LWADE1963 ~ if you are getting up, feeling only half awake, not remembering what you ate, or feeling you aren't really waking up at all but can tell the next morning that you have eaten during the night, you might want to do some research on NES, or Night Eating Syndrome. I get those symptoms whenever I have restricted myself too much during the day. One of the things that helped me was actually eating more earlier in the day, for example, having a larger breakfast with more protein. Of course, it helped if the treats and junk food never made it into the house. I wish you well. It is a serious issue because you're losing good quality sleep in addition to unknowingly sabotaging your efforts to lose weight.
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I agree with MARGOMCP. If you don't wanna eat the bad stuff when cravings hit, don't keep it around. I got rid of all of my junkfood except protein bars and popcorn. These are my go-to's when I have cravings, as well as dried fruit and gum.
Put on some upbeat music. If you find yourself dancing in your seat, take it a step further. Get up and start dancing on your feet. You'll burn more calories that way.
I struggle with that same problem except I work at night and go to bed about 930am and get up1p or 2p and start searching the cupboards. When I follow my eating plan I usually take a teaspoon peanut butt ter or some almonds and some hot tea and go back to bed. However, the supermarket had half gallon ice cream for $1.99 So of course I bought 2. So this past week I've gotten up and eaten a bowl of ice cream...Ugggh! I gotta keep that stuff out of the house the freezer wont slow me down at all. Heck, thats what the microwave is for. It's no wonder nothing fits.
I love the freezer idea or cupboard idea too, where you'd have to really work to first find what you want and then the thought of digging around and around would probably wake you up to realize that it's not worth the trouble. Maybe a glass of milk and some set aside graham crackers would make you feel alot better! Just a thought.
Perhaps you're doing too much at one time and you're responding to feeling of deprivation. I like the freezer suggestion. You'd be surprised how powerful you feel when you can consciously decide what you eat.
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Hello Everyone, my name is Marie and my biggest problem is everything from chocolate candy bars to a hand full of dry Frosty Flakes and fruit snake gummie candy. Help!!! I am going through hot flashes specially at night. That is really what wakes me up then I am ready to eat something.
Edited by: MHEMSLEY at: 1/2/2013 (21:50)
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My world is a lot like this too. If I go to bed earlier than I'm used to or if I go to bed without a late night snack, I will wake up far before morning. (For some reason, going to bed later one or two nights a week doesn't seem to be a problem.) Sometimes a little snack and a hot bath will help me get back to sleep ---- Sometimes, I'm too awake and it's no use and I end up reading or watching movies or doing email. But then around dawn I get so sleepy that I just have to go back to bed and it's really hard to get up at a reasonable hour. When this happens, it can take days to get a regular good sleep cycle going again.
For me, the best cure is prevention. I try to stick to my same bed time ritual as much as possible, even when I'm travelling. Hot bath, little snack, and some sort of soothing story that I can fall asleep to. I love it when my boyfriend reads to me. When he's out of town, I use books on tape or Netflix.
I would not keep candy or non-nutritious food around (soda) if I could not control myself. I do wake at night and go downstairs for something to eat (eating every 4-6 hours during the day and then expecting to "fast" for 8 hours of the night doesn't make sense to me), usually a small bowl of cereal so the milk can sort of help me get back to sleep or yogurt or a piece of fruit (apple w/runny peanut butter to dip it in :-) I just add whatever it is to my breakfast calories.
Arthritis in my shoulders often acts up and wakes me if my asthma or having to pee does not. If I can't get back to sleep in a half hour to hour, I wander downstairs and have something to eat, play a few games of Solitaire on my computer or read/answer email or write snail mail letters to elderly relatives, etc.
Edited by: MARGOMCP at: 1/2/2013 (09:42)
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I have had cravings but never got up out of bed to pursue them. I would recommend if possible to get them meaning the ice cream out of the house for a brief period of time to help you control your food choices. After you are stronger then begin if you choose to introduce them back into your food choices. My parents take sweets and actually lock them up so they have to go to great lengths to get them. This has worked successfully for them
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Put the granola bars in a container and store it in the back of the refrigerator with other foods on top, this way you will need to make a conscious effort to get a bar. Put the snickers in the freezer, it takes 15 minutes to thaw, enough time to change your mind.
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I usually have my craving right after i eat a meal. It is so hard when you don't even realize your eating something that you might otherwise would not have eaten. On moment at a time.and keep posting it helps to talk it out.
Know it well! Just think about how you felt afterwards and how good you felt when you didn't cave. That good feeling gets better and better and the bad doesn't feel good at all. Doesn't mean it won't happen several times, but the more you feed your body right, the better it will respond and the better you will feel.
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well i did good yesterday but last night i caved and had ice cream. then when i went to bed, it was like i was sleep walking. i barely remember getting up shortly after i laid down. i binged on snicker bar and granola bar. i seem to do that a lot after i fall asleep. i wake up and hardly remember and go and get something sweet.if anyone understands this, let me know
on a better note, today was successful.. i started the day off with 3 spark people videos and ate healthy all day. no sweets
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