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Non-Acidic Nighttime Foods?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 11, 2011 at 5:01 PM

I am a late night eater. I enjoy eating something before I sleep, which I know is a bad practice. (Or at least it was when I was non paleo, I don't know if it's okay on the Paleo diet!)

I used to have a bowl of cereal or ice cream or something else fat and sugar heavy, and I've tried to switch over to salad or fruit or some chocolate, but I wake up with a terribly acidic feeling stomach. I'm looking for something easy (ie: don't have to cook it) that I can eat at night. Is this possible?

And if there's something awesome I have to cook, I might just make it for dinner and then eat it like leftovers the next night before bed...but I'm hoping there's some sort of convenience food I might be able to stomach.

Thank you guys! I'm down 26 lbs so far since November, and feeling awesome! (I had a few weeks of plateau and some trips out of state where I ate not so great XD)

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on July 04, 2011
at 10:01 PM

Here's a better explanation! http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/9136/proper-cow-bones-to-prepare-holodets

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on July 04, 2011
at 09:57 PM

Easter Europeans tend to eat some sort of meat-in-aspic dishes, and these are usually prepped in some quantity, and eaten cold. This also means that after the initial time commitment, eating is quick. Boil soup bones or something like ox tail for many hours (5-6 at least). You can include other meat (ex: tough roast). Shred meat, layer deep baking tray with shredded meat (can add veggies or hard-boiled eggs here), then pour broth over the whole thing. Refrigerate, and by morning you should have a nice "meat jello". Eat with mustard or horseraddish. NOMNOMNOM omnom NOMNOM tasty!

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on May 23, 2011
at 09:34 PM

My paleo gelatin is 1/2 to 1 cup of fresh lime juice( to taste) stevia to taste, 2cups of coconut milk, 2 cups of boiling and two packets of Knox gelatin and then I pour it in wine glasses. It's delicious and the coconut rises to the top of the glass and gives it a beautiful layered look. (obviously mix the boiling water with the gelatin before adding other ingredients.)

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on April 12, 2011
at 03:59 AM

I wish I could eat nuts, but they give me the same problem. I only eat them after I've eaten something else, or in a dish now. I used them as my snack when I was transitioning to the diet, but I don't think the side effects are usually worth it, unfortunately.

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on April 12, 2011
at 03:58 AM

I'll give that a try! I've been meaning to find some way to eat more gelatin. Is there...paleo jello?

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on April 12, 2011
at 01:24 AM

TRy gelatin(skin/collagen of animals--offers protein and lasting aminos + moderate fat to last throughout overnight fast)

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on April 11, 2011
at 05:56 PM

Agreed. For you. I was simply responding to the question of whether there is a rule for paleo against late night eating. AFAIK there is not. If it does you harm, don't do it. If you are allergic to eggs, it doesn't matter how much choline, CLA, etc. they have. You still shouldn't eat them. I didn't get the sense from the OP that eating late was causing a problem (at least if it was ice cream) except for being acidic. I think your suggestion of coconut oil has plenty of merit.

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on April 11, 2011
at 05:46 PM

As I mention in my post above, it does in fact matter when I eat. I can predict when I'll gain or lose a pound or two based on when I eat. I think there is a wide variation in how people react to various diet things.

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on July 04, 2011
at 10:28 PM

I have two different types of pre-bed snacks - pre CF and post CF. Pre: hardboiled egg, cottage cheese, coconut, a few mac nuts, and since it's been hot I've taken to thick slicing banana, throwing into the freezer for about 20-minutes, then top with a fat spoonful of almond butter with shaved dark chocolate - anywhere between 70%-81% cacao. Post CF nights usually berries, maybe some of that cottage cheese or a hunk of cheese and almonds. Congratulations on your weight loss and feeling great! Cheers

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on April 11, 2011
at 05:36 PM

It doesn't matter when you eat - there are no rules. Just don't graze and you can skip meals if you want to. I sometimes have dinner pretty close to bedtime - we have crazy schedules with 2 girls playing softball!

If you still allow high fat dairy, some heavy cream and frozen blueberries or strawberries can sub for ice cream. I do this once every week or two. Coconut bark is a nice treat too - just give it a google. Snacking on leftovers is always a good idea! Maybe even a few nuts - macademias should be good for the tummy I would think.

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on April 11, 2011
at 05:56 PM

Agreed. For you. I was simply responding to the question of whether there is a rule for paleo against late night eating. AFAIK there is not. If it does you harm, don't do it. If you are allergic to eggs, it doesn't matter how much choline, CLA, etc. they have. You still shouldn't eat them. I didn't get the sense from the OP that eating late was causing a problem (at least if it was ice cream) except for being acidic. I think your suggestion of coconut oil has plenty of merit.

9b1da5c61c41bb93afb668f9ab3bc76a

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on April 12, 2011
at 03:59 AM

I wish I could eat nuts, but they give me the same problem. I only eat them after I've eaten something else, or in a dish now. I used them as my snack when I was transitioning to the diet, but I don't think the side effects are usually worth it, unfortunately.

39a1a0bc7855c084ac59df60fdf9c0dd

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on April 11, 2011
at 05:46 PM

As I mention in my post above, it does in fact matter when I eat. I can predict when I'll gain or lose a pound or two based on when I eat. I think there is a wide variation in how people react to various diet things.

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39a1a0bc7855c084ac59df60fdf9c0dd

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on April 11, 2011
at 05:34 PM

I also need a little snack before bedtime. I've found what works for me is a couple tablespoons of coconut oil (unrefined, virgin, of course). I think coconut oil is good for you in a whole bunch of ways, and it really satiates

If I eat almost anything late at night (8:30 or later for a 10-11 bedtime), I will feel bloated at night and the next morning, and doing that really curbs my weight loss. Coconut oil, however, doesn't have either of those negative effects.

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