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Snacking Healthy

Add Snacks to Subtract Pounds


7/26/2016 9:42:41 AM

My afternoon snack had become, for years, a grazing habit. No matter if I planned a healthy snack, it became a graze. It felt helpless. Finally I attacked it as the one thing I would focus on - no snack, or a healthy one if truly hungry. I made a chart of 42 days and checked off the days of no snack, and wrote in what I ate when I had a snack. After 14 days I felt I could eat something without it leading to a graze, and I did. After that, whenever I felt really hungry, I ate something, had a glass of water and quit. I am on day 40 and have not had a single graze! Now I don't even feel the pull to the kitchen and if I do get hungry, I get something to eat, have my water and that's that. It takes me at least 5 or 6 weeks to really break a habit. Now I truly feel as if I can have my snack without getting drawn into a graze and I'm not obsessing about food all the time.
6/27/2016 9:17:16 AM

DANJODEA's SparkPage
Take only one serving and leave the container behind, preferably 'way behind. It is VERY easy to keep eating, especially when it's a salty snack with crunch.

Also, depression eating is a thing; it's a subset of emotional eating. Snacking fits right there.

I think the advice to turn snacks into "mini-meals" and eat less at the "Big Three" is metabolically and nutritionally sound. Before we settled into farming communities (and for a long time after) there was no set schedule for meals; that's comparatively new. The body has not yet evolved for three-squares-a-day; that's a cultural thing, not a natural way to eat. Granted our society doesn't leave much leeway there, but it can be done.
4/15/2016 9:19:14 AM

JIMINYC's SparkPage
I only snack if I feel super hungry which isn't very often. Then I try a handful of sunflower seeds or nuts, a banana or a yogurt to take the edge off until mealtime. My low metabolism keeps me going.
2/10/2016 12:07:05 PM

AALLEY2's SparkPage
Had some string cheese before my workout today, only because I felt hungry. I am trying to only eat when I'm actually hungry.
12/4/2015 11:15:41 PM

JEANKNEE's SparkPage
I have found that snacking does not support my body. Three meals a day with no snacking between meals or following dinner leaves me feeling at my best.
12/4/2015 12:03:01 PM

NDCAROL's SparkPage
various meal replacement shakes have helped with feeling full and satisfied. I add soluble fiber to one each morning, and I'm not hungry. When I was trying to go without from breakfast to dinner, I found myself really overeating in the evening, so I'm a true believer in spacing meals or snacks throughout the day.
9/6/2015 10:11:44 AM

Good information. I stopped buying natural peanut butter because I spend too much time "Grazing" on it.
8/20/2015 3:06:37 PM

Snacks are always an issue for me. I have a hard time finding snacks that incorporate protein and veggies. Does anyone have suggestions besides hummus and carrots (allergies)? Thanks!!
4/7/2015 9:50:28 PM

EVANS62201's SparkPage
thanks for the tips. :-)
7/30/2014 9:34:24 AM

SPASCAL's SparkPage
Thank you for this useful info. I know my snacks tend to match or exceed a meal allotment. Being mindful and committed help to curb this pitfall.
2/28/2014 4:27:16 AM

LEANMEAN2's SparkPage
Good article. Thanks.
2/15/2014 7:27:39 AM

Tea helps me a lot, and I try to have protein like a slice of meat or nuts.
9/10/2013 5:09:12 PM

DELLMEL's SparkPage
I try to make sure I eat every two hours. So I don't get hungry.
9/11/2012 10:01:47 AM

I don't like snacking as i actually like to feel hungry before I eat, and to feel satisfied when I finish. I find with snacking, I have to cut the rest of my portions down to a point where it's not enough, in order to stay within my allowance. Plus I don't get the satisfaction of enjoying feeding my hunger.
9/11/2012 7:58:08 AM

1935MARY's SparkPage
Everything doesn't work for everyone. But this method has been suggested to me by , my endocrinologist. To eat smaller meals and eat 5 to 6 meals a day.When my sugars ran high and I get it down where it should be, then I felt like I was starving, so I ate and ate and not what I should have. It is what you eat when you snack or eat . I still don't have the right balance yet but I know I will and water is just as important.I use to not ever had enough.

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