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Diet mantra for late at night??

I get home from work at 11pm and usually hit the sack about 30-45 minutes later. However, during those 45 minutes I destroy all the good work I've done all day by eating far too much for that time of night, and also eat bad things that I KNOW I shouldn't eat. Cookies, chips, etc. What can I do to re-programme myself? What should I be thinking to myself as I climb the stairs to my apartment? How can I stop this??

I know that only I can stop this with will-power and that there are no magic remedies, but I would appreciate any advice. How does everyone else stop themselves from eating late at night?



Tue. May 16, 8:52am

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Firstly, listen to your body. Are you actually hungry? Have you eaten enough during the day? Are you just stressed out? If you're hungry at night, you're hungry at night. But, to keep yourself from bingeing:

- Try having a light snack, a cup of soup or an apple with peanut butter, before you leave work. Brush your teeth before you leave work.
- Prepare healthy snacks to grab right when you get home if you know you want to eat. Maybe it's a baggie of pretzels, apple slices or carrot sticks with hummus. If you are really hungry, those things will sound good.
- Change your routine. Make yourself a cup of tea and read or watch TV for 30 minutes to unwind before bed.
- If it is stress, take a 10 minute walk around the block before going inside and think about whether you really need to eat or you just need to unwind.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006, 9:00 AM

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don't buy it

if you don't buy the junk, you can't eat it. also, try changing your evening routine. one other idea is to go to bed the moment you feel you want to eat something. I do this, and sometimes go to be at 8:30. The up side is that I get that extra rest and not the extra calories.
mhg

Tuesday, May 16, 2006, 9:00 AM

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I would try:
-not having anything around to snack on
-don't watch TV, it's a stimulant
-meditate, read, realx

Tuesday, May 16, 2006, 9:01 AM

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I keep asking myself if I have drank enough water. I make myself drink more water before eating anything before bed. I have to get up alot at night but its worth it to me.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006, 12:10 PM

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a cup of a rich tea like Chai works for me-add a drop of soy milk and a bit of honey or splenda and you have something that tastes bad for you but itsn't.

of course, nothing is going to work for you every night. the trick is not to beat yourself up for a snack once in a while at night. sometimes you are just hungry!!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006, 1:47 PM

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