I've been assuming that evenings would be the hard part of the new food plan. I'm used to eating dinner and then snacking as I wished most of the evening. Sure they were low-sugar, low-fat snacks but I ate a lot of them, enough to help keep the weight on. And most evenings I watch some TV and that has been an incestuous relationship, food and TV. So I expected that eating dinner earlier and not eating after dinner would be the time of biggest cravings.
But it's not. 4 pm is the witching hour instead.
I eat my breakfast and go about my day and I feel pretty good. I eat lunch and I'm still okay. But the afternoon wears on and lunch wears off and it's too long until dinner. I get hungry. I fix an allowed snack but it's not enough and I eat another allowed snack and what I really want is a candy bar or six or a lot of cheese or a lot of bread and butter.
I'm not eating those things. But I'm eating more than I want to and more than is on my plan.
Some of the need is physical. A big salad at lunch isn't going to carry me 6 hours, even if I eat turkey or chicken or beans with the salad. So I need to devise some snacks that are a mini-meal, not just a little bit of food. Or maybe I need four meals a day and should break up my dinner food in some way.
But some of it is also psychological, I suspect. By 4 or 4:30, I'm ready to be done with the day and I usually still have an hour or two of paid work that I need to put in. And I want a reward for sticking with it. I'm used to rewarding myself at 4, for work well done and the discipline to hang in there for a while longer. Maybe I will also have to look at reorganizing my day.