Help me stop hoovering up the treats tray
January 31, 2012 3:54 AM Subscribe
I'm taking medication that makes me hungry all the time. Added to this, I work somewhere that often has sweets around and I have not very much willpower at all. How can I deal with the hunger in a way that doesn't lead to a sugar high?
I'm trying to amend my diet so that I am eating more healthily (at lunchtime I will have a pastrami, rocket and mustard bagel, other times I might have soup) - I tend to be a lazy cook but I try and have things like a baked potato with low-fat creme fraiche, or a stir-fry with some beef or Quorn, or a pasta bake with tuna and a very small amount of cheese - things that are filling and have a bit of protein in them. I've swapped the crackers/pitta and houmous for lower fat houmous and carrot sticks, or tzatziki, and I've bought some sorbet because I occasionally get vicious ice-cream cravings for some reason. The tiredness I get from my medication makes me reluctant to start a proper exercise regime until I'm used to it more, but I am trying to walk to the Tube stop in the morning/evening rather than taking the bus, so I get about 20-30 mins exercise a day that I didn't get before.
But I'm still hungry all the time, and I crave chocolate and crisps (chips), meat, and particularly at work, the sweets and chocolate that people bring back from holiday. I have little willpower at the best of times, but the increased appetite from my meds (which is a known and v.common side effect) is making it harder not to munch - no matter how many times that I tell myself that I already know what all that stuff tastes like. And when I say appetite, I mean 'so hungry I could eat abandoned food off the floor'. It's difficult to ignore. I've brought some rice cakes in with a strong flavour to help trick my brain into feeling full, and I have a yoghurt in the afternoon, but it still doesn't help.
I am already a bit overweight and I don't want to be more so - partly for health reasons and partly because I don't want to feel unhappy with myself at a time when I am adjusting to strong chemicals and generally feeling a bit crappy - and of course feeling crappy often in my experience leads to spending too much money or eating too much chocolate. Any tips for snacks, breaking habits or ignoring hunger?