Curb Late Night Snacking For Your Health

Self – Discovery: I have no self-control when it comes to late night snacking! Of course, it does depend on the snack. My latest crave -the new Gluten-Free Chex Mix Cereal in Chocolate. My ability to curb late night snacking has gone out the window. I am really sad to say that I would have no problem eating a whole box of this cereal in one sitting!

Curb Late Night Snacking

curb late night snacking

There are at least two reasons why I snack at night.

  • I crave something sweet at night.
  • I am trying to stay awake to finish work.

The last time I bought a box of this Chex Mix, I ate the box in 2 days flat! I believe I went through half the box while I was working the one night, and finished it the next. I was actually pretty disgusted with myself for even being able to plow through that much in one sitting.

My other nemesis for late-night snacking is ice cream. However, it is not the specialty ice cream I go through. It is the pints, half gallons, and gallons. Normally because there is a really awesome flavor I bought (probably has caramel in it), and once again…no self-control.

I nipped the ice cream thing in the butt a while ago by not buying it any more! 🙂 I do usually keep ice cream in the house, but it’s the specialty ice cream and it’s for the kids. If I do get myself anything, it’s Weight Watchers. They have some great flavors and I do not feel quite as guilty for having one.

The other way I had avoided late-night snacking is by having a cup of decaf coffee with flavored cream. Since I crave something sweet at night, this was the perfect anecdote. That was until the *New* Gluten-Free Chex Mix Chocolate arrived.

I am happy to say I have now conquered that problem as well. I stopped buying it! lol Initially I was buying for the kids, but they were not eating it. Since it was just me, I know I need to keep it out of the house.

Over the past year I have lost 16 pounds. I started using the MyFitnessPal App to count calories combined with my Jawbone UP to monitor activities and sleep. I also cut out all the late night snacking. There was no way I was going to allow Chex Mix to be my downfall and slide back into my old habits! Besides, late light snacking is really hard on your digestive system and causes you to gain crazy amounts of weight.

curb late night snacking

Do you have a problem with snacking late at night too? Well then read on!

How to Stop Late-Night Snacking

  • Keep your blood sugar at steady levels during the day. You can do this by eating at regular intervals throughout the day. Have a satisfying meal for dinner. By the time you’re ready for bed, you won’t feel the need for a late-night snack.
  • Replace the late night binging with something else, like knitting or crocheting.
  • Fill your cravings with healthy options during the day. Denying yourself throughout the day the things you crave will lead to late-night eating. Instead, have a small sliver of cake after dinner. You can also satisfy your sweet tooth with a healthier option such as sherbet, Jello or pudding, mixed fruit, or a low-fat ice cream bar.
  • Put off your late-night temptations by 10 minutes. Tell yourself that you will not give in to temptation. If you can hold yourself off for 10 or 15 minutes, then you’re less likely to want it. You’ll get busy doing something else that you’ll forget all about that craving you had.
  • Go to bed! If you are snacking because your are tired then listen to your body and let it rest. Besides, getting plenty of rest also helps you lose weight. 🙂

Still having trouble talking yourself out of your temptation, try some of these things to prevent you from late-night snacking:

Have a mint. There are few calories in mints or hard candy. It will freshen your mouth and give you that little burst you might be desiring.

Brush your teeth. Not many people want to eat right after they’ve brushed their teeth. By brushing your teeth, you are giving yourself that mental cue of being done for the day. Besides, if you eat something now you’ll just have to brush your teeth again.

Use your other senses to combat the urge. The smell of a sweet-smelling candle can help fool your senses and satisfy the hunger.

Instead of reaching for chips, have a drink of water. Your craving could have something to do with dehydration. In which case, a bowl of chips is the last thing you need.

Treat yourself to a low fat drink like herbal tea or decaf coffee. Herbal tea is great because many have a calming effect that can help you sleep better. So it ends up being better for you all around. Decaf coffee with flavored (No Fat) cream is what helps me curb the late night craves.

Try these suggestions out for at least 21 days straight. This is how long it takes to break a habit. If you keep up with it, you can sleep better without having the indigestions, and you can watch any extra weight just melt away.

 

 

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I am a work from home mom who dearly loves her 15-year-old daughter, 11-year-old boy/girl twins, and husband. I love my life and feel very blessed by what God has provided for me.

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