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Accountability! Night Eating Plan

Friday, September 27, 2013

I joined a new spark team to help me with night eating. Last night was day 2 of my streak.

There is something about making a decision to do something and admitting that it is
A. Not easy and
B. I can't do it by myself.
C. Realizing that I have a flaw stopping me from changing this behaviour. That old saying that "nothing changes if nothing changes" is so true, So I have tried to find different things to do in the evenings. It is not just about the food but something that makes me want to eat during that time. I can wait until I figure that out... or just do different things hoping I won't want to reach for food doing them.
D. It's a learning curve. I don't expect perfection. In fact, I because I have diabetes I may find depending on what activities I do, I NEED to eat at night. I will have to deal with that. Check my blood sugars in mornings. And then of course I can PLAN to have acceptable night snack choices.
E. Pride. I have told a family member my problem. In addition to blogging about this, joining a team and writing out a plan (you would think that would be enough) I had to say it out loud. I have a big "shame" thing going on. I like to look like I have everything under control and that this behaviour of eating at night is absolutely OK. I realized that my family will believe whatever I tell them... so I have chosen the truth.

Argh. Sometimes I wish it was easier. Presto! Decide and it happens. I'm pretty impressed that I have decided to look at it at all. It is a comfort thing in the evenings. Give up control. Crash. It is just for today, this streak. I have to keep telling myself that. Not forever. See what happens.
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    I totally get the night time eating problem. Actually, your post is a reminder to me to renew my efforts to tackle this bad habit. I really think I need some hobbies... it's too natural for me to watch TV and snack in the evenings...
    1664 days ago
  • _VALEO_
    You have been doing everything to admit and control your night eating. Kudos to you!
    It is never easy, but you have put together a strong support system to help you when needed!

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    1666 days ago
  • POPSY190
    The need to control lood sugar control can make it hard to achieve a balance - we know that all too well! Night eating is the same as everything else - nutritional food and sensible portions! You are making huge strides in the right direction. emoticon
    1667 days ago
    all the best
    1668 days ago
    It IS tough admitting we have a problem, and we are powerless to control it ourselves. It takes COURAGE to move from that to asking for help and making a plan that will facilitate the change you want to make! Good, good job.

    NORASPAT said something that is important for me too. I have the kitchen closed down till my snack and that's that. The snack is something that is planned in mu nutrition and tracked. If I don't have a snack with a bit or protein and carb, my sugar too is low in the early morning hours. So, definitely go forward with testing your blood sugar and finding what works for you.

    Kudos for putting yourself a priority and taking care of the night eating.

    HUGS and good luck. Know you'll do well.

    1668 days ago
    OH my it took me a long time to write it and it has not arrived at your page. Pat in Mainr will try a bit later . emoticon
    1668 days ago
    "J" If I do not eat my night time snack I usually wake with a low too early in the morning. We are all different and I think when you find your go to bed snack it will be easier. After my dinner I usually spark or do something productive. I can only watch TV or movies with my mind engaged. We rarely watch TV DH has his shows and we both have our shows together and Netflix.
    After dinner and kitchen is picked up it is like CLOSED till night time snack. I know I will make it and enjoy it. I eat and like the same snack every night it very rarely changes. Think about a snack that satisfies and has protein and a little healthy fat. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon
    I enjoyed reading your blog, I have been there too. Pat .
    1668 days ago
    I admire you for recognizing the problem and taking steps to try to fix this. I had the same problem and what worked for me was giving myself permission to have something at night that I really enjoy and look forward to, and finding something to do with my hands while watching TV. I know I need the rest and to wind down at night and TV does that to me but my idle hands were a problem so I am hand quilting a new throw quilt. It keeps me both busy and warm while I sew it and I can do it absentmindedly.

    I found a sugar free apple cider mix at Walmart that only has 15 calories an envelope and tastes great. I missed not being able to have real hot apple cider. This stuff is so good that even though it says to make a cup, I use one envelope to two cups water. Best of all it doesn't raise my sugar at all.

    It's all about trial and error and what works for you. You're not really hungry at night, it's your mind whispering have something, have something. So do have something, just plan for it, make it good for you and watch the portions. You'll do just fine, I know you will!!
    1668 days ago
    Way to stay on track!
    1668 days ago
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