Post # 1
I’m an emotional eater. I LOVE food. I LOVE to cook. this combination, does not bode well.
When I’m bored, I eat. When I’m angry, I eat. When I’m sad, I eat. When I’m happy? you got it!
the wedding is 6 months out. This means way more stress, way less time (to cook proper meals) and all of that coupled by a day job where I sit on my arse all day means I’m in danger of putting on pounds on not fitting into my ivory beauty! My schedule makes it VERY difficult to get into a gym routine, I’m super inconsistent, and with the weather changing, even my dog doesn’t want to go on long walks.
Any of you bees out there feel me? Diets make me so sad because I’m always craving some other sort of yummy goodness.. I know it is bad (and okay, I’m probably exaggerating a bit, I’m not obese or anything and it’s not like I constantly crave food dripping in grease or whatever) but ugg… what do I dooooo?
Post # 3
Controlling portion sizes and working out are helping me lose weight. I have a light breakfast and lunch, while I only eat one serving at dinner (my heaviest meal of the day). I also drink lots of water. Whenever you’re thinking of eating because you’re emotional, drink water instead!! Since my old gym is 30 minutes away, I ended up buying a cheap stationary bike. I try to get on it at least once a day, usually after dinner. The little things really make a difference!! 🙂
Post # 4
@shaynapunim: +1 to the water comment. Whenever I get bored I try to drink water first, to figure out if I’m actually hungry or if I’m just bored. Normally, I’m bored. 😉
Post # 5
@mayflowerbride13: My wedding is also next May and I think EVERYONE has this kind of relationship with food (whether they want to admit it or not), some people just have a better control over it…I just bought this product called the “Fitbit” and it tracks my activity throughout the day, telling me how much calories I’ve burned while I am active and asleep…I also bought the scale that automatically uploads my weight every morning via wifi to the fitbit site…it’s just something different that is helping to motivate me in a way that hasn’t before!
Post # 6
to be fair, I also go on these weird health cravings too, so it does kind of balance it out (the other day I was craving spinach, so I literally ate.. a bag… of spinach.. for lunch lol.. well half a bag)
i’m just weird. and love food 🙁 AND am marrying/live with an Italian. :s
Post # 7
I think it’s a female trait 🙁 but the water comment is good, adding fruit to it is even better. have plenty of fresh veggies and fruits around to munch on. I find hungry girl to be good, although the family doesn’t necessarily like her recipes, ha. I make lots of chicken and fish and veggies and try to fill up well at dinner so i dont snack later on in the day. I think cereal is a good snack too. But overall, portion sizes, lots of water, fresh fruit and veggies and just keeping a mental idea of what you’ve eaten throughout the day helps (or a food diary). I also have lots of good snacks on hand or ready, in my desk, in my car, in the fridge, helps with the cravings or surprise bouts of tummy growls.
If you feel your stress level creeping up and want to snack, recognize it and go for a walk and have a glass of water works for a lot of folks.
I have had a serious issue with halloween candy the last couple of weeks, so I’ve been trying to eat peanuts and more protein type snacks so I dont get the hungries and go for the candy corn dish down the aisle at work.
sigh. Good luck!
Post # 8
It’s not even so much about wanting to lose weight, as how to not love food so much??
Post # 9
I have a love/hate relationship with food too. I love to stuff my face but I hate what it does to my body!
Post # 10
I also LOVE to cook and no one loves my cooking more than I do! What helped me was learning how to eat sensibly MOST of the time, and saving my outstanding cooking skills for special ocassions and holidays. Learning portion control and recording everything I eat ( I use sparkpeople.com, another bee recommended them to me and they are free!) were the keys to me successfully losing 60 lbs.
Now I only make breads/desserts/specials dishes when I either am having company or where I will be a guest. Then I either make the guests take the rest of the bread or dessert home with them or leave it with my hosts!
Post # 11
Maybe you can eat things that are high in fiber and low in fat, especially if they take a while to chew? Things that come to mind are carrots and celery. Those definitely require chewing and at some point, you will feel either too full to continue or your jaw will be too tired to continue. That’s the case with me anyway. If you want another option, air-popped popcorn is okay as it’s oil-free (when you use the air popper, not a normal microwaveable pack) and generally high in fiber. A cup of air-popped, plain popcorn is about 31 calories.
Post # 12
@soy: I’m going to have to lookup the “fitbit” for my FI- it sounds amazing!
Post # 13
I would like to state, diets do not work, ever. Diets are temporary changes in eating habits, and once these changes stop you will start to put the weight back on. The best thing to do is just alter your eating habits permanently, eat healthier, more filling smaller portions more often, through out the day, try to avoid over-eating your needed caloric intake each day, if you aren’t active and have a desk job you typically need much less in the way of food.
While adjusting your portion sizes you may feel hungry until your body gets used to the proper amounts of food. To help prevent this, eat more filling protein and whole grain rich foods. Things like nuts, eggs, whole grain pastas with veggies and a lean meat like chicken or turkey, will fill you up and satisfy you.
If you get a craving for something sweet, try fresh fruit or dark chocolate; if you crave salty try some nuts roasted with sea salt, which also helps for a crunchy craving.