This week’s habit is short and simple–do not eat after 8 p.m.
There is light at the end of this pandemic tunnel and, more and more, we are going back to wearing (and, hopefully, FITTING into) our normal clothes rather than just PJs or our comfortable athletic wear.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been concentrating most of the habits on our mental wellbeing, but it’s time to get back into the habits that will help us physically. This small habit can make a big difference.
One, it will help you from gaining weight. There is a noted correlation between eating late at night (right before bed when you are sedentary) and storing fat=gaining weight. Also, by giving yourself a nightly time-limit, you are more likely to eat less food and take-in less calories.
Two, it will help you with the uncomfortable heartburn that can crop up from eating late at night–again, right before bed when gastric acids can cause all kinds of chaos.
And lastly, you will get a better night’s sleep. And sleep, well, it does a body good–restoring, resting, and recuperating.
Give it a try, and see if you notice a difference. Half of the time when we are eating after 8 p.m., it’s not because of hunger but habit and cravings. . . and this is a habit that can be broken.
[Every Monday, a new ‘habit’ will be posted as part of my Bright Light Living Healthy Habits series. These ‘Healthy Habits’ encompass habits for the mind, body, spirit, and one’s perspective of life—in order to LIVE BRIGHT. You may wish to implement the habits each week (if so, I encourage you to download the Healthy Habits Assessment form). Or, the week’s habit can simply serve as a journal prompt or something to ponder. It’s up to you. I do hope you will check in each week.]