anonabee55 : I’m was in the same boat as you – pretty average in height and weight, but would eat all the food if it was around (cheetos, icecream, skittles, etc – if it’s there, I’d eat it all!)
At some point, I decided to make the change that you are now talking about: filling your body with good food of nutritional value. Though, I will say, I couldn’t do it by stopping my snacking. I found that I HAVE to eat 5-6 small meals a day. Even if I have three large meals, I get snackish or hungry before the next meal. What helps me is spending 2 hours a week meal planning for the week ahead. I take a look in my fridge, use up everything that’s there and go to the store for anything else that I need. It takes more time, as there’s around 15-20 minutes of prep each night for lunch and snacks the next day… but when I plan healthy snacks, I eat healthy snacks!
I also recently did two weeks off of all added sugar (candies, desserts, etc – I still ate fruit, 100% maple syrup, etc) and found my cravings for sugars and carbs greatly reduced. Try it sometime – you’ll be amazed at how addicting sugar is! (And how SWEET things like apples and strawberries taste!) I’m back on sugar now, but we’ve instated a rule at my house where nothing with added sugar comes home. I only bake items without added sugars at home – using stevia, bananas, dates, maple syrup and honey as sweeteners. If we are out, then we may indulge in moderation.
Some of my favorite snacks right now:
1. 8 wheat crackers with an ounce of goat cheese and 2 oz smoked salmon
2. Sliced apple with 1 tbsp peanut butter
3. A cup of carrots or other sliced veggie with 2 tbsp hummus
4. 1 slice whole wheat toast with 1 tbsp peanut butter and 1/2 banana sliced on top
5. 2 hardboiled eggs and a piece of fruit
What helped me reset my expectations on snacking and sugar was the 21 Day Fix, but there are a ton of other programs or articles that you can use as your inspiration! Message me if you want some more snack ideas, meal planning tips or information about the program I used. Good luck!