Fitness Minutes: (56,901)
224 8/29/12 8:16 P
I plan my meals and snacks the day before and try to stick to it! I also keep Tofu Shiritaki noodles and Laughing Cow cheese wedges on hand at all times. (I'll admit the noodles are a bit of an acquired taste, but I absolutely LOVE them now!!) One bag of noodles (40 cals) heated on the stove or microwave with one wedge of Laughing Cow Garlic and Herb cheese (35 cals) = a big bowl of noodley goodness for less than 100cals! I also add mushrooms, spinach, squash, or whatever I have on hand to bulk it up even more. It's wonderful when you just want to keep your mouth moving but don't want to commit to a full meal. You should also check out HungryGirl.com for snacking and small meal ideas. She has a ton of creative ideas. :)
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30 8/29/12 3:30 P
I drink a large glass of water and then try and find something else to do. Usually I try to find something motivating like reading blogs or message boards here on Spark. After about half an hour or so I find I don't have the craving for a snack anymore.
Fitness Minutes: (21,210)
552 8/29/12 3:07 P
I stay out of the kitchen I keep all chips put away I enter everything I eat in the tracker
Pour yourself a serving of the chips or whatever and put them out and allow yourself only that one serving - that way you're mindful about how much you've eaten.
Fitness Minutes: (63,497)
10,962 8/29/12 2:57 P
If I want to snack (and it is not time to snack or I have already eatten my three 100 calorie snacks a day), then I will drink some more water or maybe take my Isha dog for a walk. I have noticed that sometimes when I get my mind off of the snack than I don't want it anymore. I have read something that if you can distract yourself for 10 minutes from reaching for that snack it will pass. :)
I typically don't snack until the afternoon. But to keep myself from snacking on the wrong things, I drink alot of water, tea, whatever, to satisfy my need for flavor. I keep moving, keep my hands busy, keep food out of sight, stay out of the kitchen.
When I do snack, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, unless you are snacking on not the most healthy foods, then I usually try to have a granola bar or kashi bar, fruit, cheese, some cut up veggies, a peice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter--basically anything with a bit of protein or fiber to kind of help fill my stomach up, but nothing too big or too calorie heavy.
Remember, you can snack, but try to keep them a good, healthy mixture of fiber with a bit of protein, and you'll find that it will fill you up, along with water, and you won't need to snack as much...well, at least that works for me! :)
Fitness Minutes: (45)
11 8/29/12 11:46 A
I now come in to this website and earn Spark points! It keeps me busy and distracts my mind away from thinking about food!
That makes me happy!
Fitness Minutes: (16,977)
1,138 8/29/12 11:29 A
I too have a hard time with snacking - I am looking for recipes of snacks that I can use that are VERY low in calorie but still satisfy my needs. I tend to really snack at night before going to bed, last night I drank extra water and had a sugar free popsicle. This worked very well.
In the winter I crochet - this keeps my hands busy as well as my mind - but in the summer it's just too hot.
Fitness Minutes: (89,241)
11,891 8/29/12 9:08 A
find a hobby that keeps you engaged. I never snack when I'm sewing. Also have regular snack breaks, I have one a couple hours after lunch and dinner. Because I have planned for these breaks in my daily cal count I don't seem to snack at other times.
I don't think snacking itself is a bad thing, I usually eat 6 meals a day and I call the ones in between the regular meals snacks. However, it sounds like you are just mindlessly grabbing food. When I have dealt with times like that I try to become really concious of what I'm doing and I tell myself to get some water and drink it all before grabbing food. I decide whether I'm bored or not and if I am I find something to do or tell myself to wait at least 10 minutes before getting something to eat in hopes the feeling will pass. If I actually am hungry I eat something like an apple and peanut butter. I just try to be mindful of what I'm eating and when.
Drinking water first before I snack helps with the cravings
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48 8/29/12 12:01 A
I take a nap or try to go to sleep early. SInce I just started Sparkpeople, I have been blogging to help me through =)
Fitness Minutes: (3,345)
262 8/28/12 11:52 P
take 3 deep breaths before eating anything. I usually find that helps me to quit emotional eating by calming me down or it gives me a few minutes to clear my mind and refocus on what I need to do instead. Also, drink water. sometimes you just need something to do with your mouth and ice water helps.
Fitness Minutes: (9,717)
263 8/28/12 11:44 P
drink ice cold water
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193 8/28/12 9:49 P
Fitness Minutes: (82)
3 8/28/12 9:46 P
I am having alot of trouble with...picking... I'll grab a nutrigrain bar or some crispy minis each time I walk through the kitchen! at times I am not even hungry.. perhaps just bored. What do you do to prevent this kind of mindless snacking? am I lost cause?
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