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08-30-2007, 12:35 AM
Today I ran out of avocados and was out all day. Had my green smoothie, prepared a lovely salad and unexpectedly had to stay out late. Instead of eating SAD food I decided to wait to hit a local market that just happened to have avocados and apples. Got home at about 10:00 pm and wrapped an avocado in seaweed with a dash of sesame oil and raw soy sauce. Still was hungry so had another one. Is this too much to eat? I was starved. Was thinking it was better than pizza, mcdonald's or Ben & Jerry's. Would like your experienced opinion.
08-30-2007, 12:52 AM
If you're hungry eat; raw food of course :). I'm always up late (now working [from home] and taking a break). I try to keep it light (fruit, etc) but sometimes I eat what I have. I never had a problem with it. I cannot sleep if I'm hungry.
08-30-2007, 01:07 AM
I eat my biggest meal in the last half of my day as dinner. I have a very thick and hearty cold soup that fills a one quart bowl. See my thread in recipes titled "cold soup" to see what I put in there. I make the soup with large chunks of veggies and plenty to chew on. It dosn't sound like your meal is any larger then mine and I keep losing weight so it must be OK. Anyway it works for me. :)
08-30-2007, 01:34 AM
Got home at about 10:00 pm and wrapped an avocado in seaweed with a dash of sesame oil and raw soy sauce
Mmmm. This sounds yummy.
My advice is. Listen to your body.
I wouldn't make a habit out of eating late, but you need to take care of your bodies needs and sometimes that comes later than is ideal.
08-30-2007, 07:45 AM
if im a little hungry i try not too but if im starving then of course i eat otherwise i can't sleep at all.
08-30-2007, 10:24 AM
Eating/ Digestion/Food Processing is done in day light hours which is run by Seratonin. In the dark we are run by Melatonin and it does not digest food; thus it stays in our stomach undigested till morning PUTRIFYING !
A great explanation of this process is in a book Lights Out; T S Wiley and in Tonya Zavasta's new book to be released Sept 2007 Quantum Eating
To read the first chapter on website visit:
08-30-2007, 10:26 AM
Some of us is nocturnal and starving for hours at a time just isnt an option.
08-30-2007, 10:43 AM
It's not about the time, but about how many hrs between eating & going to sleep. It's ideal to eat 2-3 hrs minimum prior to sleep. Though for heavier meals, 3-4 hrs may be needed. I'm also a night person & do my best to follow this. But sometimes you have no choice if you're starving. Digestive enzymes can help assist as well.
08-30-2007, 11:10 AM
Don't eat late if you're diabetic but just try to eat lightly or as far before bed as you can otherwise and don't worry about it. Also sometimes our body says we are hungry when we are really thirsty so you might try to hydrate first.
08-30-2007, 11:45 AM
i always heard this saying back at home- eat your whole breakfast yourself, share lunch with a friend, and give away your dinner to an enemy :o
Well, that's extreme to say the least- but the point is--- i don't think it's great having heavy meals late. And it's not good to go to sleep shortly after eating.
But personally- i will eat late if i had little food during the day and am hungry! i'll eat to get quite full, but i will try to not stuff myself and go to bed. Either way, don't worry about it too much and true- listen to your body :) it's amazing how much it can guide us:eek:
08-30-2007, 01:08 PM
Hope this helps answer ALL questions; Joz
Sleep: Danger of lack of sleep ***I typed this from Andreas Moritz's book. Simple Steps to Total Health;
TWO HOURS OF GOOD SLEEP BEFORE TWELVE O'CLOCK IS WORTH MORE THAN FOUR HOURS AFTER TWELE O'CLOCK. E.G. White 7 Manuscript Release p 224
10 PM to 2 AM This is a crucial period of time during which most of the body's energy is used for CLEANSING, REBUILDING AND REJUVENATING the body. The liver receives most of the energy and conducts an astnishing range of activities. These include the supply of vital nutrients to all parts of the body, breaking down of noxious substances and keeping the blood clean. In addition, the liver cells produce bile at this time, which is needed to digest food, particularly fats, during the following day. Another important function of the liver during this time is to synthesize proteins, which serve as the main building blocks of cells, hormones and blood constituents.
The liver requires all the energy it can get to fulfill these and many other responsibilities. THIS CAN ONLY HAPPEN SUFFICIENTLY, THOUGHT, IF YOU SLEEP DURING THIS TIME PERIOED. If you use up the nightime energy for eating or for mental and physical activities, the liver is left with too little energy to do its extremely vital work. The kidneys also need energy during this time period to filter the blood plasma, and keep the body fluids balanced and blood pressure normal.
""""""Although the brain makes up merely 2 % of our body mass, it normally contains more than 25 % of the body's entire BLOOD SUPPLY. """"""""""""
HOWEVER, DURING THIS PHASE OF THE NIGHT, MOST OF THE BLOOD LOCATED AT THE BACK OF THE BRAIN MOVES INTO THE LIVER FOR PURIFICATION. If you are mentally of physically active at this time, the liver does not receive enough blood to work with, so it cannot cleanse the blood sufficiently. This results in the accumulation of toxic material in the blood stream. If toxins keep circulating in the blood, they will settle in the interstitial fuild (connective tissues) of organs and systems, thereby rasising acidity and damaging them, including the liver itself. High blood toxicity can/DOES/ lead to secretions of stress hormones, brain fog, and injured capillaries, arteries and heart muscles. Most heart disease is the result of ta poorly performing liver that is unable to remove all toxic, noxious substances from the blood on a daily basis. If we do not give the liver the energy it needs to conduct the most basic physiological activities, we sow the seeds of illness throught the body.
Respiration is an important part of the cleansing and rejuvenation process, with a significant percentage of the body's waste materials being eliminated through the lungs.
