Indulgence-eating in between meals-do you do this?

@kalav56 (11503)
India
January 11, 2010 5:56am CST
In many households in India we have three regular meals a day-breakfast,lunch and dinner or some slight variation by way of brunch, some heavy snacks for tiffin,and dinner.Whatever the practice is , do you keep munching between meals?Do you get tempted to indulge yourself with a packet of chips, a bar of chocolate [just for the fun of it] or do you exercise self control and are quite systematic?
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@balasri (26577)
• India
11 Jan 10
I am a kind of attuned to a strict regimen of diet daily. Breakfast I take three idlies or two dosas or two chappathis. The OR here is vital 11 am I take a couple of salt biscuits with coffee. Lunch will be with measured amount of rice alone.And vegetable salad or a bowl of carrot pieces after lunch. Evening coffee with one dosa or two biscuits if I feel the pang. And dinner at 8.45PM with a couple of chappathis and some fruit to follow. Friday evenings we order for pizzas or burgers for my daughter and some other Chinese or Thai for us. I am happy with my intake as I have mentioned above. Now it is up to you to deduce whether I have self control or not.
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
11 Jan 10
God! If this is not self control then what else can be?THis is absolutely splendid routine and this is how normally we are advised to eat--regular, small doses at regular intervals.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
11 Jan 10
In the UK we used to have 3 - or maybe even 4 - meals a day including breakfast and supper. My Nan always did this and none of her children were overweight because the meals were enough to satisfy everybody. Not everyone eats breakfast (especially before work) although I always eat breakfast due to the fact I was anaemic when I was younger through lack of iron in my diet. I used to eat apples a lot but have become more used to Junk Food. I am actually looking forward to my blood test next week because if it turns out there's nothing wrong with me it will force me to go on a diet! You sound like a very healthy individual if you ask me.
@balasri (26577)
• India
12 Jan 10
Thanks Kala.I simply do not have any self discipline or strict regimen in my food habits.My food habit may seem to be alright.Somewhat I do not have craving for the oily snacks that interfere with the appetite for the main course of meal.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
11 Jan 10
I try very hard not to snack inbetween meals. Unfortunately, I seem to like all the things that are bad for us like chocolate and sweets. Next week I shall have a blood test to see if I'm a diabetic (amongst other ailments) as these sugary cravings are detramental to my health. I used to be way more healthier than I am at present so - depending on the results of the blood test I will be able to make more informed decisions as to what to do next. May I ask what tiffin is?
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
11 Jan 10
This word "TIFFIN' is essentially a South Indian usage ;the dictionary definesit as a 'light meal'. When we have lunch in the morning [11 oclock or so] we need something filling in the afternoon.This slightly heavy snack is referred to as 'tiffin' by us.Be it for breakfast or this afternoon snack, we rely a lot on fat free heavy snacks like Idli.[Idli is a fat free steamed staple diet]
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
11 Jan 10
Thanks so much for replying to my question. At least I have learned new words today my friend, thanks again for you explanation.
@agv0419 (3030)
• Philippines
12 Jan 10
I also eat snacks we called it here merienda. I think it is not bad at all if you feels hungry eat light snacks before meal so you would not eat too much. I want to avoid eating sweets and chocolates for now because I want to lose weight. I'm don't know what is tiffin is?
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
11 Jan 10
Hi kala......I am back in action after a few months of hibernation.... Regarding your discussion I must admit I ahve this bad habit of munching chocolates and biscuits and what ever I can lay hands on,in between meals.....I know thi sis a bad habit,and try to refrain from doing this all the time......Its usually when I am very bored that I do this....he..he.... Wishing you a HAPPY and PROSPEROUIS 2010...
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
11 Jan 10
Wish you too a very happy new year Rose and good to see that you are back again. Well, I also feel that I should not do this but if the meal gets delayed due to some reason or other I always would have a banana or a biscuit to keep me going [when I am cooking] ;otherwise I will manage without munching anything.THanks for the participation.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
12 Jan 10
Hi Kala.....Yes its good to be back in mylot after a long interval........ You are right ,even though its well publizised that we should not eat in between meals,spending too much time in the kitchen is boring ,if we cannot dip our hands in the cookie jar once in a while, while the main course is sizzling on the stove......And you know its said that chocolates are good for the brain...So eating chocolates while in the kitchen will help us to come out with novel recipes.......
