Calorie Counting

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Calorie Counting

Hey Everybody!

So Im not sure if theres been a post on this already (I sure there has), but I was just wondering if anyone had any tips on how to stop calorie counting! It seems like a really hard habit to kick. I usually dont write everything down but I always seem to have a running total in my head. Its so dumb! I swear it makes me eat more than if I didnt know... like if I eat a meal, add up the calories and its lower than I thought Ill go back for more because I think I'm "allowed" even if Im not actually hunrgy still.

Thanks guys!

Love and light.

scarlet dahlia
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Unless you've memorized the

Unless you've memorized the calorie content of fresh foods, I recommend not buying anything that is packaged or with a label. Eat from scratch. Get a cookbook if you need it, and look at the ingredients. Are they all fresh ingredients? Shop on the outside of the store, and try to stay away from packaged fresh vegetables that have labels with nutrition facts on them (sometimes Trader Joe's does that...). I try to measure portion sizes using my hands or a plate, rather than counting. I know how big my stomach is, and more or less what a normal portion is in relation to my hands (a.k.a a palmful of that, a fist of that). It doesn't matter what food it is, really, just that my portion is normal. This way, I don't count anything.

It is the animate earth that speaks. Human speech is but a part of that vaster discourse. --David Abram, "Spell of the Sensuous"

Catherine Liberty
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Hi Bee! It's great that

Hi Bee!

It's great that you've been able to realise how destructive calorie counting can be, now it's just finding a way to get past it, which can be hard but it is very possible!

Not buying anything in a package and making meals from scratch is a wonderful idea Olive Goddess!

Bee perhaps if it's very hard for you to stop calorie counting "cold turkey" you could try to do it in stages.

For example the first stage could be not keeping a written accont of your calories, the second stage could be trying to prepare and eat one meal a day without counting the calories in it, the third stage could be stopping calorie counting but still keeping a rough idea of the calories in your head (basically from the knowledge of foods you have so never reading labels) and so on.

I always found doing things really gradually like that helped so much with recovery.

Take care

Catherine x

freakyblonde88's picture
I was addicted to

I was addicted to caloriecounting before.. I had a membership on a website that would help me log EVERY bite that passed my lips and also how much my exercise burned.. If I didn't end at a 500kcal deficit I was devastated.

I made a New Years resolution to stop then, grabbed my bf by the hand and told him to sit next to me, as I deleted my account and removed all the files with tips on calorie counting from my computer, the anxiety was incredible, and I felt I'd lost all control the first two weeks.

I also found myself having memorized the calorie content of things so well so my head you calculate it even though the computer was gone.
But as time went on weeks turned to months, I started thinking, what things do I actually like? what does my body desire? What do my tastebuds enjoy... And I realized by eating these things I cut my calories... And I didn't think about it, if there was a label I tried to hide it from myself, and just think, "Does this taste good?"

It's tough, but if you take small steps eventually it "goes away".

Sometimes now in moments of panic, or when I'm having a particularly tough food day I find myself estimating calories, And I shun it, even if say the calories were "over what I thought I should have" My body needs what I ate, it's not junk anyways, I ate it for a reason.

Hah, sorry about the long story... All that to say... We need to be happy and healthy, and I know I'm happier since I stopped calorie counting, the numbers in your head don't go away instantly, but with time they do...
Also instead of following the "Serving size calorie amount"
Make your own "serving size" Whether it be a bowl, plate cup, nothing with exact ounce/lbs measurements, but just a normal eating dish, and make that your serving size
You won't know what it weighs, how much there is, you'll just know that that amount fits you, your stomach and your body... ;-)

Life is too short to not be happy

shirley_z's picture
calorie counting is really

calorie counting is really bad,,,,i am quiting it now

Love myself.

ElsieSoproni's picture
I had a running total in my

I had a running total in my head for six years I think. I had the nutrition facts to ALL the foods I ate memorized (I still do), and even when I said I wouldn't, I kept a loose track "just in case." I had one of those calorie counting memberships too. One day in December 2013 I decided it was exhausting and I was going to stop for the rest of the day. I expected to pick it up the next day... but I never did! That was the end! I don't really know what got me to that point, but I think it had to do with the other mental and emotional changes I was making through the recovery program and it was the next natural step. That probably wasn't very helpful. But it helped me to focus more on portion sizes (the size of your fist I think they said) instead of calories and go from there. Good luck! :)

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