It really gets people down….
They feel that they’ve done such a good job all day long, but end up sabotaging their own efforts once the sun goes down.
I have a few things I’d like to share with you about this topic, in case it’s something that you (or someone you know) struggles with.
The 1st one is more of a blanket statement about nutrition:
YOU ARE NOT DEFINED BY YOUR FOOD CHOICES.
Get the word “cheat” OUT of your vocabulary, as it relates to food. Cheating is something you do on a test, your spouse, or taxes…. And if you get caught, you’re in deep $#!t.
Just because you have a snack at 8pm doesn’t mean you are “so bad!!!” or “a total failure.”
Second: first decipher whether or not you are actually hungry, or if this is just part of your nighttime routine.
Very often, folks turn to the fridge or snack cabinet because it’s just “what they do” every night. There’s no need for the food, just a habit that triggers the action.
The solution here is to create external cues to engage in a different action, so that you can create a new habit. I talk in detail about this in my book.
Third: if you are actually physiologically hungry, then this is a good indicator that you’ve short changed yourself on nutrients earlier in the day. I see this all the time when examining people’s food journals.
The solution here is to be conscious of what you’re eating in the earlier part of the day, all the way back to your 1st meal of the day. Focus on getting enough protein in each meal you eat, and you’re a lot less likely to be scouring the snack cabinets later in the evening.
(We recommend at least 100g protein per day for our female clients and 120g per day for our male clients…. But this greatly varies person to person. For the most accurate #, we can perform a Nutritional Analysis that is 100% customized to you.)
I hope this helps! If you want to chat more in detail about any of this, simply email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can set up a time to chat!
- Coach Michelle
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