This week my spoonful is attacking my snacking, mainly after dinner. From my food tracking last week, I learned that is where I have the biggest problem. So I turned to the blogosphere to get some tips to start tackling my issue, which seems to be a common one!
The best post I found was from my favorite blogger, Tina, over at Carrots N’ Cake – she freelances for Health.com and wrote a post for them about her late-night snacking issues that really spoke to me. All of her tips are great, but these are the ones I think I’m going to try first -
Eat more often – she suggests eating every few hours and planning snacks. This is already something I had on my radar, but need to work harder on since I tend to get busy/distracted and forget to take the time to sit down and eat properly.
Eat more protein – she said it helps because it increases satiety, so I’m going to focus on getting a good amount of protein in each meal and snack. I think this one will help me twofold, since more protein will help me recover from my workouts more quickly.
Indulge in the afternoon – I usually avoid sweets during the day when my willpower is much stronger, but she said having a treat in the afternoon helped keep her from going crazy at night. Started right away with a post-workout treat of blueberry Chobani!
Have healthy snacks ready – I know that completely resisting snacking is going to be hard, especially at first, so I think this tip will really help. Since I normally want sweet, I’ve stocked up with fresh fruit, specifically cherries and bananas, both of which are high in melatonin. Perfect for bedtime! There are other good suggestions for nighttime snacks on this Self post.
Set a “stop eating” time – she suggests setting a time about 2 or 3 hours before bed to close the kitchen, so I’m going to set mine for 9PM. If that doesn’t work, I am planning to turn to her next tip, brushing and flossing at the stop time.
So far I think I’ve got a good list to start with! Of course, it always sounds easier when you’re just talking about it, right?
Have any of these tips worked for you? Please share in the comments!