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Good Taste – in the Mouth but Not on the Hips!

I’ve noticed an interesting result of my recent waist-training efforts to drop an inch in my waistline and also off my hips. I’ve accomplished both things in eight weeks, chronicled earlier in this blog. However, along the way my taste has improved!

I wonder how many times we dampen down taste by over-salting foods and eating too much sugar? Has anyone noticed that?

We all know the general heath benefits from eating a low-fat, low-sugar, low-carb diet when we also eat lots of fatty fish like salmon, veggies and fruits. However, I did not anticipate that there is great pleasure also to be derived from a healthy diet like that!

I remember Christine who was an early coaching student many years ago in my waist-training program. After a month of waist training and changing her food choices to focus more on veggies and less on fats and meats, she found for the first time in her life that she enjoyed the taste of celery! That comment in her final program evaluation struck me as a bit odd.

It strikes me as a bit odd that a few weeks ago after being off refined sugar for about six weeks, I noticed that my snack portion of almonds tasted sweet. I had never noticed that before when eating almonds.  I also adore dried sour cherries, which have taken on a kind of brillance of taste these days when I couple them with almonds (nuts reduce the speed with which the fruit sugar enters your bloodstream, all to the good).

Last night in my attempt to find new non-sugar desserts, I tried a few wee slices of pineapple-encrusted svarin brillat cheese on a very slender half slice of sour dough, followed by a small slice of fresh nectarine. The cheese (and the nectarine also) was almost overwhemingly sweet (but deliciously so!). My partner said the combination held as much pleasure for him as does his favorite cheese cake! Amazing comment that certainly got my attention, as did my own taste response.

My present waist-training student, Lee, agrees. When I discussed this development with her, Lee said that since she adopted a natural foods diet, her taste for fruits also improved and that grapes by now were “almost too sweet” to her.

We also discussed how to eat chocolate, her favorite sweet indulgence. My approach in coaching is to teach students to go for the best, most exquisite and most expensive preferred treat possible, even if it is chocolate, but go for very small portions, like one square or piece as dessert. Then, learn to carefully and lovingly lick your piece of chocolate to death, taking up to an hour–a new idea that tickled Lee’s fancy when she first heard it from me! She said: “I had 1 square of Lindt 85% cocoa dark chocolate.  I made it last for 20 mins.  :)  … well short of an hour, but a long time for me!”

It’s an interesting adventure to experiment with one’s nutritional program, tweaking this or that and changing how we eat, then noting the results. Pay attention not only to results using the tape measure or scale as do most corset waist-trainees, but also note the more subtle pleasures that might just develop unexpectedly along the way, making the process of corset waist training both fascinating and rewarding as well!

 

 

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A Sample Maintenance Plan

April training student 2015Our current waist-training coaching program student has added one week to her three-month program, so we’ll be taking her concluding photos end of this week. I can’t wait! Pictured here are her beginning photos taken on April 18. Note the back of her corset is open about five inches (and she was at this time laced down three inches already). Her goal was to close it down completely and wear it for 1o to 12 hrs. rather comfortably.

In the meantime I think her proposed Maintenance Plan could be of help to others so I am posting it below. Her training buddy suggested that she add one week per month for cutting back a bit on calories, to keep her weight going down until she reaches her weight goal. Originally she had wanted to lose 20 lbs, but lost 11.5 so far. We’ll have her final weigh-in this weekend. I think this idea is sound.

She is now within 1″ of completely closing her training corset down to a 27″ (over corset) measurement! In this extra week of training, she is attempting to go beyond 27.5″ for 4 hrs and reach down to 27″ for at least some time. It will be amazing to see this corset closed in back!

Overall her Plan seems simple and thus, do-able to me. I hope it is helpful to those of you who wonder about how to keep tiyr new figure over time and how to make waist training truly “permanent”!

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MAINTENANCE PLAN

Goals

  • To maintain a healthy weight for my body and not allow myself to keep gaining as my metabolism slows down with age
  • To continue to use the corset as a reminder of portion size and using my core muscles constantly
Sleep

  • Weekdays and Weekends: at least 7 hours of sleep, ideally 8.

Corset Training

  • Maintenance: Wear corset 12-18 hours a week – 2-3 days a week of 6 hours a wearing
  • I will continue to try to wear my training corset to sleep in for the required hours: have not done this successfully
  • I have not been able to fully close the corset. I will continue to gradually tighten the corset during my maintenance routine until comfortably fully closed.

Diet

  • Weigh-in: daily ideally but at least weekly. I think I will stick with Saturday mornings.
  • Snacks/small meals every 3-4 hours
  • Stick with oatmeal or high fiber/high protein cereal for breakfast.
  • Fruit and veggies every day
  • Continue to research high protein vegetarian foods
  • Continue to mostly avoid dessert as I haven’t missed it much. Allow myself to indulge in small portion occasionally
  • Alcohol: 1 glass two to three times weekly. No more than that.

Exercise

  • Ab setting exercises multiple times daily
  • Three times weekly classes at gym: Spinning, Body Pump, Zumba. Try some new classes.
  • Continue regular outside exercise: hiking

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Hypnosis for Weight Control

Dr. Oz featured a hypnotist on June 15 who launched a “gastric hypnotic band” program on US television. He claims he can by suggestion, cause the same effects in his clients as does the gastric bypass surgery, including nausea and other side effects. People who had tried the program reported that they eat much less food and feel satiated earlier. This suggests that for our waist-training coaching program, we should emphasize the probable diminishing of hunger and that that positive suggestion, as well as effects on the hunger hormone ghrelin, might work together to be effective to diminish or disappear hunger.

