While I don’t recommend a large meal right before going to bed for most people, the concept of not eating after a certain time in the evening is a myth because every person has individual nutrient and energy needs and varying schedules. We meet our nutrient needs through dietary intake and therefore, depending on your schedule or lifestyle, eating a balanced meal or snack in the late evening might be necessary to ensure optimal nutrient intake. People who might require a meal or a snack in the evening include those who exercise or burn extra calories later in the day, those who stay up late or work in the evening and well, anyone who is hungry at night. Most of the time a small, balanced snack before bed would do the trick. Examples of great evening snacks include yogurt and berries or a sliced apple with cheese.
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Nicole Marchand, RD