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LINDAWEEKS1
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Thanks for the info Betty!

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Linda, Can't remember full name, but I just read in Woman's World that it does not matter when you eat, even in evening. The calories you eat in a day are what counts, and you will not gain if you eat before bedtime., but your tummy may growl if you eat within an hour of going to bed. I also (because of age) am up through the night as I drink water or herb tea up to an hour before retiring.. I have however found a good herbal solution, and now only up once thru night, sometimes none. It's just an urinary bladder support. I take 2 capsules every night. Have only been on this for 2 months now, but it works. Betty

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i'm overboard when i have a day off.



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I would have to agree. another thing is plan ahead of time. I usually plan my days meals the night before and this includes snacks. I stick to it and find that I do not get off course this way. I have had my husband try and say oh lets stop for "This" I tell him no I have all my calories accounted for the day. Before he never took me serious but even he has admitted that lately he does it at times just to test me

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I may be repeating what others have said, but if its tried and true:

Try filling snack bags with a single portion of something you can keep in your bag.

If you know you will eat it carrot sticks, celery sticks or a small serving of fruit will give you that boost of energy with out the crash or inability to sleep later.

But if it might end up at the bottom of the bag and lost for a day or two: a single serving of dried fruit, pretzels, nuts, trail-mix, or my favorite wheat thins will stave off the gnawing stomach without killing your calories. emoticon

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I get home daily at 6:30p.m. or 9:30p.m. and I struggle with if I should eat or night alot--

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I don't eat after 6 p.m. because my doctor told me not to eat 2 hours before going to bed since I have a tendency for Acid Reflux. It helps me to sleep better if I'm not up trying to take Tums to settle the tummy.

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I am afraid I can't answer your question on the eating before bedtime. I don't know much about how the body works so that is one goal I have to work on. I need to figure it out so I can use that information to help me in my weight loss and getting more healthy. On the water thing in the evening I do know if you drink a lot you will be up during the night LOL. I try not to drink past 7PM. That seems to help me, but I also know that I am older and the bathroom seems to be a place I spend a bit of time these days LOL.

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I am blessed by being able to be home for all my meals. I try to plan low calorie meals so I can enjoy a snack before bed. Usually a bowl of bran flakes with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and yes I add sugar. Otherwise I feel like I'm dieting lol I'm satisfied and I sleep better. As far as fluids I can not go an hour without water. Most people have a hard time consuming the water they need in a day But for some reason I crave it and I have to watch how much I drink before bed only because I don't want to be running to the bathroom every hour. Since I have been with SP I have been able to balance out my food so I feel satisfied and I am getting the proper nutrition. So anyway why do you not eat or drink before you go to bed? I have heard that the calories you eat will not burn off at night... true but if you don't go over your calories, and you burn them off the next day isn't that the same thing? Am I missing something? Is there any article that explains this on SP?

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I always pack a lunch the night before in a cooler right after dinner. That way I am not rushed in the mornings or I dont forget it when I leave. I make sure I pack enough to munch on for small snacks. That way I am not starving when I get home for dinner. I also dont eat anything after 8pm.

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I agree about the 6 p.m. cut off. I also stop all liquids at 6 p.m.

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I stop all liquids after 6 p.m. so I don't run to the bathroom all night.

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I finally figured out why I'm so ravenous between lunch and supper (8 hours fasting!) so I now schedule myself a high protein snack at 4 p.m., then when I get home at 6, I might down a low sodium V8 for an extra couple of veggies. We often don't eat till 7 or 8 p.m., due to our news watching habit. I agree that you can feel like you're getting some "me time" when you grab a snack at work - for me, it's tough to talk on the phone with my mouth full! I've found that if I can take my snack away from my desk, it feels more satisfying.

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Lots of great ideas here! I might be saying what someone else said, but...

I went to see a dietitian a couple of months ago and told her how I sometimes overeat when I get home from work. She suggested I eat a snack of fiber+protein before leaving work. That might mean some cottage cheese and peaches, or cherry tomatoes and mozzarella, or almonds and applesauce, or apple and peanut butter, etc.

I don't always do what she says and might eat half of that combo and because it's still either protein or fiber, I still feel full!

Some quicker items you might want to consider is a Kind Bar or a Larabar. I'm crazy about the Kind bars with almond and coconut.

