Thursday, September 4, 2008

Close Down Your Kitchen Early!

From Denise Austin today:

Close Your Kitchen Down Early!
We all get the munchies from time to time — even the most disciplined eater occasionally gets that nagging urge to snack, often just before bed! The problem with this unhealthy nighttime habit is that if you eat high-fat, high-calorie foods, like cookies, chips, or popcorn, you will most likely gain weight. And since I've given in to a p.m. craving a time or two, here's my simple solution to late-night snacking: After enjoying an early sit-down dinner with my husband and daughters, I literally close down my kitchen at 8 p.m. sharp! Yep, that's it! If I do start fantasizing about a pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, I drink plenty of water, and I brush my teeth, floss, and rinse with Listerine.

Give it a try! After a while, your body will get used to not having a bedtime snack. If you do feel a craving come on and my little trick doesn't cut it, then I suggest having a piece of fruit, such as an apple, or a handful of veggies, like some cut-up carrots, instead of giving in to an entire bag of potato chips! Trust me, your waistline will thank you!


Donnalouise, Donna or DC said...

I'm doing much better with my late night snacking - at least I don't finish the full bag of chips anymore!

new*me said...

I try not to eat after 6 or 7. Sometimes the kiddos get a small snack close to bedtime but always healthy food instead of junk.

mandapanda58742 said...

im a big fan of the fruit pops thats are made with real fruit and no sugar- they are between 30-50 calories and give me that filling of dessert of snack! i love them!!