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What time of day do you have your last meal and what does it consist of?

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Created February 22, 2013 at 7:34 PM

What time of day do you have your last meal and what does it consist of?

Does the timing of your last meal help you sleep better ? Does it make you feel more awake and energized at the start of the next day?

Does eating your meal to late or skipping a meal at night make you feel groggy and sluggish in the morning?

Is your last meal made of more carbs or proteins? Do more carbs help you sleep better or is it more protein? Do you eliminate carbs or fats after a certain hour?

Do you think the timing of your last meal effects cortisol, ghrelin, melatonin or thyroid levels through out the night?

Does the timing have any effect on your metabolism or blood glucose levels?

Do you think you should have your last meal at or before sundown?

I would like to know your experience on the timing and makeup of your last meal of the day.

I wonder if the Paleo man knew when to have his last meal. Did it help him function better as a hunter gatherer?

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on February 25, 2013
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Probably! I want to say the reasoning behind it is because your metabolism is then more active, and so your brain is more active-- something like that. I know it's something research has shown a link between. There are also some medications that cause crazy dreams/restless sleep, so that's always something to check, too. I took something a year ago which have me crazy nightmares-- after I figured it out I definitely quit taking that (this was pre-paleo)!

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on February 25, 2013
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maybe eating before bed is an explanation for having crazy dream! thanks for mentioning this....i was experiencing this myself and wondering what was causing it

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753e1b824fbe0b11c797a244b1a4c7e3

on February 22, 2013
at 11:34 PM

I usually have my last meal anywhere between 6pm-7:30pm. Depends on if I am cooking, just feeding myself that night, etc.

But... If I am hungry later, I eat something. Personally, I can only obsess over so many things-- I will focus on eating good, whole, healthy foods and getting the nutrients I leave. I don't have the time, patience, focus or sanity to worry about every little detail.

I will say I try not to eat in the last 60-90 minutes before bed... otherwise I have really crazy/vivid dreams!

Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

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on February 25, 2013
at 12:48 AM

maybe eating before bed is an explanation for having crazy dream! thanks for mentioning this....i was experiencing this myself and wondering what was causing it

753e1b824fbe0b11c797a244b1a4c7e3

(369)

on February 25, 2013
at 07:21 PM

Probably! I want to say the reasoning behind it is because your metabolism is then more active, and so your brain is more active-- something like that. I know it's something research has shown a link between. There are also some medications that cause crazy dreams/restless sleep, so that's always something to check, too. I took something a year ago which have me crazy nightmares-- after I figured it out I definitely quit taking that (this was pre-paleo)!

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on February 22, 2013
at 07:58 PM

Last meal is anytime between 5 and 8PM, depending on hunger and what is going on that night. When I'm not pregnant, all of my meals are very low carb and I sleep fine. When I am pregnant, my meals consist of up to 50g of carbs and I sleep fine. (I find that I am a biphasic sleeper, so if I can get to bed around 9, I'll sleep for a few hours, be awake for 1 or 2, then sleep for 4 or 5 more hours.)

I deal with dawn phenomenon, so since I am pregnant right now, if I eat before 6:30PM, I will have a snack that contains about 20g of carbs before bed, about an hour before I inject my long acting insulin (I don't use insulin when not pregnant). This keeps my morning glucose levels in check and keeps the OB and her "nutritionist" lackey off my back. After I have the baby, I will go back to my VLC diet to control my glucose levels and will not worry about my morning readings.

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on February 22, 2013
at 07:43 PM

I have settled into a pattern of eating my last meal at around 7.15pm. It will typically consist of meat, fish or seafood & non-starchy vegetables. Steak & salad, seafood curry with bok choi (no rice), that sort of thing.

I tend to eat 4 meals a day, because I find the gap between lunch and 7pm too long to go without. Otherwise I end up eating rubbish at 5pm.

I tend to go to bed at 10.30 to 10.45pm. Later than this I regret it. As I haven't eaten potatoes or rice or pasta or bread in the evenings for years I don't specifically know whether this would affect things.

At the weekend I slacken off & if we have friends over, then alcohol, late to bed, sugary desserts all have an affect, but it's hard to unscramble which has which effect. I just know it was fun, but it'll take a day to recover from. It's a choice.

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on February 24, 2013
at 04:15 AM

My last meal is when I get home from work. Typically 6:30-7pm but can be 9pm if I have activities. I eat a snack before bed usually consisting of greek yogurt and canned pumpkin with stevia and dark chocolate. I can't fall asleep as quickly if I don't eat a snack. I don't like eating a huge meal before bed because the food taste is with me all night, especially if I eat garlic before bed.

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on February 23, 2013
at 01:23 PM

I eat my one meat/poultry/fish/egg meal between 10am and 1pm. I eat my last meal around 5pm, and it's a snack of carrot sticks or fruit. If I eat large meals at night, I don't sleep as well, and I'm likely to wake up the next morning with a headache. This results in a 12 hour fast every day, which may be beneficial. Bottom line, though, is that my eating routine is all about feeling optimal in this body right now; it has nothing to do with emulating paleo man.

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on February 23, 2013
at 12:57 PM

Last meal anywhere between 6:30 and 9:30 - I'd personally rather eat at 6:30 every day but I'm sometimes at the office until 9 so I don't always get a choice about it :(

I eat some leftover meat, several servings of veggies (usually at least 1 raw and 1 cooked), a big bowl of bone broth, and optionally some carbs if I have a heavy workout planned for the next morning (or if I just feel like them).

I don't really notice any connection between my meals and my sleep, unless I don't eat anything and can't get to sleep because I'm hungry.

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on February 22, 2013
at 11:12 PM

i try to finish eating always before 8:30 pm. most days, i'm done by 7:30 pm.

my meal changes all the time- sometimes a fruit smoothie but lately it's been cheese and olives with melons.

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on February 22, 2013
at 10:25 PM

Normally between 6-7, and it consists of sitting down with my family. Yes, there's food involved, but it differs from night to night, the important part is the ritual of sitting down with my husband and kid and chowing down. I think paleo man would have been down with that... I also don't think paleo man was worrying about cortisol, ghrelin, melatonin or thyroid levels.

OK, sometimes I don't sit down to dinner with the family, as once a week I'm training with my non-family tribe during that time, and I eat a half dinner before and a half dinner after. I almost never eat after 8pm since I end up waking up with heartburn if I do. Currently I'm eating low carb (at least for my body) so dinner doesn't have much in the way of starchy carbs, nor does it affect my blood glucose very much (I checked). But when I have eaten more carbs it doesn't seem to change things much. The main issues for me are spending time with people I love, getting in a nice nutritious meal, not eating too late, and then not sweating the details.

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