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On-Again, Off-Again: My Relationship With Food


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Ah yes, today came (one of) my biggest problems with food. Basically, I eat when I'm bored, and I don't when I'm busy.

Today I was working on a crazy long paper for one of my classes. I worked at the coffee shop on campus from 9:30-2:30, and it was pretty dead, so I was getting a lot of work done. For breakfast I had an Americano with heavy cream, 2 Hormel Pepperoni Stix, and a string cheese. So far, so good. Then I started in on drinking water, and settled in to work on my paper. And worked and worked and worked. Before I knew it, it was 6:00, and I hadn't had anything else to eat all day. So I headed for the store to pick up some salad mix and whatnot, and it was close to 7:00 before I actually sat down and ate. By then I was starving.

This is in direct opposition to last weekend when I was home for Easter. I was bored and there was food/baked goods/candy everywhere, and I ate it all the time. Like I said, I was bored. And it was there.

I need to figure out a better solution to this. Not just to the "eating all the time" part, also the "forgetting to eat" part. I'm not sure what the answer is - it's not that I'm hungry and I just ignore it. I literally don't feel hungry, so I don't think to stop and eat.

Does anybody have similar issues, or ideas on how to deal with it?
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WOUBBIE 4/15/2012 4:52PM

    A lot of people who eat lower carb foods find that their appetites are nothing like they used to be and worry whether they should still eat at regular fixed mealtimes or wait until they're actually hungry. I'm not sure if either answer is correct for every person every time. Sometime your body just tells you to eat more, and as long as it's on plan, you probably should. But if you're truly not hungry - rejoice!

Always make sure you're hydrated too. I find that some of my "boredom" eating is actually thirst masquerading as hunger.

Good going!

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BELLE0308 4/15/2012 1:54PM

    YES! It is tough. Tonight I will work from 6pm-6am. I sit in a control room for about 7 of those hours alone. What I tend to do is eat to stay awake. What I am trying to do is to pack my food to bring with me so that I don't over eat. I also try to keep snacks, even something as simple as a Kashi bar around to fend off the desire to eat something worse. It is really hard though and I understand. Some days I am not so great.

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KINEPS 4/14/2012 9:25PM

    I hear you loud and clear!!! Boredom sets me up for failure all the time . . . . and when I'm super busy, I also forget about food. Talk about complete opposites - lol!!

The best advice I can give you is to measure and bag some healthy snacks -- like nuts, crackers, fruit, veggies, anything that you like to munch on. This way you can grab one or two on your way out the door to have when you're at school. It will help limit temptations. They're also good to have around the house when you realize that you haven't eaten and are now starving. This way you can stop the hunger pangs while preparing dinner -- and you won't eat too much of the wrong foods and go over your calories for the day.

Hope that helps!

Hugs,
Maryann

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STALEYK 4/14/2012 9:23PM

    Yes! I'm right there with you. With the Easter holiday and lots of food all around I ate and ate and ate...even in the evenings and I've broken my habit of eating after dinner. Have to wean myself back again. I too notice if it's slow at work I look for something to eat...boredom...and if we're busy the day flies by and I haven't had cravings for something to eat all day.

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