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I set an arbitrary eating "cut-off" time of 6pm. I don't eat past that time unless I am seriously under calories for the day.

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Such useful comments! I'm getting ready to start a new job with some long hours, and I know it will be challenging to not snack too much. Eating can feel like an oasis of calm "me-time" when life gets too hectic. I've learned that nutritious, high-fiber and protein-rich foods ends up being more satisfying than candy bars and other junk. I agree about the tea, too. I'm not really a tea drinker per se, but if I feel hungry and know that I shouldn't be, tea usually eases the sensation.

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I think someone else might have mentioned this, but I too think it may have more to do with the nutrient make-up of the meal / snacks you take to class vs. what you eat at home on your regulated days. The snacks and chocolate may be tasty, but for me most kinds of junk food tend to give me the feeling that I'm constantly hungry. When I stick to my planned meals (which are mostly veggies, low-sugar fruits and whole grains with lots of natural protein, fiber & fat), I rarely ever experience hunger like that. I do get cravings sometimes but not the feeling that I'm starving or could eat everything in sight.

I recommend bringing a fruit & veggie salad (lots of dark leafy greens, beans or edamame, berries, pears with the skin on etc.) with a natural vinaigrette, flavored oatmeal & water. Or if you can take them, try one of the better meal replacement shakes with lots of protein & fiber. These types of things tend to fill me up no matter what time of day it is, but allow me to keep my calories within the necessary range. These types of foods also help me to be more energized and alert, which I'd think would be helpful for your class. :)

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I can't believe I missed this awesome team for so long. Wonderful suggestions.

I've developed a weird habit of coming wide awake a short time after going to bed so sleepy I can hardly keep my eyes open. At first I thought I was going to bed before I was sleepy enough, but nothing seems to matter to break the pattern.

Of course I then head straight for the kitchen. Now I just try to leave enough calories to cover the 3am "snack", but I hate this!!

Let the good times increase as the weight shrinks.


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The marshmallow drink but add some sugar free fiber unflavored.
Touch of pumpkin pie spice and it is decadent stays with you longer too

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Yummmmm...I am SO going to try that marshmallow drink tonight! I have trouble getting sleepy and end up staying up until 12 or 1 a.m. reading to get sleepy. But the book gets exciting and then the hours just keep creeping along.

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1. After school snack habit: When I started teaching, I continued the after-school-snack habit that was already established. When I retired after 42 years, that habit continued, whether as a habit or a way to relax after stressful days, it was as strong as thinking I still needed to eat my lunch at 10:30 a.m. like I had for 42 years. School schedules are weird!

2. Full Plate Diet: So when I started Spark people a little over a year ago, I would think I was hungry. Another sparker shared the full plate diet and its strong encouragement to up the fiber ante. I did, gradually like they said, increasing by 5 grams. 3 weeks later, I stopped feeling hungry.

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The link will take you to a downloadable fiber guide. But scroll a little further and download the complete e-book. It has been a wonderful help for me on my journey to healthier eating.

3. Processed food: Processed foods are habit forming. My suggestion for your choices before, during and after class is to eliminate any processed foods during that time, unless you processed it. Stick with whole fruit, veggies, nuts, cooked beans. If you want chocolate, have cacao nibs (raw chocolate) instead of a candy bar. Try this for a week and see if the hungry feeling goes away.

4. The nutrition tracker idea is a good one. It has been helpful to me each time I wanted to figure out what was going on when something didn't appear to be working. At first, I discovered I wasn't eating enough fruits and vegetables. Then when I took a look at sodium intake, I learned all the processed food was loaded, and I was loading ME up with it as a result. The added benefit of learning that was my blood pressure is down from 165/95 to 112 / 66. There's a lot more to health than calories in/ calories out.

5. I like that you are thinking about the activities which might help you decompress after class. Consider breathing before, during, and after stressful situations. I know you are breathing. But I mean something more. Perhaps you have a calming, breathing technique. If not, here's mine.

Breathe in as if you have holes in the bottoms of your feet. As you breath out silently,
1. roll your shoulders up, back and down.
2. smile in the back of your throat
3. breathe out slowly and silently, feeling the warmth flowing over your body.

That can be done anywhere, anytime to decompress.

