Advice to a friend on dealing with night time binges (overeating)
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
For me, drinking lots of water when I am hungry, kills my appetite. Would it be at all interesting for you to make a gallon of unsweetened tea to sip while watching TV?
When you eat in the evenings, on a scale of 1 - 10 how hungry are you? If you are at a 7 or more, you should eat. Are you eating a little more protein at each feeding opportunity (meal)? It is recommended to aim for stopping eating when we are 80% full. I am working on that, but sometimes I forget. I am also working on eating very slowly, which seems to dampen my appetite, too.
It is recommended to eat away from books and TV and computer, and I am working on that, but it is hard. I eat out of boredom, so I am trying to develop more interests. I signed up for a free (open course) French class and a free calculus class. Neither of those offerings hold my attention for long, but I am still looking and one day I will find something besides overeating that will satisfy me.
Everyone is different. I am in a eating course where they recommended that everyone take double the dose of probiotics for the first few weeks. It caused me to break out in a rash. so, they said to eat sauerkraut for probiotics instead of taking supplements. But the rash did not go away until I stopped eating sauerkraut. They also recommend taking fish oil supplements, and that habit is working for me.
One night, my husband and I did strength training with small handheld dumb bells while watching TV. Another time I watched a Netflix movie in a large screen and watched a youtube exercise video "walking away the pounds" in a small screen. I walked with the exercise video while enjoying the Netflix movie.