This post is not as exciting as it might first appear! Instead it is the confession of a night time snacker, or perhaps it would be more accurate to call myself an evening nibbler as I haven’t yet resorted to raiding the fridge while the rest of the family sleeps.
It is fair to say that my eating habits are in direct contrast to the old adage ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper’.
Whilst I could never forgo my breakfast, it is usually a cup of black coffee at 09:00 followed by some toast or crumpets forty minutes later. Lunch is likely to be soup if I have time to cook or a sandwich or a salad if I haven’t. But supper, well supper is the event of the day!
It is very rarely that hubby and I decide what we will have for supper in advance, which means that whatever we end up with is what we really want. Usually home cooked we fill our large plates with at least 50% salad or veggies and the rest with some delicious carb heavy concoction, ideally with houmous but I appreciate that despite being vegan I can’t eat houmous with every meal! Don’t get me wrong, I believe that our suppers are usually pretty healthy affairs, just a little on the large side.
You would think then that after this lovely filling supper we wouldn’t need to eat again before bed, but often within thirty minutes of loading the dishwasher we are scurrying to the kitchen to get a little something to munch on in front of the TV. Our snack of choice will usually be nuts and sultanas, low fat crisps or some dark chocolate, not the end of the world you might think, but often enough to make sure that all my good work of the day is reversed as I lose my calorie deficit.
I need to find a way to solve this little dilemma if I want to succeed in my year long weight loss challenge. Certain ideas spring to mind, such as spreading my calories more evenly across the day so I won’t be so hungry at night, or perhaps reducing my meals further during the day so that I have calories to play with at night. However, I worry that neither of these will be the solution as I fear my need is a psychological one rather than an physiological one. If this is the case then perhaps a diversion tactic is needed, knitting so that I have something to do with my hands? Snacking on fruit or crudités so I’m not undoing all my hard work?
It is not a problem that I am going to be able to solve over night I’m sure and I will probably need to experiment with some of my suggested solutions.
Wish me luck!