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Don't forget fiber! It will help stave off the pangs! Even a little pumpkin puree with cinnamon on it will give you a boost without huge calorie expense.

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I am going to try the tea. I try to eat right during the 12 hour shifts, but then I'm starving when I get home and....SPLASH!!

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THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LIFE. THE ONLY THING YOU CAN DO WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF CONSTANTLY OVERBOARD, IS LEARN TO SWIM!

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Tea helps me and you can even use the herbal, flavored teas as they are soothing, filling and will help you get rid of the cravings. Gum helps as well. Sometimes, we are so conditioned to eat and you'll see the change within yourself! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



 
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If I stay up late I feel the same way. I try to go to sleep but I cannot get past the grumbling stomach. I usually have cold cereal with yogurt or milk, then to bed and sleep. However I eat at the low end of my calories allotment so I have some room for those times. Also, if you are wound up, try a hot cup of herb tea, or warm milk before you eat anything. At the very least, you s should eat less. Good luck



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Tea in the evening. emoticon emoticon Thanks for the reminder. I need to use tea to replace other evening calorie overload.



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Lots of good recommendations!
Protein, water, healthy snacks. I love hot tea in the evening because it keeps my hands and mouth busy with the tea, rather than snacking.

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Consider upping your protein on those days. Take portable things like hard boiled eggs, and a baggie of nuts (count them out first!). That should take the edge off the munchies. And don't forget the water! That, too, will amply fill you up.

Good luck!

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Wow! this is my first entry on this site. i have not been very committed to anything as of yet, but am not happy with weight. emoticon It is time for me to get into action. I love everyones support and comments. I have been a vegan for about 1.5 yr's and attempting to loose some weight quite a challenge. I travel for my work and I am on ther road over 50% of the time, cars, planes, meetings & then more meetings. Food is always a challenge. I have begun to complain a bit to meeting planners, and in those places where I think I can make a differnce regarding healthier food choices. So far it seems to making a dent. I still have not developed a method to make sure I am eating enough of what I need and limiting that which I dont., HELP ANYONE who has vegan experience! Thank you all for taking the time to support each other and me. What a great way to ooch our way into success with a happy health life style change a little bit at a time. Hope



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BOY! CAN I RELATE TO THIS! AT 66 YEARS OLD, I AM BACK TO WORKING PART TIME AND ALSO HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THE CONDO WE OWN SINCE DH DOES NOTHING. BUT AT 72, HE STILL WORKS FULL TIME AND IS RECOVERING FROM 25 MONTHS OF CHEMO. SO HE DESERVES TO REST WHEN HE GETS HOME. I JUST NEVER EXPECTED TO BE WORKING AGAIN AT MY AGE. I REALLY WANT TO JUST RELAX AND READ ABOUT 400 BOOKS.

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Back In my 30's as a mom, after work I was in night school too and had same issue as I lived 35 miles from school. once back home I would make a small glass of choc or white milk and eat a sugar cookie, spoonful of peanut butter and couple of crackers or similar- anything small,THEN hop in shower giving the food that extra 20 mins to hit the system so to speak and that worked for me. for your "dinner" Add another slice meat and/or cheese and add green olives or any pickles with dinner (no turkey or chicken as it makes you sleepy.. pb&j, left over meatloaf or hamburger sandwiches from home.. I was guilty of eating left over cold tuna casserole or spaghetti too ..I rolled food container in small hand towel with ice in baggie to keep cold all day. anything easy to pack and eat.



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I used to think I was hungry at night. I decided to start drinking a huge glass of green tea in the evening, sweetened with Splenda. It's very calming and I don't really think about eating anymore. Just an idea - maybe just finding a newer routine.

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Can you work it so you have enough in your calorie allowance to have a snack when you get home? Perhaps just some fruit, or maybe an apple and a small piece of cheese (because the fat and protein in the cheese will satisfy those cravings and help you feel full)? Or perhaps it is simply that the night classes are tiring and you feel exhausted when you get home, hence the "hunger". If so, do you have time (or could you arrange the time) to have a 15-minute "power nap" before you go to class? This might help: I often find that when I think I am hungry, actually I am just extremely tired and a short nap gets me back on track.



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I have days like that too and what I figured out is that eating when I get home is just a conditioned response to getting home. I tried battling it, but it is easier to just break things up over the day. I wish you luck.



