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3/12/13 11:44 A

I struggle with this same issue. Last night, two bowls of my son's Cocoa Krispies at 10:00!!AAAKK!! Reading through these posts made me realize that I usually do this on days that I have been fairly sedentary, and days that I haven't had enough water to drink.

I need to LEAVE the kitchen after supper. Other times, I drink a big glass of water. Sometimes just going to brush my teeth helps me to remember that I'm done eating for the day.

BTRAINOR39 Posts: 1
3/12/13 5:09 A

I understand what you are going through. Can you get rid of the foods that tempt you to eat at night? if it isnt in the house you can eat it. I had to do that so Id stop at night too. It is very hard at first but trust me, it does get easier. Please, do NOT give up! your already doing great

DEBBYPOOK SparkPoints: (7,122)
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3/11/13 3:06 P

I have made my nutrition tracker available for you to review. I typically do not eat breakfast. This is fine according to my nutritionist. She is happy that I eat 2 solid meals a day and 2-3 snacks. I have noticed that I am not eating enough fiber. This is something I will try to work on, in addition to watching my carbs, calories, and sugars. The days I consumed the greatest amount of carbs/calories seem to be days I have a panic attack. I am currently on meds to alleviate these attacks. Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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3/11/13 11:47 A


What are you eating during the day ? Are you eating a filling breakfast and lunch ? Many members say they do their best to eat right during the day, but at night they get cravings. What I find when I look at their food diary is that they are eating too few calories during the day and no snacks. Are you eating healthy snacks like fresh fruit or nuts ? It is okay to have snacks. An afternoon snack helps keep a person from overeating at night.

Also, are you eating enough foods that are high in fiber ? I've noticed that most Americans don't eat enough fiber. Well, eating foods that are high in fiber help keep a person full for longer. That's because it takes the body longer to digest fiber. Which in turn helps to keep a person's blood sugar levels stable. Studies have shown that the spiking and crashing of blood sugar can cause cravings.

Would you mind telling us what a typical breakfast would be for you ? How about lunch ?

the more you can tell us about what you've been eating during the day, the better we can help answer your question. Because I've found many evening cravings can be traced back to what that person was eating in the morning.

And well, if you are under unusual stress, then you need to find better ways to reduce your stress. I'm a firm believer that stress is a neglected aspect of weight gain. If a person could reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline. So, if you find yourself stressed out and want to lunge for the frig, consider having a cup of tea instead. You could even take an early evening walk. Walking is another great way to reduce stress.

These are just a few thoughts.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,271
3/11/13 7:59 A

There is also a difference between "stomach hunger"-- where your stomach growls, and you may feel lightheaded or weak, indicating that you need to eat. Or "mouth hunger"-- which isn't really physical hunger, it's wanting the taste or texture of foods in your mouth. So it's really important to pay attention to why it is that we want to eat. Are you really hungry, or is it that some chips or ice cream or a couple cookies, would taste good?

It's suggested that we don't eat while watching tv or reading or doing anything else (driving the car etc) where our focus is on something besides what we're eating. The simplest way to do this, is to always eat at the table.

If stress is a problem-- can you try doing something else, besides eating? How about a long soak in the bath, or reading, or knitting, or taking a walk around the block. Sometimes when I'm stressed, it's helpful to clean something or organize a kitchen drawer. If something's going on that I have no control over, it helps me to do something I CAN control. Or if there's a task you're dreading and it's causing you stress-- break it down into smaller, more manageable steps. And start tackling it, bit by bit.

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3/11/13 12:02 A

Hi Debbie - I went to have a peek at your Nutrition Page to see if there were any clues there, but you don't share it. IF you would like to make it public, we might be able to help you more. You mention that you do weel with your diet during the day, but do you REALLY do well? A lot of people say that they are, but the fact is, when we look, we see that they might be eating a reasonable calorie count, but very poor choices, OR they may just plain not be eating enough, full stop!

Are you eating ALL your meals?
What calories have you consumed up until dinner time?
What calories for the entire day?
What is your calorie range?
Are you eating a healthy, balanced diet during the day?
Are you eating lots of fruit/veges and quality protein (not from processed foods)
Are some of your calories regularly coming from sugary carbs? Sodas? Cakes?
Are you bored?
Do you get exercise in? (Exercise can actually HELP reduce mindless eating)

Hopefully there might be something there which will help you to identify the cause, and you will possibly find that keeping a food diary which includes what you did and how you felt might help you to identify the culprit.

Take care,

DEBBYPOOK SparkPoints: (7,122)
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3/10/13 11:53 P

I noticed that I usually do well with my diet during the day and early evening, but the problem seems to happen in the mid to late evenings. I just can't seem to get enough to eat. I record everything I eat and then this depresses me more, but I just continue eating. Some nights I am up till 1 am eating. How can I break this deadly cycle? I have lost approximately 11 lbs, but would like to continue to lose weight. Any advice you can offer would be wonderful.

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