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I eat about 1/4 of a cantaloupe melon almost every night.
Satisfies my sweet tooth (not as well as chocolate but oh well) and keeps me regular in the morning.


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I tend to crave sweets at night so i started o brush my teeth ealier or just go to bed when i am sleepy instead of making myseld stay up later and eating junk "for energy"



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If you are going to snack or need to have something small, grab some fruit. It gives you a sweet taste usually and it can help curb a craving. If you do not want to eat at night eat dinner with more veggies and protein because the fiber from the veggies along with the protein will keep you fuller longer.

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to avoid mindless eating I eat dinner when I get home around 7:00 then I hit the gym, when I get home I take a shower and rest my head by that time I'm too tired and ready to fall asleep.



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Late night eating is definitely an issue for me. I work second shift and get out of work at 1am. My boyfriend also gets off around the same time. For the last year we've fallen into the habit of making dinner or even grabbing fast food after work. We go to bed at 3am, so a meal this late is NOT a good idea. My challenge is I like having a meal with my honey to wind down. I've taken to having my actual dinner on my work lunch break, then making myself a "snack" 200 calorie mini meal when he has his dinner. Last night he had beef stew and I had a small banana with a tablespoon of peanut butter. This seems to work ok. Other small snacks I eat are fat free Greek yogurt with fresh fruit, a small salad, or hot tea and a slice of toast.

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This has been a terrible habit of mine that contributed to a lot of my weight gain. I have finally gotten the habit under control but the late night snack monster will rear its ugly head if given the right set of circumstances (late night TV watching or internet surfing). I know my triggers so I am constantly working on this. A spoon of Peanut Butter or Nutella or Half Peanut Butter and Nutella usually does the trick.

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A small glass of chocolate milk seems to do the trick for me!

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I am trying really hard to get better, I enjoy nuts at night.

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Thanks for the tip! I think that sounds like something that might work for me at least it's worth a try. Night snacking has always been my worst issue. I've tried tea and it works ok but not for long. Warm milk helps sometimes but I don't always have milk. I have some bottles of Costco's brand of Weight Loss Shakes at 180 calories a bottle so I'm going to give that a try. The logic of it sounds good to me. Thank you....I've only been a SPARK member for a week and I'm really hoping this helps.



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A nonfat milk & my lollipop ...1 tbl of peanut buttter.

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I usually want something sweet late at night so try to have something like a popsicle or Luigi's italian ice cups.



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I was doing well getting a handle on the snack monster until I went back to school. I have not conquered the hand to mouth monster while I study (which genrally happens at night) I've tried to restrict myself to a single serving of popcorn which I can figure into my daily calorie allotment but so far the results are so so

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That sounds like a good plan. Something to consider if the other suggestions should fail. Thanks for sharing!

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Late night snacking is a problem for me too. I tried brushing my teeth, drinking sleepy time tea etc and still was not satisfied. I felt bad if I didn't have the willpower to not snack. I feel better if I plan a snack and work it into my daily food intake. I try to save something from one of my meals and just eat it late at night. So far this is working for me.




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Late night snacking can be a problem I know. I find if I eat my 3 fruits + 2 veggies for my
meals I do pretty well at night.
If I really get hungry since I did not eat 5 f+v during the day,
have been at--- 9:00 pm--having a -little clementines (cuties) and then brush my teeth + wash my face and curl up with my book or good show/movie........



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I'm getting more into the habit of going to bed if I feel like snacking late at night.

I also find that having a cup of tea helps.

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Kwayland you sound exactly like me - I am not the same person in the evening that I was in the morning. That is so true!

In the morning I plan my day, eat a healthy breakfast, and am very determined. In the evening, after a stressful day at work, I eat whatever I can find, even if I am not hungry!

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I also ate late night snacks, EVERYnight. What works for me 100% Is I grab a cold slimfast. Always a chocolate one. Not only does it satisfy a sweet tooth, but it keeps me full until it's time for breakfast or even longer sometimes. I order it by the case on Amazon & it comes right to my door. I don't think it helps to lose weight much BUT it will stop the sweet cravings & devouring bags of chips or cake ect. At 190 calories a bottle it sure beats eating a whole bag of oreos.

