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When I go through a lot of stress, I revert to sweet things. 

Now, in prior attempts to lose weight (often successful!) I have not bothered with retraining my taste buds.  I simply switched out artificial sweeteners for the higher calorie real things.  However, since February, my goal has been to:
1.  Stop gaining weight (I have certainly managed this)
2.  Get my mind into place to lose weight a better way.
3.  Do this without "fake foods."  That means without depending on artificial sweeteners (I still like them in my coffee, but only because they dissolve better than sugar), without depending on "fat free cheese."  (I have no idea how that is actually supposed to be cheese with no fat!), and without buying "low-carb" items.  Food is what it is.  I need to heal that relationship with food.

So, I'm doing ok.  Not great.  I'm only down 15 pounds, so far, but really that's since the beginning of the summer.  Before then I was more focused on just not gaining anymore.  So, yeah.  Doing ok.  It's slow going.

I noticed something this morning, though.

I like my tea with nothing in it.
This is relatively new.  I'm having a spiced black tea, and no sweetener.  Nothing.  It's yummy, if a little bitter.  I remember a time when I LOVED bitter flavors.  I was never a real acidic flavor lover, but bitter I liked.  I wasn't overweight then. 

I wonder if I can get that back...

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Date: 2011-10-17 02:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badseed1980.livejournal.com
You ought to try Stash's licorice spice tea. The licorice root in it makes it naturally sweet (not extremely, but sweet enough that I never add sweetener of any kind to it). It's incredibly tasty, one of my favorite herbal teas.

And 15 pounds is nothing to sneeze at!!!

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Date: 2011-10-17 02:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blaisepascal
It should be possible to do a fat-free cheese, as the main component of cheese is a curdling of proteins. The fats get caught in the curds, contribute to texture and flavor, but aren't technically necessary for cheese production.

I enjoy low-fat (1%) cottage cheese immensely, and it has a surprisingly low level of fat.

*hugs*

Date: 2011-10-17 02:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] taura-g.livejournal.com
Go you!!

I need to get on the scale again and see how I'm doing... I know I haven't put any back on, but I'm not sure if I've lost much more.

Seriously, though, loosing it slowly through change of habits is the best way to keep it off long term.

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Date: 2011-10-17 02:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-lisa-ma.livejournal.com
Try picking up a 15 pound turkey at the supermarket and see how "only" that is! Atta girl!

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Date: 2011-10-17 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrw42.livejournal.com
I also noticed, at some time during the past year, that I like tea without any sweetener. I'm not sure I'd ever tried it that way before...

15 pounds since the beginning of summer is awesome! Good for you!

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