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12/31/19 4:56 P

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I try not to eat after dinner. If I eat after 7:00 pm, I am more susceptible to heartburn. We know that isn't any fun. I like the tea idea. I'm going to learn to like it.

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I make a cup of hot tea after dinner and by the time I am finished it is almost time for bed and too late to eat anything.

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Drink tea and post messages on SP.

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12/30/19 7:55 P

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Just refuse to eat after dinner with an image in my mind of the scale. Tiredness helps too



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12/29/19 7:48 P

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Nomena, And it burns calories too. LOL I am alone and old so those days are long gone too. I have found that walking the stairmaster (a flight of 85 concrete steps up a local hill) with Buddy the dog does seem to help kill the appetite. I don't know if it is because I have challenged myself and don't want to be a slug going up steps or because I am too exhausted to eat in the evenings, but for now it is really helping.

Alicia, I love your list. Brushing the teeth and drinking hot water or herbal tea are my favorites.



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12/29/19 4:14 P

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Let’s see....things that have worked for me:
Defined meals, no snacking, EXCEPT for the afternoon apple.
Plenty of water.
Plenty of sleep.
Limit caffeine, and avoid sugar.
When dinner is done, brush my teeth and close the kitchen.
Drink water or hot beverage instead of evening eat.
Jump onto SparkPeople and read articles and blogs instead of eating.
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Good Strategy!

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12/25/19 9:32 P

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I'm finding it difficult to maintain control today with the few extra Christmas goodies we have here! I know I should just let my son take them home when he's here, but I like to think I can control the temptation and just have one small nibble a day. We didn't do any of our own baking, but received a few small gifts. I tucked them out of sight to eliminate the constant temptation anyway. I may need to keep them into the freezer individually wrapped - that usually helps.

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12/21/19 9:22 P

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12/21/19 1:21 A

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12/19/19 6:52 A

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If I eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and 1-2 snacks a day I am fine not eating after that.

Breakfast-6am usually tofu, quinoa, oatmeal or something like that!

Snack-1030-11am yoghurt, some fruit or similar!

Lunch-1-130pm biggest meal of the day here!

Dinner-630pm a bit smaller than lunch!

Snack 2-10pm fruit or carrot sticks etc!

Bedtime-11pm usually

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12/11/19 10:49 P

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Yes, brushing teeth does slow down the nibbling. Great idea. Thanks.

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12/11/19 7:49 A

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Generally speaking...

1) I eat my biggest meal at dinner time. I make sure I eat a lot of healthy vegetables, meat and healthy fats.

2) I eat my dinner between 6-7pm. I go to sleep between 9-10pm.

3) I eat some 80% dark chocolate after dinner when I’m craving it. 2 tbsps worth of chocolate chips usually.

4) After the chocolate chips I floss and brush my teeth to signify eating is done for the day.

5) I drink a warm herbal tea in the evening before bed.



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12/10/19 7:47 P

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More recently, I have been freezing my protein and produce slushies in popcycle bars. If I binge on all six bars that is only 300 calories. Takes longer to make and longer to eat too, which also slows me down.

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12/10/19 2:24 P

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DH and I are splitting an apple most nights then we have our fiber supplement. It's working for me.

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11/29/19 6:06 P

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I am trying to sip a cup of tea before I succumb to binge eating.

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11/28/19 3:27 P

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Hopefully today's afternoon turkey will put us all to sleep so we can avoid the night eating.





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Night eating is horrible and one of my biggest challenges! I try to turn to a nice hot big cup of tea or broth' on occasion I'll have some hot chocolate no sugar added chocolate almond milk with cinnamon. sometimes I sweeten it and sometimes I don't.

I also do the dance thing or I'll do some "walking" in the house.

If all else fails, I go to bed.

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11/10/19 11:51 A

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It sounds strange, but when I get a craving for something sweet in the evening after dinner, I put on my favorite music and dance in the kitchen. I tell myself that if I still want a snack after 15 minutes at least I’ve burned some extra calories. But I usually find that I keep dancing for 30 minutes or more and no longer have any desire for sweets.



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11/7/19 5:47 A

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I don’t eat anything after 7 pm Keeps me from unwanted calories.

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11/4/19 12:17 A

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I wholeheartedly agree ,, eat enough during the day. If I eat a larger breakfast (normal is a bowl of oatmeal) and a good lunch, healthy dinner, with protein and fiber,,,, as I did tonight it's so much easier.

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10/13/19 10:33 A

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I eat LC. That removes all cravings, and also helps me sleep soundly. So I have no problem going to bed at 9 p.m., and sleeping until 6 a.m. I eat dinner around 8 p.m., and I have no issues like I did when I ate high carb.



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10/7/19 8:20 A

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Eat more during the day. Unless I crave certain foods to avoid having to deal with uncomfortable feelings, making sure I had filling meals solves the issue for me.