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I love all kinds of berries and melons except watermelon--they just don't feel right. You can also just buy frozen fruit at the store that's individually frozen.

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I mentioned to my husband about freezing the melons and he was all for that. Thanks so much...gonna try all the ones you mentioned. I just hope it will help cure "our late night snacking" issue.

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Frozen grapes are good, eat one at a time, savoring it. Frozen raspberries are another good treat,

If you're into melons buy them when they're in season, cut them into bite size pieces and freeze on a cookie tray. After they're frozen, package into serving size baggies. They are good frozen or slightly thawed,

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Hmmm frozen grapes sound wonderful. Will have to try that one and then go brush my teeth so hopefully I won't be tempted to keep searching thru the fridge or pantry. Thanks for the tips!

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I struggle with after dinner snacking too! Maybe if it is the 2 of you and you do not want to snack you can make some sort of agreement that if you can both stop snacking after so many days you get some sort of non-food reward?

If that is not something you want to do, what about frozen grapes, or apple slices with cinnamon?



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I have my 7:30-8:00 planned snack, brush my teeth, and relax before bed.

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I am so glad to know that I am not alone with the late night snacking. Not only I but my husband to. It makes it hard when we both have our downfalls and they happen to be the same thing..."late night snacking." Does anyone have any ideas that can prevent this from continuing to be a problem. We've even tried popcicles but then continue to look for something else afterwards. This is a terrible battle we seem to be having.

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I have a problem with late night snacking too...I am not the same person in the evening that I am in the morning...I get very weak. The only thing I've found that helps is getting up earlier than I feel like. By the time nine or ten rolls around, I don't even want to stay up watching Netflix, I just want to go to bed! Tired trumps munchy most nights!



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I eat sugar free popsicles. 15 cal a piece. sweet and tasty

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That's my worse thing too. I have to find alternatives to watching too much TV.
Having a DVR helps out soo much not having to watch all those BAD commercials.
If I had an elliptical machine I could watch TV while working out. LOL
But mostly I cant watch TV at night anymore unless Im prepared to fill in my daily calories then.

Healthy snacks just makes me eat more of them. No matter how healthy you go, even eating too much celery is bad. LOL

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I try to make a big pot of herb tea after dinner and sip it through the evening. A fruit tea can help take care of a craving for something sweet. Sugar free gum helps, too. I also find that if I can do something with my hands it distracts me from snacking; working on my quilt squares does the trick for me. Just be sure to be patient with yourself... guilt and frustration makes people want to give up. You deserve a pat on the back for all you've accomplished!

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Good morning, and that is what it is when I wake up. I am hopeful, motivated, and start out with a healthy breakfast, measuring everything out. Even my morning snack is on track. Then, something happens the rest of the day....I'm busy, I'm just grabbing whatever is around. I don't over eat at dinner, but then I start looking for the goodies. Last night I got into my husband's candy. So I end up going to bed disgusted every night.

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I became a night snacker & would have my "2:00 am feeding" everynight. I don't know what made me start, but I was eating a quart of ice cream at one sitting. A full meal (leftovers) or sweets. This along with eating whatever I wanted fast food 2-3 times a week until I ended up gaining 60 lbs over the course of 5 years. I joined sparkpeople in Jan & have been at this for 3 weeks. I have lost 14 lbs so far & this site has fully pumped me up. Now when I want something sweet or get that chocolate craving I drink a chocolate slimfast slowly (190 calories) That seem's to tide me over until the next meal. I do a slimfast for breakfast, IF I do lunch it is 9 out of 10 times a slimfast then I do a healthy normal size dinner. I have cut the soda down 90% where I was drinking close to a 2 liter a day I may have one 12oz a day. I now drink 6-8 glass's of water a day. I am tracking my food everyday and haven't gone over the allowed amount once..yet. I still have a long way to go but I come to this site everyday to help stay motivated. I was able to quit drinking without going to any kind of program. I was able to stop smoking 6 years ago & now I am tackleing this. I think I can make it. I know if I fall off the wagon to just jump right back on the very next day. I am not a giver upper so with the help of everyone who shares their jorneys on here I know I will do this. I thank all of you who have shared their progress ect. It really does help.

