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Mindless Eating

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

This is what I have learned to help with mindless eating:

Keep junk foods out of the house(or out of sight if they are in your house)

Keep good healthy snacks in front & center - so they are the first that you see

Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day - so you don't confuse hunger or a need for food with thirst

Do not deprive yourself of foods that you like - one day you will not be able to control yourself from eating them and may eat way too much because you think you will not have them again for a long time.

Stay mostly organized in your home and work spaces. Everything seems to fall in place much simpler when I am organized.

Exercise every day even if it is a short walk. Once you exercise you have done something good for yourself and this may stop you from undoing this act with food.

When I have too many things to do I make a list and prioritize to keep myself from getting overwhelmed.

Do not leave out any food groups in my diet! I work on eating balanced meals - usually 4 to 6 smaller meals or 3 meals and two light snacks throughout each day. This keeps me from getting too hungry so I don't start picking.

Plan in some fun snacks or desserts throughout the week.

Now I have had some issues recently with mindless eating and I wanted to write this out to help me remember what I have done to keep off my weight in a sane way!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FISHINGLADY66 12/19/2010 6:31PM

    This is a very informative blog. Great job. We can all learn from this. Thanks.

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DSJB9999 9/20/2010 3:58AM

    Great blog, its so true.

For me I have to keep out of the kitchen too as much as possible.

You've done it before and can lose it again by sticking to these principles and not denying anything!

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REEDSKI 9/17/2010 12:50AM

    Great blog!!!


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TREESA57 9/16/2010 3:00PM

    Great job, great blog! I agree with you. No deprivation for me either. I just remind myself of portion control and go for it. Its my life and I will enjoy it! Im glad to see you are too! Keep it up.. emoticon

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SASSYSAX 9/16/2010 2:46PM

    What a great first blog. I like all your ideas. eating smaller meals seems to help a lot.
Keep blogging 'cause you're doing great. emoticon

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62NVON 9/16/2010 9:30AM

    Excellent ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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SCOUT1222 9/16/2010 8:23AM

    Very wise advice!

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MALEXANDER4 9/16/2010 7:45AM did fine for a first blog

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    Great advice Laura!

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JACKIE4019 9/16/2010 12:45AM

    Amen and Amen

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MASRITE 9/15/2010 11:49PM

    Great job on your first blog. Nice topic!!

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  Love the blog and all the comments. My thanks to everyone for sharing all that you have.

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INCTRL 9/15/2010 9:05PM

    Yes, actually writing this was pretty motivating. I think i may do another. Thanks Cathy!

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    I love all your ideas, but best of all is including all the food groups ... I need everything or I begin to crave junk.

And I need things I like, things that are enjoyable. No deprivation here!

We're on an awesome journey, Laura ... and we're going to achieve our goals!!!

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INCTRL 9/15/2010 8:34PM

    Yes, I agree and other one is positive self talk. You need to basically talk yourself into doing what is best and healthiest for your body. Thanks for the great comment.

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PAMANNN247 9/15/2010 7:50PM

    great topic! I was looking for topics on this very subject a couple of weeks ago when I had surgery and couldn't use going to the gym as a distraction. I did a search and actually found the Spark People website the most helpful.
I've found that "dialoguing " with myself helps immensely. I talk gently and calmly acknowledging that although I want to eat for some other reason than hunger I will try and wait a little while before I do and reason out how I feel and how my body feels. It helps me feel more in control and I feel good about actively trying to stop the habit and work through the causes. : )

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