Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Needing Your Help Please!!

What times during the day are the most difficult times to feed yourself and how do you solve the problem (ex. what foods do you use)?

Comment to this post with your reply!

Thanks!
TR

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Breakfast surprisingly! I work from home and its still hard to wake up and not go straight to the coffee, eamil check, feeding dog...all of the sudden it's 10am!!
I try to eat whole grain toast with peanut butter and banana!

Anonymous said...

It is usually after I workout, around 5pm. I never seem to make it straight home and by the time I do all my errands, its 7pm, too late for a heavy meal. I try to carry a good quality protein bar with me (Clif bars make a nice one) but still end up coming home starving and eating a bowl of cereal or a hummus wrap.

Tara said...

I work nights as a dance teacher, with hardly any or no breaks, so it is challenging to pack foods that I can eat in class and around the kids. Some examples of snacks are: a whole grain flax seed wrap with grilled chicken and red peppers inside, grilled chicken breast sliced up, cooked sweet potatoes, chickpeas or beans, cottage cheese or yogurt topped with fruit, and egg white omelettes with lots of vegetables.

Anonymous said...

I find dinner is hardest - I work all day and can't be bothered to cook "for 1". Sometimes I cave and have a bowl or 2 of cereal or toast and PB.

Anonymous said...

If I have a busy day at work lunch is the hardest. I

try to plan ahead and pack a salad with grilled chicken, a protein shake (that I blended in the morning) or yogurt, with fruit and raw nuts. Hard boiled egg whites are also a lifesaver when you are time crunched.

Living My Best Life said...

Hi Tosca,
In the afternoon I get hungry a lot, after lunch at 2pm I eat 1/2 grilled chicken breast with 1 small lebanese cuk, and then around 4 pm 1/2 cup cottage cheese and tomatoe or 1 tbsp almond butter or small fruit.
Also after dinner...get hungry at 8pm..that's when I crave junk though so I try to drink water and go read your books in bed!

Anonymous said...

I work a job where I have to manage my day around client apptments. I keep quick and easy foods in my cooler. Wraps, almonds, apples, protien so that when I have only 15min between people I can still feed my body what it needs. If I know I have a busy day I arrange my eating to suit the day. Sometimes breakie is at 6 sometimes 7 whatever works to get in my 6 meals a day. If you want to stick to clean eating you can make it work

mkonieczki said...

HELLO!!!

I'm just getting my hands wet with eating clean, and I'm LOVING IT! But, the hardest thing for me to overcome right now is the eating inbetween meals. I'm so used to a regimented BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER, SLEEP, REPEAT... pattern that I am having to remind myself CONSTANTLY to eat! I really hope it becomes second nature soon so I can stop setting my phone alarm as a reminder!!!

Katie said...

Snacks are my hardest - I have intolerances to gluten, dairy & nuts so you can imagine how tough it is to figure out a snack that balances protein, fats & carbs all in one! Also I find that i'm not hungry at all in between meals, leaving me eating only about three times a day, maybe even four, instead of the recommended 5-6.

Anonymous said...

Mid-afternoon snack! I'm usually so wrapped up with work that the thought of a snack makes me a little nauseous, plus I go to the gym straight from work (about 6pm) and I don't want to eat anything that will give me heartburn. I've been doing sprints on the treadmill and it seems even the most innocuous of foods repeat on me when I'm running (sorry to be gross!).

So I've been choking down some nonfat vanilla yogurt with a few almonds and hoping for the best.

Stacia said...

My biggest challenge is eating when I get up. I don't allow enough time in my morning schedule until I get to work to eat breakfast, which means I've been up generally 3-4 hours already before that first meals. I work out at 5:30am and know I should get a little something in me pre-workout, but haven't gotten that down yet. But my first meal is 1/3 cup oatmeal with 2 tbsp Flax with a scoop of Protein powder, or sometimes I have 3-4 hardboiled egg whites. My day gets a hectic sometimes making the time between meals sway back and forth, but I make it happen.

{{LAURA}} said...

