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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

since joining spark people I have been really trying to sit back and observe my eating and food behaviors. I have come to realize that I eat on cue not from hunger. in fact I rarely give myself time to experience true physical hunger. grazing has become a habit for me. when I get my water I grab a snack granted it is a very small treat but it is off plan even if a single sugar free candy I eat when I watch tv or read a book ( reading is a passion for me)
I have started a plan to address this hunger that is associated with watching tv. I now have several puzzle books and some coloring books. while I am watching tv I will be utilizing them as they keep my hands full and my mind occupied. I also will work on my weekly menu and groc list during this time. I plan is to do this for one month and then evaluate how it is working and then I will move on to another area where my mind hunger gets in the way of weight loss.
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  • AGING_HIPPIE
    I find I am vulnerable to emotional eating when I disappoint myself in some way, and/or if I don't have well planned meals cooked up. Different solutions for these things--today, Saturday, I made some plans--but I didn't plan well and I didn't get in exercise, didn't check everything off the to-do list either and this made me vulnerable. To top it off, I had run out of prepared food or quick snacks (no cottage cheese, no more lentil soup). I ate some things without tracking them first to see where it would put me and I ate about 300-400 calories more than my usual without even eating anything obviously over the top. Just too many meals and not well considered. Thing is I can't always be perfect, but I shouldn't let disappointment lead me to make bad food choices because what will that lead to? More disappointment! And I have to watch out for when I'm running out of my good foods--I do have some "emergency" food, but I didn't think of it today. Planning my food for the day would have helped me notice this in advance--Being prepared helps me to not fall prey to emotional eating. Thanks MarParm for writing about this subject! Making a plan for how to meet certain stumbling places is definitely the right approach. I've just realized that during the work week, I don't have to plan as much (eat the same breakfast--pack my lunch and plan dinner while driving home)--I need to start planning the weekends!
    987 days ago
  • MCFITZ2
    One step at a time. you will do it.
    990 days ago
  • 123TERRY
    emoticon
    991 days ago
  • NIGHTSKYSTAR
    EXCELLENT blog. i realized the same thing when i started keto. i was eating whenever and wherever just because. i have for years watched my parents. they eat by the clock. 11 am? you MUST get lunch. RIGHT NOW. even if your daughter just baked bread and you had 3 thick buttered slices. ITS LUNCH TIME. same with breakfast and dinner. i dont generally eat dessert..when i visit them, they do. and it MUST be the second dinner is done. i'm full. i dont want more..but you HAVE to. the rest of the day is set aside for "recreational eating". seriously. and guess what? i was doing it too. now..i eat only when i'm hungry, and ONLY till i'm satisfied. and i knit when i'm watching tv. ONLY non caloric beverages allowed. and it works!
    Good for you for recognizing it!!
    991 days ago
  • MATKAZEIDKELE
    Good strategies!. I'm a knitter. Keeping my hands occupied with the yarn and patterns definitely helps keep me out of the refrigerator and cupboards.


    991 days ago
  • KIWIANN
    emoticon I need to keep my hands busy when I watch tv, too - for me it is usually knitting or crocheting that keeps my hands away from food!
    991 days ago
  • 1DAY-ATA-TIME
    boredom is my greatest foe when it come to emotional eating. If possible I get up and walk around to every room in the house. Most of the time the urge passes
    991 days ago
  • TAJONES57
    I too am a grazer! I have just started logging what I eat and that has helped me in making better eating choices. This sounds like a good plan! emoticon emoticon



    991 days ago
  • GOULDSGRANITE
    Mind over matter! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    991 days ago
  • SOPHIEDO13
    Yes a good distraction will work. We can do it !!
    991 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    I hear what you are saying. Breaking a habit is difficult and sometimes downright hard. You have taken a good first step. Sometimes our regular "habits" are not based on what they appear to be. You'll read about and see a good example of this in the blog. I was very surprised at the " root cause" of the habit given as an example. I wish you much success in overcoming and changing this habit. emoticon emoticon
    I wrote a very detailed blog about this not too long ago. Here is the link if you'd like to read it:
    http://www.sparkpeople.com/m
    ypage_public_journal_individual
    .asp?blog_id=6295487
    991 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Distraction . . . . that's the ticket.
    991 days ago
  • WHITEANGEL4
    Once I weaned myself off of artificial food ingredients and started eating real whole food, meat, veggies and fruits this feeling subsided
    991 days ago
  • JAYJP321
    Part 2 low-calorie cheese sticks veggies I'd English muffins ze ro calorie butter spray as you can see I like Savory Foods put it on your log before you eat it I find this helps me to make different choices before I eat it best of luck and keep it up
    991 days ago
  • JAYJP321
    I truly understand what you're talking about as I am also a grazer if you don't have it in the house you can't eat it things that make me successful are pre-packaged low calorie options like hundred calorie packs pretzels salsa is very low calories
    991 days ago
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