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10/7/09 11:20 A

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Well, I've figured out that it is definately a pattern for me to "snack" when I get home. I had some tuna and an apple at 4:30...and was home by 5:30. I know I wasn't hungry but I wanted to eat while making dinner. I went for a walk (after a handful of almonds and a banana half) and wasn't even hungry when I got home. I think patterns are harder to deal with than hunger...but that is just me.
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I get hungry as I get off at 2:15. I reach for my veggies and a tbl of humus and drink cold water

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10/7/09 8:20 A

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Drink water.. try to keep busy until dinner.
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10/5/09 9:49 P

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All sounds good!

I've gotten in the habit of planning my meals the night before... and part of that is knowing what I need to eat and when! If I postpone even a snack, and get "the hungries" I know that's when I tend to loose a little control. When I take the time to plan out my menu for the day, I feel more disciplined.

I normally eat 5 times a day; breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner!

Long story short, timing is everything for me! ;)





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10/5/09 4:45 P

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Hang in there Lori....you've got a good plan

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10/5/09 4:26 P

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I've got the WORST after-work munchies right now. But it's 4:30 so I think I'll just start making dinner and we'll eat a little early today. Hopefully, problem solved.

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10/4/09 8:24 A

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OMG!!! This is THE most important post for me to see! Chips is also my problem when I walk in the house after work. I love the idea of a little protein later in the afternoon to get me through to dinner. I'm off to get me some celery sticks. I love them with pb! And now that I have my exercise machine available to me to just hop on in the evenings, I'll get a few more minutes of quick exercise before dinner!

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LEANANCE's Photo LEANANCE Posts: 45
9/29/09 1:36 P

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Thanks so much for the advise. This is me exactly. As soon as I walk in the door after work, I see my husband snacking. What a trigger that is!!!! But I never really thought about it until I read this post. I also have an afternoon snack of fruit, and I think maybe switching to a protein snack would help. Last, I am going to try to have something for dinner READY! I walk in my kitchen and start dinner and snack on SOMETHING while it is cooking. I usually snack so much, that I am not hungry when dinner is ready. Now I feel like I have some tools to keep me on track.

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9/26/09 7:32 P

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There are only two things I have found so far to keep me from snacking inbetween work and dinnertime. 1) packing a granola bar and banana in my car and eating them as I drive home 2) making sure I have already made dinner and its cooked in the crock pot for me when I come in the door. Then we just have dinner early. (works for me :-)

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9/4/09 12:55 P

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I have the same problem. I'd come home from work and eat crackers. I've been on vacation the past 2 weeks and tried very hard to get over that. I'll see on Tuesday if it worked!!!

I wouldn't matter what I had for an afternoon snack because I'd eat crackers whether I was hungry or not. I had become a habit.

I threw out the crackers the other day!

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9/2/09 2:18 P

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Have you tried changing the snack that you eat or when you eat it?
I like most of us also had this problem. I would eat great all day then get home graze my way til dinner.

I have discovered if I eat a high protein snack with water or a cup of tea that it really helps break that cycle. I also found if I have something to do right after work it helps - garden, clean, etc so that I am away from the kitchen.

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This subject was of real interest for me, because I found I fit the described problem. Exercise has helped me when I had a craving - but not when I was actually hungry. When I'm really hungry I think it's because I haven't eaten enough during the day. When this happens, fruit just hasn't cut it. I've needed something more substantial - like nuts, hard boiled eggs, or peanut butter celery sticks. I know I'm new, only been at this for a few weeks, but it's what has worked for me so far.

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8/26/09 11:17 A

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I was like that until I started eating more during the day, not food but the # of times I eat. I have a snack around 3:30 and that gets me thru making dinner without eating a ton.


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8/24/09 7:45 P

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I think you're right that it is a pattern, and to conquer it you have to break the pattern. You probably have triggers all the way - seeing the clock hit 4:30 or 5:00, getting into the car, pulling into your driveway, entering your home, entering the kitchen, etc. Whatever you can do to slightly alter this or 'pre-empt' the cravings will help. If the clock is your trigger, maybe you can cover it and just set your computer to let you know when it's 4:50. If it's the car you have to change SOMETHING (the radio station?) so things are a little different.

