Snack On Time

Shark jaws

The image just made me smile.  Do you ever feel that way at snack time?  That was one the reasons I gained a few pounds back – feeling just as hungry as that shark at my night snack time.

If you are a regular reader, you know that I managed to gain three pounds in three months.  I thought I was being careful – but scales don’t lie – if they are calibrated correctly.  As a result of my most recent weigh-in, I went back to using a food diary/journal.  And, I have told you about the 2:00 a.m. feedings – which are becoming fewer and fewer.

The food diary gave me a piece of information I did not expect.  I discovered that I had stopped eating by the clock – especially for my last snack.  Eating by the clock means I eat at, or near specific times and I eat specific amounts in terms of carb count.  The last snack of the day should happen at around 8:30 – 9:00, which is a bit late, I know, and be about 15 carbs.  I should eat dinner at about 6:00…exercise, do a few things, and then have a snack.

Pretty simple and straight forward, right?  It worked for me.  Seventy pounds were lost eating this way; eating by the clock.  So, you’d think I would continue to do just that when I was taken off of Metformin.  Yeah, you’d think so.  Not so much.

My last snack was getting pushed back to 10:00 or 10:30 – late – and it was bigger because I was hungry.  Ravenous – kind of like that shark.  And, then I was eating again at 2:00 a.m.  No wonder I was gaining weight.  You see, I just wasn’t hungry at 8:30, so I just waited.  VERY bad idea.  When I was eating on a schedule, it didn’t matter if I was hungry, or not.  I ate the allowed carbs, and that was it.

And, it worked.  My body got used to the eating on a schedule pretty quickly.  I didn’t wake up hungry in the middle of the night.  It was great.

Guess what I am going back to doing?  Eating a specific amount of carbs on a schedule.  It worked for me before, and it will work again.  Diet does not only mean what you eat, but when you eat it.  Timing is important.  For me, it’s:

  • Breakfast at 6:00
  • Snack at 9:00
  • Lunch at 11:45
  • Snack at 3:00
  • Dinner at 6:00
  • Snack at 8:30

All times can vary by about 30 minutes. Meals are about 50 carbs; snacks are 15 carbs.

It’s simple – I like simple. It’s just getting back to basics.

You can win your War On Diabetes…one day and one meal at a time.

As always, thank you for reading.

 

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I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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