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Hi, now i am not an axpert by any stretch of the imagination but it sounds like you are stress eating. What i would suggesst is this since you bring your lunch to class on those three days why not Break your meals down in to smaller sizes and pase yourself to eat every 25 to 35 minutes.. this way you will be consuming something before you go into your craving cycle. iI know it sound a little tedious but it just might solve the problem. I will keep you in prayer. And be encouraged. Before you know it classes will be over. Have a great day emoticon emoticon

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Hi,

This is definitely on point for me from a work perspective. People LOVE long meetings at my job and when they book me for an 8am-4pm meeting, usually they order in breakfast and/or lunch and constant snacks that just sit around all day until the end of the meeting. I'm usually committed to clean eating in the morning (mostly...) but it's the afternoon that gets me.

I am an Advocare distributor and I love my Spark energy drink instead of coffee as well as a dark chocolate meal replacement shake if I don't have time for hard-boiled eggs in the morning. But in the afternoon, after another serving of Spark, and some vitamin B, it's really hard to resist the cookies that just sit around until the end of the day. Usually, I'm either bored, tired, or both, and just need something apart from my lemon-infused water to keep me motivated and awake. I'll say perhaps it's boredom that's the problem. If it's "death by powerpoint," I end up eating cookies to entertain myself!!! I need to find a more constructive way of getting through these deadly meetings without succumbing to snacks just a few inches away!



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I just love that Marshmallow Drink idea. Awesome!!! My problem is just not being sleepy enough to go to bed early, so I read and read and get so involved in a good book that even though I am not hungry I hit the cookie jar (it belongs to my skinny husband, not me) and I demolish oreos or whatever. GOT TO STOP THAT!!! Otherwise this diet is incredible and I exercise every day and I see results except on the binge nights. I will try your delicious drink tonight. I use unsweetened almond milk - it is delicious and only 30 Calories for one cup.

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I know exactly what you are going through! I have days that I have to work from 7am to 11pm and I have to bring an extra bag with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and the oh my god snack (protein bar) just in case. Good luck!




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I find that sometimes I just don't want to go to bed, so I'll snack. and snack. I have finally made the rule, if you are going to eat, you are going to bed. it's saved me from many nights of late-night binging. getting the extra sleep is just a bonus :)



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We have what we call a " Marshmallow Drink" It's simply a mug of milk with sweetener and 1/8th tsp. of Pure Vanilla extract. Because it's hot, you sip it slowly and the creamy marshmallow-y flavor makes you think you're drinking candy. Added benefits are that warm milk really does make you drowsy without any sleeping drugs and it's a great way to get your milk quota. emoticon




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Love all the helpful advice. I have a similar problem, working late 2 nights per week. If I don't eat something around 5-6pm, I really cannot think. Must be a bit of low blood sugar. But no matter how big or small my pm snack is, when I get home, dh has cooked a delicious meal, and I will eat full portions.

For me, a substantial snack in the later afternoon/early evening works. As others suggested, an apple, a cheese stick, or some nuts. And asking dh to just save me a plate of food, not leave dinner out for me to fix my own plate. Sounds dumb, but once I am that hungry and tired, I do not have good self control!

I started SparkPeople yesterday, because just trying to eat healthier does not work. I need some accountability!



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Hello!!!

I have the exact same issue. I teach dance classes at night or have rehearsal or something almost 5 days a week. On those days I am out until around 9:30. When I get home I am usually ravenous for anything I can get my hands on. I find that sometimes a cup of herbal tea and maybe that dessert left for the end of the day make me completely satisfied. That and I try to just stay out of the kitchen!!! It might also help to post a picture on the things you gravitate to. The picture can be what you are working for or maybe a picture of the old unhealthy you. Some of my older pictures are enough to keep me away from the ice cream hidden in the fridge!



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I agree with what someone said earlier about the idea of emotional eating being maybe part of the problem. You might think about changing up your routine when you get home to relax after a long day of work, to dissociate the 'relaxation' part from the 'eating part'.

You might try saving something like an apple to eat before you go home, so that when you get home you aren't starving, and then try to find something else you can do to relax. Take a hot shower, go for a walk, do some stretching to relaxing music. etc etc.

