Weight Loss Support - Tips for how to NOT think about food all day!??!




Gojojo
08-09-2013, 01:44 AM
I think about food ALL DAY. I'm pretty much always thinking about what I'm going to eat next. This has made dieting very hard for me. What are your tricks for not focusing on food throughout the day?


geoblewis
08-09-2013, 02:12 AM
If I have something to do that I really love, I get totally focused on that and don't think about anything else.

I also started wearing a swimmer's nose clip when my kids are cooking something in the kitchen. I can't seem to resist the aromas of food, whether I'm hungry or not. The nose clip helps me stay focused on my work.

VioletDolphin83
08-09-2013, 07:05 AM
I usually keep myself busy by playing a game or doing some housework.:)


Debimomof3
08-09-2013, 08:39 AM
Also, when you feel hungry(or THINK you do) drink a nice big glass of water & wait 15 minutes, I heard cravings only last that long GOOD LUCK!

Wannabeskinny
08-09-2013, 08:53 AM
I know the feeling, it's exhausting! I found that certain diets keep you eating all day long to ward off hunger. I thought that was the "right way" to do it and now I'm realizing that it has made me focus on food all day long. I've been sticking with intermittent fasting and it's made cravings go away and made me enjoy my meals more. I also feel like it's helping me gain control of my hunger rather than placate it or submit to it every couple of hours.

tricon7
08-09-2013, 08:58 AM
Also, when you feel hungry(or THINK you do) drink a nice big glass of water & wait 15 minutes, I heard cravings only last that long GOOD LUCK!

I've also found this to be true. When I get a major hunger craving, I tell myself that it's only going to last maybe 10-15 minutes then leave, so I get out of the kitchen, go for a bike ride, or get busy doing something, and soon it's gone and I'm glad I resisted. Otherwise, I take an extra bite or two which usually ends up with me binging, then I feel like cr*p the rest of the day and I beat myself up.

Zima
08-09-2013, 09:03 AM
You have to stay busy and stay away from activities that might trigger snacking/binging behavior. For a lot of people, that is sitting in front of the T.V. or computer.

For me, if I start to get cravings, I go on a bike ride or do a quick workout on Youtube. I find a show on Netflix to watch that passes enough time to get me to my next meal time. Or I post on this and other forums :) Good luck, I know it's really hard. I think about food all the time as well. It's exhausting.

Wannabehealthy
08-09-2013, 09:47 AM
I have this same problem. I find myself nibbling all day between meals, for no other reason than that the food is there. I am now trying to get back in control. Three meals a day and nothing in-between. As soon as I think about grabbing something I stop myself and say NO, you are not hungry, then I forget about it. It doesn't ALWAYS work, but every time it does I'm one step closer to succeeding. You can do this. Be strong. Everyone gave you good pointers here.

gardenerjoy
08-09-2013, 09:55 AM
It seems counter-intuitive but what helped me the most is to plan my food the night before. The plan's on paper so I know exactly what I'm going to eat next and I can think about something else. Even though I don't follow it 100% of the time, I think about food many fewer times a day when I have a plan than I do when I don't have a plan.

Snoooze
08-09-2013, 10:24 AM
I think about food all day as well, especially when I decdide to start dieting again after having a break, it is such a psycholigical battle that I never seen to win, I will try some of the tips above. Good luck Gojojo

SarahLouise92
08-09-2013, 10:31 AM
I have pretty much the same issue!
To counteract this I try and plan my meals and meal times then distract myself if a craving comes! Water is a good one too- drink it and wait, if you're still hungry then it's time to look for something healthy in the fridge.

greeneggsandtam
08-09-2013, 11:01 AM
Trying to keep myself busy during the day when I'm not working seems to work for me. I drink lemon ginger tea, and clean my house or do some art. Stuff that keeps my mind occupied!

mccull83
08-09-2013, 11:01 AM
It seems counter-intuitive but what helped me the most is to plan my food the night before. The plan's on paper so I know exactly what I'm going to eat next and I can think about something else. Even though I don't follow it 100% of the time, I think about food many fewer times a day when I have a plan than I do when I don't have a plan.

I find this SUPER helpful too. This way if I decide I just HAVE TO eat something, or if I know it's time to eat, then I just look on my sheet of paper. It prevents me from opening the frig and standing there, or going through all the kitchen cupboards and then making a poor decision. The decision's already made so I don't think about food all day, plus I can make sure I have healthy food in the house (I make my rough draft the week before and then go grocery shopping for those items)

Ija
08-09-2013, 11:02 AM
Distraction, distraction, distraction :dizzy:

Gojojo
08-09-2013, 11:10 AM
Thanks everybody. I like the idea of writing down my meal plan. I'll try that today. Now to get out of the house!

synger
08-09-2013, 11:24 AM
I find that if I'm thinking about food ALL the time, then my calories are too low. It's the first stage of how my body tells me I'm hungry even if I don't have rumble-tummy. Then comes irritable/Grumpy-Mom mode. THEN comes rumble-tummy.

It's normal for me to start fantasizing about dinner on my way home from work... I'm hungry and I should be hungry. But if I'm thinking about food two hours after breakfast, then chances are I didn't eat enough at breakfast in the first place.

freelancemomma
08-09-2013, 01:30 PM
What are your tricks for not focusing on food throughout the day?

What works for me is eating a relatively large breakfast and lunch (about 500 cals each) as well as a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack, so I'm not hungry throughout the day. I spend most of my day at my computer, battling deadlines, so I have all the distraction I need. Come evening I can look forward to my glass of wine, and I'm fine eating a fairly small dinner. If I feel hungry later in the evening I drink coffee or tea.

All that being said, I could easily eat twice as much as I currently do. It's a lifelong battle, to be sure.

