Eating Before Going To Bed, Myths & What You Should Be Eating!
Eating Before Going to Bed…I am sure you have heard any one of these before:
- Don’t eat 4 hours before bedtime
- Don’t eat after 8:00 PM
- Follow intermittent fasting and don’t eat for 12 hours
- Don’t go to bed hungry
Confusing right? So what is it the right answer?
The Right Answer Is: When Your Body Is Hungry You Need To Feed It! Eating Before Bed Is Not Bad.
However, what you feed your body, is what’s actually important!
Foods You Should Avoid Eating Before Going To Bed:
- Foods high in sugar
- Highly processed foods
- Foods high in sodium
- Ice Cream
- Most Desserts
These foods are going to keep you up longer, make it harder to fall asleep, slow down your recovery process, and retain water. They are also most likely going to put you over your allotted Macros for the day. This is why they are foods you should avoid eating before going to bed.
Foods You Should Be Eating Before Going To Bed:
- Foods high in protein
- Rice in magnesium
- Naturally contain melatonin
- Food containing the essential amino acid tryptophan
- Whey Protein Shake
- Raw Honey
These foods will not only help you fall to sleep but also aid in the recovery and repair process while you are sleeping., which is why they are the perfect foods to be eating before going to bed!
Benefits Or Protein Before Bed:
- Better recovery
- Helps to improve fat loss
- Promotes lean muscle growth
- Eliminates nighttime hunger to improve sleep quality
If you are like many people, eating protein right before might not feel right. This is why I highly recommend having a chocolate whey protein shake before bed. This will curb your sweet tooth cravings, get your body primed for quality sleep, and aid in the recovery process.
Benefits Of Foods High In Magnesium:
- Helps to relax the muscles
- Calms the body
- Regulates blood sugars
Benefits Of Melatonin And Tryptophan:
- Calms the body
- Balances hormones
- Fights anxiety
- Promotes a longer deep sleep which is why most sleep aids contain one of these two ingredients.