8 Ways to Help You Stop Late Night Snacking

 


I have a confession to make. I am a… LATE NIGHT SNACKER 🙁

You see, every day after I wake up, I get the kids on the bus, workout, eat breakfast and go about the rest of my daily schedule. Later in the afternoon, I get the kids off the bus, shuffle them from here to there, help with homework, make dinner and finally, get the kids into bed. If I am lucky, I have time to do a few more chores, maybe sit down with my husband to watch one of our favorite shows (like Modern Family) and finally, read a few pages of my current book and get some good sleep.

Usually, that is how my “routine” goes.

I eat healthy and I know what I should and shouldn’t eat. I am also a creature of habit. So, I tend to eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch EVERYDAY.

Wake up:

Post Workout:

Lunch:

  • Egg white Puff with Spinach and Franks Red Hot Sauce
  • Fruit of some kind

Mid-Afternoon Snack:

  • Apple with natural peanut butter

Dinner is usually a toss-up but I always make healthy meals for my family. I am very mindful of what we are putting into our mouths and bodies.

I also workout… hard. I have a scheduled list of my training and what I will be doing every day of the week. From running to cycling, HIIT and Tabata workouts to TRX. Is what I am doing right or wrong? Well, I am hoping I have educated myself enough to know what I should do and how to do it.

Here is what I did today for my workout:

So, if I am mindful of what I eat and how I push my body to be the best it can be each day, what is the problem right? Well, my “routine” works great … UNTIL… nighttime.

Ugggg.

After the kids are in bed and I am ready to decompress, I am usually on the hunt for a snack. It isn’t the same thing every day. Sometimes it is popcorn, sometimes it is chips and sometimes it is fruit. Sometimes, like tonight, it is a glass of wine and a piece of dairy free chocolate. ;( And sometimes, it is ALL of them together. I just can’t hit the nail on the head to squelch my craving. But I know I probably eat at least 300-400 calories between 8-11 pm. By the time I end up going to bed, I feel crummy and my stomach hurts. I get SO irritated with myself for sabotaging all of my hard work throughout the rest of the day.

So, if am as mindful an eater as I think I am, like I am for the first 3/4 of my day … why do I do this to myself at night?

  • Maybe it is because I eat too FEW calories throughout first 3/4 of my day?
  • Maybe it is because I am bored?
  • Maybe it is because my body is lacking some nutrient that I missed throughout the day?

I am sure there are a few other reasons that I missed (and by all means, please let me know your thoughts 😉

So, after doing a little google search, I came across a post by Peanut Butter Fingers. (Ironically… PB (natural) is one of my FAV snacks 😉

Here are a few of her suggestions that I thought were very useful and spot-on. 

  1. Drink a Hot Beverage – This is something that I do quite often. I like a cup of tea (decaf) so I am going to do this again and be MINDFUL of how it makes me feel
  2. Plan to Snack – Many times I will try (her suggestion) of an apple with Peanut Butter and this is a great option. Sometimes, I just forgo the apple and have a spoonful of peanut butter and that seems to do the trick
  3. Evaluate Your Hunger – As I contemplate this one, I can honestly say that I am probably NOT hungry and in fact, I am probably just thirsty. I know I don’t drink enough throughout the day so, therefore, this brings me back to the option #1 and #7
  4. Entertain Yourself – Oh, this is a tricky one. Isn’t watching a show or working on the computer entertainment enough? LOL

A few other mindful eating options that I personally have found to help cut down on the late night snacking are:

5. Chewing Gum – This has always been a way that I find keeps my mind off of eating and my brain thinking that I am snacking. I am also one of those that chews gum while they workout. I HAVE TO. If I don’t, I feel soooo much thirstier. Crazy, I know. But, it tricks my brain into thinking that I am drinking and keeps me feeling hydrated and my mouth busy 

6. Brush your teeth – The minty-ness in my mouth makes any food sound and taste unappetizing 

7. Drink a glass of COLD water – If it is summer and hot outside, a glass of COLD water will make you feel full AND refreshed

8. Kiss – enough said 😉

Okay, so now you (and I) have 8 different ways to help us STOP late night snacking and be more mindful of what we eat.

 

Let me know if any of these tricks work for you.

How do you stop yourself from eating those late night snacks?

 

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