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Find something that keeps your hands busy while you watch TV (or whatever it is you do) in the evenings. Keep your glass of water at hand. Try crochet or knitting or scrapbooking or whatever. For me it's cross-stitch. Not only does it reduce the number of times I think about getting a snack, because my mind is occupied and I'm not bored (and every time I think I want something I take a sip of water), but I usually don't get up to get one because I don't want crumbs or oils from my food getting onto my project. And then suddenly it's time to go to bed and I've made it through the evening without munching :)
You could also try using the "go brush your teeth" trick, but take it a step further and start flossing too (if you don't already). After your last meal, brush and floss for the night. Not only will the toothpaste make most of your snacks taste funny, but you'll be less likely to load up your pearly whites with junk if you have to do all that flossing again before you go to bed. Worked for me anyway :)
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One thing that has helped me is, to get rid of all of the "unhealthy" choices in my pantry. The best snacks for me, can be found in the fresh food aisle: fruits and vegetables. IT is difficult to switch my snacking brain over to" thinking outside the box". Rule of thumb: if it comes in a box, it PROBABLY isn't healthy, they had to add a lot of junk to the junk food to preserve it in the box. I buy the extra small apples in a bag, they are low in calories, high in fiber and the added juice makes them filling. You can dress them up by slicing them and sprinkling with cinnamon.
Don't forget to drink your water, it does so much more than just quench your thirst.
I'm new to Spark People and joined hoping to cut down on unhealthy snacking habits. I stumbled upon this group and have never been happier to see that I'm not alone in my daily evening lapse of dieting!
I've tried everything. Calorie counting, exercise, eating filling meals. Yet each night I kep reaching to the pantry for anything that is bad for me.
Has anyone got any good ideas? I'm willing to try anything to try and curb this habit.