Favorite Time of Day

I was a serious nighttime eater. I eagerly looked forward to the kids going to bed so I could break out my secret stash of “bad for me but I loved it anyway” food.

On any given night of the week, you could find me ensconced on my couch, watching some random television show with a bag of something in my lap. It may have been chips, it may have been cookies or I may have been eating ice cream directly from the container. Dip the spoon in, eat, dip the spoon in again until the entire half gallon was empty.

I felt safe and secret. If John were home, he often ate with me – but I definitely ate more than he did. I figured John knew what I looked like so it didn’t matter if I ate six cookies in a row. If he wasn’t home, I ate even more though. When we had friends over for dinner and they stayed late to play board games, I thought about food the whole time they were at our house. I almost couldn’t wait until they left so I could eat some of those brownies I had been saving all day long.

The minute they walked out the door I headed to the pantry to rip open the tupperware container and eat a brownie or two. I was on auto-pilot.

When I began losing weight, I knew that my favorite time to eat needed to change. I know a calorie is a calorie, but I also knew that eating 1,500 calories after dinner wasn’t going to help me lose 158 pounds. So I did the hard thing and stopped eating after dinner.

And guess what? After dinner wasn’t my favorite time of day anymore. At first, it seemed boring to simply sit and watch television, talk with John or read a book without some food in my hand. Over time though – I began to get used to not eating after dinner and just simply enjoy the time when the house was quiet and the kids were sleeping.

Now I still don’t eat after dinner. For me, it’s that I’m not hungry between dinner and bedtime. I have known lots of people who eat a healthy snack after dinner and I think that’s a good thing. It just wasn’t a good thing for me to eat one unhealthy snack after another after dinner.

Now my favorite time of day to eat is in the late morning. I eat oatmeal or whole wheat toast, drink some hot tea and enjoy talking with the kids. How things change!

What’s your favorite time of day to eat? Has it changed?ย  Diane

24 thoughts on “Favorite Time of Day

  1. Miz says:

    for myriad reasons but mainly because we tend to do FAMILY BREAKFASTS and not dinners (husband works too late).

    My fave food, family & lots and lots of laughter.

  2. Alissa says:

    My favorite time to eat is supper time when hubby gets home and we get to sit down to supper together. Snacking at night is something that I could work on.

  3. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman says:

    I used to be a nighttime eater, too. But then I started working later and by the time I’m home, done with the gym, and finished eating it’s pretty late. It doesn’t give me enough time to get snacky at night.

    My favorite time now is lunch because it breaks up my long workday.

  4. Tara says:

    Night time eating is my biggest challenge – so much so that I’ve recently decided that I don’t want to eat ANYTHING after dinner. I have dinner, my dessert and then I’m done.

    It’s a mental thing, by giving myself permission to have a “snack”, I can end up binge eating on stuff I regret later.

  5. Diane says:

    No favorite time of day to eat for me- that happens when I am hungry or it is the planned meal /snack time. I do have a real love of the pre dawn hours when I have peace and quiet and I can do my meditations. Makes the whole rest of the day flow more smoothly because of it. I am kind of wondering why I have never had a favorite time of day to eat – do I perhaps have too distant of a relationship to food ???

  6. fittingbackin says:

    Definitely changed! It used to be late night – probably 8 p.m. or so, with an even later night snack. Now, I LOVE breakfast, can’t go on without it, and like to eat at 2 p.m. as well with dinner coming in around 6:30 p.m. I love that it’s all moved up – I wake up feeling much better!

  7. Desert Agave says:

    My eating hours used to be from around 3-5 in the afternoon. I’d get home from school (first where I was a student, then later where I was a teacher) and decompress from the day by eating and eating. Then I’d have a normal sized dinner, as if I hadn’t just eaten several dinners worth of food.

    These days I have a small snack in the afternoon but that’s it. I rarely even get the urge to binge like I used to. Instead my favorite time of the day to eat is breakfast in the morning. I love the feeling of being up early with the whole day stretched out before me.

