From the time I get up in the morning until about 6:00pm, my appetite is under control (aka, pretty normal). I eat breakfast, lunch, have a small snack in the afternoon and all is good with the world. Then, 6:00pm rolls around and the snacking begins.
I think maybe this started as a result of cooking dinner for my son, who eats at 6:30pm. Before he arrived on the scene, I used to eat dinner around 7:30/8:00pm and don’t really remember snacking so darn much. Now, I eat dinner with my son, but that only partially explains the snacking… I mean, I get that I may be getting hungry around 6pm while I’m cooking, but what the heck is going on after dinner?
I struggle (and I really mean struggle) with the desire to snack on generally unhealthy items from 6 until about 9pm. I can’t have chips and cookies in the house because one turns to two, two turns to 50. I wish that were hyperbole. On the days I get my snacking under control, I still find myself at the refrigerator door or the pantry door looking around. I sometimes lose track of how many times I check for a snackable morsel. On the other days, I find salty or sugary snacks and try to stop after one or two, but generally eat way more than I should.
Busy days are good days – I find myself interested in snacking less and sometimes don’t snack at all. But, for the snack monster days, some coping strategies have been:
- Eat fruit or veggies because the calorie count is low and I feel like my craving has been addressed. I stick with grapes, berries, carrots, things like that
- Clean up. Anything. Clean the kitchen, put clean clothes away, put my two-year-olds toys back in the toy bin (where they should already be, but that’s another topic)
- Follow up on my personal emails. I’ve volunteered for a good many things and usually have something I need to do, but that doesn’t take nearly as long as I probably need it to
Do you have any snacking advice? Please leave a comment. Maybe you can help me break my bad habits. 🙂