FIT Friday: Resisting the nighttime munchies

November 21, 2014

Just random tangent to start out with...
The other night on date night we got stuck in Anthropologie ( I wonder who's fault that was HA )
I fell in love with their darling mitts and aprons!
THIS ONE kind of stole my heart.
Not sure if it's functional but I told my husband I would feel cute cooking.

On to the topic for today.
So I was reading health articles the other day....
( just because that's what I like to do in my spare time #coolkid )

I read that the average American gains 5-10 pounds during Thanksgiving and Christmas....
Because I'm slightly passionate about this kind of stuff it makes my heart SO sad!

I believe this slight increase on the scale starts when those leaves fall....
So rewind to the beginning of FALL.
I LOVE fall.
Don't get me wrong.
I love the cool crisp air, finally being able to wear boots, the leaves, the goodies... everything about it.

HOWEVER, for some reason, the season of FALL makes it easier to gain weight.

You somehow justify making treats all week and eating way too many pumpkin goodies but
 you tell yourself it's ok, because "IT'S THE HOLIDAYS!" ( and it's not swimsuit season )
Pretty sure I'm guilty of this!

Maybe you don't feel that way, ( and if you don't, you are superman )
but I feel the need to make desserts constantly.
Pinterest I could punch you!

These night time munchies are DANGEROUS.

I have the biggest sweet tooth.
I'm the type of person that eats something salty and has to have something sweet right after or my taste buds can't take it!

Ask my husband,
It's bad.

SO, I have to force myself to cut off the sweets at night time.

Before I address this topic, Let me first say, that IT IS the Holidays! 
I'm not some crazy fanatic that is going to tell you to not eat sweets for 3 months.
It is my favorite time of year and should be enjoyed to the fullest!
HOWEVER, just because it's the Holiday's doesn't mean that you "let yourself go".
You will pay for it when January comes around.

As long as everything is in moderation... You will be just fine.

Lets talk about the danger that puts on those pounds!
I call it "Nighttime Munchies"
You are generally not active in the evening which causes ALL those calories sit with you all night long
and convert into fat over night.
Don't think about it too hard, HA it's kind of gross.

I give myself the weekend to splurge but try and stay as good as I can in the week so that if I gain a pound or 2 over the weekend it can usually come off in the week if I'm strict with myself. HA
It's this crazy cycle that works for me and my body.

ANYWAYS....Here are my 5 tricks and tips.

#1. Cut eating at 7:30 or 8 ( at the latest )

Try and cut off eating about 3 hours before you go to bed.
This is hard. 
Especially when you are watching a good show and want a snack....
But I promise, you will feel a million times better in the morning.
You won't go to bed full or bloated and you will wake up hungry.
( I LOVE waking up hungry HA )
I try and do this Monday through Thursday. 
Makes all the difference.

#2. Have 5 different kinds of gum in your house

So now you are asking - well what do I do if I get the munchies after 8 PM?!
"EXTRA" dessert delight gum is my nighttime best friend.
My personal favorite is the Key Lime Pie gum.
I also love the Watermelon.
As soon as 7:30 hits I will throw a piece of gum in my mouth.
I like the sweet gum at night because it makes me feel like I'm eating something sweet.


This is key.
Sometimes your body thinks you are hungry but in all reality, you are just thirsty.
99 percent of Americans DO NOT drink enough water.

Water will fill you up after enough glasses ha trust me.

**ALSO! Secret tip : Sometimes I make crystal light lemonade at night.
It's 0 calories and 0 sugar and the taste is enough to make it feel like I'm having something sweet.

#4. Brush your teeth

I brush my teeth at about 8 o clock.
No one wants to brush their teeth twice in a row.
HA plus things don't taste as good one you have a toothpaste mouth.

#4. Give yourself one or two nights a week to "TREAT yourself"

So if I know I am having a dinner with friends or going out on a date with my husband,
 I will set aside those nights as my "treat" nights.
Still enjoy the holiday goodies but in moderation on certain days of the week.
It will help you get through the "strict nights" of the week if you have good treats to look forward too:)

For example. Thanksgiving is next Thursday.
Meaning Monday through Wednesday will be strict - no late night snacks - 
and Thankgiving is obviously FREE DAY!
I'm doing it, so you guys better do it with me!

