This evening I reached my intake limit fairly early – about 6:30pm. Regrettable, but sometimes it happens. Unfortunately, my body didn’t really get the message so it’s been aiming me at the kitchen relentlessly all evening. It’s not going to work tonight. Although tonight I’m running on logic and willpower (Logic: Dear body, we’ve had more than enough fuel today. Willpower: Therefore I will NOT put another thing into the hopper today), that’s not always a sure bet. In fact, it’s usually a bad bet. Willpower is not a muscle, it doesn’t get stronger the more you use it. It’s a finite resource, it gets depleted every time you use it until it’s gone.
Here are some of my methods for shutting down evening snacking:
- Brush my teeth once I’m done eating for the day. Gets my mouth out of the food zone.
- Take a long bath with a good book – keeps me out of the kitchen.
- Occupy my hands. Hobbies such as knitting, sewing, embroidery, calligraphy – really any hobby that leaves me unable to stuff my face is a good one.
- Go do something that doesn’t involve food. A walk. Shopping for new clothes (!). Visiting a friend. Playing with the dog.
- Exercise! Hit the gym.
- Drink a big glass of water whenever I find myself absentmindedly stalking the fridge.
- Sugar-free gum, if I absolutely must have something in my mouth.
- If all else fails – go to bed. Seriously. If I absolutely can’t shut down the urges and I don’t want to give in, it’s sleepin’ time.
Watching television is a terrible idea. Mindless snacking is so easy, yet so counterproductive. Going out to the movies is borderline – yes you’re away from the kitchen, but if popcorn and candy have a siren song you can’t resist, that’s not a win. For me, it’s not a problem because I’m a cheapskate, but evaluate for yourself and determine if going to the movies would be a good or bad idea.
So, all that being said…I’m going to bed.