If you are constantly eating meals and snacking throughout the day, your digestive system is working hard with no time to recoup. Why does your gut need a break? Many reasons! For one, it needs time to digest the meal you just ate. Constantly having food in your belly can set you up for bacterial overgrowth, plus if your gut is already feeling funky, giving it some downtime to heal can be very helpful. Eating too close to bedtime (aka snacking after dinner) can lead to acid reflux and disrupted sleep. The list goes on… Want to give your gut a break? Check out these tips.
Tips for gut downtime:
- Skip breakfast if you aren’t hungry. This a great way to easily extend your natural overnight repair time.
- No snacking between meals. Eat a nutrient-dense lunch and dinner with lots of veggies, proteins, and healthy fats. Your body will feel satisfied and it will be easier to turn away those cookies at the office (or even a healthier snack like a piece of fruit).
- Call it quits after dinner. After dinner snacking is not usually about hunger. Take some time to examine why you are grazing. Is it a bad habit in front of the TV? Are you bored? Stressed? Exhausted? Get to the real reason you are snacking and make a cup of tea instead.
If you want to take “downtime” to another level, looking into intermittent fasting or time-restricted eating for guidelines to help you extend your digestive rest for even more health benefits like weight loss, more energy, and anti-aging.