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9/26/19 3:08 A

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Try sleeping. Works for me

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lol. On a serioius note though, night time eating could be in relation to anxiety. Are you having any caffeine or other stimulants after noon?

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9/25/19 2:42 A

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Late at night, I usually eat something high in protein like a piece of meat or nuts. Protein helps me feel fuller. Sometimes, when I just want the feeling of eating and munching, I'll have celery or a pickle, which have very few calories.



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Try sleeping. Works for me

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We always have dinner between 5 and 6 so my kitchen is closed after 6, which keeps me from any late in the evening snacking.

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Good points about eating enough during the day and drinking enough too.

If you have a food plan, then your calories for the day are planned. And you know your nutrition needs are met. Or your planned calorie deficit for losing weight is met. Be careful to not make too big a calorie deficit.

I have started eating later in the day, and having supper at 7pm - Intermittent Fasting, the kind where you have a long fasting period and a smaller eating window. Mine is 16 hours fasting, then 3 meals in 8 hours. That way I feel full because I eat meals closer together and I don't snack. 7pm to 11am is the fasting window. I am never hungry in the morning so this works very well for me. I find I start wanting to eat after I start eating. After the last meal, it is less than 4 hours to bedtime. If I feel tempted to eat, I brush and floss my teeth early. Then I don't want to eat once they are clean. Some things can make you feel less like eating, sour things seem to work, like apple cider vinegar, kombucha, pickles.

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8/25/19 11:29 A

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I think that it is a mindset you have to work yourself into. I don't eat after dinner. We try to eat between 5 and 6 and call it quits.



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I have to agree with other posters to make sure you have eaten enough throughout the day. After we have eaten dinner I clean up the kitchen, turn on the dishwasher, fill up my water bottle and turn off the lights in the kitchen. This signals to me that the kitchen is now closed and water is the only thing we have in the evening. I find if I even have a cup of tea, I will want something else. I just make it a rule not to go into the kitchen after we shut it down.

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I often plan to have a snack in the evening, (my form of dessert). I will have a yogurt, an apple dusted with cinnamon, string cheese and bell pepper strips,air-pooped popcorn, veggie straws . I don't have a huge appetite in the morning so I tend to eat more of my calories later in the day. however having planned my snack helps me stick to portion size and account for the calorie intake.



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@TMS1231 that used to be a huge problem for me!
This is what helps me:
- plan my dinner in advance (at latest before breakfast), and have everything ready so I can eat in 5-10 minutes from arriving home
- stick to my plan, and make sure I don't put anything in my mouth during the minutes of preparation
- I make sure I eat sitting down, slowly, mindfully - dinner should take minimum 15 minutes
- when dinner is ready, I get up and start doing something else, usually clean up and then go watch a movie with husband.
- I never watch TV during dinner - when food is gone but the movie continues, it is too hard to NOT continue eating. So it is better not start at all.

When I do this, I never have any trouble with overeating - but if I do it differently, I often fall back into the habit of overeating.
I wish you success. health and happiness!

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8/16/19 7:43 P

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Are you over eating at your evening meal? Or are you snacking throughout the night? If you are over eating by making yourself an omelet with tomatoes, mushrooms and onions after you've had dinner, then you are probably actually hungry. If you are over eating by grabbing a bag of chips, then it could be just recreational eating.

I do not keep any sweets or processed "snack" type foods around; I actually don't buy them at all any more. If they are not there, I cannot eat them. If they are there, boy oh boy, it is hard to resist sometimes.

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I like to find really low calorie snacks that can fill you up without adding a bunch of calories, like Skinnypop popcorn or flavored rice cakes. I've also recently added some flavored teas, I found a salted caramel flavored tea that tastes great on its own without any added sugar or milk. This past week I started doing intermittent fasting, so I only eat from 12-8, and the tea has really been helping after the food cut-off at 8!

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I like to find really low calorie snacks that can fill you up without adding a bunch of calories, like Skinnypop popcorn or flavored rice cakes. I've also recently added some flavored teas, I found a salted caramel flavored tea that tastes great on its own without any added sugar or milk. This past week I started doing intermittent fasting, so I only eat from 12-8, and the tea has really been helping after the food cut-off at 8!

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I try to save up enough calories for a snack. Usually something like crackers with PB or cheese. Sometimes a measured portion of goldfish crackers or some deli turkey and cheese roll ups. One ounce cheese with two ounces of turkey. That way I can eat and not do too much damage.

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Yes, the evening is when I do most of my grazing. Need to find something to keep my hands busy while watching TV.

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When it comes time to just chill in the evenings, I used to always save up a small snack option that fit into my day of tracked foods. I also adopted choosing a time as a cutoff & in addition to telling myself "no more food after this point", I also brush my teeth for the night (personally, it's 8pm for me ~ earlier if I feel I'm lacking motivation & might let it slide "just this once"). Most of the time, it works. Every once in a while I catch myself saying to heck w/ it & grabbing something anyway ~ but not often.

