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Snack Track

Thursday, March 10, 2016

And now, to chat about what I mentioned quickly on my I Matter team. I have realized that for some reason my snacking has gotten out of control. I've been doing great with exercise (until coming down with something last night), but when I weighed in yesterday, I had to do some thinking when I'd regained some weight rather than the loss I expected.

So, I stopped lying to myself and looked honestly at my past week. My "hunger," and I put it in quotation marks b/c it's not all stomach/body needs food hunger, has been crazy off the charts since the increase in exercise. But I've been using quick-grab foods to satisfy. And washing a veggie or fruit, cutting it, etc., isn't what I mean by quick (hangs head). No, I've been eating candy and cookies and chips. I haven't even been really enjoying much of it--just jamming it in so I can move on and get the next task done. I haven't been sleeping well, either, staying up late to play a game or read something.

Yesterday I put a blank sheet of paper on the fridge. On it, I'll write anything I eat (calories included) that isn't part of a meal. My goal is to keep that sheet as blank as possible. The more I see that blank page, the more I feel motivated to look for something healthier to snack on. Yes, I do still have to write down healthy snacks. My hope is that I'll SEE that I can enjoy more with healthy snacks than the junky ones. And notice how much better I feel overall, when I'm not putting so much heavy stuff in my body.

And it's pretty tough to mindlessly eat when I have to write it down. So...snacks yes, but they have to be written down so I can take a look at what I'm doing and make whatever changes I feel are necessary. And so I can be aware!
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    So... it has been a month... what colour is your paper? emoticon
    1867 days ago
    I noticed that when I'm on a good track, in general, I snack less. When I start to snack, it's harder to stop. So I try to keep the good track as long as possible.

    I found the following has an effect:
    1. Enough sleep - when I sleep enough, I snack less.
    2. Exercise - when I had done some exercise, I snack less.
    3. Thirst - when I drink the normal 8 cups a day, I snack less.

    When any of the above is missing... usually when I have cravings, I just realize that I didn't sleep enough, didn't move, or didn't drink...
    1915 days ago
    That's a great idea Lisa! It's amazing how much mindless eating can take place in a short amount of time. Logging always gets my attention.

    1918 days ago
    I have been struggling with this too. So I added a meal on my food tracker called Mindless Eating. It is for anything that wasn't listed on a food plan. You are right - the snack attacks don't seem to be anything healthy! I try to keep only healthy foods in the house, but that doesn't always work.

    I like the idea of the piece of paper on the fridge- to take this one step further- take the paper down after a week, and replace it with a new one. Give your self a reward for the blank ones!! And you have Started a SPARK STREAK- emoticon
    1923 days ago
    Excellent idea! So often we know exactly what we are doing wrong, yet we still don't take any steps to right it. Good for you for taking those steps. I'm betting your snack tracking is going to lead to a lot of benefits.
    1923 days ago
    What's the saying? Something along the lines of "if you bite it, you write it"? It sounds like a good plan to me! emoticon
    1923 days ago
    that is a great idea!
    1923 days ago
    Nice! I too have been noticing more mindless eating lately and wondering what to do to curb it back ... might borrow your ideas emoticon

    1923 days ago
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    Interesting plan
    1923 days ago
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