I always said breakfast should be dinner and dinner should be breakfast. Why would you want the biggest meal of the day be your last meal of the day? Think about it by the time most households eat their dinner it is between 6-7:30. We eat, clean up dishes make lunches help kids with homework and we go to bed. Most people are in bed between 10-11pm.

So what happens to this huge meal we eat just a couple hours before bed?

“We have a pretty good indication about the timeline from the sequence of ingestion, digestion, and egestion. The whole thing plays out over a span of roughly 12 hours on average,” says Dr. David Katz, a HuffPost Healthy Living contributor and director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center. “By the time the residual waste of food is passing out of us, the useable parts have all been put to use — for energy expenditure, as heat generation, or placed into storage, as either glycogen [from carbohydrate], or fat.”

After you eat, the food passes through your stomach and small intestine in about six to eight hours, according to the Mayo Clinic. Then, it enters the large intestine where it is further digested. Putting it as delicately as possible, Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist Dr. Michael F. Picco writes: “Elimination of undigested food residue through the large intestine usually begins after a total of 24 hours. Complete elimination from the body may take several days.”

So to sum it up, Don’t overdo it with a huge meal at night. Calories get burned up no matter when you eat them, so theoretically it’s O.K. to eat after dark. But if you eat a heavy dinner, you’re not as likely to get rid of those calories before you turn in. “What you don’t burn off is more likely to be stored as fat, as you become less active toward the end of the day,” says Tracy Lockwood, a registered dietitian at F-Factor Nutrition. “Eating too close to bedtime increases your blood sugar and insulin, which causes you to have a hard time falling asleep. Therefore, your last meal should be the lightest of the day and should be eaten at least three hours before you go to sleep.”

Tonight I had breakfast for dinnah!

Sautéed nitrate free bacon, mushrooms, onion and 2 slices nitrate free ham

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Add 3 eggs

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And there you have an omelet with Siracha lightly drizzled on top for some added flavor

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Mmm mmm so good with my cup of tea

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