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MONGIE09 SparkPoints: (7,269)
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11/24/13 9:28 A

This is something I've been struggling with recently! It's my first school year of full-time teaching, and I find that there is very little time for eating. I scarf down my lunch in the 15-20 minutes that I have, and then by the time I get home I am STARVING so I eat a whole bunch of snacks. I usually try to eat healthy snacks, but then my boyfriend is home and it's time for dinner--so I end up eating more than I really need. I think what I need to do is snack more at school and pack more baby carrots, apples, bananas and other portable healthy snacks so I don't feel ravenous when 3:30 rolls around.

Thanks for making me face my mistakes, SparkPeople! Time to lose those 5 pounds that somehow found me again...

HIMELISSA2007 Posts: 1,991
11/24/13 2:19 A

I have been snacking throughout the day.maybe 4 to5 small meals a day. If i feel hungry i might wait just to be sure. Then i will eat a small portion of something with a fruit or vegetable.

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11/24/13 12:19 A

I usually eat 1 or 2 times a day. Have to portion everything out. I hate it so far cause I'm not used to it. I'm so scared that I'll start binging again.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
11/23/13 11:57 P

small to medium sized meals usually... and I usually feel fairly full with that amount

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,416
11/23/13 11:34 P

Small breakfast, medium lunch and large dinner. Sometimes that flip flops.

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 11/23/2013 (23:35)
SIMONEKP Posts: 2,700
11/23/13 10:54 P

larger meal for dinner, med lunch, small breakfast and small snack morning, afternoon and sometimes after dinner.

LUVS2BIKE101 SparkPoints: (203,596)
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11/23/13 6:24 P

I eat 3 balance meals a day averaging 300 calories each; in addition I eat a small snack in between: fruit around 10AM, protein with veggie around 3PM, a little something after dinner snack.
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SANDY10559 Posts: 1
11/23/13 5:07 P

i dont even need meals just let me snack all day

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (240,959)
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11/22/13 11:58 A

it varies for me - sometimes I want volume. On those days I eat popcorn for one of my snacks, and lots of raw veggies & fruit

Sometimes I struggle to hit my minimum calorie range. On those days I eat more calorie dense foods (avocado, nuts, etc)

SUEK24 Posts: 1,139
11/22/13 9:44 A

I eat 3 Zone balanced meals of equal size plus 2-3 snacks daily (about 1/3 the size of meals). My meals all contain lean high quality proteins (3-4 oz per meal), loads of non-starchy vegetables and a dash of monounsaturated fat. Because all my carbohydrates are coming from vegetables It makes them large volume meals.

Edited by: SUEK24 at: 11/22/2013 (09:45)
JUSTIMEEM Posts: 137
11/22/13 4:58 A

Big breakfast
Medium lunch
Small dinner
Small morning and afternoon snacks

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (244,175)
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11/21/13 10:56 P

I prefer smaller more frequent meals or with up to 4 snacks in a day. If I eat my calories in 3 meals only, it usually causes considerable physical pain from reflux.


BLUEHORSE17 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/21/13 10:29 P

I would like to eventually get back to eating three larger meals with a smaller calorie meal inbetween.

KNOEL7 SparkPoints: (5,959)
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11/21/13 10:16 P

I know the way to go may be to eat high volume veggies but I am not a big fan so I just try to keep my portions reasonable

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,771
11/21/13 10:05 P

I believe in volume eating. Especially for dinner, as a tend to be an evening eater and snacker which I plan my meals around. Tonight, I had a ton of food for dinner for 300 calories - veggies are key.

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/21/13 8:52 P

I wish that we could post photos on threads...I've been taking pictures of some of my lunches and dinners lately. I get tired of seeing people who eat twice as much as I do in a day complain that they are hungry.

Generally my lunches and dinner they fill up an entire large Fiestaware dinner plate. They are also generally between 300-400 calories and under 25 carbs. It is possible to eat well, have a decent volume of food. get sufficient nutrition and restrict your calories at the same time.

RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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11/21/13 8:37 P

Small to medium. I don't enjoy the feeling of being over-full at all and would just as soon avoid it by eating more often. The only problem is that I also don't particularly enjoy messing around with food five or six times a day if I can get by with three or four. So I wind up on medium mostly, and much of the time when I go higher calorie for a meal (to keep me full longer) I'll also tend to make it denser in calories so that the volume is not actually that great. (Like the 5-6 oz of tuna salad I've somehow gravitated into having for breakfast a couple times a week. Volume wise it would fit in a coffee cup, but it has double the calories of what I would be willing to eat that time of day otherwise.)

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
11/21/13 7:24 P

I tend towards "high volume" meals. Volume was my saviour earlier on in the process of changing my diet. And I still do appreciate a big plate of food. Though I now am much better at coping with "smaller servings of calorie-dense foods" than I used to be.

AGILEDOBE Posts: 428
11/21/13 6:52 P

Light breakfast, medium lunch and dinner. Being over full bothers my stomach and I want it to adjust to smaller portions anyway. I always have some walnuts, yogurt or apple at bed time.

GYPSYGOTH SparkPoints: (94,944)
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11/21/13 6:41 P

I must have volume. So I'll have 6 cups of mixed greens, or three veggies with my protein...


Sometimes I don't eat breakfast, if I'm not really doing anything in the morning (I'm mostly unemployed right now). If I do have breakfast, it's usually 2 scrambled eggs with some veggies (~250 cals)... Then I eat my big salad with fish for lunch, often, and a multi-side dinner with about 6 oz of protein. I'd say I do 2 big meals and 2 smaller mini-meals or snacks.

Edited by: GYPSYGOTH at: 11/21/2013 (19:26)
ICEDEMETER Posts: 1,332
11/21/13 6:33 P

Breakfast and snacks are generally lower volume, lunch about medium, and dinner tends towards the huge --- it's not unusual for me to have 2 to 4 cups of veggies with dinner, along with at least 4 oz of protein.

There are occasional huge lunches, too, if I'm feeling more hungry for some reason.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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11/21/13 6:08 P

I also like big meals. So, I eat large lunches and dinners, but small breakfast and minimal snacks.

11/21/13 5:42 P

What size meals do you like small, big or huge?

Personally I am a high volume eater, I like the feeling of being really full. So I eat 2-3 massive meals a day.

How about you?

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