Hi everyone! Hope you’re all having a great end to the week. I wanted to share a little bit of insight on a topic that I think many of us have struggled with before – late-night snacking. We’ve all been there at some point or another. Or if you are anything like me, it’s an everyday occurrence. Somewhere just an hour or so before bedtime, a little voice says, “I’m hungry”.
I know we really shouldn’t snack at night, but how bad is it really? Are all night-time snacks created equally? The rules of late-night eating are not black and white, it all depends more on when your eating, what your eating and what you will be doing after you eat. I hope you enjoy this post, and be sure to tell me what other topics you want to learn more about.
Late-Night Snacking Tips
- If snacking is an absolute must then try having just a light snack, something that is easy to digest such as a banana, a handful of berries or a piece of toast ( I like Ezekiel bread ) with all natural peanut butter.
- I recommend a nice cup of herbal tea with honey to curb the night-time cravings.
- Going to bed on a full stomach can disturb your sleep pattern and cause a spike in your blood sugars, so if at all possible try to avoid eating too close to bedtime.
- If you are going to be snacking past dinner time, it is highly recommended to go for a short brisk walk afterwards. Going for a walk will encourage your body to utilize the glucose in the food to fuel your body.
- It’s best to stop eating no later than two hours before bed.
I know it can be a struggle or it may feel impossible, so start with baby steps. First try avoiding snacks 30 minutes before bed for the first week, then increase it to 60 minutes, 90 minutes , and so on. If you are trying to decrease the amount of night-time snacking in your life, the first thing you should do is ask yourself: Why am I snacking? If it is simply hunger, try adding more lean protein and/or healthy fats to your dinners at night. If it’s that persistent sweet tooth, then try snacking on a bowl of fresh berries, or sipping on a nice hot cup of tea with honey. If you are snacking out of boredom, then try keeping busy yourself by reading a book, drawing a picture or writing an old fashion letter. Ensure that you drink plenty of water throughout the day, staying hydrated with some fruit infused water may help you steer clear of night-time cravings and help to you feel full longer.
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