"Here is the one thing I really need to focus on: not to eat anything--and I mean anything!--after, say, 7:00 p.m. Chewing gum, drinking teas or waters are fine, but that is about it. The craving for something--usually salty--often hits me around 10:00. This is my problem and is the absolute worst time of day to eat anything.
Of course on the rare occasion when I manage to ignore the desire and just go to bed, when I wake up in the morning I am, of course, not at all hungry nor do I much feel like eating at all (though I do, of course). Just proves that this desire to eat at night is in the realm of cravings and not real hunger. So this is where I stumble and where I will try to focus for the next 7 days."
Eating at night is the number one response when I ask ‘what trips you up’ in the first email of our coaching program. People do ‘great all day and mess up at night’. Next time you want to eat everything in sight after 7, I want you to ask yourself three questions:
1. Am I just tired and need to go to bed?
2. Did I eat a lot of sugar or simple carbohydrates like pasta and bread today which are causing me to feel withdrawl?
3. Is there something that is gnawing at me, something I’m worried about that I don’t want to deal with?
And when it’s not the evening, when you’re in a relaxed or great mood, I want you think about the days you’ve been insatiable at night and identify a few patterns there. In our free “emotional eating program” (http://www.peertrainer.com/emotional_eating_program.aspx), in the first call, we ask you what you might be replacing or avoiding.
I do understand that this is all great advice but when you feel overwhelmed it all goes out the window and you just want to eat, eat eat. If you’re having a snack, make sure the ratios are 30/30/40, protein/fat/carb respectively to be satitated. A good example is hummus with cucumbers and tomato. Or some avocado with black beans and salsa. Make sure it’s on hand and you don’t have to spend a lot of time ‘making something’.