Social snacking – Eating more when with friends

I dared to write all my food intake. A pattern came through that having visitors or being around certain people made me eat more or eat when I’m not hungry.


visits: when someone comes by and the first offer is, “let’s go out to eat.”

weekend events: usually, there’s food. I may not be hungry but I’ll feel compelled to eat it, just because it’s there. I found that this comes from the anxiety that I might not be able to eat at a later time or if I don’t eat now, then I’ll be hungry later.

But I found another question. WHAT INFLUENCES MY MOVEMENT or ACTIVITY?

if i eat with friends, does it work the same way with exercise?

Not necessarily. The 30-day squat challenge was a great start but the sets were completed on my own. The accountability to another person was helpful though.

I do thrive in class settings so getting to a group environment would help me.

The pressure of feeling like i don’t have enough time will curb how i invest in my walks, challenges and rest. I found that I do best when I don’t feel rushed.

Writing down what I ate reminded me that I need to take responsibility for my responses to hunger, social settings, invitations and weekend events.


Weekends are the times when I tend to overeat. I’ll be working on better meal planning and getting more comfortable with passing up a plate. I’ll be asking the question, “Am I hungry or am I going for it because it’s there?”

More lessons and lifestyle changes to come!




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