How to Cure the Munchies!

Guess what? I’m going to tell you how to cure the munchies. This is something I suffer from often, and I’m happy to have found a (partial, temporary) cure. I’ll share it with you shortly.

First, a quick recap of my day.

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My morning eating went well. I started my day with my high protein pancakes that I prepared last night. All I had to do was grab the container from the fridge and I could easily eat them in the car. That works out quite well.



I was in a meeting until 10:30, at which point I was hungry. (Protein power lasted 3.5 hours). So a quick snack:

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Shortly after that, I had lunch:

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And then, bad things started happening. First I started feeling tired (definitely a contributing factor in causing munchies), and then the afternoon started d-r-a-g-g-i-n-g. I look at the clock. It’s 12;59pm. Bummer, I have to make it 3 more hours, and my lunch to seem to be staying with me. I look at the clock again. It’s 1:01pm. Uh oh. It’s okay, I’ll try to focus on my work and forget about the vending machine that is now calling my name. I look at the clock again. It’s 1:09pm. This isn’t going to work! I eat an apple to try to stave off the munchies:

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Didn’t work!!! I look at the clock a few more times. Around 3pm, I went to the cafeteria and bought a 50 calorie yogurt to eat.




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I made all the way without giving in to the munchies!!! It wasn’t easy. They still weren’t gone when I got home and so before dinner I had 4 crackers (only two are pictured).




I finally ate taco “salad” for dinner (made with lean ground turkey):

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Still had the munchies even though I was no longer hungry. I ate one handful of Corn Chex without bothering to take a picture.I love plain Corn Chex. I really need to get into individual baggies, because eating anything out of the box is dangerous! I finally got myself out the door and did an intense workout on the elliptical!

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Finally, I found the cure!!! (Which I already knew.) One intense workout and the munchies are gone. If only I could have done that sooner! From experience, I know it’s only a temporary and partial cure, but I’ll take it! I had no chocolate today. I don’t even think I’ll bother with my allotted one chocolate piece. If I’m hungry before bed I’ll have a small fruit smoothie.

One little side note. Don’t you hate it when people talk about their weight loss experience or give weight loss advice and say something like, “I stopped eating chocolate and my desire for it just went away.” Or “I realized chocolate wasn’t good for me, so my desire for it just went away.” Or “Once I started fueling my body with healthy foods my body started craving them, so my desire for chocolate naturally went away.” SERIOUSLY!!?? I’m here to inform you, (and trust me, I would know having tried all of the above for long periods of time) that is most DEFINITELY NOT the case for normal people. They must not have eaten the chocolate I eat!

  1. #1 by Karen on April 18, 2011 - 9:13 pm

    Don’t shoot me for disagreeing:) I have found that giving up certain foods, trigger foods, is very challenging but over time I crave them less and less and then don’t even miss them. I have done it with bread and with peanut butter. I suspect I could do it with chocolate too, but what would life be without a little chocolate:)

    • #2 by laurajane on April 23, 2011 - 8:17 am

      Lol, I won’t shoot you for disagreeing. I do wonder if I haven’t given up “trigger foods” (which for me would be basically be all breads and all sweets) for long enough. I’ve done two months at a time and noticed only slightly diminished cravings. Also, I have found that giving it up completely has worked for my diet Pepsi habit – I really don’t miss it. (That only took me a couple weeks.)

  2. #3 by Lori on April 19, 2011 - 1:54 pm

    The munchies are the worst! I have them today & am ready to eat everything in site. You’re so right about exercising helping to curb them – something I need to remember…and do now!

  3. #4 by Becky Perry on April 19, 2011 - 3:22 pm

    Hi! Glad to have found your blog (and thanks for stopping by mine)! I’ll be back to visit often. I hope you have a great week.

  4. #5 by Sarah on April 21, 2011 - 4:20 am

    Exercise definitely works to curb those munchies! I’ve also found that drinking something warm helps too (I usually use tea or coffee if it is morning). Another trick is a handful of almonds, although that doesn’t work nearly as well as I always hope it would.

  5. #6 by Ginny on April 22, 2011 - 9:39 am

    I thought I was one of those people who had given – did not need chocolate anymore after 3 months of not eating it! About an hour ago I got the munchies, not hungry, anyway ate 12 cadburys quality street, and now paying for it – horrible headach, and feeling shaky!!
    Love reading through your blog.

  6. #7 by Mary @ Bites and Bliss on April 22, 2011 - 4:26 pm

    Workouts always cure munchies for me, too!! It’s either the endorphins or beating boredom..but it works!

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