Please tell me I’m not the only one that immediately gets the munchies as soon as the kids are down for the night. I’m not hungry. I just love winding down with a good snack (or ten) at the end of the night. If you’re like me and this is your biggest downfall, you may enjoy these 21 alternatives to indulging those nightly cravings.
- Take a bath.
- Meditate. You can do a quick 10 minute meditation to get grounded. If you haven’t tried the Headspace App it’s a great resource, with guided meditations
- Read a book. Especially one that gets you motivated or inspired. If you haven’t read How to Have your Cake and your Skinny Jeans Too, it’s a great read about mindful eating
- Write down your goals for the following day, week, or month
- Do something you love to do, such as scrapbooking, drawing, writing, reading a novel, etc.
- Do some relaxing yoga, or stretching
- Write a letter, email, or text to a friend you haven’t talked to in a little while
- Listen to an inspirational podcast
- Go for a walk (maybe bring a friend, especially if it’s dark out)
- Plan out your meals for the week and/or do some food prep to set yourself up for success the following day/week
- Call a friend or have a good conversation with your spouse
- Play Wii fit, or another fun game
- Have a fun date night with your spouse or a girlfriend. You could even stay home and have a fort/movie night, or play some board games or classic Nintendo games
- Visualize yourself at your goal weight (or desired health and fitness level)
- Look up some information on positive affirmations and plan out a few to focus on in the coming week
- Journal or make a to do list for the following day. Getting your thoughts down on paper can help to clear your head
- Drink a cup of tea
- Go through and organize old photos. These can be printed photos, or the folders of pictures on your computer. This can be a lot of fun. Bonus points if you actually order some of them as prints to display in your home 🙂
- Start a new DIY project (or finish an old one)
- Love yourself! Do some research on the power of positive thinking and the effects of negative and toxic thoughts, and make some goals for yourself in this area
- Go to bed early. Getting a good night’s sleep is an important part of any health and fitness journey. If you’re tired, go to bed instead of staying up to watch TV or browse Facebook on your phone
My last piece of advice would be to break any habits that you feel encourage your nightly munching (or bingeing). If you always snack while you are watching TV at night, maybe take a few weeks off nightly TV watching until you can break that habit. Another option is to replace eating with something else. Sometimes I’ll browse Pinterest (especially health and fitness boards) or crochet while I watch TV at night. Having something to do with my hands helps me refrain from snacking mindlessly.
What do you do when the nightly munchie cravings hit? I would love to hear your strategies in the comments below!