Food preoccupation

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Posted: 12 May 2011, 14:06
Anyone have any tips/ advice on how to overcome food preoccupation? I have just restarted my diet again and it's strict in terms of calorie intake, so I can't afford to nibble, but I hate always thinking about the food I can't have or can't have yet. It makes minutes drag on forever and I don't want to have that attitude if I can help it.
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Posted: 12 May 2011, 14:11
I've noticed on days that I drink a ton of water I don't snack much at all. I generally drink an average of 144oz a day... It's tough at first, but it gets easier, and it keeps you full. Smile Good luck!

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Posted: 12 May 2011, 14:41
Workouts stop my cravings. I always find I have the most intense cravings in the afternoon - so I try to workout then. After my workout, no time left to snack, and I feel great about getting the extra calorie burn.

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Posted: 12 May 2011, 15:02
Since you've just restarted your diet it's going to be that way for a while. Especially since you selected a plan that is "strict." You can either explore other options, or live with it. It probably won't feel like that forever, I find that whenever I change something up in my own routine, I only have to consciously think about it for a few weeks. By the time I've done it for a month, it's more second nature. Give it some time.

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Posted: 12 May 2011, 21:43
Thank you for all the encouragement!
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Posted: 13 May 2011, 02:02
It is difficult as you are changing habits. What has really helped me is having something short term to focus on (a family holiday in June). Once you start to see the results (your bar will go yellow then green too) you won't feel like snacking and constantly worrying about food.

What has also really helped is that I prepare my own home made soup for lunch. I make a big pot on Sunday night (and freeze some). I make sure I use protein (turkey or chicken) and blend it all up so it takes longer to get through my system and keeps me full throughout the afternoon.

You'll get there.

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Posted: 13 May 2011, 11:41
I found that adding more protein and removing most of the simple carbs helped me reduce the cravings during the day. When I'm home and feel like snacking out of the boredom, I go and organize my closet instead (or go shopping)Smile
When I first started calorie counting some year ago I also had this problem - counting calories makes you focus on food so much that it becomes the only thing you can think about.
Now I just focus on eating better things and calories is just an afterthought that come with it.

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Posted: 13 May 2011, 12:02
Yes, things will get better the further you get into your new eating plan. BUT! I suggest taking a different approach: don't fight it so thoroughly - find something that you CAN nibble on. Cut 50 calories off your breakfast and then add in a healthy snack that you actually like (carrots with light ranch? Apples sprinkled with cinnamon+stevia?)

Eat your nibbles and move on - the more you try to fight the urge, the more they keep babbling in the back of your head. Make it work for you!

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Posted: 13 May 2011, 12:13
For me it took some time before I would sit at work and not think about what I'm going to eat. I find that on the days I have my lunch and snacks planned I don't even think about eating other junk because I've got something to look forward to with what I've planned. Also, after a few weeks I did give in and at a chocolate candy that I absolutely used to crave, and it almost didn't have the same taste for me anymore, it was just not worth it. So, now at work at least I find it much easier to avoid the snacks between meals, unless I've planned them for the day. I won't follow a diet that is too strict right now either because I think I would be so upset with myself all the time for not following it to a T that I would fail. I'm making baby steps and that is working for me. I hope you find what works for you and you can stick with it!!
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