Monday Man-Day: Late Night Grub
Today’s Monday Man-Day is actually a reader request. Last week my guy friend sent me this:
Your wish is my command, sir.
I admit to being a big late night snacker most nights, but I think what he’s getting at is more of the “it’s 3 am and I’m coming home from a bar and taco bell sounds SOOO good right now” situation. We’ve all been there. I mean how could you pass this up?
Surprisingly, I never once ate Taco Bell after a night out. I rode along numerous times as we paid cab drivers a little extra to drive through before taking us home, but I never ordered anything. Taco Bell just grosses me out. Maybe it’s the concern that only 35% of their beef is actually meat…
That doesn’t mean I get do my share of drunken eating though! A favorite spot at Notre Dame was Vesuvio’s, a hole in the wall pizza spot that has now been shut down due to sanitation concerns. Awesome. Although I’m not surprised given that this place was just a closet-sized room where drunk kids sat down the ripping carpet to eat their grease-infused slice of pizza off of a paper plate.
I also did my fair share of pantry rummaging once back at home. Chips and salsa? Mac n cheese? Leftover dinner? It’s all delicious when you’ve just finished a 5 hour Long Island induced dance marathon at one of South Bend’s classiest establishments.
I actually went through phases of late night eating. There were periods where I just decided ahead of time that I was absolutely not going to eat when I got home at all. I don’t know how I resisted, but I would just go straight to my room and get in bed. But then there were the more care-free periods where pizza and snacks were just another expected part of my night out.
I think we can all agree that drunken eating isn’t necessarily good for your weight. It’s often said that drinking isn’t the problem, it’s losing your inhibitions and eating tons of greasy food that causes your pants to get a little tight. I actually find that not only do I wind up eating that night, but my stomach gets all out of whack and I am super snacky the next day too. Definitely not good if you’re trying to be careful about what you eat! This reader’s request just proves that guys worry about this stuff too.
Here are my tips for avoiding the late night snack attacks:
- Have a snack in mind: It’s not surprising to be hungry after a night out. It’s usually been hours since you last ate! But instead of grabbing fast food, have something at home ready for you. You can make a quick cheese quesadilla, English muffin pizza, or a grab a granola bar that will be much better than anything you can buy at 3am. I always keep a Luna Bar with me because I know I’m going to want it.
- Don’t drink so much! This might not be the easiest answer, but the less intoxicated you are, the less likely you are to make regrettable food choices. This is one of the (many) reasons I don’t often go really crazy on the weekends. If I stick to just a couple of drinks I can still loosen up and have fun, but I don’t get terrible hangovers and am still in control of what I’m doing.
- Accept it and prepare: Some people just really enjoy the ritual of going out for the night and ending it with a middle-of-the-night feast. If you don’t want to stop doing it, just prepare for it. Eat very healthy that day (but make sure to still eat enough!!) and tack on a few minutes to your work out. There’s no problem with eating some great greasy pizza every once in a while so don’t beat yourself up!
Are you a big late-night eater? What was your meal of choice?
Any other tips on how to avoid the drunk eating?