Craving Fulfillment

Nourishment for Body and Soul

Off-balance Meals Part 2 March 3, 2011

Filed under: Nourishment for Your Body — Jane Weber, RD @ 10:44 pm
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You can read Part 1 here.


My soap box was getting creaky after I posted on the importance of breakfast. But, missing the most important meal, sets us up to nibble our day away, making up for missed calories but not missed nutrition.  Metabolism suffers.

 

After a little or zero breakfast, the willpower that takes us through a light lunch dwindles by mid-afternoon.  We end up justifying a quick trip through the drive-thru or have a belly aching supper.

 

These meals are off-balance.  The under eating leads to overeating.


Science backs this too.  In this scenario our blood sugar gradually falls throughout the day.  The low blood sugar pushes us to eat and unless we have the will power of an ox, we eat or nibble or munch our way to supper and to bed.  Our blood sugar peaks in response to our large intake.

And there is more, our metabolism slows in response to being underfed most of the day.  It rebounds when we eat the large supper but by then, we’ve sacrificed a good chunk of energy-burning potential.

 

A nourishing breakfast and a balanced lunch will encourage a third meal that is in line with our body’s needs.   Ideally, the quantity of food is similar in all three meals.  For me, when my body is fed through out the day, I have fewer cravings, am less apt to over eat and I feel better the day through.

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Regular, similar quantity meals, leads to moderate hunger that we can control and a better ability to satisfy it without over eating.

 

Our blood sugar will fall and rise throughout the day in moderate amounts.  This allows our metabolism to work at a better capacity for the day.  We overeat less and eat closer to what our body needs.

 

In other words, we control the food rather than the food controlling us.


We don’t need more will power; we just need to eat smarter.  Working with how God designed our body instead of fighting against it.

 

Responding rather than reacting.

Planning to eat vs. willing to not. 

Positive eating.

 

Meals are the basis to healthy eating but snacks are the accomplices.

Healthy snacking…that’s next.

 

Hugs and blessings,

Jane