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Postponing eating in the sense that we don't eat at unplanned times and we postpone eating until it is the right time if we aren't hungry. It helps when avoiding eating when we aren't hungry and just want to eat. It helps when we are at a function that serves food I don't usually eat and that are calorie dense and not to nutritious.




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In my Spark mail today I said it was a scale from 1-5; I was wrong! It's a three-point scale (well, four if you count the zero!)

0 - not hungry
-1 - a little hungry
-2 - very hungry
-3 - starved, way too hungry (that's where binges can start! )

I got to -2 today at lunch-time, because I was out collecting veg from the market garden. It was 2.30pm before I got my lunch. BUT - I had it more-or-less ready-to-eat, all planned out and easy to assemble. I really enjoyed it!

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Days 21-30 ~ Conscious Eating

21. Eat with awareness u.nu/g8zr
22. Multitask with Food u.nu/rvmh
23. Savoring! u.nu/bhm7
24. Eat for Satisfaction u.nu/qys7
25. Smaller amounts, less often bit.ly/2r761yL
26. When food disappoints bit.ly/2RfDa71
27. Eat dessert when it's special u.nu/1eb5
28. Eat because it's there! u.nu/dkbe
29. Handheld foods u.nu/d5et

30. Postpone eating u.nu/rqc8
Linda says, "The longer I wait, the more the food loses its power and appeal"
Postpone cravings till desire goes away or practice distraction techniques:
walk, clean, read...Consistency Counts!
emoticon Drinking lemon water to avoid satisfying a craving.
~ ~ ~ Progress : Mineral or plain water to prevent evening eating or in my car
emoticon Processed foods - I will feel powerless
vs emoticon Healthy foods - I will feel strong
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For the last month, since 23rd May I have been using a 10 hour eating window which has made me postpone eating before 8.30am and after 6.30pm. This postponement has made me more accountable to make better choices, however I haven't always eaten the best foods during the 10 hours. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Ha! Ha! emoticon LOL!! I needed this and Nothing like humor to keep putting one foot in front of the other. emoticon emoticon Maribeth!


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Day 30 Postpone eating (after exercise)
So excited our Y is open! swimming, strength training, cardio emoticon
It's been 4 months! I forgot how exercise makes me "think" I'm hungry. Could be endorphins but I want to postpone eating till it's time for my main meal of the day. Celery and carrots helped in the past and drinking plenty of water.
Checked out emoticon "Delay, Don't Deny" by Gen Stephens u.nu/85-ve
Here is a short review from Amazon:
"If you already make good food choices and eat appropriate quantities, add intermittent fasting using one of a handful of possible schemes to reap several health benefits and weight loss/control. [e.g., 16/8, 5:2, 1 meal] Don't cheat while fasting (clean fast), and otherwise eat your normal healthy variety of foods when in your eating window. Rinse, repeat. The end."

Strong Nation is a great class:
- - total-body workout with synchronized music.
Usually I'm a clock watcher but the music kept me motivated.
Definitely worked every muscle!
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Great posts and a great technique that I need to continue working on. It's important for me to focus on slowing down, savoring and enjoying my food more.

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DAY #30 POSTPONE EATING

Easier said than done many times! I have sat with snacks/handheld foods right in front of me, resisted, and been absolutely miserable. If bread, chips, or other tempting snack foods are within my reach I have learned to ask them to be moved somewhere that I can't get to them easily.

Like Gill mentioned in her email "I simply cannot stop at one - but I CAN stop at none! ". Isn't that a strange phenomena that we can resist and resist, but once we give ourselves permission and dig in it becomes impossible to stop so many times. Makes you wonder what in the heck our brains are doing to us.

I find the idea of postponing appealing this time. It doesn't mean that I can't ever have any, just that I have to wait - for dinner to arrive for example - and then putting a bit on my plate instead of emptying the basket with that mindless hand-to-mouth syndrome.

Not deprivation. Just a little postponement.





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Day 30 - Postpone eating

This is a powerful strategy for me. With the Beck guidelines of postponing because I have the food for the day planned and I know I am eating nutritiously and will not be postponing forever, just waiting for the right timing.

