Thursday, June 27, 2013
The nutritionist asked me to commit to giving up nighttime snacking for a month until we speak again. She needs to analyze all the answers I gave her about my eating habits before we get too much further into what to eat and how much, etc., but for now, just that one simple change is all she is asking of me.
At first I thought, sure, no big deal...but then I realized that means some other changes will have to take place. I have to have a decent dinner so I don't get hungry later. I should probably eat that dinner a little later in the evening, say 6 - 6:30 instead of 5:00 so it holds me longer. This means I have time to cook something decent instead of rushing to make just anything to feed the rest of the family earlier. This means they will have to adjust to a later dinner time.
I was also shocked when I heard some of her questions and how I responded. I admitted to snacking quite a bit in the afternoon and she assumed I did not snack between breakfast and lunch. I could tell by how the questions were asked. Which got me thinking that I should probably eat a bigger breakfast and lunch too, and stop grazing like a cow all day long. If I have a later dinner then one healthy snack in the late afternoon is okay - I'm talking fruit and protein here, not the vending machine stuff. I also realized how much coffee I drink and the amount of 1/2 and 1/2 I use which is way too much...I cannot switch to skim or even whole milk in my coffee so therefore - I should cut back on the coffee itself which automatically reduces the half and half. I think I will start with my after work two cups a day >> make it tea (with caffeine) for now then gradually make the switch to herbal. Might sleep better too. I've also promised myself to walk during at least one of my breaks at work...perhaps I could up that to walking during both breaks since I won't be snacking anymore in the morning.
Who would have thought all this insight and motivation to change would come about just by saying I won't eat mindlessly in the evenings for the next month!