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1,653 1/4/13 8:30 A
I crave salty snacks. I can pass up sweets anytime but put some chips in front of me and it is hard to resist. I try almonds, rice cakes, baked crackers to help out.
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1 1/4/13 3:18 A
for my choc. cravings i find the fiber one cereal bar really good, i also try to budget my calories for that specific treat so i can eat some dry chocolate cereal or check out hungrygirl.com for some great idea's about sweets you can eat.
I struggle with having the munchies for something warm, soft and sweet (most often chocolatey!) - like pudding, brownies, hot cocoa.... I haven't found anything that satisfies those cravings but is healthy! Sometimes I can curb it by munching on some fruit or veggies (I LOVE veggies), or some hummus, or something else - but my cravings don't go away unless satisfied, so if anyone has tips for dealing with that, I would love to hear it!
When I get the munchies, I go to the computer, and the hunger is gone, getting rapped up in emails, or whatever
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37 1/3/13 5:07 P
I like to attack the munchies with a piece of string cheese, Special K "chips", carrots with hummus or veggie straws. If nothing works I just have to get over it and move on. I like the idea of painting my nails... brilliant!
I get the munchies all different times of day. I work from home, doing daycare, so they are eating often! I get sweet, salty, carb cravings. If carrots or water does not do the trick then I will take a dill pickle, wrap a thin slice of sandwich ham ( carl budding has a 10 pack for 90 calories) and have 2 or 3 of these. For under 30 calories, I get that crunch and it satisfies me. I usually drink a glass of water after.....
I can't NOT snack. I get headaches, at this point. :(
I love the night snack of an apple, sliced thin on a low-fat ritz cracker with a thin layer of peanut butter....I have about 4 of those with a small glass of skim milk (6 ounces) and it fills the crunch, the sweet and the salty which I crave all of when I get home without the guilt...I too work nights and that works for me....good luck !!!
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5 1/2/13 12:36 P
@RITAANNIE It's all about planning!!! :) Seeing as though your shift is from 3-11pm, it leaves you plenty of time to prepare yourself a nice healthy breakfast and lunch- some of my breakfast favorites are eggs, low fat cheeses, a cup of coffee, a bowl of fruit salad, cereal and milk, protein shakes, oatmeal and berries, there are tons of great options!! Same with lunch, some of my favorites are whole grain noodles, soups, chicken in any form, and play around with your veggies!! Many people don't like them raw but will eat them if they're cooked the right way!! Look around for some recipes to slowly start incorporating them in, one at a time!! After breakfast and lunch, always be prepared for your shift at work. Make a healthy meal to take with you for your dinner break, and bring a granola bar or a banana or something to hold you over for the rest of your shift. I am the same way, I always get a case of the munchies right before I go to bed and my favorite thing to do is make a nice hot cup of my favorite tea and crawl STRAIGHT into bed... I get so comfy under my blankets and with my hot cup of tea that not only do I not feel like getting out of bed to get something to eat, but it also calms me down enough so that I can fall right asleep! I love it! Good luck and don't give up!!! :)
I am a salt-a-holic!! Love any snack that is salty crunchy goodness.....okay I know its bad,and have been very good about not buying lays, corn chips or any other" badness in a bag"! I love the idea of just having a protein shake. I will have to give that a try. Thank you!
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2,241 1/2/13 10:37 A
Doritos are my go-to snack craving...healthy? Hell no! Do I eat 'em anyway? Yep. :)
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287 1/2/13 10:01 A
I go for a bite of dark chocolate or one hershey kiss if I want something sweet. If I'm not feeling picky I eat an apple, carrots, or broccoli. If I'm wanting something creamy-crunchy-salty, I get a white cheddar rice cake and smear a wedge of lowfat swiss Laughing Cow cheese on top. It's perfect for a fix.
Edited by: HFAYE81 at: 1/2/2013 (10:01)
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163 1/2/13 6:38 A
If this i right before bed, brush your teeth a little bit earlier and then drink some water. If I'm still genuinely hungry, I'll know - if it was just a craving/munchie moment then all desire goes away.
