5 Ways to Avoid Late Night Snacking

Last weekend, I got to play “Mr. Mom” while my wife was out of town.
I did the usual things like tell horrible jokes and play hide-and-go-seek. Fun times!
Now to be honest, when I’m trying to balance my business and making sure I’m being a great Dad, I can get a little stressed.
And maybe you can relate, but when I’m stressed, my late night snacking starts to creep up.
So now I’m going to share some strategies with you that can help you avoid mindless eating…

#1 – Set a Timer

Set it for 10 minutes. Keep yourself busy. After 10 minutes have passed and you’re still desiring to eat just because you’re bored, then reset that time for an additional 10 minutes. Stay busy. Read. Play. Do some laundry. 90% of the time, that desire goes away.

#2 – Leave the Premises

It’s hard to avoid food if you’re in the kitchen. I’ll take my book and read in the bedroom or on the back porch if I have to. If I’m in the kitchen, the snacking kicks in.

#3 – Clean

You want to hear something funny? To avoid snacking before dinner, I purposely wait to do my usual “chores” after I’m done with my work. I’ll walk downstairs and feed our dog and cats, clean the litter box, and take out the trash. If I still want to snack just because I’m waiting for dinner, I’ll play with my boys to keep myself busy.

You can do the same. If you’re craving to snack and you’re not hungry, do some cleaning. Sounds crazy, but it works.

#4 – Try Decaf Coffee

I’ll sometimes do this at night. I can’t help myself. When an episode of The Walking Dead comes on, it just feels like the right thing to do is to munch on something.

Ha. Ha-ha. Ha-ha-ha. Get it? Munch? You know… like the Walkers? No? OK.

Anyway, I’ll make myself a cup of decaf coffee. It curbs my appetite and since it takes a while to drink, my desire to eat goes away.

#5 Read an Inspirational Book

I have a stack of books I’m trying to get through. But get this… reach for one when a snacking attack hits. It will change your mindset and get you excited that you’re doing something positive for yourself.

It sounds like a whacky trick, but it does work. I’m a big Max Lucado fan (“Fearless” is awesome and I highly recommend it). I’m currently reading “Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life”. I’m only 60 pages in, but I’m loving it.

Hopefully that helps with the snacking.

Later tater,
Mikey Whitfield, Master CTT
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