So yesterday, the nanaimo bars were the last straw on the camel's back, I guess, and I already know a powerful kryptonite for me. The family wanted nanaimo bars, DIL wanted to make them with me, up until now with all the baking and junk snack food around, I had been holding the line, yesterday, 7 nanaimo bars. There is one left that no one is eating. If no one eats it by Saturday night, I will, but I expect it will be gone by then. Postponing my eating :)



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- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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Postponing, delaying, eating more slowly - difficult lesson for me. I was a fast eater. I didn't realize just how fast I ate until I concentrated on actually enjoying my meals, snacks, etc. The 'fast' started when I had small children. The problem with fast eating, not postponing or delaying is that I ate more and didn't realize it - much less enjoy it. So while this was a difficult lesson for me it was/is also an excellent lesson for me.

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Day 30, 100 days Postpone eating

I have postponed eating several times today and cut my apple into quarters and planned to eat it slowly, which I did so it lasted three hours and it was enjoyed.

This is always much harder at my pals house but I avoided the crisps while I was watching the football last night and very happy with that.

When they came to us 2 weeks ago I counted the nuts and crisps, hand held snacks and put off starting eating them as long as possible. emoticon emoticon

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~ watch for places where you can postpone eating. Hold off as long as possible, especially with snack foods or sweets.

~ record each of the foods you postponed and then note how much you ate compared to your usual amount.

~ notice whether by postponing eating, you're able to skip some foods entirely.

I do this without thinking, I think. :)
I have breakfast coffee around 7:30 - 8:30 and then don't have anything until lunchtime sometimes I'm hungry before lunch, but I wait, then today, no snacks available so no eating until I get home for supper. When I have snacks at work, I really don't do bad with them, and it's usually pistachios between 3:00 & 4:00.

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Day #30 Postpone Eating

This lesson has become more a part of my life, less tasting as I cook and fewer snacks. This entire section of the book on conscious eating has become an important part of my day.

Recently at hubbyís surprise birthday party I spent most of the evening walking around with a bottle of water in my hand. There were so many people that nobody noticed I didnít eat the cake! Nor the cupcakes or cookies! I did have a very good meal first though.

This week I changed what I was going to order at a restaurant based on the calorie content posted on the menu. I am grateful for that and actually ordered the basic item but without the extras that were in the picture that looked so inviting!



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Before SP and the 100 DWL I could not safely go out to eat. We go to the same few restaurants and I have a plan for each one that I stick to. It is helpful now that restaurants list calories when we go somewhere new. I take my time with the menu and usually I am successful. It is harder with friends but can be done because with continued practiced I have learned to postpone or find other alternatives when eating out such as "not my food".

Sometimes when I feel it is safe, I allow myself a few measured, savored chips or a reasonable chunk of bread (with a dab of real butter), drink my water and usually do fine. In a nutshell, it's the planning and follow through that makes going out to eat possible.

At home is where I still lack the most discipline. I still slip up but overall with continued practice, the better I do at postponing/regulating, the easier my maintenance/weight loss.
This is a real motivator for me to get right back on track when I fall short. With my addictive trigger foods, it is best to "don't even start" or don't even buy because I find that I can not safely postpone eating them at home.


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Great posts!

By using these tricks I discovered that, like Janet, people really don't notice what I'm eating or not eating. Or if they do notice, it's only fleeting.

I'm social situations I now enjoy using this postpone eating thing as a bit of fun!

I'm not so good on my own at home, but getting better.

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Day 30 - Postpone Eating

Another excellent strategy. Also a good strategy to use with food pushers. Later and then sometimes not at all,

Strategies to manage eating food more slowly and mindfully

- eat mindfully, with awareness, savour, eat slowly, smaller amounts, don't keep eating if the food disappoints you, don't eat just because the food is there, be cautious and eat handheld foods extra slowly, postpone of forgo

lots of strategies for how to handle being with food.

Edited by: JUNEPA at: 9/14/2019 (00:28)
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- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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Day #30 100 days Postpone eating
I find this to be a good lesson for me. By postponing I seem to get involved in a project and the desire for the food is forgotten. Also by chance DH will eat the temptation.

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Day 30, 100 days Postpone eating

I have Postponed eating several times today and planned to eat a low fat bag of crisps I really like but have decided I have eaten enough today so maybe will postpone it till tomorrow so long as my boy doesn't eat it first. emoticon

Much harder at my pals house but I have to keep trying to do this.

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DAY #30 POSTPONE EATING

Yes, indeed, Babs! We do have our Holiday challenges coming up. We have 38 days until Halloween so lets stay strong for now so we can relax a bit and enjoy some indulgences later.

