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6/10/11 10:23 A

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I use to be a night time eater - still am.
BUT - I changed and so can you - Change takes a fraction of a second.

I did not read the other responses but I am sure they all have a similar theme.

First - Get that stuff out of your house. I have a problem with candy and cookies - so I don't keep them in the house. Wife helps out here.
Second - Define what you want to be (not what you don't want) what you want to be and think about it everytime you want to indulge.

Now my other strategy:
1. I eat graham crackers (3 or 4 big ones) light yogurt with fresh fruit every night.
2. When I make my lunch for next day - only 90% actually makes it into the lunch (I count all 100% in tracker - all works out in the end).
3. Focus on the end result.

Third - this one is mental but you know what - it ALL IS MENTAL - If you identify yourself as a FAT person who CAN NOT control your EATING - you brain (very powerful) will execute that directive. Seriously - You are a discipline person who is IN CONTROL of your life and will achieve your goals. IF you can get that instruction implanted in your brain (Not always easy - I'm 46 and 300+ pounds) - Your brain will execute that instruction.

That is why failure is so devastating - one fails and thinks "I can not do this" sub conscious brain say "got it - we will stop trying - hate failure" and you are doomed.

I'm a seriously flawed Computer Geek so take what I have to say as a helpful suggestions.
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Edited by: PAULKNUTH at: 6/10/2011 (10:25)
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6/10/11 10:08 A

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Night time eating is going to be the death of me (literally)....I prob eat 50%-75% of my calories at night.....ugh...that is the hardest thing for me too.....

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6/7/11 4:01 P

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Night eating is one of my worst problems.

For me it breaks down to a few different aspects:

1) TV triggers it. If I start to want eating while watching TV I need to either turn it off or go drink some Crystal Lite. Reading also can trigger the urge to eat. Especially when I reach a suspenseful part of a program or book.

2) It happens around 10pm, which is my optimal bed time. My food "thermostat" is broken; in other words when my body wants something i tend to interpret that as food even when it's something else like thirst or the need to Go To Bed. So when I start getting that feeling I look at the clock to see if that might be what's going on.

3) If it's not in the house then I can't binge on it. I got this mindset from MOM5INFL, who also has this problem. She admits that sometimes she has to purge the house of even apples. At the moment I have almost nothing in the house except condiments and some whole grains that are tough to binge on because they'd pretty much require cooking. I keep my food at work and just eat during the day.

4) I need to get enough protein to keep myself sated. For me that's about 150g per day.

5) I need to be careful with carbs,especially sugars, and even be careful of the sugars in fruit and nonfat milk, yogurt, etc. They trigger cravings which trigger night eating.

6) I need to be careful about drinking diet drinks during the day. They tend to trigger my cravings at night. For some reason drinking diet drinks at night (like Crystal Lite) doesn't have the same effect. Perhaps I sleep it off.

7) Exercising in the evening after work provides a nice appetite-suppressing effect.

These things work for be because I live alone with cats. And they don't have an opinion about my food (other than that if it's dairy or seafood they want some, LOL). Living with other humans you have a much more challenging situation.

Feel free to throw food away. Popcorn is cheap. Throwing it away if it is unwanted, unnecessary calories is just fine. It doesn't count as waste.

Do these people who are offering you pie know that you are trying to control your health?

If they don't, I advise telling them; they might not stick temptations in front of you so often. If they DO know, then a firm "thanks, but I've had my calorie allotment for the day" should be sufficient. If they do it again, you need to get tough with them and ask them not to do this to you. It's like offering a recovering alcoholic a drink and as such is very unkind.

Hang in there. This ain't easy. If it were, everyone would do it.

Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 6/7/2011 (16:02)
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5/29/11 1:10 P

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I have this same issue with late night eating, I get home around 11:30 PM. eat cereal , I am still awake around 1 AM find myself rummaging through the fridge or eating crackers, cold cuts, I really need to get control of this I see lbs creeping on slowly. I tried going directly to bed when I get in, but not asleep so I here I go looking for food..

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5/28/11 5:21 P

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First you do have to figure out why your eating, question yourself. But education is the key to winning this battle. I read somewhere that when you get tired at night your body craves sugars to try to stay awake so if you find yourself rummaging through the kitchen and can't put a finger on why, take a big drink of water and go to bed...and get those pies and cookies out of the house!!!;)

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5/28/11 12:49 P

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WTG Sandra~~

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5/28/11 12:13 P

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I have not been eating at night, and I am really excited about this, because I have been struggling really bad with this!! XDXD SO PUMPED!

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5/28/11 10:48 A

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Then it appears you are bored and need something to occupy your time-- comeing here to spark is good-- reading posts, replying, blogging, reading articles-- or PLAY games online! KEEP YOUR HANDS BUSY!! It is what I do when I am bored :)

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Then you have to ask yourself why do I want to eat, what is making me feel as though I have to eat? Couch Dean Anderson has some good articles out there check them out.

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5/28/11 10:32 A

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That's the thing..I'm full. I'm not even hungry. Yet I find myself still chowing down. Thirst isn't an issue-at times I can't get enough water and at times I find myself chugging 3-4 glasses of water, especially at night and in the early afternoons.

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5/28/11 10:07 A

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First of all it may be thirst not hunger especially if you are not satisfied-- I fall into that trap at times-- then at night try to maybe have a snack consisting of peanut butter on crackers or maybe a 1/2 of a sandwich to hold you over till morning-- nothing wrong with a snack but protein helps me stay full

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any tips on dealing with this?

I do so well up through dinner. By dinner time, including what I eat for dinner, and counting a healthy snack for later I'm either at or over my allowed calories by about 100, 150 calories. Which is good, because a few months ago by dinner time I was 800, if not more, calories over what I should be eating.

But at bedtime, I eat. Not just the snack I have planned, but other stuff. More soda than I had planned for the day, more popcorn, ice cream, pie. I'm not hungry, I'm not upset or anything when I chow down. It's like a bad habit. Family members say here, have some pie and I feel bad for turning them down. Or they don't want some popcorn to go to waste, neither to do and so I eat it when I shouldn't.

How do you guys deal with night time/before bed eating?

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