When I’m done eating supper, I’m usually done eating for the night. Just over the past couple months, I’ve been enjoying popcorn when watching movies with my hubs, but that’s unusual. But many struggle with late night cravings. I’ve got some realization kick in the butt tips for you.
BTW, BONUS FOR YOU!
Recipe – I put 1/3 cup popcorn kernels in a brown, paper bag. Add some Himalayan sea salt and a teaspoon of Ghee (clarified butter – ok to eat for lactose problems. I’ll have to share the recipe another time). Or vegan butter. You can use regular butter but not any of that processed crap. Use the real deal.
Fold the end of the bag over a few times. Mush the contents in the bag together. Put it in the microwave. Hit the popcorn cycle on your microwave and tada! You have popcorn without all the calories.
Ok – squirrel syndrome over. Back to my post.
#1 – Cravings
Cravings are usually a sign that your body needs something. You might want to start keeping track of what you’re eating. I know it’s a pain in the butt, but even if you do it for a couple of weeks, it’s an eye opener. Use MyFitnessPal on your phone. It breaks down all the macro nutrients for you.
#2 – Boredom
It can also be a sign of boredom. Do you really want something to eat, or are you just bored and that’s going to occupy you for a bit? Start to take notice of what you’re doing at night. Maybe you need to do a puzzle, get a word find puzzle book. Something that will keep your mind active.
#3 – Thirst
Do you know, your taste buds don’t know the difference between hunger and thirst? Drink up some water and see if your cravings go away.
#4 – Routine
Do you ever notice that you tend to follow the same habits during a certain time or place? Maybe you eat while watching tv, you read while you’re in bed. You get late night cravings – are you watching tv? Or are you visiting with friends? Start to take note of when you get the cravings. Is it the same time each night? Are you performing the same activities? Are you in the same room?
Take note and take action. I know for me? My days are flat out starting 4AM. I literally don’t sit down for 10 hours straight, except for my 7-minute ride to and from work (ya tough huh? I used to have a 45 minute ride to work). Then, depending what I do when I get home, I’m still on my feet doing things around the house.
Once I sit down to eat supper, that is when my routine begins. I work on my social media, then depending on the night, my blog post. (Finally back on track). Then, it’s time for me to relax and unwind.
What do I do? I like to watch YouTube –either educational stuff, but mostly X-Factor, America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent. You get the picture. Well, when I do that, I like to have a cocktail – vodka seltzer. So, watching YouTube has become my trigger to enjoy a cocktail. That’s fine, but not every night. So, just as you could get cravings and binge eat, realize your triggers and change them.
#5 – Eat Protein
If you realize you are truly hungry, have some protein. Maybe a protein shake or hummus and veggies. And then go back to your dietary intake – you may not be eating enough quality calories.
I hope this helped. We’re all human and we’re not going to be perfect all the time. But, we don’t want to sabotage all the hard work we do to be healthy. So best of luck. Let me know if this helped you and if you find your aha moment during the week.
Talk to you soon.