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Snack before bed is helping to stop night time bingeing

Sunday, July 30, 2017


Go to bed at 10:00 PM.
Wake up at 11:30 or so completely ravenous (possibly leading to a binge unless I exert supreme self-control, which is hard when I'm so tired and so ravenous).

Possible solution:
For the past 2 weeks I have been eating a snack between 8-9PM and have not been hungry when I wake at 11:30 or so!

What I eat: 2 Organic Mozzarella Cheese Sticks, for a total of 160 calories, (12g of fat, 16g protein and 2g carb). They are included in my food plan for the day.

I can't believe I haven't figured this out in all the years I've been struggling with this.This used to be a 1,000 calorie binge per night struggle, which completely un-did all the work I had done during the day to lose weight.

Invitation to myself (and to you, too): If something isn't working for you, don't just believe all the standard advice. Try different things until you work it out for your specific body.

All the best to you on this challenging path!
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  • JIBBIE49
    In her book "Drop Acid Reflux" Jamie Koufman M.D. says we should never eat after 6 PM because food in the stomach causes Acid Reflux. she says 80 million Americans suffer from it and most have no symptoms but it does damage to our esophagus and can lead to cancer. It also can cause issues with the lungs and sinus. Food today is made acidic as to kill germs and have a long shelf-life, but it does damage to our esophagus. She says the stomach slows way down when we sleep and the food doesn't move through.
    I found that I stopped eating at 3 a.m. when I went to an endocrinologist who put me on Metformin which took my blood sugar from 115 to 100 and stopped my night cravings. I've dropped 48# since.
    640 days ago
    A glass of skim milk with a teaspoon or less of Hershey's Syrup (Chocolate) does the trick for me! It also ups my daily calcium.
    1376 days ago
    I do the same - have a snack with protein in it around 7-8pm and it helps.
    1376 days ago
    I had enough calories left over to have a slice of cheese last evening. I really slept badly. I was regretting it all night.
    1376 days ago
    Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to our food or our bodies. We each have to find what works for us. Sounds like you've got this one nailed!
    1376 days ago
    I used to eat in the night too. I would wake up really hungry and not be able to sleep again until I had a snack. Of course I wanted carbs! Many years later I realizes I was sensitive to wheat. When I gave up all wheat products I no longer woke up hungry. I have realized this is a direct correlation for me. When I do eat wheat (usually around THAT time of month) I wake up hungry and can't sleep again! I am glad the protein snack is working for you. emoticon
    1376 days ago
    Hi, are you eating your 3 meals throughout the day and 2 smaller meals somewhere in between or after? I was curious if you are getting enough of protein throughout the day?
    1376 days ago
    Souds like you got this, good for you
    1376 days ago
  • NEPTUNE1939
    Try a scoop of whey before bed with milk. It ids in repairing muscle tissue after exercise. No more snacks. emoticon
    1376 days ago
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