junk food

Late Night Sabotages

Do you eat late at night?

Do you snack mindlessly after dinner?

Do wake up and snack on treats?

Do you crave unhealthy foods at night?

Do you eat well all day and then ruin it by overeating at night?

Late night snacking can sabotage a good day of eating. It can happen to anyone–even the most dedicated of healthy eaters. It used to happen to me all the time.

I have some tips that I’ve learned over the years that I will share with you. The secret for me has been to STAY BUSY. When I was 250+ I spent a lot of time watching TV and movies and what goes best with that sedentary activity? Cheesecake. Candy bars. Cookies. Chips and soda. I ate ALL the junk food out there.

Then it became a habit…I found that watching TV meant I HAD to have snack too. It became a routine. A ritual. I had to consciously make a decision to get rid of that ritual in order to change my habits.

Tips for Overcoming Snacking Traps

1. Leave some extra calories (or WW points) for an after dinner snack. I realized long ago that I will always want to finish my dinner with a treat. In order to make healthier choices and not sabotage my entire day of calorie counting, I save 100-200 calories extra for a sweet treat.

2. Β STAY BUSY! Go to the gym after work, spend extra time with your kids, walk the dog, play cards with your significant other. Whatever can distract you from boredom eating.

3. Try substituting high calorie snacks with fruit or tea.

4. Try making a lower calorie protein shake or fruit smoothie. It’s almost like having a milkshake and it will fill you up faster than junk food (especially adding protein).

5. Don’t have the snacks in your house. I keep the sweet treats to a minimum in my house because if they are there in plain sight I will eat them until they are gone!

6. Ask yourself if you are really hungry or just bored? Boredom eating was usually my downfall.

7. If you do watch TV late at night, find something to keep you busy. I used to do Scrapbooking and other crafts. Before I knew it I’d spent a few hours working on projects while I caught up on TV shows and I didn’t even think of snacking!

8. If you do snack after dinner, choose something high in fiber to fill you up.

9. Try brushing your teeth right after dinner. If you do it regularly after dinner it will become habit and signal to your brain that it’s time to stop eating.

10. Remember: YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE. Food does not control you. Β You control what you eat!

QUESTION: Do you fall victim to late night snacking? How did you change the habit?

How to Survive Halloween Candy Season

It’s that time again.

“Fun Sized” candies are everywhere. In the grocery store, in your house, at the office…So what happens when sugar and candy is your trigger food?

This has always been a hard time of year for me. I love candy. I love chocolate specifically. And Halloween, Christmas…those are all holidays that revolve around bagged candy!

So what do you do to resist the temptations? Here are my tips:

1. Out of sight, out of mind. Don’t keep the bowl of candy within reach or eyesight. If it’s packed away in the pantry and not noticeable, maybe you’ll forget about it.

2. Buy bags of candy that you don’t like. I actually do dislike a lot of candy. Milky Ways, Twizzlers, Baby Ruth, Whoppers, chewy caramels…Yuck. On the other hand, I CANNOT have mini Butterfingers, 5th Avenue bars, Candy Corns, or Snickers in the house. Those are my favorites.

3. Skip the candy. You could be that house that passes out boxes of raisins or tooth brushes…but be prepared to have your house toilet-papered.Β  Or fire-bombed. πŸ™‚

4. Buy less. Instead of buying a bunch of Costco sized candy bags, buy one bag and when the candy is gone go to bed. Sorry kiddos, this candy store isn’t open all night.

5. Wait until the last minute to buy. Having a big bag of candy in the house for several weeks is just asking for trouble.

6. Put some candy in a bowl on the porch and then go for a walk. You get some exercise, resist eating candy, and get to see the cute kiddos trick-or-treating.

7. Freeze the leftover candy. I used to put the remaining candy bars in the freezer and take one or two out at a time. Once they defrosted, some time had passed and I wasn’t going to gorge myself.

8. Eat a big, healthy dinner before it’s time to pass out candy. Eat a lot of vegetables and food with fiber in it to fill you up.

Finally, don’t beat yourself up if you do indulge. Chances are the fun sized candy you ate was about 100 calories a pop so if you had a few it’s not the end of the world.

QUESTION: What tip or trick do you use to avoid overeating on Halloween?