I am NOT a doctor, dietician or expert. Do I know everything there is to know about diabetes? Heck no, but I do know what it’s like to live with it.
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.