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Old 09-27-2013, 12:52 PM   #31
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I do this A LOT! I can follow a "diet" or eat well during the day, and after I get home from work in the evenings, I start eating dinner, then it's like I can't stop and I just begin eating everything in sight! Then I'm kicking myself afterwards and I begin to feel crappy for eating like that, then I go to bed and cycle continues on and on, day after day.
This week I have been off work, spending some time at home and I have noticed myself eating a lot more. I'm kicking myself for that one too. I've got to get back into the groove of exercising, walking, eating clean, etc. I feel awful when I don't.
This time of the year (in the US) is so hard considering all the holidays coming up and I seem to eat more fatty/comfort foods in the fall/winter months!
Gotta get back on track!!! Glad I'm not the only one who feels this way!
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:52 PM   #32
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I have the exact same problem. I pack my lunch and rarely go out for lunch, so I do fine during the day. I have quick and easy meals for breakfast, such as microwavable egg white, canadian bacon, and cheese on a whole-grain muffin (from aldi) or a meal replacement shake.

Once I get home, I usually eat whatever my mom makes, so its usually calorie dense. Then, I just keep craving junk the rest of the night even though I already reached my calorie allowance. I need to work on self-control.
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:14 PM   #33
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Evenings right after work are my worst time for compulsive eating, because that's my way of releasing tension. So, yes, definitely. But I've never been a late night snacker like most people. Just a large dinner where I eat way more than my body needs. I'm getting better at that through meditation to help reduce anxiety.
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:35 PM   #34
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I know this sounds weird, but every time I wanna eat at night I use some mouth wash and food (and by food I mean chocolate which is my weakness at night) and chocolate taste weird after brushing your teeth or using mouth wash.
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:13 PM   #35
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Just saw this topic again. Grateful that it's here for me tonight because I'm really frustrated by this behavior of mine!

I have been using food to self medicate in the evenings, and this causes me to totally overeat. Once I start, can't seem to stop myself. So I just asked myself why start? I can make really great choices during the day, but in the evening, once I get home from work, I get edgy and my brain starts buzzing and I have been using food to numb. I start eating, even if I'm not hungry. And even if I have plenty of calories left at the end of the day, I'll eat all those and then more, until I'm stuffed and sleepy.

I often wondered how I could just break up with food altogether, because the fat would melt away if I could do that! I've been able to give up a lot of different foods for health reasons. I can manipulate macronutrients very easily. But quantity and timing seems to be an elusive thing for me to manage.

I have been able to sustain intermittent fasting for quite a long time, just not eating from the moment I go to sleep until about 2 the next day. 16-hr. fasts. But in those 8 remaining hours, I can eat ALL my calories for the day. So IF becomes useless.

So now I'm going try to shift my eating window to 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., because I seem to be able to control quantity and content best during those hours, and I'll just avoid eating altogether after 2 p.m.

I have to find another way to deal with the evening edginess. Push-ups!
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:27 AM   #36
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I notice that I munch late at night when I'm feeling particularly anxious or stressed. It doesn't really help that hubby and I have totally different schedules, and he goes to bed by 9pm, leaving me alone and a little lonely up until 11pm. 9-11pm is pretty dangerous territory for me and that's when I reach for snack foods, mostly salty. When whatever event that I'm stressed about passes I feel fine again and immediately start craving more raw foods. I hate stress and anxiety!!!
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Evenings right after work are my worst time for compulsive eating, because that's my way of releasing tension. So, yes, definitely. But I've never been a late night snacker like most people. Just a large dinner where I eat way more than my body needs. I'm getting better at that through meditation to help reduce anxiety.
This sums it up for me! I finished grad school last year, and am working long hours at two jobs to try to pay off student loans. After seeing patients all day, when I get home, it is like my self control goes out the window. I convince myself that I "deserve" things that are not the best choices because I have worked so hard, had a crappy day, etc. Ugh.

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Old 10-16-2013, 10:35 AM   #38
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You are definitely not the only one! I do the same thing! Everything was great until I got back to school -_- I'm literally paying for food on campus on top of giving money to the vending machines. I tried tactics like not having money on me and stuff, but that wasn't getting to the root of my problem. I really need to listen to my body and what it wants. It wont be easy, but it is definitely possible for all of us!
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What's been working for me is to find foods that are healthy alternatives to the foods I crave at night. It's usually a salty snack and a sweet snack. So I might have some no-oil popcorn or whole grain pretzels and some dried cranberries. I take a serving (which is always enough). It's been working out pretty well as I realize that I just need to meet the craving and it's my choice if it's a healthy or non-healthy alternative.

And I also always have a bottle of water at my side - that helps a lot!

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