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Mindless eating

An old monster has reared its ugly head this week: the Mindless Eater.



She stays away all day- I eat my breakfast and lunch like a pro- 100% healthy, tracked, feeling good.  I drive home, eat my apple, feel content thinking about what I will make for dinner.  I commit to staying healthy through the evening and staying on track.  I pinky promise myself to not snack before dinner.  I feel good- I feel in control.

I pull into the driveway, open my front door….

And all bets are OFF.

Seriously.  It’s like I run to the pantry (still with my coat on) and eat whatever I see first.  This week the culprits were nuts, a bite of a leftover Easter dessert, or candy.

What gives? I eat without even thinking about it- not even stopping to take my coat off!

I know that these little treats are not that big of a deal, and with marathon training I will be a little more hungry.  However, I want to enjoy my food, to savor it.  I want to make something delicious and feel satisfied.  Stuffing my face with candy in front of my pantry does not satisfy me. In fact, it just makes me feel gross and less hungry for dinner.

So, I must devise a plan to QUIT the mindless eating.

Here is what I am thinking:

Come in the door- do NOT enter the kitchen.

Hang up my coat- go upstairs and change.

Force myself to do something else that I enjoy, like making myself a cup of hot tea….& then sitting down and really ENJOYING the cup of tea.

My goal is to redirect my focus to do something OTHER than eating when I get home.

Tonight was my first night trying to end my mindless eating.  I came home from work, put dinner in the oven, and headed right upstairs to change and take a little nap before dinner….it was really nice and I was actually genuinely hungry for dinner.



Can I keep it up? We shall see! Hopefully writing about it will help to keep me accountable. I really really really want to be more in tune with my hunger signals and to only eat when I am hungry, not when I am bored, happy, sad, emotional, nervous…everything!  Eating only when hungry? What a novel concept.  Talk about first world problems.

Jeez Louise.

Do you head to the pantry when you walk in the door?

What do you do to combat mindless eating?


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6 thoughts on “Mindless eating

  1. Only you would feel guilty about a few snacks when I bet you got up that morning and ran a gazillion miles haha!!! You are so good and disciplined – don’t let a few snacks make you feel like a monster!

    I combat snacking before dinner by having a cup of coffee when I get home. I also allow myself one after school snack. It’s also helpful to do something you enjoy doing, like you said. Read a book, paint your nails, put on a face mask, pamper yourself a bit.

    TGIF DDD tomorrow!!!

    • Of course I LOVE the coffee idea!! 😉 I also like the idea of pampering myself- especially painting my nails! I think that you are so good about having treats without overindulging…thanks for the tips, girlfriend! TGIF TO THE EXTREME! xo

  2. I’m a master mindless eater :/ I find if I make sure I am getting enough protein it helps me not feel so hungry and drinking lots of water. And planning it out helps even if I just plan it 2 seconds before I go into the kitchen…ok I am going to eat ____ so I don’t just eat until I find what I really want to eat.

    • You are so right with the protein…that does help. Maybe if I substitute my apple with a protein snack on my way home from work, I will not be so ravenous when I get in the door. Thanks for the tips!

  3. Ooooohhh girl, this is SO me right now! I struggle with this ALL the time but have let all self control fly out the window this week. I need to stay around 1,500 cal a day to maintain my weight and have been in the upper 2,000 every day this week!!! BLEH!!!

  4. It is so much harder while training, right? I know that I need more calories, but it is such a fine line!

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