How to Avoid Overspending and Overeating

How to Avoid Overspending and OvereatingMoney and food. Overspending and overeating. It’s a complicated relationship. Researchers have found that people who have a spending problem are more likely to overeat, too. Do you have one or both of these problems? Just one of them is a difficult obstacle already. Having two of these problems at the same time can really derail your life. Today, I’ll share how to avoid overspending and overeating. One of these is easier for me, but the other one has been a struggle. Check out my story and see if it can help you.

Overspending

Okay, I confess. I never had much issue with overspending. Being frugal is my forte when it comes to money. The number one rule in personal finance is to spend less than you make. I’ve always been able to do that, easily. Even when I was making a great income, I rarely overspent. Once I discovered financial independence, I tightened up even more and now we live a relatively modest lifestyle.

This isn’t the case for most regular people. I just met a new friend at the school bus stop and she isn’t like this at all. The other day, she complained that she always spends money when she’s out and about. She’d go for a walk with the kids and buy coffee, cookies, or whatever strikes her fancy. Like most Americans, her modus operandi is to spend. If they see something they like and they have money, they’ll spend without thinking twice about it. This is okay as long as you have a good income, but it’s hard to save when you spend like this.

Reset your default switch

For me, it’s different. My instinct is always don’t spend. This applies to everything. If I see Starbucks while I’m on a walk, I just ignore them. Now, it’s a habit and I rarely spend impulsively. Even if I need something, I take my time and rarely make the purchase right away.

Here are some strategies I use to avoid spending. They are really helpful.

  • Delay spending. My best trick is to delay. Put off spending for a few days so you can think about it. Most of the time, I find that I don’t need this particular item after all. I put stuff in my Amazon cart all the time without completing the purchase. Right now, I have a junior size basketball, cold packs, melatonin tablets, a kid’s bike, a skateboard, an energy saving power switch, a carbon steel pan, a Nakiri knife, and an office chair. All these things would be neat to have, but I don’t need them right away. I may order them at some point, but they can stay in the “Saved for later” cart for now. The Matfer Bourgeat pan would be awesome in the kitchen, though. Maybe I’ll ask Mrs. RB40 to get me that one for Christmas.
  • Read the reviews. This is another delaying tactic. When I buy something, I want the best deal possible. That means reading reviews and doing some research. This works best on big ticket items like a car. If you’re not in a hurry, you can spend months researching a vehicle. Lots of time, you’ll find it’s better to stick with the old vehicle instead of buying a new car for no good reason. I use this tactic for cheaper things, too. If you’re not too busy, it’s a good way to avoid spending. However, if you don’t have much free time, I wouldn’t worry about saving a small amount of money.
  • Shop for a better deal. Why not shop around? The internet makes this a lot simpler today. Before buying something from Amazon, compare the price on Walmart. Don’t forget to check Craigslist, Facebook, and other sites if it’s an item that can be purchased used.
  • Borrow it. This works well for tools and other specialized equipment. Why buy it if you’ll only use it once? Check with your friends and neighbors to see if you can borrow that torque wrench instead of buying a new one. Oh, the library is an incredible resource for entertainment. We have over 50 books, DVDs, and CDs checked out right now. I have no interest in these having my own copies after viewing them once. There is no need to buy anything you can borrow from the library.
  • Avoid shopping areas. My new friend at the bus stop probably could use this strategy. If she goes for a walk in areas without a coffee shop, then she wouldn’t crave it. Of course, that’s pretty much impossible in Portland. There is a coffee shop on almost every block here…
  • Keep busy with other stuff. This last one is really good. You’ve got to stay busy so you don’t have a lot of free time on your hands. I’m super busy being a stay-at-home dad, husband, chef, blogger, landlord, investor, caretaker for my mom, and more. I don’t have much time to spend money. Idle hands and all that…

Naturally frugal

I’m not sure why being frugal came naturally for me. Maybe it’s because we didn’t have much money when I was young. My parents rarely purchased anything frivolous and the frugal spending habit stuck. Hopefully, my tips above will help those of you who aren’t naturally frugal. I know it’s hard to change your spending habits, but it isn’t impossible. You just have to find the right way to make that mental switch.

Okay, enough about something I’m good at. Now, let’s talk about eating habits and how I turned it around. That one was much tougher for me.

