Hello, my name is alison, and I just joined 3FC a few days ago, and have been sticking to counting WW points (I don't go to meeting just use their slide chart and stuff) ever since I joined. I have a little problem though...I'm 18 and naturally love to stay up really late to watch cartoons, lol, and I ahve a horrible late night snacking problem...it's like...I'm great, and then come midnight, I rack up another 10 points or more. :eek: I was sondering two things:
1. Does anyone have any good ways to get me to stop eating a lot at night?
2. And for when I just can't not eat...does anyone have any alternative ides...something that's not icecream or chips, lol, but also not carrot sticks?
If you can help that'd be great, thanks a lot in advance. :)
07-21-2004, 04:36 AM
I know not crap about weight watcher points, but when I stay up late or am working nights its easier for me to eat by the clock. You just limit your meal portions (think 200-400 cals at a time) and split then into 3-4 hour intervals. Revs up the metabolism and you don't sit around muching on crap.
Just an idea.
07-21-2004, 09:14 AM
First I'd leave some points for night. 2 points for a mini bag of 94% fat free popcorn, a yogurt, something with some protein would be nice. But when your points are done, go brush your teeth. Gargle with some listerine. That'll clean your mouth and nothing will taste good after that!
07-21-2004, 09:31 AM
I would definitely advise protein, with optional complex carbs -- no simple carbs, they'll just increase your urge to munch. I'd suggest something like turkey breast and maybe 1/2 cup of brown rice. As for the desire to just keep putting something in your mouth while you're watching T.V. (the actual psychological habit) I'd say that you're going to have to quit that, rather than substituting good food for bad. It sounds like you're going to have to modify your behavior, change your habit. Possible actions: Drink water -- peeing is better than eating all night, right? ;) Find some sugar-free, low-cal candy or something to suck on instead. Switch locations. Don't watch as much T.V. late at night --tape it and watch it at a different time of day. If you can, get an exercise bike and ride it while watching the 'toons. Find something else to do with your hands so that you don't have them to put food in your mouth when you're not actually physically hungry.
I'd advise changing the habit altogether, rather than enabling it. Sorry for the dreary suggestion, but I believe it's better in the long run. Take a look at my stats below: neither you nor I got to our high weights by eating for the right reasons, so I'd suggest looking at THAT, rather than how to continue eating in the middle of the night. :grouphug:
07-21-2004, 10:11 AM
What about saving a couple points for something healthy in the evening like some fruit or something... OR, aren't there 0 point snacks through Weight Watchers?!? :?: Maybe have a little serving of one of those.... Don't know how many points they are, but I'm hooked on Del Monte Real Fruit Pops for a nightime treat... PM me if you want the calorie/fat info and I'll send it your way!
Hope this helps... Good Luck with Your Journey! :goodluck:
07-21-2004, 11:07 AM
I get on that kind of schedule when I'm at school, but this summer I've tried my best to curb it and be in bed by 11:30. It's mainly so I don't pig out... I don't know what it is about late nights but it's hard! If you absolutely CAN'T do that (believe me, I've been there... somehow I thought m&ms and butterfingers might give me brainpower... how stupid?!) try somethign that will fill you up- skim milk and some fruit, or something crunchy and healthy (rice cakes, matzo, something liek that) I find that hearing myself chew something other than gum can make the urge go away. But as Sarah said, protein is your best option- I just can't think of anything off the top of my head. Try to make a list of things that are, say, 5 points or less and acceptable for night eating, and try to eat them a few hours before you go to bed.
07-21-2004, 01:31 PM
You can plan for a snack at that time of the night, but you also need to get to the root of why you mindlessly eat in front of the TV. You could find something else to do with your hands...like knitting or crocheting or cross-stitching. I especially liked the suggestion about the exercise bike!
Be careful of the sugar-free candy. A lot of it will cause diarrhea and horrible, eye-watering gas if you eat much more than a serving size.
07-21-2004, 01:40 PM
Gawd.......that sounds um -- unpleasant! :eek: I didn't know that about sugar-free candy. I don't eat it, but I'm curious -- what causes it, do you know?
07-21-2004, 01:50 PM
Sarah, it's the sugar alcohols (like sorbitol etc) that have a laxative effect when eaten in large quantities. They have these candies called Sorbee, and i ate like 30 of them one time, I was soooo bloated and um not feeling well. Same thing with Atkins type snacks - they are sweetened with sugar alcohols, and if you overdo it and binge on them - heh you are totally regretting it later.
If i get the urge to binge or snack, i have mini-freezies in the freezer. Each baby freezie is 12 cal (granted its just sugar water, but still, not bad), so I can have a few of them, and it satisfies my craving for sugar, and freezes my mouth (which in turn makes me not really want anything else lol).
07-21-2004, 02:00 PM
Wow, that's really interesting. It totally validates my plan for eating since March -- I eat almost no processed foods now. It's really rare. I just went cold turkey on March 1, and, while I never was huge sweet-eater (I love the salty/crunchy crap -- note my "Ixnay the Eeto-chay" reference to the left) I did find that I was craving more and more sweets with each year......so, when I cut out all the manufactured, processed stuff, it was partly in an effort to ward off diabetes -- which my mother developed before she died.
This is not to say that I never eat a bad thing or a man-made thing, ever...but it's definitely the exception, rather than the rule.
I like your mini-freezie suggestion, though!
07-21-2004, 02:04 PM
1. if you really love cartoons, read them rather than watch them, keeping both hands firmly on the comic book/magazine and away from food.