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Your body is probably not hungry but tired. As a result you reach for food, sugar, etc. to give you that pick me up. That always happens to me a night when I have a late workshop to give. I come home tired and reach for the easiest thing to eat while I plop in front of the tv. My solution is to be aware that it is more exhaustion than hunger. On nights I work late, I try to have a salad or carrot sticks and dip ready in the fridge to munch on. It fills me up and I don't reach for fattening late night snacks. Hope it helps.

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I find I get the worst case of night time hungry horrors if I don't 1. Eat breakfast, and 2. have enough protein in my day. When those two points are missing out of my day, I am starving by like 8pm, and if it is not nailed down it is in trouble.
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Hey Guys,
Thanks again for this huge amount of support! You guys rock!
I have tried the veggie snack route, as well as waiting with my dinner until class almost starts. I have also used your advice to have a snack when I come. Popcorn seems to work well so far since it has some crunch, and a little salt. :)

I haven't tried the little exercise, but it sounds like a good Idea to do something slow, to calm down.

Thanks again you guys! If I stay persistent, stick with the healthy tips you all gave me, and turn them into habits, I believe that this is a manageable problem :)

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Is the late class messing with your exercise routine? You might decrease your stress and your appetite with some light exercise after class.



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It is difficult to have enough calories at the end of day... emoticon emoticon

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If its legitimate hunger and you don't have many calories to spare at the end of the day try having something high in protein low in calories such as some cottage cheese, an egg white omelette, a protein shake. Good luck trying to find something that works for you!

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I know exactly what you're talking about! I have class from 7:30-10:15 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and it totally derailed me for the first month of the semester! What works for me is to take a protein bar (not one that is high in calories), and some fruit or veggies. I eat those while I'm in class, then I still have enough calories left when I get home to eat something substantial and healthy. That way I don't go over my calorie allotment, and I don't feel like I'm going to bed starving.

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spaghetti squash with shrimp and pesto. you can have a whole plate for not very many calories and its easy

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So what I like to do in this situation - because usually I like to eat heartier or at least hot food at that time of day - is eat 2 *light* dinners. For example, the quickest (i.e. no extra prep or planning required) for me to do this is to take my normal dinner serving size and split it in half and then I have half early in the evening and half later in the evening. Some things this isn't as easy to do with because the food isn't going to stay palatable (eg I love veggie burgers but I think that they get too chewy if they sit for a long time after cooking)...on those days I do what others have suggested in terms of eating a much lighter snack when I get home (instead of trying to split the dinner). It is an ongoing experiment for me to see which foods work and which don't.



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Many others have suggested this already, but perhaps a light snack when you get home would suffice. You might need to cut back a tiny bit through the day to accommodate the calories, but it might leave your more satisfied over all. Perhaps have a small bit of fruit, or a half a cup of cereal with a little milk when you get home. I eat six or seven times a day, tiny meals, and I always end my day with something very light that has a bit of protein, carbs and not too much fat (which is harder to digest so can impair sleep).

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I have long 15-hour days 3x a week and I also find that having a specific healthy-ish snack in mind for when I get home helps me. Usually for me it's a bowl of Special K, and english muffin, or popcorn, kind of a treat but not too hard on the calories. If I've really been planning ahead then I'll have some leftover boiled eggs or baked sweet potatoes in the fridge, but personally I am too hungry to bother preparing something like that after I get home. This way, when I'm busy in the evening or on my way home, I have something specific to think about eating rather than "what's in the fridge?" or, worse, "what can I pick up on my way?"

Having a hot herbal tea to sip throughout class used to help me too, so I wouldn't be daydreaming about food during lecture so much :)



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Do you happen to have a student lounge with a microwave? That way you can bring heartier food.

Otherwise, eggs help for me and other protein like beef jerky.



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Raw veggies, already cut up, would be my go-to.

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When I have days like this (a lot!!!), I usually try to remove one item from each meal plan and save it for another time of day (dairy and fruits are the easiest). I also try to pick the most satiating/biggest option for each (yogurt instead of skim milk, lettuce instead of tomatoes, etc) so I can get the most volume and heartiness for my calories. I also try to eat a half portion of a main entree and save the rest for a snack. I like the idea of breaking meals into smaller, more frequent meals.



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Maybe you need to look at your overall calorie intake for the day, not just before/after class.

