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When do you call it a Day?

photo of cookies and milk with a hand reaching for one.

Over the years I’ve heard from multiple sources that it’s not good to eat at night; especially in midlife. Some say don’t eat after sundown. Others, like the example in this story from certified nutritionist Deborah Herlax Enos at www.myhealthnewsdaily, state after 6pm. Whatever the cut off time, is this wisdom or an old wives’ tale?

The answer is that it depends on your schedule. It takes about three hours to digest a good size dinner. If you eat at 6pm and you’re the type that stays up late you could be getting a bit peckish by say10pm.  What just about everyone agrees upon is eating just before bed is not a good idea. There’s not time for your body to work off the extra caloric intake. Deborah gives  great ideas to curb the nocturnal snacking:

  • Brush your teeth right after dinner. It’s amazing how this takes your mind off of food.
  • Go do something before you clean up the kitchen. Walk the dog, go outside and water the plants, something, just get away from food. It takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain it’s full. When you come back to put up the leftovers, you’ll be less likely to eat them.
  • If you are a night owl, eat a good snack after work. Make sure it has a mix of proteins, carbohydrates, and veggies. When it’s time for your late dinner, you will most likely eat less.

Emotional late night eating is another angle on this subject. This video from Nutrition Therapist, Lynn Tumpa, RD sheds light on this issue.

These are just a few simple tips to help curb your late night hunger pangs, if you discover methods that work for you, drop me a comment and let me know. This is only part of a healthy midlife but an easy way to start.

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