Sunday, August 4, 2013

It just takes some attention

Yet again, I’ve been faced with the realization that my snacking is out of control.  Not only snacking, but my breakfast and lunch choices haven’t always been stellar.  I noticed that I was eating more and more in the afternoon “just because” and not due to blood sugar issues or hunger.  Sound familiar?

So many of us have gotten into the habit of not paying attention to what we’re eating.  We eat on the run or in front of the tv (we are definitely guilty of this one).  Personally, I’m not so worried about my dinners because I seem to have that down pat, it’s the snacking that has captured me again.  I decided that I wanted to do something about it and mindful eating is what I came up with.

A week ago I began paying attention to what and when I’m eating.  I didn’t log what I ate, but instead I planned ahead.  Each day I would write down what to have for breakfast, lunch and snacks.  I would list 3 or 4 healthy things I could munch on if I felt the need for something during the afternoon.  As I ate each thing I would mark it off the list.  If I wanted to snack and there wasn’t anything left on my list, then I wouldn’t eat.  Period.  Did it work?  Yup.

It really helped to have a list of things I could eat each day.  It’s not like my kitchen is stocked with “bad” things to eat but without some control I was eating too much.  Remember, too much of a good thing isn’t good.  There were days when I didn’t eat all the snacks listed.  Score!  Knowing in advance what I was going to have for lunch took the decision out of my hands.  This was especially helpful when I was really hungry.  When I’m really hungry I usually grab the quickest thing which would often lead to overeating.

After one week of following my plan, I feel that it was a great success!  Only one time did I eat too much, but it was because I chose to eat the whole meal as opposed to mindlessly munching.  I feel better; less stuffed.  I feel as if I’m back in control instead of letting the food control me. My blood sugar has been happier.  I lost 2 pounds.  I’m going to continue following this plan for a while until I feel like I’ve regained the ability to make good choices.  This doesn’t feel like a set back or failure at all.  It feels like I was able to pinpoint an issue and fix it.  Yup, I’m awesome like that.


  1. I think it's even tougher in the summer. Planning snacks is really a good idea.

  2. Sometimes this happens when there are two people in the house. Both of us have been guilty lately of bringing home something for the other that we really don't need or even want. Planning definitely helps. Thanks


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