I have recently adopted a Vegan diet, but am having some difficulty with eating times because I work in a restaurant. I try not to eat the food at the places that I work so that I don't give in to veggies soaked in butter, but then it just means I am coming home late night and hungry. What would be something good to eat before going to bed so that way I don't go to sleep with food just sitting in my stomach and not being digested properly?
Hi! I used to work the night shift at IHOP for years. So I have a few tricks. My shift was 5 to 12 so I would eat something substantial like a rice and bean burrito with avacado and salsa before going to work. It was easy during the dinner rush, too busy to eat but when the evening slowed down i got bored and wanted to eat. After a few times of gorging on fries I got smart and packed a pb and j sandwich. If i ate it close to when the shift was over it made me just sleepy enough to wind down and go to sleep. Cereal always makes me sleepy too. if you are looking for foods that will digest well, i would just not eat after 5 or 6. Too hard for me though. I now work the breakfast shift but i still pack my lunch. Hope this helps a little.
Holly is totally right. I used to work late night at a sports bar. I would bring a whole bag of goodies: green juice, carrots, guac, trail mix...all foods that can be eaten without utensils, standing, in a hurry. When I got home, if I was still hungry, I would pour some frozen veggies in a bowl, cover and microwave with pesto or some other sauce. It filled me up, but not uncomfortably. There is nothing that won't sit in your stomach (except green juice or fruit, which can take 30-45 minutes to move through the stomach. If you are really worried about food in the stomach, I believe melon takes under 30 minutes to get out of the stomach). I hope this helps.
I'd suggest to prepare some kind of vegetablesoup. It's warm, nourishing, gives you a whole lot of vegetables (and vitamins) and if you puree it, it shouldn't sit too long in your stomach. Additionally it's easy to prepare and lasts a few days in the fridge and if you're really hungry you could easily add some (prepared) grain and/or bean (but those would most probably lengthen the time it takes to digest)
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