I remember the time I last tried this experiment. I waited and abstained until the last 10 minutes of a party we attended that was buffet style. In that last 10 minutes I was surprised at how much I could eat - well not really surprised emoticon

Reading our lesson this time I had a emoticon moment as to why is it so hard to stop eating snack foods once I have started -

The answer to the "munch-a-bunch" snack attack of junk food is that IT'S A TRICK! Linda tells us that both the texture and the taste trick our mouths into wanting more.

I don't have an opportunity to try this with food this weekend, but I can Postpone Drinking. Our family is gathering to celebrate my dad's birthday. We will be playing a round or two of Yatzee and having a few beers/drinks. Then we will have pizza, cake, and ice cream. I will postpone having any alcohol.

Also, when additional food options or seconds/refills are offered at restaurants, I have frequently thought that I should just say "Let me think about it a while please", but I never follow through on that thought. This lesson will help me do that.

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I agree. The topic is a great concept. With holidays in the near future, it's also very important. There's a 'candy' holiday next month. The following month is full of carbs and sweets, as well as the month after that. We're approaching a very difficult time of year for me.



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Day 30 - Postpone Eating - I love this concept. These 2 words are great advice. I'm really happy that I don't have any social opportunities on the horizon to put this into practice.

I can see doing this at restaurants with the bread basket, book club with the snacks, anywhere with appetizers or party foods.

Every week our Sunday School class has snacks. So far, I've been able to avoid them. No one notices whether I'm eating them or not.

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Day 30, 100 days Postpone eating

I can postpone eating when I want to but certain foods can be more challenging! Sweets especially! The other year I did give up chocolate for lent so I can postpone my eating big style.

I have not been to a party/buffet for ages but I am happy to wait for the remaining salad!

I do need to practise the postponing things more at my friends house though. emoticon

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Postpone eating

So much good here!
Phyllis, you are right, less tasting when I cook too. Also way less snacking than a few years ago.

Gil, I like the idea of eating something healthy ahead of time and sometimes I can even resist those trays of goodies if I know I have planned a healthy meal that I really enjoy for later.

Also that two bite rule. Sometimes when I succumb to those party trays...one bite is more than enough.

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"Many of those trays don't look so great by that time."

So true! Usually they are sad trays with abandoned garnishes - we can eat the parsley and cress!
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There will be some opportunities coming up soon for me to practice postponing eating the offerings of many snacks and treats.

The foods I'm most likely to postpone are the salty crunchy ones such as chips, crackers, cheeses. The veggies are fair game - just not dipped in the dips sometimes served with them that are loaded with fat.

I can see getting to the end of the party and just passing on some of the treats I postponed. Many of those trays don't look so great by that time.

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Since I'm not good at denying myself, this is a great lesson for me. I might want it and be tempted to have whatever it is (nuts, candy, pie, etc.) "right now." However, I can postpone eating it. That way I'm not denying myself. I'm 'allowing myself' something and it makes it easier for me to control the portion. It's a great lesson.

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I have a party coming up - it's two hours, and includes drinks, nibbles, music and 'festive cheer'. I am planning to have a drink and make it last, and not eat anything at all! I'll circulate. I'll have eaten before I go. As you say, Sue, I am not going to risk even starting 'nibbles'. An exception might be celery and hummus or cream cheese, and fresh fruit if those are options. Or a plate of salad to make it look like a lot.

I do not want to even start, or even eat at the end, anything like crackers, nuts, crisps, sweets, chocolates, pies sweet or savoury.

Do you know what? I might even make sure I have a healthy 'party' before I go! Celery, hummus, radishes, fresh fruit. And fill myself up!

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Day #30 Postpone Eating - Take 2

I easily envisioned myself in the social scene Linda described. It is a party and there will be lots of appetizers and snacks. I enter the room and I IMMEDIATELY scan it for the food! I do not notice anything else except for the food offerings. It is like a magnet that pulls at me! I can't wait to sample all of the offerings! And so it starts. One bite leads to another and then another.

The last time I did this lesson was over a year ago at a Halloween party. I postponed many of the yummy looking offerings until we were on our feet, our cooler packed, and heading to the door to leave. DH stopped along the way to talk to someone and I headed to the food table. I remember being disgusted with myself later. I can shovel a lot of snack food and bite-sized appetizers in within just a few minutes. Today I see that this approach, even though I felt like I consumed a lot, saved me from consuming even more if I had been snacking all night long.

