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N16351D Posts: 2,349
10/31/12 7:30 A

"Fail to plan, plan to fail."

Gain knowledge about health and fitness. Realize that by skipping a meal upon awaking each morning you are short-changing yourself. Breakfast comes from "breaking the fast." Your body is ready for a little protein and carbohydrate, fruit and/or vegetables so it can function at its best.

Upon transition from working to being a full-time homemaker, I quickly developed bad eating habits. Work was structured, home was not and I ended up snacking all day long!

I made a decision to change (step #1), then made a schedule for myself. I have a time to rise, exercise, eat, and start to work at home, as if I had a supervisor watching over me. I made an appointment on my calendar for starting the day off right with exercise and breakfast. Then I began the household chores allowing for a short break in mid-morning for a planned snack, and later lunch around 1 PM or so.

Make a plan, a schedule, a formula, and appointments with yourself. It saved me. Maybe it will you.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,644
10/31/12 6:33 A

How many calories are you eating per day, on average and what is your recommended calorie range? If you're consistently falling short of your goals, you might not be getting all of the nutrients your body needs daily. So in addition to making weight loss more difficult, it's not good for your health.

I like the idea of planning your meals ahead and setting a timer to eat. I think once you get into a regular eating routine and your hunger cues return to "normal", then you'll be able to eat based on when you get hungry instead of by the clock. But sometimes it takes time for that to happen.

Coach Jen

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (7,334)
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10/31/12 3:43 A

I think intuitive eating is healthiest. Eat when hungry, stop when sated; repeat as necessary.
ETA: I agree with Jen's post.

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 11/1/2012 (12:19)
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10/31/12 2:22 A

Set an alarm so that you are reminded to eat. Make sure that you sit down to have it.

As far as drinking water, that will keep you hydrated and help to keep you feeling 'full' but it won't stop your body going into starvation mode - there aren't any calories in it - your body NEEDS calories and needs to be fed regularly.

Kris

DOE1164 Posts: 101
10/31/12 2:10 A

In the past couple of years I've had quite the drastic chnage in my daily routine. I'm no longer working so I'm finding it quite difficult having lunch , forget snacks! Usually have breakfast around 11 or so after working out and taking care of anything that needs doing. I know this isn' terribly healthy nor is it good for keeping my metabolism normal. Any suggestions? I've tried several and I just can't seem to get it together! I drink lots of water so I don't think my body's going into "starvation mode" as it's being filled up.

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