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5 Tips To Stop Food Craving At Night

5 Tips To Stop Food Craving At Night

Have you ever felt like your stomach was satisfied but your mouth was still hungry? This confusing feeling is due to the cephalic phase digestive response. “Cephalic” is just a fancy word for “head,” so think of this like digestion for your brain. If you eat food while you’re distracted or in a big hurry, you won’t notice the qualities of your food (things like aroma, taste, and texture). Your brain doesn’t notice these things by itself, so if you don’t pay attention to the qualities of your food, your brain won’t notice that you are full. Consequently, you might find yourself binge eating in the kitchen right before bed, because your mouth is screaming FEED ME even though your stomach is content. Why does this happen? Your brain craves pleasure like it craves water. If you want to stop your food cravings at night, you need to slow down and nourish your body.

1. Give yourself 5 extra minutes to eat.

How long do you usually take to eat breakfast? If you take 5 minutes to eat every morning, give yourself 10 minutes tomorrow. Keep that up for a week and then add another 5 minutes to make it a total of 15. Eating slowly will feel funny at first, so let’s start slow to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Repeat this strategy with lunch and dinner too. Continue to slowly add time to all of your meals and bask in the eating experience.

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2. Put your fork down between every bite.

If you have a hard time slowing down at the dinner table, try this: put your fork down after each and every bite. Chew slowly and focus on the taste, texture, and aroma of your food. You could make a fun game out of this by trying to guess all of the ingredients that were used in your dish. It takes 15-20 minutes for your body to signal that it is satisfied by a meal. Slowing down will help you become more satisfied with less food, resulting in fewer calories consumed and pounds lost.

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3. Do not eat in front of the TV or computer.

Eating is to be done at the kitchen table and nowhere else. If you eat while you are distracted, you won’t notice the qualities of your food (so your brain’s needs for pleasure won’t be fulfilled) and you will miss out on your body’s hunger signal (so you will eat more calories than you really need). Stop looking at eating like it is just a thing you have to do. Eating should not be considered an inconvenience, but rather, a joyous occasion. Stop depriving your body of the quality food (and time) it deserves. Start nourishing it instead.

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4. Eat more healthy fats, fiber, and protein.

These nutrients will help your body feel more full and satisfied without a whole lot of calories required. Good sources of healthy fats include nuts, grass-fed steak, free range eggs, butter, olive oil, avocado, and fish. You can find fiber in oatmeal, raspberries, oranges, brown rice, hummus, and vegetables. High protein foods include lean meats, yogurt, beans/legumes, and milk.

5. Drink a big glass of ice water first.

The feelings of hunger and thirst are often confused. It doesn’t help that most of us spend our days in an eternal state of dehydration. Feeling hungry? Before you take a single bite, pour yourself a big glass of ice water and drink that. Wait for about 15-20 minutes. If you’re still hungry at that point, dig in (but make a positive choice!). 

Do you have any extra tips to stop food craving at night? If you struggle with cravings, do you have any questions? What kinds of foods do you get hungry for especially? 

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Last Updated on October 6, 2020

6 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Life

6 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Life

Is it time to make some changes in your life? It just might be. Life is too short to not live it to the fullest.

Here are some signs it’s time to change your life.

1. Every week, you cannot wait for Friday.

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    Fridays are fun, but one thing I’ve discovered in my quest to find and do work I absolutely love is that almost every day can be really fun. If you’re saving all your living for the weekends, it’s time to truly think about your lifestyle and consider making some changes. Don’t get me wrong; it’s great to have plans you look forward to on the weekends, but what if you could have that excited Friday feeling most, if not all, days of the week? It takes a lot of self-discovery and work, but it’s truly possible to live a life you love—even on Mondays.

    2. You live for your vacations.

    Vacations are great, but what’s even better is building a life you don’t need to take a vacation from. As Seth Godin said, “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” Vacations are fun and exciting, but even better is building a life where you have the potential to do what lights you up many weeks of the year, not just your two allotted vacation weeks.

    3. When you stop and think about it, you’re really not focusing your life on your priorities.

    Write down your 3 top priorities. Then write down the 3 things you focus most of your life on. Are you spending your time living your top priorities? Consistently spending time doing what matters most to you is one of the keys to feeling fulfilled in your life. If you’re not focusing your life on what’s important to you, it’s time to make some changes.

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    4. You have no idea what lights you up, and you don’t have the space in your life to discover it.

    If you haven’t found your passion in your current life, you’re not going to find it if you continue to do your same routine, over and over, year after year. In order to discover what lights you up, start by creating the space in your life to seek it. Give yourself time to figure out who you are, what your strengths are, and what picques your interest. Experiment with learning new things, spending time with inspiring people, and doing more of what excites you and less of the things that suck your energy.

    5. You’re frequently jealous.

    If you find yourself frequently feeling jealous of someone, there are 3 changes to consider making:

    1. Make a point to focus on your path instead of his or her journey. Sometimes this involves taking a break from social media.
    2. Get inspired from the person you’re jealous of, and work toward a similar goal in your life.
    3. Decide what the other person has is not something you are willing to put in the effort to achieve, so you’ll cheer him or her on but choose to not be jealous.

    When you are feeling jealous, consider why you want what the other person has, and what your motives are. Living a life on your terms, focused on your priorities, passions, and strengths, will provide you with much more fulfillment than trying to be somebody else.

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    6. You can’t remember the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone.

    According to Neale Donald Walsch, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Your life can become even more amazing if you stretch beyond your comfort zone. If you’re not sure where to start, try the tips in this article about small ways to step out of your comfort zone.

    Life is too short to spend your years not living to your full potential. If you decide you’re ready to change your life, I encourage you to start taking small action steps toward the life you want to live. Keep moving forward.

    Check out this video if you’re ready to make a change in life:

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