Since I am eating smaller meals, and a snack in between, I plan on getting hungry between meals! I always carry a snack in my purse, briefcase or small insulated lunch bag, so that when I do get hungry, I have a healthy, low-cal, high protein and/or high fiber snack available that has already been planned into my food tracker. All of my choices are 150 calories or less. Some of my favorites are: Adkins bar, Chocolate Teddy Grahams, fat free yogurt, or Kozy-Shack Chocolate pudding.
By having a planned snack vailable, I avoid searching out food on the spur of the moment. That usually leads to a bad choice from a convenience store, fast food place, or vending machine!
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I've learned to view food "as nutrition". As a means to a nutritional end. This is a huge"reframe" for me; food used to be about pleasure, comfort, and distraction. Food is now about NUTRITION.... I have learned to find pleasure, comfort, and distraction elsewhere....but food can still be fun!
I now THINK before I eat. I ask myself "Why am I eating this? For what purpose? And am I actually hungry?" If I am actually hungry, I plan food around my nutritional needs for the day and avoid "junk" foods except for the occasional splurge.
I plan out my food, including snacks, first thing in the morning and put it in my SparkPeople nutrition tracker. I print it out and put it on the fridge. I titled it, "Are You Really Hungry?" It makes me thing before eating--if I'm not really hungry, I forgo the snack until I am hungry.
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