Dr Petcha

Lockdown Meals

Have you been eating more during the lockdown?

The lifestyle of eating supper is becoming popular nowadays. Typically, the number of times people eat and the amount are relatively fixed; three meals a day with occasional snacks in between. As we work later and later into the evening, the supper culture is now a growing part of everyone’s day.

Eating late at night could actually disrupt the digestive function of your stomach and intestines. Besides tummy growling, eating before going to bed will cause you to have restless sleep, cause you to skip breakfast the next morning, gain weight, and even cause untoward harm to your circulation. The best way is, of course, to avoid eating totally. But for those of us who have to work late or can only find to eat late, it is not an easy thing to do.

If avoiding supper is not an option, you can choose to eat smartly and strategically. Here are things you can do:

  1. Avoid food with lots of salt or condiments. These will lead you to eat even more.
  2. Avoid animal products as they are more difficult for the stomach to digest.
  3. Focus on eating more plant-based items. These will be easily digested and more filling.
  4. Drink plenty of fluids to help ensure there is enough lubrication for the food absorption.
  5. Don’t be a picky eater. This is the last chance to get the nutrients and minerals that your body needs.
  6. If you know supper will be unavoidable, do make sure that you have a bite of food at the regular mealtime. A simple item such as a glass of milk or a piece of fruit will suffice.

Lastly, try to avoid eating four hours before going to bed so that there is ample time for digestion. Otherwise, your stomach will be growling and rumbling while you sleep