A+ Meal Timing

A+ Meal Timing

Everyone has a different eating style. Some people love to graze all day, others like to stick to the basic breakfast, lunch, dinner. Some of us eat small breakfasts and larger dinners, others live for their brunch! Putting some thought into our meal patterning can have significant effects on our health. Here are couple tips to stay focused and energized all day:

Eat Every 5 Hours When Awake

We have all seen the candy bar commercials: you’re not you when you’re hungry. Eating every 4-5 hours keeps our energy levels stable, avoids the over-hungry or “hangry” feeling when we go long periods of time without eating, and provides us with the fuel we need to keep focused. When we choose not to eat for longer than 6-7 hours our bodies start to crave certain nutrients. We usually turn to the QUICKEST option available, which can often be unhealthy choices (fast food, vending machines, etc). 

Don’t Skip Meals to Save Calories

If you are trying to lose weight or lean out, one of the worst things to do is skip meals to save calories. We need to fuel our bodies every few hours to keep our metabolism active. When we skip meals we run the risk of breaking down muscle tissue due to lack of fuel. 

Avoid HUGE Meals at One Time

On the other side of the equation, you want to avoid really large, calorie dense meals at one time. Our body can’t use that fuel right away, so we can be prone to storing this energy as fat.

Keep Healthy Snacks Available

In a perfect world, we would all be able to eat every 4-5 hours and make great nutrition choices. However, we know that meetings, unexpected assignments, sick children, traffic jams, doctor’s appointments, etc. can often mess with our eating schedules. This is why I recommend keeping shelf stable options in a purse, in a car, or at work.

Quality Options are:

Almond, cashew, walnut, or peanut packs

Whole grain crackers and individual nut butter packs

Fruit, such as clementines, or apples

Trail mix with dried fruit and nuts

Oatmeal packets

 

Linda Edmondson