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Hey everybody!<br><br>
I've been trying to lower my overall food intake for awhile, and I seem to do well all day, right up until late at night, watching a movie. My housemate is omni and since we're not always on the same schedule we tend to eat at seperate times once in awhile. Well late at night is when, B (housemate) makes a meal and loads up the rest of the night on chips, trail mix, ice cream, cheese pizza (yes for a snack) I know.......and anything else around the house. I can avoid meat, but I'll still munch on things like chips and ice cream/soy ice cream. It's like even if I measure out small bowls, once I start, I can't stop.........I eat all of it!<br><br>
This is becoming a huge problem, my weight is going up and my overall healthy feeling is going down.<br><br>
Why do I do this? Anyone have any advice?<br><br>
I've tried having fresh fruit and veggies chopped and ready to go, but I'll just eat them too!<br><br>
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Hm. My first question would be...are you hungry when you're eating these things? If you're only eating out of habit, boredeom, availability, etc. then the "answer" is simple...don't eat. If you are hungry, then your idea of measuring/limiting is a good one.<br><br><br><br>
Re emotional eating: I've found that, on the "bad" days, the only way to break the munch habit is to physically get away from the food. Go to your room, take a shower, go for a walk if possible.
 

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One movie? That is only 1.5 to 3 hours. Just eat nothing but air popped popcorn. That has calories but not much. Act like someone is watching you too. It works.
 

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you could try reminding yourself that you've already had dinner, and you don't need that extra meal.. keep a food journal, too. writing down what you have eaten keeps you accountable, and if you have to write down extra food that you aren't h ungry for in the evening may help<br><br><br><br>
what are you eating fro breakfast, lunch, and dinner? give us an idea of your day in food, so we know how to best help you..
 

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I also have a bad tendency to eat when I'm bored/stressed/depressed/upset. Keeping careful track of exactly what I eat every day has helped me stop.<br><br><br><br>
Another suggestion that wouldn't work for most people but might work for you because you are veg-n...<br><br>
In March, I gave up all food that contains hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil in exactly the same manner that I had already given up meat, poultry and seafood. It wasn't hard for me because I'm used to eliminating foods from my diet, you might find the same thing. The reason I'm suggesting it is because most "junk food" contains (p)ho in one form or another, if you stopped eating it, you would have less junky options. Another one to consider eliminating is high fructose corn syrup
 

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I used to eat when i was bored and then i started keeping a journal. When you have someone who is going to rate your day foodwise, it makes you put down the extra piece of whatever your eating. Since keeping my journal, i have been eating so much healthier and i havnt touched sweets in 19 days! All it takes is control and i know you have it!
 

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Thanks eveyone, your ideas are good ones. I do believe it's out of bordem I'm eating, definetly not hunger. I think I'll try by "cutting out hydro/nonhydronated oils" aka junk. I did really well last night, I didn't snack extra, or even have dessert.........now thats a habit to break........I crave sugar/sweetness at the end of a meal, always! thanks again
 

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it's okay to have something sweet, but in moderation. why not eat dry fruit? or try strawberries with sweet tofu or whipped cream?
 

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Maybe on your next shopping trip, don't buy them. Just tell yurself you're going to eat healthy stuff, like maybe go pretty raw for a couple of days. Usually after that, all the processed stuff seems gross to me.
 

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I also eat too much when I'm watching tv, just out of boredom. Try finding something to keep your hands occupied . . . i like knitting . . . so you'll be less inclined to reach for the snack bowls.
 
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