Jambalaya

Oh the ups and downs of weight loss. I am emotionally exhausted and drained from trying to deal with the nighttime munchies. I can't seem to grasp why I can do so well with staying on plan all day and then something happens to me at night! I transform into the Munchie Monster at midnight! Seriously, I mean I guess it could be worse... I could turn into a werewolf or a vampire (sorry I have the Halloween spirit in me, can you tell?)... they all do not have control on what they become. I, on the other hand, have the control somewhere inside of me, but I just haven't found it yet. It is just hard when this has been a habit of mine since I was little. Yes, THAT long! As they say, habits are hard to break just as quitting smoking.  I try to address the problem and then I give up and succumb to the world of high carbs. This is the main reason why I have been dealing with my weight for long. It is actually very strange. As soon midnight to 1 am rolls around, I wake up and go to the kitchen and indulge. For instance last night I had a hot dog and chips. I have had stranger in the middle of night. Luckily I did not gain from my 7th meal, but I did not lose either. Normally, I wouldn't have these types of food in the house which is why I would do so well on Medifast in the past, but since hubby is home from deployment, I am surrounded by junk food galore! My husband is such a sound sleeper that he does not even hear me get up to go to the kitchen at night. His solution to the problem... handcuff me to the bed! Oh yeah, that may help me with my eating disorder (Night Eating Syndrome) but he sure won't be happy when the bed is wet because we all know being on Medifast means being friends with the toilet! I am not giving up on my weight loss but I need to find a solution to my problem. Does anyone suffer from this or have any solutions? From searching on the Internet, I found some tips which are good for more than late night eating but cravings as well.


9 Tips to Stop Late Night Eating

1. Be sure to eat 3 good meals during the day with 1 or 2 between meal snacks. Most people try to eat too few calories during the day only to binge late at night. A good insurance policy is to eat most of your calories before 6 PM.

2. When you feel the urge to eat late at night, try drinking 2 or more cups of water. You can also make a cup of herbal tea sweeten with honey or artificial sugar. Hot liquids have a soothing effect on emotions and appetite.

3. Remind yourself that it's normal to feel hungry late at night due to habitually eating late. Breaking this habit is like learning to quit smoking. Remind yourself of your goal to lose 20 or 30 pounds and the key to losing this weight is to STOP late night eating.

4.Much of late night eating after dinner can be avoided by hiding the junk food. Put foods that you're prone to eat late at night out of sight. Better yet, don't buy junk food at all, though this may not be possible if you have kids.

5. Suck on hard candy. Most hard candy have only a few calories and they give you the satisfaction of snacking.

6. Keep a written copy of your diet plan in view, which will keep your goal of losing weight firmly fixed in your mind. The temptation to snack late at night will not be as great if you don't give into the urge for several weeks.

7. Some people have great success by simply brushing their teeth late at night. This method has been known to curb late night eating for many people.

8. The most vulnerable time for eating late is 1 hour after dinner right up to bedtime. Keep your life interesting by working on a favorite hobby and NOT watching TV. The ads on TV can subconsciously trigger the impulse to eat. Boredom is your biggest danger to late night eating.

9. Psyche yourself for the battle. You know that you will feel tempted to snack late at night. It's an artificial feeling that will go away when you go to bed. The next morning, you probably won't be hungry .... eat breakfast anyway .... it's the most important meal of the day.


I am going to try some of these tips out and see if any will help me because I know the Munchie Monster will return but this time I am going to try to be ready for him!

I remember eating jambalaya while growing up in Louisiana during my elementary school years when my dad was stationed at the Air Force Base in Alexandria, LA. I mostly  remember it containing rice, but this dish still satisfies the craving for one of my old time favorites. I think next time (and there will be a next time!), I am only going to add a 3/4 cup of diced tomatoes instead of 1 cup and add 1/4 cup of grated steamed cauliflower. The cooked and grated cauliflower makes a great substitute for rice and will be sure to solve my craving for the higher carb option. Overall, this was a delicious meal! I doubled the recipe so I would have some tomorrow! Enjoy!


Jambalaya

Ingredients:
1 link of Al Fresco Andouille Sausage, sliced (1/2 Lean)
3.5 oz Shrimp, cooked or 3 oz Chicken, cooked (1/2 Lean)
1/4 cup Green Peppers, chopped (1/2 Green)
1/4 cup Celery, chopped (1/2 Green)
 1 cup Canned, Diced Tomatoes - less than 5 g carbs per serving (2 Greens)
1/4 cup Water
1/4 tsp Paprika (1/2 Condiment)
1/4 tsp dried Oregano leaves (1/4 Condiment)
1/4 tsp dried Thyme leaves ( 1/4 Condiment)
1/4 tsp Garlic Salt (1 Condiment)
1 tsp Olive oil - I added this since I used shrimp and it needed a healthy fat (1 Healthy Fat)

Directions:
Saute green peppers and celery in olive oil until tender. If using chicken, lightly spray the pan with cooking spray. Add tomatoes, water, and spices. Cook until most of the liquid is boiled off. Stir in shrimp and sausage. Heat thoroughly.

1 Lean, 3 Greens, 2 Condiments and 1 Healthy Fat (for shrimp)




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