If anyone has any advice on how to completely cut out snacks, please let me know. I have been trying to substitute "unhealthy" snacks with only healthy ones the best I can...
I have been trying to snack less during this 5% weight loss challenge. Most of the time I make pretty good choices when I eat full meals. But... I do think sometimes I don't eat enough breakfast, lunch or dinner & it causes me to want to snack frequently during the day. I normally eat a snack around 10:30 - 11am am and also around 4pm. I have been trying to cut out the mid-morning snack to see if it makes a difference. Instead of having a snack, I just have some hot tea with no milk. I use half a packet of artificial sweetener even though I know it isn't good for me! Some days I am too busy to have tea, so I will skip it altogether.
It is SO hard for me to give up snack time! I have been having a snack in the morning for 2 years now! It was hard for me to give up having yogurt every day for breakfast, but I did adjust because I feel like the non-dairy diet is helping my stomach. However, that was a replacement and I didn't give up eating breakfast. I just altered what I ate. It is different for snacks because I think I want to have less of them? I do try to drink extra water when I get a craving for a snack.. but it doesn't always work. Maybe I need to increase my breakfast? or eat a piece of fruit around 11 instead of something like a granola bar? The afternoon snack is hard for me to give up too because sometimes I don't eat enough for lunch. I bring my lunch most days, but I don't really have a fridge to keep extra food in it. Sometimes I don't get home until 11:30pm and I don't really have time to prepare something special for lunch. Also, I get bored with having a banana, grapes, and apple every day. I don't really have the time right now to shop for other food or prepare some kind of special snack.
I really want my own place so I can stock the fridge with MY food. It would be so nice to be able to come home every night and have everything there for me. I could make better lunches and even start making better breakfasts. I saw a link for some steel oats breakfasts you can make the night before... but I don't have the time or space right now to buy all of the ingredients and put them together!
Even at night it is tough not snacking after 8pm. Sometimes my workout isn't over until 9:30pm and I have a protein bar after I do kickboxing. I won't eat after that though. Other nights I try to eat dinner late so I won't want to snack before bed. BUT when I don't snack around 4, it is so hard to not want to snack in between lunch time at 1 and a late dinner around 7:30!
I never thought I would be this worried about my eating. Ever since I lost weight, I get really grumpy when I don't eat "on time". My body yells at me and makes me moody when I don't get enough to eat and when I wait too long to eat. I really hope moving into my own place will help my eating schedule. The bad part is, I don't know when I am moving! I have to wait for my identity theft problem to be 100% cleared up before doing anything. I am still waiting for the updated credit reports to make sure the inquiries were deleted.
Life is crazy, and I am trying my best to go with the flow. It is tough to stay positive and just go for the ride when I am HUNGRY. Moody Kimmy comes out and it is pretty much impossible to deal with me when I get like that. I feel really bad about it, but I cannot help it! I try to pack protein bars with me anywhere I go to try and avoid the hunger from taking over. But sometimes I get stuck in situations where I have to wait until I can eat.
The other night I tried a new recipe. It was pretty tasty. It called for cheese, but I cut it out. This isn't my recipe. I wanted something different to make with all of the peppers I just picked from my plants. I didn't want them to freeze - it is getting cold now!
Unstuffed Peppers Casserole
1lb 99% fat free ground turkey
1 can undrained diced tomatoes (basil, oregano)
3 bell peppers roughly chopped
2 cups brown rice
I cooked the brown rice separately while lightly browning the turkey. I used some pepper and a little bit of salt on the turkey while it cooked. Next, I added the chopped peppers to the turkey and let them cook for a few minutes. Once the rice was done, I added it to the turkey/pepper mix. I added the canned tomatoes and covered. I put everything on low and cooked it for about 20 minutes stirring occasionally. You could add cheese and bake this in the oven for 25 minutes. Since I am not eating dairy, I didn't add any cheese & didn't use the oven.
Next time I want to chop up some garlic cloves and add them to the mixture while browning the turkey.
My 5K race is on Saturday. I feel ready & not ready at the same time! It has been so long since I did a race, and I want to see how I do! Usually after I race, I want to run more & more. Of course the cooler weather is coming in now and it is getting dark so early! Last night at dinner, I realized it was pitch black outside and it was only 6:40pm!!!
Hopefully everyone has a great rest of the week!