Elements of Health · Snacking

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DevilsAdvocate has a question about the Limit snacking rule.

Heart.half.16 2 · 1,534 pts

tl;dr: No snacking or controlled snacking?

I’ve been doing the 5:2 diet (short version: very limited calories 2 days a week, no specific restrictions the other 5 days) for about two years now. Initially I had very good success with it: lost about 20 pounds in the first three months, and maybe another 10 pounds in the next six. (For reference, I could still stand to lose another 30-50 pounds.) But since then my weight has more or less plateaued, and I’ve even started to put some back on over the past three months. So clearly, I need to be doing something more.

It’s occurred to me that I tend to snack, sometimes quite a bit, on my non-fast days. Thinking about my rules for February, I was initially going to try “limit snacking to 1 day/week” – which would be quite a change from my current 5 days/week. But there seems to be quite a few people who argue that controlled snacking can be beneficial to a diet, in that it controls craving and leads to better eating at mealtime. So I’m thinking maybe my rule should be “limit snacking to a certain number of calories per day, on non-fast days” (I’m thinking maybe 300 calories per day, which would amount to one moderate or two small snacks).

So I’m looking for input on which people think would be better, and especially any experiences from people who have gone to either no-snacking or controlled-snacking, both as far as how effective it was and how hard it was to stick to it.

Secondary question: if I go with controlled snacking, I will probably try one of the subscription snack services such as Graze or NatureBox. Anyone have experiences with these (not necessarily those two only, interested in other similar services as well), good or bad?

:) Starfevre
over 2 years ago

I tried NatureBox for a few months a while ago. The snacks were interesting and ‘natural’ but that doesn’t automatically equate to particularly healthy.

:) tacosquirrel
over 2 years ago

I liked NatureBox, and if I was very careful and selective with my snacks they were reasonably healthy.

over 2 years ago

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mbelle47 has a question about the Limit snacking rule.

Heart.half.16 8 · 1,802 pts

Felt a little tempted 3/10 – by remembering that we have 2 jars of roasted/ salted mixed nuts…. it’s now 6.33pm NZST, dinner’s ready but we’re not all ready to eat just yet!

Now that I’m typing, I’m distracted and temptation level has gone down to 1/10.

Okay

1 Do I just “trust myself” and think that I will usually choose to walk away – and therefore leave them in the house? (After all, I did originally buy them for the “family” – lol)
or
2 Give them to hubbie, confess I’m weak and ask him to take them away to work, or hide them in the house, so that they just aren’t around at all?
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3 “Allow” say once a week or something…..????

:) MaryAnn
over 4 years ago

I’d vote for either #2 or #3, depending on what you know about yourself.

For some people, allowing a little, limited indulgence both adds to the enjoyment of life, and avoids the feeling of deprivation. (as jinfie has said)

If you choose #3, will you indulge way beyond your own desired limit?

For me, I would NOT pick #1 – unless putting them out of site would mean I’d never think about them, but it doesn’t sound like that’s the case for you – because I’d constantly have to fight the impulse to gobble them all up. That would tired me out, and require too much willpower.

:) mbelle47
over 4 years ago

Great points MaryAnn – I get frustrated with myself for feeling these feelings/ having these thoughts – yes it is tiring!!!

Ok – I can handle “raw” but yes once roasted and salted I think I need to draw the line…. you see that’s how I get into the “all or nothing” territory – I get them out of the house – feel relieved – then one day (maybe in weeks) – I do the deprivation reaction/ rebellion or whatever…..

Okay – I’ll do both #2 & #3 (#2 right now with daughter, lol)

:) MaryAnn
over 4 years ago

One thing we do, with certain treats that we can’t resist – we buy a small amount, either every week or every 2nd week.

I have to nag persuade ;-)
husband to go along with this, as he tends to operate on the belief that “more is better”.
But if he brings home a whole bunch of something wicked, every single week, then we’re eating way too much of it.

But to bring a limited amount into the house, at pre-decided intervals – that seems to work okay. We don’t feel deprived, we have our little treats, and we don’t have too much of it.

over 4 years ago

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Hotmama has a question about the Limit snacking rule.

Heart.full.16 12 · 997 pts

My most vulnerable snacking time is while I’m making the evening meal. Any thoughts, tips or tricks to get around this problem?

:) Animeg
over 3 years ago

Keep a glass of water handy. Try taking a drink of it every time you’re tempted to munch on something?

almost 5 years ago

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35pounds1inch has a tip for the Limit snacking rule.

Heart.full.16 11 · 6,401 pts

When going to the movies, eat something at home before you leave so you’re not tempted to eat the crap at the concession stands. If you know you’ll be thirsty buy one of the overpriced bottled waters (or sneak your own in)! -35pounds1inch Check out my blog – http://35pounds1inch.wordpress.com/ or follow me on Twitter – @30pounds1inch

almost 6 years ago

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crdpetra has a tip for the Limit snacking rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 0 pts

Always have apples at eye level in the frig along with cleaned carrots. When I’m bored or hungry between meals on the weekend I’m reminded to make a healthy choice

:) Hotmama
almost 5 years ago

Nice tip

over 6 years ago

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anonkawesome has a question about the Limit snacking rule.