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KARMIXROUX,

Brushing your teeth is a great idea! I will try that!



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You are not alone KARMIXROUX!! On days when I go all day without eating, I tend to snack more at night. Like yesterday I went all day without eating and then when I did eat, I couldn't stop and was snacking last night! This is something that I thought I had nipped it in the bud, but it hit me last night. So today I made sure that I am eating and I am moving forward!! emoticon



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I'm so bad at this -- wish there was a late night snack facebook support group, LOL.. I definitely have to start budgeting a few calories for late night snacks.

One thing that's been helping me late at night: brushing my teeth. Once I do, I'm less likely to snack on something sweet.

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Generally, as long as you're staying within your recommended calorie needs, then you should be doing okay. Are you tracking everything correctly? Or are you over-indulging on those sweet foods?

There are a couple things that work for me. First, make sure you have enough throughout the day. If you don't get enough calories you, 1. are genuinely hungry at that time and 2. feel like you "owe it to yourself" to use up those calories because you skimped so much earlier in the day. It seems like people go overboard then.

Second, I "budget" some of those calories to be able to be used durin the time I know I crave something sweet.

Or, for me, sometimes just filling that evening space with something other than eating makes it easier. I will work on housework, organize some area of my house, or even go to bed early (if the kids will ever let me). This voids the "need" to eat during that time, plus I feel great becuase I'm accomplishing other tasks (even if it were to be getting a little bit more sleep!).



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Read Jillian Michaels book Master Your Metabolism and you will find a lot of good reasons to stop eating after dinner. Your hormones make you want to eat late and that disrupts other hormones that help you lose weight etc (it applies to men too). She explains it vvery well, you can check this out from most libraries too. It is a rule I made for myself at the very beginning of my weight loss journey because all I ever ate after dinner was junk food (ice cream, cookies, candy, popcorn, chips). I am happy I broke the habit because now I can do it once in a while and not continue night after night.

I don't have a lot of good advice for how to stop because I just made my own rule and followed it. Some nights it was hard, but my understanding husband did not offer food to me even if he was having some. Maybe try drinking water or warm tea.



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I am horrible with nighttime snacking. It's the reason I can't lose weight. I do great all day, but at night I ruin it. I started to go to bed earlier, and I just started a 2nd job that I'll be doing 2 nights a week so that might help me not snack so late.

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Each day I say I will not eat at night.

I try a simple banana or apple after dinner as a sweet treat. One night I had frozen blueberries, warmed in the microwave with some unsweetened soy milk… very nice. The problem is that I just don't stop. I munch on a piece of cheese. Then I will have a sugar free ice pop, then I will go to bed and try to sleep. Can't sleep so I get up and have another piece of cheese and an ice pop multiple times throughout the night. Very bad sleeper. In the end, 100s of calories when, as others have said here… I am NOT at all hungry. Complete lack of self discipline or something!

I'm not trying to admonish myself, but it's a HUGE mystery to me why I can't just stop. That's why the "Stop It" video is so funny. It's perfect for me.

Right after dinner… just stop eating anything. That's one of my short term goals, but have yet to accomplish it. Today is a NEW day and I will try again. Will just STOP IT! :-)

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I do not think it is a bad habit as much as a preventative measure to keep away from a binge on sweet food at one particular time. I view one and only one sweet snack after dinner and before bed as a preventative measure and I force myself to go to bed shortly thereafter. Also I have to have something in my stomach before I take my late night pills. I need something on my stomach and the pills are not just sitting in an empty stomach and wearing out the lining of it.



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I do get hungry around bed time too. Sometimes I eat fruit and sometimes I eat chips and salsa. I am hoping I can leave the bad food alone. But I am taking one day at a time


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I also want something sweet at night. I try to have sugar free hard candy, popsicles, etc. It has been helping but it scares me into thinking about bad habits.