That all being said, there are some nights where you just need snacks. 
I wish I could say I followed that strict nighttime eating regiment 7 days a week but I DON'T.
So here are my top favorite snacks that cure the sweet tooth without the fat, sugar and calories.

Believe it or not but popcorn is one of the best snacks you can eat!
Don't get all excited and think it's the movie theater kind - HA no.
The healthy kind. I really like the "Smart Balance" brand. 
( but there are lots of "light" popcorn options )
** Just make sure you are buying the 94% fat free.

I LOVE popcorn because.... 
A. You can eat A LOT for a small amount of calories!
 ( For half the bag of popcorn (( which is like 200 popcorn kernals! HA )) it's only 110 calories and 2 grams of fat )
B. It has awesome amounts of fiber.
C. and maybe the biggest one - it's no sugar. So it makes me feel like I'm having a treat without putting excess sugar in my body.

FRUIT with a little Vanilla yogurt
This is a good option ( without the fat ) if you have a sweet tooth!
My favorite vanilla yogurt is the "Dannon light and fit vanilla yogurt"
( I buy the big 4 serving carton of it every week )

Also a good option ( without the fat ) if you have a sweet tooth!
I love the white chocolate kind!

APPLE and Peanut butter
Apples are super sweet and it's proven that they make you feel full and satisfy the sweet tooth!
I like them with a little peanut butter.

Small bowl of cereal
OK I LOVE cereal. Aaron and I are obsessed.
Cereal gets a little dangerous because it doesn't fill you up.
Meaning you can eat 2 servings easily, which is about 250 calories ( with the milk ) and not feel full.
Be careful. Measure out one serving and call it quits.

** If anyone wants advice on getting carried away with cereal, just call my husband.
He understands the danger.
You should see his mile high bowls of frosted flakes.

SIDE NOTE : If you are going to have dessert, it is better for you to have it earlier than later.
The later it gets, the more dangerous those calories are.
Just remember that.

Seriously guys think of me when you want a treat at 10 PM and stick a piece of gum in your mouth.
It will be worth it!

Happy Friday!

One little monkey jumped on the bed....

November 19, 2014

He luckily did NOT fall off and bump his head.

But he did stay up way too late,
2 hours past his wonderful bedtime of 8.

He wore his Christmas pj's and laughed so hard he cried,
Until he started to rub those sleepy eyes...

One little monkey,
all tuckered out, 

Sweetest little boy in the world...
No doubt.

All of the sudden... it's freezing.

November 17, 2014

I apologize for my short absence,
I have been living up every moment with my sweet mamma!
My mom flew in to Houston this past week.
Sometimes you just need a little boost in life :) and she came to hang out with me for 4 days.

Talk about a really REALLY happy boost.

Moms are the best.

We Christmas shopped our lives away ( my mother - in - law and mom combined are dangerous! ) laughed way too much, and ate a lot of really good food.

We miss her already.

Weather wise, it went from being in the 70's to 50 degrees!
( in the 30's at night time! )
Which trust me, for Houston, is no joke people.

All of the sudden... it's FREEZING!!

I know we are weak sauce when it comes to the cold in the south but seriously with the humidity in the air - the cold bites to the bone!
I secretly like it because I can finally layer all my clothes.
We pulled out our beanies and winter coats this last week!

We just got home ( as we speak ) from a short road trip!
My sweet husband was sworn in as an OFFICIAL TEXAS ATTORNEY in Austin, TX TODAY!

Um it was pretty dang cool.
( more to come on that )

I'm like the proudest wife ever.
I can't believe we are done.

Gosh I love these two.
And yes, Ryan is still missing his "fang" teeth. LAST TWO LEFT!!!
HA Aaron and I are making bets on him still teething at 6 years old.

Here's to bundling up tonight and my husband bracing for my ice cold toes in bed.
But seriously.

Every one stay warm!!!

P.S. ONE last day to enter the Custom design Christmas card giveaway!
(( I just got my Christmas cards in the mail and I LOVE them! ))