My suggestion is to get yourself a glass of water and scroll through the sparkpeople website at night to relax and unwind. Read a few inspirational success stories before bed, or a few new blog posts. Anything that you enjoy. Eating before bed is just a habit, so try to create a new one.
Pounds lost: 27.4
Fitness Minutes: (4,702) Posts: 74 3/5/14 6:26 A
Oh, wow. I have the same problem, but I graze and graze. So, I have stopped buying anything that temps me. My dh like to have cookies handy, but his cookies don't tempt me. Lucky me. Also, I try to keep good snacks around, like fresh fruit.
I do sugar free jello or a cup of yogurt with fat free reddi whip and sometimes a tiny sprinkling of chopped nuts on top for bedtime snacks now. Either that or a banana. What works especially well for me is, this is probably tmi lol, taking my dentures out at 8:00 ... but you could just brush your teeth instead if you think it might work :)
current weight: 167.0
Fitness Minutes: (483) Posts: 8 3/1/14 1:14 A
I also crave sweets at night, more than at any other time of the day. I find it helpful to keep myself busy at night, so I'm not thinking about going to the kitchen for "just one ___" ... and then three more!
I also keep water on hand, because often I am actually thirsty at night, but mistake it as a sweet craving (even though that doesn't seem to make much sense!). If I drink plain water, often I find sweets much less appealing. Also I try to avoid going into the kitchen at night because I will usually end up with a piece of sweet bread or whatever else I find.
I just had to stop allowing that kind of thing in my house. If it's there I WILL eat it. I like baking for people though, so when I've baked I always do some crochet or writing or anything to keep me distracted so I don't nom it all.
When my kids were younger, I'd occasionally buy a box of cookies "for the kids." The kids might get one or two, often they never knew the box was in the house. I finally realized I just cannot keep that stuff in the house - I have little to no control with sweets, ice cream, chips or any snack foods. And the kids didn't really need sweets any more than I did.
I find a good strong tea or hot vegetable broth has really worked for me.
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current weight: 138.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,092) Posts: 14 2/6/14 4:45 P
I have no will power when it comes to sweets so I keep them out of the house, I have put bowls of fresh fruit on the table so the first thing I see when I walk into the kitchen is fruit. If I find I can't resist and MUST have a sweet I try to buy only one thing such as a brownie or a smaller sized candy bar.
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Fitness Minutes: (15,629) Posts: 221 2/6/14 1:10 P
this was exactly my problem. So far the only cure I have found is to keep the stuff out of the house. I also have a snack at bedtime, usually something like greek yogurt, frozen fruit, and all bran buds - it's very satisfying of the crunch and sweet that I seem to crave, and then I'm not hungry...but if I have any junk in the house, forget about it. My advice to you is purge the house, and get yourself a treat when you're out from time to time but don't bring things home - it's my major downfall. You can do it!
current weight: 387.0
Fitness Minutes: (45) Posts: 4 2/6/14 12:54 P
For YEARS I have indulged in sweets every night...I used sweets as a way to eliminate stress after a long hard day. It was a comfort thing for me. .I dont know how I will break this cycle! Its really been getting out of control this past year, I have been eating a HUGE bowl of sweets every night. Most nights I have about 2 pieces of pie, 7-8 cookies, and a few servings of icecream. I need to stop this addiction!!! If any of you have suggestions to keep me on the right track, let me know!
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