Sherry’s Journal: Week One. Part 2

My food consumption also seems to have followed a stop and start pattern. I try to be conscious of getting a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables each day and most of the days I achieve it. One major downfall this week was making chocolate chip cookies for my husband’s brief return on Sunday. The temptation was just too great for me to totally resist. I also had a major run-in with sweets one night. The rest of the week my eating pattern was very self-directed and, therefore, not exactly what I suspect a nutritionist would plan. I tend to eat on the run — next to the sink or while working — when I don’t have someone to anchor me. Writing everything down did have a positive impact in terms of making me aware of what I was actually eating. I haven’t taken the time to get the book that you recommended, Sharon, but I will make it a priority this weekend.

I’m still eating when I walk in the door. I’m very hungry by the time I get home. Doing the food diary began to make me focus on this problem area. Any suggestions for how I can overcome my desire for food in the afternoon?

Despite everything, I did manage to lose 1 pound during the week.

Sherry,

Thank you for keeping the food records. Collecting this information helps both of us find the problems and make corrections. I appreciate your honesty about the chocolate chip cookies. I have a feeling that if they were not around, you may have lost more weight this week. It is interesting that you made them to treat your husband when he came home — maybe you can think of other favorite foods (or even non-food “presents”) that would not be so detrimental to your diet. I can see, though, how the cookies were the perfect comfort food to soften the feelings of missing him.

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