Lose the Late-Night Snack Habit
By Donna Stark
Do you wake up feeling bloated in the morning? Do you have trouble falling and staying asleep at night? These were a couple of issues that I used to deal with in the past, but thankfully, I can now say that they no longer exist in my life! Want to know what I did to get rid of them once and for all? I stopped my late-night snacking! Yes, that's right! My late-night snacking was wreaking havoc on my life and it wasn't until I finally realized it that I was able to improve my overall wellness. Do you find yourself standing in your pantry looking for chips and salsa after everyone has gone to bed? Does your refrigerator automatically call your name when you sit down on the couch at the end of the day? If so, here are some tips on how to quit this bad habit!
Find the Reason
If you have eaten healthy, balanced meals throughout the day, hunger may very well not be the reason for your snacking! So ask yourself why. Are you stressed? Are you bored? Or, are you like me and do you simply want to eat some food, any food, in peace and can only do so when the kids are in bed? There are so many reasons for snacking that have nothing to do with hunger, so it's important to figure out the underlying reason so that it can be addressed. And if you are hungry, try eating more nutritionally-dense foods during the day!
Eat at the Right Time
Snacking before bed can cause your blood sugar to spike and generally, what comes up must come down. This drop can disrupt your sleep and cause you to wake up, and chances are if you wake up, you may have a hard time getting back to sleep. To avoid this nasty cycle make sure you snack at least 90 minutes or more before you go to bed.
Do Something Else
Maybe you just need to do something else to keep your mind off of food. Try replacing your habit of late-night snacking with something more beneficial! Here are some suggestions.
- Drink some water or enjoy a cup of calming tea
- Start writing in a journal
- Add some exercise elements or some stretching during your TV time
- Keep some mints next to your couch
- Just go to bed
Balance Your Eating
Sure, some late-night snacks can't be helped and are OK, but if you do eat at a later hour, choose your food wisely! Turning your late-night habit into a conscious decision will benefit your health in more ways than you can imagine! And you won't wake up with that dreaded morning bloat either!
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