Smart tips for how often we should eat
- Eat only when you feel at least a bit hungry
- Keep 3 big meals per day
- Follow your appetite
- Stop eating when you feel nourished
Coming back in time by million years: one of the basic body signals is hunger. Your body is smart and gives you a clear signal when it is time to eat. Nobody else knows it better than your body. It is crucial to eat only when your body gives you this signal because in the meantime it is occupied with its biochemical mechanisms. Above all, with regulating hormones (e.g. insulin, glucagon) and thereby fat storing / fat burning.
Keep 3 big meals per day. Why? As described in the Principle #3 about carbohydrates: the body needs longer breaks in between the meals to achieve the point when there is little insulin in blood.
Follow your appetite! If you get irresistible appetite for a steak, have it! Maybe you need more protein. The nature is smarter than us. If we live in a tropical climate, it offers oranges, lemons and mangos which make our body feel cooler and deliver in-the-heat necessary vitamines. In a mild climate, it offers us different things in each season: fresh pumpkin in autumn, asparagus in spring, salad over summer, root vegetables for the winter. Each of these plants deliver the vitamins necessary especially in that respective part of the year or part of the world. What a coincidence, hm? Therefore follow your appetite and also the seasonal offer in the (bio) market.
However trivial these principles may sound, they are not always easy to implement. To beat a so called emotional hunger requires a lot of learning and understanding of yourself – haven’t you ever eaten a bar of chocolate just because you were sad, frustrated or bored? Try to differentiate the physical hunger from the emotional one and follow only the “real” one.
What we should avoid
- Eating in between the meals / eating when not being hungry
- Skipping a meal when being hungry. Why? The body is smart and switches to the starvation mode: finally your metabolism gets slower.
- Being conservative. Why? How can you get appetite for a buckwheat risotto if you never tried one? Try it out! Get out of your comfort zone and test various tastes and so far unknown meals! Yes, there will be some failures but it is the only way to move forward.
- Artificial flavors added to industrially produced food. Why? Do you think your body gets what it needs if it is calling for “strawberries” (i.e. asking for iron and manganese) and we deliver a strawberry flavored yoghurt instead?