Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Weekly Challenge - Late night eating... in or out?


So there's been an ongoing debate about whether or not eating late at night is good or bad for you.  Since this is my blog, I'll give you my opinions/logic and you can decide for yourself whether or not you want to accept this challenge.

What I do know is that food is fuel. With that being said, I feel it's most important to have food throughout the day to keep yourself energized and fueled up for the things you need to accomplish. What is the meal most often skipped? I'll give you a hint... it's not lunch or dinner. Why do we skip a meal (breakfast - in case you didn't figure it out) that will help get us fueled for the day?! Not only that, but generally speaking if breakfast is skipped and we wait until we are hungry to eat, we will more than likely eat too much or eat foods that are immediately satisfying... either one is not so healthy.

So why am I talking so much about breakfast when this is supposed to be about late night eating? What I've found in my own experiences is if I eat right before I go to bed, I don't wake up wanting food. In fact, the very thought of food disgusts me. Thus I get into a horrible cycle of not eating until later in the day and then eating too much because I'm so hungry.  Not to mention, that come night time I'm tired and am looking for something easy and something that will give me a sudden boost of energy (usually sugar or simple carbs... boo!)

Therefore, my challenge for the week is to not eat within 3 hrs of bedtime. I usually go to bed around 11 so I'm not going to eat after 8. Along with that, I'm going to make every effort to wake up in time to eat a good, healthy breakfast. If you want, you can do both challenges with me :)


  1. P.S. Everybody is different, feel free to adapt the challenge to your needs:)

  2. I'm in for this weeks challenge. I am usually pretty good about eating breakfast, but I could use a challenge about late night eating. Thanks!

  3. Hey girl! Your challenge has perfect timing I was really good at not eating after 6 until about 3 weeks ago and I need to get back on the bandwagon yo! So I herby accept your challenge.

  4. Yay! I love having people on board! Totally motivates me:) Thanks for the compliment Misti!

  5. I'm on board! You should be expecting updates from me at school on a regular basis, since this one will be difficult for me. I'm notorious for eating late and...skipping...breakfast...eek!