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Sicoch,
I have the same problem and I talked to my doctor ( yes I sound like one of those commercials lol). It could be hormonal imbalance, I call it the grehlin gremlin, it is a hormone that get released usually later in the day. I can be just fine from breakfast to dinner time then after dinner I realize I have not had anything sweet the whole day and begin to crave sweets. So, I would get cookies and cake to solve the problem; however, this was not helping my wasteline- not to mention the condemnation I felt the next morning. So I outsmarted my sweettooth, I allowed myself a taste of something sweet during the time I can burn it off- earlier in the day, then at night I eat a Special K pastry crisps and they satisfy my sweet tooth. I hope this helps.



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I generally get hungry at night as well. I found that a banana and a small glass of milk are helpful, and somewhat curb the sweet tooth as well. I usually get done working out around 8pm, so banana, shower, then bed!



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I do get hungry around bed time.



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This is my number one problem during the day I keep track of everything count my fruit and veggie intake, water intake, enough protein.
But at night, I just have this carving for sweet I don't know why.

So I got rid of everything sweet I had in my home, and now I can't sleep. I guess I'm a sweet-aholic.
How can i get over this?


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I keep some shelled peanuts on hand and put a quarter cup in a baggie to eat in the evening or late evening



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This is totally me, I'm good all day then after dinner wham, I want to eat all the bad foods. It's really just a way for me to de-stress from the day and indulge. Some people drink a glass of wine, I want a bowl of ice cream. Another reason is also that the dinner meal does not feel like it's over until I have desert to seal the meal. I want to keep on eating if I don't have desert. It's not about hunger, I'm not hungry. It's an emotional/mental thing. Eating more veggies or something like that doesn't quit cut it. For me what's working for now is exercise. I walk on the treadmill at night anyway since I am not a morning person and exercise actually tires me out and helps with the stress part and sleeping better. After I walk for an hour, I feel like I did something for myself and it's a time to unwind from the day. Hot chocolate with some marshmallows has been doing the trick for desert right now. I usually stay with some snack for a bit then go to something else when I get bored. Before it was snack size FF chocolate pudding with some whip cream. I don't usually go with many of the sugar free options they just taste artificial to me. Id rather eat less of the semi-real stuff just me. I also track all my food even if I have a bad day and go over. It keeps me honest and makes me think twice about having a big bowl of real fat ice cream/ cake if I have to add it on my tracker. So far it's been working THIS time around. I'm down 21lbs over the last 3 months.



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Love this! Love the Stop It! video.

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Loved the "Stop It" video. Hilarious! Thank you for suggesting it.

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Yeah...avoiding the ginormous bag of Doritos at Costco is always a good idea. LOL! :)

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Late night snacking is my bane as well. Lately I've been experimenting with skipping dessert altogether, and instead making a cup of low sugar hot chocolate, which I can then sip for a good 30 - 45 minutes. Seems to be just long enough to outlast the urges I normally experience.

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Definitely get rid of the sugar loaded stuff in your house, temptation is a hard thing to ignore.
My biggest hurdle was getting my partner to stop buying junk food.
The protein shake is a good idea, it works for me but make sure its a high protein low carb shake, mix with water and not milk.
I also keep a stock of low carb protein bars, 100g bar has 160calories, 5g carbs and 7g of fat compared to 100g of Cadbury milk chocolate which is 600 cal, 70g carbs, 33g fat. They are quite big and I usually don't get through the whole thing. Took a couple to get used to as they are definitely not real chocolate but I love the things now, too a point where milk chocolate is too sweet for me. Try different brands as some taste like crap where as others taste really good.
Like most things it takes a bit to get used to the change but once there you will have no problem. It definitely helped me on my mission, my biggest downfall was eating stuff loaded with sugar at night.



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I allow for snacks and plan ahead so that I stay on track. I love low fat string cheese and apple slices. A medium apple is only 72 calories and one string cheese is 60. I also will have 1/2 a banana, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on 1/2 a Light Multi Grain English Muffin for 150 calories. Eating a whole one is a great breakfast when you are pressed for time.

If I do not have it planned, I always end up eating something I wish I hadn't.

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I do better with no snack. Seems a planned healthy snack makes me feel hungry after I've eaten it. I often crave protein foods after that snack. Doesn't make sense but it consistently happens. Recognizing the pattern allowed me to choose to forgo the snack and remain comfortable.