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
12 Jan 10
We women always strive for the welfare and pleasure of others .
@bjcyrix (6857)
• Philippines
12 Jan 10
I am quite systematic that I have snacks in between meals. Seriously though, I dont have a fixed time for my meals. I dont eat breakfast too. I would just grab a piece of bread or some biscuit, or maybe drink something warm and call it breakfast. I sometimes skip it because I would wake up in time for lunch. Lunch is also another story since I have classes at 12noon so I would either have a late lunch or just skip that and have a light snack. But when I didnt have something substantial for lunch I would get hungry early in the evening which would make me eat an early dinner, and then have a snack an hour or two before going to bed. Snacking does help in alleviating the hunger when I skip meals because of time. There are also times that I eat well at the right times but still have the urge or cravings for snacking. Sometimes I just eat because I want to.LOL I know that not eating properly is not good for my health and I am trying to find time for some eating balance in my schedule but sometimes it's just not possible.
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
13 Jan 10
I was just about to write something similar before I came to your last paragraph.YOu are very young and as you grow old you will defintely make it more regualr and streamline your diet. .Normally it is said that even if you have irregular meals a day it must be regualrly irregular[the same routine everyday].Thanks bjcyrix for the participation.
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@bjcyrix (6857)
• Philippines
13 Jan 10
Hmm, "regularly irregular", that is probably the best way to describe my eating habits. Thanks.^_^
@sweetie1026 (1724)
• Philippines
12 Jan 10
If by these in between meals you mean snacks then yes, i do eat snacks. I have snack in the morning about 9:30 and 10:00 am then an afternoon snack at 3:00 or 3:30pm. I also get to eat snacks in the evening while watching tv because i stay up late. These snacks are just light often just biscuit, juice or fruits or a bar of chocolate. I usually stay until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning.
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
12 Jan 10
If you are a person who sits up till 2 and 3 in the weehours of the orning, then you defintely need a snack to keep you going.Eating at regualr intervals is a good habot if the proper sort of snack is munched.Only wehn this becomes aregualr french fry intake or creamy dessert , we will get into trouble [if we don't have good exercise].Thanks for the participation.
• Philippines
12 Jan 10
You are welcome and it is my pleasure.
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@nrn2003 (671)
• United States
11 Jan 10
It is important to try to snack healthy between meals. It helps to make sure you eat correctly and not overindulge in mealtimes. So it is good to do so. The thing that many forget is the healthy part. A lot of people don't snack healthy. They do snack with the chocolate or chips. I try to only do those things in moderation. I guess it doesn't matters as long as you consume your required about of calories a day.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
12 Jan 10
TRUE;in fact the doctor prescribs a diet for people with diabetes like this and if normal people would like to safeguard themselves it si better to snack 'helathy'.But this is the most operative word and people normally do not munch on a cucumber or carrot stick; anyday we would prefer a bite of chocolate or chips.We must make efforts to control this.
@nrn2003 (671)
• United States
12 Jan 10
yes I do believe that we must try harder. That is why there are some many obese people in this world. I find it humorous at times when you see lawsuits against places like McDonalds for making people overweight. Its all about determination and drive to not eat the unhealthy food.
@dpk262006 (55919)
• Delhi, India
11 Jan 10
Hi kala! Normally, on working days, I take meals three times only i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner and in the winter it could be 'evening tea'. I do not feel like anything in between, if I feel like munching a chocolate bar, I will do the same immediately after the meals. I think unnecessary eating in between the meals help us gain more weight and does not do any good to our health.
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
11 Jan 10
Yes Deepak! That is very sensible.I too used to do this for gulabjamun or some milk sweet.I will have food and then eat the sweet for dessert. Irregular munching of fried eatables is always detrimental to our weight control.
@dpk262006 (55919)
• Delhi, India
12 Jan 10
Yes, we need to take care of our health ourselves.