I find that dinner is the most difficult meal because by the time I finish my workout and get my tired butt home it is all but 6:30-7pm and while I'm hungry I also don't want to eat a huge meal. Dinner by far is the most difficult meal to keep regular and timed properly. Hope this helps Tosca! I love that you "blog"!

Anonymous said...

I find that snacks are the hardest for me. I homeschool my 4 children and we're all trying to eat 5-6 meals a day, and almost always end up with only 5. I find I spend so much time in the kitchen preparing all of our snacks and cleaning up (even with the kid's help), that's it's hard to get in "school!" If I stay up too late that's also hard as well because I want to eat something, but often not anything that I should. I usually spend a good part of my weekend baking/preparing our food for the week. That certainly helps, but it's still a daily challenge! BTW, we've been doing this since Dec '08 and my kids are loving it and have all noticed a difference in their energy and moods!

Anonymous said...

Like a previous poster there are days of the week, where I can't have my dinner until after my workout, around 8 p.m. at which point I'm too tired to make something extravagant (also don't want to eat to heavy that late) I often turn to low-sodium soups with whole grain toast. On other nights, when my dinner is at a regular time, I struggle with sugar cravings in the evening. I try to remedy this with fruit and almonds or yoghurt.

KRISTIN said...

Lunch. It is not easy to choose food that I can eat with the kids, as I work in a Childrens Daycare and we all eat togehter!
(I have my whey-shake, secretly, in the wardrobe..and bread (clean, brought my own) at the luchtable.

Anonymous said...

I find that mid morning is the hardest for me. Usually I have been up and at the gym and then eat oatmeal/berries/flax seed and yogurt for my breakfast but then 10:30am hits and I am starving. I try to eat a piece of fruit with a serving of almonds. It is hard right now since I am 31 weeks pregnant but all in all eating healthy has kept both me and the baby in good spirits :)

Anonymous said...

Definitely suppertime. We both work fulltime, and usually are too tired to begin cooking the end of the work day. To resolve this, and prevent us from making quick processed food, I began cooking 2 or 3 large meals on the weekend and freezing them in portions for our weekday suppers. And it doesn't take any time at all. I often plop a pork loin in the slow cooker, do up a few batches of chicken breasts in the oven, and a pot of turkey-meat spaghetti sauce. Voila. Dinners for the whole week.

Cristine said...

Most difficult for me is eating appropriate choices for mid morning and mid afternoon "snacks." I pack my meals, and that helps a lot. Almonds, celery with a wedge of Laughing Cow light cheese, grapes, fruit, boiled eggs, string cheese, yogurt... anything that I don't have to mix, chop, blend, puree, or spend any time preparing.

{{Laura}} said...

Sorry, just realized that I didn't put my solution to my dinner mealtime issues! Ooops! I like another blogger try to eat light meals when my dinners are after 7:30 or 8pm and include whole grain bread or wasa cracker with vegetable soup. If I do get to eat at a reasonable hour my favorite is a 6oz piece of salmon w/ blackened seasoning(salt free) and half a sweet potato with asparagas spears. Yum!

Molly229 said...

My worst times are at lunch when I'm home alone as I find lunch boring and never know what to eat so I crave sugar.

Evenings after dinner if I have nothing to do....I crave sugar.

How do I combat this? I try to plan my meals, I try to let the moment pass. 99% of the time I'm successful. When I'm not, I overeat the sugary stuff.

Pa1385 said...

My busy time of day is right around 4 pm. I grab a handfull of almonds and 1/2 of an apple. If I'm out and I don't have anything with me I find the cleanest protein bar that I can find and a piece of fruit from a convience store. I only eat 1/2 of the protein bar as they are usually high in calories.

dianemary126 said...

i think deciding what snack to have between lunch & dinner is the hardest- would love some great, high protein ideas that are a reasonable amount of calories

Smillie Lady said...

Most difficult for me is dinner. By the time it's "time" for my dinner, I'm in my car doing an hour commute to pick up my son (age 8), who also has to eat dinner - so I skip packing something in my cooler. At this time in the evening I'm also trying to get to the gym before too late because he has to do homework and get to bed (I'm a single Mom). What I end up doing is preparing our dinner, even though it is late. Usually it will be 4 to 5 hours between my 4th meal/snack and my 5th meal (dinner).

