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How to curb evening hunger??

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I am ravenous during evening and night hours. Sometimes I can overcome this devastating 'mouth hunger', sometimes not. When I can't overcome, I actually shovel the food in!

But I am never hungry after sleep. Why is that? If I can learn why, can I use the knowledge to stop my evening hunger?

Maybe the reason I'm not hungry following sleep is because my mental/physical energy is increased; because my mind/body is rested and refreshed. Then I crave mental or physical work or play -- not food.

If true, the question is: Can evening hunger be avoided by means of resting, refreshing, and stimulating my mind/body in some way other than sleep?

How? By a stimulant such as coffee or tea? By meditation? By distraction? By some form of excercise? By nutritional supplements? It is said that leptin, the satiating hormone, can be increased by means of eating ONLY 3 regular meals a day. This has not worked for me!

So far nothing has helped me. Temporarily I can control myself through sheer determination, but this never lasts more than a few weeks at best. And when I fall off the wagon, I fall off big time and for extended periods!

Ah, it is easy to be strong during strong times, not so easy during weak times! Any ideas?
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    I no longer get hungry at night since I've been concentrating on getting my 5-7 servings of fruits/veggies. I end up having about 3 servings at dinner time. Keeps me full for a long time!
    2985 days ago
    Record what time of the night you get these STRONG urges to eat. And also record what you are doing at these times. Where you watching T.V? On the computer? Reading a book?

    In the evenings we often have a routine. Mine for example is: Get home. Cook dinner. Look over my lesson plans for the next day. Grade papers. Watch T.V. Then go to sleep. I realized that I often get hungry when I'm watching T.V, so then I make a note of that and save a snack for then. An apple or an orange usually does the trick for me.

    Another thing is to find healthy distractions. Are you bored? Go read a book, put in a workout DVD, or even put on your favorite tunes and dance. Often times we aren't really hungry but just bored or stressed out (this is often referred to as emotional eating). If you are having a craving for something unhealthy then wait for 5 minutes. If you have to stuff your head under the covers to not eat the food in those 5 minutes then do so. Often times cravings are temporary and just being patient can get us through them. I recommend gum as well. That can give your jaw something to do while you are having those strong urges to eat.

    And lastly: GO TO BED EARLIER! lol. It's true that we don't crave food when we go to bed. I'm not sure why and there is a whole science in it..But the best way to handle the worst cravings is to just go to bed.

    Hope this helped (I know it's a long comment)
    2985 days ago
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