I find I feel sustained and not depleted, when I have protein & fat at breakfast (like eggs or cheese), and 3/4 of my daily calories before 5pm.

If I have too much of my calories allocated to dinner, then I am not just calorically depleted, but nutritionally depleted, by dinnertime. I find that when I am "medicating my hunger" with too-small portions or not enough fat/protien during the day, I rebound at the evening meal and can't stay on plan.

Your best times might be different on different days.

So for me, it's not just the day's totals but when I eat them that makes a big difference.



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Other than emotional eating which I think might be a factor you have to remember that being in class burns more calories than doing nothing. I couldn't find it in the SparkPeople fitness tracker but a 150 pound person in a class burns 122 calories per hour according to the site about.com but you can find similar calculations if you google calories burned in class. The about.com site is http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-burned-sitting-class-a187
That means that if you have a three hour class you will have burned an additional 366 calories that evening so you may not be going over at all.
Fitday has the number down around 50 calories so I'm sure it's somewhere in between.

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I'm in the same boat...my classes are four nights a week. I always make sure to eat my work snack (serving of pretzels, yogurt, apples and peanut butter, etc) around 3 to 3:30 (I used to eat the snack in the morning) and then I always have a granola bar or some mixed nuts or something filling either right before class at 6 or during one of the breaks between or during classes. That way when I get home I don't eat everything in the fridge. I hope this helps you!!!

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I had this issue because I work late (5:00-9:00) and I would end up eating two dinners, one before and one after work. What I found that works for me is just knowing I'm gonna do this and trying to stay as low as possible in the early part of the day.
On days I don't work I'll usually have eggs and toast for breakfast, but on days I work I eat plain oatmeal instead, shaving about 150 calories off breakfast. At lunch I'll use the 45 calorie bread on my sandwich instead of my usual bread, saving about 100 calories for later. Snacks I'll have veggies or fruit instead of a granola bar or nuts... etc. By the end of the day I've saved 300-400 calories for after work



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I frequently have a scrambled egg, or eggbeaters as a late evening meal. It's fast, warm and comforting, and in a nonstick pan or with some Pam, only 60-70 calories. I kind of feel like, yeah, it's emotional eating, but so what? If I can save 100 calories to use then, and it makes me happy, who cares?

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My biggest problem as well. I find that if I stick STRICTLY to the daily meals and snacks (hint: go high in calories etc for breakfast) I'm ok not eating after 6pm. But it's darn tough. The last time I fell off the wagon, it was from night eating.

Ask yourself what you want more: slim and trim or late night snacks. It's all in the mind.



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Can I ever relate to this post. I was exactly the same regarding controlling intake, and dinner being the main meal - same scenario exactly. I used to have two meeting a month where I might be at them until 10 to 12 pm. I think that my hunger was due to the additional stress. On most nights, I came home and relaxed and unwound. I have recently started a new class and I am finding the same again, I want to eat when I get home. What worked for me is to make a large bowl of fruit or have a yogurt at the end of the night. Even though it was late, it was a healthy choice. I am not a snack person unless I miss a meal or eat later than normal but incorporating the snack at the end of the evening and keeping in a controlled portion worked.



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You got in touch with a biggie that I can so relate to when you stated,
"I think the part of the emotional eating might be a big factor. Who likes to admit to having a problem, but I think you might actually be on to something there. I will try to watch out for my feelings on those nights to see if that's one of the roots. (which I am sure it is at least part of my problem)..."
That incite will go far. You are doing something that is stressful. A good stress but nonetheless, a stressor. If you are an emotional eater, well, that center of the hunger brain is one in the same.
I think a lot of the suggestions are really good. I would be very aware of how and when I do stress release. Do you eat and relax? Maybe doing some kind of relaxing movement, meditation, a shower, getting onto SparkPeople and typing or just blobbing our in front of a favorite TV show, WITHOUT EATING, to relax. THEN, if you still fell you need to nosh do the "eat an apple" test. If you eat the apple and want more then maybe you do need to tweak the calories. If you don't really want the apple, then there is something else going on.
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Maybe the meal you eat at school isn't mentally "registering." By this I mean that perhaps you are engrossed with your school work (as you properly should be) and this meal gets eaten less mindfully than most, therefore your brain asks to repeat the meal when you get home. Perhaps try a light snack suck as an apple with peanut butter to tide you over, instead of eating your meal at school. Save the meal until you get home. If that doesn't work, you could train yourself only to eat between certain hours. For example, I typically eat from Noon - 8 PM. I simply do not eat after 8 PM and after sticking to that for a while, my brain and stomach anticipate that schedule. I hope you find a solutions that works well for you.



