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If I give into hunger at night after dinner... what is the best thing to eat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 26, 2013 at 1:19 AM

A typical day for me is 2 eggs fried in butter, three slices of bacon with a tsp of ketchup. 6oz chicken in a salad for lunch with balsamic vinegar and olive oil and dinner is usually 6 oz of beef, chicken, seafood, or pork cooked in some type of oil or bacon grease with some veggies. I drink only water and that is anywhere from 96oz to 128oz.

AND sometimes I'm hungry after that... like by 8pm. IF I were to give in to this.... what is the best thing to eat as in protein, fat or carb (I'd highly doubt this last one)? I also think I should mention that I don't really work out too much except for those 30 day challenges here and there which are all strength training no cardio (for now).

Female, 5'4", 170lb 32% BF

Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks!

67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

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on June 27, 2013
at 07:00 PM

Also: if you haven't read Cordain's original book, check it out. Also, Robb Wolf's Paleo Solution is more ... updated? Cordain was swinging this like 25 years ago, so the more people do it over time, the more we learn; ie: almonds are okay but you tweak omega 3-6 balance eating too many almonds. If it's what you have, fine. Have some. Make up for it with tons of fish (or other choice to offset the 6s). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratios_of_Omega_3_to_Omega_6_in_different_foods Still fretting about Atkins veg? See this list. http://www.atkins.com/Program/Phase-1/What-You-Can-Eat-in-this-Pha

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on June 27, 2013
at 06:57 PM

Juls, When I say veg, I'm NOT saying corn (grain) or white potatoes! Think kale, chard, carrots, peppers (if you tolerate them, I can't, being nightshades), spinach, raw sauerkraut. Google their nutrition data. They're not 'starchy,' Atkins isn't anti-veg, not if you followed the real program (I did it, too!). That was NET carbs, not gross. I know a bunch of ppl who didn't read the book, just ate fat & meat thinking it was 'Atkins.' Also the point is getting your ENZYMES & nutrition from real foods, which includes low GI veg! Enjoy :)

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on June 27, 2013
at 01:57 PM

What's low carb ice cream? I'm intrigued! Maybe you should give an everyday treat a shot? It may help the feelings of deprivation. Plus my "dessert" is relatively healthy- no sugar, contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Granted portion control is still necessary, but weight loss and maintenance is much more mental than people think, right?

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on June 27, 2013
at 04:32 AM

do you take any supplements? do you add sea salt to your food?

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on June 27, 2013
at 02:33 AM

This sounds good, I never thought of that combo. I gave up my beloved hardboiled eggs when I gave up commercial mayo. I made my own with olive oil once and it tasted like straight O.O. so it scared me away. Always wanted to do baconaise but the idea of it only keeping a week has me thinking its not worth the time or ingredients. I hate the taste of egg yolk by itself so I definitely need something to cover it. I'm all for egg whites though.

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on June 27, 2013
at 02:31 AM

I can definitely agree w/ the emotional eating. I do know that sometimes I have something sweet when I'm feeling really out of control (not like real candy but maybe a little low carb ice cream -- this is rare). I came over from Atkins so my idea of cheating is having cheese and a low carb wrap haha. I expect to be a little more hungry than usual for a few days when I do that. When I first started, I was making elaborate meals. Now my time has dwindled drastically so for the next month my only option is plain and simple. I too have lost a lot of wt. so I suffer from feelings of deprivation.

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on June 27, 2013
at 02:25 AM

Lily, I'm still very much a newbie to Paleo. I've been on the ups and downs of Atkins since early 2011 and when I was brave enough to switch to Paleo/Primal a few months ago, I did. I'm still trying to lose weight so I stay away from fruit and starchy veggies. Where I'm having a hard time is Atkins makes fat and protein the major parts of your diet with carbs as the lowest portion. Your suggestion of adding more veggies doesn't conflict with losing weight on Paleo? I'm seriously asking... it's amazing how Atkins brainwashed me :(

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on June 27, 2013
at 02:22 AM

I love nuts... but I have little self control when it comes to eating just a serving size or less. Thank you for the suggestion.

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on June 27, 2013
at 02:21 AM

It's Heinz Sugar Free Ketchup. I know.... its processed. I came from Atkins to Paleo/Primal so I'm slowly adjusting. The big thing I thought I couldn't live without was cheese, sour cream and mayo when I switched but I've done it. It's very rare that I eat cheese (usually when I'm cheating). I hate the taste of eggs by itself... which is why I still use pastured butter because frying eggs in coconut oil leaves much to be desired according to my pallet. I eat like clockwork 8:30a, 12pm and 4-5pm give or take 30 minutes. Its habit from doing Atkins. I'm working on this... one day at a time :(

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on June 26, 2013
at 08:27 PM

celery, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes...

