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Christine is a Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator

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Q. I am a student and I'm home all day alone so I get bored and want to munch.  Also, I'm going from a very large calorie daily intake to only 1200 calories a day (which is what my doctor told me to do but haven't been able to stick with).  Do you have any tips on how to get through the day without creeping into the kitchen?

A. It can be very difficult being at home alone with the temptation of eating.  It does take time for your body to adjust to a lower calorie level.  Stick with it though, you will get used to the smaller portions.

A few suggestions...
  1. Try drinking water throughout the day.  I find ice water with a small wedge of lemon, lime or orange helps to curb my appetite in between meals.  You could also choose other low calorie/low carbohydrate drinks such as Crystal Light, diet soda, coffee or tea, etc.
  2. The American Diabetes Association lists sugar free gelatin as a free food.  This may help to curb your appetite as well.
  3. If you absolutely need a snack, choose non-starchy raw vegetables. Choose raw broccoli, cauliflower, celery, etc.  These vegetables are low in calorie but high in fiber and will help you to feel full longer.
  4. Some people find chewing sugar free gum helps to curb their appetite as well.
  5. Slow down when eating.  It takes a little bit of time for your brain to realize that your stomach is full.
  6. Try "distractions" such as gardening, reading, working on the computer, visiting with friends, house cleaning to keep you're mind off food and the kitchen.

Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
GlucoMenu® Nutrition Director

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