I mentioned in my ideal meal plan about eating nothing after dinner.
A reader asked: “Tell me, on not eating after dinner…are you simply satisfied or do you need to make a conscious decision every evening not to eat? I find evenings my hardest time of day to refrain from eating mindlessly, and I would love to know how you accomplish that. Thanks!”
After dinner around 5:30-6:00 pm, I usually don’t eat any more. I am just not hungry as I sit most of the time. Sometimes if there is leftover fruit I prepared for my kids, I will finish that, but nothing really sweet, like cake, cookies or ice cream.
The following ideas might help people stop eating after dinner:
- Brush your teeth as soon as you finish dinner.
- Don’t have the snacks in front of you or in the house to attempt you.
- Keep yourself busy. People tend to eat when they get bored. Instead of eating, go for a walk, read, or just do something you like that consumes your attention and energy to keep your mind occupied and off from food. If you watch TV aimlessly and mindlessly, you are more likely to eat snacks mindlessly at the same time. I am usually busy with kids or reading or blogging in the evening that I don’t have time to eat mindlessly.
- Don’t mistake thirst for hunger. Instead of grabbing a snack, grab a water bottle. Drinking water might just help to curb your appetite a bit.
- Chew sugar free gum.
- If you do eat after dinner, at least have the healthy snack handy, such as fruit and raw veggies, and no junk food.
Have a full stomach when you go to bed is not a good and healthy thing. So remember: