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How to avoid snacking while snowed in!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Another snow emergency! A $2500 fine for driving plus -15 degrees means another indoor day. But I find that staying at home all day makes me want to snack! I'm also staying with my food hoarding Mom, so I'm boxed in with LOTS of junk food! So what can be done avoid caloric disaster?

Finding your triggers is important. We eat for a lot of reasons outside of hunger, so if you attempt to control the eating without knowing what is causing you to want to eat, most likely it won't work.

For example, I had to be really honest with myself to admit that two of my triggers are boredom and procrastination. "I can't focus on doing xyz now, because I'm hungry." Or, eating seems more pleasurable than actually doing the task at hand. Just the act of thinking about eating: should I eat now or wait, what I will eat next, etc, takes the focus off what you need to get done.

Therefore, what helps me is distracting myself from food thoughts by taking a break to do something ELSE I enjoy, or just being honest with myself on what I am avoiding, sucking it up and diving in - also realizing that getting things done is more pleasurable in the end than moving farther from my goal weight. The next thing I know an hour or two has gone by and it really IS time to eat now. Sometimes I then even go past the point of when I was supposed to eat without realizing it.

I have also scheduled times to eat and in what calorie amounts, so I don't waste mental energy on the whole debate about if/what/how much I should eat now or later (though it still happens sometimes!) I schedule in calorie amounts, but not exact foods, this way when the meal time comes, I still have flexibility on what to eat - but can adjust portion sizes to fit the allocated calorie limits.

Second, because of my living situation, in this small house I can't help being in such close vicinity to unhealthy food. When living on my own, I don't keep junk food in the house. So if I'm snowed in, feeling hungry and not wanting to cook or just having a craving, I can't just go grab a bunch of cookies 10 feet away *sigh*. So for now, I managed to get her to agree to put most of her unhealthy foods in a cupboard or in HER office area (out of site, out of mind... it helps!) I also find that chewing gum and drinking lots of various flavors of hot tea helps.

Here is an interesting article on the psychology of snacking: www.psychologytoday.com/

What helps you avoid snacking your way through the Polar Vortex???

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    I like my food to be hot and have found that drinking a hot broth helps me fight off the "need" to eat when not hungry, even better than tea. Boredom and procrastination are 2 of my triggers too. I have to watch the salt content though, too many broths are pumped full of sodium to boost th flavor.
    2638 days ago
    I usually eat when I'm hungry and as long as my carbs are very low I don't eat too much. I used to think that a lot of my eating was for emotional reasons rather then physical hunger, but since eating low-carb I don't even think about food more than 2-3 times/day so I don't need to distract myself, it becomes effortless.

    2638 days ago
    It's like you can see into my snacking soul! Thanks so much for this.
    2638 days ago
    emoticon great job!
    2638 days ago
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    Hope it warms up soon for you so that you can get out! I do like your plan.
    2638 days ago
    I do the same thing! I struggle with eating out of boredom. One idea I thought of was to write down random things I could do (organize my desk, write a letter, etc.) and then draw one every time I feel tempted to eat out of boredom. I also chew gum and drink lots and lots of tea...sometimes three pots a day! And lots of water too. It helps a lot!
    2638 days ago
    Good luck!
    2638 days ago
  • SKATER787
    I'm glad you brought up the snacking issue. Do not snack. It will throw off your Leptin. Listen to Byron Richards at 2:52. Enjoy:
    2638 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/28/2014 12:18:27 PM
    It's tough when you can't change your environment, so changing your response is spot on! Good job.

    And hey, are you an Pisces too??? My birthday is the end of February and will hit . . . GULP! . . . the big 6-0. OMG!
    2638 days ago
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    Grounding mat helps center me. Being a raw organic vegan the "rules" are totally different. Of course living on my own makes it easier too.

    When I get the idea of eating something off program I make certain first if I've had enough green juice or fruit smoothie. If it is emotional, I face the fear head-on.

    What you are doing is great. Continue.

    May I ask why you are living with your mom?
    2638 days ago
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    Good Blog - Cabin Fever out this way !! I have a plan emoticon
    2638 days ago
  • PEGGY11
    I know what you mean about being snowed in with all those goodies. emoticon My husband has them but knows to keep them out of my sight. emoticon I also have my own treats. Mini rice cakes and 100 calorie popcorn are worked in as allowable snacks. emoticon Then I do my chair exercises and I also look for exercises to do on Sparkpeople. emoticon Better to work calories off than indulge in them. emoticon emoticon
    2638 days ago
    I try to keep it out of my house. I keep my chocolate in a place I have to get a chair to reach or really dig for it.
    2638 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6254520
    Great blog and thank you.

    When I'm snowed in or my schedule otherwise interrupted I treat it as a retreat day o sorts. I read, I meditate and I get myself back into focus. I've found it really helps.
    2638 days ago
    Sounds like you have a well thought out plan! Good for you!
    2638 days ago
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