Hi Friends! Yesterday was a big meal day, I ate three big meals throughout the day and it felt great.
Breakfast was 3 spaghetti squash egg cups (recipe coming soon, still perfecting it), banana with peanut butter on half and sun butter on the other half.
I ran home for lunch to let Nala out and had this Salmon Salad with goat cheese that I packed the night before. I also had 3 leftover banana dippers, because it’s the perfect amount of sweet.
Dinner was quick at work, UCAN and Quest Bar.
How I Stopped Snacking At Night & You Can Too
Over the years I’ve gone through times where late night snacking has been a problem. Just like anyone else I struggled with the stress of the day and by the time I got home at night I found my self face first in bowls of cereal or spoonfuls of peanut butter. Luckily I’ve reined it in using these simple techniques that I often teach my clients as well.
- Resolve to have an overnight fast. There is TONS of controversy on how long we should “fast overnight.” I tried to “quit” eating and snacking after work but it wasn’t till I resolved (basically told myself to toughen up) to have an overnight fast of 12 hours I was really able to stick with it. I liked that time because I wake up feeling hungry but not ravenous. You just have to find what works for you and make it a rule.
- Brush Teeth. Most people, myself included like the way a freshly brushed mouth feels and don’t want to ruin it. This was probably the number one thing that helped me.
- Avoid Trigger Behaviors (aka TV etc…). TV is sometimes a trigger for me like it is many people to go get a snack. I try to blog or read at night (on a real book so the blue light won’t inhibit my sleep exposure) because I’m less likely to want to go get a snack.
- Drink Relaxing Tea drinking calming tea not only fills your tummy with hot comforting liquid but the whole act is also de-stressing and calming. I really like Trader Joe’s relaxing tea.
- Eat A Balanced Dinner with Protein, Healthy Fat, and Fiber. Really this goes for the whole day. The more balanced your meals are the more you will fill satisfied all day.
- Meditate. Meditation Meditation doesn’t have to be full on Yoga programming or 30 minutes in pure bliss (although those things are great.) Even just 5 minutes a day of deep breathing has been correlated with reduced late night snacking. I give myself 5 minutes in my car before I go to work, 5 minutes at lunch and 5 minutes at dinner.
- Get Enough Sleep. I aim for 7 hours, especially when I’ve got a long day the next day.
- Refuel from your workout properly. I make sure I take Amino Acid’s before my workouts and protein within one hour so my body doesn’t feel starved or over stressed.
What do you think about snacking at night?