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on June 26, 2013
at 02:39 PM

make a nice cup of herbal tea and get some rest! eat a larger breakfast, lunch and inner the next day. make sure you are plenty hydrated and eating adequate and diverse proteins and fats, and are getting the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals.

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197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

on June 26, 2013
at 01:11 PM

I snack on protein, such as leftover steak, liver, etc. If I don't eat enough protein at dinner, or eat too much carbs during the day, or go to bed too late, I get really hungry. Ideally, I like to eat a good amount of meat at dinner and go to sleep within 4 hours.

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on June 26, 2013
at 05:45 PM

Is it commercial ketchup? Might try to eliminate it or cut it down to a half tsp ... sugar can be a trigger and a tsp isn't much but...

On the rare occasions when I get hungry after dinner I usually just scramble a couple of eggs and that's very satisfying. I usually eat dinner somewhere between 6-8 though so with a bedtime of 9-10 there's not much time so it pretty much never happens. Personally the "late" dinner works great but I know some prefer to eat earlier. I'm also a dairy eater because of gourmet cheeses, a few bites of a really good quality cheese is happy time.

I only eat twice a day though and that works for me.

3a08a1aa9b56b8270ab44d0198feafa0

(10)

on June 27, 2013
at 02:21 AM

It's Heinz Sugar Free Ketchup. I know.... its processed. I came from Atkins to Paleo/Primal so I'm slowly adjusting. The big thing I thought I couldn't live without was cheese, sour cream and mayo when I switched but I've done it. It's very rare that I eat cheese (usually when I'm cheating). I hate the taste of eggs by itself... which is why I still use pastured butter because frying eggs in coconut oil leaves much to be desired according to my pallet. I eat like clockwork 8:30a, 12pm and 4-5pm give or take 30 minutes. Its habit from doing Atkins. I'm working on this... one day at a time :(

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on June 26, 2013
at 05:27 AM

Protein or fat are my go to snacks. Sometimes i will have a snack at 4 am if im starving. Its usually a can of tuna in olive oil with mustard or half a banana smeared with coconut oil and a spoon of almond butter. If i have beef sticks in the pantry, i will have that since its in a wrapper and not messy at all.

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on June 26, 2013
at 01:21 AM

I would add some nuts to your lunch. For me if I dont eat enough fat during the day I get hungry at night generally for something sweet.

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on June 27, 2013
at 02:06 AM

If I am hungry after dinner, I eat something VERY light. Usually I have a small stick of mozzarella cheese. If you handle dairy, this is good and satiating. Many people say that they eat large meals shortly before bed and sleep well. However, for me, the opposite is true. I have to eat a very small snack if I am eating before bed or else I will not be able to sleep well. Try each and see what works for you. Also, I would suggest getting to bed early-ish. I go to bed between 10 and 11pm. I find that when I stay up too late, the cravings are stronger. It has something to do with hormones, just google "night eating syndrome." Hunger or cravings can get out of control very late at night.

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on June 26, 2013
at 09:50 PM

I like a hardboiled egg and olive oil with some type of spice.

3a08a1aa9b56b8270ab44d0198feafa0

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on June 27, 2013
at 02:33 AM

This sounds good, I never thought of that combo. I gave up my beloved hardboiled eggs when I gave up commercial mayo. I made my own with olive oil once and it tasted like straight O.O. so it scared me away. Always wanted to do baconaise but the idea of it only keeping a week has me thinking its not worth the time or ingredients. I hate the taste of egg yolk by itself so I definitely need something to cover it. I'm all for egg whites though.

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50a12c595436b7620224676a2ae4acb9

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on June 26, 2013
at 08:02 PM

All of the suggestions to beef up your meals are great: adding veggies (especially leaf green ones) and protein. Herbal tea was another good one. However, I'm wondering if this is a mental thing? If you're experiencing true hunger in your stomach, you can just ignore everything that follows...

If I find myself hungry or craving something something after dinner it usually means I'm bored, lonely, stressed etc or that I didn't particularly like what I ate. In which case I leave the dining room and grab a book (or lurk on PaleoHacks). Do you like the food you eat or do you merely tolerate it? I'm not saying you should become a foodie or love food or feel overwhelming pleasure from everything you eat but eating is a sensory experience and if you're in this for the long haul then eating "Paleo" should be enjoyable.

