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11/11/20 10:09 A

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These are all great tips to help me overcome this overeating beast.

I have tried the Dinner and Done strategy and it really works. I also have tried drinking herbal tea with stevia and I also add a stick of sugar free gum. This works well for me too.

There are just some of those days that you just crash. But now I will get up and keep pushing.

Thanks everyone. You all are wonderful!!!

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eating a decent dinner between 6 and 7 pm



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11/7/20 4:14 P

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I have a set time for my last meal.

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Eat a good dinner with plenty protein and fat.

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Thank You so much. Much needed advice

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Occupy your mind and do something in which it would be difficult to eat while you are doing it. Cleaning the bathroom, diamond painting, crocheting, writing letters to friends or loved ones (people still like getting personal mail), knitting, doing dishes by hand, etc. Anything that keeps you busy and is difficult to eat or takes your complete focus.


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Thank you for sharing these! I appreciate it!

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Some sound advice.

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I am still struggling with this myself, but something is working better than others. As MARYJOANNA said, going to bed earlier was really helpful to me. If I start feeling the craving to eat. I go to sleep when possible. Also having a larger dinner has helped a lot. A high protein snack for later at night has helped me too. I go to bed around 11 pm. So if I felt like it might be a hard night I would have something like 2 hard-boiled eggs around 8 ish. Hot flavored tea too. I like apple cinnamon spice. It's sweet without any sugar or honey added, and it adds something hot to your belly without adding almost any calories.

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Several things I have tried (and had at least partial success with) at different times: Brush your teeth (nothing tastes good after toothpaste), eat a half a grapefruit (ditto); make rules with your eating that you stick to all the time, like always eat off of a plate or bowl sitting at the table, to keep you from grazing/snacking; make hours that the kitchen is "off limits"; when you start thinking about food DO something - have things around like a good book, crochet/knit/craft project, workout video, etc.

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Since my doctor put me on Metformin and my blood sugar went from 115 (diabetes starts at 126) and it is now 100, I stopped having night cravings and dropped 50# and have kept it off for over 3 yrs.

He says high blood sugar leads to heart disease and Alzheimers.



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Assure I am eating sufficient food during the day.



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Turn off the kitchen lights after dinner!



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Brush your teeth and tongue. Nothing will taste good after that.
Occupy your hands and mind. I crochet, colour, play word games.
Go to bed earlier.
Those have been working for me.

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Thanks for the advise on Not eating late.

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I try to have a decent dinner with protein and veggies. If I need something after that, a cup of herbal tea and some plain greek yogurt with chia seeds. I always leave room in my meal plan just in case.

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I try to eat between 6pm and 7pm so I stay full until bedtime. I remind myself that the food I have eaten has satisfied my nutritional goals and that my body has had everything that it needs. I try to stay towards the lower end of my spark range so that if I am TRULY hungry I can have a small piece of fruit or some yoghurt.

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8/9/20 4:59 P

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I set the time of my last meal.

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Protein. Usually cashews or peanuts. Also, ginger tea with stevia.

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8/5/20 11:58 A

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I go to sleep

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After I eat dinner, I create whatever snack I am going to eat that evening because I've saved the calories for it (always). I set out my snack for later, then do my dishes. I step back and appreciate how lovely my kitchen is, nod my head, turn off the light and loudly pronounce "The kitchen is closed!". (I live alone so I am only doing this for me and my cat.)

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I go to bed early

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My relatively new strategy is having something to eat when hungry that has protein.

Either a handful of almonds (eating one at a time slowly)
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A boiled egg

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7/31/20 8:32 A

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I struggle with this to the point of becoming anxious. I will try your way and appreciate your post so much.



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going to bed earlly

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I brush my teeth and only drink water.

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I struggle with this, too. Appreciate all the good ideas. Now that I am home much of the time, I am changing when I eat my meals, and this is helping right now.

Breakfast often is after 9, sometimes not until 11. I do have a couple cups of tea with coffeemate creamer during the pre-food morning. Lunch is usually between 1:30 - 3:30 and dinner 6:30 - 8:30. Maybe have an apple or piece of fruit around 9:30 or 10, before bed. Then I'm in bed around 10:30, read a little and off to sleep with my cat at my side or feet. Spouse gets her own meals and goes to bed real late, while I'm usually up before 7. Helps that it's just the two of us now.

I am opening up to the possibilities of each day. I see that spark within others.


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7/22/20 12:25 P

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Tangerine after dinner when thoughts of dessert strike. It takes a while to eat and usually works pretty well as pretend dessert.

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I definitely agree with the peppermint tea, or tea in general!



