Tips to Stop Late Night Snacking
After unwinding from the days to-do’s, I get caught up in the evening routine of sitting on the couch with a book, computer or if I’m feeling it, I put on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge. (Wow are those gals strong).
It’s getting a bit later and what do I do? I start meandering to the kitchen for something to snack on. TV and food just seem to go together like peas and carrots, right?
YIKES! Ok, I need to stop and think about this. Do I want to ruin my good day of the choices I’ve made, or do I want to lose control?
This made me think that there has got to be many more women out there that like to snack at night and this could be what’s stopping them from reaching their weight loss goals. So, I’ve put together 5 tips for avoiding late night snacking. Hope this helps!
Tip #1: Keep a clean kitchen
My sister used to always comment how “boring” my kitchen was years ago. This was before I started making guilt-free, healthier snacks.
My first tip is simple, don’t keep anything bad (sugary, processed, etc.) in the house. If we have a holiday or get-together I usually will keep leftover “dirty food” for one day and it goes in the trash. Let’s face it, it makes it more difficult to be in control when we have quick access.
Tip #2: Get to the bottom of why you want to eat.
Ask yourself “Am I REALLY that hungry?” “Have I eaten everything I should today?” Maybe you’re stress eating, emotional eating or simply bored. Try and stay in control. Why would want to ruin the good pattern of eating that you had all day for a quick fix snack you will end up regretting?
Tip #3: Freshen up your pallet.
Since it’s late it’s time to wash your face and BRUSH YOUR TEETH. We all know that nothing tastes good after using toothpaste!
If that doesn’t work maybe try a mint or chew on some gum.
Either way I find that freshening up my pallet really helps.
Tip #4: Try a guilt-free snack.
If the craving has gotten the best of you and nothing seems to work, then maybe it’s time to give in to the healthier option.
It can be satisfying to grab a handful of sweet potato chips, berries or a small handful of nuts. But remember to put the bag or container away while still in the kitchen. There is nothing good about eating in front of the TV. This leads to mindless eating and before long the entire bag is gone!
Tip #5: Have some protein already!
Sometimes we crave sweets because we haven’t had enough protein during the day. Keeping a container of mixed nuts with sea salt or protein powder to make a quick smoothie is the perfect fix.
Protein will help with recovery from working out, repair and keep you full until the morning.
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