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When Your Stomach Says "Good Night”

Written by:Admin | Published In: Health and Fitness
19 March 2016

Night eating habits becomes more of a problem. It arises when you overeat or choose your foods which are rich in three basic components of food like sugar, salt and fat .Generally, people having night eating syndrome consume at least 20 to 40 percent of their daily calories except their regular dinner.

Night eating habits becomes more of a problem. It arises when you overeat or choose your foods which are rich in three basic components of food like sugar, salt and fat .Generally, people having night eating syndrome consume at least 20 to 40 percent of their daily calories except their regular dinner.

 

How Late Eating Affects Your Body??

 

Eating late affects badly your body in number of ways than eating larger meal at day time. This is because the food that we eat at night is  not processed as efficiently as during day time.


 

What Ayurveda Tells About This??

 

It is clear cut mentioned in Ancient Ayurvedic literature that the time from night to early morning hours is the period for cleansing and relaxing the body .

If we eat late then our body may not able to give proper time for digestion and cleansing our body and thus, our body is unable to provide positive energy.

Now, a question must hover in your mind that when you are hungry at night... Eating something is good or not?

Yes, starving will be bad for your health. If you eat healthy snacks like oatmeal, grains or low fat milk etc, it will be beneficial for you.


 

Can We Drink Tea Or Coffee At Night??

 

No. At night. intake of tea or coffee will ruin your health. It also affects your memory power. You can take herbal tea by adding low sugar content or  honey into it.


 

Why Should You Avoid Fatty Food??

 

  • Low fiber and  high fatty food can increase the chances of constipation.
  • High sugar content food  are not only full of fat calories, but also are less in fibers. Fibers are important because they are helpful in your daily bowel movement
  • High intake of salt at night leads to hypertension, because after intake of large amount of salt at night like chips, namkeen etc. there is attraction towards water. This makes the water level high in our body. Increase of water content must increase blood pressure.

 

Which Food Should We Prefer At Night??

 

  • Whole grain cereal with low fat milk
  • Low fat yogurt with high fiber cereal
  • Low fat cheese with brown bread
  • A cup of sweet potatoes
  • Sandwich with low fat cheese and slices of  vegetables
  • Tomato or vegetable soups
  • Make fruit sandwich with few pieces of banana, grapes and few slices of apple
  • Low milk shake with few dry fruits like 4 pieces of almonds and 2 walnut.

If you like tea or coffee at night then herbal tea would be the best option for you, because herbal tea is free from any type of sedative or toxic material.


 

Is There Any Tea Which We Can Take At Night??

 

      Of course, you can prefer herbal teas

  • Green Tea
  • Mint Tea
  • Hibiscus flower Tea
  • Chamomile Tea
  • Cinnamon Tea
  • Licorice Tea
  • Basil Tea

       Students, can take warm milk with corn flakes, oatmeal or with few dry fruits.


 

Is There Any Preferred Fruits For The Same ??

 

  • Berries – Berries have high fiber content and low sugar content as compared to other fruits, ½ cup of berries is sufficient for late night intake.
  • Melons – It contains fewer calories as compared to other fruits. This packed with water and fibers, is sufficient for night eating.
  • Small Fruits - Small fruits like Plums, Kiwifruits and grapes etc. are also helpful. Limited pieces of these fruits should be taken by us because they contain high sugar content.

 

How Can We Survive If The List Of Fruits Is Very Small ??

 

It is very interesting to make you know about the GL (Glucose Level) of fruits. Different fruits have different effects on our blood sugar. Higher the GL higher increases in blood sugar. It is suggested to select low GL fruits for late night intake.

  • Cherries GL – 22
  • Grapes GL – 25
  • Dried apricot GL – 31
  • Apples GL – 38
  • Pears GL – 38
  • Peaches GL – 42
  • Orange GL – 44
  • Green GL – 46
  • Kiwifruits GL – 49
  • Banana GL-55

 

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