  8. Karen@WaistingTime says:

    Yep – evenings are my worst time for overeating! It used to be afternoons. I would snack all afternoon and not be hungry for dinner! The evening thing seems to be about habit and conditioned response for me. TV – eat. Book – eat. It is helping me a lot to not snack at night now that I am limiting that eating to the table.

  9. Tish says:

    I kicked the eat after dinner habit several years ago. I made it an iron clad rule that no one eats upstairs (in bedrooms) and if Mr. Munch tried to intrude on our evening, I would just go upstairs and read, listen to music, or watch TV. Sometimes DH and I play board games upstairs, too. After a while, I wasn’t tempted to eat after dinner. Now, 4 o’clock is my tricky time. My favorite time of day–early morning when I’m out running (or walking) on the trail by the river.

  10. Emergefit says:

    Okay, outside the norm here. I move — a lot!!! I spend 90 minutes per day on my bike commuting from my new home to my studio. And then there’s are thew weights. So every meal is my favorite, and every time of day is my favorite time to eat. If there is one special one, its my before-bedtime apple and cheese…. SAVORY ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Hope says:

    I don’t really have a favorite time to eat, I guess. But sometimes I still struggle with night time eating. As in I’ll come home, and be ravenous because I forgot my afternoon snack or something, and proceed to clean out the kitchen. But that doesn’t happen often, thank goodness.

  12. Sagan says:

    I’m a morning person, too. I like eating a really good quality breakfast. And I don’t like to eat late at night – ideally, I like stopping by 6pm (doesn’t happen very often, but I always feel much better when I stop a good 4 or 5 hours before going to sleep).

    Right now, I’m working on trying to make sure that enjoying my alone time DOESN’T mean enjoying time chowing down on food in the privacy of my own home. It’s too easy to over-indulge when no one is watching. But that’s not healthy.

  13. Kate says:

    I wonder how many of us would lose weight automatically if televisions were somehow zapped from all of our homes. Eating in front of the t.v…what a past time.

    My favorite time to eat is first thing in the morning, because I am HUNGRY ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Cynthia (It All Changes) says:

    I love Lunch! I like to eat at our coffee shop in a rush or for meetings. And I live just upstairs from my office so I can make wacky creations. Dinner I don’t always have time for and my stomach changes from day to day on breakfast. Lunch it is!

  15. Jane says:

    I love my breakfast–almost always an oatmeal with walnuts, raisins, apples, and peaches. (I think the Europeans call this muesli). My least favorite time to eat is lunch. I don’t like the usual sandwiches, and a full dinner-style meal would be too much. I also like a late afternoon snack of hummus and a few rice crackers. I used to have a favorite meal that started in the morning and went until evening–that was my all-day grazing meal. Can’t do that anymore–and thankfully, I don’t want to!

  16. Angela (the diet book junkie) says:

    i LOVE breakfast. coffee, cereal, muffins, yum. i always eat the bulk of my calories in the morning and dwindle down throughout the day. during the day is when i need the energy (obviously) and i don’t like going to bed on a full stomach, so this works for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Tami says:

    I like lunch and dinner the most. I like the family meal in the evening when we all get to catch up on what happened during the day. I like cooking something I know they will enjoy eating and the shared experience.

  18. Taryl says:

    I still like evening eating, so I just try to save some calories for a nice dessert like chocolate chips or a chai tea before bed, so I don’t binge instead.

    I do feel better with lunch being my biggest meal rather than dinner, though, and that is a big change. I sleep better with a lighter dinner and have more energy with a substantial lunch.

  19. Amy says:

    I can really relate to this post, as I used to do the same thing – put the kids to bed and then go crazy eating. It took me a long time to change this habit but I finally managed to break it and now I don’t eat once dinner is done and the kitchen is cleaned up. I still have a hard time with snacking between about 3 and 6 pm – I find I am often very hungry at this time of day and am still trying to work out a strategy for dealing with this.

  20. blackhuff says:

    The eating after dinner thing sounds so much like me 2 weeks ago. It’s been 2 weeks now since I have started exercising and eating right (portion control). It seems so boring not having something to eat in my hand while watching television. I can so relate to you.

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