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Old 02-04-2013, 07:59 AM   #1
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It seems that no matter what course of diet I am following I can't side step the 3pm monster. In the late afternoon I get hit with such intense cravings that no matter how happy and fully I am until then nothing can stop me from devouring junk.

Anyone else? How do you combat this problem?
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:19 AM   #2
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I hit that wall at about 2 pm. Its just long enough after lunch that I am hungry again. I keep a bag of nuts, seeds and dried cranberries or a yogurt on hand for munching. It will usually tide me over till dinner. Also have a giant drink of water. That should help too
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Old 02-04-2013, 04:10 PM   #3
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That's my tea time. I always have a nice hot cup of my favorite tea. I've trained myself to believe that the tea hits the spot.
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what are you eating for lunch? Maybe switching that around would help? Or can you switch when you eat lunch so that's later in the day?

Personally, I have found that I am falling into a habit of doing Intermittant Fasting on workdays. My breakfast is pretty light anyway but I've gotten in the habit of deferring it until about noon. So I eat that at noon, then have my regular lunch at about 1:30 and I'm usually ok until supper. I do keep snacks on hand - either greek yogurt or hardboiled eggs so I can eat something later afternoon if I need it but that's not too often. But by compressing my eating into fewer hours, I get fuller on fewer calories.

(btw, I didn't set out to do this, it just started happening when I had some very busy mornings and never got around to eating breakfast and then I realized I liked how it was working. It doesn't work for me on weekends though, so I don't do it then)
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For me, I generally have 3 meals and 1 or 2 snacks. Generally one of my snacks will fall around 3pm. Can you fit a snack in there?
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That's my tea time. I always have a nice hot cup of my favorite tea. I've trained myself to believe that the tea hits the spot.
Hah that's awesome. I love the 'fake it till you make it" attitude.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:44 PM   #7
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I use green tea as well to trick myself into feeling okay until dinner time. I also like to snack before and after lunch because I know between lunch and dinner is the hardest for me.
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