At home, is it possible to simply eat dinner as soon as you get home? If you cook an extra dinner on the weekend, you can heat that up within a few minutes on Monday and then cook Tuesday's dinner on Monday...do you think that would help?

I used to be hungry when I got home from work, but now I have a good breakfast and lunch, as well as a snack. I get home when my kids get home from school and we have a healthy snack most days, but sometimes we're all so hungry we decide to have dinner early (and then poor DH has to eat basically alone while we have a late snack). So far this is working well for us.

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8/24/09 5:13 P

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My eating was always emotionally driven - I had no pattern at all. One thing that I've found really helps is that I have a set schedule of time when I eat, and if I plan carefully I never get hungry anymore.
I have breakfast after my morning workout (about 6:30 every day), a snack at 10:30a, lunch at 12:00, a snack at 3:30 (deals with afterwork hunger pretty well if you make it a protein), and then I start cooking dinner at 5:30.
If you eat throughout the day, still keeping on track by having smaller lunches and dinners, then the hunger never gets a chance to build. I still have to deal with the emotional crazings, but I'm hardly ever "hungry".

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8/24/09 3:48 P

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You are absolutely right it is a Pattern. It was for me too. So I had to break the patter. I found that when the cravings would hit I need to go do "something" other than eating. I would clean, boy I had the cleanest house around, go for a walk, or some sort of exercise. The exercise thing worked in two ways for me. (1) I found my appetite was suppressed after exercising (2) If I really made an effort to think about how much exercise I would have to do to compensate for what I was going to put in my mouth sometimes it just wasn't worth it. If I decided that the work was worth what I wanted to eat then I would eat it but then I would be sure to do the work. Slowly but surely you start making the right choices.

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8/13/09 9:43 A

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Great advice everyone! Thanks!

MELTINGMIMI- I mainly work out in the evenings around 7, because when I get home I like to relax for awhile....The sun is beaming when I leave work so goin to the park is not an options...somedays i go to the park an hour before sun sets so its not to hot..but i have found that exercise kills my cravings.

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8/12/09 7:32 P

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When that happens to me I drink more water and come home and exercise. It seems to help. I also have healthy snacks with me at all times. You'll make it start slowing cutting back and think of other things. Keep in touch.

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When do u workout? Since u eat a healthy snack just before u go home...can u change ur clothes at work and go to a park & walk or go straight to the gym (that always kills my craving for junk). Also...I ALWAYS keep fresh cut veggies cleaned & ready to munch when I get home, just in case I can't wait until dinner is ready (broccoli, celery, cucumbers, etc.). GOOD LUCK!! U CAN DO IT!! emoticon

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8/12/09 8:58 A

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UKANNIE -
Know we are about dieting - but your KICKBUTTS really touched me the AM and it has been almost 25 yrs since I quit smoking those butts. Add to that a saying I am going to borrow (hope you don't mind). With God all things are possible (Taught VBS with that theme) loved the rest. Improbable but Possible.
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Have a Ryvita cracker and Cottage cheese!mmmmmmmmmm

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New me forever -
Have your issue, only it is all afternoon at work. Thinking you named our problem "PATTERN", but I am begging for help to stop or break that pattern!! I'm usually OK at home except for the ice cream - but found some wonderful 100 calorie - bars, so now I only whimper as we drive by DQ.
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My problem is chips.

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Ok it's almost time to go home and I can feel myself getting hungry..or I can feel myself to begin to crave junk..even though Im sitting here eating grapes and drinking on water right at this moment...

Everyday I have the same eating patter: eat a healthy breakfast/lunch/snack at work..and get off go home and the cravings begine...Because it is a PATTERN...

My body is use to it and no matter how many times I tell myself Im goin to go home and eat something healthy I always go home and do the opposite...I'll binge eat and then I wont eat anything for the rest of the day.

Its terrible I need help on breaking this cycle. Is there something I eat before I leave work that will keep me satisfied. I have my fruits, but they dont keep me full.

Ive been fighting these cravings and binge eating for awhile. I even get so frustrated from thinking what Im goin to eat healthy when I get home to the point when I get home I go straigh for junk.


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