Thursday, November 4, 2010

Eating Late

This is an issue I'm facing right now.  Actually, it may be a non-issue, but I'd love some advice.

So here's the deal.  I eat late...generally between 9:00 and 10:00 pm, almost never before 8:00 and occasionally after 10:00.  I'm not snacking or stress eating or mindless eating- that's when I have dinner.  Here's what happens in my day.

I typically wake up sometime between 6:30 and 7:30.  I'll shower, let the dogs out, and go have breakfast.  If I don't have appointments that morning I'll either work in the office or run errands.  Then it's off to my appointments.

The problem with in-home dog training is that a good percentage of people work 9-5.  So, their appointments fall after 5:00 pm.  Take yesterday for example.  After running errands all morning and meeting with the roofer, I went to a 4:30, a 6:00, and a 7:30.  I got home at 9:00.  I was planning on working out before dinner, but I was exhausted and hungry, and I had work to do in the office, so Hans put dinner together.  It was on the table by 10:00 pm. 

It was a tasty dinner too.  We had apple-cider chicken over pasta with green beans.  The portions were quite reasonable, and the dinner was wholly satisfying.  I had a banana for dessert (something I'm fine with not having when they are not in the house, but that I can't live without when they're right in front of me).

After dinner I trained the dogs for an hour (and had a blast doing additional work with Cody).  Then I went to bed.  I slept in later this morning, but that's simply because after some additional water intake yesterday I had to get up a few times in the middle of the night.

So, my questions are these: 1) Is this even an issue?  I know eating late isn't ideal, but the meals are healthy and well-balanced.  2) Do you have any tips?  I thoroughly enjoy my sit-down meals with Hans.  I already eat lunch on the run a good portion of the time, and I'd prefer to not do that with dinner too.  So if you have any suggestions that would be fantastic.


  1. There are so many differing perspectives about when to eat, what to eat, etc. I think the best approach is to make sure you are eating healthy and staying active. One thing you always hear is eat the breakfast of a king, the lunch of a prince and the dinner of a pauper.

  2. Hi. Random passer-by here.

    Eating actually boosts metabolism so eating before bed is not such a bad idea. The best thing is probably to eat veggies and low fat/low carb foods before bed. Hope that helps!