Overeating

Being frugal is easy for me, but I’m not so good at weight management. While I’ve never been obese, I have gained a few pounds since I graduated from college. Haven’t we all? I weighed 128 pounds when I was in college. This year it hit 142 pounds. It’s been a gradual increase, but my BMI is nearing the top of the “normal” range now. I’m 5’4. If I don’t change something, I’ll end up in the “overweight” category in just a few years. I’m relatively healthy for my age (45), but I want to be leaner again. Many health issues come with being overweight.

Dieting

The established way to lose weight is to diet and exercise. However, dieting never worked for me. We’re too set in our ways and we like eating too much. In the past, I’d diet for a few weeks (at best) and then snap back into my old eating habit. Dieting just doesn’t work unless you can stick with it forever. If you diet until you reach your weight loss goal and stop, the weight will come back. You have to change your eating habit completely.

From my research, the best diet is to go whole hog vegetarian. (I couldn’t resist the pun…) Eating a whole food, plant-based diet will improve your health and help you lose weight. That’s great, but our family is omnivorous. We are not willing to change our eating habit that much. We’re cooking more plant-based meals now, but we still love hamburgers and pizzas. I also cook a lot of Asian food. Those dishes usually involve rice and noodles. Those are refined grains which aren’t great for your body.

Whole Food, Plant-Based Diet

Here are the basics of the whole food, plant-based diet.

  • Eat whole plants such as legumes, grains, nuts, and fruits.
  • Avoid animal products such as meat, fish, and dairy.
  • Avoid processed and artificial food.
  • Avoid added fat and sugars.

The Mediterranean diet seems like a better compromise for regular people. You can have some meat, fish, and dairy.

Our current diet

Currently, we are trying to eat fruits and vegetables more often. However, we still enjoy our burgers and pizzas. We’ll keep working on it.

Healthy food

Healthy food

Not too bad for your body

spicy Thai shrimp salad sushi

Spicy Thai shrimp salad and sushi hand rolls

Delicious food, but not very healthy

delicious food

Enchiladas (made from scratch by Mrs. RB40!), burger and tots, pizza, and ground beef curry.

Exercise

Exercise is also a big part of maintaining a healthy weight. It’s not easy to be active because 80% of jobs in the US are sedentary or require only light activities. Most of us aren’t physically active enough. When I was working full-time, I went to the gym 3-4 times per week. But that’s not enough. You have to be physically active throughout the day, too.

Now that I’m a stay-at-home dad/blogger, I spend a lot more time out of my chair. I’m up and about much more often than when I was an engineer. Having a young child really helps with that. Yesterday, I took our son to his soccer game at 2 pm and we didn’t get back until 5 pm. That’s 3 hours of running around. It was great.

The CDC recommends at least 150 minutes of physical activity every week. That’s really not a lot. If you don’t meet this guideline, you need to make a lifestyle change. I’m doing okay here so we need to focus on our diet.

I found my mental switch – Intermittent Fasting

We are trying to eat healthier, but it’s a slow process. Our son hates vegetarian meals so I have to make food that he’ll eat, too. Hopefully, we’ll move to mostly whole-food, plant based diet at some point, but it won’t be any time soon. I need to try something else if I want to stop gaining weight.

A few months ago, I read about intermittent fasting and I thought I’ll give it a try. Basically, you can only eat in an 8 hour window on fasting days. You avoid eating the rest of the time. This sounds a lot harder than it is. However, if you’ve ever fasted for a blood test, then you can do this. It’s pretty easy once you get used to it. Here is what I do.

  • Skip breakfast and drink coffee in the morning
  • Have another coffee and exercise
  • Eat lunch (noon) and dinner (6 or 7 pm) normally
  • Avoid snacking after dinner

I lost 10 pounds!That’s it. I followed this eating schedule 5 days per week for almost 2 months now and I’m positive I can keep it up. I don’t have to change my diet and I still eat the food I like. We are eating more vegetarian meals so that helped, too. My weight dropped from 142 pounds to 134 132 pounds. That’s the most weight I’ve lost and I feel awesome. My goal is to get back to my college weight, 128 pounds. It’ll be really nice to be skinny again.

There are other methods to do intermittent fasting, but this 16/8 method is the simplest one. In addition to losing weight, intermittent fasting may help protect you from diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and dementia. We still need more research, but the benefits look good.

A little help from my friend

Before starting intermittent fasting, I wasn’t sure if I could stick with it. Could I really fast for 16 hours every day? It’s intimidating to make a big change like that. However, I had a little help from my friend. Martin Dasko from Studenomics just finished his fasting course. It’s really helpful. Martin will help you get started with fasting and simplify your exercise program. Check out his course if you’re trying to get leaner.

