Eating late at night has a direct impact on the mind and body. It’s not just what you eat, but also when you eat it, to guarantee that your body performs effectively.
Dietitians consider breakfast to be the most essential meal of the day. After a 6- to 8-hour break, this is your first meal of the day. Other meals, such as lunch and dinner, are necessary as well and should not be neglected. More importantly, contrary to popular belief, skipping any of these meals will not help you lose weight.
Ayurveda advises that we watch what we eat at night. It’s the last meal of the day, so eat it at the proper time and eat less fatty, easily digestible, low-calorie meals.
This is because Kapha rules at the end of the day, and the food you eat must balance rather than enhance Kapha. Keep reading to find out what to eat at night.
Increased Kapha Dosha Foods
Kapha dosha-stimulating foods
There are a few items you should avoid eating at night since they cause a Kapha dosha imbalance. Junk food, fatty food, nonvegetarian goods, frozen food, hard-to-digest food, curd, or ice cream are just a few of the foods you should avoid eating late at night. Even if you eat them, try to consume them in little amounts. More of them late at night may cause an imbalance in the body, resulting in issues such as:
- Runny nose in the morning
- Excess salivation
- May worsen cough and cold
- Gaining weight
- Nausea and vomiting
Bad eating habits can eventually lead to the development and buildup of poisonous compounds in the body, which can cause a variety of health problems.
If you’re dealing with any of the issues listed above, it’s time to start taking better care of yourself. Most of these illnesses can be cured or improved with a small change in your diet pattern. So, the next question is: what kinds of changes can you make to improve your health?
What Should You Eat Late At Night?
What to eat late at night
Right now, you’re probably thinking about what healthy foods to eat at night. Don’t worry, simply follow these easy dinner recommendations.
- It is recommended that you eat easy-to-digest foods at night. Also, eat a nutritious, low-carb diet because it is easier to digest.
- Replace curd with buttermilk if you have a habit of eating it late at night. Chapatis are preferable to rice since they are easier to digest.
- Make sure you don’t overeat. Consume in moderation.
- More dal, green leafy vegetables, curry leaves, and a small amount of ginger should be included in your diet.
- Salt is thought to help the body retain more water. As a result, it is preferable to limit salt intake.
- Spices, on the other hand, boost body warmth, therefore aim to incorporate them into your diet.
- Reduce your sugar intake and replace it with honey, which helps to reduce mucus.
- Cold milk should not be consumed. It’s best to eat it when it’s still warm.
- If you drink milk before going to bed, use low-fat milk. Before consuming milk, always bring it to a boil. This makes it more digestible.
- You can also reduce the mucus-producing characteristics of the milk by adding a little amount of ginger or cardamom to it before heating it.
The golden guideline to remember when eating dinner is to avoid feeling bloated. Instead, your stomach should feel light so that you can get a good night’s sleep.
As you can see from the above, eating late at night has a great likelihood of making you obese. Your body uses very little energy at night if you don’t do enough physical activity. And, instead of being transformed into energy, the excess food is stored as fat, resulting in obesity or weight increase. Light eating early in the evening is recommended by both old Ayurvedic knowledge and modern research. Making it a practice to eat light and early in the morning will help you enhance your metabolism and feel lighter and healthier.
This article provides general information about the topic and is not to be taken as medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice, treatment, and/or diagnosis. Always consult with your doctor before trying out any of the remedies/recipes suggested in the blog post.
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Bharat Sharma is a Delhi-based writer who loves reading and writing research-based topics revolving around health, fitness, and nutrition. His love for writing started during his teenage and continues till date. After his graduation, he worked for GE Money, and IBM, but later found his true love i.e. blogging.