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1/2/14 3:27 A

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Thanks for the topic and the input, everyone. I gained a few ideas from reading.
I also struggle with this, although less since joining SP. However, over the past few months the urge to eat, while still there, has diminished as I have slept more. I don't seem to do too well yet in distinguishing what my physical need is at a given moment and my go-to response is to eat. I agree that being too HALT... hungry, angry, lonely, tired... seems to trigger my urge to eat. I would also add thirsty to that list. The one major change I have made other than sleeping more is to drink more fluids.



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10/30/13 9:21 P

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Hi Emily, I ate at night before bed and I was hungry. I try to eat enough at supper. I may eat a small salad, two vegetables and a protein. I have a some apple juice or tea and a nonfat pudding. I am so tired now that I could not eat another bite. After I eat I have to take my little doggy out for his walk. I hope this helps. Linda from bean town

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10/28/13 10:15 A

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thanks for all the responses even though I just noticed that I didn't finish the sentence in the topic. It's supposed to read: Is eating when you're sleepy a form of emotional EATING? Oh well, I guess you all got the point.

I've tried so many things! I've even barricaded the kitchen! What I've been doing lately is eating a cracker or 3 on my way to bed. Not many calories.
LIBBYG7, I feel your pain. I'm the same way!! A whole day of success down the drain in the last 10 minutes of my day!

I'm trying to tell myself to CONTROL the craving, not ignore it or prevent it.
I wish us all luck!!

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10/28/13 9:12 A

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I agree with NOT forcing yourself to stop. I think that in itself is a trigger for trouble. I agree with those who say plan what it is you want...not too heavy or you will have disturbed sleep...emptier stomachs sleep better...but something light like an apple, or yogurt or jello (my choice) and track it so that it counts in your calories. In time that urge will lesson.

I will NOT run emotionally from compliments and hide in fat layers for protection.


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10/27/13 5:07 P

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I think it is but it is also a natural way for our bodies to deal with the lack of energy that being thirsty or being tired brings - our bodies recognize the lack of energy and what provides energy to our bodies - FOOD. The trick for me is not to let my body get too anything - too tired, too hungry, too thirsty, too stressed, etc. That way I help to maintain and healthy balance for both food and other bodily needs.

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With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.



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10/27/13 3:25 P

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I believe it is.
It's happened to me, too but i try to limit it to a slice of cheese or a small spoon of peanut butter. Anything sweet is known to keep me awake.



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10/27/13 11:17 A

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Good for you...I like !the benefits from greek yogurt

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10/27/13 10:44 A

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Hi,

This used to happen to me every single night! It didn't help either that I somehow thought I was going to starve to death overnight emoticon

Here is what worked for me (I've been five weeks binge free)

I eat three meals a day (I never used to eat properly throughout the day and the majority of my calories were from supper and onwards)

I eat snacks ( nuts, fruits, veggies)

I adjusted my bedtime back and limit my tv (because I could see a link between TV and eating)

Every night (about thirty minutes before bed) I eat 3/4 cup of vanilla flavoured Greek Yogourt and I savour every mouthful.

It has been working wonderfully!


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10/27/13 10:43 A

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Hi Emily.....

Oh Boy!!!! this has been my Achilles Heel for years! I struggle every night after I get into bed and get sleepy - BOING!! - I begin to NEED food. And it often turns into a binge....totally sabotaging my real efforts all day long to stay on program......

I'll be following this thread closely to see if anyone has real ideas for how to combat this destructive behavior!

One thing I can advise.......that if this is a new behavior for you.....fight it mightily! After a while it can become a very dangerous habit - and an addiction.

Good luck....and just keep trying.

Hugs.....Libby emoticon emoticon


Edited by: LIBBYG7 at: 10/27/2013 (10:44)
"Finish each day, and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities have crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can."
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Happy is the day I'm pain-free


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10/27/13 9:22 A

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Is eating when you're sleepy a form of emotional ? This is a HUGE deal for me! Every night close to bedtime when I'm tired and sleepy, I get a craving for food. A strong craving. Any suggestions on bypassing the kitchen on the way to bed?

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