It is sooooo hard to stop once I start. It reminds me of smoking. I have a component of A.D.D. running though my gene pool. The more choices available the more overwhelmed I get until I just plain give into them all!. I am better off to not even start. I can state for a fact that, after all of 20+ years, if I was to smoke a cigarette now it would be the beginning of the end for me. The cigarette and that associated behavior is that addictive for me. I have recently been thinking about the addiction of food.

I head fights the thought of completely having to give up some foods. However, I could do a better job of postponing eating by staying mindful. I have been known to push those baskets of tortilla chips or bowls of nuts to the other end of the table and out of my reach. When dining out I refuse the bread basket offerings.

I can work at being more consistent in postponing my snacking by remembering:

ONCE YOU START YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO STOP. DO YOU REALLY WANT TO RISK THAT?!

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Day #30 Postpone Eating

This lesson has become more a part of my life, less tasting as I cook and fewer snacks when it is close to meal time. This entire section of the book on conscious eating is has become an important part of every day.
emoticon And now we are back to the Christmas season with so many places to go.
Remember the two-bite rule. The first two bites taste the best. If those arenít good, don't eat the rest.
Remember to postpone eating when itís a drinks and appetizer party!
Remember to enjoy the friends more than worry about the food!


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Day 30 Postpone eating
Repeating healthy behaviors = green on dot calendar
water, veggies, track, ST, walking outdoors, meditation & rejuvenating sleep.
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Dot Calendar data:18 months (550 days)
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1) Red-25; Yellow-25; Green-50% Get more green days in 2019!
2) Day with most Green-M; Yellows-F; Reds- Sat.
Mondays are green, I stick to my plan. Relaxing healthy behaviors by Friday.
Focus on weekends and evening eating.
Watch-out! emoticon Beware of impulse buys & eating unplanned food.

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100 Days Challenge, Day 30 Postpone eating

Todayís assignment

1. Watch for places where you can postpone eating. Hold off as long as possible, especially with snack foods or sweets. Make a list of times or places where you can use this concept.

Since I use my nutritional planner the night before and have daily planned meals and snacks, there's not a lot of need to postpone consuming them unless I'm having what I call an "extra hungry" day. Then I will do journaling, doing a jig saw puzzle, writing a friend, etc. to postpone having them. Sometimes I can "almost" forget to eat them.

2. Record each of the foods you postponed, and then note how much you ate compared to your usual amount.

Today I had three dates as a planned snack. I ate one very slowly, sipped some water afterwards and still have the other two to have later when my true physical hunger returns.

3. Notice whether by postponing eating, youíre able to skip some foods entirely. Write notes about how youíre planning to use this concept.

I found that using this concept helps me be more mindful when I actually start to consume the food. Eating with full awareness is a big factor in slowing down my tendency to 'speed eat'.

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Well done, Cat!

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I used a variation of this skill last night. We were keeping the g-kids and when supper time rolled around we feed all three of them and enjoyed watching them enjoy their food.

Then we ate while they played!
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Well, yesterday I said the retirement party was today. Itís actually tomorrow ... Iíll be ready to try both techniques...



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Love all the ideas and experience everyone has shared! The thing I'm taking away from this for myself to put into practice (as we eat Mexican quite a bit of the time we eat out) is to not even take the first bite of those darn chips in the basket before the food is served. I think it's a great idea to allow myself to have some, but to wait until the food has arrived to take the first bite.

Now, can I do it with the bread at the Italian restaurant? I'm sure going to try!



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Wonderful ideas. This is definitely not the easiest thing to do, and I totally agree with most of you. It's harder at home.

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That's a great example of 'damage limitation', Maria!
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A lot going on here but I am following along and reinforcing good habits from these valuable lessons and all of your great insights.

With continued practiced I have learned to postpone or find alternatives when eating out such as getting pickled carrots to snack on while DH eats chips. I do not do well with continual deprivation but I now tell myself that "tortilla chips are greasy, unhealthy and are "not my food" Most of the time I do not miss them. When I do miss them or something else, I work to allow myself a few measured, savored chips or a reasonable chunk of bread (with a dab of real butter), drink my water and usually do fine.

