All of a sudden....
You get the munchies! You are not even hungry!
Do you have the late night munchies syndrome?
Look here to find out!
You have eaten a complete meal for dinner (maybe you've even overeaten!):
- Within a few hours or less you find yourself wandering through your kitchen.
- You look for something to eat, but you're not hungry.
- You look for something to eat because you're bored.
- You look for something to eat to distract you from something else.
- You look for something to eat to procrastinate.
- You look for something to eat out of habit.
- Your sweet tooth is talking. Hollering. Screaming!
- You begin to think of alternatives to eating, because you're not hungry, but you know there is ______ (add your naughty goodie here, that you currently have in your kitchen).
- You want something to eat, so you try to feel hungry, even though you're not.
- You're with someone who gets the snacks out, or goes through a fast-food drive thru.
- You're at a party and (see 2-7 above).
- You're angry about something, so you snack-out, but you're not hungry.
- You feel bad about yourself for some reason anyway. You might as well have a few moments of eating something that tastes really good.
How to Overcome the Late Night Munchies Syndrome
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced meal for dinner.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Find interesting things to do after dinner.
- Don't sit around watching television every night. If you do, prepare healthy snacks ahead of time.
- When you feel like you're going to give in to the munchies, call a friend or someone that you have been meaning to talk to.
- Go for an evening walk. This is one way people stay healthy, active and young even into their 90's.
- If you are on the computer in the evening after dinner, have healthy snacks ready to munch on, and water.
- If you enjoy reading at night, keep water and healthy snacks handy.
- Purge your kitchen of junk food. Only stock healthy items.
- Make friends with your mean roommate if you have one, and give that person all your junk food. Let them get fat.
- Stop procrastinating. Do what's on your list of things to do, and if it involves house cleaning, either crank up loud dance music, or if you have little sleeping ones, listen to headphones.
- Make a new evening habit. If it's eating, have healthy foods ready to snack on. If it's being more active, invite your partner or a friend or your pet to join you in being active.
- Write out a list of reasons why you have the Late Night Munchies Syndrome. Work from there.
- Keep snacks handy at all times. In your bag, in your car, in your pocket. Then if you are around others who are eating junk, you can join them in eating, only you'll be eating healthy. Who knows how this will influence your friends. (It's okay if they tease you, it's actually their way of caring and/or telling you that they are proud of you without actually saying it.)
- Bake something naturally sweetened and share it with others.
- Revisit this post and send it on to anyone else who needs to read it
Benefits of Overcoming the Late Night Munchies Syndrome:
- You will feel better about yourself.
- You will identify an unhealthy pattern and begin a new, healthy one.
- You may lose weight.
- You will find that evening walks are much more fun than vegging out.
- You might start eating healthier dinners.
- You will wake up feeling fantastic!
- You'll stop feeling sorry for yourself.
- You might be more productive.
- Your kids will learn from your habits. What you do, more than what you say.
- You'll realize your sweet tooth can be overcome!
- If you can overcome this bad habit, you're more likely to overcome other bad habits.