Truth is, there's only one time of day when I like to feel hungry: First thing in the morning.
As a regular "Midnight Raider" of the refrigerator, I used to really load up on food right before bedtime. Sometimes I'd eat entire meals! Huge meals! Restaurant-size meals!
And then I'd curl up in bed and let everything digest while I slept.
The result? Extra pounds around my middle, and I woke up still feeling full. In fact, I wouldn't get an appetite until lunchtime.
When I eat mini-meals, however, things are different. I do my best to curb my nighttime eating, and any midnight snacks are small--a handful of almonds and a piece of fruit, or maybe a dill pickle and some trail mix. I eat just enough to keep hunger from waking me while I sleep. Then I wake up famished in the morning!
And I love that feeling! First, it reminds me that I didn't stuff my face with unhealthy food right before bedtime. And it also encourages me to eat breakfast, which isn't a meal I enjoy. Unless I feel hunger, I'll skip breakfast and start eating at lunch. Studies show that people who successfully lose weight tend to eat breakfast, so I've been trying to turn my morning meal into a habit. It's not a real habit yet, but I'll keep trying.
Anyway, I woke up hungry today. And I soothed my belly with plain soy yogurt mixed with frozen blueberries (and sprinkled with just a small portion of granola), plus some soy sausage patties. That's a lot of soy, but today is an upper body strength training day--so I'm adding a little extra protein to my meals.