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MAMA_CD Posts: 1,507
9/28/13 7:11 P

Lots of great ideas, thanks for sharing such a common problem.

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9/27/13 4:55 P

I love kale chips too (and have a garden full of kale at the moment) but find that if I eat many of them I tend to retain water because of the salt. You don't need a dehydrator--you can just bake them in the oven.

I spend most of my days working on a computer and my coping strategy is to drink. By which I mean that I sip herbal tea all day.

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9/27/13 10:52 A

Love the kale chips too!

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9/25/13 5:41 P

Thanks friend, I have never had Kale chips, but I am going to try them. I also have a food dehydrator that hasn't been used in ages. Man, I am glad I posted this, you guys are all AWESOME!

Edited by: EMDEEDEE at: 9/25/2013 (17:41)
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9/25/13 5:39 P

WOW! great idea, since my cravings are usually for savory foods. I am going to get some celery and try it. :)

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9/25/13 5:36 P

Well, I am a 42 year old college freshman, lol. I do need to look at my diet for sure. We don't eat out often, so burgers and fries and pizza aren't an important part of my diet. Although we do like those things once in a while, like most folks. We are currently looking at ways to change our menu at home to cut down on carbs and increase protein. We have fruit and veg at each meal. Thanks so much for your response, I really appreciate it! Baby steps, lol

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9/25/13 4:27 P


What are you eating for your meals ? perhaps the reason you have the munchies so often is because you're not eating wholesome foods that nourish your body. Believe me, I remember my college diet. It wasn't eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each and every day. Like many college students, I ate burger, fries, canned soup, etc. So, if you're eating a lot of junk, it's no wonder you have the munchies. The more junk we eat, the more junk we crave. it's a vicious cycle.

What to do ? Try eating foods that are high in fiber as well as have a bit of protein. So, think a piece of whole wheat toast with some peanut butter. try hummus and some toasted pita wedges. you could try an apple with some peanut butter too. The point ? eating foods that are high in fiber will help keep you full. Eating foods that have some protein also help keep you full.

Try to avoid highly processed foods if possible. I know that's not easy on a college budget, but like I said... the more junk we eat, the more junk we crave. thus the reason to try to incorporate more healthy foods into your day. Also, FIBER helps keep our blood sugar levels stable. spiking blood sugar is another cause of cravings.

And some times hunger isn't really hunger. It may be thirst. so before you go get something to eat, trying having a couple of glasses of water. you may be thirsty, not hungry.

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9/25/13 4:13 P

Me too! and funny title. Although it's best not to eat and work at the same time (said the woman who ate lunch at her desk yet again), you might try some relatively low-cal things, like the celery. Other ideas: (for crunchy--'cause it's all about the crunch!)
light microwaved popcorn (measure the portion!)
homemade kale chips, which sound gross but are awesome and very good if you make yourself--so good!
crispy apple slices
freeze dried fruits that come in bags that total about 30 calories--they are surprising tasty

Good luck!

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9/25/13 4:07 P

A 12" stalk of celery has 10 calories.
Chop in cubes.
Sprinkle your favorite herbs or spice blend on it. (vary flavours)
1 snack per hour for 10 hours = 100 calories.
It will rehydate you a little.
Will give you a reason to get up hourly.

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9/25/13 4:00 P

That is really a good idea. Thanks :)

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9/25/13 3:58 P

If you're spending that much time in front of a computer, try setting an alarm to get you away from it for a bit. Every hour on the hour, get up and walk for 5 minutes. At the end of 8 hours, you will have walked a total of 40 minutes!

In the same way, set an alarm for meals and snacks. Get up, STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER and eat somewhere else.

Hope this helps!

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9/25/13 3:48 P

I spend 8-10 hours a day in front of a computer. I started college in August and am taking a full load. I want to freaking eat! I am a major snacker. I have been good so far, but all I want to do is pop food in my mouth while I work. Gum doesn't satisfy. Help??

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