We’ve all been there. Work is busy and by the time you get home, you’re not hungry or the thought of putting in the effort to make a meal is overwhelming. You’d rather sit on the couch or just go to bed.
Maybe you eat a bowl of cereal or just skip dinner altogether.
But at the same time, you know this can’t continue forever. You’re frustrated and honestly not really thinking too clearly anymore.
How do you break the cycle of being too tired to eat after work?
One quick note before continuing. I’m not a doctor or medical professional. I’m sharing what’s working for me based on my research to help you figure out what to consider next. Check with your favorite medical professional to help you decide what works best for you.
Here are a few simple ideas to help put you back on the path to eating better and reclaiming your evenings.
Are you undereating?
Sure from time to time, you work a very long day and make it home and would rather just go to bed than deal with anything else. But if this becomes a chronic cycle of going to work and coming home skipping dinner?
Skipping dinner multiple nights a week turns into skipping dinner continues for more weeks in a month. You may not be sufficient eating to fuel your body and mind to keep up with the schedule.
And what you may not realize is that by not eating enough, that may be causing you to feel tired.
You’re too tired to eat so you skip dinner. By skipping dinner you’re not getting enough calories and nutrients, causing you to feel tired.
So how do you break the cycle?
2 changes to try if you’re too tired to eat after work
It’s time to make a few changes, and here are a few simple solutions to help you get started. Approach this as an incremental process to break the cycle. And then you’ll be able to think clearer and make larger changes. One step at a time.
Switch it up and eat dinner for lunch
Depending on when you’re getting home, going to bed on a full stomach isn’t a great idea anyway.
Try eating your larger meal at lunch instead of dinner. Adjust what you eat when so you’re getting all of your calories and nutrients, just in a different order.
This is where bringing your lunch to work helps because you can both make eating more convenient during the day and also ensure you’re eating quality food.
Plan and meal prep simple dinners
When you come home the thought of having to figure out what to eat, make it, eat it, and then clean up feels completely overwhelming after a long day. Take a look at what you might want to eat that’s really simple.
Plan an easy dinner that’s fast to heat up or you can eat straight out of the refrigerator. When you come home you don’t need to figure out what to eat for dinner, you already figured that part out.
Maybe it’s as simple as cooking a large package of chicken on weekends (freezes really well too) so you can have a quick chicken plus vegetable plus potato for dinner.
Or if you’re not ready to start using your weekends to meal prep, there are a few meal prep hacks that don’t require cooking. Just keep an eye on the amount of salt you’re eating.
A small portion of something is better than completely skipping dinner.
By having most of the cooking done already, there’s less cleanup to add to your stress.
What else have you tried when you’re too tired to eat after work?
You’re in a busy season of life. We’ve all been there and have been too tired to eat dinner after work from time to time. But if this turns into a cycle, by skipping dinner you may be further contributing to why you’re too tired to eat.
With a few simple changes, you can get yourself back on track. And once you’re feeling better, you can consider if there are other changes you need to make to your schedule or situation. Or hopefully, this is a season of life that already has a light at the end of the tunnel.
What else has worked for you to break the cycle and start eating after work again?
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