Anonymous said...

Breakfast!

I wish I could drink my morning coffee WITHOUT the cream in it. (half & half)

I tried soy milk but its not the same. If i dont drink my only coffee of the day the way that i I like it especially in the morning....its a bad for me.

I wish I could find something that taste the same as cream but no fat in it.

Anyone know about a product like that on the market?

Thanks

Jo

Anonymous said...

Between lunch and dinner is the hardest for me. I pack pre-cooked chicken breasts and veggies. You can buy pre-cooked plain chicken at costco that is already diced up and I also buy microwavable bags of veggies from trader joe's. Just pop them in the microwave at work and you are good to go in 2-3 minutes!

Anonymous said...

Definitely lunch! It's hard to find something quick and easy to pack the night before to take to work with me. Any suggestions??? Finding a variety of snack choices is always somewhat difficult too. I pretty much stay with protein shakes and almonds and apples.
Tosca you rock! Thanks for caring.

cyndie andringa said...

Things to take to lunch: I will grab a couple whole wheat flatbreads and put some veggies from the previous night's salad in a container and then put the whole hummus container in my lunch bag and a knife and put it all together at work...also I'll grab a whole wheat bagel and the whole container of light cream cheese and make it at work. I eat half for one meal and the other for another meal. Also President's Choice has this instant vegetable coucous. Just add water. Its great for when you run out of time to take a lunch. Its better than buying a lunch. I also fill a couple of containers of fat free yogurt and throw in some frozen berries. Bananas are easy and filling.

debmdale said...

For me, I have a very hard time eating first thing in the morning. I am just NOT hungry when I wake up. Usually if I have a few sips of coffee, that gets me going and I'm more inclined to take a bite of breakfast. The rest of the day is cake after that!

Anonymous said...

For me it's dinner. My husband travels quite a bit for work, so I don't feel like cooking for 1 either.

But I gotta eat .. so I usually cook a bunch of chicken and turkey taco meat on the weekend (both freeze well).

Last night I had a veggie burger wrapped in butter leaf lettuce with a slice of tomato, + little bit of ketchup/mustard and then baked some sweet potato fries (purchased in the frozen food section). For "dessert" I had a Vita Top muffin (chocolate!) and a cup of decaf tea.

Monica
San Diego.

CC Moore said...

lunch time. I am a full time student and worker so i really have to plan ahead of i am eating out which i never want to do.

Ami said...

The morning meal was one of the hardest to figure out because I go to the gym in the A.M. and go straight to work- so I needed a "to go" meal. I now have a protein shake made with sweet potato (thanks Tosca) right after my workout while I'm getting ready. About an hour to 2 hours later I have Oats with Egg Whites at the office with my black coffee.

Also, working late was an issue. So now I make my chicken/fish for the week on Sunday and pack a container for dinner as well. It's time consuming, but worth it! Sometimes I open a can of tuna but some dijon mustard, flax and celery in it and eat it with raw/steamed veggies. YUM!

Hope this helps!!

Kathy:)! said...

For me, it's definitely the dinner time meal... I'm tired, worn out, and need soothing... and still need to "work"... i feel empty sometimes...i'm working on finding another outlet.... maybe art?

Anonymous said...

For me it's when I travel for work (sometimes 2-3 days on one go). Due to the nature of my work I often stay in places where I have very little control of what is put on the plate. I know it sounds like making excuses but take yesterday for example - morning: white rolls, jam, black coffee and apples (we were in the middle of nowhere) luckily I had a protein bar and almonds with me so I ended up having: protein bar, almonds and an apple + coffee. Evening meal (salad + lasagne) was cooked by the kids who lived in the place I visited and I was privileged to eat with them so it was lasagne and salad for dinner then :).

When at home I have no problems staying in control. Been thinking of making my own shake (protein, flax etc.) mixture to carry with me so I could just add water. Any ideas for good and wholesome recipes?