I’m embarrassed, but I need your help!

Okay, so I have a problem, and it’s kind of hard for me to talk about.

I tried once…

Let me go back to when I was pregnant.  I was young.  After losing a bunch of weight in high school I never really had to worry about what I ate.  When I got pregnant I wasn’t exactly eating healthy all the time.  And then I started doing this thing.  I would wake up in the middle of the night and go and eat a cookie, or a spoonful of ice cream, or a piece of candy.  I don’t know why I started doing this.  I just chalked it down to one of those pregnancy things.

So after Justine was born, I figured all these quirky things I was doing would end until one morning I woke up with a half eaten granola bar in  my hand.  *Shaking my head* Go ahead and laugh. 🙂  I called my friend and was telling her about it, hoping she would give me some advice, but instead she laughed at me, and still laughs at me when we get together and she brings it up.  She was the last person I told.

So now 8 years later… I still do it.  I still get up in the middle of the night to get a little treat to eat.  I don’t know why I do it.  I don’t know how to stop.  I’m not alert enough in the middle of my sleep to stop myself from eating something.  I wake up in the morning and get upset when I realize what I have done.  It’s not every night, but lately it has been getting a little more frequent.  Am I crazy?  Is there something wrong with me?  Has anyone else had this problem?

I’ve wanted to write this post for a while now, but honestly I am embarrassed.  I can laugh at myself too. It’s one of those things that you say out loud and then giggle before anyone else laughs, so you can be the first one to laugh at yourself.  Anywho… if you have any suggestions on how I can stop this nonsense I would GREATLY appreciate it. 

And now onto the eats…

I bet you can’t guess what I had for breakfast….

Yup... it's a green monster

I changed it up a little this morning.  In my green monster I had 2 cups spinach, 1 cup Vanilla Rice milk, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup blueberries, and 1 tbs white chocolate macadamia butter.  Yum! 

My snacks consisted of

1/2 cup Chobani vanilla yogurt, 1/2 banana, and 1/4 cup brown sugar pecans

bowl ol' tangerines

Lunch was a big mexican salad… in the bowl went 3 cups romaine, 1/4 cup shredded cheese, 1/2 cup Trader Joe’s cuban style black beans, tomatoes, onions, Wholly Guacamole, and a little salsa.  Yumm-o! Afterwards I was really craving something sweet, so I thought I would try drinking a little hot chocolate (made with water) to see if that would satisfy my sweet tooth.  And you know what it did the trick!

Starbucks Toasted Marshmallow

Dinner… leftover pizza, but that’s the end of it.

And I might make me some banana soft serve, but I haven’t decided on that yet.

Exercise…

45 minutes on the treadmill!

Today was a good day!

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9 Responses to “I’m embarrassed, but I need your help!”

  1. Hally Says:

    At walmart they have these non permanent door bell ringer things. You put one half on the side of your door, and the other half on the wall that it closes against. When you go to sleep at night after you’ve purchased one and set it up on your fridge you can turn it into the ‘on’ position. If you wake up and open the fridge door, you’ll hear a chime or a ‘ding ding’ and it might wake you up enough to realize what you’re doing. Also, you can try a baby gate placed up high (say chest level) to close off your kitchen entry. If you bump into it while you’re lazily walking toward the kitchen- once again it might jar you awake enough to stop yourself. One last idea- put duct tape over you kitchen light switch before bed, if you can’t turn on your light when you’re on your way to ‘sleep eat’ the disorientation or confusion will wake you up. ( A combination of the three will work wonders LOL)

  2. lauravirginia Says:

    I have recently realized that my favorite blogs are the ones that are HONEST. We all have little “quirks,” and while they may feel embarrassing to us, there is always someone out there who can help! I don’t feel “licensed” to give advice on this, but have you ever talked to your doctor about this? There may be a deeper issue going on, and he may be able to refer you to a specialist. Worth looking in to! 🙂

    • kristisn Says:

      Thanks Laura. I had talked to my doctor about it before and his answer. Well, don’t get up and eat 🙂 I don’t think he realizes that I don’t want to. Hopefully I’ll figure it out. It’s so strange.

  3. Jill Says:

    I do the same thing and have been for years. I don’t know how to stop it either.

  4. What Kate Ate Says:

    I dont have any specific suggestions but I have a lot of support to offer you! You can overcome this! A little bit of trial and error and you will conquer this.

  5. Jenn@slim-shoppin Says:

    Actually my brother in laws first wife did this and you know what they did? Put locks on the cabinets and fridge. She never remembered doing it, but the evidence was there when she woke up…

    After about a month, she stopped waking up.

    I like the baby gate idea and the duct tape idea. If its a struggle to get into the fridge or cabinets, then maybe it will help.

    So sorry about that, it’s got to be frustrating!


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