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I used to eat my dinner before class and bring a small snack with me to class.

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I exercise two nights a week after work 6-8. When I get home I am tired and if I eat it keeps me awake, and I will eat despite not really being hungry. So on those days I have a good lunch as my main meal and make sure I have an afternoon break. There, or at about five pm I eat some protein such as a hardboiled egg, and make sur e I have a hot drink. This sustains me through exercise. When I get home I have vegetable soup, hot, filling low cal. Sometimes I will go straight to bed after that.
Maybe this strategy will work for you?

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I dance (club) several nights a week and always get home really late...... :-)
I llike to eat an early dinner so needless to say I am STARVING by the time I get home.
My lunchbag/cooler is my friend!
In it goes a snack (always protein and something crunchy like raw veggies) for the road and then have plain yogurt and fruit when I get home ....that combo keeps me from stopping for chips (or worse) on the way home and later helps me get to sleep.
Usually adds up to less than 400 calories.
I plan for it in my tracker.
Hope that helps in some way.

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Getting out of class can leave you a bit "rev'd" up - maybe stress or just stimulation. Rather than trying to split what you normally eat (because it sounds like your system is pretty well trained to be hungry for a certain amount of food the rest of the week), perhaps you can squeeze in 2 10-minute walks during the day giving you a few extra calories to play with when you get home.

A low-calorie popsicle, bowl of unbuttered popcorn and diet hot chocolate, or graham cracker and half a glass of warm milk are all light and fast for when you get home and shouldn't keep you awake.

Note: I did not suggest parking furthest away at school - too dark when you get out of class to be trekking that far that late. Yes, a note brought to you by a "mom" (grin).



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I have class after work 2 days a week this semester. I have a large snack at work at 4:00 with lots of protein. I get home about 9:40 (class until 9:15) and will either make a veggie and cheese omelet or have a bowl of Kashi for the protein. I go to bed between 11:30 and 12:00 and feel full until the morning. I'd say stop having the chocolate, because that may be leading to cravings. If you're that hungry when you get home, I think protein and fiber will help you.

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Try changing out the chocolate for a cup of diet hot chocolate at the last 20 minutes or so of class (herb tea would be even better). A warm tummy is a happy tummy and a little more ready for bed. You may need a different plan in the summer, but give it a try.

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Try changing out the chocolate for a cup of diet hot chocolate at the last 20 minutes or so of class (herb tea would be even better). A warm tummy is a happy tummy and a little more ready for bed. You may need a different plan in the summer, but give it a try.

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I am going to attempt the splitting my lunch in half trick to get me through the 1-2p.m.



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Also I find if I drink water before bed I have to visit the bathroom. I've heard a banana is good before bed. I've found it works--sugar always knocks me out.

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I'm wondering about protein and what foods have tryptophan in them which put you to sleep and also about the possibilities of melatonin.

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Such great ideas here. I am going to try the splitting my lunch in half trick to get me through the 2-4 p.m. slump.



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I agree with MIPCY. I would take something to snack on that's fairly healthy. Maybe carrot sticks or popcorn. Sometimes, I just need that little activity of eating and that extra volume in my belly to make my hunger subside in situations like that, and those are practically freebies as far as calories go. I use techniques like this all the time, because I work night shift and sometimes I'm up 24 hours at a time and still have to stay within my calorie range.

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The suggestion of having a PLANNED 'unwind' snack for when you get home was a good one, too. :) Good luck with it!