This underscores the importance of sleeping in a room with ample ventilation. Andreas Moritz do *** EG White Ministry of Healing p 274-5
Sleep can be divided into two main parts -- before midnight and after midnight. For adults, the MOST IMPORTNAT PROCESS OF PURIFICATION AND RENEWAL OCCUR DURING THE TWO HOURS OF SLEEP BEFORE MIDNIGHT. This period involves deep sleep! During this peirod, you enter a dreamless state of sleep where OXYGEN CONSUMPTION IN THE BODY DROPS CONSIDRABLY. THIS RESULTS IN PROFUOUND PHYSICAL REST AND RELAXATION. The benefit to your body of this single hour of deep sleep is approximately equivalent to that derived during the three/four hours following midnight, when the oxygen consumption rises again. DEEP SLEEP VIRTUALLY NEVER OCCURS AFTER MIDNIGHT AND IT USUALLY COMES ONLY IF YOU GO TO SLEEP AT LEAST TWO HOURS BEFORE MIDNIGHT.
Doctors at the University of California at San Diego have found that losing a few hours of sleep not only makes you feel tired, but also can affect the immune system, possibly impairing the body's ability to fight infections.
Simple Steps to Total health; Andreas Moritz
By nature, your physical body is designed to be healthy and vital throughout life. Unhealthy eating habits and lifestyle choices, however, lead to numerous health conditions that prevent you from enjoying life to the fullest. In Simple Steps to Total Health, the authors bring to light the most common cause of disease, which is the build-up of toxins and residues from improperly digested foods that inhibit various organs and systems from performing their normal functions. This guidebook for total health provides you with simple but highly effective approaches for internal cleansing, hydration, nutrition and living habits. The book's three parts cover the essentials of total health - Good Internal Hygiene, Healthy Nutrition and Balanced Lifestyle. Learn about the most common disease-causing foods, dietary habits and influences responsible for the occurrence of chronic illnesses, including those affecting the blood vessels, heart, liver, intestinal organs, lungs, kidneys, joints, bones, nervous system and sense organs. To be able to live a healthy life, you must align your internal biological rhythms with the larger rhythms of nature. Find out more about this and many other important topics in Simple Steps to Total Health. This is a "must-have" book for anyone who is interested in using a natural, drug-free approach to restoring total health. In this book, the authors discuss the most common cause of disease, which is the build-up of toxins and residues that inhibit various organs and systems from performing their normal functions. This book provides guidelines for restoring health and vitality through proper internal cleansing, hydration, nutrition and living habits. For simplicity, it is organized into three sections: In Part 1, guidelines are provided for cleansing various organs and systems of the body in order to restore their normal healthy functioning. The importance of proper hydration is also discussed, and easy-to-follow recommendations are provided. Part 2 is directed to healthy nutrition. It is not only important what foods we eat, but also how we prepare and combine them into our meals. The authors provide information about the hazards of microwave cooking and food irradiation, and they also discuss "problem" foods in the typical western diet such as animal protein and processed foods. And finally, in Part 3 the authors discuss our 24-hour daily digestive and metabolic cycles, and explain why it is important to live in harmony with our internal clock. Perspectives and insights are also provided on how profoundly our physical health is impacted by our thoughts and emotions.
SLEEP IS A MOST POWERFUL DILATOR. DRUING SLEEP OUR ENTIRE PHYSIOLOGY SHIFTS OUT OF ACTIVITY MODE INTO YOUTHING/REGENERATION MODE.
"""Relaxation of fluid passages is a major component of ''''youthing'''
When fluid passages relax they expand and become more elastic. This involves or accelerates fluid interchange - nutrient delivered/uptaken faster and TOXINS eliminated faster.
Some toxins, especially those embedded in fluid passage walls require this relaxation and expansion to release and eliminate. Without this elimination fluid passage walls can become rought and sticky. Add in 'cholesterol' and the stage is set for artherosclerosis by way of debris build-up on fluid passage walls. David Favor radicalhealth.com
08-30-2007, 05:14 PM
Here is a color chart to go with the article;
After I printed it I divided it in day/sun Seratonin functions and night/dark Melatonin functions. Joz
08-30-2007, 08:49 PM
I eat whenever...seems fine :)
08-30-2007, 09:09 PM
Everyone's input is fantastic. I think next time I will only eat the one avocado just to satisfy the hunger pang. It was huge that I did not eat pizza, ice cream, etc. especially since I was having feelings over some guy. Woke up, went running, felt I ate a little too much last night late and just won't do that again. One small avocado was enough. Normally what I have been doing when I come home and it's late is just finishing off my green smoothie which is super satisfying. This board is really helping me on this journey and I very much appreciate it.
08-30-2007, 10:17 PM
of course!!! you did FINE, eating some veggies and not pizza or ice cream! i mean, no day for me is the same as the next, i suppose its a good habit to follow, not eating at night and all...but c'mon...life goes on!!! sometimes im in bed at 8 sometimes im out all night, and if im hungry at 2AM an avo is way better than taco hell!!
09-29-2007, 01:04 AM
What Wyjoz posted was fascinating. Must break my night owl ways!!
09-29-2007, 07:42 AM
Wyjoz, I love Andreas Moritz. Incredibly insightful information he give us in his books!
I always find if I am hungry it helps enormously to drink water first. Dehydration is usually disguised as hunger pangs. If you drink a couple of glasses of water first before you eat this might help. Or you may even not feel like eating afterwards.
09-29-2007, 11:26 AM
What you ate is WAY better than any fast food take out!! It's okay to eat at night. I have been eating raw food bars for a bed time snack because its quick and easy! I have always been about quick eating even before raw.. maybe not always a good thing but Its hard to change an old dog.. hahaha.. jk :rolleyes:
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