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Isave a little for a light snack too, usually yogurt and fruit

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I appreciate the helpful tips as evening snacking is a challenge for me too. It looks like different approaches work for different people... I'm one who plans for an evening snack; I try to leave about 200 calories. Most often, I'll have a piece of fruit and 1 small piece of dark chocolate (I have the chocolate first so I don't crave more!). Sometimes I'll have a decaf, low sugar mocha. Lately, the apples I've been getting haven't been that great, so I'll chop one, put in in the microwave to soften it, then top with greek yogurt and sometimes a little granola (low-fat & low-sugar).

For anyone who's interested, there's a team for those challenged by evening snacking & self-sabotage:
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To Janedoe12345 thank you!! That was so funny. The best part is how he delivers the lines. "well washing hands its ok" awesome!

I like 90 calorie toffuiti ice cream. I know weird but it's yummy!

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I try to not eat late night snacks. That was hard to do with 2 teenagers up past 10 pm wanting to eat a full meal.

So, I resolved to save enough calories for snack 2 and made sure that the snake was also healthy. It has helped, but I would really rather not eat anything past 7 or 8 pm.

I will be working on that goal.



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The bob new heart video is SO great I use it may times a day, for years! Really helps me! emoticon

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I eat a small apple when I get up!

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Another great snack is popcorn. They have flavored popcorn that is around 160 Cal's for 1 1/2 cups. You just have to look at the nutrition info. Good luck!


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I am careful what I eat throughout the day so that I can have a night time snack if I want one. I have been eating things like cheerios with skim milk or a thin bagel with butter or cream cheese. Cheerios are only 100 cal's for 1 cup and skim milk is like 42-5 cal's for a 1/2 cup. The flat bagels are 110 cal's and then butter and cream cheese depend on the type or brand.



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YOGAANDBIKE I had to laugh. Sorry. Isn't it amazing at how many calories are in stuff? I am struggling with the night time thing!!!



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I had to go see the Stop It! video. That was pretty funny. Thanks for sharing!

I count our 4 Goji berries covered in dark chocolate with raspberry before bed. I have it budgeted and it keeps me from feeling like I'm deprived. This is coming from a lifelong snacker.

If it's something savory I want, I either have wasabi peas, dry roasted edamami, chili spice peas, or popcorn with the portion measured before I start.

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I learned my lesson last night. I had a can of Campbell's Green Pea soup. Yes, a can after dinner. 450 calories. You've got to be kidding. I will be more careful!

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I have been muching on apples. That way i get my fruit too.

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I've often used chewing gum, and it was recommended in one of the Spark People blogs. The good thing is that sugar-free is sweet, and you just keep chewing it, rather than putting things into your mouth repeatedly.



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MICHELLE73101: You reminded me of a very funny video from Bob Newhart. We call it the STOP IT video. Hope everyone looks it over and has a good laugh.

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I've tried so many tricks...

planning a small snack, sipping tea, painting my nails, brushing my teeth...

But that's what they are - tricks! If they help you, that's great. But the only thing that worked for me was to just STOP. I know it sounds kind of crazy. "Easier said than done."

I would have said the same thing a few months ago, so trust me. Just resolve to STOP and stick to it. I promise, it gets easier.

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After dinner when I get the munchies, I have to ask "am I eating to to stay awake or am I hungry-- usually I am tired and just trying to stay awake-- ugh the inner child that fights sleep.



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The later I stay up (usually on the computer) the more I snack and the more at risk I am to binge on sweets. So I really try to go to bed at a decent hour and not eat anything at least 3 hours before bed. I allow myself as much fluids (tea, lemonade, water, juice) as I want but there is no danger of binging on those since I don't want to run back and forth to the bathroom all night.

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I do water or milk in the evening



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I try to drink water instead of eating. My biggest problem is eating dinner too late. Once I start eating it is sometimes hard to stop. I think about skipping dinner sometimes but I know that isn't good for my glucose.



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I want to eat all evening long it's very hard for me.



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Hi, I read your post about the sweet coffee. I was addicted to sweet coffee (about 3-4 kcups a day) and finally kicked the habit about three weeks ago. The problem was I would have about three or four a day and with coffee cream until I woke up and realized that if I stopped drinking coffee alltogether, I would stop drinking the cream and what a difference I notice in my stomach! I was told by a friend to try David's rooibos teas which are sweet and caffeine free, so that might be just what I need at night. I agree with you - so hard not to nibble on something at night! Will have to take up knitting to keep my hands busy.



