I am a boredom eater. I am a grazer.
I am a sneak eater.
This are all characteristics that I have had since I was younger ... and have crept back into my routine as I temporarily moved home two months ago.
I have been battling these food tendency demons since we got back to this fare city and I think I have come up with a solution. Okay, a member in one of my meetings on Saturday gave me the idea while helping another member out.
So a woman on Saturday was concerned about working from home and wanted to know how to tackle the ever grazing that would occur during her "work day." She asked if anyone had a suggestion on how to combat the problem.
A woman told her to act as if her desk at home was her place of work and to give herself assigned "snack breaks." I thought this was an awesome idea.
For the first time in almost a decade, I am not spending all of my time at work, where I had a much more structured eating pattern. Now, I spend more of my time either commuting between meetings or home alone with the pups ... which lead to perfect "secret snacking" time.
BUT, if I set my eating schedule the same as when I am say working 7-1:30 today when I am off until 5pm tomorrow - I could create a pattern.
Some people call this eating to the clock. You know you always have breakfast at 9am and lunch at noon, etc. Some folks don't like this method, but for my anal retentive/OCD mind, it is comforting. I find comfort and solace in a routine. Could be why I end up eating many of the same foods day in and day out.
So this week, I am going to try and create a basic routine and try to stick with it as best I can or at least use it to curb the unexpected and unnecessary tips to the cupboard ... where all my little trigger foods are luring me to.
Well, that is the game plan for this week, there is no harm in trying a new tactic to beat the evil junk food demon. Right?
I will let you all know how it goes...
Do you eat to the clock or can your meal planning easily change as your plans do? Please share any tips or tricks you use for success!