Midnight munchies

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NadQad

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Posted: 07 May 2017, 12:35
One of my main problems is that I tend to pig out at night once the kids are asleep and I can relax in front of the television. What would anyone recommend as a healthy snack option or something that could curb the hunger feel. I tend to eat even when I'm not hungry and I guess its more for comfort.
Kishlette

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Posted: 08 May 2017, 10:34
Late night snacking is my weakness too. I can be disciplined all day but, at night, something else takes over!

For the most part, I have learnt to distract myself (doing little busy tasks like making lists) or just ignore it until it goes away (usually takes 20 minutes)...but that took some time to master and, in the meantime, I used to find the following useful...

I always kept celery washed and cut up, ready to eat. Sometimes, if I wanted more, I found things like tuna, a little smoked salmon or a little peanut butter went well with celery. Carrots, same deal.

Konjac noodes with spices also kept me full and felt substantial - I liked the Slendier Spaghetti the best. Zucchini noodles are also good if you have a spiraliser.

A boiled egg for some reason really made me happy - with a little salt and pepper. I guess the protein was satisfying.

Things that take a while to eat, I found useful. For example, jerky I loved - low calorie but a good hit of protein. Or shelled nuts like pistachios, although they're higher in calories.

I still have chai tea (I like T2's) with a splash of milk and sweetener, which does wonders for me when I have a sweet craving. Flavoured teas and rooibos also seem to help. And I have this low joule cordial that I love - it's 8kJ per serve but just gives you something sweet.

Hope those help!
happytobeme1...

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Posted: 08 May 2017, 14:56
I like late night snacks too! I usually will have a handful of almonds or a couple of pretzels with roasted red pepper humus to help curb the munchies. Smile
fattyfattybo...

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Posted: 09 May 2017, 05:51
This may be an odd suggestion but after you have had your evening meal and last drink (not water) brush your teeth, brush them when the kids brush theirs so you lead by example. That way even if you get an attack of the snacks they won`t taste nice and it will help you to break the snack habit. You have said it is comfort, not hunger. Also water is your friend. Try to avoid sweeteners and eat your fibre. This is a fantastic site and, for the most part, has incredibly supportive members. We all have our own ways of fighting our weight. Some, like me, do LCHF. Some can manage counting calories and moderation so they eat whatever they want within reason. Some do the traditional low fat diet. Find something that works for you and RECORD EVERYTHING that you eat/drink. You won`t get shamed, we have all recorded over 3000 calories in a day on here.
fattyfattybo...

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Posted: 09 May 2017, 05:53
And remember it took years to gain the weight so it is a marathon not a sprint.
Wellness5

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Posted: 09 May 2017, 07:13
Try plain popcorn with a little sea salt on it. It has a mild flavor so you probably can't eat a whole lot of it...not to mention it has a good amount of fiber to keep you full and blood sugar stable.
Another suggestion is more of a lifestyle change, try to read a book. Watching TV at night inhibits melatonin, is linked to depression, and even burns less calories than sleeping as it is very mindless...so try to read!
NadQad

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Posted: 09 May 2017, 13:40
Thank you for all the advice. I am going to try all of your suggestions. I can't believe how supportive everyone is. I appreciate it. x
joinoz

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Posted: 10 May 2017, 05:24
Hot milk. It makes me sleepy!!
Jean Mc

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Posted: 16 May 2017, 19:29
I say, don't fight it - plan it.

If you feel you are unable to stop eating at night - plan your day around it.

Work out what calories you eat at night and subtract that from your daily intake then snack away.

I'd put money on you deciding after a while that it's not worth the extra calories and managing to stop the snacking.
'til the bridge you will need be formed. 'til the ductile anchor hold. 'til the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere - oh my soul". Walt Whitman - 'The Noiseless Patient Spider'
ieGod

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Posted: 18 May 2017, 15:19
Jean Mc wrote:
I say, don't fight it - plan it.

If you feel you are unable to stop eating at night - plan your day around it.

Work out what calories you eat at night and subtract that from your daily intake then snack away.

I'd put money on you deciding after a while that it's not worth the extra calories and managing to stop the snacking.


I like this advice. A lot. It's sensible. If you can skip breakfast, do it, because night-time is always harder to resist eating and you can easily shift your calorie allotment there from the morning.
Kishlette

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Posted: 18 May 2017, 22:33
ieGod wrote:
If you can skip breakfast, do it, because night-time is always harder to resist eating and you can easily shift your calorie allotment there from the morning.


I do this - save my calories for later in the day because that's when I seem to want them. It's planned and purposeful and means I stay in control...also saving for later means I have the option of going out for a couple of drinks with friends in the evening instead!
red_devil070...

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Posted: 20 May 2017, 07:44
I keep Lindy or Luigi's Italian ices in my freezer. They take about 1/2 hour to scrap and eat it, but they satisfy the snacking issue for me, plus they are low calorie.



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