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SIMONEKP
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6/7/13 11:10 A

Ditto on removing tempting foods from the house



LOTSACATS
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6/7/13 10:26 A

I am going to echo other people and say don't keep things around that you want to snack on. I know that Lay's potato chips are a huge weakness of mine and I will sit and eat half a bag without even realizing how much I just ate. However, I can easily grab just a handful of pretzels to munch on when I'm feeling snackish, so I keep pretzels around instead of chips. You gotta find what works for you! The important thing is to keep at it :)



PROUD-GRANDMA
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6/7/13 8:19 A

If you tend to snack while watching tv, you may choose to walk, march, or jog in place instead.



OLGA18
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6/7/13 4:47 A

I agree with all the people who say to not have those foods in the house.
I just can't have things like that in the house. I don't even really like them, but they are "ready-to-eat" and that is way to much temptation for me.
Good luck, I know it's really challenging.



SONICB
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6/6/13 5:57 P

When I grocery shop, I only get food essentials (unless it's for a potluck or BBQ). That means no chips, cookies, ice cream, or unhealthy snacks in the apartment. Grazing on snacks is just not an option!



ICEDEMETER
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6/3/13 11:08 A

Adding on to what others have said, you might want to also consider making the healthy snacks easier to graze on:

- have celery, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, and other veggies all cut up and in a bowl at the front of the fridge so that they're the first things you see and grab
- have some hummus or guacamole or dip made with yogurt right beside them to add some protein to the snack
- have another bowl of berries and sliced fruits ready for when you're craving something sweet
- have a bag of popcorn made up so that you can grab a handful now and then when you want something to crunch on

I am a grazer, so I plan smaller meals and multiple snacks in to my nutrition tracker. It actually shows only 3 "snacks" during the day, but I actually split them up even more than is shown, especially in the evening. Since they're all planned, it all fits in to my calorie and nutrient ranges, and this allows me to nibble when the mood strikes without worrying about it.

Good luck figuring out what will work best for you!



BUNNYKICKS
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6/3/13 10:57 A

I bet you never "unconsciously eat" celery sticks...!

Foods that you DO "unconsciously eat," you'd be best off getting rid of them. Don't have cookies and chips in the house = no ability to accidentally eat them.



KCLARK89
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6/3/13 10:33 A

1 of 2 things work for me:
1. As the previous poster said, I just don't bring it in to the house or I WILL eat it!
2. Tracking helps a TON. If I track it, there's this thought that, "oh crap! other people are going to see how badly I ate!" so just the prospect of having to record it is enough for me to keep grazing at bay!



-HEALTHYAMY
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6/3/13 9:45 A

I have found that I do better with not bringing certain foods in the house like candy, chips. They are triggers for me and I can't have them near me.



LAURELINEVE
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6/3/13 8:01 A

thanks! I'll give it a try!



NIRERIN
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6/3/13 7:26 A

rearrange your kitchen. put the plates where the snack cabinet was, put everything in the fridge that you might snack on in some type of container [paper bag, tied up with ribbons, taped, etc], essentially move everything around so that you have to think before you get it. and the more complicated thing you put the snackier stuff in, the more likely you will be to notice all the effort you are taking to get into it.



LAURELINEVE
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6/3/13 7:20 A

I have been trying to lose weight forever it seems like but the thing that always sabotages me is that I eat without thinking or even realizing I'm doing it! I'll just grab a cookie or chips without even noticing. Its a habit and a bad one. But I can't figure out how to catch myself before it happens so here's me question...


How do you stop doing something that you don't realize you're doing until after the fact?



 
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