2. smoked "turkey bites". Just like pepperoni sticks - but low fat, low calorie and 1 point each (drink lots of water with them)
3. popcorn - low-fat microwave, or better yet, air-popped. Filling and satisfying snackie (drink lots of water with it)
4. fat free, sugar free, mini-fudgicles. 1 point each.
5. fruits (yeah, yeah, I know - but its not carrot sticks).
My mother's advice?
1. be careful, watching too many cartoons causes brain damage.
Welcome to the site! :)
07-21-2004, 03:39 PM
Thanks everyone for all the wonderful ideas. During the day I'm totally gonna use the treadmill if I watch tv, although I normally don't. And, these mini-freezie things? what are they? do I make them somehow? they sound interesting...I want to try it!
07-21-2004, 04:40 PM
I buy freezies in a box of like 200. I know that some people call them other names (freeze pops or ice pops - I'm not sure). The mini ones are about 5-6 inches long, just a plastic tube with frozen sugar water in it lol, and they come in all different colours (aka flavours). Does that make sense? lol
07-21-2004, 05:29 PM
oooh, right, I've had those, they're good, lol, for sugar water. Thanks a bunch!!
07-21-2004, 06:10 PM
Ok, this might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I love them!
Garbonzo beans are wonderful if you roast them in the oven. You can have a whole CAN of them for few WW points. And, they are protein, which satisfies the above suggestions from the others.
If it's possible, rinse them and get the little "films" off of them before placing them in a low degree oven (about 200 degrees) for about an hour or until they get nicely roasted and crunchy. Obviously, this is something that you'd need to plan ahead for. But, even if you don't get them totally crunchy they're still a good snack food. And, if you don't get the films off, that's fine, too. I've been known to stick a batch in - films and all - for about 30 minutes and eat them!
You can add seasonings - be creative! Maybe one of the powdered butters or something spicy or something. Flavor them according to your mood.
Ok, now I'm getting a craving for roasted garbanzos! I wonder if I have time to stop at the store on my way home.... ;)
07-21-2004, 07:40 PM
Dotty, that sounds great!
Dotty and Alison, welcome aboard!!!!!
07-21-2004, 09:59 PM
Sorry I'm late on this one, I've been out of town working..
So you're a late night eater eh? Well... Try sleeping at night!! Just kiddin. If you have to munch, go for the complex carbs like sarah says or try drinking some hot tea. Hot tea always works for me. Freeze some and have tea pops. Sound silly but there is something about tea (for me) that supresses (sp) my appetite. Add some splenda if you need it sweetened. Sugar free popsicles are a favorite. I ususally must always have a snack around 9-10 each night... My body just needs it. I ususally have something light. Snacking a lot at night is just not good. I totally agree with Sarah, if you can change that habit... I would! I think you are off to a really great start... Take some baby steps. You aren't going to be able to "fix" everything all at once. Get your routine into place and go from there! Good Luck.. keep us posted.
07-22-2004, 12:27 AM
Dotty - What a fantastic idea!!! :D I'm so excited.... I have a can of Garbanzo Beans in the cupboard and was wondering what the heck I would do with them. I've never even considered that! Now I'm super excited to try them tomorrow!!! YAY! I'm gonna try them with a lil' Molly McButter, a tiny bit of Salt, and lots of Pepper! I'll let you know how it goes...
07-22-2004, 10:29 AM
i LOVE those roasted chick peas...
and i vote with the knitters/crocheters..
around here, we can get those freezies in sugar free... honest!!!! so nychick, since i'm in north joisy as well, look for them! i get mine in shoprite.
07-23-2004, 11:22 PM
Question - How long do the Roasted Chick Peas keep for in a Ziploc Container? I'm assuming at least a couple days, eh?!
They're roasting in the oven right now... I'm looking forward to trying them..
07-24-2004, 10:54 PM
You know sugar free jello is FANTACTIC. And also, it's good to try drinking a glass of water whenever you feel hungry first, sometimes that will make the hunger go away. Also, sugar free gum is a good one, I've become seriously addicted to it.
07-25-2004, 02:21 AM
we are allotted so many points for a Day....... but no where does it tell us when are Day has to start, turn your day around! many of us have, some for varying reasons such as jobs or student hootie owl types who stay up late ~winks n grinz~
you stated that you eat about 10 pts after midnight till.... ( you didnt say) so start your tallying at midnight and then during regular daytime hours you know how many points you have left and count accordingly..but please dont forget about AP and Flex points. meaning if you run out........ get out and run!! earning yourself more points to consume ~laughing~
hope this helps along with all the other fab suggestions!!
07-26-2004, 04:44 PM
Fat free fudgsicles.
I usually have 1-2 servings of fruit at night w/2 cups of skim milk. Gets my milk & fruit in for the day.
07-26-2004, 10:45 PM
Gotta tell you... Ladies, if you haven't tried Roasted Garbonzo Beans (ChickPeas), its definetly worth a try. I loved them and they totally satisfied my "snacking" need. I did mine with lots of pepper so they were a lil' spicy... but I like my food like I like my men... HOT! :lol:
07-26-2004, 10:56 PM
hehehe Celina, you goofball :)
I tried them today. YUM! Two thumbs up from this chickadee. Thanks for the great idea, Dotty!
07-27-2004, 10:44 AM
OK, I guess I must go out and buy some garbanzo beans and get roasting!!!!