There is a solution—I’m doing it, and it works
It becomes clearer steadily that eating at night is not good. But Jewish Law demands it. Not only should we eat at the beginning of Jewish festive days (at night), we must eat until we’re satisfied! Not just a bite or two.
But we must also guard our health. We should regard our bodies to be on loan, and the Owner wants us to take good care of them and obey doctors.
So, this is what I do. I eat a good bread meal in mid-afternoon, also before Shabbat or a Festival. Then, at night, I eat the minimum of bread with all kinds of festive snacks. I’m easily full, and I won’t eat a lot.
You’re not supposed to eat so late before a festive day because it spoils your appetite. But that’s the whole idea! I still feel like eating at night, but not for a lot. It’s still festive because all the special bites are for the night.
The Shabbat Third meal, I eat early, after the earliest Afternoon Prayers.
Maybe it helps that I eat my main meal every day at mid-afternoon.
And it surely helps that I eat whole-wheat bread with peanut butter and focus on nutritious stuff that is tasty and not the other way around.
Have a healthy New Year!