Saturday, January 14, 2012

#71 - Brown bagging it

For whatever reason, I have never been good at dealing with the middle of the day meal.  I'm not hungry at noon or 1 pm like many other people even if I had breakfast at 6 or 7 am.  I forget to make sandwiches ahead of time to bring to work; I forget to grab leftovers out of the frig to take along.  I get involved with what I'm doing and don't stop to take the time to eat.  And then, when I get home from work, I'm so hungry that I eat whatever seems the easiest and quickest (even if it isn't healthy).

So, this goal was to help me eat a little healthier and not come home obsessed with what was in the cupboards.  I've tried in the past bringing in nuts and granola bars to work.  This is somewhat successful - I say somewhat because I have problems with my "snacks" disappearing ... enough that I've gotten a bit discouraged about bringing things in after I kept count and realized that out of a box of 12 granola bars, I'd actually gotten to eat 5 and the other 7 simply vanished.  Over the last two months (I added a month since I was on vacation for a good share of the first month), I've been bringing in something from home each day.  I found that if I brought in something perishable (yogurt, sandwiches, fruit, etc.) that I would stop and eat it, but crackers (and similar foods) tended to sit in my bag for the next day.  My other discovery was that having my blood sugar stay more stable during the day meant that I wasn't as exhausted at night when I got home.  So, I would call this a pretty successful goal that I will try to continue as a habit.

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