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Habit #2 – Stop eating at 8:00pm

How many of you have been sleeping at least 7 – 8 hours per night? In the interest of full disclosure my average is 6 hours so I’m still working on Habit #1 in the previous post.

The second habit that is really working well for me is to stop eating at 8:00pm every night, allowing my digestive system to rest and fast for at least 12 hours before eating the next day. I also get a better nights sleep when I’m not trying to digest a heavy meal before bedtime.

This takes some planning. Schedule when you will be eating your evening meal along with how long it will take to cook it so you aren’t scrambling for ideas at 7:45pm and end up eating something that’s fast but not healthy.

Link the habit to other activities. Put a reminder on your phone or maybe make a sign for your kitchen that says, “Kitchen Closed after 8:00pm. Turn out the lights and put yourself in another room in the house. Fill a water bottle and take it into another room with you so you won’t have to return to the kitchen until the following morning. This habit will help with sleep and with weight loss.

Author: Laura Powell Like

Hi my name is Laura Powell Like. My career in nursing, healthy lifestyles and prevention of disease spans over 25 years. A graduate degree in Parent-Child nursing has helped me work in the field of womens health, raise 4 children of my own and study research concerning how to acheive a healthy lifestyle in the western culture. Currently I own a business and focus on mentoring other leaders as well as making recommendations to my clients about diet, supplementation, exercise and prevention of disease. I consult with experts and health practitioners who have the education and experience needed to fully answer my clients questions and concerns. This blog is about education, personal experience, and getting the word out. So enjoy, I welcome your comments and questions.

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