Does anyone find themselves waking up at night eating or going for the sugar drinks? I do, I am terrible at it. So terrible in fact that nighttime eating adds about 300 calories to my day....before 4 am!
I have researched Sugar cravings, Why do I eat at night, Why am I bloated during the day and why can I not sleep? All of these questions all lead to the predicament that I have been in. So how the hell do I get out of it because I am over it! Every article, every publication, every book, they all said the same thing!
WHAT? I swear it was going to be a hormone imbalance, not enough of this type of vitamin, too much of this, under eating, etc. So over the past 4 weeks I have made it my mission to focus on the 3 main suggestions for curbing NIGHTIME Eating!
Exercise - Why does this curb your cravings....COGNITIVE STIMULATION reduces urges and impairs thoughts about food cravings.. So then I thought to myself...when I am really hungry I have put on my shoes and went outside for a run (it's really more of a shuffle) for about 20-30 minutes with my overly hyper lab. Once I am done, there is not a thought about eating at all.
Nutrition - What could nutrition possibly have anything to do with me stuffing my face in my fridge at night...EVERYTHING! Do not starve yourself during the day. Most people eat 3 meals which is great and dandy, but you really need to be eating about every 3 hours. What I have been failing at is paying attention to what and when I am eating. When I was working with an IFBB Pro, I was eating every 3 hours, never had a food craving, was never hungry and was so overly full I dreaded the next meal and you know what...I never ate at night. So focus on quality foods (NO PROCESSED FOODS) and the intervals at which you are eating.
Relaxation - Say what, you want me to relax? But I have kids and animals, dishes, grocery shopping, bill paying and I simply don't have time to relax. LIAR! You are lying to yourself to tell your head that you don't have time for you! It's time to start making time. Every night before you hop in the shower, just sit on the floor and put your legs up on the wall for 10 minutes with the shower running. Make your family think you are in the shower. The sound of the water running is soothing in itself. Just lay on the ground, legs up on the wall, arms to your side and just think about NOTHING. There are many great meditation apps for free that you can download and just listen. Please note to set an alarm, because once you fall asleep on the floor you will be thankful that you did! After your alarm has awoken you, hop in the shower and continue to listen to soft music or finish your meditation audio.
It's been 4 weeks and I would say the last 3 weeks my nighttime eating has dramatically been cut. I too am still working on the relaxation, but I am doing it and my goal is 30 minutes a day and I am at about 10 right now. So challenge yourself to end your nighttime cravings by following these three suggestions and please feel free to message me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions that you might have or how I have gone about it. I am more than happy to open a discussion with you.
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