Sunday, May 01, 2011
I recently saw a nutritionist about my weight. We discussed my eating habits. She looked at what I was eating and what I wasn't. overall, I have been eating fairly healthy but have to beef up on my dairy, especially milk so I get my calcium.
It was not a surprise that my snacking between meals is my downfall. She asked me what I would consider a snack after I get home from work. She told me my choice of snacks really wasn't a "snack" but rather like an extra meal. She wants me to quit snacking altogether.
"You must not eat between meals. Eat your meal and then do not eat again until your next meal."
I thought about that and said, "Well, couldn't I have a mandarin orange for a snack?"
She told me, "No, you must not snack on anything"
Well, I've thought quite a bit about this. At the time I was thinking that I knew there were diets that actually encouraged six small meals, or healthy snacks between meals, etc. No snacking, not even on a mandarin orange?
Also, I was told to put something big and bold on the refrigerator or other areas where "snack foods" reside. Using something like a large colorful ribbon or colorful sign that reminds me to think about what I am doing before opening "Pandora's Box". My words, not hers.....
I do think I am letting it sink in and it now makes sense to me. Snacking is my downfall. I eat very reasonable meals. without the snacking I certainly would not be residing within this oversized body. I can remember walking home from school as a child thinking about what I would eat when I got there. Not only is it enjoyable and gives me comfort, it is a long time habit. I am making my signs today, both for the fridge as well as the closet I peer into. I do this as a behavioral habit. If I look in and don't see something enticing, I shut the door. Obviously, I am not hungry. I probably open the fridge at least five times between meals if I am home.
I believe with my signs in place, at least I will be mindful of what I am doing. I will actually have to stop and make a conscious decision to open that door. I am going to work on making the decision to say no and walk away.