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5/8/20 5:46 P

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This is a hard time for me, too. I'm reading posts to help me. Does the apple cider really work?

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9/17/16 7:46 P

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For me herbals teas work and I make one sweet treat a healthy one myself like muffins with banana's and sultana's and after dinner and I've finished washing up the dishes I can sit down and watch TV or be at the computer and have my Green tea or other herbal tea and this week it is muffin. (Spark people recipe)

I also though make sure that when I am really still feeling hungry after this that I drink a glass of water. What also works for me is going to bed no latter than 9.00 -9.30pm as it is around those times that I would normally find the need to snack mindlessly.

With the healthy treat you make you have to work out whether or not you have a sweet or salty Palate and make your treat something within that. E.g. if you are craving a biscuit then make it a healthy sweet treat after dinner. Or if you are craving potato chips make it a savory health treat. You have to work out what it is you most want at night time and go with that.

We are all different but this so far is what is working for me.

Definitely cutting out the Soda / Soft Drink too is a must.

Hope these tips that work for me help you. Good luck emoticon

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8/5/16 9:13 A

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Make sure it is Apple Cider Vinegar! White vinegar would just be nasty!

Check in two: overcming my morning c raving with a cup of peppermint tea. And last night I had a teaspoon of low cal reconstituted chocolate powdered peanut butter (powdered peanut butter + cocoa powder - sugar = delicious AND healthy) rather than a Reeses. Day 2 out of 21 - I can do this

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8/5/16 8:45 A

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vinegar in my water thanks I am going to try it

I can, I will keep going.


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8/3/16 10:04 P

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OK - two things I will try out this week, regularly.
1) I will prep my ready-snacks for anytime, especially for late night cravings; celery, carrot sticks, because sometimes the craving strikes when I least expect it. If I don't have something ready on hand, the ready-to-grab dove chocolate or protein bar may win out.

2) Going back to a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in my water, anytime. Just sweet enough for my palate, plus good for digestion. Also a nice treat in the evenings when I don't want tea!

It was that time of month, and I craved something sugary, plus with not having drank enough water, I set myself up to give into unfettered snacking on chocolate pecans last night. Tomorrow is a new day.

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6/12/16 7:29 A

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I'm a nighttime here also. Great article. Thanks.

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6/7/16 11:24 P

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I read somewhere that drinking a glass of water last thing before you go to sleep and 1st thing after you awake can help cravings. More importantly, it hydrates you on the bookends of sleep...when your cells and organs need it most. Ironically, this has helped curb my bedtime food cravings. When nighttime cravings call however, I try to stick to a small square of dark chocolate & 2-4oz of red wine...good for heart health, right?! Or, a glass of milk or a just cup of herbal tea.

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6/5/16 12:15 A

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You and me both. I have occasional chocolate cravings, but it's less for the sugar and more for the chocolate itself. And at any rate, this week I will work on my evening protein bar weakness.... with a planned bowl of sugar free, low fat Greek yogurt!

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6/4/16 10:45 A

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I feel so blessed that I do not crave sweets or sodas. Now to work on the nigh time salt cravings. I do think I can do this.

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6/3/16 7:37 P

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As long as you're snacking smartly and legitimately, it sounds like you'll do okay. If you can get to bed before midnight and avoid the snack it would be great but I think it would be the same if you went to bed at 10 and had a small snack at 8:30 or 9 to tide you over!

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6/3/16 5:53 P

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I do get late night cravings as I don't turn in until after midnight. I try to have a snack before that. I don't crave sweets, I crave something salty. So I started having townhouse crackers with Cabot low cal cheese. 5 crackers and 1 oz sliced into 5 pieces. Or I will have popcorn. This seems to be working for me. I am trying to do away with late night snacking but it is very hard because I have already given up everything else. It is a progress in the works to get better at.

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6/2/16 1:55 P

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Try prepping some extra quick snacks to reach for in the evening: your carrot sticks, celery sticks, or fill up with a large mug of evening (non-caffeinated) tea. Bonus if it is chamomile tea, which relaxes you and can help you sleep well.
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Went on a 3 day hike/camping session this past weekend. No cravings in the evenings since then, three days later. All sugar cravings in check. I had a milkshake Monday evening after coming back from the hike, but since then nothing!

