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4/13/12 6:56 A

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Now that I am trying to adhere to the SD, if I am hungry in the evening, I look back on the day to see if I have missed any of the required shakes or fruits/veggies. (Believe me, I don't miss a meal). If so, I have had a smoothie (shake blended with frozen fruit) or a Greek yogurt. If not, I will eat as many veggies ( usually prefer cooked ones in the evening) as it takes to fill my tummy or have a baked potato with some kind of seasoning sprinkled on. If all I have to grab that sounds good is a protein bar, then I have eaten that. I think I do get genuinely hungry in the evening. Some days I exercise a lot, and I do think I just might need the food.

I am also trying to attack the root cause of my emotional eating. This also happens in the evening as well as what I think is genuine hunger and sometimes it is hard to tell the difference. I start with food. If real food as listed above is not satisfying, then I have to conclude it is emotional hunger. So far, I have determined the situations that send me for the salty, crunchy foods-- usually with a beer or two. Now I am analyzing what specific negative emotions I feel during those challenging situations. I am also trying to brainstorm with ideas of how I can proactively improve either the situation or my response to it. I am keeping notes in a journal about these incidents and possible solutions. I think this emotional eating in the evening has been my main problem. I am making slow progress on this. I figure that if I have a plan of action for handling the troublesome situations and get thru them relatively comfortably, then I will not be driven to eat. Eating/drinking is only a very temporary way of calming me down and relieving stress and in no way does anything to improve the situation.

4/13/12 12:57 A

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I haven't had this issue until today. I'm really struggling tonight. I want munchies. lol

I feel kinda guilty that I'm feeling hungry though. I've had everything I'm supposed to have today plus some! I didn't count right and I've eaten 6 1/2 servings of F/V, which I know is ok but now I really don't understand why I'm hungry at all. Thinking I'm gonna have to eat something to get my tummy to be quiet so I can go to bed tonight.

Would love to hear what everyone else does to combat the munchies!!

Running to the refrigerator is not considered exercise.

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4/12/12 1:41 P

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4/12/12 11:47 A

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I normally want to snack at night, so after dinner I clean up and make sure the kitchen is clean. The I head out on a 4 mile walk, I come back take a shower watch a little TV while I finish my last shake then head to bed. I have ZERO desire to munch during the day hell I have trouble eating during the day so at night walking and shower is my way to combat emotional eating!

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4/12/12 10:43 A

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I thought we could share some of out favorite strategies to combat the emotional eating monster that sometimes attacks.
My fail safe is to have a long bubble bath with a book and a huge bottle of crystal light flavoured water, or if it's not too early I just go to bed.

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