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    How to beat emotional food cravings and stay motivated when you live alone?

    HCG diet works. Like magic. My problem is giving into the emotional food cravings. I live alone and have a very quiet life. I'm a deep introvert. Food has been my best friend and closest companion. And, I want to get this weight off. Please tell me what you do personally when an emotional craving for food comes up. What do you do so you don't cheat and mess up? I've tried EFT tapping, and visualization. I just may have to start doing that a couple hours a day just to get through the day. I want to win at this and be successful.

    For those of you who live alone, have you found it easy to stay on track? I look forward to any ideas and inspiration!

    I also realize I'm not referring to detox cravings the first few days, I mean the emotional craving to eat for comfort or out of routine that can hit at any point in time during the protocol.

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    I'm going to give you my take on it, which I realize may be considered controversial.

    In my observations, detoxing from sugar and processed foods is really important to banishing cravings. I know there is a whole belief system based on the idea that cravings are emotional, but I'm not convinced this is really the root of the problem. It might even be a smokescreen for the real problem.

    When eating is cleaned up, hormones are regulated and enough protein is eaten often enough, blood sugar stabilizes and much of that goes away. The HGC protocol does a lot of this for you. Its a hormone balancer, and and elimination diet all in one. I believe that cravings can be unrecognized hunger signals and have something to do with nutritional deficiencies. Therefore, any improvement in your food quality is going to help tame them.

    Emotional eating can also be looked at as the habits you get into to comfort yourself. Stress makes you want to comfort yourself, and those comfort foods become the habitual remedy you choose. It takes time and work, but you can make new habits to deal with stress and self-comfort.

    Every person will be different in finding the things that comfort them as effectively as certain foods have. What is a soul-soother to one will not be helpful at all to someone else.

    For me, I find I need to distract my attention to something more interesting than the particular food. I'll ask myself if I'm hungry for *insert a healthy food here*. If the answer is yes, I eat the healthy food. If not, I'll do something else. Often taking a walk through my beautiful neighborhood will do it. Or starting a sewing or design project. I'll get engrossed in that and forget about the food.
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    I find that living alone makes it easy to do hcg for me. I clear out my kitchen and fridge from all temptations, even though I'm never hungry at all and struggle to even eat the 500 calories on most days. I actually use those 30-40 days as a time to purposely seclude myself from my usually busy go-go-go life. I purposely look forward to being able to learn a new skill or hobby, read lots of books, and get plenty of sleep (since I'm one of those people who hcg makes me "sleep like.a baby").

    I also have a large enough house that my kitchen is on a different floor, and I only go to that floor when it's time for my meals or to go to bed, so I'm never tempted to eat any more, or cave in to temptation - if there ever was any. I look at it as a time for reset and rejuvenation. I

    I've gained about 15-20 lbs. since the beginning of the year from eating too many "Corona Comfort Foods"; but I'm so ready to start another round this coming weekend, and plan to go on until around July 4.
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    Leez you bring up some excellent points. This gave me something to think about - I particularly loved the controversial points, and something felt very truthful about what you were saying. It resonated with me. I think you make a great point that it might not be emotional cravings at all, it could just be the imbalnce of sugar/flour/candida/nutritonal deficencies etc.

    And yes, I do need and WANT to make new habits and routines. I was thinking about this recently and I was thinking that I should start going for a walk outside when the desire to eat hits. And then you mentioned that you too take a walk and get distracted. Thanks for this!

    Now the big question....today is Day 4 of loading. I originally intended to load for 2 days but day 3 & 4 when I intended to begin the low cal protocol, I just started craving food. What would be the one thing you would do for yourself to help yourself get through day 1? It seems like for me day 1 of low cal is the hardest, but once I get through day 1, everything starts falling into place. I just have to push through and do it. Do you have something you do on day 1 to help you get over the hurdle of the first day of low cal? Thank you for all of your help and guidance thus far, so appreciated!

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    This is beautiful. I like the idea that this is a time of self care and rejuvenation. And i know this about HCG. If we can get through the entire round, we come out on the other side transformed on all levels, emotional, physical, and spiritual. We are a knew wonderful version of ourselves. Thank you for the reminder to love myself and do nice self care routines during this beautiful process.

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    Day 1. Yeah. Its hard.

    Usually, I'm physically more than ready to stop loading and there is some sense of relief that I don't have to make myself keep eating all that heavy fatty food. I have a particular loading challenge in that the HCG kicks in for me within a hour or two of my first injection and wipes out my appetite. I then have to power through the loading days and make sure I eat enough when I would rather not eat. But then, there is that morning of the first day of the low calorie diet when I feel like eating joy is over and won't be back for quite a while.

