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Little Tip: Stay Busy!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Late afternoons are hard for me not to snack. Sometimes I'm truly hungry but usually I'm just a little stressed out (kids home, homework, last bit of catching up before the evening, dinner needs to be made) or tired or both. If I really need a little something to keep me going I try to chose something that packs a punch like an ounce of almonds. But... days like today where I really didn't *need* to eat anything I could tell I was going to start foraging through the cupboards to find a goodie (not that there are any in there!). So, since the sun was shining I went outside with the kids (removed all of us from the kitchen because they are just as prone to "can I have a snack" x20 between school and supper) and while they played I tackled a cleaning job I've been working on just a bit at a time. An hour later when it was time to come in I was able to focus on dinner and knowing the meal was coming shortly and satisfy myself with a cool drink while waiting to eat. I'm pretty certain if I had stayed in the kitchen or turned on the tv and plopped down, I would have eaten something (or many somethings) not part of my plan for today. As it is, I can have my evening snack guilt free and I probably burned a few extra calories doing the work in the garage!
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