How can we control our calories when we are tempted everywhere??

By MewElla Latest Reply 2011-09-10 07:05:31 -0500
Started 2011-09-05 17:42:02 -0500

Sometimes we just need to make some smalll adjustments to our meals and snacking habits. For instance:
Keep food off the dining table, don't set the food out in bowls so we will be tempted to get another helping; instead portion food on our plate from the kitchen.
Don't eat from packages. It's easy to lose track if you nibble from the box. Instead portion out crackers, pretzels, or other snacks on a plate so you can see what you are eating.
Downsize your dishes..smaller plates and bowls make portions seem larger.
Eat slowly. Savor each bite and take small sips from your drink..enjoy your food.
Work for your food. Eat foods that require some effort-like peeling an orange, or cutting open a yam or sweet pototo,slowing you down more, giving your food achance to make you feel full.
Socialize outside the kitchen. People always seem to congregate in the kitchen, snacking on left overs, but if you move to another room, you will be less tempted.
Anybody got some more tips that work for you??

5 replies

Doryian 2011-09-10 07:05:31 -0500 Report

In my opinion if you deny, deny, deny yourself - it's a recipe for disaster. I am working very hard on finding diabetic friendly substitutes for my favorite snacks. I have found delicious low-carb ice cream (5 carbs per serving). I have learned that those single serving pringles are 15 carbs. It's easy because it's already portioned out. I comfort myself by reminding myself a little bit is better than none at all. I have found that the low carb Light n Lively yogurt tastes exactly like laffy-taffy and it's only 3 carbs. There's other stuff, but you get the idea.

Abby888 2011-09-05 19:50:06 -0500 Report

When I grocery shop I go right by the sweets. I say "hello" and keep on walking. If its not in my cupboards or fridge then I won't be tempted. I fill a basket on my counter with fresh fruit and I try to drink as much water as possible to feel fuller. When I go to see friends/family I make them aware that there are certain things I can't eat and they are considerate of that.

Dixiemom 2011-09-05 19:47:22 -0500 Report

My husband fixes my plate at the stove and brings it to the table. He also puts away the left overs so I'm not tempted to pick on them. When I'm with my kids they fix my plate and wait on me. My biggest problem is picking while I cool and eating too fast. I have slowed down as I got older but it's an occupational hazaed. As a nurse we only had a 1/2 hour for meals and sometimes we were lucky we got that much. I worked in OB and didn't always get the full time so eating fast became the noirm.

robertoj 2011-09-05 18:28:49 -0500 Report

Portion control is number one in my book. I use small plates and bowls which is effective even though I didn't think it would be. I eliminated a surprisingly large number of foods tha only ate out of habit. I love to cook; so I made a game out of making my favorite foods healthier by swapping out the bad stuff for better. Sometimes it tastes almost as good; sometimes you can't tell the difference and more times than not it tastes better. I also look up things like teff and quinoa on the internet and try recipes for them. I also allow myself a tiny (and I mean tiny) slice of cake once in a while. it isn't too tempting because it tastes way too sweet and helps me avoid cravings. I tell myself that I have been very bad and laugh. I know that for me to be too rigid will guarantee failure as of course would indulgence.

donna62M 2011-09-05 18:23:00 -0500 Report

Limit where you eat. Eat only in the kitchen or dinning room, not the lounge room or bedroom. find something absorbing to do. You are less likely to snack if you have something interesting to do that takesup mostof your time.