NO more excuses!

Live *each* day - NO REGRETS!!!

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Often thirst is mistaken by our brains for hunger. If you have truly eaten enough calories during the day, then this might be the issue. Or, maybe you have created a nighttime eating habit that needs to be addressed.

You might try to drink uncaffenated flavored tea that you tell yourself is a treat. That's what I do. Warm drink is good for soothing ourselves before sleep and also helps digestion.

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8/12/19 6:07 P

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I do a nice long leisurely yin/restorative yoga class in the evening. It relaxes me, gets me centered, and ensures that I don't eat b/c you're supposed to wait 2 hours after a full meal. So dinner (usually light...I eat more during the day), wait a bit, then yoga. After that I'm not interested in food.



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Try front-loading your day more, and having a snack in the car on the way home.

I find that if I don't eat enough earlier in the day, then by the time I get home I'm STARVING. It's a lot harder to make good choices in that state! I aim to "spend" my calories evenly: 30% at breakfast, 30% at lunch, 30% at dinner, and the remaining 10% for my afternoon snack (I don't typically need a morning snack).

I started eating more calories with breakfast and lunch, and bringing a high-protein/fiber/fat snack I could eat in the car on the way home (like apple slices and an handful of almonds). This helped significantly - I wasn't starving when I started making dinner, so I could make more reasonable choices, and when it came time to sit down and eat, I could plate myself what I had planned, and not feel deprived.

I also make sure I drink a 24-oz glass of water before dinner - that helps with the "thirsty vs. hungry" issue, and to fill my tummy up a bit going into the meal, so my brain has time to indicate "full" before I eat too much.

Take life one day at a time - enjoy today before you worry about tomorrow.


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In the evening when I am watching TV I keep my hands busy with hand work projects like knitting or quilt binding, hand sewing projects or any thing that requires clean hands. Putting on nail polish or moisturizer also works. It's amazing how much I can get done and my work gives me pride of my accomplishments. I hope this helps.

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Start reading up on emotional eating. You should be eating by either hunger cues or set numbers and stress is neither a hunger cue not a set number. Stress relief could be exercising, meditating, reading a book, brainstorming solutions to what is stressing you out in the first place or just about any activity, but if you are meshing food with stress relief then you are actively making your life more difficult.

Also, if you are coming home starving, plan to have a snack right before you leave work or have something already ready to go when you get home. When I use the word snack, I mean good nutrient dense food, just a small amount of calories of it. Think a big salad, ants on a log, apple and cheese, grapes and seeds, soup and so forth.

Speaking of soups and salads, have multi course dinners, or even lunches or snacks. Start off with soup or salad, and have your more calorie dense options later. The vegetables and water in soup and salad will help physically fill your stomach so that you have less room for what comes later. They will also help if you happen to be a hair on the dehydrated side as well. Keep in mind that if you are truly hungry and not getting enough food this tactic will just make you even more ravenous later. But if you are getting too hungry, then shoveling in food, starting like this will help the full signal reach your brain a little faster, so that the shoveling stops a little sooner. It's about finding the right balance that works for you.

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8/11/19 12:16 P

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Thank you all for your helpful responses! They were really on point-I do end up just relaxing on the couch and eating at night. It is also possible that I may be under-eating during the day and coming home starving.

Sometimes, when you are stressed about other things, you just want to enjoy your food when you can...but it is important to keep the bigger issue in mind.

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Eat enough during the day so that you aren't primed to overeat at the end of the day. "Being good" early on in the day is how a lot of people undereat when they are starting out, and undereating primes you to cave at the slightest temptation at the end of the day. Does a burger and fries sound better after you get home from work or better after you just finished pumpkin pie at the end of Thanksgiving dinner? Play around with a hunger satiety scale to help you figure out where you are.

If you are cutting too many calories at once, use some intermediate steps. In other words, if you were eating 3000 calories a day, your maintenance calories are 1800 a day, but your loss ranges are 1200-1550, you're probably going to hit a wall pretty quickly. Give it a few weeks at 2600 calories, then a few at 2200 calories, then a few at 1800 calories then another few at 1500 calories. Giving yourself time to find new things that you like eating and also time for your body to adjust to
an appropriate amount of calories.

Finally, have something to do in the evenings, particularly if you used to plop on the couch and eat. Make a list of things that you need to do, or would like to learn how to do and put that list between you and the kitchen. If you can be out and about doing things, even better. When you put yourself in the same situations that you are used to right away, you go back and do the same things that you have always done. Having other things to keep you occupied can distract you.

-google first. ask questions later.

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Here is an excellent article written by Dietitian Becky that may be of help to you:
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Hi Everyone: Do you have any strategies for not overeating at night? I tend to be great all day (healthy breakfast, big salad for lunch), but then overeat when I get home. Any suggestions would be helpful!

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