If you didn't eat after 8, that would be like a day worker who didn't eat after 11 am. It's just not practical for you to stop that early; you wouldn't have any fuel for half of your work day.
If you do go to bed fairly soon after you go home, it might make sense to plan your meals in reverse-- eat your largest meal before you go to work when you have time to cook, have lunch at work, and then eat a breakfast-style meal when you go home. Since traditional breakfast foods are easy and quick to fix, it might make planning and preparation easier and make it less likely that you'll make hasty choices because you're hungry.
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8/8/13 4:44 P
Sometimes evening snacking is cookies, ice cream, chips or other high calorie snacks while watching tv. Not eating after a certain time could help someone cut down on extra calories.
Some people have acid reflux, and don't like to eat before bed. If I go to bed hungry, I wake up during the night. I often snack in the evening.
For you, it sounds like the night calories would just be part of your daily calories.
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2,819 8/8/13 4:29 P
I encourage everyone (myself foremost) to Keep It Simple: pray/meditate/destress daily move as much as possible eat when hungry (premium fuel only: veggies, protein, healthy fats, fruits) stop when full sleep 8 h/night
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
8/8/13 3:41 P
Your body truly doesn't care what time it is, or when you eat - it just wants a certain amount of nutrition and energy.
It sounds like the evenings that you are working are just shifted in time from what are considered "regular" hours, so that you would have your "breakfast" meal before work, "lunch" while at work, and "dinner" when you get home. I assume that you don't go to bed immediately when you get home, so really you can just treat it like everyone else's evening but just a bit later.
If you look at it that way, then your dinner can have the same variety that anyone else would have. You can make up some chili or stew or soup in the crockpot to have ready when you get home, or throw a bunch of veggies in for a stirfry, and do some batch-cooking of meats on days that you're not working so that they're quick to add to whatever you are in the mood for.
If you're working this shift on top of a day-time job, then it may seem a bit more difficult, since you more likely will be wanting to go to bed not too long after you get home. Again, your body doesn't care, but you may find it more difficult to get to sleep if you've just eaten a large meal. If this is the case, then you might want to consider splitting your calories in to 6 (breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, first dinner, evening snack, second dinner) so that no one meal is very large, but still gives you enough calories to feel satisfied and energetic.
Personally, in this case, I'd be planning on splitting my "dinner" meal in to 2 so that I would have the leftovers ready when I got home. Alternatively, I'd go for yogurt with nuts and fruit, or baked oatmeal with nuts and fruit, or a quick omelet (something not too heavy that still has a good amount of protein and fat) as my late meal.
There is absolutely NO reason at all to stop eating at any particular point on the clock.
Make sure your day is filled with healthy choices and for a 24 hour period you're meeting your calorie goals. Working within that, eat anything you like at any time you like.
Your body does NOT know what a clock is. You don't turn late-eaten food straight to fat overnight because you're sleeping. That's a myth.
Deb, in New Zealand
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8/8/13 3:22 P
I work part time night shifts, *going to 4 or 5 to 11:30 * I heard its bad to be eating past 8pm..but I cant help it. When I come home im so hungry! Ive tried eating beforehand and didn't really work. I was eating left overs or whatever I could find. It doesn't take me long to get full but what are some good foods to eat after work besides fruit and veggies! Im very picky..if I eat the same thing over and over, i'll get sick of it :/
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