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I have done well until my husband began snacking and I could hear the crunching. I know it is a distraction for him, but he loses weight far quicker and more easily than I . I caved and have been eating too. UGh. Finally I have begun to record my eating again and leave room for a snack or two in the evening. usally a low cal. greek yogurt-- about 100 cal. and I am satisfied. I think it is emotional eating and without a treat I feel I am neglected. But I also want to be healthy--still difficult.



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Recently my dietician suggested that I would eat MORE during the day and stop eating after the evening meal. And to have the evening at or before 6 pm.
She said if I still wanted to eat something at night it should only be 1 fruit and 2 tablespoons of greek yoghurt, and no more. If I'm hungry, so be it, she said it's okay to go to sleep hungry. (She does urge me to eat enough / more during breakfast and lunch!).
She explained that food we eat after 3 pm doesn't get digested very well as the body (the liver, in particular) is by then not active any more.

I've tried this for a few nights now and I must say I notice that I sleep MUCH better, it is like a miracle. I used to wake up too early and then could not go back to sleep. Now I just have an uninterrupted sleep.
I think it is helpful for me to set such a clear rule: no eating, or only 1 fruit & two spoonfuls of yoghurt.
The strange thing is also that only now that I try this, do I notice how full and sometimes bloated I truly feel after the evening meal. Before I guess I just blocked that from my awareness and thinking I still want to eat more.

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If I am up past 9:00pm then I want to snack on something..... I have a challenging time refraining from doing so!



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I try to stick to a time so as not to snack late before I go to bed. I will snack on either yogurt or nuts.

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I don't feel bad if I eat a fat free Greek yogurt. Vanilla is almost like having ice cream and I find that I really like Greek yogurt better. I just say if I am going to have a snack try and make it a healthy one. emoticon



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pre-planning for an evening treat is a great way to ensure that you don't go over your range because of a craving.

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I rarely eat late night, but in the evenings, I am horrible.



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I really need to rein in my late night eating. Thanks for the good ideas.



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I struggle with night time snacking as well. I just like to nibble. It is so hard when I think I can't have anything. This link is helping me as I read responses. I love your idea of the decaf coffee and creamer. I will look into that. I normally drink black coffee and don't like the fancy ones because then I feel like I should just be drinking hot chocolate with everything so sweet. But a sweet coffee in the evening might do the trick. Thank you for the idea.

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I feel ya, Ramonakj! My hubby isn't on a diet at ALL and he wants crap around the house and so does my kid. Very hard, but they aren't pushing it in my face, at least. Yesterday was a bad food day after 7 days of perfect food/excersize soI'm right there with ya. I think we just need to have a big talk with these guys that aren't very supportive! Sometimes I think they are jealous of our success when they aren't going the same path. Hugs.

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Don't worry and be too hard on yourself. That has happened to me too. I'll come downstairs and see the ice cream container on the counter...and I have to think if I actually ate it. Then when I remember, I can't believe it! But then I start again the next night and try to do better.

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I use to be a late night snacker but have not done so in quite some time. I find I sleep better and don't get GERD in the night. It is a hard habit to break because when you are watching a good movie, etc they constantly put on food advertisements.

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I'm a late night eater so I plan for it during the day. I'm a grazer and want something that lasts a while. I'll track 100 calorie popcorn bag or 1 cup of cheerios to much on in the evening. It works for me.

BUT..... I did realize that if I'm tired I will also go to food to help me stay awake. I started paying more attention to my body and started asking myself.... am I hungry or am I actually tired and trying to find that energy to stay awake.

I surprised myself and have gone to bed early a few times and have done well. It makes a big difference. Also...... break the bad habit of so many sweets for a while and you'll stop those cravings. Worst habit I had was the sugar. It took two weeks cold turkey before I could go back to no longer having those horrible cravings. Now I can have a treat a week but any more than that and I start cravings again.


If you don't love yourself....how can you expect others to.


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