Do you ever have that feeling that you just need to fill yourself? You don't want that nice satisfied feeling you get from eating a balanced and moderate snack or meal; you want to be full. Then you start looking through your fridge and pantry trying to find something that will fill you up. You might eat a piece of fruit, but it still isn't enough. You need to find something more.
Where does this feeling come from?
Today, this hit me, and I found a 2 part solution - for this time. First of all, I figured out a snack that would be really satisfying. Then I blogged about it. :) Because putting something in writing on my blog makes it more real. It makes me feel like I need to live up to it.
To deal with this longer term though, I need to figure out what triggers this feeling. Today, I have a pretty good idea. I'm in the process of cutting myself off from sugar again.
What's that? You didn't know I was back on it? Well, after being mostly off of sugar for a month, I slowly let it creep back into my diet. Even though I wasn't eating excessive amounts, I was starting to have trouble with cravings. And, I was starting to slip into bad habits: like eating my kids' snacks. Crackers. I've taken almost all other trigger foods out of the house, but crackers are so convenient to feed my kids.
So, I'm on day 2 of going sugar free and this is the day that the cravings are hitting hard. The idea of having a small indulgence to get myself past it doesn't work for me. I won't be satisfied with it and I will want more... and more. I know once I get past the next couple days, it gets easier, so I'm hanging in for that.
So, speaking of making things real with blogging, I have an apology to make. In
this post I mentioned that I'd be doing a week long series where I post a daily snack. Then I lasted one day. Today, I'll begin making it up to you, and will continue it for a week.
So, the snack that worked to fill my void today was bigger then what I usually eat for a snack and is usually something I have for breakfast:
Steel cut oats with a tablespoon of peanut butter, half a banana and a bit of milk.
This worked for a few reasons. For one steel cut oats take a while to cook; even in the microwave, it's about 15 minutes. This gave me time to step away from the kitchen, knowing I would have something to eat, but not dwelling on finding something to fill.
The fact that it's warm seems to help fill me up better. I also had it with a cup of tea, which helped that effect even more. I think hot food just makes your stomach feel good. At the same time, you tend to eat it slower.
Oatmeal is just known as being a filling food and a sustaining food.
Like I said, it is a bit more then I usually would want for an afternoon snack, but if it keeps me from eating half a box of crackers, then it's all good.
How do you deal with that feeling of needing to fill?