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I'm still having a late morning and afternoon snack...hard to break the habit


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I finished my first W30 and it was great. Throughout that first one, I always had a snack if I felt hungry. Almost 7 years ago, I finally lost my excess weight by changing the role of food in my life. I was able to stop my emotional eating which was wonderful! One important strategy in stopping had to do with ensuring that if I was at a certain point of hunger (not a little, not a lot), I would eat. Also, that I would always stop eating when I felt full. I have a real aversion to feeling overfull and I wonder if that is why I get hungry several hours after breakfast and lunch. All of my snacks are compliant in terms of the food I am eating but not in terms of being a mini compliant meal 

 

I don't know if I should worry about this or not. I lost weight on the first W30 and have not gained it back. But I still snack. Hmmmmm.... 

 

Any suggestions? Should I take another look at my main meals to ensure they are balanced as per the meal map? Should I just leave it alone? Just curious about others' experience.

 

Cheers. 

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I ate 4, 5, and occasionally 6 meals per day when I started my Whole30 journey in 2010. The emphasis on 3 meals per day was not as strong back then. :) Over time, I got to where I did fine on just 3 meals, but it took me a while to get the hang of what to eat and how much to eat at each meal to keep me satisfied overnight. 

 

I found that I had to eat a substantial plate of food at every meal. I could not do a light meal and make up for it at the other two. 

 

You might want to set a goal of eating 4 meals per day as an interim step towards getting to 3. 

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If you're looking forward to them that much, it's probably a good sign you should be giving them up :). Maybe have some tins of tuna in oil in your drawer at work, and use them as your first option for snacking - you know you're really hungry if you're willing to eat plain tuna from the tin!

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So hard to think of giving up my morning raisins and almonds or my afternoon Lara Bar, though.  :)

 

2 words:  Sugar Dragon.

 

If you're looking forward to them that much, it's probably a good sign you should be giving them up :). Maybe have some tins of tuna in oil in your drawer at work, and use them as your first option for snacking - you know you're really hungry if you're willing to eat plain tuna from the tin!

 

Right on.  I do eat plain tuna, and there is not a shred of doubt as I am doing it that I am using it as fuel and nothing else.  ;)

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I ate compliant foods on my whole 30 but didn't fuss myself too much about going exactly by the template and mostly ate what I wanted when I was hungry because I wasn't doing it for weight loss and was trying to breastfeed as well and was mainly doing it to rule out food intolerances. I figured if I ever did a second whole 30 (which I've actually already committed to start with a friend on October 14!) I would refine it further by following template better next time around. One thing at a time...

 

What I found is over the month I naturally started needing to eat/snack less often as my body got used to eating less refined starch and sugar and my blood sugar was evening out. I didn't really have to think about it. I don't really have much of a sugar dragon though so when I was eating nuts/dried fruit/fruit it was just because I was really hungry and needed to bridge the gap until I had time to cook a meal/get home/finish helping the kids and eat a proper meal, not for any emotional/habit forming reason. But that's just me.

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