HealthDinner time decisions, what to avoid for a healthy sleep and well-being

Dinner time decisions, what to avoid for a healthy sleep and well-being

Never eat them for dinner. It's torture for the body.
Never eat them for dinner. It's torture for the body.
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9:47 AM EST, January 10, 2024

While breakfast is often cited as the most crucial meal of the day, dinner bears equal importance as it affects our sleep quality and consequently, our well-being the following day.

Nutrition experts globally advise against eating too late. The last meal should ideally be consumed no later than two hours before bedtime.

Dieticians say the best time to eat is between 00:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Furthermore, a diet divided into 4-6 small meals throughout the day is most beneficial for health. It is crucial to eat the most during the first part of the day, effectively fuelling our body for the whole day.

Avoid fatty, fried, overly spicy, heavy, high-calorie, and large meals in the evening to reduce the risk of obesity, difficulty in falling asleep, and increased risk of diseases such as cancer.

Dinner should not include heavily processed foods or those laden with sugar, salt, and saturated fats, such as whole milk products. Refrain from consuming red meat and coconut oil in the late evening hours as well.

To prevent undesirable health consequences, the last meal of the day should include fat-free products, red, dark green, and orange vegetables, and low-calorie fruits like berries, watermelon, or papaya.

It's permissible to eat lean poultry, eggs, seafood, nuts, soy-based groceries, seeds, and legumes. However, remember to avoid overeating at the end of the day, and portion these products wisely.

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