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Trouble with food...

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Really having a difficult time with wanting to eat too much- Primarily when I have gone out to eat. I try to balance healthy eating with something I really want. As I am reading this I realized that fatty food like something fried is another trigger for me that sets off cravings for something sweet and rich as well.
Last night I had fried fish- which was the treat with healthy sides. I ate it slowly to enjoy it but later that night I was craving chocolate and salty stuff. I gave in with lowfat /low sugar pudding and special K crackers but it was too much with all the calories from the fish. Last week the same thing happened when I ate grilled cheese at Friendlys.
I am realizing that it takes almost nothing to get those cravings active again.
Sometime this weekend we are supposed to go out to breakfast with my brother and niece before they leave for Alaska. The place we are going is famous around here for yummy homemade diner type food. Any suggestions for what to eat? I will try to go heavy on protein with no homefries and ask for my toast dry? I"d really rather not go at all.... emoticon
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    The first key to success is understanding where your weak points and struggles are. You have found them! That's a plus! Stay away from that greasy fried stuff whenever possible. Unless you are eating alone, try to focus on enjoying the company you are with as much if not more than the food. And I agree with everyone else. Eat light the other two meals. But plan, plan, plan. Eating an apple before you go out has always been good too. Its really filling and satisfying, and you're not likely to go crazy looking at the menu. Try not to think about depriving yourself of things that you love but changing your lifestyle to eating things that are healthy to improve your life. I find that attitude is a big key. I realize by now you have probably already had that breakfast and I can't wait to hear how it went. But think ahead about making choices like ham instead of bacon or sausage or even asking if they have a turkey option. At a diner style restaurant they probably don't, but a lot of major chains do. Ordering your toast dry is not a crime. I have always ordered mine dry. I actually prefer it that way. You taste the toast and not the butter.
    I hope things are going okay for you. Mom still in the hospital or do you have her home now? I know that was making things really tough.
    Hang in there! You are going to be victorious! I believe in you 100%

    1900 days ago
  • JOANIE69
    You already have received some great advice, so my 2 cents worth will just be to agree with them.
    I too would limit my other 2 meals, say a boiled egg and fruit for bkfst.,
    Before going out, I would have some baby carrots (I find these very satisfying as is, and they are low in calories) - or other veggie .
    Also be sure to have water with the restaurant meal...maybe one glass before and one during.
    Then I'd round out my planning strategies with a nice cup or 2 (hardly any calories) of Knox chicken broth for the remaining meal of the day...yummy and satisfying. If you didn't eat too much on the meal out, you could even have a small apple or other fruit.
    {When I am craving something around bedtime I find that 2 wedges of Laughing Cow (low-fat & low calorie) cheese fills the bill.}

    Most of all I hope you enjoy this meal out with your family, and you could also 'up the exercise' the day before and after! Blessings, Joanie
    1902 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/9/2013 1:48:55 PM
    If only you could be low carb! You could enjoy some eggs and bacon but not toast or potatoes or grits. Also you could drink water with your meal and no juice. Black coffee is good for aiding metabolism, at least I read that once upon a time. Maybe there is a fruit plate you could eat to get in freggies.
    1902 days ago
    Plan the whole day around your meals and eat light for the other 2 meals and enjoy the time out. Just keep Sparkin'!!!
    1902 days ago
    I've noticed that I'm the exact same way. Except with me, any treat food will trigger me. If I have even one piece of chocolate, I will start eating a ton of bad food after that. One slice of pizza will do the same thing. So now I just try to avoid them.
    1902 days ago
    Its so hard sometimes! I'm the same way. I eat one wrong thing and I'm craving more, and my will power is the worst when its like that. So you are not alone. You are human and we have our good days and our bad days. And its good you are here, blogging, not giving up.

    As for going out to breakfast, maybe call ahead and ask if they have waffles with an alternative topping like yogurt, or some other low cal option that sounds good. Make a plan, even if its your one over the top treat for the week, stick to it, and choose to have a nice time. You deserve it!!

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    1902 days ago
    It's a struggle. I fight the same thing. But you can do it! Prepare before you go out..don't go hungry, See if the restaurant has their menu on line, do they have a Nutrition site, can you figure out the healthiest thing you want? Then plan the rest of your day around it.

    We go out to a famous Pancake place about every other month, we meet friends there. I know I'm going to eat 1/2 of my daily 1500 calories, that I don't want to go over. Never hungry at Lunch, so I'll have a light yogurt, or a cup of broth, and then plan a Salad or an all veggie dinner for that night. I do the same thing when we go out to light the whole day.

    Just PLAN ! Failing to PLAN, is planning to FAIL! emoticon

    1902 days ago
    Don't go hungry! That's how I cope with eating out. It's help me make better choices. Plus, I order first, before others do, so I won't be tempted by what they are ordering. Hope this helps. emoticon
    1902 days ago
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