As for the snacking and chocolate, I'm right there with you! Once I gave up alcohol, my body was craving sugar like it never had before. I was never a sweet eater, salty snacks were my preference. Not anymore, I want chocolate and I want it all the time. I do buy it in bulk and cannot have it by my side at any time. If I want some, I have to get up and go get it from another room. I am trying to substitute crunchy veggies and crunchy granny smith apples and that helps somewhat. Chocolate lasts a lot longer around here now.
Are you still a student? Give yourself rules. No snacking while studying, you must go have a snack at the kitchen table. Allot your studying time and your snacking time. It's better for you because you kill two birds with one stone, because breaks are needed too. Buying snacks in the little sizes are more expensive, so just do it yourself. Buy those mini sandwich bags and put your snacks into one of those and limit yourself to just one little baggie. You've gotten some other great ideas from others. Good luck to you.
Congrats to all who are losing weight and getting healthy! Thanks for sharing your tips.
I don't want to make light of your problem, but the way you worded this, I laughed. This is one of the aging issues that is so cruel for us women. Is there anytime in our life when we can catch a break and not have liquids leaking out of our bodies?Originally Posted by nennie
Sheldon Cooper: Woman, you're playing with forces beyond your ken
Penny: Yeah, well your Ken can kiss my Barbie.
Do you drink plenty of water through the day? One of the main reason we turn to snacks is our bodies are telling us we are hungry and we're really thirsty.Originally Posted by umngirl
I used to be a chocoholic. It's my one dietary weakness and I still have a full bar (oh, about once or twice a month cause I must) but I knocked down the chocolate to just a square or two of really really good dark chocolate a day. Make sure it's really good, if it's not a 10 out of 10, don't eat it. You deserve better.
Same goes with snacks. Take a moment and ask yourself, is it a ten? Do you really want it? If not, find something else. Get the empty calorie snacks out of the house completely. We have teenagers and they complain about not having crackers and crap, so I buy one box of crackers a week. For them. To share.
However, we always have a lot of fruits. Nuts. Vegetable spreads or hummus for wasa or multigrain melba toasts. Whole grain tortillas with spreads. Tons of yogourt in the fridge. My favourite snack (I eat this every day), is a cup of berries, or mixed fruit, which I buy frozen, add a half cup of plain greek or biobest yogourt and a quarter cup of granola on top (I used Quaker harvest crunch for my sweet tooth). It's a heavy bowlful of food by the time you put it together and only 250 calories and packed with nutrition.
There are TONS of healthy choices out there!
You may find you are still snacking a lot on the nutritious stuff but at least you are taking in great worthwhile calories... and eventually your tastes will change and you'll feel so great. (Not bloated, and all the other nasty secondary effects fat and sugar give you... if you know what I mean) I couldn't go back to junk food mainly because it makes me feel like crap.
In the end though, it has to be a choice you make... not to eat stuff you're not hungry for. Good luck!
EastCoastMom, 100 lbs is so impressive! Congrats!