How often do you find yourself raiding the fridge in the darkness of the night to sneak in a snack or two? How often do you submerge yourself in the guilty pleasures of that one scoop of dark Belgian chocolate ice cream or that fruity flavorsome strawberry yoghurt, a cookie or maybe even just cereal in the wee hours of the night? Well hello there lovely night time nibblers! We have a problem to fix here!
Night time nibbling is usually out of stress or a sheer habit, definitely a bad one at that, and not because you may generally have a rapacious appetite! Most people nibble at odd hours such as late in the night to curb their feelings of loneliness, boredom, while some may feel anxiety and food happens to be their first line of tranquilizing these feelings!
After having three satisfying meals a day, if you still feel the need to answer to your tummies calling, you may have some changes to make to your daily routines! Nigh time nibbling is not healthy. Proper meals should be consumed at the right times through the day, and nibbling throughout leads to the body getting accustomed to a food fest, which is what leads to obesity.
Night time eating can be easily curtailed, given you follow certain procedures as religiously as possible! A certain amount of concentrated effort and planning is required to curb unnecessary eating you may feel you are craving for whatever reason. However, it is of firm importance that you don’t go all out and put an end to eating as a whole. Your body needs a certain level of nourishment which must be catered to, and extending beyond that are habits that need to be said goodbyes to!
Here are some tips and tricks to curb the midnight madness of nighttime nibbling!
Brush your teeth immediately after dinner with a strong flavored tooth paste, most preferably spear mint! You could also pop in a mint in your mouth and chew on it to let the rush of the strong spearmint flavor submerge your senses in its intensity! Eating spearmint basically helps you to avoid eating anything after. Think about it, how good is a chocolate chip ice cream and a spear mint infested tongue combination? Very unappealing! This little trick may help you lay your hands off nighttime nibbling on sweets and candies!
Always remember, breakfast happens to be the most important meal of the day for a reason! Breakfast,involving so much so as a bowl of cereal swimming in a cup of skimmed milk has the potential of boosting your metabolism, helping you provide the energy you need to carry out everyday activities. Having breakfast helps you curb your appetite later in the day, and if you are feeling satisfied all day long you are less likely to indulge in snacking later in the night, effectively preventing nighttime eating!
If you must snack, make sure you go for healthier choices. If you are going for a bowl of nuts, a bag of chips or a bucket of ice cream, turn to something else which is rather nutritious and healthy! Fruits are your best friends if you can’t find yourself to stop eating at night! Not only will fruits curb your craving to feed yourself, they will act as a healthy nutritious portion of your daily diet! Slicing and cutting up the fruit helps you consume lesser as it slows down the process of eating and gives you more conscious awareness of how much you have had, limiting nighttime nibbling if not eliminating it!
Set a time limit and a curfew and make sure you do not eat after that! Set up a time right after dinner and restrict all access to your kitchen cabinets, your doggy bags or that secret stash! In fact, go throw away the secret stash, pronto! We all know how it is irresistible to not find your hands reaching for that with zeroself-control!Furthermore, putting a curfew on yourself will also help you schedule your meals more effectively. Having food at the right times of the day contributes to a healthier, more structured and proper lifestyle.
When you go grocery shopping, make sure you keep your trollies and shopping carts towards the outside aisles of the grocery store. The outside aisles of the stores stock healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy and bakery products. By steering clear from unhealthy food items ideal for nighttime nibbling such as crisps, cookies, nuts and the likes, you not only mitigate the possibility of nighttime nibbling but also refrain from splurging on unnecessary and unhealthy food items as a whole!