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Peppermint tea might be a good thing for me to try. I like tea, but usually have black tea with milk and sugar. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Great info! Thanks for sharing

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I do intermittent fasting and usually eat only between 10a - 8p. That stopped me from snacking in evenings.

Also, maybe try looking at either healthy fat or fiber content during your dinner meal, and include a healthy starch also if necessary.





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Go to sleep early



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Things have been going a lot better since I switched from using SP for tracking, to using it for planning. If I have the day's food planned out the day before, I am much more likely to stick to the plan and not cheat or improvise. Also, I I get on SP early in the eve and review or make my plan for the next day. If I didn't do things quite as planned that day, I also use that time to enter what I actually did that day. Once I have entered the day in SP, I am not likely to eat more, which I would have to go back and add in. Insist on entering everything you eat THAT DAY. If you allow yourself to wait and complete your food log the next morning, it makes it a lot easier to cheat and not admit it.

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Peppermint tea is an awesome drink with no calories and no caffeine. It is my go to drink when I want to suppress my hunger all times of the day.



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I only eat in my IF window of 10-6.

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I usually drink a glass of cinnamon tea, or any tea with cinnamon added, before bed at 6 pm (I get up really early). the cinnamon acts as an appetite supressant.

“According to the effort is the reward.” (Avot 5:22-23)


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An evening walk, then a relaxing and interesting activity that keeps your hands busy.

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Go to bed earlier



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A relaxing routine and chamomile tea the hour before your planned bed time. Of course you do need to get used to the idea that tea on it's own is a way to nurture yourself - that it doesn't need to be tea and cookies. But I enjoy tea and like to unwind, so that was pretty easy for me. I enjoy finding new caffeine free teas to try.

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I go to bed! Sounds simple but, I usually overeat because I am up way too late and I am tired.

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I brush my teeth when I am done eating for the day. I like clean teeth and am too lazy to brush again.

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Exercise when I want to eat without hunger.
Have an actual meal for supper instead of a snack.

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Using SP nutrition diet and following, after about 2 weeks, I have become fine and do not want anything after dinner. I definitely try to get my in the fiber.



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I eat my larger meal at lunch and then when I get home from work I sew so that my hands are busy and I am distracted. I have soup and an egg or something similarly light for my evening meal which I have fairly late on about 7.30. I then finish ff sewing and have a lo calorie hot chocolate or a glass of milk before bed. I plan my evening so that I am busy and that keep boredom eating at bay. The hot chocolate (I use a product called hot shots which is carob based) tastes like a treat so I also don't feel deprived.
The key for not over eating at night for me, is staying busy, whether it be exercise or a hobby.

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I try to load up on healthy protein at dinner time so I feel full throughout the night. Usually my dinner ends up being the biggest meal, which works for me because it prevents me from hitting the fridge or pantry after dinner.



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This is my pattern and struggle as well. Different things work at different times, and the solution depends on WHY I feel like overeating.

Sometimes I want to overeat because I let myself get “too hungry.” When this happens, I have to plan more snacks or heartier meals earlier in the day.

Sometimes I want to overeat because I’m angry, frustrated, stressed, sad, etc. It’s almost impossible for me to suppress emotional overeating in the moment; I have to be proactive and implement a long-term emotional health strategy. For me, this includes getting enough sleep, meditating, checking in with SparkCoach or WW Connect (depending on whether I’m counting calories or points at the time - both strategies work for me at different times), connecting with friends and family, etc.

Sometimes I want to overeat just because I like food. This happened to me last night. I really wanted to eat the cheese and turkey I bought for sandwiches, because I really like how Swiss cheese and turkey taste together! But I wasn’t hungry, and I was near the top of my calorie range for the day. I just kept telling myself, “Not today.” I played video games, spent time with my cat, and ultimately ended up going to bed early. I reminded myself how I’d feel the next day if I DID overeat AGAIN - I’ve done it often enough that I know the regret and frustration I’ll feel at having set myself back AGAIN. And now of course, I’m glad I made that choice and feel a little more confident that I can make that choice again.

Sometimes I overeat because I really wanted something specific, but I tried to meet the craving with other foods. In this case I usually end up eating several things to try to meet the craving, then give in to the craving anyway. Sometimes it’s really best just to eat one serving of the thing I want than to try to “eat around it” if that makes sense.

Recently, it’s helped me to brew herbal sun tea and just drink drink drink. I sweeten it with a little stevia so it tames my sweet tooth and keeps me hydrated.

It’s a constant opportunity for self discovery and improvement, that’s for sure!!

Good luck and hugs,
Cathy

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Close the kitchen and have a supportive husband.



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Make sure you are going to bed at a decent time to ensure proper sleep, don't eat anything sugary or caffeinated that will keep you up. Eat a snack after dinner but 1-2 hours before bed. Stay hydrated! Thirst can be confused for hunger.

