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Morning munchies

Monday, February 25, 2013

Gah, I thought I'd never get through the morning. I had a lot of reading to do to prepare for my class lectures, and when I am tied to my desk, it's a TRIGGER for me to eat. I know I'm really craving distraction, not food, yet it is very hard to resist.

Today I decided to eat about 8 carrot slices (I love the ones that come prepackaged - maybe it's silly to buy them instead of making them myself, but they are great grabbables for snacks.), a two-saltine pack of crackers saved from a soup lunch last week, and then I put a teaspoon of sugar in my tea. That seemed to cut the craving and I managed to get through until my 11 o'clock class.

This is a trigger situation that I've talked about before. The other form it comes in is when I'm grading. Again, I'm craving distraction. This morning worked okay because I substituted low-calorie food for higher. But I really need to get away from a food answer for the problem.

Sometimes I get up and take a walk. Or if I'm home, I'll do a little cleaning job. It can work to get a glass of water or cup of hot tea. Sometimes I'll check email or a news site, but I have to watch that because I can get TOO distracted and waste time. But none of that really satisfies my habitual urge to snack while desk-bound. I have to keep working on it.

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    I'm so similar - grading makes me want a break, and somehow, I think it is fair to take a break to eat, so...

    I like your ideas, and I'm working on it too. I just brewed a mini pot of herbal coffee to try to switch off my mid grading munchies!
    1909 days ago
    I have the same issue after sitting at my desk for too long and always have easy snacks in my desk drawer (fruit, Kashi granola bars, etc) or in the fridge at work. I try to drink water throughout the day but sometimes I really need something to chew on and I try to have healthy snacks handy so I don't go searching around for candy.
    1909 days ago
  • HEAT7918
    I love pre-sliced apples and little snack packs of carrots - I know it costs more but it's worth it for me!
    1910 days ago
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