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Cutting out my snack time is extremely difficult!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

If anyone has any advice on how to completely cut out snacks, please let me know. I have been trying to substitute "unhealthy" snacks with only healthy ones the best I can...

I have been trying to snack less during this 5% weight loss challenge. Most of the time I make pretty good choices when I eat full meals. But... I do think sometimes I don't eat enough breakfast, lunch or dinner & it causes me to want to snack frequently during the day. I normally eat a snack around 10:30 - 11am am and also around 4pm. I have been trying to cut out the mid-morning snack to see if it makes a difference. Instead of having a snack, I just have some hot tea with no milk. I use half a packet of artificial sweetener even though I know it isn't good for me! Some days I am too busy to have tea, so I will skip it altogether.

It is SO hard for me to give up snack time! I have been having a snack in the morning for 2 years now! It was hard for me to give up having yogurt every day for breakfast, but I did adjust because I feel like the non-dairy diet is helping my stomach. However, that was a replacement and I didn't give up eating breakfast. I just altered what I ate. It is different for snacks because I think I want to have less of them? I do try to drink extra water when I get a craving for a snack.. but it doesn't always work. Maybe I need to increase my breakfast? or eat a piece of fruit around 11 instead of something like a granola bar? The afternoon snack is hard for me to give up too because sometimes I don't eat enough for lunch. I bring my lunch most days, but I don't really have a fridge to keep extra food in it. Sometimes I don't get home until 11:30pm and I don't really have time to prepare something special for lunch. Also, I get bored with having a banana, grapes, and apple every day. I don't really have the time right now to shop for other food or prepare some kind of special snack.

I really want my own place so I can stock the fridge with MY food. It would be so nice to be able to come home every night and have everything there for me. I could make better lunches and even start making better breakfasts. I saw a link for some steel oats breakfasts you can make the night before... but I don't have the time or space right now to buy all of the ingredients and put them together!

Even at night it is tough not snacking after 8pm. Sometimes my workout isn't over until 9:30pm and I have a protein bar after I do kickboxing. I won't eat after that though. Other nights I try to eat dinner late so I won't want to snack before bed. BUT when I don't snack around 4, it is so hard to not want to snack in between lunch time at 1 and a late dinner around 7:30!

I never thought I would be this worried about my eating. Ever since I lost weight, I get really grumpy when I don't eat "on time". My body yells at me and makes me moody when I don't get enough to eat and when I wait too long to eat. I really hope moving into my own place will help my eating schedule. The bad part is, I don't know when I am moving! I have to wait for my identity theft problem to be 100% cleared up before doing anything. I am still waiting for the updated credit reports to make sure the inquiries were deleted.

Life is crazy, and I am trying my best to go with the flow. It is tough to stay positive and just go for the ride when I am HUNGRY. Moody Kimmy comes out and it is pretty much impossible to deal with me when I get like that. I feel really bad about it, but I cannot help it! I try to pack protein bars with me anywhere I go to try and avoid the hunger from taking over. But sometimes I get stuck in situations where I have to wait until I can eat.

The other night I tried a new recipe. It was pretty tasty. It called for cheese, but I cut it out. This isn't my recipe. I wanted something different to make with all of the peppers I just picked from my plants. I didn't want them to freeze - it is getting cold now!

Unstuffed Peppers Casserole

1lb 99% fat free ground turkey
1 can undrained diced tomatoes (basil, oregano)
3 bell peppers roughly chopped
2 cups brown rice
Shredded Cheese
Non-stick Spray

I cooked the brown rice separately while lightly browning the turkey. I used some pepper and a little bit of salt on the turkey while it cooked. Next, I added the chopped peppers to the turkey and let them cook for a few minutes. Once the rice was done, I added it to the turkey/pepper mix. I added the canned tomatoes and covered. I put everything on low and cooked it for about 20 minutes stirring occasionally. You could add cheese and bake this in the oven for 25 minutes. Since I am not eating dairy, I didn't add any cheese & didn't use the oven.

