My case for small meals

Friday, October 05, 2012

So in the last couple of weeks I have changed my goals to include 6 meal times in a day instead of just 3 or 4 and it is working SO WELL.

I have been prone for years to overeating if I don't pay attention to what I am doing, especially when I'm bored. I tend to pick up something to eat, get through it and go back to root for more over and over again until I'm almost sick. I am happy to report that in the last couple of weeks I have been binge episode free and this is why. :]

I work full-time as an account manager so I have a lot of time to sit at my desk. I HAVE to have regular meal times to look forward to so that I don't get caught daydreaming about just running down to the store and getting some "snacks". I eat breakfast at work, usually yogurt (I've started adding flax for extra fiber)and some fruit. I eat 3 other times throughout my day (at 9:30, 12, and 2:30). This routine has made such a difference in my ability to stay on track! I have a set time for each little snack so I never feel ravenous but I am enjoying the feeling of just being pleasantly hungry (it's amazing what finally being able to rocognize this difference between hunger and the desire to eat to fill time or emotion or whatever will do for your ability to stick to your plan.)

This routine really helped this weekend. My husband was gone and I was home alone, I ate a pretty good size meal in the early afternoon and found myself REALLY wanting to snack after that even though I wasn't hungry. I set a goal for myself to keep that feeling at bay for at least 2 hours or until I knew I felt hungry again. I was watching the clock let me tell you but I got through the day without feeling incredibly down on myself for messing up.
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