Friday, June 17, 2011

Scheduled Eating

The time is dragging, draaaaaaggggggggging today, because I have no appointments, school is out, dance is on break, nothing pressing going on. I love calm easy days, except when I am PMSing and then my brain keeps telling me to eat out of boredom. This is where eating on a schedule helps me tremendously!

Me: oh, wouldn't some tomato soup bread be good right now?
Myself: yeah, let's have that for lunch.
Me: how about now?
Myself: nah, it isn't time. We just had a shake an hour ago.
Me: so what? We can eat early.
Myself : nope, we eat at 8, 10, 12, 3, 6 and 9.
Me: but....
Myself: no buts. You're just bored. Go do something.
Me: wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

So it helps me to know what time is time to eat, how long I need to wait, and that no, I will NOT starve, I will be fine for another hour. And then I drink a glass of water and go do laundry or something.

I find that turning to food for entertainment is a hard habit to break, but once broken, life is better. I get more done. I am more engaged. So if this is something that bothers you, too, (annoying nagging food thoughts because you are bored) then give scheduled eating a try. It can help keep your blood sugar stable, and lets your mind rest between eating times because it knows you are not going to eat until x o'clock!


Me said...

your funny ... but determined ... I am going to enjoy following your blog

Princess Dieter said...

I agree this can help for boredom eating. For me, though, cutting down to two meals was my key. Less "food thinking" cause I only have to be in the kitchen/fridge/take-out place/restaurant 2x a day. 1. I eat my first meal, alone usually, and it's whatever I want on hand or am craving (within my eating strategy). The second meal is supper with hubby. That's it. Done with food.

I'll make an exception for high hunger days and have a snack, fruit with nuts/nut butter or a light salad with protein or leftovers. But I find that with 2 meals, food barely enters my brain. I have no reason to go into the kitchen other than water, maybe tea/coffee if I have a yen, and those don't require peeks in the fridge. :D

Fewer cooking bouts = less food obession. I just wait until I'm hungry, be it an hour after getting up or 6 hours after getting up. Doesn't first meal is variable. And I sometimes skip it if I'm not hungry and just do dinner and a post-dinner snack.

I like not being food possessed/obsessed. Life is easier...

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more! I love that about Medifast... I know what time the next "feeding" is :) I know I don't need to eat NOW just because I want to. I can wait and I'm not going to die in the process! LOL!

Jessica said...

I never thought of actually planning out scheduled times for eating. My life is kind of chaotic so I am not sure how well it would work out but hey, I never thought I'd lose 27 pounds this quickly, either! I'm going to give it a shot :)

Rebecca @ Operation Skinny Jeans said...

I've never heard of eating on a schedule...but you're right, it would certainly cut out eating because you're bored. hmmm...I'll have to give that a shot.