RE: Advice for eating late at night
Posted Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 12:47 PM
that is a tough schedule.
i'm away from the house approx 8AM-8PM with an hour commute each way. i carry food with me--Lara bars, unsalted raw nuts, apples or bananas--and usually pack my lunch--salad and a sandwich or soup with beans. i also keep some stuff in my desk--tea bags for herbal and green tea, whole grain pretzels, dried fruit. (if i keep nuts in there, i will overeat them, so i portion those for my bag.)
there's no way i could do what you're doing without feeling blah! i try to eat something every 3 hours or so. i usually have time/energy to make something for dinner, but it's really REALLY nice to have a few precooked things like plain brown rice or a soup or some beans (canned works too). our no-time dinner is usually beans and grains with greens in a tortilla (i.e. a burrito, but not always a "mexican" combo), or a microwaved sweet potato with beans & salsa or canned veggie chili and fresh veggies on top. 5-10 minutes, minimal cleanup.
but it took a lot of habit-forming re: getting things ready in advance. i've been doing this schedule for almost 3 years now. when i don't pack food i can get away for lunch but i'm never as happy with it. and decent healthy snacks can be harder to come by. i get cranky and feel fatigued and then eat much too large a dinner...sometimes of not very healthy things. there's nothing open in my town by the time i get home (this is good!) but when i lived in a bigger city we'd order or stop to eat out. and the weight shot up.
that's a really bad idea right before bed. it interrupts your sleep (or it does for me) and your body is busy digesting instead of repairing itself and resting.
in a pinch, i have ordered a chipotle burrito for my train. it's pretty portable.
i hope you find a solution that works for you!