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Found a new way to deal with mindless eating in the evening


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Last week went as usual: ate well most of the time, had my 4 scheduled runs.
The Friday run in the forest was beautiful: there was thick fog, water dripping from trees.
Colorful leaves shone trough the grey fog when I got close enough.
Weather is very mild these weeks: around 5 oC (40 oF) - so I wear one long sleeve running shirt, and a thin jacket on top, which I take off after the first mile.

Last Sunday I didn't feel like tracking my food.
I felt a serious resistance so I just let it go. I stop tracking for some time.
Something must be done about mindless eating in the evening.
That's one bad habit I still have some trouble with.
There are too many choices or what...
It is not about binges that come with bad mood.
It is perfectly normal evenings when I eat my healthy dinner. Then a bit later some chocolate. Then a teaspoon of peanut butter. Then a slice of ham. Nothing serious, but I'm sure it will lead to weight gain if I keep doing it.

So finally I made a menu chart: the 10 meals I usually chose from at dinner.
Checked calories: each is between 400 and 480 calories.
Dessert may be 20 grams of chocolate, peanut butter, peanuts or walnuts (each about 120 calories) or a piece fruit (60-120 calories).

My plan is to choose one meal for dinner, and later I can have one dessert or a piece of fruit.
The rest of the day is always OK, and this dinner plan is flexible, pleasant and generous.
So I hope it is going to work : )
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MOBYCARP 11/24/2012 8:00PM

    I wish I could go without tracking. I *might* be able to manage it if I stuck to stuff I'd previously tracked; but I still have a lot of days when I'm surprised that I've eaten more or eaten less than I usually do by evening.

I hope your general guidelines work out well for you!

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FIREFLY4407 11/24/2012 8:26AM

    Sound like a great plan to still stay on track and have your treat satisfaction at the end of the day.
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RG_DFW 11/24/2012 8:08AM

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ARCHIMEDESII 11/24/2012 6:21AM

    Sounds like a good plan to me ! I like having a treat in the evening. When I was losing weight, I knew I could never give up cheese or chocolate. But I also knew I was eating too much and needed to watch my portion size.

Have you ever read Brian Wansink's book Mindless Eating ? If not, I highly recommend it. That book taught me a lot about how people eat.

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