We hear all the time that eating small frequent meals is best for overall optimal health and weight loss. But is it?
In the search for a “healthy snack” are we missing an important point about snacking altogether? Is any snacking really healthy?
Snacking can be healthy for
The problem with eating snacks or small frequent meals is that it takes 3 to 5 hours for food to leave the stomach. Food needs a specific pH to digest properly depending on where it lies on the acid/alkaline scale. So, if you eat a meal, and then add something else to the stomach only an hour or so later that needs a different pH, you’re never giving your body the chance to digest optimally.
You end up being in a constant state of digestion and most likely aren’t digesting your foods properly.
When you aren’t digesting your foods properly, you open the door for bacteria and/or yeast overgrowth in the gut as your undigested food ferments, and then feed these ‘bugs’. Bacteria and yeast feed off sugar and anything that breaks down to sugar including all of the carbohydrates: legumes, fruits, grains, and starchy vegetables. You can also end up with digestive issues such as gas, bloating, acid reflux, indigestion, etc. Weight gain, fatigue, foggy brain, excessive hunger, and more cravings are also outcomes.
Having 3 full meals a day including healthy proteins, fats, and preferably cooked vegetables not only helps your body to digest properly, it allows you to receive these macronutrients and the nourishment your body craves to function throughout the day. It helps to stabilize blood sugar because you’re not constantly fueling and stimulating insulin and it balances your hunger cues. When you have insulin spikes, your body stores fat – period – and therefore this is better for overall weight loss.
The best thing to do for yourself is to brush your teeth and/or use a tongue scraper after you eat your meal so that the residue doesn’t linger and cause more cravings.
How to transition to 3 meals per day?
Start by planning and preparing full meals instead of depending on snacks.
Make Breakfast Count
- Make breakfast a big, nourishing and filling start to the day. Loading up on healthy fats and proteins will keep you fuller longer.
- Smoothies can be a great choice for those that don’t have much time in the morning. Add a handful of spinach for your veggie.
- Use healthy fats such as avocado, extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, nut