Martin DaskoSee Martin Dasko’s Fasting Course. He calls it – What’s for dinner? How you can get jacked by fasting.

It turns out that intermittent fasting isn’t that difficult for me. That first week was a little tough but it became easy after I got used to the routine. I don’t mind drinking coffee instead of having breakfast. It works well on the weekday because I have to rush RB40Jr off to school. I don’t have time to enjoy a nice leisurely breakfast anyway. On the weekend, we sit down to have a nice breakfast together. It’s a much better experience than on the weekdays.

Snacking

Snacking is a problem for lots of people, including me. I used to snack at night pretty often. I stay up to work on my blog and I’d be a little hungry by 11 pm. Intermittent fasting makes a huge difference for me with snacking. Now, I need to avoid eating to stay in the fasting state so I don’t have a late night snack. It’s a huge mental switch. I’m not sure why it works, but it does for me. I guess previously, there was nothing to stop me from snacking late at night.

For those of you who really can’t avoid snacking, you need to buy good snacks. Previously, we had mostly junk food like chips and crackers in the pantry. Since I started intermittent fasting, I purchased healthy snacks like nuts, trail mixes, hummus, and dark chocolate. Healthy snacks are a lot more expensive than junk food, but your body is worth it.

Check with your doctor

Check with your doctor before starting intermittent fasting. It might not work for you.

Overspending and Overeating

That’s how I avoid overspending and overeating. One came naturally to me and the other I struggled with. Now I feel like I’m in a groove and can handle both things. It’s a great spot to be.

How about you? Have you struggled with overspending or overeating? Have you conquered these issues? Please share your experience with us.

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64 thoughts on “How to Avoid Overspending and Overeating”

  1. I too delay spending to reduce my expenditures. I also take 2 other key steps
    1) try to buy used: craigslist is my best friend. Bike for 7 year old son $25 on CL like new… $150 at the store. What is great is I will be able to sell that bake in 2 years for the same or more when he needs to step up to a bigger bike.
    2) for amazon purchases I put price watches on http://www.camelcamelcamel.com. You can see price history and set alerts when the price gets lower maybe at a yearly sale time. This is great for things that I want but don’t need right away saving me at least 20% of new items.

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  2. I like the concept of intermittent fasting. IT worked wonders for me few years back. Currently I’m practicing it again
    Overspending happens when there is no calm mind. Overeating happens due to depression again no calm mind
    In both cases wavering mind is root cause. If we can control one of this other one can be easily controlled

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  3. I struggle with my diet when I’m out of my routine. Our current travels is a bad example unfortunately, and I’m not looking forward to standing on the scales when we’re finished. The Vietnamese cooking class that we took today didn’t help, I can hardly move I ate so much!

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  4. My wife did this 2-3 months ago and saw great results. I was able to do it for a couple of weeks and saw decent results.

    Some life things happened and we kind of got off of it. I was only buying half-in in the first place (mostly to be supportive). We’ll probably pick this up again in the next month or two.

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  5. Wow, 10lb weight loss is very impressive!

    I lost 7lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight but this was mainly from chasing after baby and being so hungry from feeding my baby. I also did HIIT exercises a few times a week at home.

    I have never tried intermittent fasting- I get really hangry all the time if I don’t eat regularly. This is interesting seems like a lot of people rave about it. I tried Paleo and Keto diets but I like rice and noodles too much. Thanks for the info I’ll look into it.

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    • You did a great job as well. It’s a bit different for women, from what I read. I think you don’t need to fast as long.
      IF wasn’t that difficult for me. I feel like breakfast is mostly psychological. I’m a bit hungry when I prepare breakfast/lunch for our son, but not much after that. Maybe you should try it for a couple of weeks. It might be easier than you think once you get into the routine.

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  6. In both cases is about discipline an routine, and finding happiness in simple and real valuable activities (and not in introducing items and food in our lives).

    P.S. intermittent fasting is known in the diet world for many years: “skip the dinner and will skip some weight”. since I get old (40’s) I have no issues to eat 2 lunches daily and jump one. Very important for me is to have enough salads or raw vegetables.

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  7. We have become better about not buying trivial things, coffee, bakery etc. We still probably spend too much on entertainment and hobbies. We also try and once a week have a couple of “spend no money today” days.

