One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Do You Nibble?

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Since going back to counting points I’ve become really aware of my nibble habit. Almost every time I make the little guy a meal, I take a bite. When I cook, I’m constantly taste testing. If food is around it somehow finds a way into my mouth. Most of the time I do it unconsciously and don’t even realize it until I’m chewing!

This is where food journaling makes a HUGE difference for me. This week alone I have stopped most mindless bites.There’s been a few here and there, like to today, but overall my awareness level has increased.

Now I KNOW I can’t be the only one with this a nibble problem. Fess up. Are you mindless nibbler? Does food journaling help? How do you manage it?

Today’s Food Journal

Morning Weigh In: 174.8
some cantaloupe 0
Sweet Potato Scramble 8
a couple of fresh strawberries 0
Lunch at Subway: 12 in ham/turkey sub no cheese TONS of veggies and a bag of baked chips 19
2 tilapia fillets, a little leftover fried rice, and some broccoli 10
more strawberries with little guy for dessert 0
granola bar 3
Total (3 under target counts towards my mindless munches ;)
Conscious Activity: 1 mile walk at lunch and a walk with Little Guy to the park after dinner

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There are 29 comments so far.


    April 4, 2011

    Oh my goodness I use to do this all the time when I would be cooking. Then about a year ago I got Invisalign aligners (invisible braces they are called) and then are kind of like mouth guards so they cover your teeth completely and you can’t eat when you have them in! You also have to wear them 21 hours a day so this brought my mindless munching to a complete stop! When I first started wearing them I would start to take a bite of something and then I would remember I couldn’t!

    Now all of me eating requires forethought, planning and being aware.

    My dentist said he should charge double because it also works as a weight loss plan!

    Cynthia (It All Changes)

    April 4, 2011

    Totally. It especially happened when baking. A few of the chocolate chips for cookies, a bit of the batter, etc. Gluten Free baking has helped that because GF flour tastes bitter uncooked.


    April 4, 2011

    Yep, I have found myself taking random bites of my kids food. I’m trying to stop before it starts affecting my weight loss.

    Ana Myre

    April 4, 2011

    Totally all the time, food journaling helps a lot!!! because I think about it and if its worth spending my points on that!!!

    Lynette S.

    April 4, 2011

    I have not been a very good WWer the last two weeks, i.e. no journaling, and I notice my mindless nibbles go WAY up when I’m not writing it down!


    April 5, 2011

    i’m definitely a nibbler.. it just happens so fast sometimes..

    Foodie McBody

    April 5, 2011

    Those are BLTs!! (Bites, Licks and Tastes) And I think food journaling, aka tracking, is a GREAT way to deal with them. If you can remember in time!


    April 5, 2011

    I once read a success story in the WW magazine that had a interesting idea on this. The woman who had lost weight was a chef so she had to taste things as part of her job so she used her 35 points a week for the tasting. I thought it was an interesting idea.


    April 5, 2011

    I think I used to. But since I’ve been tracking on WW I don’t do it anymore…..unless I’ve let myself get too hungry! :) Then I don’t care what goes in the piehole!

    You are doing great Roni! :)


    April 5, 2011

    I do this ALL THE TIME! I have two boys and they never finish a meal and I am constantly finding myself “picking” off of their plate and I do it without thinking – I realized this a few weeks ago and have since started journaling everything I eat and now I find myself more cautious because those extra bites add up and I don’t want to waste my calories on little bites here and there. I think journaling helps a lot with this issue!


    April 5, 2011

    I either chew gum, or brush my teeth before getting food for my kids… I think all the mindless picking can add up to extra calories with out the enjoyment of sitting down and being aware of what i am eating.


    April 5, 2011

    Are you alone? heck no! I’m so compulsive about popping food into my mouth I call it the SEEFOOD diet. ha ha. I’ve read chewing gum or brushing my teeth will help but I just swallow the gum. It’s totally mindless. Food journaling helps if I remember to write it down.

    Marisa @ Loser for Life

    April 5, 2011

    Yes!!! BLT’s are a huge challenge for me. It’s amazing how quickly it becomes a habit. And a hard one to break, at that!


    April 5, 2011

    I have a hard time when my kids don’t finish their PB&J sandwiches. I just take a breath and throw it away. I really hate to waste food but I think its really being wasted anyway…I’m not hungry and I don’t need it. One way or another its wasted.


    April 5, 2011

    Yes, I totally do this. I actually got worse about it when I switched from a pen-and-paper journal (where I measured and wrote everything but didn’t count calories) to an online program—since I couldn’t conveniently enter “one lick of the spatula while scraping the hummus out of the food processor,” I didn’t bother.

    And @Foodie McBody—love the shorthand “BLTs.” Must remember that!


    April 5, 2011

    I am a nibbler. It got so bad that I no longer finish making my children’s lunches. I make the sandwich and the fill their plates with the other items {I homeschool}


    April 5, 2011

    I totally do this!! I’m a nibbler…a muncher…a mindless eater – whatever you want to call it. All that mindless munching must have caught up with me because my weightloss stalled until last week when I completely stopped it. Now that I’m more aware, I’m happy to report a 2lb loss this week! :)

    Ky G

    April 5, 2011

    Oh boy do I ever! When I wear my retainer for the full 24 hrs (sans eating meals) it’s not so bad. But yesterday I really caught myself (it was already too late but at least I caught myself ;-) ) and made a vow to do better today.


    April 5, 2011

    I am a total nibbler, and it causes me to not eat a full meal. It’s like an endless cycle, and such a difficult habit to break!


    April 5, 2011

    I’m definitely a nibbler and I want to stop that. I bet you I eat an extra couple hundred calories a day because of nibbles! It’s a horrible habit and it’s hard to break but I’m trying.


    April 5, 2011

    Surprisingly I am not a nibbler and I have never developed this habit. I don’t have children – and I don’t have ready to eat stuff in my house, so its hard for me to find things to nibble on. When I make meals for boyfriend and I, I make just enough for our meal – nothing extra, so there is no room for licks and tastes. The only “loose” food I keep in the house is fruit – and cheese sticks. I have a feeling when i have kids this behavior will sprout as the pantry grows full with easy snack foods….


    April 5, 2011

    I second the invisalign… it completely stopped my nibbling, while straightening my teeth :)


    April 5, 2011

    I’m the worst for this. I do it all the time. All. The. Time. I should really start journaling because I’ve somehow convinced myself the nibbling isn’t that big of a deal. I know some people subscribe to the “If you bite it, write it” method and I know I need to start. But first I need to convince myself that it really DOES count.


    April 5, 2011

    I am guilty. The worst is when I’m at work – I can go through my planned snacks for the day way before lunch and not even think about it. I’ve always been bad about journaling; I probably need to work harder at that so I can get in control.


    April 5, 2011

    I am totally a nibbler, it is terrible….I am making dinner and a slice of cheese always finds its way into my mouth! One week I should add up all those nibbles!


    April 5, 2011

    Hello my name is Lori and I am a nibbler, BIG TIME! It’s when making meals or baking. I have been realizing that it is slowing my progress also. Thanks for the reminder.


    April 5, 2011

    So I’m still curious if you like the new WW plan. Or is it hard to compare since you are have extra points right now? Any thoughts on counting points for fruit when it’s in a recipe?


    April 7, 2011

    Dana – I answered you in a post…


    April 14, 2011

    Everytime I change my eating habits to healthier choices I am always doing this!!!! I feel like I was constantly eating….My friend said it happens to her too. She gave me a few of her Slimmies to try and it made such a difference. It controled my appetite so there was a lot less nibbling!!! :) Here is the link to the site incase you are interested: