Dinner!

Consequences of eating heavy dinner

Dinner is the time for family get together. Especially, if the elders in the family are all working then dinner is the time to get together and prepare a sumptuous meal to enjoy the time. But is it healthy to have such sumptuous dinner every day? Well, from a health perspective it is ‘NO.’

In olden days, people used to wind up their dinner timings by 6.00 p.m. – the reason being ‘finish your meal for the day before sunset.’

Sun’s energy directly influenced a living body’s metabolism especially digestion and absorption. May be this was one of the reasons why breakfast was as early as 6.00 a.m, lunch by 12.00 noon and dinner by 6.00 p.m. Even the meal gap was logical – 6 hours of gap and this is one of the important factors science states that adequate meal gaps are essential for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients in the body.

But, the advent of lights has tossed the human digestion and metabolism. We have breakfast as late as 11.00 a.m, lunch by 3.00 p.m and dinner by 9.00 pm. In fact some start dinner preparation as late as 10.00 p.m. Moreover, dinner meal is the heaviest of all the three meals. It is in fact a whole meal.

Why is eating heavy dinner bad for health?

Eating heavy dinner is bad for health in the long run. The intensity of food digestion and metabolism is close to shutting down by night hours. When heavy meals are taken in such a state of metabolism, digestion of food is impaired totally. The digestion slugs and slugged digestion simply converts and stores the digested food material as fat. This fat gets stored in fat  reserves in the body. It is adamant and simply triggers adiposity, which can be a precursor to metabolic syndrome or obesity or diabetes or PCOD.

What should an ideal dinner meal be?

An ideal dinner should be light for digestion and at the same time filling to the stomach so that it does not trigger hunger in the middle of sleep.

For example, a bowl of soupy pasta or noodles with plenty of vegetable broth and vegetables makes one ideal dinner meal. If plain vegetable broth does not suffice hunger then the broth can be a porridge or stew with oats or barley. Added spices ensures adequate meal digestion.

1 hour post dinner a glass of warm skimmed milk maintains satiety through out the night.

Ensure that one pot meal is less salty and well spiced.

What should dinner timings be?

Although these days it is practically impossible to wind up dinner timings by 6.00 p.m at the latest the dinner timings should wind up by 8.00 p.m to ensure better health benefits.

Late night dinners especially by 10.00 p.m should be avoided.

What are the foods that can be consumed for dinner?

In cereals: Whole wheat, Rava, oats, barley, and rice products

In proteins: Only green gram. Avoid meats, chicken, fish and eggs for dinner.

In fats: Use only vegetable oils for dinner.

Vegetables: All vegetables grown above the ground can be used. Avoid underground vegetables.

Greens: Avoid green leafy vegetables for dinner.

Fruits: All fruits, especially fruits with edible skin can be eaten invariably for dinner.

Milk and Milk products: Use skimmed milk for dinner. Ensure it is warm and sweet.

Nuts and oil seeds: Avoid nuts and oil seeds for dinner.

“Family get together is fun! Family health maintains the fun for long!!’