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@vandana7 (59031)
• India
11 Jan 10
Hi kala, recently I read somewhere that it is better to eat piecemeal. I guess, we evolved like that. :) God didn't really design us for eating mechanically the three meals. Still we can restrict healthy food to those meals, and munch in between some proteins I suppose. I am trying to lose some weight, so I have stopped sugar completely. My source of sugar now are rice and chapatis. So I am hoping by year end, I can give Aishwarya Rai a run for her money. LOL. Seriously, we do have a lot in our food that our systems are not designed for. So I have taken a serious step this year, especially because I fear both diabetes and Alzhiemers. :)
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@dpk262006 (55919)
• Delhi, India
11 Jan 10
Hope Aishwarya reads your response and see to it whether you are going to give a run for her money, as you are dieting to look like her.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
11 Jan 10
All the best Vandana for your New Year Resolution. THe pattern suggested by Balasri is ideal moreso for people who have diabetes or would not want to add weight.
• Philippines
12 Jan 10
I love the in between meals. :D A lot of the time I crave for chips or chocolate. It's always either. :D I guess that's why I'm fat. XD
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
12 Jan 10
Thank you for the participation.
@yogambal_64 (1016)
• India
12 Jan 10
Hi kala, Yes I have this bad habit of eating and munching in-between meals specially while watching tv and have nothing to do in particular. Yes I am tempted to eat a packet of chips, chocolate any short-eats most of the time, and it is high time I should control it which I am not able to do at all. But when I am fasting for the sake of some ritual or function I have a good self control, other days I am totally out of control.
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
12 Jan 10
Yes Yogambal and strangely when we are on a fast we normally do not crave a thing.[so much for mind power].Wish you all the best and may be this year will bring in some welcome changes in indulgence by regulating it according to your desire.
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
12 Jan 10
Hey kalav! I would say that it depends on what I am doing! If If I go out to appointments and errands then I get hungrier! I need to have something to eat so I either have a snack or lunch! When I am home alone all day and not on any regular schedule I only eat dinner and sometimes it is very late, too late for most people! And then on occasion I "night eat", meaning I get up during the night for "snacks"! I have screwed up my system really badly! Lately I am trying to "fix" the damage so I am eating dinner earlier, sometimes actually having a sandwich for lunch and not eating during the night! It will take me some time to straighten out my system! When I was a kid our family used to eat late at night because me and my mother worked and it would take time for her to prepare dinner when we got home from work. So this schedule stuck with me when I got home from work late too!
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
12 Jan 10
When we run around a lot,[in fact even when there are guests at home and I have a lot of cooking to be done] I tend to feel hungry and would definitely eat much more than when I just have normal simple work at home. And, late habits are undesireable but sometimes, we do have some constrictions .WHat to do? As long as we follow the same routine everyday, apparently it is alright. Wish you all the best to fix your 'system' this year soon.Thanks a lot for the response Opal.
@kiran8 (15372)
• Mangalore, India
11 Jan 10
Hi kala, I guess we all do that at some time or the other. In my case if there is something at home like sweets or some snacks I go on munching, so now I hardly ever buy any. I have absolutely no self control over it lol...But again sometimes I dont touch it at all, esp if I am busy with some work or if the children are around, i dont get a chance, they finish everything. I know that one needs to have some self imposed control over this and like the actresses and models keep saying in interviews ' when I feel like , I munch a carrot or an apple or a stick of celery and drink 3 liters of water....blah blah - whether they actually do it or not, it is healthy to do so instead of all those sweets, chips,murukku and stuff...All the best kala
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
11 Jan 10
Yes Kiran! I too have a sweet tooth but am slightly carful with my sweet intake.Recently I had my sugar levels tested and this showed absolutely normal reading.So, I am happily enjoying sweets. While I agree it is healthy not to eat too much of sweets, at times, our craving supersedes health consciousness. THanks Kiran for the response.
@Buchi_bulla (8299)
• India
11 Jan 10
Yes. In my house, all of us have the habit of eating something in between meals. It will be either chips or mixture, chocolate, plantain (banana) or some sweet or cake. Mostly it will be in the evenings.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
11 Jan 10
Indulging in snacks/friedn otems at nogh is the worst thing possible.Evening is alright.THanks for the participation.
