At 10, 10:30pm or so... I was eating because I was tired, which seems really stupid when I think about it as I was going to sleep soon anyway - why did I need a snack? Why did I need a boost of energy to get me through the last couple of hours of the evening? I don’t want the extra calories so I’ve decided to try out the mantra “REST MORE: EAT LESS.” Can we just rest more and eat less? My logic behind this is that sometimes...
when we are tired we eat for a boost of energy. Makes sense right? But you know that lack of sleep is linked to weight gain because our hormones get all messed up. The hormone that tells us when we’re hungry (Ghrelin) and the one that tells us when we are full (Leptin) misfire. If we’re not conscious of it we just react to the hunger and eat more than we need.
Here are the questions you can ask yourself and that I ask myself to stop overeating-
Qu 1. Why has your energy dropped? It might genuinely be that you need a meal. Like when it’s 9.30pm and you didn’t eat dinner because you were too busy and you actually need fuel. Is it because of what you ate last? - maybe you’re having a big energy drop because you ate too many carbs at dinner and you’re tired now- 1 hour later! Is it lack of sleep? Is it emotional?- Is your energy low because you are dreading something coming up and it's making you feel flat? Or what else made you tired?
Qu 2. What will you do instead? If it’s real hunger what food do you need right now? Hopefully you can find a healthy way of satisfying that GENUINE hunger. Have you eaten enough fiber, protein, healthy fats, carbs etc. today? Can you just rest and not eat? Can you just think “Oh I’m low in energy I will just go and do something relaxing for a little bit or go to bed, or meditate even, to recharge?" On that note, you’ve probably heard that meditation can be as effective as sleep - well I saw some comments by people on a meditation course saying their Fitbit thinks they’re asleep during their practice. I think that’s great because if you’re aiming for your 7 or 8 hours a night or whatever, you can top it up with the right kind of meditation*. That's bound to help with stress eating too.
So to sum up, ask yourself why your energy has dropped and what you will do about instead of overeating. That’s all folks. I’d love to hear from you now. Comment below or on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter I’m interested in whether you eat when you're tired? What helps? Does just being aware of it help or do you have a strategy for when you feel hungry tired? Let me know :)
*Meditation doesn't replace sleep but it can help you need less and give you much needed rest.
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