I have spent the past 2 years of weight loss thinking about food.
When is my next snack?
What's for dinner?
Did those almonds really fill me up?
What should I have for breakfast on Friday?
One thing I've noticed is that on the weekends I'm much less obsessed with snacks and meals because I am doing quality things in my life: shopping, walking, household projects, spending time with the husband, even cooking!
On the weekdays, however, it's hard to get through the workday without watching the clock for my next meal. I changed my eating habits and planned snacks earlier this fall, and I am working on listening to my body and hunger and not letting the clock tell me when it's time to eat. So the following excerpt from Fit From Within REALLY hit home:
From Fit From Within
The rationale behind three meals a day is simple: if you start to eat only three times, you have to stop only three times, and stopping is the problem....This doesn't mean there can never be an exception, that you will never have afternoon tea or an after-theater snack...Nothing that you eat rationally and out of choice rather than compulsion will interfere with the fit-from-within process. Nevertheless, I highly recommend that, unless you have a medical condition that requires you to eat more often, you stick with three meals a day most of the time.
If you do, there will be several waking hours during which you will have nothing in your mouth. This is good. This is when you learn to focus on your inner life and your outer world instead of food. It's also when you come to know at a visceral level that, although food and water and air are indispensable for maintaining your body, the essential individual that you are is sustained by something else, something more.
Eating three meals a day is both a discipline and a gift. In the beginning, it might take all the fortitude you've got to get form one meal to the next without picking up something to eat. Call in your inner resources, understanding friends, or something else that inspires you. Learn the difference between what it feels like to be hungry and to think you're hungry because you're used to eating often.