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4/1/16 11:11 P

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This seems to be my worst time as well....late night cravings. I don't go to bed until about midnight and those few hours between 8-11 are the bad ones. I think I just finally start to wind down from my busy day and then I actually get bored....that's when I reach for the sweet stuff. I need to figure out what else to do at that time other than sitting in front of the computer or the tv. Problem is I'm usually so tired by then I just WANT to sit! I've tried going to bed earlier but since I only sleep about 4 -5 hours a night that just means I'd be up at zero dark thirty in the morning. This is a tough one for me...
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3/30/16 11:44 P

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I agree about the late night cravings that's when they seem like it wants to rear its ugly head

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3/2/16 7:02 P

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I stayed up late last night. Well, I keep hearing about how reduced sleep contributes to the "munchies" phenomenon the next day that may make me more susceptible to eating/indulging more. So, my "do one thing" for today is to consciously choose to turn off my computer and go to bed around 10!

Just had my dinner salad - love those veggies, the herbs, the olive oil, the fiber.

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3/1/16 7:35 P

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An apple cannot satisfy; try apple with peanut butter or hummus, you'll feel much better.

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3/1/16 3:54 P

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My exact problem georgecab. I start off good and then it goes downhill

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2/23/16 11:13 A

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Last night I started out with an apple for an evening snack. Rather than killing my sweet craving, it left me wanting more, and I succumbed. Ice cream and a big cookie. I'm going to try not eating ANYTHING after dinner, so I won't wind up eating EVERYTHING!

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1/17/16 10:30 P

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Yes night time cravings are the worst for me too. I let my guard down. Plus my kids are in bed so it's a good time to relax and eat junk. Hmmmm

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1/6/16 8:59 A

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Ok: mini goal for the next 7 days - no snacking outside of designated meal.or snack times; this means no late night snacking or early morning wake-and-back-to-bed snacking either. :)

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1/5/16 9:00 P

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I love peanut butter and absolutely love PB2! Tastes just as good and has less calories!

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1/4/16 8:21 P

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I would suggest more cleansing veggies at dinner! It may not be the time, but what you didn't eat...maybe your body is trying to tell you it still needs something???





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12/24/15 6:25 A

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this is a hard time for me, too. I'm reading posts to help me...one strategy I have is to brush my teeth...it helps sometimes.

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12/15/15 10:01 A

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Go for PB2. Less sugar, fat, and calories all around. It's OK to have a little something to tide you over but do it before bed after dinner. Keep a water bottle on bedside table and reach for that instead.

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11/15/15 2:52 P

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I crave peanut butter and jelly

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11/15/15 2:35 P

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I crave peanut butter usually late in the evening. The last few, I've just said to myself "no, no,no"..............it's tough.

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11/7/15 8:57 A

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I could have written that article myself! It's never just one thing that I eat at night either. It's something sweet then salty then sweet etc. Great tips in the article!

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11/3/15 3:50 P

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Thanks Coach Jen! That definitely speaks to several of my issues - not eating enough during the day, eating late and messing up my sleep - leading to the vicious cycle of sugar craving and caving. I'm still in low activity mode and eating like it, but I will work on tracking my minutes and meals so I can see better how much I'm burning verses how much I can eat.

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11/3/15 1:29 P

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I don't get cravings at night like I use to. If I am craving, its because I did not eat enough during the day

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11/3/15 1:04 P

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Here's an article you might find helpful:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
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11/3/15 11:16 A

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So I would like to know some suggestions for night time cravings. I typically eat very well through out the day and can be strong and fight temptation, with fruits, flavored teas, or just plain water or black coffee. In really weak moments even a sugar free hot chocolate does the trick. BUT I was so hungry within two hours of supper last night, and it finally hit me - that's my danger zone. Home with the family, watching the boob tube, family snacking on junk. I downed two 20 oz water bottles and still my tummy felt like it was rumbling - and I did not eat like a bird at supper, baked beans, pork loin, potato salad - no good reason to be hungry. What do you all do before bed time to fight cravings or hunger?

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