F.

CIELOARGE
08-09-2013, 04:59 PM
Don't eat low fat! To me eating a combination of small meals and low fat had me obsessing over food all day.

Now I eat 3 fulfilling meals and 2 snacks. Don't even think about it till I am hungry. I try to stay away from grains (in all forms) and sweets. I eat plenty of good fat and protein. It keeps me happy ;)

ChubbyMum
08-09-2013, 06:30 PM
I hear you! I try and keep busy as much as possible. I also don't allow 'tempting' crap foods in the house because if they're there I know I will cave and eat them!!

kelijpa
08-09-2013, 09:51 PM
If something is really bothering me, I tell myself I can have it tomorrow or on the weekend, usually that gets me through. Some stuff doesn't get to come into the house, like ice cream, it's only a treat when I'm out because if it's here I'll eat it 'til it's gone.
Best to you, keep at it! :sunny:

alaskanlaughter
08-09-2013, 10:35 PM
I think about food ALL THE TIME...whether i'm busy or bored...hungry or full....tired or anything...i'm always thinking about my next meal and if food is in front of me, I struggle SO MUCH not to eat it....ive tried staying off sugar and wheat and that helps a little....ive tried supplements that reduce cravings and that helps a little bit....but I haven't found a good solution

Wannabeskinny
08-10-2013, 09:01 AM
I think about food ALL THE TIME...whether i'm busy or bored...hungry or full....tired or anything...i'm always thinking about my next meal and if food is in front of me, I struggle SO MUCH not to eat it....ive tried staying off sugar and wheat and that helps a little....ive tried supplements that reduce cravings and that helps a little bit....but I haven't found a good solution

Yes this is exactly what I mean, I've had this obsession as well. I mentioned it before but I'm stating it again because I was shocked to discover that IF actually worked for this.

My theory is that most diets are designed to make you feel full. We constantly need to feel fullness and distract ourselves with food. We have approved snacks, emergency snacks in our purses, as per recommended to "tie us over." I think I was focusing in so much on not being hungry that I was continuously snacking on almonds, hummus, fruit, etc. But all that did was mildly satisfy my need to EAT but not satisfy my need to be full. When you start spacing your meals far apart you can eat more during your meal and then you put food out of your mind for the rest of the day. There is no option of snacking, there is no running around thinking "what am I going to eat now?" You make a decision to eat at a certain time and then all of a sudden the thought of food doesn't need to be there anymore. I'm probably not explaining it right, but it's working for me. I do get hungry, but I'm able to tolerate it really well where as before I thought I shouldn't tolerate it so I would snack.

chunkie89
08-10-2013, 10:30 AM
I think about food ALL THE TIME! I'm always visiting food blogs and looking at pictures of food on Instagram. Fortunately, this food obsession hasn't sabotaged my diet so far. My best advice is, keep your eye on the prize. I find staying focused on getting to goal weight helps me stay on track.

FatCroat
08-10-2013, 11:31 PM
Well, you know what, I think about food all the time, too. Except, instead of starting to salivate over that delicious cheese pizza, I start thinking about the delicious salad I'm going to make myself when I get home. Mmmm, the spring greens mix, awww yes and the little bit of cheese on top, ohh and the balsamic. Soon my mouth is watering for the stuff I SHOULD be eating. For me, it's incredibly satisfying to shove in my mouth what I've already "prepared" my brain and taste buds for, regardless of what that is. So I keep daydreaming, only I daydream about the stuff I can eat without feeling guilty :)

LadyPetite
08-11-2013, 12:09 AM
If it is distraction you seek, I have one word: Netflix. Start watching a new show.

Slush
08-11-2013, 12:22 AM
I've struggled with food all my life, and obviously been obese for a long time. I only started my journey on July 1st of this year, but already I am noticing a change in my eating habits, thoughts about food, and cravings.

Last night, I ate one of my favorite frozen pizzas. I could barely finish it, and when I did I got very sick, almost like I had just ingested poison. I can say that I will never be buying or eating one of those again.

I have made small changes, like eating turkey and chicken instead of pork and ham. I have been eating much more vegetables and fruit when I can. It's the small changes that last.

They say that a habit takes 21 days to break or something like that, so try to change your relationship with food for just 21 days and see what happens. I did this by telling myself that I am eating to clean my body of the diseases and illnesses I have, not for comfort or emotional purposes. It's working. Now, I only miss some of my favorite foods, but I don't really crave them because even though they help my wallet and my mood, they don't help my body. That's obvious with that pizza I had last night, lol.

Munchy
08-12-2013, 09:38 AM
I think about food ALL THE TIME! I'm always visiting food blogs and looking at pictures of food on Instagram. Fortunately, this food obsession hasn't sabotaged my diet so far. My best advice is, keep your eye on the prize. I find staying focused on getting to goal weight helps me stay on track.

I'm just like this. If I take all of that food obsession and use it to my advantage, I end up making lists, browsing grocery stores, and batch cooking to freeze meals for times when I'm not in the mood to cook. I think my love of food has been a blessing!

fitstrongchica
08-12-2013, 01:18 PM
This used to be a big problem for me a couple years ago. I started to try to lose weight, and started counting every calorie and planning every meal. This led to an obsession for me and led to binge-eating and the eventual development of an eating disorder.

For me what helped is to not be so strict. I no longer count calories and no longer plan meals. I eat what I feel like eating. I try to eat healthily though, but I'm not so obsessive about every little thing that I eat, like I used to be.

I find that not putting that pressure on myself with every calorie and every meal makes things a lot easier.

I know a lot of people count calories and plan meals, and don't fall into the same issues, but for me others like me, it can lead to a bad path. So it's finding what works for you..