Saturday, March 13, 2010

I need your advice. {PLEASE! I'm desperate!!!!}

How do you combat the munchies?

When the kids are all in bed, hubby's not around, you've got the remote all to yourself and two or three glorious hours before you need to crawl into bed...

how do you keep yourself from eating
during that time?

This is, like, the last hurdle. Control at mealtimes is fairly consistent. Exercise is fairly consistent. But snacking? Out of control.

Some nights I do really well and I can stick to a mug or two of tea, but if I allow ANY food to cross my lips, it's like the dam bursts and I just can't stop shoving grub into my pie hole. It seriously becomes a frantic feeding frenzy! I am not kidding. This weird feeling of desperation sets in and with the end of each snack comes this intense "seek and destroy" sensation and it doesn't go away until I'm back on the couch. With another snack.

I probably need extensive therapy, but what do YOU guys do in situations like that? (please tell me you've experienced this at least once in your life!)


Christy M. said...

Tammi, I have SO been there. Honestly, after journaling for so long, I realized that the nights when I went on snack attacks were the days when I didn't eat enough during the day. Not necessarily enough calories, but enough quality, filling foods. I also try to save my big meal for dinner, because it keeps me fuller longer. Lots of veggies are good for dinner, too.

As far as stopping snacking all together? Just make the kitchen off limits after dinner time. Put up a mental CLOSED sign (or a real one!) and tell yourself you're not allowed in there under any circumstance.

I also try to keep busy at night. I am a total night owl, so I'm up very late. Some nights when I feel like I can't avoid a snack, I'll have a baby orange (clementine or cutie) and that's it.

Night time snacking was probably one of the hardest habits for me to break, and even now I still give in sometimes.

Andrea said...

I wish I could help you, but surprisingly I don't really struggle with this very much. I very rarely eat anything after supper. Hopefully someone will be able to give you some good advice though...

TammyIsBlessed said...

I sometimes have trouble with this too - it goes in spurts.

I find I work well with definite, specific strategies. What if you would give yourself permission to have 1 snack night every week, and then stick to it no matter what. Sometimes giving ourselves the permission takes the forbidden fruit aspect out of it too.

Brooke said...

i munch on ice (probably horrible for my teeth) or chew gum. although i read somewhere that those are both tools used by people with eating disorders. but i can tell you they both work.