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New resolution: no more nighttime binges.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

I found a pattern: I can be eating well all day, and then after dinner, it all goes to pot. I'll have some fruit, some microwave popcorn, some yogurt, some light ice cream, maybe a little chocolate ... I especially tend to pig out after my husband is upstairs for the night, since I hide my ice cream consumption from him. Always a bad sign when I'm hiding my eating.

None of what I eat are bad food themselves, but they add up! Yesterday I consumed over 400 calories in nighttime snacks.

So, new resolution: no more than 150 calories in before bed snacks. 1 piece of fruit? ok. A small cup of light ice cream, or my new favorite, Greek yogurt with cocoa powder and Splenda? (really, it's super delish) Fine. Multiple huge snacks that go on and on, or ice cream straight from the container? NO MORE!

But of course, my resolve is weakest just before bed, which is why this is happening in the first place. Anyone have any tips for curbing the nighttime snacking? My best one used to be that I would knit or do needlepoint to keep my hands busy ... Time to get back to that scarf I've been thinking about!

Addendum: the snack of 150 cal or less must be logged into the nutrition tracker BEFORE I eat it, which will help me stick to this resolution. What is logged beforehand is THE ONLY thing I will eat for my evening snack.
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  • CARI2012
    Oh yes, nighttime is my weakest point too! If I'm getting "snacky" for no good reason, I just go to bed. I can't eat if I'm asleep!
    1865 days ago
    I totally know what you mean! I always struggle in the evening with my eating. Lately I have been substituting drinks for foods -- water, tea, or hot chocolate. It helps with my desire to be putting things in my mouth and keeps my calories lower.

    I also try to avoid the kitchen part of the house. I've been taking nightly baths followed by deep moisturizing sessions. It seems ridiculous, but it keep me away from the kitchen and it is a good way to care for my body.

    Sounds like you're feeling better from the stomach flu. I hope so! emoticon
    1867 days ago
    I always crochet. It keeps me busy and keeps me from binging
    1867 days ago
    Great plan! emoticon
    I had the munchies after dinner and found that now I can get along with 2 large mugs of a very strong flavored herbal tea (witch's blend from Gong Fu Tea). That and knitting anywhere but in proximity of the kitchen helps me.
    1867 days ago
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