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A reminder — it’s all common sense!

While I was in Atlanta on a family health emergency for six weeks during the past holidays into the New Year, I had time to read the daily Atlanta Journal Constitution.  Sure enough I came upon a reminder of what we know, in the December 29 (?) article, “Portions issue run deep”.

“The three biggest drivers that mess us up are how big our portions are, how frequently we eat and what we eat,” said the quoted author of “Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We think” (Bantam, $7.99 paperback).

The sociologist Batty Glassner (author of “The Gospel of Food: Why We Should Stop Worrying and Enjoy What We Eat,” Harper Perennial, $14.95), refutes the common notion that it’s the economy and saving money that drives us to poor choices offered by many fast food chains. Note that we spend less money on food, but portions have grown! It was a surprising fact to me, assuming that to be true.

What is undoubtedly true is that the obesity rate nationally is near 34%, and what we expect and plan to eat, has expanded with our girth.

I was nursing and encouraging my ailing elderly mom over the holidays, and noted that the ex-military cook who prepared some of her well-balanced, nutritious meals and those of others in her assisted living facility, appeared to have a troubled concept of ‘moderation.’ This was true even tho I discussed with him the matter of quantity served my mom, that seeing too much food on her plate literally freaked my mom out.  The nurse supervisor confirmed the same fact for many elderly she knew:  too much food on the plate motivated their refusal to eat.  The quantity served to mom and others seemed to satisfy this caring cook’s needs regarding food and nurturing, but not the resident’s actual needs.

Glassner claims that we have at play, a lot of social and psychological aspects to food. We can’t pretend that it’s just a nutritional issue.

Neither can those who have a desire to corset waist-train, pretend the same, regarding the body size or shape that they wish to modify. How one gets to where one is and regarding what one wants to change, has to be analyzed and understood. Otherwise we will yo-yo right back to where we began!

While corset waist training is not rocket science by any means and mainly requires common sense, overall life-long well being and figure control is a complex matter. Maintaining both requires a considered an honest look at the process and at one’s self. However, like common sense, personal insight is often exceedingly rare, to paraphrase Will Rogers.

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Plate Colors and Portion Size – a New Piece of Information!

Amazing this — the color of your plate can affect the amount you eat! Today on GMA Dr. Besser revealed a study that people tend to fill up red or gold plates with more food than if a white plate is used. The example was tomato based sauce on pasta (red) tended to disappear on red plates and the person put more on the plate than those people using a white plate. The best plate color choice? Apparently white! Glad to know that, because I just purchased a new set of daily plates that stack — all in white!

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Something In Your Mouth to Control Your Appetite

Some years ago I wrote in my Corset Magic book the tip of chewing gum to occupy your mouth so that you don’t put food into it. Today I was contemplating my recent addition of Invislign braces and noted that my appetite has gone down a notable amount!

Part of that is the rule that I cannot remove them except for three 1-hour sessions to eat. That means I eat three meals a day, unless I deduct 15 min. from one of the sessions to supply a snack-break in between–which I sometimes do. Since I now cannot get up from my computer and run in the near-by kitchen to snack, I’m  taking in less food and noting a slow reduction in weight. Time will tell if my observation is correct about this unexpected result!

I also note I eat less food during the day because when the braces are in, I feel a wee bit nauseated. I don’t think that I have an allergy to the plastic used in the trays, but suspect that the foreign feeling of the trays covering my teeth and keeping the upper and lower rows of teeth slightly separated, is contributing to the unpleasant feeling. That’s not to say it’s intolerable since I’m determined to stick to the plan and reach my goals in the proper and anticipated time of seven or eight months!

I also noted that the method of training the teeth with Invisalign and I suspect, with traditional metal braces, is similar to corset waist-training. That is, one starts very slowly with almost imperceptible movement and  lets the gums/teeth (or body) adjust before moving to the next (tighter) position. It’s a process I’m familiar with and it feels quite comfortable, because I know it works!

Are their other ways you occupy your mouth and mind so that you cut back food intake when you are corset waist-training? Have you tried Invisalign braces and noted similar things as I do? I’d be curious to learn about your experience.

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To skip or not skip breakfast?

It was only a matter of time before I would run into the below article, casting doubt on eating breakfast or eating more than three squares a day: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/meal-timing/

Likely worth your read. What I took away was that we should eat when we are hungry, and it’s only common sense to eat breakfast with hunger’s onset, right? I also agree that eating protein for breakfast (my mom always said, “have a little bacon at breakfast for protein; ” a bit or two of last night’s dinner steak or even chicken, is also fine; try it, you may like it!). For snacks, I agree that protein will tend to stave off hunger  better than carbs.

When walking for exercise I find I have to eat a mozzarella cheese stick or peanut butter Trisket or two 30 min. before I take off. If I don’t then midway through I get the shakes, or  too hungry by the time I get home. The writer of this article seems to agree.

As for dividing your daily food intake into about 8 meals as I recommend during waist training, I stick to my guns. The writer of the article says that doing so doesn’t satiate hunger, but I disagree, when you are wearing a corset. Eating anything at all when corseted snugly satiates hunger, and with very, very little portions of food at that.

The real reason to eat about 8 times a day when waist training, is that one wants to avoid constipation and heartburn, right? Right! Carefully chewing each bite and starting that digestion process in the mouth rather than gulping food and letting that start in the restricted, overly-full tummy, makes for less distress for corset-wearers.

Do you have some stories to share about uncomfortable situations you’ve encountered when corseted or waist training, or a preferred way to consume food and deal with hunger?

 

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