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DEBBIEANNE1124
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10/7/12 6:08 P

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What works best for me is a combination of 2 foods. A protein source and a low carb.
String cheese and an apple. A spoon ful of peanut butter on celery.

Salads are not filling though.



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10/7/12 10:30 A

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Try doing something incomparable with eating like painting your nails, or brushing your teeth, Altoid mint, put lotion on your hands and those cute little gloves, get away from food. Go to a walk. Put a sticker reminder on the places you could get food, give yourself a facial, put on your favorite jeans or pants to remember why not to eat. Light a pretty scented candle. Take some pictures on interesting things on your phone it's like quitting smoking. I you can distract yourself for a short time the urge usually passes.

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JOMAMA
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10/7/12 10:08 A

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For me even a healthy snack is detrimental because of the amount I consume. I need to find a substitute for food! That is what I think I must do - pure and simple!!!


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With all the procress I have had in comming to SP everyday I think when I wanna eat out of emotion's I am gonna get on here and read blog's spark's article's friends page's. All other suggestion's are great also. emoticon emoticon


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10/6/12 4:12 P

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All good suggestions.The best is to not let emotional things make you eat.



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10/6/12 1:35 P

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I agree with the aim of not eating when upset! Nothing that you will eat will help! I have eaten all sorts of things and all leave me wanting more, because none of them help one bit, other than to make me feel even worse.

We have to try to sever the link between food and certain behaviors, like eating when watching TV or I used to stop at the sop every morning on the way to work and but junk. I changed my route to where there was no shop and I managed to change the behavior by breaking the link.

Somehow we have to break the link between our emotions and food. Even if we eat healthy food when upset, we do nothing to break the link.

Margaret

Never give up, never quit, never surrender

You only fail when you stop trying

There is nothing to hold you back except you.

You can press forward long after you canít. Itís a matter of wanting it bad enough.

The bad news is: we are our own worst enemies. The good news is: we are our own greatest champions.


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10/6/12 1:19 P

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NOT eating when UPSET is a FABULOUS PLAN and it sounds like there are some people with great plans to HELP then do just that. All of us are not in the same place and are still in the LIMIT THE DAMAGE stages of this process and BOTH are useful lessons. The further along I get and the more planning I have in place, the less often I NEED such things. The trick for me is to have different levels in place - PLANNING for regular meals and snacks so I don't have the sudden blood sugar drops that result in feeling STARVING NOW, PLANNING healthy and/or lower fat, lower sugar, less processed snacks for those times when my PLANNING fails to work (sometimes because I had an emergency and didn't eat when I was SUPPOSED TO EAT, and sometimes because I did something unusual or just find myself feeling like I need some food, and even once in a blue moon because I am upset, angry, or frustrated), and PLANNING for the unexpected last-minute invitations or change-in-plans situation, and FINALLY PLANNING for the special treats that I simply WANT. No single plan works for me 100% of the time, but together they cover almost every situation I find myself experiencing. I didn't start out with ANY PLANS but have come to discover that my PLANS have really helped me out.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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YOGAWITCH
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I agree not to eat when I am upset. Sometimes I plan something for later...like tonight I will make a different recipe or have a specific snack that's special and by the time it rolls around most of the time I forget about it.

Namaste,
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10/5/12 11:51 P

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I recommend NOT eating when upset. Tea or decaf or mocha might be enough. That's all I ever use. The sooner we can divorce ourselves from rewarding the phantom hunger urges, the better off we'll be. Acknowledge the upsetting thoughts and the urge to eat, but then remind yourself that these are fake urges to eat. They don't mean real hunger. Then try to find something else either pleasurable or productive to do with your time. Even napping or sniveling for half an hour may be better than eating.

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Good suggestions...


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I need to plan snack and drinks while on the go or working.
No plan means fast food stops and that spells disaster.
Two bottles of frozen flavored water goes into a thermal bag first.
Then a piece of string cheese or 2% cheese slice.
Raw veggies follow with a very small container of hummus.
Fresh fruit is an option to put in last.
This is what works and makes life nice and easy.

Napkins are a must.

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This is a PERSONAL choice. You can fit ANYTHING into your PLAN but looking for things that are less processed, more natural, higher in fiber and lower in fat, calories, etc. are basic rules - Normally I have fruit and nuts around but as you mention, some love salad (yuck), some prefer air-popped popcorn, a fiber bar or a protein bar (depending on whether you need more of one or the other), fruits, veggies, snack-size candy bars or 100 calorie packs of whatevers (cookies, snack cakes, crackers), peanut butter or cheese on toast or crackers. Read labels, decide what YOU like and then find things that are between 100-300 calories and fit into the healthy category. Sometimes ONLY ice cream will do - then I have 1/2 a cup. Sometimes ONLY something crunchy will do - pretzels are a good choice but watch the SODIUM, tortilla chips are also a better choice than potato chips - again watch the sodium.

I tend to keep the things that don't go bad sitting in my purse and car around like the fiber and protein bars, nuts, raisins, etc. BUT since those are NOT the BEST choices, but rather they are better choices than in the past, IF I have an option, it is usually fruit or some type of nut butter on whole wheat crackers or toast. Keeping options and choices around really helps and it helps best if you listen to YOUR tastes as well as the healthiness of the snack.

With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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I worked with my dietician to figure out alternatives so if I just could not do without, I'd have a healthy backup. My "drug of choice" most of the time is chocolate or chocolate and peanut butter - thank the Lord for General Mills making Peanut Butter Cheerios and Chocolate Cheerios. I measure out 1/2 cup of each and I have as close as I can get to a Reese's Peanut Butter cup but at 100 calories. I also found that since I've been doing this (for about a month now) that it makes me slow down and take stock of what it is that is bothering me or stressing me out. I've also found that since I've been doing this that I haven't had a desire for the real thing, of chocolate that is. I also try to make sure to have fresh vegetables cut up and in the fridge and in my lunch bag as I also like crunchy things at times as well.



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Whenever I get sad or angry, I immediately feel hungry. I know in my head I'm not, but I end up grabbing food anyways. From personal experience, what would be a very good alternative to junk food, that actually fills you up, and keeps you content for a while? (unlike salad, ect).


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