Have you ever woken up and felt horrible - your mind felt foggy, you felt lethargic, heavy, bloated and full and you also felt horribly guilty and angry at yourself? For a minute you might have questioned whether you had drunk a bit too much wine or gin the night before - but then you remember vividly that NO - it was just all the food you ate before you went to sleep. Maybe you just over-indulged at dinner time, or perhaps once you had one piece of cake you just had to have several more, or maybe coming home starving from a long-day at work you made your way through far more food than you wanted to....
you have a food-hangover.
Many of my clients find themselves over-eating or binge-eating in the evenings. As this really disrupts their circadian rhythm (which is basically their bodies' internal clock) it can leave them sleeping really badly but also can cause them to wake up feeling awful - foggy, low and heavy - almost as though they have a hangover.
There is a lot of research which now shows that WHEN we eat is just as important as WHAT and HOW MUCH we eat. The research indicates that even when eating an excess of calories - that if you eat during the period that your body expects the food (i.e. during the day) - that it is much less likely to put on weight. On the other hand, eating late in the evening - when your body is not set to cope with the food - can lead to weight gain, hormonal imbalances, bad sleep as well as a host of other physical issues.
I see many individuals starving themselves, counting calories and yet eating meals late in the evenings - and what they don't realise is that they are really negatively affecting their health as well as setting their bodies up to store food as fat (and to gain weight). In order to maximise our health, we do much better when we work with our bodies natural rhythms. Our body is not designed to cope with large amounts of food in the hours before it is preparing to go to sleep.
If you are someone that would like to tune back in to your body's natural rhythms, stop emotional/comfort-eating and also prevent future food-hangovers, then you could benefit from my new online course in food psychology. This 12 week online course can change your relationship with food and your body, as well as help you to boost your confidence and self-esteem, find new coping mechanisms, manage stress more effectively, improve your personal and professional life, manage your relationship with alcohol and much more... click here for more details: www.thefoodpsychologyclinic.co.uk/onlinecourse
“We have made clocks that are perfectly in sync with the industrial machinery and the Information Age and perfectly out of sync with nature and our circadian rhythm.” ― Khang Kijarro Nguyen