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31 Days - March 15 & 16, Bedtime Snacking, Eating Grains, Plus Some Interesting Reading

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I missed blogging yesterday, so I'll cover Spark's advice for both days, then at the end have an interesting article to share..

Spark's advice yesterday was to have a snack before bed. I like this advice in general, not necessarily for myself, though. And that's okay. As we travel this journey, we are going to read lots of articles and tips. Some of them are going to work for us and some of them aren't. I think the most important thing is to tinker with your program until you figure out what works for you, and then stick with it.

Personally, eating at night is a gateway to out of control eating. So for me, I'm better off having a substantial dinner and then shutting off the eating lamp for the day. Period, end of story. A little snack later rarely stops at that. So my solution is to not eat anything at all after dinner, and it works for me. But, that does not mean it can't work for any number of people..and from a keeping your blood sugar on an even keel standpoint, the night time snack is irreplaceable. But the one warning I would give is to make the snack nutritious, some combination of protein and carb..because that is the stuff that keeps the hunger away..

Spark's advice for today is to eat 3-6 servings of grains each day. Of course, if you have been at this for any length of time, you know it should be whole grains and brown rice.. This food group, especially when eating whole grains, is important for energy, and also is full of fiber which makes you feel fuller longer.. Of course, great advice, though for "atkins" disciples, I'm sure tough advice to follow. But you can't live without carbs forever, and whatever process you use to lose weight should also be the process you use to eat healthy and keep weight off, so make up with the carbs and figure out how to live with them, cos you can't live without them.

Finally, my own "research." I read a very interesting article this morning in my newly arrived April edition of Fitness Magazine. It felt like it was speaking directly to me, talking about cravings, what eating certain foods does to your brain, and the science behind lots of this stuff. The article made me feel like my own personal observations about how eating sweets "triggers" me and how bad choices in food on one day leave me wanting the same the next are not crazy, but are valid. Somehow, knowing that my observations are not just coincidence or my brain trying to rationalize "bad" eating makes me feel better! Let's face it, we all like to be validated, and I found this article does that for me. It is very interesting reading and provides some great insight.. So if you have a few minutes and want to take a look: happy reading!! www.fitnessmagazine.com/

Have a Sparky Day!!
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    This was very helpful to me. I went to the article and printed it so I an go over it several times. The evenings are the worst time for me. I want to keep on snacking even though I know I am not hungry. emoticon
    3546 days ago
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    I am with you on the night time snacking. If I have 1 bite it's like an angry Lion rampaging through the cabnets. I'm doing much better now that I just say no after dinner :)
    3547 days ago
    I agree with you about the night-time snacking. I'm the same way if I allow myself something, then it ends up out-of-control, so I try to avoid it unless I am actually hungry. I'll have to go look at my Fitness magazine. It's in my pile of magazines to read! Have a great day!
    3547 days ago
    I'm on it... since not surprisingly we seem to be on the same thought train.
    3547 days ago
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