Ever since I’ve resumed my job as dining critic at the AJC, I’ve become careful about watching my diet during those times I’m not in restaurants.
I keep a loose mental accounting of calorie intake and avoid foods with excessive fat and sodium, stay away from office sweets (even my own birthday cake) and avoid alcohol on school nights. I am disciplined for most of the day.
But the witching hour gets me — usually around 9 or 10 p.m. after I’ve helped the kids with their homework and slowed down enough to finally feel relaxed. Suddenly I’m hungry and I’ll find myself slurping up some dinner leftovers above and beyond my measured portion. Worse, I’ll find my left mitt clutching a handful of cocoa puffs or a wee dram of Scotch.
Sometimes I can head diet disaster off at the pass with a tall soda water with lime or a fresh plum. A Popsicle isn’t ideal, but it’s usually no more than 90 calories.
Does anyone else have this problem, and if so, do you have any good strategies to offer?