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Trial and error

Friday, September 25, 2015

I plan my meals, so they are balanced and healthy and keep me on target - unless we go out for dinner, in which case I do my best but sometimes veer off a little. My problem are my late-night snacking, which tend not to be as planned or as healthy.

So late last night, about six hours after dinner, I got the munchies. Instead of reaching for the goldfish crackers, I found leftovers from dinner and had those instead. It was still fewer calories and more nutritious than whatever salty crunchy thing I would have had instead. And it occurred to me: why don't I just cook a little extra dinner each night, save some leftovers, and have those as a late night snack if I get hungry? Last night's dinner was mixed veggies and shrimp, and the leftovers were quite satisfying. I'm going to try this, having dinner part 1 at our regular time (~6 pm) and then dinner part 2 late at night (~midnight). If I make my dinner part 1 a smaller serving than usual, I might be able to pull this off.

But I'll need to wait a couple of weeks to try this experiment. My in-laws are arriving tomorrow, which means:
a) probably no dinner leftovers for a while with two more adults in the house. Even if I cook a little more, it will get eaten at dinner, or if I set some aside for a snack before I serve dinner, I think my MIL will think I'm being weirdly selfish
b) more eating out
c) fewer late nights since my in-laws go to bed early and then need a quiet house to sleep well. This is good, may force me into a more "normal" schedule.

I can't wait until tomorrow - I grew up in a small, quiet family, and I love having relatives visit because the house is noisier and happier.
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    One thing I remember being told at the national health-service covered regular check-ups for small children here is this: it is okay to let children have snacks between meals; just make sure that the snacks resemble meals as closely as possible. Really, I think the modern concept of "snack" is a little unnatural. We've come to associate snacking with foods that completely derail me--like Cheezits, cookies, and ice cream. All those are okay, too, I guess, in moderation, but since I can't moderate my intake of those, it's really better to try not to indulge. All this wordiness to say--you have a great idea, and I really think it will work for you! Six hours of waking time after a meal will naturally make you hungry. So you are right to save some healthy food for those late night munchies!
    2033 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/26/2015 4:01:16 AM
    That sounds like a good idea to me. I've always been a "night eater" and if I have protein, string cheese, egg, etc., it will head off the cravings and keep me out of the junk.
    2033 days ago
    It's always trial and error, continuous fine-tuning. That part never really stops.
    Enjoy the noisier house, I know what you mean.
    And yes, having to go to bed earlier my just cure you of your late night munchies.
    Best wishes.
    2034 days ago
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    That's a good idea. I hope it works out in your favor.
    2034 days ago
  • CYNTHIA1612
    I do really well at home and I live by myself so that makes it easier. But oh boy goin out to eat or at other people's houses is a little bit more of a challenge. But I keep telling myself not impossible! Have a blessed day :)
    2034 days ago
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