How to Curb Late-Night Snacking in just 21 Days

March 18, 2014 · 12 comments

“How do I stop the cycle of binge snacking?” is a question that I often do not feel adequate myself to answer seeing as I still struggle with it, working from my 650 square foot apt where my desk is also my kitchen counter top. It is a problem many of you have. I know this because you told me on Facebook when I asked for video suggestions last month.

This video is part of the LISTERINE® 21 Day Challenge. Studies have shown that it takes 21 days to form a new healthy habit. Believe it or not, oral hygiene effects your overall health which is why I’m participating in the #swishselfie contest, too. Submit your own photo, and share with a friend on Facebook for a chance to win $500 every week right here. Listerine is also donating $5 to Oral Health America for every submission! Swishing Listerine around in your mouth is not one of the tips in my video below, although it could have been!

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If you do not have sound on your computer, here are the tips below:

1. Eat enough calories throughout the day through balanced meals. Many of you try to eat 1200 calories a day, end up starving and eating 1000 when you get home at night… after dinner! Don’t skimp on your meals. Load up on veggies, protein, heart healthy fats and good carbs!

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2. Ban trigger foods from cupboards. Out of sight, out of mind. I’m not saying to never have these foods, but only enjoy when in the company of others so you don’t binge. Stock up on healthier options like fruits and veggies or air popped popcorn. I also love hummus, almonds, low sugar/high protein bars and string cheese. Keep them in plain view, already washed and ready to eat.

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3. Distract yourself after a meal to avoid the urge to eat out of boredom or habit. Occupy the next 20-45 minutes after a meal with a Hollywood gossip magazine, paint your fingernails or call a friend. You could even try oil pulling – which I have yet to test.

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4. Do some light exercises like walking, yoga or meditating. It will help you realize if you really are hungry or not and help you focus on what it is that your body wants.

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5. Write down everything you eat and note how it makes you feel! Take note of when the urges to snack occur and prepare yourself with healthy snacks or by eating bigger meals. Maybe it’s a certain food that always makes you hungrier after you eat it. A journal will help you figure this out.

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Don’t forget to submit your own #SwishSelfie to be entered to win $500 each week. Listerine is also donating $5 to Oral Health America for every submission.

Side note: I had a disgruntled reader leave a comment about my relationships Aldi and now Listerine. When I first started working as a full time blogger, it was hard to turn down sponsorship opportunities because I was barely making enough money to pay my rent. Now that my blog has a few legs to stand on, I am very selective as to who I work with and I decided to share with you the criteria as to how I decide who to work with.

#1. Many brands featured on my blog and in my videos are not sponsoring me, have never paid me or sent me any free product.

#2. I am not perfect and neither is my diet. I don’t expect you guys to be either. I do not promote products made with sucralose. That is a hard limit for me. I do not promote products that use aspartame either but I do chew gum that is made with it. I wish I didn’t and I stop for months at a time but I do chew it.

#3. I wish I could eat all organic but I’m too frugal to always eat that way. When roomie goes grocery shopping to make us dinner and he buys the regular sausage, the crazy in me wants to go return it for the organic but it’s not going to kill me (or you!) once in awhile. I try to eat 75% of the time an organic diet but it doesn’t always happen. I eat out a lot, and I highly doubt my meals are always organic living in Boston. If I don’t do it, I certainly don’t expect all of you to do it – therefore, I feel like doing a grocery haul with all organic products is not helpful or realistic which is why I buy a mix to balance my own budget and why sometimes I work with a brand that some of you question. My viewers who live in “food deserts” rarely have the ability to buy some of the affordable items I feature from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. These products are often their only options.

#4. Even if I agree with the ingredient list, if I don’t like the product or wouldn’t recommend it to my mother, then I won’t promote it. For example, I was sent a breakfast item to try. Every time I made it, I was hungrier after eating it and wanted to eat sugar the rest of the day. I respectfully declined the offer. This happens often.

#5. Sometimes, a brand comes along and you would be stupid not to want to get involved with like Aldi. I didn’t know much about Aldi before my campaign, but I have honestly gone 5 times since the middle of April. That place is amazing. If your location is “dirty”, I’m sorry, mine isn’t all that great either but I did get a week’s worth of groceries on Sunday for $50 for two people. Clearly my YouTube viewers love their Aldis by reading the comments.

