007 1:40 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: HONEY
Replies: 14
Views: 8149

I sometimes eat a teaspoon of honey (or jam) on toast, and I think that's OK. But if you're using a ton of honey as a substitute for a ton of sugar, say in a drink or in a cake, that would be an S.
by florafloraflora
Mon Apr 23, 2007 8:09 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Another one from Michael Pollan
Replies: 1
Views: 1749

That was awesome, wosnes. Thanks for posting it. As for changing the farm bill, I hope they succeed but I'm not holding my breath.
by florafloraflora
Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:59 am
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Tricks and tips
Replies: 5
Views: 2494

Great thread, KCCC! I have a more general form of your brown rice tip: whenever I cook anything, I portion it up and freeze or refrigerate whatever's left over right away so I won't be tempted to pick at it as I'm cleaning up the kitchen. It helps keep me from snacking or seconds. Sometimes I even c...
by florafloraflora
Thu Apr 19, 2007 1:37 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Failure, Day D8

Bah. Failed tonight: went to a restaurant and split an appetizer before eating my big bowl of soup. I wasn't even thinking. How silly of me. I think restaurants aren't my friends on weeknights. I had a bit of a sketchy restaurant experience earlier this week at a happy hour for a friend's birthday o...
by florafloraflora
Tue Apr 17, 2007 3:44 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: First Day!
Replies: 7
Views: 3393

Sounds like a good start. The yogurt is fine (it's a borderline food, the kind you don't have to worry about). The food after dinner would technically count as seconds or as another meal, unless it was on your dinner plate.
by florafloraflora
Tue Apr 17, 2007 3:24 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: poster from the WWII era
Replies: 3
Views: 2218

Notice that the "play" is all exercise!
by florafloraflora
Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:07 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Confession...
Replies: 10
Views: 3918

I think that a firm No-S habit, like most other new habits, is easiest to cement when you don't have a lot of other stresses or demands on your time. Right now, when you are worried about your trip, may not be the best time for you to try and get a new habit down. That said, I do think No-S is just ...
by florafloraflora
Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:22 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: In need for encouragement...
Replies: 8
Views: 3468

I can sympathize with the feeling of wanting to switch to a faster-acting program. Next weekend I'm going to meet some online friends for the first time at a convention, and I wanted to be a bit slimmer by now. But you know what? I'm proud of the way I've changed my eating since starting No-S. For e...
by florafloraflora
Sun Apr 15, 2007 1:41 am
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Weekly Check-in 5, Day D5

I didn't have an easy time bouncing back from Easter this week. I had a failure Monday night, with not just seconds, but thirds of dinner (I managed to stay away from the sweets though). After that I felt snackier, and I had a lot of trouble resisting leftover Easter candy. But by the end of the wee...
by florafloraflora
Fri Apr 13, 2007 2:09 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Just Starting Out
Replies: 8
Views: 3447

Welcome! What has worked best for me, especially in the beginning, is to eat tiny servings of a lot of different things so I don't feel deprived. For breakfast, I usually take a "one from column A, one from column B, one from column C" approach: A protein: soy sausage, eggs, leftover Easter ham, etc...
by florafloraflora
Fri Apr 13, 2007 1:59 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Not a good idea
Replies: 46
Views: 73823

Joining in to back up what others have said: I eat plenty of healthy food, at 3 meals a day, and I don't feel that I'm depriving myself at all. Sometimes those 3 meals aren't even all that healthy: I'm a cheese freak, and there's no way I could stick to a plan that didn't allow some cheese in my die...
by florafloraflora
Wed Apr 11, 2007 9:30 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: In need for a treat...
Replies: 12
Views: 4444

Um, drink water? Or maybe some tea. Sorry I can't be more helpful, but that's what I do. I know where you're coming from--I'm having a hard time resisting the Easter candy in the kitchen just down the hall from me. I don't know what I'd do with a vending machine nearby. Maybe every time you're tempt...
by florafloraflora
Wed Apr 11, 2007 1:00 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Thanks, Jan! I had a successful day yesterday and now (I hope) I'm back on track.
by florafloraflora
Tue Apr 10, 2007 7:19 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: South Beach Diet anyone???
Replies: 5
Views: 2376

