Dinner Choice ...Light Or Heavy ? .

Thiruvananthapuram, India
July 7, 2007 11:38am CST
What will you normally go for ? Devouring too much in the night at dinner would only do harm to your digestive system because after heavy food intake you would just prefer to lie down and sleep . The calories are not burnt up and the same accumulates in your body as excessive fat resulting in obesity , high cholesterol levels and ultimately poor health. My forefathers (even now most elderly people) stick on to their regimen of light dinner comprising rice gruel (KANJI) and boiled peas. Those people are hale and hearty than the mods who go berserk over fast food items .
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27 responses
• India
7 Jul 07
It is always better to have a light dinner. But if you intend to have a heavy dinner occasionally, make sure that it is taken 3 hours prior to your bed time, so that digestion is at least 75% complete. Heavy dinner daily is not a healthy practice.
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
7 Jul 07
Your suggestions hold very good . Thanks very much for the nice response. Good luck and all the very best to you .
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• United States
7 Jul 07
it really depends..some days,if it's too hot,or i don't feel that good to begin with,i'll just go for the light.it's easier on my system. heavy foods are more for a big family dinner.
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
7 Jul 07
Glad to understand your dinner habits. Thanks for the response . Have a very nice time . LOL.
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@wayz12 (2059)
• United States
7 Jul 07
There is that old saying that goes like this: eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a commoner and dinner like a pauper. Since dinner is the last meal of the day, eating one that is heavy and full of calories is not a good idea. You normally do not indulge in any major physical activity at this time of night, and the food usually stays in your stomach all night long. We have even been advised not to consume any food two hours before we go to bed. In fact, its not a bad idea to go to bed slightly hungry. So if you are in a weight loss program, this is a good advice to abide with. Even if you are not, it is still a good practice to stay healthy.
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
7 Jul 07
Your practice of finishing out dinner at least two hours before retiring to bed is welcome . And it's healthy too. thanks very much for the nice response.
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
7 Jul 07
I usually go light... not becuase of health reasons but because I'm a pretty picky eater and normally when I get home from work I'm tired and I don't feel like cooking. I also usually eat around 5 o'clock (I get off at 4) and never eat after 8 that way I don't have a bunch of food in my stomach when I go to sleep. That is something I learned from my dad years ago and I've always stuck with it.
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• Thiruvananthapuram, India
7 Jul 07
What you have picked up from your dad is quite a lot of good advice . Good luck LOl. Thanks very much for the nice response.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
7 Jul 07
Fast food items are known to be very bad for you and now they are getting themt o go with no trans fat . hmmm Dont know what they put in thier food but it sure dont taste natural .I ususally eat dinner at lunch time and then nothing after 5 pm that gives about 4-5 hours to digest if ya eat before 5 pm. So A light dinner for me thank you.
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
7 Jul 07
It makes good sense to eat a lighter meal latter in the day. Your forefather are very wise. Fast food may be fast and easy, but we will pay a price healthwise in the long run.
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@whyaskq (7531)
• Singapore
8 Jul 07
I do not follow any particular choice for dinner. It is home-cooked food for most of the evenings except for weekends when I dine out. I take whatever my mum prepares for dinner. It is only occasionally when I had western food with friends, often for celebrations and special occasions.
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• India
8 Jul 07
It always depends upon the persons fooding habits....it may not be the same throughout......as in my case...if i dont have anything after lunch.....i have a heavy dinner......else if i have had snacks or anything in between lunch and dinner then i have a light dinner.......but in my case there is also one more thing that i manage to get sufficient time before i go to sleep after having a heavy dinner....so does not accumulate excess fat in the body...n keeps things fine,.....i dunno of the future.....but as of now.....its been working absolutely fine.
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@Mitraa (3187)
• India
8 Jul 07
Usually I prefer light dinner. But very occassionally a little heavy is taken as per choice and requirement. But it should not be a regular practice. I usually avoid items of high fat and spices in dinner. Thanks.
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• Philippines
8 Jul 07
definitely LIGHT! fruits or raw vegetable salad! ..or grilled fish...no rice...and lots of water. i've always wanted to be vegetarian for its good health results....but right now im too sad to be a vegetarian. ..if i could i'll try the plant based diet.
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@lynboobsy11 (11345)
• Philippines
8 Jul 07
For me I prefer light dinner coz I do have a heavy lunch and sometimes I do a snack If my daughters request me to do specially at week days when there are only in the house and nothing to do just to eat. Before I used to serve heavy dinner when me and my husband are not still separated he prefers to eat heavy at dinner time of course some men are a heavy eater.
• Philippines
8 Jul 07
Normally I got a higer appetite for food in the evening. I was once a heavy eater and loved to eat plenty at night. When i got so fat and my doctor adviced me to lessen my carb intake I've lessen my food intake at night as well. The best is to eat before 6 p.m. with a minimal healthy food intake =).
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@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
8 Jul 07
FOr us it is a complicated choice that needs good planning. We enjoy having at least one hot homecooked meal each day when we all sit at the table as a family. Unfortunately the way life is none of us is home at lunch time to do it then. So our main meal tends to be dinner during the week at least. None of us goes to sleep too early so we usually go for a short walk with the dog after diner which helps a bit. WE try not to make it too heavy a meal, but it has to be some home cooked nice meal.
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
8 Jul 07
I used to eat heavily at night and every once in awhile I still do. But I have started to eat more lightly in the evening and heavier during the day. I have noticed that I have more energy in the mornings and I have taken some weight off.
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
8 Jul 07
I don't like eating too much at night because then I don't get a good nights sleep. Smorgasbords usually do that to me LOL Since I am trying to lose weight, my meals have changed and are smaller portions even though I do try to eat 3 mains meals and 2 snacks a day. It's hard changing but its for the better (well for me it is!)
@cblackink (969)
• United States
7 Jul 07
I tend to eat a very light dinner, usually raw vegetables in salads. Mainly, because after working hard all day I just don't have the energy to come home and cook a big meal. But I find that it works out better for me in the long run and is much healthier. I tend to avoid any kind of meat at night also, although I generally don't eat much meat at all. For several years I was a vegetarian, so not eating meat really isn't a big deal for me. I prefer a lot of vegetables and some grains.
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@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
7 Jul 07
i know and learned from my mom that dinner should always be light. and i just can't help but eat a lot. i love to eat. and that's why i end up having a bloated stomach before going to bed. and that's painful. i promised myself to eat lighter but i am not just having the discipline to do so. but i hope one day soon... anne
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@EvanHunter (4028)
• United States
13 Jul 07
In the summer time we are on the go alot more than the winter or cooler seasons so no one really wants to eat a large dinner and if I cook a large dinner most of it goes to the dogs so fast and easy is usually are theme for summer meals. One or two course meals at the most.
@Lydia1901 (16353)
• United States
12 Jul 07
I like to have my dinners light just like lunch and breakfast. I think eating to be full is good and you won't stuff yourself that way.
• Brazil
8 Jul 07
loL, THIS IS a heavy choice.