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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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    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!
    1597 days ago
    One step at a time. you will do it.
    1600 days ago
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    1601 days ago
    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!!
    1601 days ago
    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.

    1601 days ago
    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!
    1601 days ago
    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
    1601 days ago
    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

    1601 days ago
    Mind over matter! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1601 days ago
    Yes a good distraction will work. We can do it !!
    1601 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:
    1601 days ago
    Distraction . . . . that's the ticket.
    1601 days ago
    Once I weaned myself off of artificial food ingredients and started eating real whole food, meat, veggies and fruits this feeling subsided
    1601 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
    1601 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
    1601 days ago
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