Heart.half.16 5 · 5,260 pts

Is it cheating on the “no snacking” rule if I have one specific situation when I’m allowed to snack, but otherwise I’m not? If it matters, the situation is this: on tough Starbucks days, I work 4:30am-noon on my feet, rushing around like a crazy person. This means I eat at 3:30am and then next at 12:30pm, by which time I’m actually so weak and shaky that it’s hard to bike home for lunch. Yes, theoretically I’m supposed to get half an hour for a meal, but well-meaning labor laws have no power against the morning rush so it rarely happens. I’m willing to allow myself a snack in this situation only, but I don’t want to get rid of the rule entirely because it’s super helpful to me. Thoughts?

:) meiryrodriguez
almost 7 years ago

If it’s a healthy snack, then it sounds more like a small meal to keep you going which would be ok.

:) WhyyesitisKate
almost 7 years ago

I think that a snack in between 3:30 am and 12:30 would be more like a small meal, like Mary said. Which is super important because your body uses the calories for things. :)

:) night_owl
almost 7 years ago

Your snacking rule is your snacking rule. Add comments to describe your rule to yourself, be honest with yourself, and don’t faint from hunger! Working at a coffeeshop is rough!

almost 7 years ago

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sasysudewo has a tip for the Limit snacking rule.

Heart.half.16 9 · 768 pts

Recently I change my snacking habbit to playing games online. While doing games, I choose to drink mineral water so I keep my stomach silent. For me it works because I feel less hungry. Try!

about 7 years ago

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warholasoup has a tip for the Limit snacking rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 320 pts

Try distracting yourself before you snack. If you can do something else for ten minutes, and forget about your craving, you were just having a craving. If you are still hungry, then sit down and have a full meal.

about 7 years ago

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karena has a question about the Limit snacking rule.

Heart.full.16 11 · 1,682 pts

I need a power afternoon snack. It’s my most vulnerable time of day. What do you all nosh?

:) pelly
over 7 years ago

I actually try not to snack ever. What makes you feel vulnerable at that time of day? Are you hungry, tired, bored, angry?

:) Ivory Smith
over 7 years ago

I have one corn tortilla heated with black bean spread, maybe some veggies if I remember to bring them to work. The bean spread already is really flavorful so it all the tortilla really needs. It usually tides me over to dinner, which is good because I get a bad attitude if I get to hungry before dinner.

:) Ivory Smith
over 7 years ago

Trader Joe’s is where I get the bean spread.

:) Nimnyn
over 7 years ago

A dozen almonds and a half piece of fruit or piece of meat. Helps to keep me from having a carb crash later.

:) karena
over 7 years ago

Pellymelly, everyone has low cortisol levels around 3 PM; some people feel it more. My nutritionist emphasizes frequent mealettes or snacking when hungry. I don’t do the “3 square meals a day” model.

:) karena
over 7 years ago

Ivory, great idea! Lisa C, that also sounds good.

:) Brenfren
over 7 years ago

I go with nuts, too. Though it’s easy to “crack out” on nuts as the Whole9 crew calls it. I do macadamias because they’re high in saturated fat and low in PUFAs. Half an ounce to an ounce of these definitely satisfy. I also eat rolled up deli meat with mustard. I’ve recently started munching on carrots. I’m thinking a little bit of guacamole and veggies would be good in the afternoon. Or maybe just eat half an avocado or something. Let us know what you figure out!

:) karena
over 7 years ago

Thanks, everybody! I do a handful of nuts and dried fruit for the midmorning snack and it’s great. All these ideas will help me find a good afternoon snack.

:) tywolfejones
over 7 years ago

I do a lot of nuts. But beef jerky has been an off and on thing as well – Tankabars are cool, kind of a Pemmican style bar. Pemmican style meat snacks, if you like it, are really strong because they have fat and protein. But not everyone likes them and they’re not always easy to find. Larabars are good in a pinch too – I’ve even made my own many times (its just dates and other stuff – nuts, fruit, cocoa, nibs, etc. – thrown in a food processor), but you can find them in most grocery stores or mini-marts.

:) Nimnyn
over 7 years ago

ooh homemade larabars! great idea

:) Becky Kristensen
over 7 years ago

PB and celery or apple :) go easy on the PB tho.

:) tywolfejones
over 7 years ago

Yeah I use almond butter instead of PB, but great idea and snack!

over 7 years ago

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DavidB has a tip for the Limit snacking rule.

Heart.half.16 8 · 3,212 pts

I have a devil of a time not nibbling when there’s food around—a major soother for me. I allow myself fruit anytime and while its not always perfect, (I really like salty, oily foods—or candy) it does address the craving in a healthy way

:) Paula Gregovich
over 7 years ago

FOr me an apple sometimes does not kill the craving for baked sweets, but an apple and banana in a bowl with a touch of yogurt and a sprinkle of granola does!! Good luck, it is tough to deal with stray food

:) elizabrock
over 7 years ago

I find that cooked apples (without sweetener) tastes just like desert to me. I’m a big fan of a small bowl of oatmeal cooked with apples and blueberries as a sweet yet wholesome snack.

:) elizabrock
over 7 years ago

I find that cooked apples (without sweetener) tastes just like desert to me. I’m a big fan of a small bowl of oatmeal cooked with apples and blueberries as a sweet yet wholesome snack.

over 7 years ago

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Ptinutz has a tip for the Limit snacking rule.

Heart.half.16 9 · 558 pts

Knit, knit, knit!

:) oliver-k
over 7 years ago

That will be a lot of knitting to compensate for my snack desires :-)

:) Ptinutz
over 7 years ago

Definitely a lot, I never been so quick to finish projects.

over 7 years ago