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This is by far the hardest thing for me. However, when I'm successful at controlling it, I lose weight fairly quick. I make it my number 1 priority to stop eating by 8pm.

"Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live." - Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)


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Nomena????


I have to be diligent about caring for myself. MINDFULNESS NOW. Build habits to produce success. First habit: delay eating by using a timer.
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I plan a small night time snack in my calorie range. I have that and it curbs the desire to keep eating.

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I agree with WOLFSPIRITMOM, cut back the carbs, they are so additive they will wake you up and have you looking for more at midnight.

Just try keeping them below 100 grams/day will help. I used to beat myself up so bad for being so weak and giving in to nighttime eating until I adopted a lo carb lifestyle, I also practice intermittent fasting, by only eating in a 4 or 5 hour window every day.

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I do intermittent fasting and eat in a 4-hour window. That has done wonders for stopping the grazing and snacking I used to do.
Here are some of the tactics I use.
Decide how much and what you are going to eat before you sit down to do it. I keep the food in the kitchen away from where I am actually sitting with my plate.
Be mindful in your eating and eat slowly, tasting and chewing thoroughly every bite. Slow your eating way down.

Being mindful instead of mindless can make all the difference in the world.

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generally do not have a problem with this (unless I am traveling). when it hits I make tea.

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If you cut out carbs and eat mostly fat and protein you don't have cravings. I don't ever feel like eating at night.

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Where I get into trouble is while reading or watching things. I’ve always been in the habit of nibbling things at that time.

I’m trying not to do it anymore, and breaking that behavior pattern is really hard to do.

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2/20/20 3:18 P

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I try hard to avoid evening eating by eating dinner as late as possible, brushing my teeth immediately after and going to bed early. It works for me---mostly.

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2/10/20 10:33 P

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This is my problem too. I do well all day, then eat and drink too much at night. Soooo, I'm going to try the suggestion of eating more protein with breakfast, a normal lunch, and then closing down the kitchen at night with early flossing of my teeth. Will it help? I hope so! The glass of wine---or two---at dinner might have to go. Even though it's in my calorie "budget," I think it makes me much more likely to overeat.
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2/6/20 6:34 A

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I find having a plan for the evening stops me over eating, sometimes it is the gym or the cinema or community based activities. I normally eat my evening meal around about 8pm and then when I have finished it is time to read and get ready for bed. Boredom is my trigger so I keep myself occupied and it is easier not to fill the time with food.

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2/3/20 8:43 A

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I remember years ago when I was an avid member of weight watchers and on the original points system our meeting leader would say this "when you eat all your daily points - go to sleep" LOL She was an excellent leader and had all kinds of little tidbits like that. WW in the good old days.


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1/30/20 9:35 P

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For those of you having snack attack fits.Find snacks you can eat. I love the kettle corn 100 calorie packs. Fiber One has several types of packs less than 100 calories per pack. Keebler has a cookie and cracker variety pack, Welches' has fruit gummies in 80 calorie packs. Just keep you some snacks you can eat and determine to limit yourself to stay within your calorie range. All though I have the same problem as you this is helping me. I am determined not to go over my calorie range. It worked well last week :) emoticon

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1/25/20 6:15 P

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I save calories for a nighttime snack. I always have a snack unless I have a hearty dinner, then I don't need one.


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1/11/20 4:02 P

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Like Junepa - I have been doing a 16:8 intermittent fasting. I was just like the original poster, eating a lot of my calories in the evening, sometimes even right before bed. Now with IF, I eat my first meal around noon or so and then my evening meal around 7 or 7:30. I probably would eat earlier, but my exercise class timing precludes that. At 8pm, my fast for the next day starts. The first few days were a little hard, but I drank herbal tea at night to curb the habit of putting things in my mouth while watching TV.

I'm still in the middle of this book, "The Circadian Code: Lose Weight, Supercharge Your Energy, and Transform Your Health from Morning to Midnight " by Dr. Satchin Panda and he has a lot of data about why limiting when you eat has a number of benefits, including weight loss. It's a pretty easy read since the doctor uses a lot of analogies.



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1/11/20 8:52 A

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I know that evening snacking is my downfall, but what do you do when your DH insists on having them in the house? If they are there, I eat them. Talk about lack of will power. I'm not hungry, I just like to snack. I need help, but I have no where to turn! He is not cooperating at all.

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12/31/19 8:04 P

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It's really imperative for me not to have crackers in the house, or salty mixed nuts. I can't quit eating then. Talk about mindless eating! One thing that really helps me is to brush/floss teeth right after dinner. Course, if I have crackers, et al. in the house I just keep on eating a really long dinner! emoticon

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