I have a very unusual schedule. I wake up around 9 and make breakfast. It's usually eggs with onion and peppers with bacon. Then I work out. Then I have a few hours before I start my lunch. I've been trying different paleo recipes. Usually it's a pretty big sized lunch. Yesterday I had steak with mushrooms and onions and a side of broccoli. Then I have work from 4-11 and after work I am starving. At this point though I'm very tired and not in the mood to cook. This is the hardest time to stick to my diet and I've been straying from it after work.
Do you guys have any suggests on what to eat late at night like this when I'm very hungry? Should I just try to ignore it and go to bed?
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I usually eat a ton of yogurt with some cinnamon and stevia extract and end up feeling fine. However when I end up eating popcorn late at night (popped in coconut oil, doused in melted butter) I always end up feeling really shitty in the morning.
I am the Paleo Girl Who Hates To Cook. My kitchen is always stocked full of almonds and walnuts, plain yogurt or kefir, or coconut flakes which are big enough to eat like potato chips while watching TV. I buy bulk bags of organic carrots, and I grab them when I'm feeling super lazy. If you want to shell out a bit of extra money, it's about $7 for a pre-roasted chicken at most grocery stores. If you're willing to boil hot water, you can make egg drop soup with just two eggs and some soy sauce (or soy sauce substitute) in a coffee cup. Another fun thing to do if you only want to "cook" something once and then have them all week - Fat Bombs! There are a hundred variations. :)
She actually has the recipe posted on her blog. Buffalo Chicken Egg Muffins. You can usually just post a recipe from a cookbook - bloggers have been doing it for years - and the author almost always has the recipe posted somewhere on their blog. Not always, but usually.
My favorite snack these days is Diane Sanfilippo's Buffalo chicken egg muffins. I've modified it, using boneless, skinless chicken thighs that I sauté then throw in the food processor, so that it's easier to handle and produces more uniform muffins. I make 2 dozen at a time.
I can't post the recipe (it's proprietary to the 21-Day Sugar Detox book), but that recipe alone was worth the price of the book.
I have similar issues with hunger at night. I'm a very late night person and often don't get to sleep until the sun rises, so 2am is dinner in my body's opinion. Unfortunately, my husband and I usually have dinner around 8 or 9, which is lunch to me. Try snacking on coconut chips, beef jerky, hard boiled eggs and some fruit. I find the protein keeps me sated longer, but the fruit gets into my system faster. I often get very lightheaded very quickly when I start to feel hunger, so I need something that will get into my bloodstream quickly, followed by something that will help prevent hunger from returning quickly.
I think it would be a drag to have to get used to going to bed hungry (but, it would be pretty sweet if you weren't starving and were able to do so.) I would probably tackle it by making lunch awesome with leftovers to reheat as a small late-dinner plate with the occasional intermittent fast there as you can fit it in.
n=1 snacking on a chicken leg or something with protein gets rid of my hunger but doesn't give me too much of a boost like fruit would. You could try some sweet potatoe with some butter and a small piece of meat. I roast a whole chicken Sunday night (you can do whenever you have time), along with 8 big sweet potatoes (wash, wrap in foil, cook at 350F for 2 hours... amazing) and some veggies that I cut up in a roasting pan for easy, snackable meals. It's all about planning :)
Oh also, a tablespoon of coconut butter could curb your hunger if you aren't looking to eat anymore before sleep.