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A nightly habit

I always want to eat at night! I eat plenty throughout the day, so I think it is a habit. I know all the suggestions about keeping yourself occupied or drinking tea. I was just wondering if anyone struggled through a few nights and then as time went on, it became easier. I made it through only one night!!

Fri. Feb 17, 2:45pm

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I like to eat at night too. I do "save" extra calories for the night so that I can eat more.

I've been on PT since September and most nights I don't have a problem not eating. Occasionally it is still hard but it will get better for you. Hang in can do it!

Friday, February 17, 2006, 2:53 PM

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yeah that's a problem for me too, especially if I'm watching TV. I need to find something to do with my hands besides using them to get the popcorn outta the bag!

Friday, February 17, 2006, 3:45 PM

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find something...anything!

I paint my nails, do a crossword puzzle, chat online, knit, cross-stitch, talk on the phone....anything that will keep my hands busy when I get a craving or a desire to walk into the kitchen!

Friday, February 17, 2006, 4:37 PM

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This has also been a problem for me in the past. I won't say that I don't still get hungry at night anymore, occasionaly I do. Try having a small healthy snack a little before you normally get hungry, and just move it up a little until it's close enough to dinner that you don't need the snack any more. I find a walk or something else active helps distract me as well.

Friday, February 17, 2006, 4:44 PM

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oh yeah, nighttime eating... I know it well.
I also struggle with it.
I'm trying to not eat anything 3 hrs before bedtime. So, after dinner, I give myself a little time... 15-30 min, then I'll have my dessert. then, 2-3 hrs later, when i would normally go back to the kitchen for another snack, i go upstairs to bed and read for a little while. gets my mind of food and gets me to bed early. I don't eat late at night because I'm hungry, i just do it! I love junk food. So, better to take myself upstairs, away from kitchen and get a good nights sleep.

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 9:02 AM

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I was a big-time night eater too ( and never ate breakfast!) It helped me a lot when I started eating six times a day, spacing the calories out. A typical day's eats goes something like this:

8 am: breakfast
10:30 morning snack
1 pm lunch
3:30 afternoon snack
6 pm dinner
7:30 last snack

For me, by keeping small amounts of food going over the course of the day,
always feel full; when I got that grazing urge after the last snack, I started
drinking either fruit-flavored ) cal water to fill up, or flavored coffee ( some things I'll never give up, and coffee is one of them).

Now I find myself HUNGRY at breakfast. As you said, the night snacking thing is a habit. We get so used to doing things over and over again the same way but we can retain ourselves.

Believe me, I'm an old dog learning new tricks, I ate like that...forever. Lost 48+ pounds in the past four months relearning what's working best for me.

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 9:29 AM

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I have the problem of overeating in the morning. I'm often not hungry for breakfast, but I've gotten into the mindset that I can burn off whatever I eat during the day, so I overindulge. (Breakfast type foods are also my favorite comfort foods)

I'm assuming it's similar to night-time eating issues. Suggestions?

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 11:51 AM

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I'm a nigh hawk and eat a later dinner cause I usually don't go to bed until way after 1 a.m. I have my dinner between 7-8 p.m. then no snacking after that. I find this is helping me with my late night munching. But I'm also not a early bird I'm retired and around food all the time. If you need to much try carrots or celery something that makes a cruching noise like chips etc.

Plus I agree on keeping your hands busy. Play a game online or read keeps your mind off food. I always have a glass of water beside me at all times that also helps me.

Take care you can do it. We are all behind you 110%.

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 3:13 PM

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It's murder to not eat at night. My husband will go downstairs an make a full meal at 11o'clock. Because he's always thinking about me...he brings me food upstairs to the bed, smelling delicious and says that he loves me. I get so mad with him some times. In a way I think he likes having me chunky.

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 5:35 PM

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Thank you! All the suggestions are wonderful. I will stay strong. The rest of you night snackers do the same.

Saturday, February 18, 2006, 6:41 PM

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I have a protein shake with a banana blended in to it. It is good for me and still satisfies my craving since it is chocolate. I feel full, but not stuffed. Satisfied.

Sunday, February 19, 2006, 6:57 PM

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