Ritaannnie one thing that helps curb the late evening/night munchies for me is something with protein, it is safe to eat before bed and will actually help you calm down and relax into a regular sleep cycle more quickly. It maintains your blood sugar longer through the night. Just remember portion control. You may want to take your break at work (if it is flexible at all) around 7 so you aren't starving when you get home and then have a half a peanut butter sandwich sans the jelly. Or some cheese, even an egg with cheese. These should be able to fit into your calorie trackers quite easily with some minor adjustments and will easy that palate to eat late at night as it will fill you up quickly also.
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1 1/2/13 12:18 A
I have gained about an extra 50 lbs since I started my job as a desk clerk in a motel about a year and 2 months ago....My job isn't physical so I am not gettint much exercise....I work 2nd shift 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. so a normal eating schedule is hard to stick to...I do get the munchies after I get home while trying to wind down to go to sleep...anyone know of anything that would be good for me to snack on...i don't like alot of vegetable or fruits so not sure what to do....anyone have any ideas please let me know....I want to lose the extra pounds that I have put on.... I just joined sparkpeople and really hope that I can succeed in losing the weight
Edited by: RITAANNIE at: 1/2/2013 (00:20)
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101 1/1/13 5:02 P
try to be good..but love crunchy salty. portion out chex mix
tons of veggies with low-cals but yummy dips, that also offer a bit of a nutrition, like hummus or trader joe's spinach, kale and greek yogurt dip. Also, popcorn air popped and salted, or cooked in a bit of oil on the stove- the veggie or popcorn route is great because you can eat in relative VOLUME which is what i want to do when im feeling 'munchy'. some other personal (read: quirky) favs of mine are frozen grapes, frozen bananas and frozen mango chunks- like little popsicles! the frozen banana tastes good with just bit of hot fudge on top... im weird, i love my foods frozen.... (including frozen peas and corn and frozen brownies! haha!) Also, i second the mention of protein, like babybel, string cheese, laughing cow, or trail mixes (just be sure t portion it out and savor each piece!) happy munching!!
When I get the munchies and it isn't time to eat I exercise or take a bath, write an email- anything to take my mind off of mindlessly eating, that is what got me to 280 pounds. I had to learn to stop giving in to my inner brat that stomped her feet and screamed IM BORED, STRESSED, or whatever the mood was FEED ME SOMETHING!
You're already making some healthier choices! Also try kale chips. Take a whole bunch of fresh kale, tear into bite-sized pieces, toss with a little olive oil and salt, then bake on a cookie sheet at 350 until crispy but not burnt (about 15-20 minutes). Gets you extra greens that you likely need and satisfies that chip-like craving!
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3,736 12/31/12 5:37 A
Munchies are worst when I'm tired, upset, or bored. Best thing for me is to not have munchie food available and exercise with friends or go to sleep!
i get bad munchies at night no matter how many calories i had that day or if im actually hungry or not... i like these organic white cheddar pop's by Neal Brothers 230 cals for 4 cups and i never eat that much but if i do i dont feel all that guilty...
the special k chips are nice to
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3 12/31/12 12:33 A
Cucumber slices with lemon pepper...YUM!
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372 12/30/12 1:42 P
So many good ideas! I like raw carrots with tatziki, or veggie sticks with babaganoush.
I tend to keep myself occupied as much as possible. Whenever I get the munchies I desire crisps. I've tried replacing them with low-calorie crackers or chopped carrots, it works sometimes. Not buying the food I crave in the first place is a huge help.
I found Pistachios. Only the ones in the shell, it takes longer to eat them, seems to work for me. I too use dark chocolate 65% cocoa or better. I think I'll try the berries.
Edited by: 1RETSGM at: 12/29/2012 (20:56)
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428 12/29/12 1:06 P
I have tried the greek god organic yogurt honey flavor ...two teaspoons with a little fruit(pomagranite for me) takes away my ice cream cravings
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4 12/29/12 12:40 A
Hi, All. I just joined SP and so far I'm impressed. I'd like to throw out a munchie fix I came up with a long while back. Try mixing a low calorie yogurt with non-fat Cool Whip. It's delicious, cold, and satifies the ice cream devil. The consistency is mousse-like and you can also freeze it for a more ice milk feel.
