The question of what to consume at the end of the day has been a topic of discussion for what seems like forever. “Is it O.K. to eat complex (starchy) carbohydrates before going to bed?” “How late is too late to eat?” “Should only protein be eaten in the evening?” Here are my thoughts about the last meal of the day:
As a Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach, I don’t believe in applying hard and fast rules to everyone, however, there are some basic guidelines that should be very helpful.
One of the main reasons that you want to put space between your last meal and laying your head on the pillow has to do with REST. It is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle.
When you eat immediately before bed, your body has to focus on breaking down food rather than being in a restful state. This often leads to interrupted sleep and a slow morning start, especially when eating foods that are not easily digested. Try to finish your meal at least 1 hour before bedtime.
The last meal of the day should be governed by what you ate earlier in the day. Honestly, if you have been eating mindfully throughout the day, then the composition of your last meal isn’t so important as long as you’re eating real and not processed foods (foods that have been altered from its natural state.)
Remember, eating healthy carbohydrates (e.g. quinoa, brown rice, beans, couscous) are good for you and won’t negatively impact you unless you’re overeating. If your goal is weight loss, eating only fibrous carbohydrates (fruit and vegetables) in the evening will definitely speed up your goal simply for the fact that you’re cutting a substantial amount of calories from your diet. Complex carbohydrates also tend to absorb more water making it appear that you have additional weight gain. Drinking plenty of water daily should minimize the effects of water retention.
So, my response to the question of what’s O.K. to eat in the evening can be summed up in one phrase: Focus on eating real, not processed food, and don’t succumb to overeating. When you do this, the question of what you should eat at the end of the day becomes insignificant.
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