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VWMOMMY SparkPoints: (9,888)
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4/1/14 4:45 P

I don't think the time is nearly as important as the content of any snack (including the late night variety). You say that "when you cave" you go wild and eat a lot. If you are truly hungry at night and have the room in your calories then go ahead and have a healthy snack BEFORE you "cave". If you head it off before it happens then you can control the outcome better. The other thing I wonder about is what does the rest of your day look like? What time is dinner? Are you getting enough protein and fats? Look deeper and try to see if you can find a nutritional or emotional reason that you are feeling so deprived at the end of each day.

ONECALMMOM Posts: 6,258
4/1/14 12:13 A

I'm a night owl but am trying to go to sleep at a more reasonable hour because I accomplish so much more when I get up around 7. For a more restful night, I try not to eat at least 3 hours before going to sleep. Haven't mastered it, but am much better than I used to be!

SCIFIFAN Posts: 1,119
3/31/14 11:37 P

I'm a nightowl too, although not quiet as extreme as you. My normal bedtime is between1:30 and 2; sometimes later. If I try to go to bed earlier, I just lay there, wide awake. I know this is partly just habit, but I do come from a long line of nightowls.

I like to eat a snack or two around midnight to one. I just plan this into my diet and record it. I'd rather eat less earlier in the day and be able to eat my late snack. I usually have something healthier, like popcorn, an apple or nuts and one treat--for instance a square of really good chocolate. Sometimes I have hot chocolate, tea or decaf, which helps.

I'd never make it if I didn't eat from dinner time to bedtime. But, you know what works for you, and if you are binging after midnight, say, then it's time to find a way to control that.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,456
3/31/14 6:53 A

The issue here is not that late night snacking is 'bad'. You just have to fit it into your overall calorie budget.

If snacking is part of your late night routine, don't fight it, but work instead to limit the damage. Pre-plan a healthy late night snack. Perhaps put it in a baggie for portion control?


SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,893
3/31/14 6:30 A

DDONOVA Posts: 27
3/31/14 2:07 A

I have that same issue- have had it for years. I did down load an app I think will help called My Diet Coach. It cost me 4$ but so far I love it. Sends reminders and motivational pictures and tips. It also has a panic button so if you crave something you hit the button and a timer counts down for 20 mins. They says most cravings only last 20 mins.

I have gone through some periods in my life where I was great at not late night munching and others where I was not so great. Here is what works for me.
1. Don't keep stuff you like to snack on late at night in the house. (For me it's cereal). If you must keep it b/c others living in your house like it then get a kind you don't like.
2. Drink tea instead of snacking. I drink loads of tea. It doesn't satisfy the craving but, drinking something hot gives me something to do and hold. It helps.
3. Get some sleep. Lack of sleep causes weight can and new studies show it also kills brain cells which do not come back. I had to learn the hard way to keep a more normal sleep schedule but, as I type this it's 11 o-clock. So, obviously a work in progress.

VARELSE Posts: 69
3/30/14 5:07 P

Well, you could try this. It's worked for me in the past.

Prepare a small portion of wholegrain cooked kashi or oats (steal cut or rolled) with some milk. Pre-log this as your midnight snack, and put it in an easy to use, single-serving microwave safe container. Eat this snack about 15-20 minutes before your usual melt-down time, and then drink a bit of water or have some herbal tea. Wait about 30 minutes and reassess your feelings.

If you're still having cravings, eat a small amount of fermented vegetables such as kimchi or sauerkraut, and reassess again.

If you're still feeling hungry, then eat a small high-protein snack such as a hard-boiled egg or a piece of string cheese (something simple that is easy to portion correctly).

You can plan this into your routine in advance, or just use the tactic and record the stuff later. I've had both scenarios work for me, although I currently don't have the problem and so have been able to stop using the technique.

JUSTMENAOMI SparkPoints: (1,902)
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3/30/14 4:43 P

Hello all my name is Naomi and I am an extreme night owl. Its something I've struggled with all my life, usually I go to bed anywhere from 3am to 5am. I have been trying to regulate my schedule getting to sleep around midnight, but its very hard because around that time I would usually eat. Now that I've joined sparkpeople (member as of 3/22/14 go team!) I have lost three pounds just being accountable for what I eat and reading inspiration and reviewing my nutrition helps. I feel empowered but when that late night rolls around all willpower and self control kicks dirt and all I can think about is food. My stomach feels empty but worse my mind is constantly thinking food: what did do I have in the house, what could I make, what I want the most. Problem is once I cave and usually I can't resist, I go crazy and eat alot. I know most of this is mental but what can I do? Any help would be greatly appreciated because I want to succeed but I know this issue is detrimental to my resolve and my results. Thank you!

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