If This Were Easy…


Snack Attack

Filed under: diet — Easy @ 8:54 pm

I have a problem with snack food, and the problem is this:

All snack food comes in single serving size.

Even when it doesn’t.

On the surface, my inability to control portions makes me seem like a perfect candidate for those 100 calorie packs. In reality, 100 calorie packs almost always come in a box of 6 or 10 packs, which actually makes them 600 or 1000 calorie packs, because I will simply eat them all.

Case in point:

I bought some Pocky today, because a) I *love* Pocky and b) Pocky comes in handy little snack packs of relatively few calories each. The lovely, wonderful Dessert Pocky, for example, has three extra chocolatey Pockies per pack, for a 100 calories. But there are 4 packs in a box. Which was 400 calories when I ate the whole fucking box.

Even while I’m doing it, I know that I shouldn’t. I try to tell myself that the 12th Pocky is going to taste exactly the same as the first Pocky. I remind myself that not only am I not particularly hungry, I am in fact, very full, having had much dim sum earlier in the day. I point out that my plan for the afternoon is a nice long nap and that I don’t really need to carb up for that. I get up and put the rest of the box away in the kitchen so it’s not near me. And then I eat them all anyway.

So, I try not to keep anything snacky in the house. Even good, healthy snacks like nuts and such, are a problem — I’ve been known to eat so many Trader Joe’s sesame almonds in a sitting that I actually threw up.

I wish I knew what to do about this, because it’s one of the things that most easily defeats me.



  1. I use 2 mechanisms to fight the “eat the whole pint of ice cream” mentality.
    1. Take out the portion I plan to eat and put the rest away, back in it’s home. Once something’s neatly away, it’s such a bother to get it out again, have a little, and put it back that I’ll just leave it. When eating out, I make a nice clean cut between what’s for here and what’s for later and preserve that cut while eating (my mom will actually get half her dinner boxed at the start of the meal). The cut provides a pause that requires me to decide if I really am still hungry enough to go into the second half or get the chips out again. Usually, I’m not.

    2. Put something else in my mouth. Usually, I’ll have water which I will sip just to do something with my hands and mouth. When I’m feeling industrious, I’ll chop up veggies at the start of the week and grab a pile when I have the desire to chomp things. Talking is another thing that directly conflicts with eating. (So does singing, but I generally keep that for at-home when I’m alone. ^_^)

    Comment by sadie — 2009-08-31 @ 12:01 am

  2. You’re starting on the right foot, by not having any stuff in the house to snack on. But especially when one’s daily activities are All You, All The Time (because you work on your own, in your own house), it’s really tough to breakout of these patterns and habits. You don’t HAVE much outside influence or things that break up your time. You’re usually not accountable to anyone but yourself.

    I really, really know how opposed you are to any sort of counseling. It’s pretty clear by now that you don’t have any giant psychiatric problems. What you do have, however, are some habits and events in your life that would be challenging for anyone, in any situation, to deal with, much less alone. Home invasions, as just one example, are incredibly damaging things. (It’s true!)

    What would help you consider talking to someone about some of these things? You’re fighting so hard, and whether you’re talking to a therapist or working with someone else to be more accountable, you shouldn’t have to do it on your own. Look at Katya! She’s helpful! Maybe not all the time… but I know that I have NEVER kept up any sort of workout program without someone else giving me stern looks, and I would never try to change a major habit without trying to figure it out with the help of someone else. I know myself too well for that.

    I wish I could suggest something else, but I can’t.

    Comment by Mads — 2009-09-01 @ 4:30 pm

  3. There’s no such thing as a healthy snack. Give your body consistent healthful, balanced meals, and the snacking urge will dissipate.

    But snacking is like napping. Do it a few days in a row, and you’ll be positively seized by the impulse. It’s all about your body trying to accommodate the patterns you set: http://jimleff.blogspot.com/2009/08/your-bodys-just-trying-to-accommodate_13.html

    Comment by Jim Leff — 2009-09-26 @ 11:53 pm

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