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June 15th, 2010, 07:18 AM
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Awareness. Sounds too simple but it's true that simply becoming aware of your hunger signals and what you choose to eat makes a world of difference!

Have you ever caught yourself finishing a bag of chips or polishing off a pan of brownies, without even remembering coming into the kitchen? I know I have! The trick is to learn not to eat on auto-pilot.

Next time you find yourself looking for something to eat, try to be aware of whether your body is really hungry. Ask yourself if you are upset, bored, lonely, stressed, etc. Do a "systems check" and feel for signs of hunger. If you are not hungry, try getting a drink of water; sometimes thirst is mistaken for hunger by people who tend to "graze". If you can't tell whether it is hunger or something else, resolve to wait 15 minutes before deciding what to eat; hunger will not go away, but cravings will. (Find something else to keep your attention occupied while you are waiting.) If you are hungry, try to become aware of what your body is hungry for. Base your choices on whether you need a meal or a snack; either way, you should try to choose from two or more food groups.

Once you decide what to eat, resist the temptation to eat while you are doing something else. Turn off the TV, avoid the computer- sit down and just.. eat. Take a bite and chew it; feel the texture and experience the flavor. Slow down. Busy moms feel like they can't do this, and maybe they can't every single time- but this is important.

A personal example- I used to LOVE those Lofthouse sugar cookies. I would buy myself a box of them, stash it in my best hiding place, and usually finish the whole box in two days (or less). Since I was sneaking them, I ate them fast. Then one day I had one of those cookies at a social event. Since I was with other people, I was only going to have one and not pig it down. Eating that cookie one bite at a time I had a revelation. They don't really taste all that good. They have a bitter, chemical taste that I had never noticed before. I haven't had a compulsive desire for them since.

I'm rambling, but thought this was good to share because it is free, easy, and works no matter what weight-loss diet you try. Restrictive dieting is a short-term tool at best; awareness will help you change the way you eat forever.
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June 15th, 2010, 07:38 AM
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June 15th, 2010, 12:56 PM
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Great tip Jen! Thanks! =D

Another thing I tend to do is buy compulsively things that look good when I'm shopping... So before I leave I have a snack or go out shopping directly after a meal. That way I'm only buying what I have on my list and not what I think is making my mouth water because I'm already hungry.
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June 17th, 2010, 11:43 AM
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thats a really great tip.

Another good one i got in my weight watchers meetings was to never eat standing up. I would often find myself picking at a cookie, or at something in the fridge just as i was passing, or picking at the makings of the dinner etc. and more often than not i wouldnt remember even eating it. so having to take the time to eat while sitting, just took up a huge amount of time, and i stopped bothering.
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I was forced to fix my diet because of gestational diabetes. It's not so bad, and I feel quite healthier than pre-pregnancy
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