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Thursday, January 05, 2012

OK... so I've done ok so far this new year. I've been getting in the water like I should, and exercising daily altho I did miss a day. :/ But still, I'm getting there...

My problem is eating. Later in the evenings, I am just a bottomless pit! Usual scenario: I'll come home from work (lately it's been after 6 or 7 PM) and the first thing I do is shuck the work clothes, usually put on some warmups, then I eat supper. (My daughter has been getting that ready lately.) But then without thinking, I'll get seconds, thirds, cookies, and more. I want to STOP doing that!!! I want to do things differently this year and so far so good except for the eating. I'm doing the same ol' things. My word for the year is control... but lately the food is still controlling me!

Does anyone have any advice on how to thwart this behavior? Take into account that I'm usually very tired, spent, very hungry, and ready for some chill time... how do I do this without all that food? I know it's habit... I also know I'm rambling now... ugh.

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    Get on the computer and go to spark people whenever the urge to over eat hits. Stay busy! Knowing that this is the time you are prone to snack....prepare for some healthy snacks! emoticon
    2329 days ago
  • DOLLY_37
    Everyone has given you great tips emoticon
    You have the same problem as me...I eat dinner and then all eve I'm starving...belly rumbles and I want to eat...science is showing fat has a mind of it's own...I keep telling myself it's my fat talking to my brain...saying FEED ME! I have to think of it like an addiction...it's a choice....just like smoking...eating crappy stuff at night is a choice that needs self talk...but man it's hard...YOU CAN DO THIS! We'll do it together...how???? day by day...eve by eve...hour by hour...when I first quit smoking I didn't think in terms of days I thought in terms of hours....I figure wt loss will be the same way.. emoticon
    2332 days ago
    Wow you've gotten lots of good ideas. I have the same problem with eating. I don't stop. With me I have found that I think it's boredom eating. If I am doing something even just reading a book I tend to not eat cause I'm not thinking about it cause I'm busy.

    Hopefully you can find something that works for you. Good luck! emoticon
    2333 days ago
    It doesn't help that you have all of that temptation laying around the house. I've tried Zantrex-3 before and taking it on my last break at work gave me energy and NOT hungry at all in the evenings, which was pretty cool. I would at least try it until you get into the groove of grabbing something healthy to much on instead of the chips. It would be even better if the family would learn together to cook healthier meals so that everyone is leading a healthier life.
    2333 days ago
  • LIBRA73
    I love all these ideas. My hubs does the very same thing when he comes home. I started packing him a little bag of nuts and a water so on his commute home, he snacks on those and that kills the major hunger.

    Food is still controlling me too! Great job on the water and exercise!
    2333 days ago
    I like SHEL1181's plan with the snack, exercise, and then a meal. That's a winner! Otherwise, I'd make sure that you have good healthy filling things to eat throughout the day too, that should help keep you from feeling so hungry at the end of the day. Also, make sure that you get plenty of sleep. I tend to eat more on nights when I'm really dragging. You are going to try different things until you find what works best for you. You are going kick this habit to the curb! 2012 is your year to shine!!!!
    2333 days ago
    Sounds as if you have gotten some sound advice here already, hope some of their ideas work for you. My thing is to drink water first if I am still hungry. After about 5 minutes of waiting I figure I was thirsty not really hungry so I don't go back for more. Good luck tackling this challenge!
    2333 days ago
  • SHEL1181
    Definitely pack up the food once you get your plate. Also, I don't allow any junk food in the house....LOL, well, okay, maybe just peanut butter and chocolate chips (yeah I have been known to eat right out of the jar), but that's really it. I don't know when you exercise but that's what I do as soon as I get home. It curbs my hunger afterwards so I don't eat as much. I'm always hungry when I get home too and I'm a diabetic so I make sure to eat a small snack (maybe a banana or something similar) before I exercise. Then afterwards if I'm hungry I grab something small. Don't know if that will help you but it works for me.

    2333 days ago
  • DAISY443
    Have a bag of carrot sticks, celery and radishes in the fridge. Munch on those before you eat dinner. If you still want more after dinner, eat some more of the veggies. Drink water in between every bite you take. Should help!
    2334 days ago
    I struggle with the mindless munching at night too so I'm not one to give advice. haha What my plan of attack is....until I can stop it completely, I prepare a 'snack plate' early in the day...so when I get in my uncontrollable munch mood...I can pick it instead of fattening foods. (Like the rest of my daughter's birthday cake that I pigged out on. Ugh!) I have celery with a thin spread of peanut butter (for the yummy peanut butter taste with a crunch) and then some popcorn. Then I have my sweet and salty fix. So hopefully it'll work until I can break this horrible, horrible habit!
    2334 days ago
    Brush your teeth right after dinner! Usually it will change the taste and will most likely stop you from wanting to eat chocolate and sugary stuff. Also, pack up dinner once you have had your serving. I tend to make dinner and I immediately put it all into tupperware (for leftovers) after my bf and I take our share. I don't put it in the fridge immediately but I find that it changes my mind to move it from pot/pan to tupperware because it makes me feel like I need to put it away. I don't know if that helps. And eat slowly and mindfully. Don't eat in front of a tv (or at least not in front of an interesting tv show/episode lol!) because you'll be distracted and just chomp down all your food. I try to enjoy my food while I eat. I'm doing it now!! emoticon

    Hope that helps some!
    2334 days ago

    First, congratulations on getting in the water. I have not for about 10 days due to this stupid cold. As for the evening eating, these are some of the tricks I tried and they worked. First of get your normal serving of dinner. Once that is on the plate, have your daughter put all the food away, out of sight. Once you have finished eating, putting your fork down after every bite, immediately clean up your dishes or have daughter to so. If you have a hobby, then get busy with it. I enjoy knitting and crocheting both of which keep my hands busy and my mind off of food. Have your last snack, cut up an apple in several pieces as it takes longer to eat or maybe some popcorn, something that takes a while to eat.

    As I say, these really helped me through some tough nights and hopefully, they will help you as well. Oh and drink lots of water at dinner.

    2334 days ago
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