    So I have to get myself past that sense of loss and get through the day. I remind myself that I only have to think about today and that tomorrow I can expect a happy surprise when I step on the scale. I generally lose all my load weight plus a little more after that first day, so it can be pretty exciting. I've lost as much as 5 pounds at the day 2 weigh in. Once I've got to that point--where the load weight is gone, it seems easy after that.

    On that first day, I try to plan to freshly prepare everything, with the best quality I can find so that its really enjoyable. I buy premium honey crisp apples, cara cara oranges, organic chicken breast and the good frozen tilapia loins from Costco, english cucumbers, supersweet grape tomatos and fresh cilantro and my favorite wine vinegar to dress them. I find that one of the joys of P2 is focusing on how wonderful plain fresh foods simply prepared can taste. I cook nearly everything on a Foreman grill. I wear out at least one of them per round. A slice of vidalia onion grilled next to my protein is a favorite cooked veggie choice. I never eat lettuce in P2 because it feels like diet food.

    Coco is right about taking advantage of the time to be kind to yourself. It is so healing. One of the things I started doing for myself when I was doing a winter round and was icy cold all the time, was to have a long, hot soak every night. It was like a reward for getting through the day, and in that round, probably about the only time I ever felt warm. I continued it in later rounds because it was such a soothing thing to do, and helped me get better sleep as well. It was something I would look forward to each day.
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    Leez, thank you for this, this is fantastic. Reading the "real food" you allow yourself in p2, I started salivating! I think I keep things so bland that I make p2 harder than it has to be! The food items you mentioned...I was thinking, wow this would be so easy to do if I could eat like that! A couple of questions about the food you mentioned.

    1) Is the costco tilapia organic? you mentioned its the good loins

    2)Do you mix the english cucumber, grape tomatos and cilantro all with the wine vinegar dressing? Essentially, do you mix veggies even while doing Simeon's plan?

    3) Please share the name of your favorite wine vinegar dressing. I did not know we could have this. I'd like to try this.

    4) Could you please share your go-to main meals that you eat on P2? Or if you already wrote this out, is there a link where I could read a day in the life of your p2 food menu?

    I'm feeling hopeful. I really needed our talks today. Thank you!!

    And you are right, plain fresh foods can be fantastic. I have forgotten this. My p2 food is always the same, just plain chicken breast with no seasoning and cucumbers. Over and over and over. What you are eating seems much more doable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk1771 View Post
    HCG diet works. Like magic. My problem is giving into the emotional food cravings. I live alone and have a very quiet life. I'm a deep introvert. Food has been my best friend and closest companion. And, I want to get this weight off. Please tell me what you do personally when an emotional craving for food comes up. What do you do so you don't cheat and mess up? I've tried EFT tapping, and visualization. I just may have to start doing that a couple hours a day just to get through the day. I want to win at this and be successful.

    For those of you who live alone, have you found it easy to stay on track? I look forward to any ideas and inspiration!

    I also realize I'm not referring to detox cravings the first few days, I mean the emotional craving to eat for comfort or out of routine that can hit at any point in time during the protocol.
    I live alone as well. Hereís what I do:

    - Just started EFT tapping a few weeks ago. This helps a lot!

    - Make sure there is no food i canít eat visible to me or even in the house.

    - I choose what tea I want to drink for the day ahead of time and organize my tea, cupboards, etc while listening to the radio.

    - prep my food ahead of time and get myself excited to eat it

    - Find a project to work on and get it done. Make sure itís reasonable and something you can finish that day.

    - Play phone games like wordscapes, trivia planet, etc. with friends online.

    - Sit outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.

    - Drink water and tea throughout the day. And i make cold brew for energy.

    - Write in my journal.

    - Take a long shower or bath.

    - Read a book.

    - Talk on the phone or text.

    - Get on here for support and to give support.


    Hope that helps! Good luck!


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    Quote Originally Posted by sk1771 View Post
    1) Is the costco tilapia organic? you mentioned its the good loins
    Not listed as organic. All tilapia is farmed, but some is farmed dirty, and some is farmed responsibly. I researched the the Kirkland frozen tilapia loins. The fish are raised in clean ponds in this hemisphere and not fed a bunch of junk or worse (like sewage). You can really taste the difference compared to the stuff that is imported from asia. The flesh has a lovely sweetness to it. You do have to defrost and portion, but its worth it for the better quality. The fresh fillets they sell in the meat department come from various suppliers, so I don't feel I can be sure how they've been raised.

