I have to have some kind of way to keep track of what I’m eating or I will just go overboard, like a mindless zombie devouring everything in sight.
In the past I have tried just about every app out there. The two main ones that I liked were SparkPeople and MyFitnessPal. I can tell you from first-hand experience that these apps alone will not help you. You have to want to keep track of your food for them to work. What I use to do was track my food every morning and by noon give up on it. Because, by noon, I had already reached my calorie count for the whole day. 1200 calories in less than 5 hours. I would grab a hearty breakfast and a Redbull and that alone would make me cry inside when I tracked it. So instead of trying to change the way I ate, I would just remove the app and forget about it. Determination is the key. This time around I have made it 16 days of logging. I’m determined to change the way I look at food. I no longer want to see food as a comfort, reward, dare I say “sexual experience”. I mean come on, the sounds I can make from looking at or eating food, could make my grandma blush.
This time around I chose to use My Fitness Pal to track my food. My sister and a couple of friends are on there. They however are not currently using the app but just maybe my weight loss and food control will inspire them to come back. The app is very easy to use and that makes it easier for me to stay on track.
You may not be able to see from the photo, but I have had a few days that I went over on calories. That big spike there in the middle (Jan 16), I went over calories and the turned me into an eating machine. I couldn’t stop. It didn’t help that I was at home and had access to even more food and sweets. However over all I have done pretty well.
My food choices are still minimal. I have not master the art of eating home cooked meals without going over portions. My current food of choice to help me on this journey is Healthy Choice Steamers.
Most of the steamers are under 300 calories. I eat at least two a day. One for lunch and one for dinner. I can find them at my local stores for about $2.00 to $2.50 each. So far I have only found one that I wasn’t fond of, Pumpkin squash ravioli. It wasn’t horrible but the pumpkin over powered the meal. I have branched out a bit and gone with a large salad with grilled chicken breast or homemade blueberry walnut oatmeal. Yesterday I made pasta and ate two hearty bowls of it. I did track it but something tells me that calorie counts are way off. I mean it was pasta and I it said the whole pot (which was huge) was under 1200 calories. I did however go with it, because pasta (and sushi) is my weakness.
Another thing I struggle with is not knowing my hunger signal from my thirst signal. While I’m not a big fan of drinking water, I have been keeping a bottle near me at all times. When I feel overly hungry, in between meals, I will take a few drinks of it and wait a little longer. If that doesn’t help I will either eat my meal early or reach for a snack. I have found a few snacks that I enjoy for when the cravings get bad. For my crispy chip craving I reach for my pretzel crisps. If I’m craving chocolate I will reach for a protein bar that is chocolate flavored. At night if I have a “snack attack” I will reach for a bag of shelled, flavored sunflower seeds. That way I have to de-shell them and it helps with my hunger.
How do you keep your hunger at bay? What is your go to meal or snack?