The witching hour or better known as the binging hour.
You know what I'm talking about. That time of the day where you need food in your life stat. The more calories the better.
You could have gone through the whole day turning down pastries from France, or chocolates from Paris but come the binging hour, you are scrambling through your cupboards trying to find anything that resembles something sweet... 3 year old lollypop anyone??
My binging hour is from 6 o'clock onwards. A time where my willpower seems to cease working. It is at this time of the afternoon where I hear this little voice in my head screaming at me to indulge!!
The only thing I can do to shut the bastard up, is to try and trick it by having a piece of fruit. This only works if I don't have anything to tempt me in the house because the truth is, if I was to open the fridge and there was a block of chocolate staring at me, well you know the rest of the story.
This is why we have absolutely NOTHING tempting in our house. That doesn't mean it works all the time though, who hasn't put the kids in the car for a corner store run and had to pay $5 more for a block of chocolate, then they would have at woolies? Who hasn't put the kids in the car and done a quick run to Maccas for an ice-cream sundae? Who hasn't put the kids in the car and driven to their parents house to raid their biscuit jar... (if my husband is reading this... then I am the person who has never done this.... ever)
During my journey I have read a lot of literature to find ways to help stop the binging hour. Here is a list of tips and tricks dieticians recommend to curb a sweet craving. Apparently these are the most popular.
Brush your teeth before eating.
This does not stop me at all, unless Im drinking orange juice, because tooth paste and Oj resembles the devils piss. But I do love mint flavoured things, so its a win win for me... clean teeth and peppermint flavoured chocolate.
Have you tasted hubba bubba? I could live off that sh*t...
Then there is the other brands of chewing gum that never really kick my cravings, they just annoy the absolute crap out of me when the flavour goes within 2 minutes of chewing! This is not a good thing, because when i'm annoyed I get hungry.
Hmm chewing gum, never ends well for me. (refer back to the time I had to get my hair cut like a boy when I fell asleep with some in my mouth, refer back to the time I sat on chewing gum at the movies and destroyed my favourite jeans, refer back to the time I blew a bubble and got chewing gum stuck in my eyebrows and my mum had to trim my eyebrow to get it out... sahhh hot!!)
Apparently a lot of the times you feel hungry, it's because your thirsty. Well when Im craving junk food, I can tell you its not because I'm thirsty its because I'm hungry. All drinking water does, is make me go to the toilet a thousand times during the night like I'm 6 months pregnant again!
Destress - breathing exercises, meditation, hot baths, yoga, gentle exercise or stretching.
This idea obviously came from someone without kids because all of the above would involve having a minute to yourself.
Just wait kids, mums about to Binge, so she is just going to have a hot bath.. oh you want to have a bath with me too..
Just wait kids mum is just going to meditate, oh you want to start performing the satanic screams of death to pierce the silence.
Just wait kids mum is going to do some breathing exercise, oh you need to get in my personal space and climb all over me because I'm seated in one spot.
Just wait kids mum is going to do some yoga, and yes that was a fart you heard.
Just wait kids mum is going to do some gentle exercising and stretching, oh you need to be involved in this exercise and then break into some street fighting between the two of you because someone accidentally kicked the other in the face.
Yeh aint nobody got time for that.
In the last 3 years I have found that the only way to win the battle against the binging hour is to make sure that I am eating enough during the day. It is so hard to have structured meal times when you are rushed off your feet at work but not eating, does me no favours.
I also need to make sure that I have "healthy" binge foods available. There are so many sugar free biscuits and deserts that you can indulge in without the guilt but the only problem is that they all need to be made from scratch. Once again, failure to prepare means preparing to fail.
I also find that the moment I get that urge to Binge, I need to immediately get the hell out of the kitchen and do something with the kids.
Firstly because being in their company is enough to turn anyone off eating (I kid)
Secondly, once my mind is occupied with something else then I forget that 2 minutes ago I needed something in my belly or I was going to die.
My cravings for sugary treats these days are very low but that does not mean that I still don't crave them. I do but mainly I just crave chips, cheese and nuts and ALWAYS at the witching hour though.
I still don't have an answer for the problem of me being a gigantic b*tch to my husband when I'm hungry... unlucky babe... very unlucky.
Heres treat to get you through the Witching Hour
I like an extra thick base and to be honest this base is so delicious that you could just eat it by itself or roll it up into bliss balls!
Once set, slice and enjoy