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MOVEITMARY
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11/27/12 3:58 P

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I try to keep my late night snacks within my daily plan by making sure I have some calories left to "spend" at the end of the day.

I usually keep on hand some snacks that are super rich in flavor and "decadence" but not high in calories. The decadence factor (expensive, sweet/salty, exotic - whatever works for you) is important! Since it feels like an indulgence, I take tiny bites and roll it around my mouth and savor it slowly rather than horking it down like a St. Bernard.

My favorite late night snacks at the moment are:
* Half an ounce of a nice robust cheese and half an ounce of walnut pieces (Omega-3 boost)
* Dates, pears or apples with either of the above
* One or two squares of good dark chocolate and a glass of port wine
* Homemade treat that is rich and sweet but "healthy" such as tofu pudding (trust me, even Bill Cosby would like it - see my chocolate tofu pie makeover recipe)

Also important: I always, ALWAYS measure and track them before crawling into bed with the book and snackies. That way my mind won't trick me into thinking that I "need" more to feel satisfied, and I will see how little I have and try to make it last longer.


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10/26/12 10:42 P

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Late night hunger is just something I ignore.
I simply tell it to just go away and I am not giving in to the sabotage.

Jenae


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KATHY391
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10/25/12 9:23 A

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its true they do. My first day not eating late night was very hard and tempting. But my second day was not so hard.

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JENAE954
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10/24/12 9:11 P

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I stick to no foods after dinner.
Sometimes it is tough but well worth it.
The cravings eventually go away.

Jenae


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KATHY391
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10/24/12 5:39 P

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thats probably why I get cravings at night.makes sense to me too.my new strategy isbrushing my teeth after dinner and. drinking water when I get cravings. so far it's working! good luck everyone!

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10/24/12 2:34 P

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Thanks for the info- guess I'm not too surprised. My body releases something to mimic hunger when I'm tired? Yes, that seems accurate.


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A_WISE_WOMAN
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10/24/12 2:10 P

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ZINGER1020, being tired is well known to cause the release of ghrelin, which causes hunger...

Edited by: A_WISE_WOMAN at: 10/24/2012 (14:44)

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KATHY391
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10/24/12 10:16 A

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because you work the night shift its a bit tricky. your days turn into night and vise a versa.

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Good topic. I binged a few nights ago because of being tired and sad. Since then I've tried copying a favorite snack onto the next day, so it is already there in case I want to eat something after dinner. Worked so far!

Also, I'm a night shifter, so some days when I get home from work I've been awake for 30+ hours. Those days if I binge I have no feeling of "full" Seriously, I can eat 3,000+ calories and not feel full yet. So not sure if other people have found this, but for me being tired can short out my body's natural limits on food intake.


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NFLATTE
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10/24/12 7:50 A

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I agree: tiredness as well as thirst can be a trigger..


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10/23/12 5:17 P

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Tiredness can be a trigger. Make sure you are not staying up too late. Your body may be looking for sleep not food. It is a kind of like when we eat when we are really just thirsty.



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You only fail when you stop trying

There is nothing to hold you back except you.

You can press forward long after you cant. Its a matter of wanting it bad enough.

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A_WISE_WOMAN
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10/23/12 4:48 P

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Hi, and welcome! I've found changing things up works. Change the evening routine.


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KATHY391
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10/23/12 4:47 P

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thank you all for your help. these ideas should help.

maintaining my inner peace is my goal, a healthy lifestyle is my mission!


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MILLERISHEALTHY
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10/23/12 4:38 P

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Try brushing your teeth right after you finish eating dinner. Chances are, you won't want to have to brush them again before bed. emoticon


Edited by: MILLERISHEALTHY at: 11/27/2012 (18:49)
"The present is what slips by us while were pondering the past and worrying about the future. - Ziggy

"The groundwork of all happiness is health."
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"Comparison is the thief of joy."
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DEBBIEANNE1124
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10/23/12 3:47 P

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There was another topic just started pretty muchs ame subject but boredom eating.

I'd suggest different surroundings. Call a friend.
sugar free chewing gum
Put healthy snacks in a box or basket for the day and discipline yourself to ahve jsut those. (7 almonds and a small apple) etc.
Keep your ahnds busy and away from the kitchen.
Knitting, crocheting, reading or grab a bottle and go for a walk.



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CLASSYLADYMAY
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10/23/12 3:44 P

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Hi and welcome!! First i dont stay up late and i dont eat after 5 or 6.. cause i go tyo bed early i dont get bored and just eat.. it is a habit that can be broken.. but will take time.. have to do something that will take your mind off of thoes habits you want to change

loving myself as i am beautiful inside and out!!! Think positive .. you can do it!!!..... i do care.��Life is not easy for any of us, but what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves.� � Don't give up we all can do this!!
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I am now exercising 50 mins a day working up to 60 ! Keeping active is so important!
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Hi Kathy , I have a kind of trick that I used to use for that and its one the stars used to use and that is-- a packette Emergen-C and a serving of benefiber= no hunger and you go to bed full -with a lot of vitamin c and fiber...Anouther one is drink special K Protein water, its really good also hope that helps.



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10/23/12 12:10 P

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Welcome Kathy,

Overcoming late night snacking was a problem for many of us Sparkers including me.
It took a few months to break the bad habit and took sheer determination.
First I got rid of all trigger foods and temptations.
After that I made a promise to myself that that kind of snacking would be a thing of the past.
After that I just white knuckled it.
Today I usually eat around 6 or 6:30 pm. That's it.
No snacking after dinner.

Jenae


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10/23/12 12:10 P

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I try to get up and move, do anything to move really. Also drinking plenty of water, but this is not for everyone at night. I just happen to have the bladder of a rhino and can handle that. I still fight with my night munchies sometimes, but it can be dealt with.


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KATHY391
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Hello everyone,
Im new here. I created this topic because i need some suggestions as to how to overcome my late night eating. During the day im doing great but at night not so good, its like throwing all that hard work out the window... Anyone have any suggestions please reply.

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