Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Avocados and the Evening Munchies

As you may have noticed in my menus and planned menus in yesterday's post, I am having a love affair with avocados lately. I hadn't been eating them because they were not on the "allowed foods" list for Medifast, but that recently changed; 1.5 oz of avocado is now a Healthy Fat serving. I admit I have gone a little overboard with them this week. They were on sale at the grocery store, and oh my goodness are they delicious! They are perfectly ripe and yummy. I cannot tell you how good they taste after not eating them for almost 2 years! So I've been adding them to my meals, even when technically my protein does not require a healthy fat. I have to stop doing that. Maybe that's why I am having trouble with the scale this week. I rationalize in my mind: "but avocado is so nutritious!" And it is, but I don't need any extra fat.

I want to eat at night, too. I do fine all day long, staying on plan, and then POOF. After a perfectly delicious, on plan, filling dinner, I start wanting to eat. Anything. I get so cravey lately that I have been having a cup or two of flavored (unsweetened, nothing added) herbal tea after dinner to kill the sweet tooth (cinnamon apple is so good!). But then I start craving something else... lately avocados. Last night I ate half of one.

I used to have this nighttime eating thing conquered, but it's reared its ugly head again. How do you deal with the evening munchies? It really isn't hunger; it's something else.

13 comments:

Mina said...

I'm new at this, only a month in, but I sip on herbal unsweetened tea as well. I usually keep myself busy by straightening up, reading blogs or going on pinterest, reading a book, watching a show.

Also, I tell myself I will feel so much better about myself the next day for not giving in to my munchies. That usually works for me :)

Diandra said...

Maybe boredom? I took up knitting to distract myself after dinner. ^^

Anonymous said...

Peppermint gum and I try to do something to keep busy.

Catherine55 said...

Two years with no guacamole?! That is too long! Glad you're able to enjoy avocados (in moderation, of course) now. Am enjoying following your blog!

Kudos on doing this without WLS (I have a lap band and know all too well how very hard it is to lose weight and keep it off without its help.)

Anonymous said...

I go on the computer, find a project to keep myself busy and lots of times go into the bedroom watch TV or go to sleep depending on time. I need to just stay away from the kitchen. Also I made a poster of my before and after pics. ... I keep looking at the "fat" girl pics and say NEVER again ... my craving usually goes away after looking at myself at 260 pounds from 2 yrs ago... currently 150 almost in the 140's ... I also take pics of my changes every 2-3 months. Also working on a book of different quotes for motivation ... mostly workout stuff ... but one is "You are stronger than that craving" ... Nightime eating is my enemy as well. Working on it though. But when you have to give into it, better to eat something healthy than the junk. Love your blog and I have you on fb as well!! Tracy K.

Julie Lost and Found said...

I always have a snack planned for the evening. Veggies and hummus are very low cal and make for a good filling snack. I'll have a big bowl of sliced bell peppers and a serving of hummus..yummmmm! Another good evening snack is hard boiled egg whites with hummus. AGain, very low cal but filling..and the protein is good to stabilize blood sugar overnight.

Anonymous said...

I clean or go to bed early

Anonymous said...

I brush my teeth and then I don't feel like eating anything.

julie said...

Fruit. Or carrots and cukes, depending on my mood.

Winivere said...

Avocadoes are good for you and excellent for your face! Not to mention absolutely my favorite food in the whole world. If it's not hunger, it's probably thirst, anxiety, or habit. Only you can determine which one it is.

Jane said...

I have the same problem at night - I just want to snack snack snack. Sometimes I drink hot tea to help, or chew gum so my mouth is occupied. Sometimes brushing my teeth helps - kinda like a signal "ok I'm done eating for the day now". But that is probably my biggest struggle!!

Anonymous said...

I know I'm a big night eater, but I hate breakfast foods. Usually I have a really light breakfast and save my calories for later. I also usually eat dinner around nine or ten, then I'm full till bed. It's not conventional, but I don't believe it matters what time you eat, just how much. For me, big meals towards the end of the day prevents over eating and extra snacking.

Louis said...

If you take out all the refined carbs, and use fats like the avocados you are eating and won't be hungry at night. I used to have this problem, do you sleep well?

Nutrition and activity make a difference, but sleep is the great equalizer.

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