    I have also put a little bit of weight on and need to lose about 10 lbs. It’s disappointing as i’m running regularly. Probably just ate too much over the summer.

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  8. The interesting thing is that now when I have started my road to FIRE I have also started to lose weight. I keep about the same diet as you do with coffee in the morning, lunch, light dinner and then no more.
    Kind regards, Anneli

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  9. Nice effort on eating; however, most effective ”intermittent fasting” or time restricted eating means only water during fasting periods. Anything else, including coffee, starts your “metabolic clock.” You might was to check out Rhonda Patrick’s interviews with Dr. Satchin Panda of TSRI.

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  10. I noticed that bad money management does go with bad self control when it comes to food too. I thought that was just in my mind though. I can control my eating (effectively dieting and losing weight) but I know I’m not at risk for high blood pressure or stroke so I don’t have to be Olympic healthy. I indulge on weekends and not very much on weekdays. I also avoid sods completely. Gotta live a little, I live to eat.

    You’re right excerise doesn’t help much. I do about 2-3 hours of aerobics every day.

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  11. Awesome, thanks for sharing this Joe! Even as much as I know about fitness and health, one of the things I struggle with constantly is overeating.
    I say all the time, you can’t outwork a bad diet, but somehow I keep trying to do so. I usually overeat when I’m stressed at work or something.
    Having no spend days has helped me find balance with that. But it’s still a struggle to be honest.

    No spend helps with cutting with overspending and overeating. I’ll get it down soon enough lol.

    Thanks for sharing Joe

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  12. I am just throwing this out for discussion. Instead of forcing yourself to spend less, and eat less; what if you focused on earning more and exercising more, in order to stay in balance with the spending and the eating that you already do?

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    • Earning more is good, but I think you still need to have your spending under control.
      Exercising more doesn’t work. You’ll wear your joints and body out in the long run. You need to balance it with eating moderately. IMO.
      Losing weight is 80% eating, 20% exercising. (That’s what the internet says.) It’s too hard to burn calories through exercise.

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  13. Timely post — I’m in the midst of a sober October in which I’m also trying the 16 / 8 plan of consuming my calories in a window from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. I have been wanting to lose 10 pounds or more for the last 18 months — I’m finally doing something to make it happen.

    Congrats on your progress, and best wishes on the final push to 128.

    Cheers!
    -PoF

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  14. i just turned 50 this year and haven’t been to the work gym more than 20 times all year. when that routine is strong i weigh about 30 pounds less than right now. i’m a wine enthusiast and don’t want to give that up so more workout at high intensity is my answer for my situation. i don’t usually eat until dinner or maybe some almonds at lunch. we cook everything in our house from scratch and that helps.

    sounds like you have a good plan in place. when i moved to new orleans 19 years ago i lost a ton of weight just by not driving and walking around everywhere with almost no working out. i somehow just got skinny.

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  15. Congrats on the impressive weight loss, Joe! Keep it up. You’ll definitely get to your goal if you continue on this path.

    I’m glad you did some research on whole food plant based diets. It really is the optimal diet for overall health, preventing chronic disease, and promoting longevity. Other diets (paleo, keto, medifast) will definitely work in terms of weight loss. So will whole food plant based too. Any diet will work for weight loss if you stick with it. But for overall health, whole food plant based dies is the most optimal, hands down. I know it’s a challenge when family members are not on board, but any effort contributes favorably to your health.

    I’m also glad you are seeing good results with intermittent fasting. IF has helped me lose stubborn belly fat and love handles. I thought I was genetically destined to have excess fat in the form of love handles. However, I lost them doing both IF and WFPB dieting. Like you said, IF may not be fore everyone. But for most people, IF is beneficial in cutting calories (weight loss), reducing incidence or insulin resistance, and promotes testosterone and growth hormone (to increase strength and metabolism).

    I think your regimen is great.

    I do something somewhat similar. Instead of coffee though, I drink dilute apple cider vinegar. It’s a probiotic, it boosts your metabolism, can increase your energy, and it is an appetite suppressant so it makes doing IF easier. Give it a try one day.

    And yeah, it’s important to cut down on snacking. Snacks are generally processed food that contain a lot of sugar, processed trans fat, chemicals, additives, and preservatives that are terrible for our metabolism and overall health. I suppose if you have to snack on something a piece of fruit or vegetable will you be your best option :).

