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Thanks so much for that link to the article. That actually gave me a lot of good ideas and I'ved added quite a few things to my grocery list for this Friday. I also went on a binge of cleaning out my food drawer at work and actually found some honey roasted soy nuts that I bought a while back, but that had gotten buried under some Lay's chips and a chocolate chip cookie. I'll be getting more of those as well.
Part of the struggle with breakfast is going to be getting myself up in the AM in time to make something. I am not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination, but I know that if I had time to eat a better breakfast at home I wouldn't starve at work.
A few things to add to my original suggestions:
First - I found this article with a lot of helpful tips www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrit
_articles.asp?id=673 I'm pretty sure you'll find it's exactly the information you've been looking for.
To me, just an oatmeal bar wouldn't be enough to eat for breakfast - it's probably one of the reasons you find yourself feeling hungry.
I always have a serving of fruit with breakfast - relatively low in calories and helps fill me up. Also, add protein to feel fuller longer - try adding a glass of milk, Greek yogurt, some nuts, higher protein cereal, or even a bar that's higher in protein if you can't bring anything else with you.
I used to eat either an extremely small or no breakfast at all because I was worried about using all of my calories too early in the day. I started following a meal plan where I was eating larger, more complex breakfasts, and was surprised to find that I wasn't as hungry throughout the day, and because I was more satiated, I naturally ate less at dinnertime. I still use most of my calories then, but I get full eating less, which helps me stay within my calories.
Planning snacks into your day will be a huge help if you don't already do so. You can cut back a few calories from each of your main meals if you have to, but allot some of your daily calories to the snacks so you won't be starving and scrambling to come up with something to keep you from the drive-thru, You'll already have your low-calorie, filling snack to hold you over until the next meal.
Good luck finding what works for you!
Today, and most work days, it's a fiber oatmeal bar and 8oz coffee with cream and sugar for breakfast. Lunch varies wildley. I work for a doctor's office so we get lunch catered 3 days a week. Today was 1/3 servering of left over Chicken Scampi from Olive Garden. Dinner also varies wildly. I have the homemaking skills of a grapefruit and my boyfriend pretty much refuses to cook anything that isn't Hamburger Helper or a frozen pizza. If I do manage to cook, it's usually chicken with frozen veggies and some kind of pasta/rice/etc.
What kinds of foods are you eating? In order to feel full on the calories you get, you'll want to make sure you're eating foods that will keep you full longer. Fruits, veggies, whole grains...Try to stay away from processed foods that are mostly fillers with little nutritional value.
I always have a lot of vegetables with my meals - low in calories and fill up my plate. They're also good to snack on when you're feeling hungry and don't have a lot of calories left.
I looked all over the site but didn't find anything pertaining to this. I've just started here and am trying so hard to follow the calorie allotment on my plan. The problem is that on the couple of days so far that I've been able to stick to it, I've been very hungry. I'm trying the "drink water when you feel hungry" trick currently, and while it does take the edge off, it's by no means a solution. The obvious answer is "Eat something" but then the question becomes "What do I eat without going over my calorie allotment?" Is there a way to trick my body into thinking I'm full for several hours (around 4-5hrs)?
This hungry feeling makes it very hard not to grab a burger on the way home or raid the vending machines at work.
Any suggetions would be great. I'm really determined to make this work!
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