Next time I want to chop up some garlic cloves and add them to the mixture while browning the turkey.

My 5K race is on Saturday. I feel ready & not ready at the same time! It has been so long since I did a race, and I want to see how I do! Usually after I race, I want to run more & more. Of course the cooler weather is coming in now and it is getting dark so early! Last night at dinner, I realized it was pitch black outside and it was only 6:40pm!!!

Hopefully everyone has a great rest of the week!

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    This has been a life long problem for me. There is a ton of fabulous advice here!!
    I find I do best when I have a snack before lunch and also before dinner. I always "try" to pair a protein with a fruit or veggie such as peanut butter/apple slices or my latest go to snack cottage cheese with chunky applesauce and a big sprinkling of cinnamon to help control blood sugar. I am working on doing a better job with my SP tracker of keeping portion control in mind.

    I keep almonds as my emergency snack in a baggie in my purse for when I forget snacks or when I get what I think of as "under caloried". . It's saved me many a time from a complete meltdown.

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    2753 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9543726
    I've spent my whole adult life trying to figure out how to cut down snacking. I got into the habit in college of a morning snack and it took over a decade to break it, and now the urge to snack again is coming back. I think the only reason I've gone this long (a few years) without a morning snack is because I now have two afternoon snacks! Sigh. And sometimes an evening snack, which is another bad habit I picked up in college... Back when I lived in France, there were no snacks. Breakfast, lunch, and then dinner 7 hours after lunch. And I was fine! I really wanted to keep that up when I got back to the states, but it didn't work.

    If you find tricks to eliminate snacking, def let us all know, lol.
    2753 days ago
  • AEROGIRL1594
    Good luck figuring out something that works for you in regards to your snacking. It's true, your body does get used to eating certain meals. When I was in high school I never ate breakfast because I didn't have the time, and I was perfectly fine but when I started college and was on a plan I started eating breakfast everyday and now when I am late eating it or don't have time to eat it my belly starts yelling at me. Good luck girl, and I hope the identity theft situation gets resolved soon! Take care!
    2753 days ago
    Yep. I agree with soulfish. Watching the macros, which is the protein carbs and fat would help. Especially with the protein. If you did a pea protein shake each day, it would help with snacking woe's. You could do a pea/rice hybrid or just pea protein. Its vegan and low cal.
    2753 days ago
    You know what I've just noticed, I don't know if this will work for you, but I really see the difference. I watch my nutrition tracker, and look to see each meal what I'm high or low in. Then the next meal I try to eat more of whatever I am low in, carbs/protien/fats. It seems to really, really work for me. Instead of being hungry and wondering, what does my body need? I can look at the tracker and see. Plus if you run the nutrition reports you can begin to see the breakdown per item/meal of what crucial elements are in balance, or not. Our bodies can be filled to the brim with calories and still be hungry, if we are not putting the right combinations in. Just like a plant without the right combo of light, soil and water. Anyway, you probably already do this. I was just amazed that when I snacked on whatever I was low in that day, I really feel a lot less hunger at night, or ever really. It can't just be I'm hungry, so I'll always eat fruit.........maybe your body needs carbs or protien in order to be balalnced. Hope that helps. If not I'm sure you'll find your balance, you've already had such wonderful success.
    2754 days ago
    There'd be no way I could give up my snacks. They keep me sane, keep me from getting too hungry, keep me eating healthy and keep me from binging sometimes. I eat fruit, veggies, a smoothie, or Greek yogurt for a snack. Portable, quick and easy. I'd say a cheese string, but you are trying to stay away from dairy. Therefor, yogurt would be out as well. Nuts? I don't find there to be enough for the calories, and can overeat them, so I have to be careful around them. Maybe you don't have that problem. Tomato on toast? a little tin of tuna? Those are all nearly or non-processed ideas. Protein at breakfast keeps me full for the most part until lunch.
    2754 days ago
  • KIMPY225
    Thanks for the comments. I do want to find healthier snacks. I do have 100 calories or less snacks - but they are all processed. It is tough for me to stick with fruit or veggies as snacks. So I am trying to cut out the need to HAVE to have a snack. I think I want to change what I am eating for breakfast and hopefully that will hold me over until lunch. I want to lose weight instead of maintain, and I think the snacking isn't helping - at least what I am eating for a snack isn't good enough!
    2754 days ago
    Why do you want to give up snacks? Personally, I am a firm believer in snacks to help keep blood sugars level throughout the day and not spike--and subsequently turn to fat. I actually switched my Spark nutrition tracker to the Diabetes tracker, which spreads your allotment of calories over 5 meals (3 meals + 2 snacks). I think it's much more useful to adhere to. I get way too hungry if I don't have at least one snack during the day! I think if you can simply transition to healthy alternatives, it's way better than trying to deny yourself. That's just me though and I know you have to do what's best for you!