@kiran8 (15372)
• Mangalore, India
21 Jan 10
Hi kala, I do this all the time.I like to munch something or the other while I am browsing. just to get out of this habit, I try my best not to keep any such snacks at home. I love stuff like nuts, ladoos esp the ones made with til and jaggery,and stuff like murukku ....I also like fruits which is not too bad.However I am a little more disciplined now and dont indulge often, but sometimes I do and I dont mind....have a nice day kala
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
22 Jan 10
There is no harm indulging once in a while Kiran.And if it is going to be fruits then nothing like it.If it is murukku, mixture,milk sweets and Badam Halwa all the time then it is cause for concern.
@kiran8 (15372)
• Mangalore, India
22 Jan 10
The biggest prboblem I face is when I have lots of sweets brought in by friends and relatives. I feel so tempted and most of it is generally rich and dripping with ghee ( I really love them ). I do indulge but give away most of it ...all the best kala
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
22 Jan 10
So, what was the special sweet you enjoyed last [after the wedding? Siroti?]
@vijayanths (7878)
• India
11 Jan 10
I have a fairly neat diet habits except I take snacks whenever I feel like taking them. I eat snacks mostly at nights which is not at all good for my health. This is the only I am going to control in the coming days.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
11 Jan 10
It is great that you have systematic habits but as you yourself have written eating snacks at night is not too good for us.Wish you luck to keep up your New Year Resolution.
@vandana7 (59031)
• India
11 Jan 10
Good you realized it vijayanths. :)
• India
11 Jan 10
Thank you kala and vandana for your wishes. I am sure I will control this bad habit very soon.
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
15 Jan 10
Uhm...Well...I can be well disciplined when I want to…It is a touchy subject at the moment kalav because both my husband and I have stacked, and I mean, ‘stacked’ on the weight during the holidays. He has been home for a month on leave since the middle of December and not only have we overspent his holiday pay we have definitely overindulged in junk food and snacks! Bad, bad me! He is going back to work on Monday and it will be a lot easier for my daughter and I to return to healthier habits. My weakness are still Kit Kat Giant Chunky Fingers...Yum!
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
15 Jan 10
What is Giant chunky fingers Paula?[is it like chips or some chocolate like thing?]Anyhow, it was holiday and christmas vacation too.If you are not going to indulge during holidays then when are you going to do this?Dont feel guilty about it.ROutine is always there to follow ,; holidays are rare and meant to be enjoyed.
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@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
16 Jan 10
A Kit Kat Chunky Fingers is a chocolate wafer thing and it is absolutely scrumptious although very fattening...
@comfort55 (1574)
• India
13 Jan 10
hi Kala, whenever I am at home, I do indulge in munching inbetween the meals..but the eatables have definitely changed with age...Few years back, it would be some biscuit, chocolate, coke and so on, but now with age its either some raw vegetable or fruit, biscuit with less sugar, lime water etc..
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
13 Jan 10
Then there is absolutely no cause for concern comfort55. THanks a lot for the aprticipation.It is quite time since I have seen you or have I missed out on some discussions?
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@comfort55 (1574)
• India
14 Jan 10
Thanks Kala, I was away to America for quite sometime and after coming back got busy in the setup of our new house where we had shifted before going abroad and had left the work halfway.
@allknowing (58151)
• India
11 Jan 10
I normally skip my dinner and so I do have a snack in the evening. If I feel hungry in between I do get the urge to munch something but this does not happen every day.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
11 Jan 10
But then , you have this snack instead of your dinner.This can never be termed 'indulgence'.THanks for the participation.
@allknowing (58151)
• India
11 Jan 10
You missed the in between snacks
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
12 Jan 10
I could never stick to just three meals a day. i am always snacking. Chocolate is definitely one of my downfalls.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
15 Jan 10
Who does not like chocolate?
• Australia
12 Jan 10
We eat three meals a day - breakfast, lunch and dinner - with dinner the main meal of the day. We usually have a cup of coffee mid morning and sometimes a biscuit or savoury biscuit with the coffee. Apart from these, we do not "snack" although I often have a handful of nuts mid afternoon and several drinks of water throughout the day.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
12 Jan 10
oooch ! i did not even remember the coffee and tea I drink when I mentioned the regualr meals a day.Thanks for the participation.