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post #1 of 14
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Do you have something that usually messes up your otherwise healthy eating day?

 

I do well all day but from 3-6 I'm usually starving until dinner.  I wish I could find a filling snack to eat in between lunch and dinner.   I usually end up eating too much in between.

post #2 of 14

I try and keep around foods I can eat in "unlimited" portions and that will curb appetite. Apples, melon, cut veggies, etc.

 

If I have a craving for something horrible I don't deny myself, I just have a small amount of it. If you're starving and are pining for something then that's where you'll get into trouble.

 

I'm a snacker, I always have food out, but if I take the time to make sure the healthy items are prepped and easy to get to then that's what I'll eat. I make the 'bad' stuff a pain in the butt to get to. If I want cookies I'm not going to make them from scratch on a whim, so I'll eat that greek yogurt in the fridge instead.

 

My biggest downfall was soda. I gave it up! It took forever but I feel like I just gave up smoking or alcohol or something. It was one of things where I'd have a glass of diet coke and then absolutely felt I needed something super sweet, or super salty, and more soda. I just had to have it, it was insane.

 

If I'm not drinking enough water I'll also eat more. Water gives me something to do (which sounds stupid haha) and keeps me from thinking I'm hungry or not. Many times I'm just dehydrated and I mistake those headaches or rumblings for needing to eat, which isn't correct.

post #3 of 14

Tell me about it - I have sitting here and eating stir fried potatoes for the past 30 minutes.

 

I try to drink coffee too.  If I have had too much between 3 and 6, I eat only vegetables and go to bed. 

post #4 of 14

I do great up until 8 pm.  You would think I'd be home free by then, but no, I love to reward myself with a ton of sweets.  I eat so healthy all day long and then I splurge--really splurge at night.

post #5 of 14

Funny, I was just thinking about this today. My biggest problem is ... I don't really want to lose weight.

 

Well, I do; but I don't. I know when I get to my target weight I'll have to maintain that weight. I'm not looking forward to that. I would rather not have to think about my eating and exercise all the time.

 

I'm losing weight slowly but grudgingly. I have to get to a point where mentally I'm okay being a smaller size.

post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by Diane View Post

I do great up until 8 pm.  You would think I'd be home free by then, but no, I love to reward myself with a ton of sweets.  I eat so healthy all day long and then I splurge--really splurge at night.

Me, too (not that I'm so healthy all day, but the after-the-kids-are-in-bed part.  Sometimes flossing and brushing after dinner helps.

post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Cookie2 View Post

Funny, I was just thinking about this today. My biggest problem is ... I don't really want to lose weight.

Well, I do; but I don't. I know when I get to my target weight I'll have to maintain that weight. I'm not looking forward to that. I would rather not have to think about my eating and exercise all the time.

I'm losing weight slowly but grudgingly. I have to get to a point where mentally I'm okay being a smaller size.

I understand I have lost the 15-20 lbs and gained it back so many times. I'm not disciplined enough to be strict. I need a new plan.
post #8 of 14

my horrible time is late at night too.  I'm so busy in the daytime I really don't have time to let myself eat bad, but I'm always looking for something to snack on late at night when everyone is in bed.    Drinking water does help but sometimes that gets sooo booorrrinng!!!
 

post #9 of 14

If I try to cut back too much during the day, I end up starving at bedtime.  I can't fall asleep when my stomach is growling so I end up eating more than I normally would have to begin with.

post #10 of 14

4pm - 6pm or the last couple of hours before dinner tend to be the hardest for me.  

 

I asked someone who knows a lot about nutrition and fitness about this and she asked me what I ate all day up until that point.  She pointed out that I wasn't eating enough protein at lunch or mid-afternoon snack for the amount of exercise I was doing and she gave me some pointers.  For example, a typical lunch for me would be lentil soup.  She suggested I eat the lentil soup with some brown rice because the two combined make a complete protein.  Or, on the days I have green salad with veggies and cheese she suggested I add beans or quinoa to the salad.  She suggested marinating canned beans of my choice (e.g. garbanzos or cannelloni) in red wine vinegar with garlic and some italian seasoning.  Then add those beans to the salad to add additional protein which would keep me full longer.  She also suggested that if I have just fruit or veggies for snack mid-afternoon, that I add some hummus, peanut butter or other protein to it.  I really don't like the high protein diets that some people recommend, but I have to admit that when I follow her advice it does help.  But, I think the issue was that I wasn't adjusting my diet based on the amount of exercise I was getting.  I have noticed when DH and I are on vacation, I don't have the voracious appetite that I have on days when I work out really hard.

 

I think the other key, for me anyway, is to realize that a lot of it is mindless eating or reflex - I always snack when I come home before dinner, so I just automatically reach for something when I get home.  Breaking that cycle has been hard. 

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