Friday, April 4, 2008

Are You a Late Night Snacker?

Before you had your baby, you were probably up having a late night snack. Now that baby has arrived, you’re still up at 3 a.m., but now you’re feeding, changing and comforting baby!

When your stomach growls in the wee hours of the night, it’s probably not the best time to dive into that carton of ice cream. After all, you’re about to go to bed (even if it is only for a few short hours!). You’re not going to be burning off those calories while you’re snoozing. So here are a few ideas for snacks that will satiate your hunger without packing on extra pounds:

Celery sticks
Strawberries or other berries
Snap peas
Other raw veggies like broccoli
Popcorn without too much salt or butter
Rice cakes

Try not to indulge in treats late at night. You don’t want to build habits that will be hard to break long after your baby is sleeping through the night. After dark, every time you feel a craving for something sweet, mediate on the Lord instead of food. Think of Psalm 119:103, "How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"

When you crave sweet food, train your mind to instantly think of the sweetness of Christ. Make it a game. See how many things you can list to remind you of God’s grace in your life. Here’s what it might look like: It’s 2:30 in the morning. You’ve just put your baby back to bed. You’re thinking of the last piece of cake that’s in the fridge. Instead you focus on the Lord’s sweetness, “Lord thank you for your kindness in giving me a baby. Thank you for the strength to feed this little one. Thank you for our warm home.” Drink a glass of water and maybe eat a rice cake if you’re still hungry, then go to bed for some much deserved rest.

Focus on God’s Word to strengthen you instead of sugar and treats. You’ll not only lose weight after baby, you’ll grow stronger spiritually--even in the middle of the night!

How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! - Psalm 119:103


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