This is my business. I do not sell products like my peers. Blogilates has her bags and fashion line, Tone It Up has their meal plan, etc. Would I like to change this business model, yes? Do I have time to create a product that I think you guys need to buy, not exactly. My book is pretty amazing though and the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. If you like my videos and workouts, I hope you trust my opinion that the products I choose to work with are genuinely amazing. You don’t have to agree with me, but if you respectfully disagree, tell me why and I’ll probably write back a heartfelt response.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maura March 18, 2014 at 3:44 pm

I love these ideas – especially painting your nails. This also give you an excuse to make your boyfriend do the dishes ;)

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2 Chelsea L March 18, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Hey everyone,
Sarah is definitely telling the truth, that if you disagree with her and leave a respectful comment (even if it’s critical), she’ll reply with a heartfelt response. I left her a critical comment a few weeks ago, and she really surprised me with her respect and tact. Kudos, Sarah!
:)

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3 Alison March 18, 2014 at 4:28 pm

I completely agree! I read some blogs where every product is linked to an affiliate page, it’s a huge turn off. Plus I like how every product post has a disclaimer so we know which product was given to you for review. If anyone expects someone to blog full time without utilizing sponsorship or forming partnerships with different brands, they’ve clearly never blogged before!

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4 Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment March 18, 2014 at 5:37 pm

I have to agree! I’ve seen you reply very tactfully to some questionable comments. I feel if people really have issues they should go read something else. People are sometimes critical for absolutely no reason.

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5 Kim @ FITsique March 18, 2014 at 7:49 pm

I had to create a healthy version of my favorite dessert to keep my physique!~ My favorite is Ice cream so I now mix plain greek yogurt with peanut butter and sugar free jello mix and freeze it for a healthy alternative and don’t feel deprived!

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6 Kate @ Coffee with Kate March 18, 2014 at 9:11 pm

These are great ideas. I often have a late-night sugar or food craving. I’ll try mouth wash … not a huge oil pulling fan yet!!

You shouldn’t need to defend yourself and your lifestyle but you did so in a very graceful manner. You rock!

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7 Megan@Run Like a Grl March 18, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Writing my food down really works for me! Love the rest of these tips too!

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8 Runner Girl Eats March 19, 2014 at 6:48 am

I def do the paint your nails trick. I also brush my teeth immediately after dinner to avoid mindless snacking…nothing tastes good after that!

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9 Emma @ Life's A Runner March 19, 2014 at 8:05 am

I’ve really been struggling with the evening eating and I think that this will really help me learn to listen to my body. Thank you!

I also find it so admirable how transparent you are willing to be about sponsorships, etc. :)

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10 Katie March 19, 2014 at 11:01 am

Sarah! I LOVE your honesty and how genuine you are. I couldn’t agree more with sharing with people realistic ways to live a healthy and balanced life. There are few people in the world, who can afford to exclusively shop all organic and only at places like Whole Foods. Partnerships are a essential to monetizing blogging, and I think that you are doing a great job of picking and choosing who you build those with. Kudos!

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11 Ron March 27, 2014 at 11:16 am

This was really done in sheer effort. You practically wrote every technique there is that would fit everyone in their own battle against late night snacking. I had my share of late night snacking but let me just share this one effective mean for me that put a halt to my incessant food craving. I was browsing through a blog about medical diseases and their worst cases. There were lots of gruesome images that I wished I didn’t see. I think I don’t need to elaborate on that. Those images were etched in my memory but I just can’t help but remember it, especially when I eat. It happened just this week so the memory is a bit fresh. And that curbed my late night snacking and over eating.

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12 Leslie July 13, 2014 at 12:47 am

Wow. Stumbled across this post after reading the “Stitch Fix Haul” post from 7/10/14. I am surprised. Whomever criticized you about your connections with Aldi and Listerine must have left one Hell of a comment. I am glad your blog does not promote specific products. I am glad you do not sell a “brand” (i.e. Tone It Up’s Beach Babe, Perfect Fit or Nutrition plans). You seem to be a “normal” person and realize buying 100% organic is NOT feasible for most people. You seem to realize most people WILL have cheat days and weeks. You seem to promote healthy lifestyle habits that are attainable for most people. Your first book was fabulous. It looks like the Adidas Woman partnership is going well. Keep doing what you are doing :-)

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