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What to choose as a snack in the mid afternoon or after dinner while watching tv?

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I don't have any problem choosing my breakfast, lunch and dinner foods, but still find that I want something aside from the main meal.  I have been snacking on almonds and pistachios in the evening, but  is there a limit as to how much I can have?  10 almonds is like nothing!  Any suggestions on snacking that satisfies the urge that I am having.  Used to reach for chips and cookies and can't do that now :(

I figure I am not the only one out there experiencing this. 

Thanks!

 

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If you are hungry, you need to eat a mini-meal in place of grazing on nuts or fruit. If you are hungry between meals, that means you need to eat more at meals or add a fourth meal. The solution to your craving is not to find an approved snack and a definition of how much is okay.  The Whole30 is a process. Snacking interferes with the process and should be a temporary stop gap until you can get your meal sizes and composition figured out.

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Maybe you can start a new habit while watching TV. Drinking tea comes to mind. Or even doing some stretching or light weight lifting! If watching TV after dinner always = having a snack in your mind, I'm afraid you will continue to struggle with this habit if you don't try something new/better to replace it.

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I don't have any problem choosing my breakfast, lunch and dinner foods, but still find that I want something aside from the main meal.  I have been snacking on almonds and pistachios in the evening, but  is there a limit as to how much I can have?  10 almonds is like nothing!  Any suggestions on snacking that satisfies the urge that I am having.  Used to reach for chips and cookies and can't do that now :(

I figure I am not the only one out there experiencing this. 

Thanks!

You really should be having 3 "big" meals a day -- not snacking.  That's the idea of the program.  Tom put it nicely (and the book explains it all in great detail), so I won't go on about that.

 

I do just want to caution you about the nuts.  YES, there is a limit to how much you can have, and YES, it is easy to get carried away with those!  I have learned the hard way that you should never, ever sit down in front of the television with a bag of nuts or seeds.  Just _don't_ go there.  

 

When you do have them, stick to about an ounce at a time -- which is not much.  If you want to continue to enjoy them, fine, but you will want them to be a part of a "mini-meal" or a MEAL, as Tom stated above.  If they lose their appeal to you as part of a meal and/or having to limit them to just an ounce -- then they were a problem food for you anyway, and one that you will do better without.  

 

Nuts and seeds are loaded with calories (not a BAD thing -- and we are NOT counting calories -- but just because we are eating Paleo and/or doing a Whole 30 does not mean that all of a sudden calories magically do not add up and end up on our BUTTS.  Ask me how I know.)  You can also end up ingesting WAY more omega-6 oils than anyone needs.  Think primally:  Having nuts and seeds already shelled and available in a bag is a relatively new concept.  We would have had to work hard to get that quantity of nuts or seeds in earlier times -- and you can bet that after all that work we would not have scarfed them down in one sitting.

 

It took me a LONG time to conquer my addiction to nuts, seeds, and butters of these...  So if I can save one person from making the same mistake, then it was worth the time it took me to type this.

 

We don't watch much TV at all -- but I'll be honest, I still have the urge to eat something when we do get to sit down and watch Jeopardy with the kids.  Lately I have been able to line that up with my last meal of the day.  ;)  Good luck!

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I am trying to stop eating in front of the tv as it turns to 'mindless' eating and I get out of control. Helps me realise when I'm hungry and when I'm just bored. :)

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I am sure you have heard that you gain more weight the longer you watch tv. But do you realize it is not about being a couch potato but about all the food commercials you watch! Talk about the power of suggestion. I have been streaming videos to my tv without commercials and I am amazed at the difference in my need to snack. Just a random thought.

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The best thing I did to stop snacking in front of the TV was to turn it off. I also canceled cable. That was 12 years ago. Now, when we watch TV, I have no interest in snacking. 

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I sort of enjoy knowing there are a load of foods I can't have. The decisions have been made for me. I'm also a weight watcher and having this lovely set of rules to live by with Whole30 makes following WW much easier for me. Snacking is a bad idea for me anyway. I'm so happy to say "oh I can't eat that."

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