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 it......be 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)