“This is a question I often get asked. Eating late at night can certainly be an issue for people wanting to manage their weight.
I’m a big believer in intuitive eating. Fundamentally, intuitive eating is a practice of honouring your health by listening to your body’s messages to satisfy your physical and psychological needs. So, if you are hungry – truly hungry – I would encourage you to eat to satisfy that hunger. Some late-night options include cheese and crackers, nuts, yoghurt and fruit. However, the central principle of intuitive eating is that you give your body what you think it needs.
Meanwhile, if you find yourself eating for other reasons such as boredom or because of stress, then I’d encourage you to find other strategies to address those issues. There are a number of ways to reduce stress or manage boredom that aren’t food related. Options include taking a bath, meditating, reading a book, listening to your favourite album, and the list goes on.
There are no rules when it comes to when to eat. The goal is to listen to your body’s cues around hunger and fullness and nourish accordingly.”
– Joel Feren, The Nutrition Guy, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist