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What do you do when you are exhausted and just want to eat?

I come home from work exhausted and just don't have the energy to follow through on my eating plan. Any suggestions?

Mon. Apr 6, 8:42pm

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have something premade like a soup. I actually find a cold vegetarian salad with lentils or something works best for me. Don't even have to heat it up. It probably won't be something you are craving but once you eat, those horrible cravings will subside(most of them anyway!). I truly think the key is to spend a weekend afternoon cooking up some soups or salads so you don't have to worry about it during the week.

Monday, April 06, 2009, 8:50 PM

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Soup is a great idea.

If you cook at all, spending some time on the weekend making a dish or two is worthwhile. You can divvy up dinner portions and refrigerate or freeze what you've got. It could be as simple as cooking up some pasta, so you only have to add some sauce when you get home. Or something like a rotisserie chicken and then you plan a few meals around it. Make some easy sides to go with it or have frozen vegetables on hand and you've got meals for several days. Everything is just needs to be heated up when you get home.

Preparation ahead of time is probably your best friend in this situation. It's SO hard to come home and prepare anything when you're that tired!

Monday, April 06, 2009, 9:05 PM

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Thanks - great ideas!

Monday, April 06, 2009, 10:21 PM

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I grill some extra chicken breasts on Sunday for during the week. I also shop and make sure I have things on hand -- fruit, veggies, salad stuff, fixings for homemade soup, canned organic beans and lentils. I make a salad in the morning for the evening if I'm going to have one. I also keep organic chicken broth on hand, cook some veggies in it and then puree in the blender. That's one I can do even if I am exhausted. I think you have to plan ahead more.

Monday, April 06, 2009, 10:48 PM

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I usually get exhausted and I want to eat at nights. When this thought comes to my mind, i think about how i hanged on that day. How i ate healthy the whole day, how i exercised and got leg and ab cramps. The thought of my healthy day keeps me away from evil foods because i don't want to sacrifice all of that for a moment of pleasure

Tuesday, April 07, 2009, 8:59 PM

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new article from PEERtrainer that will help with this question:


Friday, September 18, 2009, 5:51 PM

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I agree with the poster who said they think about how they challenged themselves all day long to stay on track so a few hours more wont be too hard. I also try to switch up my routine. Instead of just sitting and watching tv, I might write a card to a friend, send emails, clean out a closet, look through old photos, take a short walk or play a game.

I also find working out at night during prime time to be a good motivator not to overindulge. It's hard to motivate myself to go when I'm tired, but I'm always glad I went afterward. I dont want to be feeling too full when I'm working out and wont want to ruin a good workout upon my return. There is also something so nice about showering at night before going to bed. I find it really connects me to my body and makes me think about the choices I have been making.

Saturday, September 19, 2009, 9:39 AM

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too tired!

On days when I'm too pooped to care I pull out my pre-packaged back up foods.'
Healthy Choice meals, tuna packets on shredded lettuce with ff dressing, cheese and crackers with turkey pepperoni, apples and Laughing Cow cheese, canned chicken combined with herb Laughing Cow cheese (makes a tasty chicken salad) with crackers are some that I can think of off the top of my head. Be warned, if you have a family they will certainly turn up noses at these easy meals. So far, no one in my family has died of starvation!

Good luck.

Saturday, September 19, 2009, 12:53 PM

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This new PEERtrainer article discusses some adjustments you can make to help you feel less tired. It works!

How To Stop Feeling Tired


Friday, September 02, 2011, 1:31 PM

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The simplest and most effective thing you can do is have a glass of clean water. Close your eyes for a few minutes and see how you feel. JJ Virgin quoted a study recently where she said that this worked for 100% of people!

Thursday, October 06, 2011, 8:59 AM

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I feel this way a lot of the time. I end up eating something healthy like celery and almond butter.

Thursday, October 06, 2011, 1:20 PM

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