Inbetweeners…

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We often hear from our members that actually it’s not the 3 main meals that they have problems with, it’s the bits in-between!!

When you look at the images above and below there’s a mixture of sweet and savoury, so which do you go to and when? Are you the mid – morning cup of coffee/tea and a biscuit? Or the mid-afternoon biscuit/crisps and nuts? Or are you the evening in-betweener……

Take a few moments to go through where the issues are (Doing a food diary with times on it can help here) Are they time driven, or emotion driven? Is it relaxing after a stressful day with a glass or two that leads to the munchies?? Or too worn out to prepare and cook a filling meal? To every issue there’s a answer, you just have to look for it and want to change. That’s the key to any long term success.

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Once you identify where the issues are it’s quite a simple process to either swap the food for a healthier choice, or limit the amount. Quite often it is a habit that we’ve got used to and it’s a process of either compromise or change the routine that’s led to the behavior if you’re not liking the consequences!

It could be that you really don’t want to change either the behaviour or the snack you’re choosing, and if that’s true for you then you need to look carefully at your main meals and see how you can save calories to pay for your snacks, it’s just about balance.

We would ALL like to have it all, and if we’re honest, we have done in the past and we’re not liking the results, so in a nutshell something has to change if we want to make progress.

A healthy outside starts from the inside

ROBERT URICH

10 thoughts on “Inbetweeners…

  1. Evenings are the hardest time but during the week I manage to stick to my “no added sugar” 0% fat yoghurt and an apple and an orange. Sunday’s I have a cheese and biscuit and a glass of wine but I’ve got until Thursday to make up for it!

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  2. I have a real issue with early evenings. I work early shifts so go to bed early, so 5-6 pm is my tricky time. If I can distract myself by keeping busy and planning my meals I’m fine. If I head for a glass of wine I’ll inevitably end up snacking even if I’ve already eaten. This week I’ve cracked it with lots of planning, prepping and motivation.

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  3. I find after work and the evenings the hardest. I have started having homemade dip and carrots after work and water. In the evening a hot drink can help.

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  4. I’m the same Nicola and have trouble when I finish work and am cooking tea..I make the kids packed lunch and am always hungry.. I do find it difficult but try to have a bit of ham or cucumber to keep me going until my tea.. but it is hard.

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  5. Evenings are hard for me. Always find the nice sweet and delicious food instead of a healthy one. Mainly either because I’m stressed or bored. Lately though I have turned it around to having a more healthier choice of fruit or some low cal granola with fruit and 0% fat free yogurt.

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  6. There are so many snack challenges I have to tackle. The main one is not making myself a sandwich when making my sons packup. That thick sliced white bread shouts at me to eat it, I find it so difficult to resist. Identifying that that’s one of my triggers I have been able to work on it and almost break the habit. Still have weak days but on the whole I’ve cracked it. Which not so great eating behavior shall I take next I wonder?

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  7. There are so many snack challenges I have to tackle. The main one is not making myself a sandwich when making my sons packup. That thick sliced white bread shouts at me to eat it, I find it so difficult to resist. Identifying that that’s one of my triggers I have been able to work on it and almost break the habit. Still have weak days but on the whole I’ve cracked it. Which not so great eating behavior shall I tackle next I wonder?

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