Chewing gum or otherwise keeping my mouth occupied seems like a great idea. I hadn't thought of that although I do carry sugar-free peppermint gum in my purse to chew mid-morning [when boredom hits]. Sorting the mail or otherwise doing small chores also seems like a great way to be distracted but still watchful of boiling things on the stovetop.
I also recently read that there are some scents, like peppermint, that make you less hungry so I might try burning a peppermint candle or otherwise introducing the scent while I cook. I don't know if this will work, but I figure that it should have a great placebo effect if I can engage my mind to believe it.
I have already taken the junk food out of the house. In fact, my household buys as little processed food as possible (mostly because of cost and the fact that it seems to be not at all filling). Thus, my sweet cravings are often for frozen fruit, etc. To anyone else out there that has this issue though, cleaning out the pantry was fundamental in losing (and keeping off) the weight I lost last year (18% total body weight).
If you cannot completely change what enters the house, perhaps you could get some opaque storage bins that can be labeled with the names of other family members. Then each family member can store their special snacks in a sealable bin that you can't see into. For me, it was out of sight, out of mind. If my significant other had something I particularly wanted, I could usually avoid it because of the guilt I felt at "stealing" from him.
I'm comforted to know that others get snack cravings while preparing meals too. I had thought it was a strange place / time to feel stress hunger. I think it's always nice to know that you aren't alone in your problem and that other people might be able to help you out with their own experiences.
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I agree with get rid of the dangerous snacks.... keep baby carrots and snow peas in the fridge, so you can take 10 out and eat those.. also, drink a very large glass of water before eating anything. If you are craving sugar, it could be you are a bit dehydrated. Bottom line, you must choose to do it. you can do it!!
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I do not live alone and I am addicted to the stuff big time. I am also where if I do not have it in the house then I might buy it and the store is a 5 minute walk from my house. I need to get a little bit at a time almost every day since I cannot drive.
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Wow! And I thought I was the only one to do this. I do NOT live alone and do not buy ALL of the groceries. Therefore, the nuts, chips, etc. are always on the counter. I, too, feel like I am starving once I enter the door. I've done several things to help. First, on the way home I eat an apple in the car while driving. It doesn't have to be an apple, but let's just say something healthy, okay? Then, I either suck on a sugar-free mint or chew gum while cooking and waiting. This prevents me from sticking anything else in my mouth. Also, I read my mail at the kitchen counter while I'm watching stuff cook. Or -- I even text my kids or friends while I wait. Hope this helps.
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this is actually a new one for me. & I thought I've seen them all.
Here's my suggestion and only mine.
If you don't live with family don't buy the snacks like sweets that might trigger a craving or make them healthier like a skinny cow truffle ice cream bar but make yourself eat only one or a stalk of celery with peanut butter on it.
Find something to occupy the time that you are waiting for your dinner to get done. a amgazine a bath with scented candle to de-stress you or head out for a walk. I've never eaten while cooking except for a sip or a spoonful here and there of what i am cooking.
Also about batch cooking... How about some of those great low call/healthy weight watcher recipes?
One of my biggest problems is that I tend to binge while preparing food. My issues all seem to revolve around dinner. Between work and studying for my law degree, I have long and stressful days. By the time I get home for dinner (7:30pm), I'm usually fairly stressed, fatigued, and (more often than not) sad. Then it is time to prepare the meal. I do batch cooking so I usually just have to take something out of the freezer and heat it up, but I often manage to get into about 10 different food items while waiting for it to cook. What I eat is based on cravings - usually sugary or salty snacks (or bread). For example, I'll find myself digging out a handful of nuts, eating bread and butter, then a snack I prepared for a potluck, then some more nuts, etc.I do have a snack at about 4:00pm every day so I should not be overwhelmingly physically hungry.
While I am preparing dinner, I can't successfully leave the kitchen area -- it leaves the cooking food unattended and prevents me from cleaning and preparing the table and serving space. Does anyone have any ideas on how to curb this mindless snacking?
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