    To combat those terrible urges to snack late a night, try chugging a large glass of water. Sometimes our bodies trick us into thinking that we are hungry when in reality we are actually thirsty.

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    • Thanks for your input with everything. You really helped out when I was starting.
      I’ll try apple cider vinegar soon. That might help in the evening. Coffee is great in the morning, but I can’t drink it at night.

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  16. Hey Joe – love this article and I’m in the same boat as you and many, many others.

    Saving money comes naturally, but not eating too much food is hard. My sweet tooth is my downfall. Cakes and chocolate are my heaven.

    Luckily I’m an all the cake or none of the cake type personality, so I have to abstain.

    And also run – running is so much fun.

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  17. I used to weigh 50 lbs more and it is still a struggle to keep it off. The whole thing actually occurred because of my early retirement, which coincided with the closing of Borders bookstore. I wandered into the diet section, which I had given up on, and found Gary Taubes book “Good Calories, Bad Calories”. Changing to a low-carb diet has really worked for me. He actually shows studies that indicate the “calories in, calories out” info that claims to exercise and eat less does not work. It is the type of foods you consume and most overweight people are insulin resistant. Over the years since I’ve read that book, many more studies, books, and information is coming to support this, which is primarily a high fat, moderate protein, low carb diet.

    For me, my biggest issue has been wine and then getting munchy on nuts in the evening. I recently gave up wine and it is doing the trick, both for the weight control and the budget. I tell you, there are tons of ads and movie scenes with wine everywhere. Also beer is a big thing in the FIRE world, and I suspect we are blowing the health and budget on that item alone. I’ve been guilty for many years, so I totally get how this is huge in society and difficult to change.

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    • Great job losing 50 lbs and keeping it off. That’s a huge accomplishment.
      Low carb is good, but I read that high fat/protein/meat isn’t great.
      I’ve been reading books about dementia and they all say meat isn’t good.
      I think wine is okay in moderation. Beer is definitely bad if you have too many.

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  18. Being frugal came naturally to me too! And I think it’s because I grew up poor, so I’m just used to not having a lot. I often find myself having problem spending money. It’s so hard to part with my hard-earned money sometimes!

    Mr. FAF and I don’t really spend much except for one category – food! My 2018 new year resolution is to spend less than $500 on food a month. And so far we’ve spent about $900-$1,000/mo on groceries, restaurants, and drinks *yikes* @[email protected]

    P.S. Your new layout looks so clean and fresh!

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  19. Nice Joe! Glad to see you have picked up on intermittent fasting and it’s been going well for you. I’ve been doing it since graduating college four years ago (before I even knew it was a thing!) and have noticed it’s really helped control my weight. My problem recently has been actually keeping weight on! When I don’t workout for periods of time I actually lose weight (and not the bad weight, it’s usually muscle) so the challenge for me is to maintain working out and the muscle mass for my preferred weight.

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    • Wow, 4 years. That’s pretty good. Although, you probably don’t need it at that age.
      Seems like you should keep it as a secret weapon until you’re in your 40s, know what I mean. 🙂
      Losing weight is not good.

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  20. I don’t overspend very often, but I do definitely struggle with overeating. So I guess technically I overspend on junk food?

    I’ve just never really been all that interested in eating healthy foods. It doesn’t help that I don’t enjoy cooking in any way, shape or form. So I try whenever possible to stick to frozen (healthy) meals, protein bars and then a (small) amount of chocolate at the end of the day. When I stick to that diet, I lose/maintain weight.

    And I’ve at least gotten good about exercising regularly. Granted, that’s only because without it I’d have to go on cholesterol medication (high cholesterol runs in my family) but any reason that gets you going, right?

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  21. Nice post Joe. Ever since I hit 30 (long ago) there’s been a risk of suddenly discovering I was carrying a few extra pounds.

    I don’t like fasting tho – it feels like I’m eating my muscles 🙂 One thing I do when I notice a few extra pounds is to drink a huge glass of water before each meal. It starts to fill my stomach and leaves less room for food. It’s kinda simple, but it works.

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  22. Not only are we similar in age (I’m 47) but apparently deal with the same issues.

    Eating is my weakness. I love food and consider myself a foodie.

    When I travel it is typically the cuisine that I am traveling for and a huge part of the experience.

