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3/2/13 7:57 P

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I try to keep trigger foods out of the house, but find I can eat almost anything mindlessly, especially in the evenings (and often when I'm bored).

I saw in this thread the idea of using gum, and I think I'd like to try this. I've also heard that brushing your teeth can help, since it's hard to eat anything after your mouth tastes like toothpaste.

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3/2/13 10:20 A

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I am also spacing out my foods to last longer during the day. For instance I can save a fruit to eat after dinner, or instead of eatting the crackers with my salad for lunch, I can have it late in the evening with a wedge of the laughing cow cheese (only 35 calories) along with a cup of green tea. By doing this I shouldn't hurt my diet plan too much.


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3/1/13 1:08 P

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Hi. I don't let unhealthy snacks into the house.

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3/1/13 1:02 P

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The only times I have a problem with too much snacking is when I have those trigger foods available.
If I don't buy them then I am not tempted.
Now to just stop buying them.

Edited by: JENAE954 at: 3/1/2013 (17:53)
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3/1/13 12:10 P

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Trying to keep busy on the computer at night with writing (I write short stories and poetry) blogging, or sparking. Sometimes its hard, but when I'm really determined to work my plan, I will have a good evening. My mind will get caught up in what I'm doing, until I get tired and go to bed.


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2/28/13 9:03 P

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Mary Jo, I also have a big problem with night time snacking. Actually, my snacking usually turns into eating, not just snacking. I try never to have the extra stuff that I can't handle around, but what finally worked for me is this: after dinner, we clean up the kitchen, turn off the light and leave the room. I am lucky enough to live in a 2 story house with my computer and TV upstairs. I leave the area and for some reason seem to be able to manage the eating/snacking, etc. It has been the only thing that works for me--I am NOT hungry, I do NOT need food at that time of the day or night, and if I start it, I can't stop.

Now...having said all that, I find it very difficult in the winter b/c we are snowbirds and spend the winter in Arizona in a very, very small space. The kitchen is about 2 steps from wherever I am and it has been a big challenge for me. I am doing better this week...trying to eat dinner a little later, but with a mid-afternoon snack of fruit or yogurt. So...it's never easy, but it is manageable depending on your own situation or approach. Good luck to you! I bet you'll figure it all out.

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2/28/13 1:40 P

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I do, ok. But I try not to have bad food in the house so I wont munch emoticon

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2/28/13 12:20 P

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I had written a blog about something that helped me. Feel free to read it. Here is the link.

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2/28/13 11:56 A

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I look at my snack eating compared to three weeks ago.

I am eating apples and saying no to sweets like cakes, pies, sugar cookies or any high sugar cookies. ..

I did away with the potato chips and junk food months ago..

I have box of baby cookies for emergency. Other then that.

I make a cup of tea

at first to fill me if I feel hungry.

If worse comes before a shove. Then a baby cookie with my tea as I eat alot of salads through the day for lunch

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We eat last meal at 6 supper. I do my food tracker and my exercise tracker.

Go to bed at 10 or 11 and up at 6.30 or quarter to 7.

I am really making good choices.

I do alternate exercises as not to use the same muscles.

So far I feel proud of myself. That I made this step to be healthy.

I have a blog I put up on another site. And people are going to fruit, carrots, all the

recommended Healthy .


Healthy food choices as to sweets.



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2/28/13 11:30 A

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I struggle with late night eating as well. The solution I have come up with is eat my healthy snacks in the afternoon and then eat my dinner late. Then I still feel full right up until bedtime. I am good at only eating the pre planned snacks because I know I have to leave calories for dinner.


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2/28/13 11:04 A

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I like the others don't keep trigger foods in the house...we now keep healthy snacks along with cut veggies and fresh fruits to grab and snack on...plus find something else to occupy your time with that you enjoy :) I also keep sugar free hard candy on hand to suck on :) you just have to find what works for you :)

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2/28/13 10:21 A

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Food, healthy or not is still one of my hardest points. Your advice to find options is spot on!! I also do not allow the trigger foods in the house. Yesterday I walked over 6 miles so I proved that it was possible. Now if I want something I will indeed make myself walk to the store to get it......it's 3 miles over and 3 miles back.....LOL.....That should assist in curbing most cravings.

From my experience on snacking, I have found that I need to save my calories for the time of day when I experience the grazing mode. This is afternoon for me. No matter what I eat for breakfast or lunch I will be craving anything from 1-4PM. So I now eat a lighter breakfast and lunch and plan my main meal around 3PM. I works for me. If you find you need the night time munchies and eating late doesn't mess with your sleep.....go for it. Just plan accordingly. emoticon

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2/28/13 9:43 A

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I read an article that stated that evening snacking was no different then day time snacking. Calories were calories and that it made no difference if you consumed them in the morning or at night. If you have the calories left at the end of the day then you should be able to have them in the evening. The key was to save your munchies calories for the evening snack times.
Now this is all based on an article, but INDYGIRL posted a blog about this subject as well. Try going to check out her past blogs.......

I allow myself the late night snacks but I have changed the snacks that I allow myself. Chips are not allowed in my house, cookies are not allowed, and anything that causes me a deep craving has been outlawed. If I want those things bad enough then I make a point of having to leave the house to go and get them. Getting out and walking into the store IS a form of exercise. I only allow myself the tiny 1 oz. lunch kit sized chips at any given time. Cookies come in the form of 100 calorie snack bags from keebler and then again only 1 bag at a time. I also will eat a half cup (sometimes a full cup) of yogurt with 5 saltine crackers. I get the sweet/salty snack craving fix that way......
There are creative ways to get your snack on..... You have to sit down and take a real good look at yourself. Get a pen and paper and take notes on your snack cravings and see if there is a healthier way to go about getting that craving fix.

I hope this helped a little..... I am NOT a professional, just another team mate that is a LATE night snacker
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About an hour after dinner, I start getting ready to work out. All in all, it takes me about 2-3 hours to finish up. My work outs don't last that long, but I do other things in between such as laundry, taking care of the dogs, cleaning up the kitchen etc. I keep busy and drink water or diet soda. But if I really get a snack attack, I put a little,peanut butter on a stalk of celery. emoticon

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2/28/13 9:35 A

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I try to eat dinner right before 7:00. It seems if I eat right before then it helps. If I really cannot stand it I will have a bag of light popcorn. But, more importantly keep the junk food and anything that will set you off out of your house. You may even try an earlier bed time. I wish you success.

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That is difficult. But if you try to develop a habit and do it several times maybe it will be instilled. Some of the problems come from association like TV=snacking. After supper we go for a walk and then I work on spanish. Often we also get together with friends.

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2/28/13 8:50 A

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Maybe you simply have a case of the munchies. Have you tried gum? That might help.

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I have healthy snacks available but I try to keep myself busy.

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I've decided that if the forbidden and trigger foods are not available I will make healthier choices.
I simply cannot have them in the house to tempt me or even call my name loudly in the middle of the night.

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Good morning

I am doing really well with my food until after supper. Then I want to snack on all the wrong things. I have tried planning snacks but sometimes even having a healthy snack starts me grazing. How does everyone handle this.

If I found away around this my weight loss would speed up and I would be so grateful.

Any ideas?? Help Mary Jo

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