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happihart

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Posted: 16 Aug 2012, 05:06
Sometimes, especially if we have stressful jobs, we need to make that separation at the end of the day. Often a walk or other distraction does not do it. Why not put your feet up and have a low cal flavored coffee or tea. Close your eyes and relax, put the work day behind you, remind yourself you are home and in a safe place. Maybe add a little mantra like "I love being here" or "This is my reward" Many of us have spent our lives trying to feel good or avoid our feelings by eating. Food is not a reward. Learning how to soothe ourselves in other ways is the answer.

Another thing I sometimes do is take a short nap if I find myself wanting to pick constantly. Many times without realizing we eat beacuse we are tired. We have become use to that sugar giving us a temporary boost when what we really need is rest.
katmit30

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Posted: 16 Aug 2012, 08:52
Interesting. Last night I came home and instead of eating went for a walk. I cooked a healthy dinner, was feeling great, and then 8pm rolled around and I started snacking. I feel like I turned a healthy eating day into an over eating day.
This is my struggle much of the time: all day is fine, but night time I want to eat (a lot!)
JenKatja

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Posted: 16 Aug 2012, 09:53
around 4, but as late as the drive home I eat a protein bar..with chocolate in it. It feels like an award, because of the chocolate, and it fills me up so I don't have to munch while cooking dinner. They call it the bewitching hour...not just for kids! I have heard that drinking water to fill you up works, but it isn't just the hunger at that time...it is emotional eating as well for me.
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happihart

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Posted: 16 Aug 2012, 13:55
katmit30 wrote:
Interesting. Last night I came home and instead of eating went for a walk. I cooked a healthy dinner, was feeling great, and then 8pm rolled around and I started snacking. I feel like I turned a healthy eating day into an over eating day.
This is my struggle much of the time: all day is fine, but night time I want to eat (a lot!)


I go thru the same thing......maybe there are more of us out there.....I wonder why that is?
happihart

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Posted: 16 Aug 2012, 13:59
JenKatja wrote:
around 4, but as late as the drive home I eat a protein bar..with chocolate in it. It feels like an award, because of the chocolate, and it fills me up so I don't have to munch while cooking dinner. They call it the bewitching hour...not just for kids! I have heard that drinking water to fill you up works, but it isn't just the hunger at that time...it is emotional eating as well for me.
If I could come home from work everyday and go out shopping, I would be as thin as twig.....but, unfortuantely, I am not rich. Seriously, if I am out and about I don't think about eating.....maybe it's more boredom than emotions?
Wyattj99

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Posted: 24 Aug 2012, 21:15
karabeth wrote:
I have found that if I enter my entire day of food in the morning I am more likely to stick to it.


The night before or in the morning I too put in what my meal plan is for the day minus dinner unless for sure I know..that is normally my hard part. So when I get home and I'm hungry for a before dinner snack I have found that a celery stick and peanut butter or Sugar free snack pack jellos are good to hold me over til dinner time plus WATER...can't stress that enough, always drink water. They say drinking a glass before dinner help fill you up, I have found that drinking it down while eating the dinner fills me up. How ever it works for you Smile

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Stella1964

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Posted: 25 Aug 2012, 19:31
I'm pretty sure the urge to snack comes not so much from habit but from sugar or glycemic crash. Best way to rid self of cravings is to eat low carb, medium protein, high saturated fat. This will keep insulin spikes low and consistent, protein and fat are satiating. Which in turn should eliminate mindless cravings. Works for me.
Re Becca

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Posted: 16 Sep 2012, 17:43
Everytime I got home at night, I ate like the world was gonna end... That I resolved by cooking dinner instead of making snacks. It's more satisfying... Now I have another problem: the food is so much better than snacks and random stuff of my fridge that I always go for seconds(or thirds...)! I know that has to change.
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shacancan

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Posted: 30 Sep 2012, 21:43
I've always had that problem with over-eating at night. It seems so easy to do it at work, probably because you have an audience and work itself to distract you. What I've started doing is bringing all of my food for the day to work. I eat breakfast at home, then space out my other food while I'm at work. When I get home I go straight to bed. I work nights though, so this was how I figured out to make this work.

If I was on days, I would do the snack after work- that will help tide you over, and then find a snack that you can eat after dinner that takes a while to eat (so you get that munch feeling) that isn't bad for you. For instance, if you can handle popcorn not being covered in butter, get one of those 100 calorie packs and savor it, there is a lot of munching in a bag of popcorn, and they even have kettle corn flavor and butter flavor (if your diet allows that stuff). You could also buy kernels and pop them yourself. Celery takes as many calories to digest as it has in the first palce (so I've heard) So perhaps cut up lots of celery and keep it in a container in your fridge, and then munch on that with some peanut butter or dressing. Walden Farms has tons of no carb or no fat or no calorie dressing that you could try with it.

On a side note, I have been on atkins for 4 days now and I can definitely say that I agree with Stella on the sugar crash. While I have had some time that I'm hungry or I want stuff I can't eat, it definitely doesn't compare to my hunger or desire to graze on food that I have on other diets, especially considering what I'm eating.

What helps keep me on track is to have lots of stuff pre-prepared in my fridge that is diet-friendly, as well as have some shakes and bars in the pantry for the run outt he door or just too lazy to do anything type of scenarios. Having everything set up that way ends up making it easier for me to stay on my diet than fall off the wagon because it would be harder to get food that isn't good for me than food that is.

