The Witching Hour

love2eatinpa, 11 November 2009, No comments
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I remember when my kids were young and there was a time in the late afternoon – early evening that the pediatrician used to call the “witching hour” where babies often cry for no particular reason and parents want to pull their own hair out because they can’t get their baby to stop crying.

Well, my kids are a bit older now and while they no longer have a witching hour, I sure do.  The hours from about 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm are the worst part of my day.  I’ve eaten all of my abstinent snacks by then and have to wait until close to 6:30 to eat our family dinner.  This is the time of day when I’m always put to the test.  Of course, certain situations like out-of-the-house parties, events, etc., no matter what time of day they are, are always a challenge, but on a “normal” day when I work out of my home, that 4-6 time is the roughest part of the day for me.

I inevitably get hungry (or at least think I am) and I really don’t have any calories allotted to eat at that point.  Lord forbid I should be hungry and not do anything about it!!!  I will drink water, hot tea or have a diet soda, but that doesn’t seem to do it.  My next move is to suck on a 8-calorie hard candy.  Sometimes that does the trick, sometimes it doesn’t.  I recently just started to drink a cup of decaf coffee with artificial sweeteners and a touch of fat-free cream.  Somehow that has more “umph” to it than the tea, like it is one step closer to food.  Once I start to cook dinner at around 5:45 – 6:00, I’m usually fine.  So getting over that hurdle without getting into food that is not in my plan, is a small victory for me.  I am grateful each day to make it to that point. 

I guess it doesn’t help that my kids are both home by 4:00 and they both like to do their homework in the kitchen and that my laptop/desk, where I work,  is in the kitchen.  The kitchen is the mission control for me, which now that I think about it, could be part of my problem.

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