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1 12/27/12 7:34 P
I get the munchies really bad certain times of the month. I've started trying to pick healthier options- almonds with blueberries and a tiny bit of dark chocolate usually does the trick. :)
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501 12/27/12 9:36 A
I have found that when I have the munchies at work that gum and cheerios work well for me. I have the salty cravings too but I am learning to stay away from chips and if I do eat them I will just eat a few to kill the craving. I have noticed that when my sweet tooth acts up that Frozen Yogurt (Yoplait) works great and a few spoonfuls will do the trick. I can say that I am not made of stone and when a craving hits I take care of but not to the extreme just enough to satisfy.
I have to thank you all for your helpful tips on this thread!
It's been a slow day at work, and I was bored and therefore overwhelmed by the munchies. I was staring at the fruit I brought as a snack, but daydreaming about all of the delicious things I could buy at the store on the first floor of the high rise building where I work, but the angel on my shoulder was telling me no, and I couldn't find a sensible solution.
So I turned to SparkPeople, and immediately found this message board. After reading your many ideas and tricks, I felt inspired and more restrained. I decided that I would eat the fruit (what I thought was a tangerine, but turned out to be a small orange) and then allow myself a small "treat" if that didn't curb my craving.
So after finishing the orange (I don't think I've ever eaten a whole orange before, btw) I walked downstairs, where I carefully considered the options and the calorie count on each. I found a Skinny Cow chocolate candy with only 120 calories. Not a great choice, but better than the cookie or candy bar I would have gotten if I hadn't read this!
I even took your ideas about going slow and savoring to heart - instead of opening the package in the elevator and diving in, I waited until I got to my desk, and I am now enjoying in small, slow bites.
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32 12/26/12 5:00 P
My friend brought me a box of Lucky Charms for Christmas (we don't have them in most parts of the UK, and if we do then they're £8 a box!) so right now I'm having to fight my cravings for them!
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6 12/25/12 9:08 P
Nighttime munchies are a problem for me, too. It's usually when my sweet tooth acts up the most. I try to distract myself by always having a cup of water nearby. Brushing my teeth helps, too - I don't feel like snacking on chocolate when my teeth are nice and clean. :)
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141 12/24/12 1:42 P
"munchy" foods typically are the ones I don't have much moderation around, meaning it's hard for me to eat a small serving and feel satisfied. So I choose to abstain. I look forward to whatever I've planned for the next meal. I try and tune into any emotions I might be trying to avoid/satisfy with the food and attend to them.
Tell yourself you had a bad day and do better the next. It doesn't do any god to beat yourself up. That will hurt you way more than extra calories.
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175 12/21/12 4:06 P
The dr put me on some med because I'm allergic to tomatoes. so what did I do for munchies I ate three chocolate tripple ice cream cones. awful calorie intake and I haven't been up to working out. any ideas on how over come this with out beating yourself up over it
When I get the munchies, I suck on a mint or chew a piece of gum. It gives me some flavor for awhile, keeps my mouth busy and takes my mind off eating. I've done this for years and it works wonders for me.
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1,419 12/21/12 9:48 A
Hi my name is melanie louise Jackson aka (Grease31),
I like to have, Fruit & Nuts except (BOMBAY NUTS, MIX) as this always, makes me very very, ill (i struggle to, breathe + i panic, to all the time, 2) this has, happened many times before.
I also like Popcorn, 2 (various different flavours,) & most of, all i like to, have a Pick n, Mix various different Foods, Ham Pork Pie Cheese, Olives (Black & Green,) Sausage Rolls 2.
I don't have TIME for cravings--I eat six mini-meals a day! LOL
I DO get the munchies from time to time. I use that term to mean a craving for something not on my planned menu...
Popcorn is good but kind of high in carbs... fruit works if there's an added protein like cheese or nuts or cottage cheese. Even a small portion of dinner leftovers. It doesn't matter as long as it's healthy. But here's the kicker:
My rule of thumb is "Don't eat when doing something else!"
If I have the munchies and I eat without paying attention, I WILL end up eating more. So...
