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KB8123 Posts: 3
5/7/11 9:36 P

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This happens to me all the time too! In addition to a lot of the tips already mentioned, such as drinking some tea or chewing gum, I just don't buy the foods I know I'll snack on. If something is in the house it's really hard for me not to eat it, and once I start eating it I'll eat a good portion of the family-size package.

If I am really craving something I might make a special trip out to buy it, but I am an urban dweller with no car so I have to walk about 2 miles round trip to get to the store and buy what I'm craving. At least that means I am burning about 150 calories of that candy bar or whatever I'm buying.

It feels really great to know that I went a whole day without eating any crappy food, so I try to remember that feeling when I am tempted to snack on something unhealthy.

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5/4/11 12:16 A

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chew gum and drink water or juice

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4/19/11 11:54 P

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Try not to keep things in your house that you'll want to munch out of boredom. If you want a treat sometimes, buy just one serving when you're already out. If you're sitting at home at night wanting to eat crap, you're less likely to do it if you have to go out to get it.

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4/19/11 4:41 P

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I'm another vote for a hot beverage. It's hot, so you have to take your time drinking it. I like herbal teas, and even diet Swiss Miss if I'm craving something chocolate. And Chai tea with a splash of warmed apple juice is pretty awesome.

If it's one of those weeks, where every night I find myself in the kitchen rumaging around, I try to ration a few extra calories to make a smoothie for TV time. My current smoothie kick is frozen strawberries, fresh banana, and light vanilla soy milk. Tonight, I might get crazy and try to add some fresh baby spinach...people swear that you can't taste it, but we'll see.

And if all else fails, just try to keep healthy stuff on hand that takes a while to eat. ie buy shelled edamame instead of the shelled kind.

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4/18/11 12:18 P

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IT HAPPENS TO THE BEST OF US! BUT WHAT I DO IS TRY TO EAT FRUIT OR SOMETHING HEALTHY IF I'M GOING TO BE EATING, IT MIGHT AS WELL BE NUTRITIOUS. SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS I READ ON HERE SOUNDS GREAT TOO, ESPECIALLY THE TEA. I MAY TRY THAT ALSO....

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4/14/11 9:44 P

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I like to drink water and peppermint tea in the evening. Also, if you do snack, don't take the package with you! Just take 100 calories worth in a bowl or on a plate. I fall victim to this all the time. Also, the 100 calorie bags of popcorn are great snacks since you get to pop something into your mouth, it looks like a lot, and is pretty satisfying. Also, take a sip of water or tea between bites, it will make you feel full much faster (works great for meals too).

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3/20/11 11:51 A

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I really like the brushing teeth and chewing gum suggestions. Also changing activity and setting can really help, along with filling your stomach by drinking water.

If you do need to snack (and it's an appropriate time, not at night). Have snap peas, cut carrots or celery on the hand so you can munch away without a bad conscience.

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3/14/11 1:25 A

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Chewing gum! I swear by it...it's the only way I keep from snacking. The instant sweet minty flavor helps me get through it. Or brushing my teeth, once I brush my teeth I don't want to eat anything for at least an hour (when the freshness has dwindled lol)

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3/3/11 7:02 A

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This is my biggest pitfall, I'm glad to see I'm not the only one! I work as a nanny (3.5yr old and a 15mo old) and sometimes we eat b/c the kids are grouchy and it gives us something to do (sounds awful I know) but I'm working 15ft from a pantry FULL of goldfish, cookies, sugar cereals, grahmn crackers, fruit snacks etc. With it being so cold out right now I find the bets distration is to just get away and do something active! You don't even think about food! And if its warm enough where you are, go outside and do something! In the spring and summer I take the kids out for almost my entire shift and we usually have to set a "lunchtime alarm" b/c we lose track of time and forget to go in for snack and lunch.

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3/1/11 3:04 P

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Thank you for posting this! I have had the same thought popping up for the last week. Normally I don't have any trouble not snacking, but for the last week or so it's been a non-stop urge :(

I am definately going to try the tooth brushing, and my personal favorite (which I haven't been doing but I WILL) which is running up and down the 7 flights of stairs at my office whenever I think I "need" a snack. :) The burning normally changes my mind, and if I do still want it, I have burned off whatever it is that I am going to eat :)

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2/25/11 1:38 P

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I also use things like tea, coffee or water to help with this. Sometimes I'll have a rice cake (caramel- flavored ones are sweet); they're only 50 cal. if I remember correctly.
It's hard for me to not give in to these cravings, though; I'm a grad student, and don't have very much time to exercise beyond the copious amounts of city walking I do on the days I have classes. This means that the hunger attacks I have while reading for homework (and I have a LOT of reading to do each week!) are even more nasty because I don't have the physical activity to try to burn any of the excess calories and fat off. :/
I think the best solutions, though, are the ones given below. :)

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2/24/11 3:51 P

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Learn how to cross-stitch (or other form of sewing)! It definitely keeps your hands and your mind busy.


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2/23/11 12:48 P

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I try to occupy myself. Maybe I'll take my dog for a walk or call a friend or something that will take my mind off of wanting a snack. If I am watching tv or reading a book its a bit harder. Usually a cup of tea or a glass of water with lemon will help. Good Luck!

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1/21/11 11:40 A

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I also have a problem eating when I am bored..I sit at a desk all day for work...then I am home taking care of my kid and I want to have a snack while I watch a movie. I have recently forced myself to have a yogurt, banana, or string cheese to get a bit of that craving to go away. The yogurt works especially good because it satifies a sweet tooth. I know that you "shouldn't" eat after a certain time at night but sometimes hunger calls!!

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1/19/11 3:27 P

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Ditto the other advice...I find a warm drink like tea helps...or I log on to Spark and look at my nutrition or spark calendar and don't wanna mess it up so i refrain. Or, if you look and you still have room for a little snack, then you can have one guilt free :)

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1/19/11 9:50 A

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I just wanted to thank everyone for their advice. Hopefully this will help me stay on track.

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1/18/11 9:12 P

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I love all of the other advice members have given you!! I have a lot of trouble on the weekends as well since I'm out of my daily routine. I do let myself splurge a little each week though so I don't feel deprived. I'm not saying you should down a whole pizza, but maybe have one small piece if you find yourself really craving it. This method has helped me reduce my boredom munchies...and trying to think to yourself, 'Am I really HUNGRY? Or am I just bored and it's there?" Try to talk yourself out of it! Or have a healthy alternative such as sugar free jello/pudding!! I love that smart pop too! 100 cals/per serving! I also find drinking a ton of water usually gets rid of any pesky cravings. OR--if all else fails, log on to Sparkpeople :) I hope some of this advice helps you!!

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1/18/11 9:29 A

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I struggle with this constantly, especially on weekends and at night. I have been having a cup of tea with vanilla creamer so I get my sweet fix and it fills me up. I also keep some low fat popcorn on hand to munch on. If I need to snack, I'll try to do as little damage as possible.

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1/18/11 6:57 A

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I have a hard time remembering to take my own advice, but here are some things that have worked for me:
1) Brushing my teeth so I have a "just brushed" feeling
2)Drinking water, maybe with something to vary the flavor like a slice of citrus or some cucumber
3) Telling myself, "If you're not hungry enough to eat an apple, you're not hungry."

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1/17/11 8:59 P

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In the evening i have a lot of trouble with boredom eating. Does anyone have any tips to avoid this.

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