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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.
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    1850 days ago
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    1851 days ago
    Something that helps me is to drink something warm... like tea, clean hot cocoa, etc. Totally helps!
    1852 days ago
    All such good advice, thanks. I am trying to break the mindless eating as well. Water does help a lot. Take care, my friend!
    1854 days ago
  • SHOES17
    I really need to work on my water. I have started back eating a protein bar and I have to have water with that. I am hoping this is going to be a two for one. So far so good. Keep at it lemon friend!
    1854 days ago
  • SUE5007
    Just adding to/ confirming your advice...a lot of that works for me too. I have noticed that at night 50% of my hunger post-dinner time are actually from being thirsty. So taking a drink of water helps. Especially if it's something low sugar and/or flavored--like fruit infused "spa water". It makes me feel like I'm eating but when it's flavored. ;) But if I do decide to eat something I go for something I know I won't eat a lot of. I got these garlic crackers and red pepper hummus, they are so savory together I can only eat a few and it completely satisfies my hunger pangs. Or some cottage cheese for protein. But sweets just make me more hungry. So if you decide to eat, be smart about it and have a drink of water to go with it!
    You're a nice friend to offer so much great advice. :)
    1854 days ago
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