Sunday, February 24, 2008
danger zone at night in front of the tv...
the worst time for me is in the evenings about an hour or two after dinner. that's when the muchies start setting in. and that's when my will power starts waning.
here's what i do to make it through the evening without eating the entire house...
first things first, have something to drink by your side all evening. water is best, but you could have hot tea with sweetener or decaf coffee with sugar free creamer, etc. the best way to tell if you're really hungry or just snacky, is to drink a glass of water and then wait a half hour. if you're still hungry then chances are you need to eat. if you're not still hungry then it was just a craving that you have to resist.
the best thing is to keep my hands busy. i like to crochet, but you could do anything. most importantly, do something that occupies your hands and will be hard to get up from. maybe spread out some photos on the coffee table, the couch, your lap, etc. and sort through them to put into a photo album. the more you feel trapped by what you're doing, the less likely you'll want to get up and go reach for a snack you'll regret.
if you don't have any hobbies, start the evening out with a tall glass of water and some chopped raw veggies (celery, carrots, broccoli, etc.). that way when you start getting munch, you'll have water to help fill you up and munchies to keep your jaws moving.
oh, and there's always bubble gum. nowadays you can get sugar free bubble gum like you used to have when you were a kid. bubble gum will make you feel like you're eating and will most times satisfy the sweet tooth as well as the craving.
by all means, stay out of the kitchen. don't even go past it. if you step one foot in the kitchen, it's all over.
at 12:33 AM