Here are some examples of ways to keep your hands busy:
Here are some examples of ways to keep your mind busy:
Keep your mouth busy with something sugar free and calorie free:
Wrigley’s makes sugarfree dessert gum (Extra Dessert Delights) in different flavors: Orange crème pop, Strawberry Shortcake, Key Lime Pie, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Apple pie
Do something that doesn’t involve or remind you of eating. For example:
Brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with mouthwash.
Food typically doesn’t taste as good with the minty aftertaste of a clean mouth.
Commit to recording everything you eat at night. Record the type of food, the amount, and the calorie count.
You may decide against that bag of chips, cake, ice cream, or other temptation if you know you’re going to write down the details of what you ate.
Keep the food you are tempted to binge on, out of the house. If you don’t have it in the house, you can’t eat it…at least at that moment.
Take a step back and determine what you are really hungry for.
For example, are you hungry for:
Then solve the root problem. For example if you are stressed, find a productive way to deal with your stress.
Reward yourself (with non-food rewards) each time you choose to do something else instead of giving in to your late night cravings or habit of eating.
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