I recently heard the statistic SIXTEEN PERCENT of us eat or drink while watching television at night.
Even though Im a mindful eater, you’ll never find me
sacked out in exhaustion snuggled happily on the couch at night *without* some sort of a food stuff.
Beverly Hills Nannies? Episodes? The New Girl? my eyeballs may be on them but my mouth is always, happily elsewhere.
I’m a lifelong member of the 16 percent club and it works for me.
- My snacking isn’t entirely mindless. I may be 98% focused on Tamsin Greig, but I’ve made a MINDFUL choice before I plopped in from of the TV. I’ve taken a moment, been still, asked my bod what it wanted and brought specifically *that* downstairs—-not the whole bag/container etc. Researchers researchers found those who watch TV while eating consume an average of 228 calories more than those who did not—I believe I dont do this because I leave the bag of chips or ‘stachios IN THE KITCHEN? Ive also been told I night-snack because of my lifestyle. Im in bed early (10p) and up early. More than a few well meaning peeps have told me if I went to bed later/got up later Id not be a member of the 16%. They say my body *seeks* a night-snack to prevent the natural overnight “energy depletion” from sleep & to help me to get up and go go go.
- I enjoy it. I am, indeed, mindfully snacking my tv time away. I savor the sensations/tastes and the feeling of stress oozing from my bod & into the pleather couch. Life is short. Jack LaLanne lived to age 97. He ate very little, ingested no caffeine & had no dessert ever. His motto was: if it tastes good–spit it out!! My grandma lived to 101. She was active but also ate dessert, drank caffeine and if it tasted good she left it in her mouth. For me it’s the old joke about ascetic-living: “I may live longer not snacking ever at night…and it will feel a whole hell of a lot longer.” I set myself up for success with my choices (and really. this is what I crave. no willpower here at all) but I refuse to do the Oprah/Bob Greene stop eating at 7pm.
- It’s not junk. Be it my version of Yonanas (I want. I covet) or a frozen, chocolate protein shake eaten-by-spoon my night snackage typically has some sort of nutritional value. Experts say television can cause our memory to “skip” what we’re eating. Since Ive taken the time to prepare my night snackage (& sometimes theres a considerable time investment) there’s no way my memory is skipping. Especially since I usually leave the clean up till after The Countess is done.
- Im the expert of me. Ive mentioned “researchers” & “experts” a few times here—-and Im all for listening to them. Im a firm believer in reading, listening & information gathering. Always. That said, before I make any decisions, I grow still. I listen to my body. I remind myself Im the expert of me. And, for now, this expert says being a member of the sixteen percent is OK.
All of the above stated, Im still a grownasswoman.
I may night-snack my television time away—-but I don’t advocate this for the Tornado. She’s too young & too inexperienced with her own body.
Even if I perfectly & precisely portioned everything so she couldnt over eat (just mindlessly nosh) I do agree with experts who say eating while watching television overrides our ability to know when to stop eating. I’d just add ‘if youre not yet in tune with your hunger and why youre eating.”
I know the reason night-snacking works for me is because Ive had 43 years in this bod and KNOW what it needs.
Im the sixteen percent and, for right now, Im ok with it.
- Are you in the sixteen percent with me?
- Is this something you’re working to change
because you know after writing this post Im sitting here revising, editing and thinking WELL CRAP I NEED TO WRITE THE FOUR WAYS TO STOP THE NIGHT TIME SNACKAGE too. Like a good ole point/counter point.or are you, too, OK with it for now?
- Are you surprised, as I was, the percentage is so low?