To help the picking and binging after tea, once I have cleaned up and finished organising lunches for the next day, I keep repeating this mantra - the kitchen's closed, the kitchen's closed- it seems to be working for me! The fact that I I also want to log off for the day on tracking my daily food intake is another motivator for the kitchen being closed!
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After dinner, I clean up the kitchen really well. I turn out the lights in there, walk out and declare the "kitchen closed" to myself (and my kiddos!) and then avoid going in there if at all possible for the rest of the night. Helps to curb evening snacking. Often I'll take a cup of hot tea or water bottle to have something to sip on throughout the evening.
I love chocolate and have a problem with night time snacking. I've started having 'diet' cocoa in the evening before bed. It satisfies my chocolate need and the warmth of the drink makes me drowsy. Plus, it signals I'm done eating for the day. After I'm done I brush my teeth and go to bed! Kitchen Closed! It seems to be working for me!!
I live in a vintage building and my kitchen has doors that can be closed. I've created a "Kitchen is Closed" sign. After meal time is done and I've cleaned up, the kitchen doors are closed and the sign goes up. This will remind me not to graze between meals or pre-planned snacks.
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