Recently, a reader asked me about a problem with night-time eating.
I can follow the steps and stick with the plan until I get home in the evening. I want to clean out the refrigerator. I eat a lot more when I am at home. I try to practice mindful eating and portion control in the evenings, but I am finding it to be quite challenging. I also tend to eat more at home when I am at my computer and doing schoolwork.
Any suggestions on what I should do?
I do feel better about myself though and I like that. I feel that I am making steps towards my goal.
Here was my response:
“It sounds like you are stuck in a pattern where eating is part of your evening routine. Your challenge is to make slight adjustments to your routine so that you won’t sabotage your health plan.
What’s your eating like during the day? Are you eating a balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains in moderation? The reason I ask is sometimes if your diet is unbalanced or you starve during the day, then you REALLY become unbalanced at night – which sets off cravings. So make sure you are eating foods that supply the nutrients your body needs to function at its best.
The reason I ask is sometimes if your diet is unbalanced or you starve during the day, then you REALLY become unbalanced at night – which sets off cravings. So make sure you are eating foods that supply the nutrients your body needs to function at its best.
If you do have unhealthy foods that you habitually snack on in the evenings, then keep fruits, vegetables, or lean protein easily accessible so that you have something healthy to grab if your body is hungry. Apples, Pears, Oranges, Greek yogurt mixed with frozen berries, low sodium V-8 juice, and mozzarella cheese sticks are choices that can curb hunger.
If you are eating for reasons other than body hunger, then you need to find out why.
Whatever the reason is, you need to identify it because then you can think of ways to meet the need without food.
Here are some ideas on what you can do instead of eating in the evenings if you are not hungry:
It may be hard to do this at first and this article explains why changing habits can be challenging. But eventually, this behavior can become your new normal with enough practice.
Get creative. Again, it takes time to change your evening pattern, but the effort will be worth it!”
Be blessed in health, healing, and wholeness,
Creator of the ‘Take Back Your Temple’ program
P.S. Have you ever wondered why you lose weight only to gain it back? The truth is that traditional diets can only go so far in helping you control your weight.
In the following video, I share why traditional diets fail. They are missing 3 critical ingredients that lead to weight loss success.
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