No, we’re not talking body parts here. We’re talking food.
My main problem areas are snacking, wanting something sweet after a meal and alcohol. If I have a good breakfast like bacon with scrambled egg or an omelette, for example, then I don’t get hungry until lunchtime and don’t need a mid-morning snack. All fine and dandy.
I find knowing what to have for lunch difficult and sometimes make silly choices. By ‘silly’ I mean I grab something quick which isn’t very healthy or I have something that’s healthy, but I don’t really fancy it and end up leaving some of it. Then I get hungry an hour or so later. If this happens then I fall prey to snacks in the afternoon. I tend to crave a sweet snack at about 4pm with a cup of tea. If I’m being self-righteous then a Medjool date (I keep them in the freezer so they’re nice and chewy) does the trick. I stupidly bought a shed-load of Weightwatchers bars recently, so quite often have one of those even though they’re packed full of nasties! However, carb-wise they’re the same carb count as Atkins bars, but I’m not actively counting carbs, so I don’t know what that’s got to do with anything!
I sometimes struggle with knowing what to have for my evening meal. I invariably cook different things for the others in the family, as they’re all so fussy. Teatime becomes very stressful because I’m cooking so many combinations of foods. If I’m not very careful, I end up either spoiling mine or I get too self-righteous about the whole thing and end up not eating enough. I always fancy something sweet after my evening meal. I used to have a Shape yogurt, but now feel guilty about eating them because a) they’re not particularly low carb b) they contain aspartame and c) I don’t class them as ‘natural’ food. It feels overindulgent to eat Greek yogurt (all that fat!) and I’m not overkeen on low fat natural yogurt. I guess just plain fruit is fine. However, I keep hearing those dedicated low carbers who do Atkins or India Knight’s Idiot-Proof Diet whispering that fruit is full of sugar!
And then the evenings.. ooh, so difficult. Once the children are in bed I start to wind down and what better way than to pour a glass of wine and nibble something nice? No, no, no! A milky decaff coffee before bed is a good alcohol substitute (on a good day!) and a piece of fruit tends to satisfy the need to have something to eat before bedtime (sorry, India, but I find your plan too restrictive!). I keep asking myself whether my snacking habit has to stop or whether healthy snacks are okay. Answers on a postcard, please!
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