How often should we be eating?

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Everyone eats different amounts at different times during the day. It all depends on our bodies and our schedules.

I like small meals with small snacks sprinkled in between, but my husband is the total opposite. He might not eat anything all day and then he’ll have a giant dinner. Maybe you’re a teacher on your feet all day and barely have time to eat until school gets out. Maybe you’re traveling for work and you are eating throughout the day as you meet with clients. Does the difference matter?

For a long time I was telling my husband that it wasn’t healthy to just do one big meal per day, and that he should really be eating small meals over the course of the day. But he has been living like this since college and is a fit, healthy man. So what gives?

I did my research regarding the “eat many small meals” theory because I started to wonder about the reasoning behind it. Turns out, it’s (mostly) crap.

If I was given a basket of food to eat for the day, it wouldn’t make much difference if I ate it all at once or spread it out over the day because I am consuming the same amount of calories and nutrients.

However, nutritionists still do suggest eating small meals over the day in place of 1-3 larger meals because irregular eating patterns and skipped meals can lead overeating or even binge eating.

If you’re interested, here are the studies I read that support this idea:

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=56254

http://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/features/6_meals_a_day#1

 

6 Tips for Getting Out of an Unhealthy Slump

Some days we just lose it. We lose the energy to work for the things that we usually spend so much time fussing over. We forget why these things matter.

This is totally normal, so start by reminding yourself of that…Then let’s work to get out of it.

When you find yourself in a slump, here’s what to do:

1. Tell yourself (as Little Gram used to say) “this too shall pass.” Because it will.

2. Think about how you feel when you’re productive and focused. Getting back to work and into healthy habits helps us feel strong, confident, and energized. 

3. The slump usually starts because our routines get thrown out of whack somehow (traveling, illness, etc.). Remind yourself that once you return to consistency, you will be happier and more productive in other areas of life.

4. Take a break. Sometimes we need to rest. It’s hard to make ourselves slow down, but it’s absolutely necessary once in awhile.

5. Enlist a friend. Most things are way more fun to do when you have a friend to do them with. It gives you a chance to relax and catch up while putting your stresses aside.

6. Do the same thing differently. If you can’t motivate yourself to do what you usually do, try to accomplish the same thing in a different way. Changing things up a little bit can make a big difference.

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