Sunday, March 30, 2014

Reader Question: Late Night Snacking Help

I asked for reader questions and several of you had fabulous ones for me! Thank you so much!!! 

You all challenge and push me more than I can ever explain. I get many emails each week from some of you. They are all so flattering and sweet, but I don't think y'all understand how much each one of you inspire me. You inspire me to try for bigger, harder things. You inspire me to keep going. I just can't put into words how much I appreciate everyone around here. Y'all are simply amazing! 

So, I'm going to work through these questions one by one... And if you have more along the way, just let me know and we'll tackle those!

We'll start off with Bree's questions:

"First off, I love your blog! Very helpful and inspiring! I'm trying to get healthier and I'm having trouble with the nighttime snacking! I do good for a few days and then the next couple I feel like I can eat the whole house. When you first started your journey, how did you overcome that?"


Honestly if I'm truly hungry in the evenings, I eat. 

First you have to determine if you're eating out of boredom or if you're actually hungry. I believe in eating several smaller meals throughout the day. It keeps your metabolism actively engaged and it prevents you from feeling like you're "starving". 

Check your water intake. One of the earliest signs of dehydration is a feeling of hunger. Most days if I am drinking enough water and have spaced out my meals properly, I'm not actually hungry after dinner. How do you know if you're drinking enough water? Take your weight, divide it in half. That's the number of ounces of water your body needs each and every day. 

Depending on my activity level for the day, sometimes I do want a snack later on in the evening. I think depriving yourself of things sets you up for failure. If you plan some healthier snacking options in advance, you are much less likely to overindulge on junk. 



My husband is a huge evening snacker. His go-to snack: candy! If I sit and watch him eat, it triggers it in me sometimes. I have carrots, veggie chips from ALDI, beef jerkey, and unsalted almonds on hand if I get the urge to snack. I will have one serving and a big glass of water. Then I make myself wait 20 minutes to see if I'm actually hungry or just snacking for the heck of it. Normally, the urge to eat is over. 

I think if I actually sat there watching him eat and denied myself every single time, I would literally go insane. And then I would just binge on junk. That's the honest truth. I take the binge urge away and it's not devastating to eat a healthy snack. If you're a chronic evening snacker, just plan it into your day. Cut one of your other meals in half and save the calories for later. Just keep the foods "clean". 

I think we get trapped in this mentality that we have to do this perfect. Whether you've lost 10 pounds or 100, you will never achieve perfection. It's not realistic. What we're trying to do is find a way of life that we can see ourselves continuing for 10, 20, or 30 years. We have to remove "diet" from our lives. We are changing our way of life. The moment you stop a diet, you risk gaining everything back. The moment you accept a new way of life, you are freeing yourself. It's okay to discover what works for you, for your family, for your lifestyle. There's no room for deprivation or starvation. 

Plan, plan, plan! Have serving size portions of healthy snacks ready to go. Drink your water! That's the key to all of this. If you are still having an issue in the evenings, it's time to change things up. Don't plop down on the couch if that's what triggers the eating. Relax in the tub, read a book, go for a walk, or clean something. Just switch it up to get out of that same pattern. 

It takes 21 days to make something a habit. This takes time, but you can do it. It is one hundred percent worth the effort. I promise!  

4 comments:

  1. great post wendy!!!! i am going to try these!! i have a late night cereal bowl husband hehe and sometimes i can resist it but other times not!

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  2. Thanks so much for answering my question!

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    1. Yes it does!! I have been drinking more water today, and I'm going to the store to stock up on some of these snacks and pick up a book to read!!

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