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? Diane