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How to stop overeating at night

Friday, September 02, 2011

I am happy this morning to be writing in my blog and sharing some thoughts. I want to blog this morning about losing weight. I am always thinking of how much weight remains for me to lose before I reach my goal weight, but it is good to stop and reflect on how much I have achieved. I have lost 25 pounds in the past few months and that is awesome! WooHoo! It was hard work, but well worth the effort. Thank you to all you SparkPeople for being there for me with your comments and encouraging words. I am so motivated to know that you care about my achieving my health and fitness goals! The more that I blog and post messages here on SparkPeople, the more motivated I feel!

I have started to drink an evening cup of decaf coffee as a nighttime ritual to avoid the temptation of eating at night. This is working extremely well for me. I am enjoying relaxing with a cup of decaf at the end of the day and not overeating. The decaf doesn't have enough caffeine to interfere with my sleep. I am so pleased with this new discovery, and I am happy because it was a SparkPeople post on a message board that gave me the idea.



My favorite coffee mug!

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MNNICE 9/2/2011 10:53AM

    That's a good suggestion. Night time binging is a problem for so many of us. I love coffee - maybe this is the answer for me! Keep up the great progress!

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CINDYTW 9/2/2011 8:10AM

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 9/2/2011 6:24AM

    That's good, I can't as even that amount of caffeine keeps me up. Have a great day!

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No more evening munchies

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Yesterday I tracked my food the whole day. I find that I need to keep my calories around 1200 to lose weight, which is pretty low, but I seem to have a slow metabolism. I am also planning my meals one day in advance using the tracker. This is a very powerful motivation for me to stick with my diet plan.

It was not hard yesterday to stick with my planned meals. I didn't overeat in the evening for three reasons. The first is that I would have to add any additional food to my tracker. The second is that I drank a cup of decaf coffee instead of eating more. The third is that I am accountable to you and would have to admit in my blog that my plan for controlling my evening munchies did not work.

Thanks to all you SparkPeople for your encouraging comments! Your comments are important to me. I read and appreciate every one!
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CINDYTW 9/1/2011 9:18PM

  emoticon Glad it is working for you! I have found it easier to avoid the munchies if I eat enough throughout the day. Maybe you don't get enough on those munchie days? 1200 is super low, especially for a man!

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 9/1/2011 12:29PM

    If you are eating so little make sure you have a good quality multi vitamin/mineral a couple of times a day.

Do you eat every couple of hours? And do you exercise? Lots of things can increase your metabolism.

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GATORJOY 9/1/2011 7:55AM

    emoticonKeep on keepin' on! Your background is great too!

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BRENDARK 9/1/2011 6:44AM

    Aw yes! Great job sticking to the plan and preparing ahead of time! It's awesome you have found stuff that keeps YOU motivated! keep it up! It's another day for great choices!

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Eating too much at night!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I stopped tracking my food for four days and couldn't handle it! I started overeating in the evenings before bedtime. My scale told me I gained two pounds in just four days! I am back to tracking again and had an excellent day yesterday. I have my food all planned for today.

I obviously need help controlling my eating in the evenings, so I turned to SparkPeople.com and got some ideas on how to stop the evening munchies. One idea I liked is to drink some water or have green tea when you feel the urge to eat at night. Also you can go for a short walk outside. You can get involved in doing something, like reading a book or doing things on SparkPeople.com. Brushing your teeth right away after the last meal of the day helps.

With these ideas, I feel able to stop my overeating at night. Just knowing I have a plan for controlling the night eating is wonderful! I feel so motivated and sparked! Thank you SparkPeople for all your comments and blog posts!!
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XIXSTAR 8/31/2011 7:26PM

    Being hungry in the evening is such a struggle and those are some good suggestions. Saw your post through the Paleo team feed and wanted to say that I'm starting my second week and have found that all my late night cravings and often binge eating are gone - I'm really full by the end of the day. And now a small handful of nuts really does curb any hungry feelings when before it was really just an interruption before finding something else.

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 8/31/2011 12:40PM

    Good for you. Are you trying to eat low carb - I have found now I just have a little snack when I get home for work and don't even feel hungry for munchies. I have lost 5 pounds in 3 days. Unbelievable, have found the secret finally.

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Is eating wheat a problem?

Monday, August 29, 2011

The other day, as a special treat, I bought some fresh mission figs. They are my absolute favorite fruit, sweet and juicy when ripe! I have set them out on a plate and am eating them as they become ripe. So delicious!

I am trying to be good to my body by feeding it only healthy foods. It helps me stay motivated to treat myself frequently to fresh blueberries, strawberries or cherries. I need to eat more fruits. Even ordinary apples and oranges are delicious!

A couple weeks ago, I decided to stop eating foods containing wheat. I believe that I have a sensitivity to wheat. I read Dr. Stephen Wangen's book called Healthier without Wheat, and it made a lot of sense to me. When I was limiting my calories to lose weight, I cut back on the whole wheat bread I was eating and noticed that the less bread I ate, the better I felt, so I think I have this wheat sensitivity (aka. gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance). I am doing so much better physically and mentally since I stopped eating wheat! I want to continue to feel this way forever!
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CINDYTW 8/30/2011 12:27AM

  I never knew I was a Celiac (gluten intolerant) like my mom until 2010. I have likely been all my life! I felt best on low carb diets and really pushed myself over the edge into sickness "Eating Clean" with lots of whole grains. I didn't have the "typical" symptoms and when I got to have digestive problems, luckily the doc was smart eough to ask "Do you think you could have Celiac disease?" I was shocked but immediately said "YES! My mom had it but different symptoms!" If you suspect, you are probably right. Stay away from it there is no other treatment anyway!

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 8/29/2011 12:28PM

    I don't eat wheat anymore except for sprouted bread once in a while.

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BRAVERUDE 8/29/2011 11:51AM

    Same here! I no longer eat bread, and only buy cereals made from oats, rice, flax, and rye. I actually get hives after eating wheat!!!

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The beautiful strawberries

Friday, August 26, 2011

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
-Plato

The other day I bought a pound of fresh strawberries. Because they cost about $3.00 a pound, they are a real treat for me. In spite of the price, I try to eat some strawberries or blueberries almost every day. Here is a photo of my strawberries.



After I took this photo, I ate a cup of the berries. I like to cut off the stem part and cut them in half. Then I put them in a measuring cup, transfer them to a small bowl and eat them up. Delicious!

I wonder about strawberries. How come they have the seeds on the outside of the fruit? Every other fruit and vegetable I can think of has the seeds on the inside.

Here is another strawberry photo of a berry in a 2 Tbsp measuring spoon. It fit the spoon perfectly.



Anyway, it is important to treat yourself to good, healthy and delicious foods. Be good to your body and it will be good to you. Cut out all that processed crap and eat natural fruits and veggies. That is what I say to myself every day. I can hardly believe how much processed food is in the grocery stores! You don't even need to eat all that junk. Stick with fruits and vegetables, lean meats, nuts and beans. You will feel much better and be healthier.

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