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THANK YOU all for helping me out here! I think you all gave a ton of good tips that I will try to incorporate in my preparation.
Even though I don't like it, I think the part of the emotional eating might be a big factor. Who likes to admit to having a problem, but I think you might actually be on to something there. I will try to watch out for my feelings on those nights to see if that's one of the roots. (which I am sure it is at least part of my problem)

I am a very regular eater, and my brain stops functioning when I am super hungry, so waiting until I get home is no option, but the more protein might be a good route for me to go. I often bring whole wheat pasta since stuff like that is easy to heat up. I could add tofu, or chicken like you guys suggested.
I am excited to tackle the problem, and I really appreciate all your input :)

Thank you everybody, I'll come back and update on what worked and what didn't :)

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I like MARF226's suggestion of having a healthy snack ready for you when you get home. Be sure to enter it all into your nutrition tracker so you know you are not going over your calories for the day. Remember that if you know it is going to happen, you can PREPARE for it.

Also, I would up the protein in your dinner. Since I started taking tofu to work for lunch and snacking on walnuts (7 walnut halves = .5 oz = 92 cals) I have no problem lasting until dinner without being starved.

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If you would be okay with the same foods if you ate them at home vs at school, what you are experiencing on the nights you have classes may not truly be hunger. It may be a stress response due to the extra long days, the inability to go home at a normal time and unwind and so this may be a case of emotional eating.

Also something to consider:
Do you normally go home and relax with dinner in the evenings? If so, you may have an association going between food and relaxing/unwinding from your day and this may be what leads you to want more food on those nights where you eat at school (not a relaxing situation). In other words, you get home and want to relax. You associate relaxing with food (or maybe even feel like you need food in order to relax/unwind). Even though you've already eaten and aren't really hungry, you feel the need to eat so you can relax/unwind from the day.

What time do you normally eat dinner? Would if be possible to wait to eat until you got home? If not, you might try making food those nights which is higher volume for the calories, then splitting dinner, taking 1/2 to school and saving 1/2 for home.



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I agree with BAPSANN – I can eat the same amount of food but if I’m distracted (reading email, watching TV) or wolf it in because I’m in a rush, it won’t be as satisfying. Maybe find a few minutes of quiet time before class to eat. And have you tried drinking water during class and/or when you get home? If I have long days at work, sometimes I skimp on water so I don’t have to worry about potty breaks but that can leave me feeling hungry later. But if nothing else works, maybe have some healthy foods prepped or pre-portioned for when you get home and just can’t resist another snack.

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I used to have a similar situation. What I did was split my lunch in half those days. Then I would be hungry before my usual dinner time, and I'd be able to eat my normal dinner meal before I left for work. I'd have the other half of my lunch to come home to. I'd still be eating later than I wanted, but at least I would be eating calories I carved out of my day earlier, and not additional calories.



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Slow it down and focus

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Maybe you can divide your dinner into two portions? You'd eat one before class and one after. It wouldn't necessarily have to be the same thing before and after, but spreading out what you eat might help as long as you're eating enough to stay focused during class. Even eating a filling salad--spinach, nuts, dried fruit, cheese--before class and a slightly smaller dinner after might prevent you from getting too hungry during class.



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Try bringing something that feels munchy but isn't so bad. I used to bring fruit and cheese (like a sharp cheddar) that would really satisfy me. OR you could try something like oatmeal when you get home. I find it very filling with relatively few calories. Class tends to make you want more because your schedule isn't really the same. And you're sitting for a while.

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What's the nutrient make up of the dinner you have at home vs what you bring to night class (ie protein, carbs, and fat)? If the dinner/snacks you bring to school have a higher percentage of carbs than what you have at home, then this makes sense because fat and protein make you feel fuller longer than carbs do.



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Hey Guys,
I need some advice, tips, tricks, or whatever else you have up your sleeves! :)
I always do pretty good with my calories if I have my regulated days, often even during the weekend, BUT here is my problem: Three days a week, I have night class from 6 to 9.20. I hate those because they are right around dinner time, which is the most important meal of the day for me. Anyways, I ALWAYS bring my food to class. ( I am to cheap to buy stuff, and I like it whenI am in control of what's in my food) Often, I bring a sandwich, or something to heat up there. A few snacks, and maybe a little chocolate for dessert. Sounds like I should be doing fine then right? Well, I don't....! By the time I get home, I am often starving, so I need additional food. If I had what I bring to school on one of my regular days, I would be fine and full until I go to bed. What's up with that? Even if I am not starving, I crave stuff, but only on those dang school nights? Why why why? I always destroy my good habits with that myself! Urgs!
I hope you guys have some tips that could help me tackle my schoolnight starving/craving habit/problem :)




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