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4/27/14 12:47 A

Drinking water as we speak. I have mostly broken the cycle of eating while half sleep. I figured it was me fighting against sleeping due to stressing from work. When I lay down to sleep I sometimes have trouble getting the mind wheel to stop turning and usually its from job related stress. I have tried some stress relieving techniques as well as mental health therapy and I seem to be sleeping a lot better. Not too many half sleep eating days since.

FIT4BUHAY Posts: 81
7/26/13 11:58 P

Drink a ton of water and hope the feeling passes...your belly will be full and there won't much room for anything else....this sometimes works for me.

ANDYGIRL1219 Posts: 242
7/26/13 9:02 P

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SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
7/26/13 7:36 P

Fat is not the enemy it is made out to be. Often when they take the fat out of food, they have to add in more chemicals, weird additives and sugar to make up for it. For example, check the sugar content in many fat-free flavored yogurts. It's crazy. The added sugar is worse than a bit of fat, which your body needs and helps make you feel full.

I go for low-fat dairy, which helps with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like D. For peanut butter and other nut butters, you don't need low fat. The fat in nuts is healthy fat, like avocados and olive oil. Sure, you can't consume a lot because they are calorie dense, but stick with serving sizes and make them part of your meal plan. For peanut butter, check the label and look for sugar and hydrogenated oils. I buy brands where the only ingredient is nuts.

But I hope the protein-carb combo works for you. Also, sometimes when we are overtired, our body seeks out carbs to stay awake when the best solution is to walk away from the kitchen and go to bed.

7/26/13 5:57 P

It was more like an urge to eat something/anything. Its like I'm half sleep and just eating to be eating. It's hard to explain. I did complete strength training on Weds and as I stated I didn't meet all of my calories the day before so, it very well may have been real hunger. The sad part is that I have gone so many years without eating enough, my body has been in starvation mode/cravings to the point where I don't know when to recognize real hunger. It makes me feel like a fool and like I'm sabotaging my goals. I did go purchase some fat free cheese to eat with my apples and low fat peanut butter for my bananas. I get eating carbs with more protein. I'm not going to give up or give in. Thank you for your reply. I have been on SparkPeople for a little over a month and I feel like I really do have support on here.

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7/26/13 12:27 P

You weren't clear if what you were feeling was real hunger or just an urge to eat something/anything. If it was real hunger, that's not an uncommon problem. Sometimes you just have a hungry day (hormones, extra exercise recently, didn't eat quite enough the previous few days, whatever). What tends to stop it for me is, if my initial, usual snack doesn't make a dent, then I don't have a second one. Instead, I have something approaching a full meal, even if it's not the right time for it. Very, very often -- almost all the time -- that will be enough to break the cycle of hunger, and I'm not even hungry until the next regular snack time. Sometimes I do eat another small snack at the regular mealtime (or after), sometimes not, but the "damage", if any, is never any more than a couple hundred calories over a normal day, and I figure if I was that hungry I probably needed it anyway.

7/26/13 2:43 A

Thanks all for the advice will try those suggestions when I have that kind of crisis. I finally ended up going to sleep.

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7/25/13 6:33 P

I second what SIMPLELIFE2 has said. Adding more protein, healthy fats, and fiber rich vegetables to your meals can help you feel fuller longer.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
7/25/13 3:33 P

I would try fewer carbs and more protein and healthy fats to feel full. Fruits are simple carbs as are crackers and chips. What happens is your body sees all of these carbs and floods your system with insulin to deal with them. The insulin does its job but so much is there that it can't leave your system quickly enough and is looking for more carbs, so it pushes you to eat more. Thus, the cycle begins. I'm sensitive to carbs so I always combine my carbs with protein -- Greek yogurt and fruit, peanut butter and banana, apple slices and cheese, etc. Also, try limiting processed carbs more. Probably not a good idea to have crackers, chips and chips in one sitting. Pita or tortilla, they are still chips with too many additives, fat and salt.

Try more veggies for fullness and fiber. Some meat or beans for protein and some kind of healthy fat -- olive oil, avocado, nuts. And then maybe a piece of fruit if you still want something sweet.

7/25/13 1:35 P

The problem is, I work at night, so that was dinner not lunch. I try not to eat too much before going to bed because it doesn't make me feel good. My biggest/worst habits is not eating enough, so I agree. I get off at 7:30 am and try to go to bed by 10:00. I should be sleep right now! Between 0800 and 1000 is the worst binge times. I will try the salad suggestion soon.

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7/25/13 12:47 P


I'm not surprized you're feeling a craving for a cheeseburger, that wasn't a very satisfying lunch. While it may have been low calorie, it was not very filling. That's why you're hungry now. You need to eat more foods that help keep you full for longer. Tuna on crackers isn't enough. Instead consider something like a BIG leafy green salad that has tuna in it.

If you're having problems sleeping, that too is contributing to your hunger. Studies have shown that people who can get a good night's rest are less likely to be overweight. if you find it difficult to sleep at night and you find yourself getting hungry, try hving a big cup of tea. Some times hunger isn't really hunger but thrist. Drink some tea. Drink some water.

Mostly, it seems to me on the limited information that you've provided is that you're not eating enough wholesome foods that nourish and fill your tummy. The fruit is great ! Now how about a big leafy green salad with cukes, grape tomatoes, baby spinach, romaine lettuce, slices of onion and some tuna ? How about a sandwich made with whole wheat bread, grilled chicken or tuna, some lettuce and tomatoes. How about some grilled chicken and broccoli ?

The point ? You need to eat more so that you don't feel so ravenous later. Eating too little during the day sets a person up for a binge later. I know this is going to sound strange, but a person has to eat in order to lose weight. Weight loss isn't just about eating less, it's about eating right. the quality of the food you eat matters. I like stacy's chips, but you need foods that really nourish your body.

Try eating a bit more and do make sure you're eating foods that are high in fiber. Fiber helps keep a person full for longer.

Also, a healthy diet can help improve the quality of your sleep. When I was overweight, I took a tylenol PM to sleep each night. As I learned to eat healthier and started to exercise, I no longer needed that pill. I dropped right off the minute I hit the pillow. You may find eating healthier helps you too.

7/25/13 12:30 P

I am having a food crisis. I did this yesterday afternoon as well. I don't know what the deal is but I have been eating and cannot reach satisfaction. I have eaten a peach, watermelon, tuna salad on crackers, stacey's pita chips, tortilla chips and drank water all within the past 3 hours but I am craving a cheeseburger and fries. I can't go to sleep even after taking 3 sleeping pills (125mg of diphydramine (spelling?). I worked 12 hrs last night, got 2 meals and two snacks in. Why am I having these cravings that are preventing me from going to bed and keeping me from obtaining my goal for the week?

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