T was asking about whether I use snacking to help control the kinds of crazy-hunger that can lead to overeating on big meals. I try to!
Although I do think the portion control problem isn't always related to hunger -- I have very big eyes, and I've never had any problem polishing off big plate of food if it's really tasty. I've been successful before at monitoring my portions when I just plan to cook for smaller dishes -- literally, use smaller plates and bowls instead of the big ones in the cupboard. So I can easily get back to doing that.
But this is a post about snacks. Another one of my favorite things. :-)
I snack when I'm hungry. I snack when I'm bored. The worst - and what takes me down more often than not on a workday - is that I snack when I'm stressed. My snacking varies whether it's a workday - and I'm planning for either what I have at my desk or what I can buy nearby - or if I'm at home, where I'm limited to what I allow myself to keep in the house. You can guess when I'm more successful!
Good Things I Like As Snacks:
little fruit bit bowls
60-cal pudding cups
baby carrots with light dip
** I need to eat more of these things. I have raisins at my desk at work and when I am really hungry I do slam a box or two, which helps. Overall, as T suggested, I am better at sticking to a healthy eating plan when I incorporate regular healthy snacks into my day.
Bad Things I Really Like As Snacks:
chips, both potato and tortilla, with salsa or bean dip
cookies, any kind homemade, but the store-bought workday temptations include half moon (also called black & whites) and Teaism's salty oat variety
Starbucks pastries or Teaism's ginger scones
** I need to cut back on these things, or work to eliminate them as much as possible. That's where the compromise snacks below come in.
Compromise Snacks -- in between good and bad:
low fat popcorn
baked Lays, etc.
100 calorie pack cookies
frozen yogurt and Weight Watchers ice cream bars (they are pretty good)
** These do satisfy cravings and fit much better into a low-cal, low-fat dieting plan. But they don't always fit the bill, which is why I do try to limit the *really* dangerous stuff - like sweets and baked goods - to outside of my home. As long as I have only healthy snacks stocked at home, then I'm setting myself up (see T!) for success and only have to really fight temptations, urges, boredom, whatevs when I'm out in the world. That's half the battle. (Yo Joe!)
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