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PORCHESIGN SparkPoints: (0)
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9/14/12 9:11 P

Thanks for the support. I have had a better week than normal and hope to continue improving.

MJ1976 Posts: 91
9/13/12 10:55 A

Actually, I've met many people on SP that binge eat at night. So you are not alone! I know when I have a "bad night" I can take in 2000 or more calories without realizing until afterwards. One of the frustrating things is eating "right" all day, exercising, and then waking up in middle of the night and binging. I have done this so much I've lost count. It seems to have gotten worse in the last coupla years and is something I don't want to do anymore, it is a vicious cycle. You'll find much support on SparkPeople and Welcome!

9/12/12 6:11 P

I'm new to spark people and I binged bad last night. I know I need to forgive myself for this and move on. I came here and saw some of your ideas. I think I need to portion control when I'm actually doing the cooking so that there aren't any leftovers in the frige. I cook for myself only and what I used to do was cook a lot and eat it over the course of the week. sometimes I would binge on the leftovers at night. I have to get used to eating less calories. I'm trying really hard to balance this during the day. I'm also walking at least 30 min a day now (usually after lunch).

MJ1976 Posts: 91
9/10/12 9:24 P

I too, like to eat at night. The problem I have is that I work night shift so on my nights off I don't sleep well (even with sleeping pills) and I don't sleep through the whole night. I found that I binge eat most at night and can sabotage all my efforts over a few days or over a whole week. Any suggestions that anyone has to help stop my night eating would be much appreciated. It is also nice to meet all of you!

IWANT2SLEEP SparkPoints: (0)
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9/10/12 5:31 P

I really don't think eating at night is bad per se. I do feel the need for a snack at night. I spend many nights studying or writing and I don't know if this makes me hungry but I usually feel the need for a little snack before bed.

That being said I know that this happens more nights than not and I save some calories for this. I try to eat well during the day, not perfect but well and I try to stay somewhat close to the minimum calories of my range. Then if I want the snack I can have it and not worry that it will sabotage my weight loss.

Sometimes the snack is healthy (dried apricots and walnuts) sometimes not so much (luigis cherry ice). I have however been eating much better than in the past and have somehow managed to lose 21 pounds in the last 11 weeks.

So all that to say that snacking at night isn't necessarily as evil as some may think.

MAYPOSPANKY SparkPoints: (0)
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9/10/12 2:31 P

I find that when I have the late night munchies, it is because I am bored and tired. I have been trying just to go to bed and it seems to work for me.

9/10/12 12:09 P

I think my night time eating is truly out of not knowing what to do with myself. When all is quiet and the chaos subsides, I am lost.. Food becomes my pal.. So I am trying to change this with reading a book or sewing.. Something other than shoving food in my face..

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9/10/12 10:39 A

Hi PORCHESIGN - you're not alone. Because of my teenagers and their after school activities, I'm usually up late (mid-night or so) to take care of things like laundry, dishes, picking up after everyone, etc. And I always get the late night cravings. I know it's a horrible habit to eat late, but I have been using cereal as my snack. It's not the best solution, but I'm working on it.

Just thought I'd let you know that I'm right there with ya, stuggling to get past this habit.

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9/10/12 10:12 A

Many of us are on the see food diet. If we see food we eat it. I do not eat many cookies, but I love oreo cookies. I just do not buy them. When I give blood next week I have to decide if I can just have 1 packet or skip them completely instead of the 3 packages I used to have.

To get around my snacking needs I simply keep 4 or five items around that have low fat and 100 calories or less. Thigs like pudding cubs, jello cups, special k rasberry crisps (my favorite), individual cups of rice pudding (from costco), bananas and nectarines when I can find them. Last week I bouht a big bag of clementines. I have containers of walnuts, almonds and raisin. I grab a few grams of each in a palm full and snack on those.

You have to work on finding healthier outlets for these cravings. It does not have to be carrots and celery all the time. Good luck.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (198,759)
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9/10/12 5:23 A


Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time, thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body. NO ONE ever became a healthy eater overnight. It's impossible.

Stop beating yourself up because you ate some junk at night. Instead, do your best to keep some healthy snacks (like fruit) on hand for when you would like a snack. And Spark People encourages its members to eat regular (healthy) snacks. So, go out and buy some fruit. have it ready for when you need a quick treat.

Try to avoid buying they junk. out of sight. out of mind. if it's not in the house to eat, you won't eat it. But if you would like a treat (like oreos), no one says you can't eat oreos. You just need to be mindful of your portion size. don't eat an entire row. have 1-2 for a treat.

Also, here's something to consider. What are you eating during the day ? If you're not eating enough during the day, that would explain why you feel an urge to eat at night. Eating too little in the morning/afternoon will cause a person to binge later. So, do make sure you're eating plenty of wholesome foods that nourish your body. Don't starve yourself. Starving doesn't work. If you want to lose weight, you have to eat.

SNOOPY1960 Posts: 1,687
9/9/12 8:31 P

If you get rid of all the junk food in your house, you can only snack on good food !! That being said......make sure you have plenty of good stuff like microwave popcorn, fruit, raw cut up veggies, hi fiber cereal and some low fat frozen yogurt.

KNIBARG SparkPoints: (14,083)
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9/9/12 7:39 P

Can you clear out the junk food? If it isn't in the house, you won't have a choice but to grab the healthy stuff.... Drinking a glass of water first also helps to curb snacking. Good luck!

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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9/9/12 5:41 P


A few things to consider are:

Are you eating because you are truly hungry or are you eating out of habit? If you are eating out of hunger, that is your body's cue telling you it needs fuel, therefore you want to keep healthy snacks ready and available. However, if you are eating out of habit, stress, boredom, loneliness, etc, it is important to come up with a plan to keep you out of the kitchen. Going for a walk or keeping a journal may both help.

Make sure you are eating your calories during the day. When we allow ourselves to get too hungry, it's hard to not give into our cravings. Restricting calories too much during the day can actually trigger night time hunger.

Remember food is fuel for your body. Just like you can't drive for miles and miles with your fuel light on, same is true for your body, so if you are truly hungry (growling tummy, moodiness, headache, etc), it's OK to eat something, just reach for something healthy and be sure to track it in your nutrition tracker.

Coach Nancy

PORCHESIGN SparkPoints: (0)
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9/9/12 5:21 P

I try to get healthy snacks to eat at night but often eat junk out of habit. Sometimes I eat the healthy stuff and the junk! Gotta kick this habit!!!

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