    I actually eat quite healthy when I am home (which thankfully is for the majority of the time) and found some great healthy ways how to cook (sous vide is my favorite and it really does make restaurant quality food but much healthier in my opinion. I wrote about it on my blog if interested: https://xrayvsn.com/2018/05/10/the-doctors-bag-sous-vide/)

    But when I go out I really tend to overeat/engorge. It is definitely a form of binge eating and it is hard to control. Fortunately I do try to keep a routine exercise plan (1 hr elliptical usually 3x wk) that will knock off any of the weight I gain when I do go out, but sometimes, especially during the holidays, what goes in >>> what goes out and I can gain 5 lbs or so if not careful.

    It’s a struggle but I figure if this is my only real vice (don’t really drink, don’t smoke, don’t gamble, don’t overspend) its one I can live with.

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    • Traveling is a big problem for me too. I usually lose weight and eat much worse. It’s hard to stick to the routine while you’re traveling. I’ll see if I can do it on our next trip to Thailand. That’s even more difficult because the food is great there.

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  23. Hello Joe,

    Thanks for the great write-up. I have found intermittent fasting to be of great benefit. Especially in regards to focusing and getting things one. I will usually skip breakfast and begin the morning with coffee. This helps in driving focus and concentration until lunch approaches. This is a great way to save on meals and in maintaining ones health and physic. However, I usually make up for lost meals when we dine-out on a weekend 😉

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  24. Hi Joe, spending is not a big issue to me. Overall, I’m frugal. But, eating is something else. I love the good food. When I was young, no matter how much I ate, my weight was never a concern. The last 10 years, I realized I got to watch my weight. Losing weight is very hard.

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  25. I’ve never been a spender of big, expensive things, but the little stuff has always drawn me more, be it a coffee and pastry or a new book. It’s taken some time to wrap my head around how to get away from those small impulse/habit purchases, and staying busy and keeping strict habits have done me well there.

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  26. Hi Joe, same here.
    When it comes to frugality it seems natural but when it comes to food, it’s a struggle. My weakness is the snacks in between meals (mostly chocolate and cookies). I have set more reasonable goals and it seems to work (most of the time). I also started keeping track of my food intake in Fitbit and it really makes a difference. It is just like a budget for FOOD!:)

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    • I updated the main post and added a snack section. You should buy healthy snacks like nuts, fruits, and dark chocolate. It’ll take a while to switch over, but healthy snacks are much better for you.

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      • Thanks Joe:)
        I have been buying dark chocolate and almond butter as an alternative snack and it is making a big difference. Still get the cravings for more once in a while but not as often.

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  27. I think the desire to spend and to overeat are controlled by inner emotional switches. Sometimes you can’t turn them off but you can find ways to outsmart them. For me diet is more about portion control, which means not eating out very often. It also means cooking nutritious meals and plating them. No platters left on the table to keep picking at. On the money front, automatic saving and investing were keys to wealth buildings. We couldn’t do too much damage with what was left over since we paid ourselves first.

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  28. Joe, When I worked in the Corporate World, my habit was to come home at night have a couple beers and binge eat. It was a way to kill the pain from the day. Now that I have more balance in my life as a part time teacher, I don’t have that urge as much anymore. It was a ridiculous waste of money. Fortunately I have never had a weight problem. But I could stand to eat healthier. I love pizza and burgers too, but I find they drain my energy unlike fruits, vegetables and healthier fare. Tom

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  29. I have PCOS (which comes with blood sugar and insulin problems). When I skip breakfast, I do eat fewer calories during the day (even without caffeine) but I also gain weight. Fasting is not for everyone!

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  30. Congrats Joe! Fasting is a great tool for many. At this point in my life I exercise too much and too hard to really use it safely, I would go into glycogen depletion and “bonk” and not be able to finish my workouts. But I do plan to try it more often on “off weeks” or times when I’m taking it easier.

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  31. I’m pretty much the same Joe — I can control my spending, but I do overindulge on a big meal from time to time.

    To counteract this, I’ve used intermittent fasting for awhile now, and I hardly notice it anymore. Getting rid of ‘flavored drinks’ makes a huge difference. It’s important to maintain my exercise level too. If I slack off I’ve noticed my weight starts to rise.

    While my peers have gained weight as they’ve aged, I’ve stayed roughly the same.

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    • Do you fast every day? It’s easy for me to fast on the weekdays, but tough on the weekend. I enjoy sitting down with the family to have a nice breakfast.
      I never drank much junk beverages so it’s not a huge problem. Once I cut out beer (mostly), I only have tea, coffee, and water.
      Nice job maintaining your weight. It’s not easy as we age.

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