At home is where I still lack the most discipline. I am doing better postponing/regulating some snack things that are not my favorites. With trigger foods, I still find it is best to "don't even start" or don't even buy.

Last night I slipped up on a very rich, fabulous treat. emoticon Good news is that from skills and info shared here and SP, I deliberately bought a small portion, already shared it with family and there is still some left.

Plan was for DH to finish it off and (It was/is frozen but micro waved beautifully) hopefully he will without my help. Back to "protecting my program" emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I loved Linda's example of the tortilla chips at the Mexican restaurant. I knew exactly what she was talking about. I have stared those chips down more times than I can remember and sometimes they have won!

I specifically remember a Halloween party we were at a couple years ago when I tried this assignment. I managed to wait until it was almost time to leave. My gosh it was a struggle to have to eye all of those appetizers, dips, and goodies all night! I chose 3 that I thought would do the "least damage". Then I started to sample. Leaving the party took longer than I had anticipated (why do we wait until the very end to talk to someone we had all night to talk to!). I ended up sampling and sampling and sampling! Once I started I couldn't seem to stop!

I have 3 potential times this week where I might be able to do this assignment. I am hoping that I will be better at resisting. I am anticipating that I will be better because I only have to worry about myself without my DH influence. One is at my weekly Bible Study where there is always treats. Another is at a lunch with my friend. The Third is going to be next Sunday when I meet a group of gals for dinner & concert. I will report back later on how I did.


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Postpone eating! I know I can do it......when I have an appointment or have to be out of the house, I can go for hours and not think about food. But if I am home, I am hungry. I know itís a mind thing, because when I spend time with a friend of mine I immediately think about what I am going to eat. Mind over matter.....I can do this!

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Day #30 Postpone Eating
This is sometimes harder for me now that Iím retired because itís kind of like living in the weekends. Life is relaxed and no real schedules to worry about.

Donít get me wrong, I love being retired but sometimes I do need to set myself a more scheduled day.
Thank heavens for challenges and reminders here!


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Day 30, this is easy for me during the week but hard on the weekends when I spend time with my daughter and frequently go out to eat. Or we are at her house and she has snacks. I keep problem food out of my house. I have done this at work though when there are donuts. I will hold off and then someone will take the donut I was eyeing, which is perfect!

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This is a challenge for me now that I am retired. I go to a lot of social events where there is a buffet of snacks/desserts available to eat (I go play games 2-4 times a week, plus there are parties here and there.) I make sure I have a meal before I go play Mah Jongg or cards in the evenings. I havenít ever postponed eating till the end of the event and not sure I would, but I do see what I would like to eat that is healthy and take a small plate of that after a couple games when people at my table go to get something to eat. I can always have some fruit and a few nuts, sometimes there are raw veggies with dip or hummus (I try to bring that!) I have been staying away from sweets - there are always plenty of cookies, cakes and candy there to tempt me, but I have been good with avoiding that lately (only eat dessert when itís special!) At restaurants I rarely have any bread, but staying away from tortilla chips and salsa is more difficult. I like the idea of delaying eating them by waiting till the meal comes and putting a few on my plate. I am thankful that we donít eat out as often as we used to!

At home, the hardest time for me is mid-afternoon or later in the evening, when I am resting and feel like snacking. A way to postpone eating is to drink a glass of water first or get busy doing something more active than sitting on the sofa.

I will definitely try to be more aware of this lesson of postponing eating - I think itís a really great one!

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Day 30 Postpone eating

Food addicts donít want to give up their binge foods; they just want to avoid the consequences of eating.

Change the way you manage snack foods and desserts, decide that you will postpone eating them and minimize the amount. Tell yourself you can always have some of the food, but that youíll wait a while before taking the first taste. Sometimes youíll wait 10 minutes; other times you might hold off for a couple of hours. Watch for times or places where you can use this concept.

There are foods and places I do not eat. "You can't eat just one." thatís me! Once I start eating one I do not stop. Some foods are a total NO! I am all or nothing with chips, crackers, desserts and appetizers, my abstinence foods.

Place I do not eat - movies, parties, when playing cards.

Tell yourself you can always have some of the food, but that you'll wait awhile before taking the first taste. Sometimes you'll wait 10 minutes or longer. This would be like torture for me.

