I've found that since I was always craving food at night that I decided to change my foods around so that I eat a bigger dinner and little later then usual and save a light snack for about an hour before bedtime. This way I have no more cravings late at night.
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When my mother was in her 90s, she didn't like big gatherings with lots of kids. So there was just my mother, my husband and me for holidays. We used to cook a big dinner anyway, then one year we decided to go to Denny's for dinner. It would not be my first choice for a holiday dinner, but it was the only place open on Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, it worked out well because: it was 1)convenient 2)inexpensive.. (click title for more info)
..3)and informal. It involved 4)no shopping 5)no prepartion 6)no cleanup 7)and everyone could order what s/he wanted. The wait staff were very accommodating to my elderly mother who ate very slowly and wanted her milk warmed just right.
If you want a gooey dessert or a delicious steak dinner Its perfectly ok to indulge yourself every so often but moderation is key. If you have that dessert or big dinner just modify your meals for the rest of the day or the next or walk afterwards to burn some of it off. Even if you don't do those things in the end its still better to indulge a little now instead of engorge yourself later from depriving yourself.... enjoy that cake! 4
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