Doug, I'm with you on the crackers. The only way I am safe is to portion separately, and put the rest away. Otherwise it gets out of hand pretty quickly. But if I go too low cal, my soda cravings become really strong, and that is my hardest battle right now.
I'm doing a carb avoidance thing. Not a strict low carb diet, but simply not relying on carbs for any big part of the intake. Means avoiding meals based on rice or pasta or bread or potatoes. Cheese for snacks, sometimes on pepperoni slices instead of crackers. Nuts (low carb and high fiber), leafy vegetables, salads, any kind of meat. For me it keeps the appetite swings low. If I grab a box of Triscuits I eat a bunch. One just follows another. Like Lay's potato chips (Bet you can't eat just one.) If I snack on cheese, an ounce or two is plenty to let me get back to other things. Just works, pretty well, for me.
I will generally get my carbs through oatmeal, whole wheat crackers with a little cheese or peanut butter, or brown rice or whole wheat pasta. I try to get myself eating fruit, but for some reason it doesn't really enter into my eating patterns very well. It isn't a dislike, but more of an apathy.
10/5/12 3:53 P
@Eric, thanks man. I also took your advice and started eating greek yogurt with peanut butter, and man does that fill me up and helps to quell those late night cravings. OP, I hope your reading this!
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4,114 10/5/12 3:09 P
Good observation. Certainly figure out what works for you. When I eat breakfast, I tend to consume more, sometimes much more throughout the day. Takes good tracking, some observation and time to get this honed in. Sounds like you did it.
Grapes are good. Cookies not so much of a problem (not really my stuff) as crackers which I can eat endlessly. I do better snacking on cheese, peanuts, and, particularly, almonds.
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1,537 10/5/12 10:39 A
Way to go, Amy!
I've done the same thing- it took a while, and I do have some candy/cookies/cake/ice cream on occasion, but staying away from that stuff has really helped me. I do like fruits, etc., as a healthy dessert substitute for the processed stuff.
10/5/12 10:23 A
If I could just be satisfied with a couple of cookies I'd be good to go, but I have to go and eat the whole dang pack of the stupid things. I've been cutting out bad carbs and I have really really lost my cravings for junk.
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1,537 10/5/12 9:54 A
Get your carbs via vegetables and fruits.
I'm a regular pasta eater, as well, but man, I try to avoid the cookies and cakes plates like crazy. i don't like them enough to waste my eating on them. I'd much rather have grapes, etc., as a snack than a plate of cookies.
So yesterday I was craving soda far beyond my normal cravings, and I could not figure out why for the life of me. Then, at the end of the night, driving to my girlfriends house listening to the O's lose, I was craving sweets more than I have in a long time. I didn't think much of it at first, but then when I looked at my nutritional splits for the day, it all became clear to me. I had skipped breakfast, and not really had a ton of carbohydrates with lunch or dinner. I was at about half of my minimum recommended carbs. I had burned a lot of energy and glycogen, but had nothing to replace it with. Luckily i had some spare calories waiting to be used, so I made some cookies to pump some carbs into my diet (not the best way I know, but I wasn't at my house at that point.)
So the lesson for me: eat breakfast, and if you have a particularly difficult day with your avoiding problem foods, look at the tracker and figure out why. U
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