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Ok, so each day I basically eat breakfast, lunch, an after school snack, dinner, and a small snack in the evening.<br><br>
The problem I am having is that lunch is VERY inconvienient for me. I have to pack a lunch, and since its been such a hassle, I've just been bringing something small like an apple and a granola bar, or a banana and a small muffin. This never works because I work out last hour and I come home soo hungry that I wind up eating half the house. So I started eating more at lunch, but I'm still hungry after school, considerably so.<br><br>
SOOO, what I'm toying with here is, should I eat a big lunch and no after school snack, or a TINY lunch and a lunch-like after school snack? Right now I'm eating too much in between my lunch and snack, leaving room only for a miniscule, nutritionally void dinner- like oatmeal or cereal, or a bowl of beans and an apple. This is no good, because my little dinner often leads to hunger at 9:30-10:00, which is past eating hours.<br><br>
I feel like its all such a stinking mess! I've been eating tons lately, sometimes when I'm not hungry, and I don't like that. Its like I'm used to being STARVING all day and eating just LITTLE bits here and there, and now that I'm eating real meals, I just wanna be used to picking all day on crap.<br><br>
Thats why I'm asking, cuz I wanna set this straight! Thanks in advance! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
lovenlight,<br><br>
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Eat a medium-size lunch and a medium-size snack. Either the night before or in the morning, pack an easy to make lunch(such as a sandwich, a fruit, maybe some crackers, and a drink) in a lunchbox and take it to school. You'll probably want an insulated lunchbox that can fit an icepack or else just take stuff that tastes OK warm. The food I suggested is usually what I take to school for lunch and it's easy to make and I'm not hungry until I get home 3 hours after lunch.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Then I eat a medium size snack and maybe a little bit of food around 5pm.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I'd make the snack something with some fat in it...sometimes an afterschool snack which works very well with keeping me full and running is two tablespoons of peanut butter. It will literally stave off hunger until I get to something real. Also you're not eating enough lunch. I'm not sure how you're ending up with no calories to eat at dinner (I hate btw, that you're still counting, but oh well). with a lunch like you described, it seems rather like your'e not eating enough at all. Oh I see...you're sort of nonstop eating since you never sat down at lunch and made yourself full?<br><br><br><br>
I've noticed something about meals. And I've read it in places too. No matter how 'inconvenient' lunch is, or any meal for that matter, you need to sit down, carve out some time for yourself and be able to actually enjoy your food. I think our socialization works against us here and we end up eating more because of it. We are socialized (and maybe it's just plain enjoyable) to sit down and eat a meal. What happens in our busy world today is we eat everythign on the run. We never stop or take time to taste or enjoy what we're eating, instead we just eat. We eat on the go so we're not sitting down or focusing on that meal. So in the end what we feel is cheated out of that time. So many people you hear say..."Well, I never actually sit down and EAT A meal." And many of them are overweight...yet they don't think they eat that much.<br><br><br><br>
Now I'm all about eating six times a day...I think that's great for metabolism. But at least three of those meals I am sitting down for...taking a break, and enjoying food and company.<br><br><br><br>
We obsess obsess over food...but when do we take time out to stop, give it our full attention, enjoy and feel a sense of closure on the eating experience. See I think this is a psychological thing for you...and I think your'e not feeling 'closure' on your eating and that's causing you to want to eat more. And also I think that you're not bringing enough food with you to begin with. Now, aren't you really confused? LOL.<br><br><br><br>
Basically I think you're cheating yourself all the way around. You aren't really enjoying it because you're counting up and worrying during the eating process...but at the same time, you're also skimping on calories all day long which causes you to binge eat.<br><br><br><br>
Why oh why are you being so cheap with yourself?<br><br><br><br>
love ya,<br><br>
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yeah the whole time I eat I am too worried about when to feel done, that It's getting increasingly difficult to enjoy the actual food. I would say to eat similar sized meals, and don't consider them lunch and snack, think of it as midmeal 2 and midmeal 3.<br><br>
so, have a breakfast to break-the-fast (I love that), a midmeal, another midmeal after school, and a dinner, then a small snackypoo. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> hope I helped some
 

