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1/28/11 9:16 P

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me not as much in the evenings. my problem is saturday from the time i wake up till about 2 pm.
during the week i leave at 6:30AM and get home around 10:30PM monday threw friday.

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1/23/11 11:32 A

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I found a big Tupperware divided food container with a lid on a garage sale. I try to keep it full of a variety of cut fresh veggies, and I change them up week to week, so I don't get bored just eating carrots and celery. Some of the different veggies I use are: strips of bell pepper (green, red, yellow), jicama, zuchhini, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, sugar snap peas, cucumber slices.

Also, how about investing in an air-popper for popcorn? They can be found for $20-30.

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1/22/11 11:19 A

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i have fallen into that trap sometimes too...I will have ginger tea most evenings

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1/15/11 2:31 P

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My problem is I love chocolate and salt. If I go too long without either one, I usually go on a binge that can last weeks. I try to give myself a little of each during the week to prevent this from happening.

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1/12/11 4:25 A

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Sometimes if I want to snack I try drinking something first. Maybe a glass of soy milk, hot chocolate (low fat), cup of coffee (decaf if in the evenings), or just plain old water. This doesn't work so I also have snacks ready. Maybe Triscuits and salsa, a bowl of healthy cereal, oatmeal, Kashi bar, etc.

If all else fails I try to distract myself. Knitting is perfect for tv watching! I also try reading, sketching, crosswords, etc. There have been many times that I have thought to myself, "This is stupid... I am just plain hungry!"... and an hour later I am super into what I'm doing without a single thought of food.

Good luck!

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1/10/11 8:20 P

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Ugh I know how you feel....I have the exact same issue! I usually have food on the brain the entire time period from after dinner until bedtime. Since snacking is inevitable I try to have something available that is not detrimental and that is also filling... I try to have something like fresh salsa mixed with black beans available. It's healthy and light but the black beans help to make it filling. I'll portion out a serving of bite sized tortilla chips, have that and then try to get out of the kitchen! If need be, I'll take my shower early to distract myself or get immersed in a book. I also try to tell myself that if I can stay out of the kitchen I can have one more small snack/drink (such as hot cocoa) right before bedtime. This way I have something to look forward to and do not feel like I'm going to bed hungry! Might not be the best thing, eating RIGHT before bedtime, but it's better than me eating all evening!

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11/30/10 9:56 A

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I allow myself a snack in the evening, but follow Willboywonder's suggestion and grab something that I've already portioned out.

I used to eat pita chips out of the bag with the tub of hummus right next to me, or have the whole bag of pretzels next to my chair so I could munch. Now I grab the pretzels that I've already portioned out so there's no chance of unintentionally eating more. When the snack is gone, I'm done. Sometimes I'm still hungry, but I tell myself "too bad". Going to bed a little peckish hasn't killed me yet!

Water all throughout the day helps, not just drinking a glass when you're already hungry. I definitely snack more on the days that I slack on my water consumption.

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11/30/10 7:01 A

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always have a glass of water first ... this may take away the urgency to snack ... doesn't work well if you have a partner snacking in the room with you. emoticon

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11/29/10 7:30 P

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after you make your potions as willi suggested give them to somebody to hide them and give you a portion only when you ask for it. I did that with nuts and it worked well until my wife told me where they were then they were soon gone

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11/29/10 10:56 A

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Eating snacks at night is fine, but if you're uncomfortable afterwards I'm assuming you're going way over your calorie budget. It takes 20 minutes to feel full after a snack, so after you eat one portion, wait 20 minutes. Also, if you drink one glass of water before the snack and one after, you will probably feel more full and be less likely to keep snacking. Usually when people feel hungry they are actually thirsty.

The most filling snacks will contain protein and fiber. Things like cookies, crackers, and chips will not help you feel full and satisfied.

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11/29/10 10:38 A

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When I get the urge to snack, I get a piece of fruit. Sometimes I'll eat hummus or a small amount of salsa with either cut up veggies or a small portion of pita.

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11/29/10 10:38 A

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Here is a strategy that works for me and for people that I counsel on this problem. First, make a list of healthy, low-calorie snacks. Second, when you bring them home, portion them out into small single serving sizes and put into baggies before placing them into your pantry. Third, set a calorie goal for yourself and keep track of where you are every time you place something in your mouth. (Include beverages in the total count too). Plan for everything youíre eating and drinking. Itís easier to control your calories when you plan for them and when you portion out your eating. When you eat a pre-portioned sized amount of something, you have greater control. I recommend staying away from the snack items that are pre-portioned for you by the manufacturers. They do make it easier for you, but they are far more expensive than doing it yourself. Lastly, find substitutes for high sugary and high fatty food items for something more filling and nutritious.

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11/29/10 10:37 A

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I need the responses to this one too. I consume 50% of my calories at night.

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11/29/10 10:34 A

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What you're describing here is a really common problem that many people have to learn to deal with in order to manage their weight. This article has a lot of great tips!

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/
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Good luck!

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11/29/10 10:32 A

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I stopped watching tv! That made it much easier to stop snacking at night.

Instead of tv, I do laundry, iron, clean, cook, etc. All that stuff is more enjoyable when it's a choice. I remind myself that I'm "choosing" to work instead of watching tv and snacking mindlessly.

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11/29/10 10:21 A

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Hey all! I'm not sure that this really belongs in the veggie section, except that I'm a vegetarian and like suggestions from other vegetarians. Lately I've been overeating at night while watching TV, picking up snack after snack until I'm uncomfortable. I know I could just not snack while I watch TV, but I'm wondering if there are any strategies that you all have to avoid binging at night. If you don't snack while you watch TV, what do you do? Are there any other activities that keep you from over-snacking? :)

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