... I walk away from the computer and other distractions (I don't even OWN a TV anymore! LOL)... I put my food on a pretty plate or in my glass dish (measured portions only, right? LOL), and sit down to a peaceful atmosphere, and LOOK at what I've chosen. I take my time. I let the smell float up into my nose, and try to figure out what it is that I like about it, and when I start to eat, I take small bites and really SAVOR the flavor and texture. I enjoy the food SO much more... and because I take my time, I get that "feeling full" sensation sometimes before I've even finished! And, sometimes my cravings seem to be more the need for a break than from any actual hunger...
My biggest problem is the muchies at night I feel. Buttered popcorn was what I went to before SP and I know that was alot of my weight gain. So now I hardly have it at all because I still can't hardly stop. Where does it end? So instead of homemade, I'll have a healthier microwaved kind or lots of fruit and veggies, cut up ahead of time. I love my skim milk, so I have that alot of the time in the evening too. Good for going to sleep on! Thanks for all the good tips!
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7 12/18/12 10:36 P
I have a really hard time avioding the munchies late at night any advice
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427 12/18/12 5:50 P
My number one munchie satisfier is popcorn. However, i recently was trying to get more iron in my diet pre-surgery, so i roasted chickpeas with garlic or paprika. They were a satisfying munch, but my husband liked them too, so they didn't last long.
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1,493 12/18/12 10:32 A
ICECREAM is my downfall! Rocky Road is my all time fav... Yoplait just started selling frozen yogurt at my local store. It's pretty darn good stuff eventhough its hard to beat rocky road..:)
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41 12/17/12 4:02 P
I have experienced weird change since starting Spark People. I used to be all about the sweets. They have always been my healthy eating Achilles heel. But lately salt has been my trouble spot, especially while watching TV. I am trying to avoid them since I have high blood pressure and have really noticed the difference in less water retention, but every once in a while, I get a craving I have a hard time ignoring. I haven't devoured a entire bag, but I know they are not good for mel
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21 12/17/12 2:15 P
The munchies are my Waterloo. I watch a TV show or movie I have to have chips of some kind. Not good as I have type 2 diabetes, CHF and atrial fibrillation. What I'm doing, thanks to SPeople is follow the recommended nutrients for snacks and reaching them using carrots, celery and a cup of cheerios. So far so good.
I've found a couple of good cravings busters. I never crave salty stuff (yuck), but my sweet tooth is HUGE. I love Celestial Seasoning's Bengal Spice Tea with a splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk as a caffeine-free chai. The tea has carob in it so it actually does a good job of nixing my chocolate cravings, which amazes me. If I'm craving something sweet and creamy, I like berries or a few slices of banana with coconut cream.
I LOVE Republic of Tea's chocolate peppermint tea....WOW! No calories, no caffeine, and no worries!
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12 12/16/12 3:54 P
Evenings my husband likes me to watch a Netflix movie with him. When he asks for popcorn, I make it in the microwave and add spicy curry powder to it. That really is not very fattening and if I measure my bowl out separately and eat it slowly with water it works pretty well.
I avoid night snacking/munching by going to bed early. Then I get up early and exercise. Upon realizing that my time after about 9 PM was unproductive, I decided to sleep instead of eat, and exercise early. The first two months I started sleeping at night instead of eating, I lost one pound a week!
I struggle with the munchies too! Lots of great ideas here on what to do about them.
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244 12/15/12 3:15 A
Ive really struggled with my weight loss goals recently. With winter here, much of my fitness program has been indoor training which is not so fun and somewhat boring. It also forces me to be at home more and more likely to give in to "the munchies". Recently I have tried to cut out snacking of any kind and reducing the sugar laden desserts thatI have such a problem avoiding, especislly at nite while watching TV. I must give credit to Sparkpeople and all my Sparkfriends who have given me TONS of inspirstional support. I cant say enough about all of you that have shared this struggle. Thanks. Peace, Scott.
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224 12/14/12 12:00 P
My problem isn't salty snacks as I have HBP and don't indulge in salty products. Mine are sweets. I keep bite size chocolates usually in the fridge that I can have one or two but ONLY if I have exercised that day. I use it as a reward and then don't feel I have to be feeling "guilty" if I have my chocolate. ( I have also used the sugar free variation to try to help.)
