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Eating before bed

edited March 2012 in Being Raw

I go to the gym after work 3 or 4 nights a week and then come home, eat and go to bed a couple of hours later. How mch time should I give after a meal before going to bed? What foods are better to eat late at night after a workout?


  • I think green smoothies are good post-work out foods. I eat when I'm hungry so if I'm hungry a little before bed, I usually have an apple. They take a little while to eat so I get tired while eating it.

  • I always eat something before I go to bed, usually because I 'm a little hungry, but sometimes just out of bordeom. But I always eat berries or some other fruit, and avoid harder to digest foods. I always work out first thing in the morning and I find that if I go to bed hungry I am way too hungry the next morning to exercise. I don't feel uncomfortable when I go to sleep, but just satisfied. So I say, it's ok to eat a little something as long as it's something light.

  • melons are easy to digest, as are juices and purees.

  • Thanks for the ideas. How long should I wait after eating before going to bed?

  • I always wait 5-6 hours, because I feel better. But I suppose it depends on what you ate and how it makes you feel.

  • I usually eat later in the evening around 8-9 some nights, I don't get all the hype about eating before you go to bed. I honestly think people are told that because they have bad eating habits in the first place and when they do eat before bed it's usually a late night snack like cookies or ice cream.

    I don't think there is any conclusive evidence that leads to the fact that eating at night will cause you to have weight gains.

  • I always eat late at night. I have to, I cannot go to sleep with an empty stomach. I don't think it's bad to do, though depending on what you eat, it might upset your tummy. I lay off things like nuts, raisins, seeds earlier on in the day... if I eat them before bed, I just get bloaty and uncomfortable.

  • I think the logic is that the body repairs and detoxifies itself at night, so if it's digesting it isn't committing its full attention to those functions. Spitfiredd has a good point about the *types* of foods people usually eat at night being difficult to digest - versus some fruit or greens.

    Working out at night - a friend of mine is a freelance writer and ironically she just finished an article for a magazine on geting a good night's sleep. She said give yourself at least three hours of rest after exercising before bed.

  • Here are a few simple tips to make sure you get the most from your last meal of the day:-----

    • Eat about 3 hours before going to bed - you'll have some time to burn off calories but you probably won't get too hungry before going to sleep

    • Eat frequently throughout the day - small, healthy meals and snacks spaced about 3 hours apart - to minimize hunger cravings at night

    • Your last meal should consist mainly of a lean protein (like baked chicken breast) and low-calorie, fibrous carbohydrates (veggies and fruits) - avoid all starchy carbs close to bedtime (breads, pastas, rice, potatoes, etc.)

    • If, like many of us, you get big-time carb cravings right before bed.....eat some carbs! Just make sure they're the high-fiber, low-glycemic kind: apples, berries, peaches, plums, bran cereal, fresh vegetables, vegetable juice, etc.

    • If you're currently strength training to build muscle, a great end-of-the-day meal option is low-fat cottage cheese (full of slowly-digested casein protein) with no-sugar-added fresh or canned fruit.

  • It really depends on the workout, you'd want protein rich foods if its weight lifting etc.

    On a different note i never eat too close to bed it really wrecked my digestion years back before raw. Now i snack on some dried berries such as goji berries or incan berries if im peckish close to bed. A few handfuls and it satisfies my cravings and is a healthy blood sugar balancing snack.


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