    2)Do you mix the english cucumber, grape tomatos and cilantro all with the wine vinegar dressing? Essentially, do you mix veggies even while doing Simeon's plan?
    I either have the grape tomatos or the cucumber with chopped fresh cilantro (and lots of cracked black pepper and pink salt). Add a few shakes of wine vinegar, and its a gourmet delight. I don't mix vegetables. Cilantro is an herb, so its fine to use as part of your "salad".

    3) Please share the name of your favorite wine vinegar dressing. I did not know we could have this. I'd like to try this.
    The protocol just lists vinegar. Probably what was used in Italy in the '50s was wine vinegar or balsamic. But its not sepcified. I like Progresso wine vinegar, but if I can't find it, the Pompeian is pretty good. I find the wine vinegar alone has its enough of its own sweetness for me, but you can always use some stevia to sweeten further. Different brands can be very different tasting. I think it is Colavita that was not good tasting to me at all, having very little natural sweetness.


    4) Could you please share your go-to main meals that you eat on P2? Or if you already wrote this out, is there a link where I could read a day in the life of your p2 food menu?
    I eat pretty plainly mostly of the items I wrote about. Simple grilled protein and a non-lettuce salad, or grilled onion, fennel bulb or asparagus. I use pink salt and fresh pepper to season. Sometimes I make a soup from chicken breast and sweet young cabbage shreds. Or I'll do sweet n' sour cooked cabbage with a protein. I usually save my fruit for breakfast and then an afternoon snack. Under my mini profile to the left of my posts is a blog link. There are P2 recipes and other posts there that might give you some ideas. One of the recipes is a spice blend that I like to put both on meat and on vegetables as I grill them. You can make up your own blend with the flavors you like best.

    I'm feeling hopeful. I really needed our talks today. Thank you!!
    You're welcome, I know how much encouragement meant to me when I was in my intial rounds. I'm glad I can help. There is good reason to be hopeful. This protocol works for nearly everyone if you follow it. That is pretty wonderful.

    And you are right, plain fresh foods can be fantastic. I have forgotten this. My p2 food is always the same, just plain chicken breast with no seasoning and cucumbers. Over and over and over. What you are eating seems much more doable.
    It is important to make your food taste good, but not try to use a whole bunch of different ingredients to try and replicate some off plan food. That is always disappointing. A simple squeeze of fresh lemon is sometimes just the perfect flavor enhancer for a beautifully grilled and seasoned piece of fish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sk1771 View Post
    Now the big question....today is Day 4 of loading. I originally intended to load for 2 days but day 3 & 4 when I intended to begin the low cal protocol, I just started craving food. What would be the one thing you would do for yourself to help yourself get through day 1? It seems like for me day 1 of low cal is the hardest, but once I get through day 1, everything starts falling into place. I just have to push through and do it. Do you have something you do on day 1 to help you get over the hurdle of the first day of low cal? Thank you for all of your help and guidance thus far, so appreciated!
    Where did you get your HCG? If you can load for two full days and still be hungry, there must be something wrong. Most people are practically ready to barf at the end of Day 2.

    What foods did you load on the first two days?
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    I made it through day one! Thank you for your support Leez, it did the trick. Now its gonna be smooth sailing from here. Day 1 of low cal is my hardest...because its so easy to just say "I'll start tomorrow." I'm going for the 40-day round. I feel good about this. I googled the wine vinegar that you like. I don't think this is from costco...this looks like an old fashioned brand that almost any grocery store would carry. I am going to try to hunt some down tomorrow.

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    Wondering what happened to SK1771? As this post was way before be getting back here....
    I too live alone... i am not an introvert but i like my own space.... i love me time, and i think i can give credit to so really hard times in my life battling breast cancer twice... mastectomy.. chemo... radiation and about 20 surgeries to correct botched reconstruction attempts....

    I really had to look inward and find myself.... and learn to love myself... not in an arrogant way... but in a kind way
    My breakthrough came one day during chemo... not a hair anywhere in sight no eyebrows, no eyelashes, bloated And overweight from steroid treatment ... stressed financially because i was self employed with no medical insurance with a sword hanging over me that i did not have the luxury of self pity or to be sick... i had to work to stay alive....
    One particular morning a couple of days after chemo i felt good and got dressed up to visit a local organic market I felt good and as I looked in the mirror that day, it brought a smile to my face.... for the first time in my life that day.... I saw my own beauty... because I have made peace with myself and I was ecstatic to walk this walk with the person I saw in the mirror

    My point in this case? Since then i have delivered several talks to ladies with and without cancer and my I often say that if you find it hard to live yourself.... look in the mirror really look into your soul and know you are perfect because you are made in the image of God.....

    Yes I understand this takes time to master and a lot if people discard this as a solution to dealing with personal issues soooo i will add another more practical post

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