This weekend we are going to a big annual party with huge amounts of appetizers. It is like returning to the scene of the crime. 2 years ago I went crazy eating non-stop, going from one appetizer to another, one dessert to another, candy, chocolates, etc. That is how I identified my abstinence foods - chips, crackers, desserts and appetizers. Last year I went to the party and ate nothing! This year I will not eat anything!

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I still look over the foods and snacks. I don't eat anything!

I know how addicted I am to all these foods . I would quickly lose control and embarrass myself gorging on the food.

I only eat at meal time and I already had a meal so I am not hungry and do not need food.

Watching TV think of a snack try postponing until later. I did not eat snacks while watching TV till I recently started eating baking chips. Yes a measured amount but still calories I do not need.

Minimize the amount - This system will also help you pace yourself at restaurants. Just postpone eating the foods that arrive early, instead of reaching into the chip.

At a Mexican restaurant I do not eat the tortilla chips and will tell the server not to bring them till the meal is delivered so hubby can have some chips. However when they are on the table I do not eat them, and they no longer tempt me much.

I skip some foods entirely.

In hindsight when my weight went up this year, it could have been worse. I am glad I do not eat chips and crackers even though I started back eating dessert and appetizers. But straightened out now.

I just read my blog from last year the day after this big party and can see I was motivated and happy! Reminder my red light foods that get me crazy - appetizers, desserts, chips, crackers.

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Delay eating.

I have used this numerous time ... on myself and others.

I wait to eat until everyone else has served themselves.

I wait to eat until I can sit still and totally enjoy what I served myself.

I tells others that I will eat later or eat a certain item later.

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Cheri, I think when you've already measured your meal out, there's a part of our brain which tells us we 'need' to eat it all - and a fear that if you don't, you might be hungry later. What do you think?

Postpone eating - The end of the work day is one of my triggers, and because I know that, I also know that what I feel is 'false' hunger. I have a bottle of water in my bag, a book to read - it usually works. This is a kind of planned postponement - I've decided I will not snack/eat after work, but will wait for my dinner!

Protect your program (Day 6) - Last night at evening class, someone brought in a container of chocolates. Her house guest had given them a big box of chocolates, so she'd brought some in to share (aka 'get rid of them by getting someone else to eat them!). I didn't say 'throw them away' - but I was able to just say 'no, thank you' whilst everyone else munched them and said how they shouldn't!

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Yes, this time of year is the worst time for tempting nibbles. I like the idea of drinking coffee or water instead of nibbling. Good plan. Waiting for a while makes you be more mindful when you do choose something. You can portion control or use the two-bite rule (sparingly).

I am finding that since I started this, I am doing better about waiting. When I am at the end of my work day and I feel hungry, more times than not, I convince myself to wait, drink water, and don't get anything. I tell myself supper will be soon enough. Just in case I have a late meeting or something, I do keep measured snacks of nuts or a yogurt nearby.

Here is a confession - a slight fail, but I learned from it. Last night I had my supper measured out. I was going to be nicely at the low end of my calorie range for the day. I started eating slowly. Part way through the meal I started feeling full. I should have stopped instead of belonging to the "clean plate club." But it was measured and I was allowed the calories on my plate. I ate it all. But I felt over full when I was finished. I thought to myself, "why didn't you just quit?" Why continue eating when full? I bet I will make a different choice next time. I am not used to this kind of thing happening.

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Well, Brenda, you did it!! I read how you would be 'breaking your teeth' if you baked and froze the cookies. I got to chuckling and had tears running down my cheeks. Are we sisters?? Honestly what made me laugh so hard is that I have a bridge too. Could be costly! Thanks providing some laughter in my day.

Congratulations on those 80+ pounds gone, Aura. Wow!! That's awesome.

I haven't done any baking at all. My GD wants to bake. So I'm going to have to do some baking with her, but she wants to bake for gifts for teachers too.

I know I can do this!


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Day 30 - Postpone Eating

What a timely topic!
I'm with Maria! Postponing the Christmas baking and hopefully other treats until Christmas Eve. I will bake two batches of treats we love on the morning of Christmas Eve so that we will have them for our family celebration that night. Hopefully I can get people to take home the leftovers except for a small plate of treats for hubs.

There is absolutely NO WAY I can bake like I used to - then postpone eating the treats. NO WAY possible! I have friends who bake like crazy and freeze everything as soon as possible but I would be breaking my teeth on the frozen goodies.

The last couple of years though I hav found that I can postpone baking and allow treats just one or two days at Christmas and New Years.

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