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5/15/10 11:12 A

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A late snack can be good to keep your metabolism working through the night. Plan for it and eat something like a TBS of peanut butter and a 1/2 cup of cottage cheese.

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5/14/10 8:00 P

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When I first started changing my food routine, I found that I just had this HABIT of eating before bedtime. Rather than gritting my teeth and fighting it, I ate a lot of celery and carrot sticks that had been cut up and bagged earlier in the day. I wasn't really hungry, just wanted to chew something. Sipping hot tea helped also. Now the feeling that I MUST have something is rare. Good luck!

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5/3/10 10:08 A

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I too struggle with this and you've been given good advice already. My doctor told me to make my evening snack protein. That agrees with those who have suggested a dab of peanut butter.

I've also discovered that a hot drink satisfies more than a cold one. Don't know why, but it helps me.

And that it can take months for me to start feeling full and not hungry all the time, especially in the evening. I tell my stomach, "Good! You're shrinking!" and "It's okay, I've had enough and this just means I'm losing weight!" Try to celebrate hunger pangs (when you know you've given your body what it needs), and to distract yourself from eating.

I don't understand why food doesn't look good first thing in the morning and increases in desirability as the day progresses even when eating good quantities. But I know I am more vulnerable at the end of the day because I'm tired and my mind and body are winding down and not as busy, so thoughts of food can slip in much more easily, food is more readily available, and I'm looking for a pick-me-up or comfort and my will-power is reduced.

It can help to ask, "Does my body really need food right now?" Sometimes I am thirsty. This is often true when I crave ice cream. I just need water. Sometimes I find myself looking for food "to feel better" and because I'm restless when what I really need is sleep. And sometimes, even when I'm tired, what I need is to change activities - get active for even 5 minutes, or get my brain engaged in something else.

Hope something in this helps someone.

I do like the brush your teeth suggestion someone made.

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4/22/10 2:22 A

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If you are diabetic, as I am, you probably need an evening snack to keep your blood sugars on a more even level during the night. My snack usually consists of half an apple with a little bit of peanut butter (1/2 - 1 Tablespoon of low sodium, low fat peanut butter. God bless you as you continue your journey to the healthiest you can be.


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Part of a diabetic diet is to space out what you eat so that your metabolism doesn't have peaks and troughs. This is where the body is needing fuel to operate ever through the night. Yes, water does help to curb the hunger but you do need to eat a healthy bedtime snack. I use either a fruit or a serving of honey nut cheerio mix. These are filling and give fiber as well as other nutrients you need. Don't go to bed hungry. Non-diabetics can eat a diabetic diet as well and they find it is a health way to balance out a day. Good luck on the hunger.

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4/21/10 9:23 P

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I watch Dr. Oz and he says that if you find something to do for at least 10-15 minutes that the urge will pass. You also might just want to sip on water to see if that is what your body is really trying to tell you that it needs.

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4/21/10 7:44 P

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I like to plan a snack for evening that has lots of little pieces. Air popped or light popcorn (single serving bags are great) and eat one piece at a time. Pomegranate, a cup of veggies, etc are going to give you time to munch and still satisfy the need to munch.

When it is gone, no more. Then you go to plan B and do something else.

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If you're like me you're not snacking because you are hungry. A few things I try that seem to help are a cup of herbal tea, sipping water through a straw, chewing sugarless gum and sucking on a piece of sugar free candy or a lollipop.
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4/21/10 2:59 P

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I enjoy some fruit or yogurt in the evening.

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Welcome. I see you've gotten some good advice already. I do plan a night time snack that I have usually about 7:30 or so. That helps me not feel that "feeling" that I'm hungry. I read a saying here on this site that helps me: If hunger is NOT the problem, food is NOT the solution. So, try journaling, too, so you can identify your "snacking triggers." DO definitely keep cut up veggies and fruit in the fridge. That, too helps. Mentally you know there's something available and that it's healthy.

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4/21/10 1:47 P

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I plan a snack every night, late in the evening. When I tried to stop completely, I found myself starting in the refrigerator in the middle of the night.

It doesn't have to be much, but just knowing I have something left to eat before I go to bed helped me.

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4/21/10 12:51 P

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Maybe try to eat a little more through the day and leave enough in your calorie count for an apple or healthy snack a little before bedtime. Going to bed hungry is not good. You will take more time going to sleep and not rest as well. Good luck reaching your goals.

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4/21/10 12:49 P

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Thank you for all the great advice! I will keep you posted. bill.
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Be sure dinner includes plenty of fiber and protein to keep you satisfied longer. Drink water to keep the fiber expanded. If you are really hungry (and usually we're not really) have small snack with carbs and protein about 2 hours after dinner. I think this may be more a habit than a hunger. That's what my nutrionist said and it works for me. The snack may be 1/2 peanut butter or tuna salad sandwich, 1 large graham cracker with milk, a piece of string cheese with a small apple, etc. You get the picture.

Do eat balanced meals during the day, beginning with a nutritious breakfast. Use the Nutrition Tracker and follow their recommendations regarding calories and protein. If you 'starve' yourself the body reacts and retains 'fat' to guard against this threat.

Let us know how you do.

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I do allow a nighttime snack in my total days calorie count so I don't feel deprived. After the snack I brush and floss so my mouth is clean.

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4/21/10 10:30 A

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There is no easy fix. You will be hungry. Hopefully it will get better with time. Allow for an evening snack in your daily food plan.
MAKE SOME RULES CARVED IN STONE Write them down and read them in the evening.
Snack at 7PM (not in front of the TV)
Brush your teeth
Chew gum, sip water, whatever.
Be conscience of your actions (reread the rules), no feeling in the morning your snacking was during amnesia. You hardly remember doing it. When you start to see the numbers go down on the scale you will feel like a little hunger is a win,win.


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I find that if I eat a good breakfast and make sure that I am have a healthy snack as well in the mid afternoon that I have been doing much better in the evening. Your body might be telling you it is not getting enough during the day, so if you bump up breakfast and make sure you have one or two snacks a day before dinner, you might do better. In addition make sure you are drinking enough water, and I have used the advice of others to drink a glass of water and wait 20 minutes and also has helped. Good Luck. God Bless.
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4/21/10 9:59 A

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I'm doing way too much nightime snacking - about 1 to 2 hours before bedtime. Any suggestions for curbing this will be greatly appreciated! Thanks.
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