Monday, February 18, 2013

Now that I've got your attention.....I'd like to share a little something remarkable with you all.

I've recently blogged and message-boarded about my efforts to curb a night eating addiction/habit that's been plaguing me for years. It's been the hardest thing I've had to do in a long, long time! I've tried every 'trick' in the book....from eating more frequently during the day, to reading, to distracting myself with an activity to ---- meditation. Nothing worked. Some behaviors are so ingrained that it's like pulling an atomic magnet apart to change them!!!

Then a wise friend - who also happens to be a therapist specializing in food issues - suggested something to me --- that is working!!! Lord Love It!!

It's so simple that I feel foolish not to have thought of it myself.

One of the reasons I eat late at night is the feeling of an empty tummy ---- it keeps saying "feed me", "feed me".... (remember Little Shop of Horrors - the man-eating plant???)

Well --- what makes you feel fuller, longer?? FIBER.....Lots of it!!!
My friend's suggestion is to increase the amount of natural fiber (from food, not from supplements) I eat throughout the day ----- and TRACK it.
And that's what I've been doing. I've always tried to eat a high fiber diet --- so upping the amount isn't causing me any gastric distress.

I'm reading labels, Googling fiber content of foods... (you'd be surprised where fiber is hiding -- apples, pears, black/blueberries, even whole wheat pasta.......)

I didn't want to shout about it.....but it's been 5 days now - -and I haven't had ANY late night eating 'events'.....and......AND.....
I've LOST over 5 pounds. True. Going to bed on a full stomach is probably the worst thing you can do......and sleeping with an empty belly obviously burns calories faster than not.

It's still too early to know if I've found the 'magic bullet' for sure ---- but for the first time in a long time - I feel I'm back in control -- and I just wanted to share. Maybe this may help some of you out there.

**** If you are going to start a high-fiber diet....and you are not currently eating much of SURE to ease your way up ..... suddenly increasing your fiber can cause nasty stomach side effects.... (BTW-I'm averaging about 45gms a day - up from about 30)

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    WooHoo Libby, this is awesome! I'm so glad you've found something that is helping you. I try to eat at least a couple pieces of fruit eat day, but maybe I need to slowly increase that and see if it helps me also. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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  • LEW0213
    Just curious. What is your favorite fiber food and what is your favorite fiber snack at night? I'm not much on veggies, especially raw one, and struggle to get 20 g of fiber daily.

    Love this blog, Linda
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    Increasing the fiber does help. I've been slowly adding more lately just because I was continually hungry, during the day, even after a proper meal. I've been steadily increasing the freggies to 5-9 svgs daily, and beans, grains, etc, and I do feel more satisfied, plus I haven't had the afternoon blood sugar drop either. I've been working on raw veggies too. I'm enjoying them and the "crunch"!

    Good for you! I'm so glad it's working and congrats on the weight loss too!

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    1832 days ago
    Wow! 45 grams....that's fantastic! Makes perfect sense!
    1832 days ago
    That is a a wonderful tip!! Thank you for sharing!! emoticon
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  • KAYDE53
    Sounds like you've hit on something that works! It does make sense! emoticon emoticon
    1832 days ago
    Thanks for the info, Libby. I usually allow for a night time snack but have never paid much attention to the fiber content. Will start doing that now.

    hugs...Mary Anne
    1832 days ago
    I am really interested! That is my biggest downfall and really the only area that I feel I don't have under at least some control. Those insane feeding frenzies at 11 PM! The inability to stop! I need any tips I can get.

    Good for you!
    1832 days ago

    MaryAnn is right about sleeping on an empty stomach. I mis-spoke---
    I don't go to sleep on an empty stomach and I didn't mean that you burn more calories that way --- I follow Weight Watchers points plan.....and I save a few points for a high fiber bedtime I DON'T go to sleep on a totally empty tummy.

    It's that when I compare what I USED to binge on ---- it seems like my stomach is empty. What is happening, I find, is that when filling up on fiber all day + a high fiber snack at bedtime ------- I'm not wanting to eat anything more until morning. Am I tricking my stomach into thinking it's full?? If so ----- Great!!

    ALSO...I've found that not eating after 7 or 8 at night - doesn't work at all for me. It just stokes my appetite around 11pm.....and I go out of control. For those who can do this consistently - I take my hat off to you!!!

    I hope this was clear!
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    Comment edited on: 2/18/2013 2:34:31 PM
    Wonderful idea!
    I will have to try it!

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  • MARYANN2323
    Thrilled to hear you've hit on a plan that works for you. The trick now, is to stick with it. Take notes on what and how much you are eating, and when. Stay with what is working and DON'T tinker with it. We, as humans, always seem to mess with things. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

    I am of the mind that going to bed with an empty stomach doesn't burn more calories. Metabolism is like a fire, it needs fuel to burn. Not enough fuel, and it goes out. Too much fuel, all at once, can put it out as well. The key is to find the right balance of fuel to fire. Your fire is a roaring blaze right now. Keep stoking it the way you have been doing. You're doing GREAT!! Just remember, no marshmallows on that fire. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1832 days ago
    although i don't allow myself to eat anything after 7:00 pm, this seems to be working pretty good for me, what a great idea about uping ur fiber intake. will have to try it for sure!! emoticon
    1832 days ago
    Well I'm game to try and up my fiber as well. I've grazed at night for years and if you're losing more weight by NOT eating at night....I'm keen to try. Because I no I take a snack to bed, I've been keeping calories for just that. Its usually in the form of grapes, apple, sometimes yogurt and jelly but always low cal. But I'd like to try and stop it altogether if possible.
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    You're absolutely right! It does seem like a simple fix. Night binging before bedtime is a problem I've had all of my life. I'm going to try this 'fix' too! Thanks for sharing!

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  • KA_JUN
    Excellent to read about your analytical approach to a hurdle to your progress and how you're working on it! emoticon
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