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Bethanie- I know you are very right about me needing to sit down and enjoy food better. I will certainly do that.<br><br>
Here is today's menu:<br><br>
B- Oatmeal, muffin<br><br>
L- Muffin, apple, carrot sticks<br><br>
S- 2 Muffins, a slice of whole grain bread, some cheerios w/ plenty of soymilk, a SMALL amount of beans, an apple<br><br>
(that is a meal, really....)<br><br>
and thats 1300 calories, dinner hasnt been had. I'm really messing myself over and I am thinking I'm going to gain some serious weight. I already FEEL chunkier, and scared! Realllly scared. No matter what I do, I seem to eat too much when I get home from school. I'll try to improve lunch so I won't be hungry when I come home......<br><br>
Keegan- Yeah, that is a sensible idea. The problem is, I don't really think I can afford two "mid-meals". I don't wanna talk about it too much and upset you, just keep in mind that YOU need two HUGE meals, not midmeals <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">....cuz you just gotta eat, boy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I just worry that if I let myself have anything afterschool it turns into a binge...as you can see, it does...<br><br>
Ntelligent- I think a better lunch would help me a lot. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> thanks.<br><br>
lovenlight,<br><br>
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Take bars with you..even 3 or 4 to have during the day if you must eat a small breakfast. By the time you get home you'll probably just want a light snack...then dinner can be a normal portion. The bar method always works for me. Luna bars, clif bars and power harvest bar. Yum!!! I am against bars that try to imitate candy. clif, luna and power bar have some great non-chocolate/candybar-type flavors. My favorite Luna is toasted nuts n' cranberry. YUM!!!!
 

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Look at that lunch rainbowmoon. that lunch was really just a snack. Then you had your lunch at snacktime. All you really did was switch meals. I don't consider that a binge or a big deal. You just ate what you should have eaten at lunch (or calorie wise anyway) at afternoon snack. The problem with that is though that you are actually slowing your metabolism by trying for control all morning and into lunch. Your'e trying to be 'good'...but your version of good is actually quite bad for you. So your metabolism is slowing because again you are starving yourself all morning. And then...boom...you eat a whopping (to you) afternoon snack which your body can't metabolise the way you want it to. My parents actually do this...and my sister. They eat just a little bit, or tiny meals for breakfast...a biggish lunch and at supper they pig out. so really...although there are tiny unhealthy snacks all day...they're metabolism is at a snails pace. Then they gorge eat...which is too much food at once for their body's to metabolize...so correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that simply gets stored as fat.<br><br><br><br>
You are looking at this the wrong way. You have to actually EAT to have a healthy metabolism. good breakfast....healthy snack...good lunch...healthy snack...good supper. But the way you count calories you are trying to skimp on food early in the day...and then it comes back to haunt you.<br><br><br><br>
In any case, you've only had 1300 calories (which is not enough, mind you). So based on a 2000 calorie a day diet, you have a whopping 700 calories to 'spend' at supper.<br><br><br><br>
Did I mention my mom dad and sister are all overweight eating this way...overweight my foot...obese. When I visited this summer, they couldn't believe the shere volume of food I could put away...and that I ate so often. Because here they are basically eating twice a day...and obese. And here I am five times a day...and regular sized.<br><br><br><br>
Our bodies really don't react well to caloric scarcity...whether real or self imposed. They simply store up fat for later. I've said this before. I know it isn't new to you. I just wish it would go in one ear and actually stay in that thick skull of yours.<br><br><br><br>
love ya,<br><br>
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I agree too many carbs, not enough protien. Eat more beans, nuts and nut butters. When I'm doing right, I eat beans once a day. Still though, unless we're talking the huge sized muffins, you've only had seven servings of grains. course the muffins contain a lot of unnecessary sugar I assume. Fewer muffins would definitely be a good idea if they are to be replaced with a 'better' carb.<br><br><br><br>
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Have a medium sized lunch and medium sized snack, but have them both prepared and measured out before you go to school. Then you'll know what you'll be eating, and will less likely binge.
 
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