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    Learning hunger signals

    This is my biggest focus right now is learning to really gauge if I'm satisfied and stop there before I get full as you said Leez. I struggle with this because I realize in the past I gained the 20lbs from eating to fullness and beyond.

    I want to really get to the place where I trust my body to tell me how much it needs and not feel like I need to "get more" because it will be there when I'm hungry again. There isn't an famine to worry about. I think in the past I felt deprived and wanted to stuff myself.

    I have the book Weight Loss Apocolypse coming in the mail and looking forward to reading it. Hoping it will help me learn to realy trust my hunger and saity singals!

    Anyone have any mental tips that help them avoid over eating?

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    This is more a physical tip, but it helped me because I am a naturally quick eater. It does take some time for satisfaction signals to make it to the brain, so if you are a quick eater, you can easily reach that level before your brain registers it, and before you know it, you've moved into full or overfull territory. So I learned to stop a couple times during the meal and wait a couple minute before continuing. That gives you a moment to assess whether you need to continue to eat or whether you should stop at that point. Being a quick eater also meant I had to drink something with my meals or I would get hickups. Once I was able to slow myself down, I don't need to drink with meals anymore, and I'm much more in tune with my satisfaction signals. Not drinking with meals also helped me because I had low stomach acid, and drinking was diluting it making it even weaker---which in turn causes digestive problems.
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    Those are fantastic tips. Slowing down would really help. I'm trying to do better about sitting down while eating. Sometimes I'm in a hurry and just grab quick bites at the counter since I am caring for the kids a lot. The dr said I wasn't digesting well so I take enzymes but yes, good idea to hold off on water during meals. I try to drink between a lot. Drinking my tea right now

    SLowing down esp before I take seconds would really help. In the past I was used to taking seconds and now I'm realizing I don't need seconds frequently. I really want to learn long term strategies to maintain and not go back to bad habits.

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    The dr said I wasn't digesting well so I take enzymes...
    Its likely your stomach acid is low. Apple cider vinegar helps stimulate stomach acid production, so finding ways to add some can help. Or HCL supplements before your meals if you feel you are still having digesting issues. Its not something you have to do forever. A couple weeks of enough HCL usually will get your juices flowing again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leez View Post
    Its likely your stomach acid is low. Apple cider vinegar helps stimulate stomach acid production, so finding ways to add some can help. Or HCL supplements before your meals if you feel you are still having digesting issues. Its not something you have to do forever. A couple weeks of enough HCL usually will get your juices flowing again.
    Great ideas, yes, I agree my natural dr rec. ACV too. It's hard on my tooth enamal but I'm taking NOW enzymes and some days ACV diluted in water. I love the flavor with some stevia

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    ...and some days ACV diluted in water. I love the flavor with some stevia
    Yes, it is pretty good. I like to add vanilla and ginger juice to the ACV/stevia mixture. If you drink it through a straw, it helps protect your tooth enamel.
    I find the most effective enzyme for my digestion is papaya. Bromelain is almost as as good. But the papaya works really quickly on anything that feels heavy on my stomach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leez View Post
    Yes, it is pretty good. I like to add vanilla and ginger juice to the ACV/stevia mixture. If you drink it through a straw, it helps protect your tooth enamel.
    I find the most effective enzyme for my digestion is papaya. Bromelain is almost as as good. But the papaya works really quickly on anything that feels heavy on my stomach.
    Oh wow I'll have to try papaya. I've been doing the Total Enzymes from NOW but papaya I'd like to try! Thanks Leez!

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    Its pretty amazing. You know when food is sitting on your stomach like a rock, and you have that too full feeling? Papaya enzyme clears that up for me in a few minutes. A bonus is that it also helps stop nausea.
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    Ohh good to know!! It would be great for my kids too! My 4 and 5 year olds needs help with digestion also.

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