Right about the protein! I always get the munchies the day AFTER a day of intense exercise. Today is one of those days (I cycled 65 miles). I find logging my food ahead of time and lots of 'little meals' throughout the day helps me. I'm gong to try making them high protein and see if that helps. It's okay to munch just make sure you log it so you don't go too far overboard :).
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27 12/13/12 3:21 P
I have trouble with the munchies too, esp. at night after dinner. I usually will have a cheese stick or something with protein. Usually my munchies happen because I am low on protein. Even if I go over my calories by a little (less than 100) that to me is better than fighting your body not getting its nutrients, especially protein.
Munchies are such a pain in the rear. Basically this is the deal with myself...if I am craving something in particular (with a clear fixation) I eat that paticular because if I don't eat a portion of it (candy, chips etc) then I'll eat everything else and still end up breaking down and eating that particular. If I don't know what I'm craving then I try and push through it with water or going for a short walk break.
I really try and not eat when I have the munchies -- once I start I find it hard to stop and tend to like the salty crunchy things. My biggest problem is that it just leads me to continually want to eat even if it is something simple like air popped popcorn. I have to watch myself so that I do not allow continuous eating and try to simply eat three meals a day. On overly hungry day I try to add a lot of salad to what I eat.
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13,154 12/12/12 9:43 P
sometimes i try to distract myself with a n activity to see if the feeling goes away. otherwise dried fruit or raw veggies are great snacks.
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427 12/12/12 2:17 P
I have found that if i have the munchies, to check how much protein i have had so far that day. If i am low, greek yogurt stops the munchies cold. If i really just have the munchies, air popped popcorn gets it out of my system!
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8 12/12/12 11:45 A
ummm good idea think I'll try that, also looking at fiber
Midget dill pickles, all fruit/no sugar popsicles, sugar free jello cups, sugar snap pea pods, grapes, fat free yogurt (use a coffee stir stick straw...mini smootie!) Popcorn...though eat it with CHOPSTICKS! lol...slows you down, and it's just plain FUN. If you want a REAL smoothie, just use one fat free yogurt cup, and a handful of frozen fruit...and blend. :) I also found on those days that I NEED something meaty... and am totally starved, if I overcook the pieces of meat so they are tough, it takes much longer to chew... which is what helps you feel satisfied... odd, but true. Beef jerky same, but it's so full of sodium, the next day you feel all bloated up. :( Most of these ideas are with VERY low calorie foods, so if you are in a mad munchie fit... you can have a few things and still be FINE as far as daily calories. :)
I'm a particular fan of having a pound or so of grapes handy for times like this. They are only a couple of hundred calories, and they certainly hit the spot for me.
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1,183 12/11/12 12:54 P
When the munchies hit, I first reach for a glass of water. If I still feel like I need food, I'll go for cucumbers. Low in calories, high in water content and has a little fiber to help fill you up.
I also make sure to schedule 5-6 meals a day that include some sort of protein in each one. That usually helps keep my appetite in check as well as hunger (remember, they're different things!).
Hope that helps!
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25 12/11/12 12:23 P
My trick to avoiding the munchies is to not be hungry. Are you getting enough to eat and are you eating often enough? I plan out 6 meals a day - breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, supper, snack. I never go more than just a couple hours between meals so the munchies don't ever have a chance to hit me. And I agree with those who have mentioned protein to keep you filled up. I have some sort of protein with each of those 6 meals.
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517 12/11/12 9:05 A
I try tnot to keep things like chips in the house, though they sometimes get brought home by the kids. I keep pop corn, unsalted sunflower seeds and rice cakes for snaking.
When I have the munchies, I make sure I add a protein to the snack! It may be a cheesestick, protein drink, or deli meat!
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40 12/10/12 9:44 P
When I have the munchies I try to find something that is a healthy match to the junk I really want to eat. Like today I ate cucumber slices with humus. Actually it was sooo good. Jello brand sugarless pudding is a great way to help me resist ice cream.
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