Food, Food, Oh Glorious Food

Written by editors on 8/14/2009 11:12 AM | COMMENTS (2)

My whole day revolves around food. From the moment I get up to when I go to bed at night, I’m thinking about what I want to eat next and when I’ll get to eat it. Learning how to take this compulsion and channel it into healthy eating habits has probably been the single greatest thing I’ve learned on the Plan.

This has all come back to me in a big way over the last couple weeks, as the twins are now getting up—and staying up—at 6 in the morning. That’s a full two hours before I ever used to wake up.

The lack of sleep is one thing, sure, but the real problem is being hungry for breakfast two hours earlier than I used to be. Eating breakfast earlier means I’m hungry for lunch earlier and therefore more likely to either overeat at lunch or do a lot of unhealthy snacking between breakfast and lunch.

So here’s what I’m doing: Eating more…fruits, that is. Instead of just having one thing for breakfast—like egg whites on whole wheat—I buy an apple, nectarine, pear and plum from a fruit stand on my way to work. If I eat one piece of fruit every 30-45 minutes, I’m pretty much constantly eating until lunch. And spending the extra couple of POINTS® values on the fruit is no biggie. Eating more fruit is a good thing and besides (as a colleague is fond of saying), it wasn’t fruit that makes us overweight in the first place.

-Justin Marks

Categories: FamilyFood

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    8/16/2009 5:26 AM
    My extremely overweight friend has argued this phrase that it wasn't fruit that made us overweight in the first place. I had made this comment after hearing some members debate exactly how many grapes to eat, and I said eat as many as you like, they are good for you. Most people who over eat are not going to choose fruit to do so, that is not the usual food craving or mindless food item to munch. So I say, eat more fruit!!

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    8/26/2009 10:41 AM
    I am the same way. My friends and family joke about how much I eat, how I'm always hungry, and how much I LOVE food. Sure, I eat 5-6 times a day, but like you I'm eating fruits, veggies, and other healthy snacks. I am also getting up earlier than usual these days and have decided to take the points I allot for breakfast and just spread them over the entire morning til lunch. And you are right, fruits did not make us fat to begin with!


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