Likewise this also may not apply to you and your goals but for a long time I struggled with feelings of depravation after losing a lot of weight. So far I've maintained my weight loss for two years and one this that helps me a lot is including a "treat" every day. Right now I'm loving a big mug of unsweetened cocoa and hot water, but I've also done bakers chocolate (I'd suggest either if you are looking for a snack) and in my pre paleo days, pretzel m&ms.

3a08a1aa9b56b8270ab44d0198feafa0

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on June 27, 2013
at 02:31 AM

I can definitely agree w/ the emotional eating. I do know that sometimes I have something sweet when I'm feeling really out of control (not like real candy but maybe a little low carb ice cream -- this is rare). I came over from Atkins so my idea of cheating is having cheese and a low carb wrap haha. I expect to be a little more hungry than usual for a few days when I do that. When I first started, I was making elaborate meals. Now my time has dwindled drastically so for the next month my only option is plain and simple. I too have lost a lot of wt. so I suffer from feelings of deprivation.

50a12c595436b7620224676a2ae4acb9

(128)

on June 27, 2013
at 01:57 PM

What's low carb ice cream? I'm intrigued! Maybe you should give an everyday treat a shot? It may help the feelings of deprivation. Plus my "dessert" is relatively healthy- no sugar, contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Granted portion control is still necessary, but weight loss and maintenance is much more mental than people think, right?

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67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

(704)

on June 26, 2013
at 07:30 PM

I don't know if you're working on body comp or not but I'm assuming you may be since you're trying to avoid another feeding.

1) eat more veg during meals. Take your plate and fill it with almost all veg, then add protein and fat that you're eating now BUT set some aside. For one, this is giving you all kinds of great nutrients and enzymes but also it's BULK to feel fuller

2) Now, pick up that fat & protein -- you should really only need a couple of bites worth that you sneaked out of earlier meals that day for your 'snack.' This way, you're eating mostly the same calories with an increase in veg, which is going to help overall nutrition as well as fill up some, meaning you won't feel hungry during the day.

I know some people like to eat 2 meals, 3 meals, 5 or 6 meals...I'm suggesting a way so that you won't have to deal with hunger AND that you'll be getting your necessary nutrition whilst working on body comp.

67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

(704)

on June 27, 2013
at 07:00 PM

Also: if you haven't read Cordain's original book, check it out. Also, Robb Wolf's Paleo Solution is more ... updated? Cordain was swinging this like 25 years ago, so the more people do it over time, the more we learn; ie: almonds are okay but you tweak omega 3-6 balance eating too many almonds. If it's what you have, fine. Have some. Make up for it with tons of fish (or other choice to offset the 6s). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratios_of_Omega_3_to_Omega_6_in_different_foods Still fretting about Atkins veg? See this list. http://www.atkins.com/Program/Phase-1/What-You-Can-Eat-in-this-Pha

67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

(704)

on June 27, 2013
at 06:57 PM

Juls, When I say veg, I'm NOT saying corn (grain) or white potatoes! Think kale, chard, carrots, peppers (if you tolerate them, I can't, being nightshades), spinach, raw sauerkraut. Google their nutrition data. They're not 'starchy,' Atkins isn't anti-veg, not if you followed the real program (I did it, too!). That was NET carbs, not gross. I know a bunch of ppl who didn't read the book, just ate fat & meat thinking it was 'Atkins.' Also the point is getting your ENZYMES & nutrition from real foods, which includes low GI veg! Enjoy :)

3a08a1aa9b56b8270ab44d0198feafa0

(10)

on June 27, 2013
at 02:25 AM

Lily, I'm still very much a newbie to Paleo. I've been on the ups and downs of Atkins since early 2011 and when I was brave enough to switch to Paleo/Primal a few months ago, I did. I'm still trying to lose weight so I stay away from fruit and starchy veggies. Where I'm having a hard time is Atkins makes fat and protein the major parts of your diet with carbs as the lowest portion. Your suggestion of adding more veggies doesn't conflict with losing weight on Paleo? I'm seriously asking... it's amazing how Atkins brainwashed me :(

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on June 26, 2013
at 07:24 PM

I know that dairy is frowned upon in many Paleo circles, but 1/2-3/4 cup of cottage cheese keeps me full: it's the slow digesting casein.

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on June 26, 2013
at 02:30 PM

Nibble on a few walnuts and/or brazil nuts ... very slowly. You will find yourself satiated pretty soon. This is what I do if I feel hungry a couple hours after dinner.

_Lazza

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on June 27, 2013
at 02:22 AM

I love nuts... but I have little self control when it comes to eating just a serving size or less. Thank you for the suggestion.

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