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Posted by: Goldie, Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 6:34pm
I have come to the conclusion that maybe I (O'diabetic) should not even try to eat a snack but maybe the equivilant of 5 small but complete meals.  

I think the word SNACK is a misnomer for me. To me it indicates that it could possibly be sweet stuff, a treat of some sort.. NOT SO!

I can have a treat or some sweet stuff with a regular meal.. but not inbetween.

I think if I see a meal as a complete thing rather then some abstract then my body would be satisfied and I would not see such conflict about what to eat?

In the end it might allow me to lose some weight.  I think the body response to new ways of being fed allows for weight do be droped faster then other wise.  

anyone having ideas of their own?
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 7:30pm; Reply: 1
To me, "snack" means a small amount of food when it's not mealtime. I don't think of "junk food" as being "snack food" at all. I also think of "snack" rather than "meal" when it's not eaten at the table with proper tableware. For example, if my son eats a "snack" of carrot sticks, cheese slices, and rice cakes (often while playing on the computer or watching TV) then I really don't care if he's too full for dinner, since he's consumed a balance of nutrients, even if it was in "snack" format.

I typically eat breakfast, lunch, mid-afternoon snack, then dinner. I've dropped the bedtime snack and the mid-morning snack. Occasionally, I'll have snack before lunch rather than after (snack at lunchtime then lunch at snacktime) but that's not my typical routine, and generally happens if I'm out and about when I get hungry and eat trail mix from my purse rather than a proper meal.

If the word "snack" makes you think of less healthy  food choices, then perhaps you'd do better thinking of it as 4 or 5 small meals per day, rather than 3 meals plus a snack or two. Just make sure your daily portions total what you should be eating (even if you end up having smaller portions of protein more often than SWAMI recomends- just look at total amounts.)
Posted by: Amazone I., Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 8:04pm; Reply: 2
this was merely thought for A's & AB's ;).... ;D ;D
Posted by: brinyskysail, Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 8:17pm; Reply: 3
Quoted from Goldie
I have come to the conclusion that maybe I (O'diabetic) should not even try to eat a snack but maybe the equivilant of 5 small but complete meals.  


I think this sounds like a good idea.  The more complete each of your meals is, the more satisfied you'll be, and you'll be less likely to want something sweet or noncompliant.  If calling it a "snack" causes you to eat "incomplete" or "bad" then I think it would be a good idea to switch to refering to all eating times as "meals".  Even if you eat the same amount as you would for a snack, refering to it as a meal makes it sound more complete and wholesome.  The brain can do some tricky things so altering your thinking might be what you need.

I'm not trying to lose weight (gain, actually), but I know that for me if I don't include all macronutrients in a meal or snack it causes me to get all messed up and I end up eating something ridiculous later.  If I have well-rounded meals I'm satisfied, don't go crazy later, and - most importantly - I feel better 8)

Hope this helps :)
Posted by: Goldie, Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 9:49pm; Reply: 4
YES I think you are all right..

its' in the single word that it matters.. and some food choices.. I will review more.. thanks..  ;D
Posted by: Kim, Friday, May 13, 2011, 4:38pm; Reply: 5
Quoted from ruthiegirl
To me, "snack" means a small amount of food when it's not mealtime. I don't think of "junk food" as being "snack food" at all. I also think of "snack" rather than "meal" when it's not eaten at the table with proper tableware. For example, if my son eats a "snack" of carrot sticks, cheese slices, and rice cakes (often while playing on the computer or watching TV) then I really don't care if he's too full for dinner, since he's consumed a balance of nutrients, even if it was in "snack" format.

I typically eat breakfast, lunch, mid-afternoon snack, then dinner. I've dropped the bedtime snack and the mid-morning snack. Occasionally, I'll have snack before lunch rather than after (snack at lunchtime then lunch at snacktime) but that's not my typical routine, and generally happens if I'm out and about when I get hungry and eat trail mix from my purse rather than a proper meal.

If the word "snack" makes you think of less healthy  food choices, then perhaps you'd do better thinking of it as 4 or 5 small meals per day, rather than 3 meals plus a snack or two. Just make sure your daily portions total what you should be eating (even if you end up having smaller portions of protein more often than SWAMI recomends- just look at total amounts.)


Ditto.  You can call it a snack or a meal, either way it is food you need to get through the day.  I can't eat a lot at one sitting so I have to break up whatever I plan to eat for the day in 5-6 meals/snacks.  I can't eat after dinner either without seeing a rise in the scale.  Better to be prepared for a snack attack with something portable than to be hungry and tempted.
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