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Monster Snacking :#

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Anybody else have this dilemma? I can eat really well for my meals, but then I have monster snack times. I mean out of control..almost out of control snacking, and I am having a hard time reining it in!! I know that when I tell myself no to overeating on the sugary snacks that afterwards my will power gets a little better. But I haven't been talking to myself before I eat those sneaky high calorie sweets, and just put it in my mouth. How do you guys tell yourself not to overdo it? I know one way is to procrastinate eating it and say to yourself 'later', and then your urge to eat it lessens. I also know about water, and tea and gum. But in the moment of sugarness I just don't care!!! I guess it's addiction. Boy is it a tough monster. So maybe I should reward myself tomorrow if I don't go overboard? Since I cannot even get through one day without the sugary snacks, if I go one day without overdoing it, does it make sense that I should allow myself a reward? Which in my case would be a new song to download to my MP3 player...$1.29 isn't that much right? Just to get through ONE day without overindulging? I really want to fight that monster. I guess I need permission from an outside source for some reason. I could really use a boost.
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  • JESSAELINN
    I try to fill up on liquids. I just bought Good Earth Tea, and Reesers Buttered Rum from Winco (it's basically sugar with spices). Yeah, the buttered rum is high calories, but if I use that and drink the tea and fill up on a couple of cups of that, I feel fuller and less likely to eat more. What Iove about Good Earth tea is that you DON'T actually need sugar, it is naturally sweet, and they make a decef kind too. I understand the monster snacking, you should check out my meal habits this past week. Some of those "snack" foods were actually other snacks I had throughout the day though, but it is still hard for me sometimes too. Anyways, try the liquid thing, and maybe a few crackers or salty chips to fill your stomach. I did that last night, actually.
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    2499 days ago
  • SUGARBABY60
    I have a spark friend that allows himself up to 250 calories of a sweet daily. I'm sure that's proportional with his daily calory intake. He is a large man but has lost oner 100 lbs so far and more to go. But just the idea of say a sweet treat every day included in your daily calories may do the trick. For the other sweet cravings use fresh fruit.
    Just an idea anyhow. Good luck.
    2508 days ago
  • IMAVISION
    Without reading what others have shared --- my thoughts are --- I have been where you find yourself --- when we tell ourselves that we can't do something (i.e. go without the sugar laden snacks) we are lying to ourselves & giving ourselves ermission to indulge --- obviously we can get along without such snacks --- if we don't bring them into our homes & bring in only healthy snacks (then limit those snacks to appropriate amounts) we will be able to go without the sugar snacks --- it just takes determination to begin with --- after a bit the sugar snacks won't even missed --- that was my experience & I am sure that, if you give it your all, it will be your experience, too.

    I have read & heard for years now that to change a habit ---- all one needs to do is stay strong for twenty-one days of not indulging in the habit, while replacing it with a new better habit. I found that that works for this gal!

    God bless!

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    2509 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/7/2013 2:20:25 AM
  • SUSANBEAMON
    the easiest way for me to deal with the snack attacks is to not have any around, including change for the vending machines. people thought i was crazy to just carry 20s in my wallet, but it makes you stop and think when you have to break a 20 for a bag of chips or something.
    2509 days ago
  • LUVLYLORELEI
    I managed to lower the amount of sugar I put in my cereal. I used to put three heaping teaspoons of it in, even if it was a sweet cereal. Then I switched to agave nectar. After a few weeks I dropped it all together and don't need it in my cereal any more.

    That may not help with snacking on sweets unless you make them yourself, but maybe such a switch could help. Instead of baking with sugar, bake with agave. See if the cravings go away after a few weeks.

    The nice thing about agave is that it tastes awesome. It reminds me of honey, only I seem to get more sweetening power in agave nectar and a one-to-one switch between sugar and agave seems to work.

    I've never baked with agave before, but I've heard other people have done it. So it might be worth a try.
    2510 days ago
  • PINKHOPE
    I love your idea of the reward. I too love sweets and am setting as a goal in 2014 to really reduce them. It's not that I'm eating out of range... it's that I don't want to be so "addicted to sugar" that I just have to allow for it. Grin!
    2510 days ago
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