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How to Combat a Middle-of-the-Night Sweet Tooth

Weigh In: How to Combat a Midnight Sweet Tooth?

If you're a runner, or have ever trained for a marathon, maybe you can offer some suggestions for FitSugar reader lroselei.

I'm a runner and am in pre-training to run a marathon. Just building my base runs. So all is good, however TWICE ALREADY I'VE GOTTEN UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND EATEN SWEET THINGS! I don't know what's going on. I am eating complex carbs and veggies and protein, lots during the day, and then it's like the sweet zombie comes alive after I start sleeping. LOL. I've been told to watch out about sugar intake and weight gain. My pants have actually started feeling looser and falling off a bit. I'm not worried so much about weight gain as I am about building a bad midnight cookie habit. Helpful ideas wanted, please. I feel like I'm sleepwalking when it happens! LOL.

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Mouzzer Mouzzer 7 years
Remember that the spices Cinnamon & Cardamon help regulate your blood sugar. Have some before bed. Yogi Tea is a nice option to get these spices!! It's not good to be getting up with cravings like this mostly, IMO, cause it is interrupting the sleep that you need. When you have something sweet like sugar (a stimulant) it will interfere from the most restful type of sleep your body needs. Also, make sure that you are getting plenty of the "Muscle" nutrient Magnesium now that you are training. This mineral plays double duty as it also helps you sleep better while repairing and restoring your muscles. So eat your spinach and drink your milk or fortified soy milk!! Hope this helps. Good luck!!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Could the cravings possibly be due to PMS (hormone-driven)? Personally, that's when I get the midnight sweet tooth, even after eaten plenty of nourishing foods.
1. Up your calories in the day. 2. Throw that tempting stuff away. You can't eat it if it's not there to tempt you. 3. Reserve eating sweets for a special occasion. So only eat those yummy delights when you've made a conscious decision to go out and get that wonderful treat. It helps if it's something that's not easily obtainable like fois gras or sirloin steak.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
I say embrace the craving. Eat a little something sweet before you go to bed, it will help with the middle of the night cravings. Doesn't have to be more than a piece or two of dark chocolate or chocolate-dipped strawberries.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 7 years
I'm with anon... don't keep junk in the house. Replace them with healthier sweet alternatives... like raisins, strawberries, grapes, etc. Eventually cookies and the like wont even taste good to you.
redmed redmed 7 years
Oh, I have this problem too! Both my boyfriend and I are runners and we have an incredible sweet tooth. We've actually named this phenomenon: the moo. Neither of us ever really craved sweets before we started running. I would have always picked salty foods over sweets in my past, but now I HAVE to have sweets. I say embrace it too. Running burns crazy calories, and your body is craving what it needs. As long as you don't go overboard every day. I always plan on treating myself after a long run, with something that is seriously high in calories (chicken wings and ice cream are my favorite). I have found that if you eat a lot after a long run, you won't crave so much during the week--or wake up in the middle of the night to eat. Cliff bars are great to have on hand though, for those late night snacks. They are healthy and satisfy a sweet tooth. Marathon training is a serious physical activity. Embrace the moo, and enjoy the process. This is probably the only time you can eat like this and get away with it! Good luck with the training!
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I craved sweets more when I was training for a marathon. I guess it's because you're body is using more carbs, so you start to naturally crave them. Don't keep junk food in your house. I would recommend eating something sweet but still healthy like grapes or an orange. Also, a banana with a little (natural!) peanut butter tastes like a dessert but is still healthy. I don't think you should feel bad about indulging in healthy sweets if you're actually hungry - just stay away from the processed junk.
imLissy imLissy 7 years
Maybe if you indulge in some healthy sweets during the day, you won't crave stuff at night? Try having a little dark chocolate, or fruit with whipped cream or something after dinner?
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