Author: Sorting Last Post on Top Message:
MONGIE09 SparkPoints: (7,269)
Fitness Minutes: (10,055)
Posts: 14
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: 816
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.

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.ďż˝ ~Theodore Roosevelt
DARCIHABIGHORST SparkPoints: (2,326)
Fitness Minutes: (1,355)
Posts: 12
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: 1,332
11/23/13 11:57 P

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

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 14,884
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)
Success is never given, go earn it. ~Nike

Please read my blog
SIMONEKP Posts: 2,615
11/23/13 10:54 P

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


"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." - John Quincy Adams

No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch!
Source: unknown

LUVS2BIKE101 SparkPoints: (146,312)
Fitness Minutes: (127,760)
Posts: 3,799
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.
emoticon emoticon

2014 Fall 5% Challenge
Team Leader of SP Class of August 19-25, 2012
Team Leader of SP Class of November 27- December 3, 2011
Team Leader of SP Class of July 21-27, 2013
"Continuous effort--not strength or intelligence--is the key to unlocking our potential." --Winston Churchill
SANDY10559 Posts: 1
11/23/13 5:07 P

i dont even need meals just let me snack all day

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (120,967)
Fitness Minutes: (70,154)
Posts: 7,990
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)

The most handicapped person in the world is a negative thinker; a person who has the skills, abilities, talents and tools, yet chooses not to use them.
~Heather Whitestone

Forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.
~Leonard Cohen
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)

Lost 100 pounds with the Zone 18 years ago and have kept it off!

You can see photos of my favorite meals and snacks here:

JUSTIMEEM Posts: 137
11/22/13 4:58 A

Big breakfast
Medium lunch
Small dinner
Small morning and afternoon snacks

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (176,594)
Fitness Minutes: (35,280)
Posts: 23,172
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.


Co-Moderator Dealing with Depression

Team Leader Essential Tremors :-) (Benign and Familial)

Co-Leader Crohn's Can't Stop Me

I am not a Dr - please check with your qualified Health Professional for a diagnosis and treatment plan
BLUEHORSE17 SparkPoints: (13,264)
Fitness Minutes: (20,330)
Posts: 216
11/21/13 10:29 P

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

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
KNOEL7 SparkPoints: (5,959)
Fitness Minutes: (3,119)
Posts: 265
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

May you find joy in unexpected places, comfort in the little things and peace in your own corner of the world.
JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,319
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: (66,733)
Fitness Minutes: (74,443)
Posts: 3,293
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.

Dances: salsa (standard/LA), casino, rueda de casino, cumbia Colombiana, cumba Mexicana, bachata, mambo, cha-cha-chá, merengue, reggaetón.

Dances to Learn in the future: flamenco, tango Argentino, samba, belly dancing, bhangra, danzón, Cuban rumba, ballroom rumba
RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
Fitness Minutes: (2,155)
Posts: 1,379
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.)

Height 5'8 1/2"
SW: 190+
CW: 141.0 Woohoo!

5K 4/21/11: 31:55
BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,395
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.

Goal 1 - break 200 (46 pounds lost)**DONE**
Goal 2 - leave obesity behind (BMI 29.9, at 185#) **DONE**
Goal 3 - BMI = Normal (154# or less)
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: (94,857)
Fitness Minutes: (72,557)
Posts: 45,735
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)
Always welcoming new members in The Hen House! We are small, active, and awesome:

My band's Soundcloud:

And my mini-essay blog:
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.

Start weight: 240 lbs
Surgeon says Maintenance: 160 lbs (reached Jan. 23, 2014)
Revised Maintenance Weight: 155 lbs (reached March 7, 2014)
Revised again: 150 lbs (reached May 27, 2014)

Afraid of a colonoscopy? Believe me - they are much less frightening than surgery and chemotherapy.

Colonoscopies allow polyps to be removed before they can become cancer, or let cancers be found before they are too widespread. Please don't let fear stop you - cover your butt!
YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,900)
Fitness Minutes: (120)
Posts: 2,171
11/21/13 6:08 P

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

If you're interested in checking out the food I've made and liked, come visit me on Pinterest, and feel free to follow me:
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?

JERF - Just Eat Real Food

I'm a Certified Personal Trainer.

I'm not a doctor or dietitian. I'm just a real whole foods nutrition nerd.

I eat mostly vegetables, fats, meats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free food. And it's changed my life!

Goal weight 125lbs
38 years old
2 kids

Lowering my A1C and keeping my blood sugar levels steady eating LCHF.
Page: 1 of (1)  

Other Diet and Nutrition Topics:

Topics: Last Post:
Meal Planning 11/22/2014 8:07:22 PM
Do I need patience or a change? 2/3/2015 2:07:38 PM
Hypoglycemic! What to Eat? 2/5/2015 3:57:45 PM
Sick of the same food 12/29/2014 10:00:19 PM
Body Fat Breakthrough diet 1/11/2015 9:28:31 AM