I'd recommend skipping the South Beach Diet and going with No-S.
by florafloraflora
Tue Apr 10, 2007 12:35 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Failure, Day C53

Bah, I failed yesterday. Having eaten leftover Easter ham for breakfast and lunch, I wanted to do something a bit different for dinner so I whipped up one of the yummiest, most tempting things I've ever made: macaroni with ham and spinach in a cheesy white sauce (2 different fancy cheeses!), subtly ...
by florafloraflora
Tue Apr 10, 2007 12:15 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: sugarfree stuff
Replies: 4
Views: 2120

What KCCC said: I don't recommend it. The rule is "no sweets", it doesn't say anything about how the sweetness got there. That doesn't mean you can't put a spoonful of honey or sugar in your tea or your oatmeal, but I'd stay away from anything that's actually dessert-level sweet because it keeps you...
by florafloraflora
Tue Apr 10, 2007 12:11 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: These things which I'm noticing
Replies: 10
Views: 3839

Yaaaaay! Yay for realizing you didn't want the ice cream, and yay for smaller jeans! That's the best feeling ever, fitting into smaller clothing.
by florafloraflora
Fri Apr 06, 2007 3:01 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Weekly Check-in 4, Day C50

Still on track. I gained a couple of pounds back from what I reported last week, probably because I skipped some exercise sessions and ate a bit more. Today is Good Friday, so I'm semi-fasting.
by florafloraflora
Thu Apr 05, 2007 3:36 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Three S-Day Week??
Replies: 3
Views: 2328

Your son's birthday is a Special Day, which makes it an S-Day regardless of which day of the week it is. Celebrate and enjoy it.

Then take your Saturday and Sunday as usual.
by florafloraflora
Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:46 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Karinatwork at Work!
Replies: 6
Views: 3072

BUT I STAY FIRM - because I can have some on the WEEKEND! :) Yaaaaay! You've got the idea! I never thought it would happen, but now when I see candy or sweets in the kitchen at work, I don't even think of it as food. Or I think of it as belonging to somebody else: I would no more eat it than I woul...
by florafloraflora
Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:45 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: It's probably been asked... but how about splenda?
Replies: 8
Views: 3322

Like others here I'm a bit puritanical about Splenda: don't want to keep feeding my sweet tooth, worry about the health effects, etc. But I do depend on eating some fruit (even something sweet like pineapple in juice) or a bit of sweetened yogurt at the end of dinner, just for the flavor contrast. I...
by florafloraflora
Fri Mar 30, 2007 7:13 pm
Forum: Daily Check In
Topic: Florafloraflora's check-in thread
Replies: 103
Views: 36107

Weekly Check-in 3, Day C43

Things went smoothly again this week, knock on wood. The scale has told me two days in a row that I've lost ten pounds since I started No-S, so I'm choosing to believe it. It's been ten weeks since I started trying to do this, the day after MLK Day. I had a couple of failures on my way to 21 days, b...
by florafloraflora
Fri Mar 30, 2007 2:56 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: Me and my weird schedule.
Replies: 6
Views: 3099

When I first started No-S I had a hard time working around my evening yoga classes (2x/week): if I ate dinner beforehand I felt nasty in class, and if I waited until afterward I'd feel lightheaded, on the verge of starvation. But now that I'm used to this, I just wait to eat afterward and it works f...
by florafloraflora
Fri Mar 30, 2007 2:52 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: paranoia
Replies: 5
Views: 2473

Instead of thinking about whether a food is good or bad, how about concentrating on how your food (types and quantities) makes you feel? I know that what's kept me going on this plan is that I feel so much better when I follow the No-S rules: lighter, cleaner, more agile. I do have treats on weekend...
by florafloraflora
Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:58 pm
Forum: No S Diet General Discussion
Topic: A small victory
Replies: 7
Views: 3095

Thanks, everybody! The encouragement I've gotten from everybody here has done a lot to help me stay on track.