    Good luck!

    PS: Your recipe looks great! My tummy's grumbling now!
    2754 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/24/2013 3:07:20 PM
    I find I have to snack, esp. when I can't control meal times. I have more trouble if I get too hungry. If I let myself get too hungry before a meal, I eat too fast and while I know I am going to over eat now when I eat too fast, I still tend not to stop myself until I have eaten a bit too much. So for me, especially when I can't control when the next meal is, I have to snack. Yes, I know part of my problem is saving calories for dinner, the one meal we all sit down and eat as a family.
    2754 days ago
    Agreed! I recently did a "revamp" on my meal time and snack times! I used to have a good breakfast - greek yogurt and fruit or oatmeal or a smart one quesadilla. Then we got into Naked juice. So i started with 2 glasses. Once at breakfast time and then one at "snack time". Then i started drinking my full 90 ounces between breakfast time and "snack time" and i've been satiated enough to wait for lunch, no need for the second glass. But it took a while to get there!

    So, maybe splitting your breakfast calories over the course of the morning might help you!

    Non-refrigerated snacks:
    rold gold whole wheat pretzles (i do 6 sticks, so it is 3/4 of a service but less calories) - that was a spark people find way back in the day when i let them set my nutrition plan
    I would individualize the whole bag when i get it home, so it's grab and go!

    Dang you are busy! Good luck with everything!!
    2754 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5198989
    It doesn't have to be fruit. How about veggies and hummus, cheese, pretzels, nuts?
    2754 days ago
    I really don't think you should give up snacking. 3 meals and at least 2 snacks a day is recommended by most health plans! Do you subscribe to the Healthy Girl E-mail newsletters? She always has great snack ideas and suggests protein snacks like nuts and cheese. Since you are not doing dary, have you tried soy cheese and other alternatives? I just read an article wehre people who eat almonds, even up to 250 calorie worth for snacks lost more weight than those who didn't! Sorry, don't recall the source. I jsut think giving up snacks altogether is going to result in a grumpy Kimmy and an unsatisfied tummy! Wishing you success on your race and your recipe sounds so yummy! Going to get the ingredients and make it this weekend!
    2754 days ago
    I snack far less than I used to, and when I do, it is something that is usually healthy. Maybe you are just getting too bored with your snacks? And I can't imagine going from lunch to a late dinner without a mid-afternoon snack. Like someone else said, you have a long day.

    That food looks delicious!
    2754 days ago
    Make sure you're getting pleanty of protein and fiber.
    Stay within your calorie ranges, and don't worry about snacking.

    2754 days ago
    I haven't ever been able to fully give up snacks. It would be a boring day of food if I didn't have snacks to look forward too. I find when I don't snack that I actually ended up eating more than I normally would. But you have to do what works for you! I agree with Rockport9 though, maybe just some new snack ideas!! :)
    2754 days ago
    You lost a good bit of weight. Having a healthy snack, staying within daily calorie limits is o k. You have a long day. Possibly reading some Spark articles for healthy snack ideas will keep grumpy Kim a snack bag of pistachio nuts and dried cranberries or cherrios and walnuts or baby carrots or celery and peanut butter. Hugs, Laurel
    2754 days ago
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