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07 May 2008 @ 09:19 am
wayback wednesday  
I'm trying to recognize the difference between my hunger and my desire to eat. That's one of the places I frequently mess up. Eating more than I need because something tastes good. Snacking just because I usually snack at that time. Eating something just because it's offered to me. And the worst of all, eating because I'm momentarily bored.

Someone told me one that she found herself wanting to eat whenever she sat down, so to break herself of that pattern she started eating only while standing up. I'm not sure I'd go quite that far, but I can see where she was coming from. Until I start seeing progress, it's really hard for me to change my eating cycle, especially since I'm used to spoiling myself with loads of delicious cheeseburgers, hoagies and fried chicken.

Listening to: That Dog - "Every Time I Try"
everybody hates a tourist.dynamine on May 7th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
....but, why? i guess i was wondering why are you wanting to lose weight again?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: guru of badonkadonkassmonkeydiary on May 7th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
Fashion! The XL shirts are a little too small, but the XXL shirts are usually too big.
zantimisfit on May 7th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Perhaps you should try to initiate mindful eating. Try to think about what you are eating and why you are eating each time you eat. I find that if I am about to put something like a potato chip in my mouth but then think about the potato chip (or whatever) and what it is made out of and how it is made and what physical effects are on my body, I'm less likely to eat something like a potato chip. I think it is OK to eat things like cheeseburgers, hoagies and fried chicken but then you need to consciously balance these types of foods with lower fat/lower sodium type of foods on other days. Also a lot of people find that keeping some sort of food journal helps them. Yoko is using http://foodfeed.us/
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: devilish tantrumassmonkeydiary on May 7th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
Good advice. Mindful eating is definitely what I need. Thanks!
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Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue bottleassmonkeydiary on May 7th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
True dat.
sugar sweet ladyjackiesadork on May 7th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
drinking alot of water and tea helps me
also, that picture is awesome
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: fishingassmonkeydiary on May 7th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
Good point. A big cup of decaf green tea in the evening does much to hold back my need to snack.
captian_whamo on May 7th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on May 8th, 2008 12:14 pm (UTC)
thirsty not hungry
yeah, the whole hydration thing. I have had, and continue to have, a problem where I think I'm hungry all the time, but it turns out I'm mostly thirsty. I start craving all kinds of juicy foods (or even dry foods, but accompanied by a hot drink) in response to a physical sensation that I think is hunger. So now I've learned to test my thirst level first. Take a drink... oh, just thirsty, ok. - trix

Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: blue poolsideassmonkeydiary on May 8th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)
Re: thirsty not hungry
I'm drinking a liter of water as I type this!
(Anonymous) on May 10th, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
Methods I use:
1. consider hunger a scale 1-10. 1 is passing out from hunger (really, not that "I'm starving to death" b.s. 10 is about to reenact that scene from "Meaning of life") Don't eat until you hit 5 and stop @ 7.
2. Bulk up on fiber and water. But go easy on the fiber supplements. A little excess water is easy to get rid of, too much fiber (experiment slowly) and well, gas could become an issue.
3. Don't eat unless you've earned your food with exercise.
4. Try eating SMALLER more frequent meals. I have a buddy who lost much of his excess fat this way. And he was already in great shape. Now people think he's too skinny. But he has way boatloads of energy.
5. Eat slowly and savor each bite (and keep #1 in mind)

--And most important. Give yourself a break on beating yourself up over this. Eating is a basic drive. We live in a time & place where all sorts of food is plentiful & cheap. Our bodies are geared to store energy when it's plentiful and available.