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Am I the only one who thinks 1/4 of nuts or seeds a day is near impossible as a snack or even in dishes if I prepare them...dang I love them and want to include them but struggle with portions and bang my daily calories are on fire....
How many do you eat a day?
I personally can't digest nuts or seeds very well (though some do better with soaking them). For some people, especially really active athletes, the nuts/seeds help deal with potential soreness and maintain joint function. Really, if you "think 1/4 of nuts or seeds a day is near impossible", then don't eat 'em! The Thrive book is only a set of guidelines, but you are the expert on your body. I find that nuts cause me to eat too many of them, and then I don't feel well. I personally do best on fruit with some veggies and sometimes some grains/pseudograins at dinner.
SO the answer is there is no answer. Except the one you can provide for your body! :)
Hey there, Krissdee, so you're nuts about nuts, eh? I love them too and also measure a portion to a quarter cup.
Now, I KNOW you can hold yourself to a quarter cup at a time, Krissdee; you're a strong woman with a strong mind and body. I think the trick to stopping there is to SAVOR them.
Beyond that, perhaps your body is telling you something. Are you getting enough good fats? MAYBE you want more because you need more??
But here's some good news to brighten your day, nuts can aid in weight loss. Here's one site that talks about it, though if you google "nuts and weight loss," you'll find even more.
Now as to the scale not moving but your feeling lighter, it's possible that you've lost some body fat and gained some muscle. If you feel lighter and notice an inch loss, then that's great!
I recently purchased a Weight Watchers scale (it was only $29.99) that tells all kinds of info, body weight, body water/hydration levels, bone mass (so impt for us ladies), body-fat weight, body-fat percentage, and body-mass index (BMI). Yeah, it's a LOT of info. Thankfully, the users guide helps make sense of all the numbers and puts things in proper perspective, as in fluctuations from day to day in the numbers and what that means, and it gives other helpful tips. I'm sure it's not for everyone, but sometimes it's nice to have numerical validation to back up our feelings of positive changes.
Now as to feeling back to square one--Yes, I'm writing you a novella here. Sorry.--Have you checked out the Thrive in 30 e-course? It's free and it's fabulous and it has a way you can review lessons. Each new lesson still has a link to all previous lessons. If you save your last one, you've got links to all the individual lessons. If you're interested, go to the main MyVega.com page and scroll down until you see the link.
You can do it, Krissdee! Never give up!