My buddies in food addiction recovery, the Comrades in Forks, have been communicating for about a month now. We'e emailing each other with our daily challenges, our goals, and what we're hoping to accomplish. The last couple of emails of challenge have been around eating a lot when we get home from work or snacking in frustration.
And for the first time, I began to see how a structured food plan (whether calories, or quantities, or set times for eating) could be more useful than restrictive. Structure is an important part of recovery for it helps contain the chaos of our addictive behaviors. In my alcohol treatment program, we learned to go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time as a minimum structure.
So I'm beginning to see how committing to a time plan for eating could help. Meals within a certain time range, snacks ditto, and nothing in between. Now to find the courage to give it a try.