I wish everyone luck! Smile
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branychick

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Posted: 16 Oct 2012, 20:49
My issue has tended to be that as soon as my butt hits the couch I can't stop eating, so I decided that I will not eat on the couch...if I want to snack, I have to sit at the kitchen table. The only thing I allow myself on the couch is water. Sucks when I want popcorn watching a movie, but I don't snack anymore. Also, now I spend more time taking walks or line dancing, so I don't spend much time on the couch anyway. Another problem time is in the car, so now I don't eat while I'm driving, which is safer anyway. Plus, I don't mindlessly eat hundreds of calories of fast foods.

I also like putting in my calories before the end of the day, and seeing where I can adjust things...I leave out the black beans on my taco salad so I can have a sugar-free chocolate pudding, because a nighttime snack is my own little reward. It is nice to have a day where I eat whatever I want...but then I always enter it, no matter how painful and embarrassing it is.
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kattk

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Posted: 16 Oct 2012, 21:26
if you compare your calories burned for the day with your calories consumed for the day, i am sure that you will find that you are at a huge deficit. This is why you are hungry. blood sugar(insulin) is down and your body wants it back up so it caused uncontrollable cravings.
i have never been hungry for breakfast but started eating it because i have been told that this is why i was craving so much in the mid afternoon. well, even with a breakfast, come 5pm, i was still ravenous.
i started having just fruit for breakfast. that's it, fruit. then a salad for lunch. i cut out sugar and processed foods and the cravings have stopped in the late afternoons.
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serialdieter

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Posted: 19 Oct 2012, 00:23
try having a big bowl of soup as soon as u get home>> fills u up so u eat less later
amberrozell

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Posted: 19 Oct 2012, 08:06
Try having soup is a great option, fiber one bar is also another good choice. After dinner when I start to get the hungry feeling, I make a protein shake with vanilla almond milk and a banana. It tastes like a chocolate milkshake. I literally look forward to it every night. After that im stuffed!
Diablo360x

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Posted: 19 Oct 2012, 08:18
After work is 7am for me. I love to eat a large bowl of cereal before bed. I sleep like a baby. I practice IF(intermittent fasting) so that I have plenty of calories available at the end of my day. 16 hour fast 8 hour feeding window.
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FullaBella

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Posted: 22 Oct 2012, 15:58
Wow - I'd composed the most insightful post but when I clicked 'go advanced' it was gone Confused

Anyway - I frontload my diary too because that lets me know if I have wiggle room with the RDI if I do want to snack AND it helps me avoid the pitfall of 'gee, what do I WANT for dinner' and making that decision hungry.

So when night rolls around and I want to eat I first check my RDI. If there is any room left, I drink a large glass of cold water (in case I'm really thirsty but it feels like hunger) and follow THAT with a large cup of hot water with lemon. Because it's hot I have to sip it slow if I don't want to burn my mouth and that gives my brain time to catch up to determine 'hunger or thirst'.

IF still hungry and I have RDI room, I'll try to have something low fat or fat free like cheese or a regular fat free yogurt that I keep in the freezer. By it being frozen, again, it slows me down from chewing everything in sight. From start to finish, esp w/the frozen yogurt, maybe an hour of time has passed.

If I'm still awake and hungry, I repeat the whole process. Cold water, hot water, low cal/fat free food.


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Boothacus

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Posted: 05 Nov 2012, 05:08
My cravings to eat late have been getting worse lately and I find two reasons for this: I am eating too many simple carbs and not enough protein; and watching t.v. T.v. has tons of ads for food and watching at night shows you plates of food and people being really happy eating them. This makes you want that too, so you start craving what you're seeing or something sweet or savory that you have in the house. There's a reason companies pay so much for advertising, it works. Watching t.v. is going to make you hungry especially if you're a visual person. I'm just glad the t.v. can't affect your sense of smell. I'd be done for!
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HMT...

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Posted: 05 Nov 2012, 07:57
To curb evening nibbles. Make sure your afternoon snack contain enough complex carbs. Dinners high in protein may full you up but they will also drop your sugar levels - due to the very fact that in order to digest you require energy. So your body is still left craving for energy. If that doesn't work try a Hoodia supplement.
Time2haveFun

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Posted: 08 Nov 2012, 16:20
My favorite treat, is 1/2 cup frozen blueberries with 2 tbsp of Vanilla organic yogurt.. such a yummy treat and very low fat, and calories.. and then I don't feel like I am deprived of anything..
For sure I start making dinner as soon as i get home..and be sure to get it ready and service within 30-40 min..and always include protein in my dinner so as to feel satisfied for long.. then i am not over indulging in the evening.. cause i then have my treat about 1.5-2 hrs later.. good luck all.. as i find evenings my hardest as well, right after work.. but this has been what has worked for me.. Smile
eKatherine

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Posted: 19 Nov 2012, 16:02
Afternoon and evening binges are usually caused by not eating enough earlier in the day.
theshrinking...

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Posted: 04 Jan 2013, 11:00
I do that ALOT!!! I will do so good and not even be hungry but I all of sudden after six thirty want to eat everything in sight!!! What I have been doing is to drink a hot drink....i.e. Sugarfree Hot Chocolate (30 Calories) Sugarfree Spiced Cider (15 Calories) or some hot Peppermint tea...unsweet of course..(0 calories!!!!) This slows me down and gives me something to sip on. I think alot of mine stems from boredom and I am just tired and don't want to do anything Wink kind of a common theme around here huh? Wink



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