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Q. I am a student and I'm home all day alone so I get bored and want to munch. Also, I'm going
from a very large calorie daily intake to only 1200 calories a day (which is what my doctor told me to
do but haven't been able to stick with). Do you have any tips on how to get
through the day without creeping into the kitchen?
A. It can be very difficult being at home alone with the temptation of eating. It does take time for your body to adjust to a lower calorie
level. Stick with it though, you will get used to the smaller portions.
A few suggestions...
Try drinking water throughout the day. I find ice water with a
small wedge of lemon, lime or orange helps to curb my appetite in
between meals. You could also choose other low calorie/low carbohydrate
drinks such as Crystal Light, diet soda, coffee or tea, etc.
The American Diabetes Association lists sugar free gelatin as a free
food. This may help to curb your appetite as well.
If you absolutely need a snack, choose non-starchy raw vegetables.
Choose raw broccoli, cauliflower, celery, etc. These vegetables are low in
calorie but high in fiber and will help you to feel full longer.
Some people find chewing sugar free gum helps to curb their appetite
Slow down when eating. It takes a little bit of time for your brain to realize that your stomach is full.
Try "distractions" such as gardening, reading, working on the
computer, visiting with friends, house cleaning to keep your mind off
food and the kitchen.
FOODPICKER® is a program designed to help people with diabetes make better food choices. Our hope is that people consider the foods they consume and how they can burn them off with exercise for good health.
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