Eating. Time. The Perfect Balance
The hustle and bustle in today’s lifestyle gives rise to unhealthy eating and irregular meal timings among other things.High-fat snacks like chips, chiwda, cookies, poori, vada and samosa available in the office cafeteria don’t help much in terms of health. If you do not eat at regular intervals and keep your stomach empty for long periods of time while working, you’re likely to endure
– Low energy levels
The most important meal of the day, breakfast should be eaten within one hour of waking, ideally between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m.
After 6 to 8 hours of sleep, your stomach is empty and your body needs calories for energy. Make sure those calories are high in protein and low in sugar and carbs. Eating a doughnut will send your blood sugar skyrocketing but leave you feeling hungry again long before lunch time. Consider oatmeal with fresh fruit, omelet with spinach, or a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter to get your digestive track off to a good start.
Try to eat lunch about 4 to 5 hours after breakfast, sometime around 11:00 or 12:00 p.m. Do not skip lunch or else you run the risk of turning into a zombie by early afternoon, the busiest time of day. A good lunch consists of lean protein (lean meats like turkey, chicken or fish), complex carbs (brown rice, whole wheat pasta or bread), fiber and good fats.
The best time to eat your final meal of the day is no less than 3 hours before you go to bed, ideally around 6:00 p.m. According to Time, “Eating too close to bedtime increases your blood sugar and insulin, which causes you to have a hard time falling asleep. Therefore, your last meal should be the lightest of the day and should be eaten at least three hours before you go to sleep.”
Meal ideas for dinner should resemble lunch: a protein, a complex carb and fruits and vegetables.
About three hours after breakfast and again about three hours after lunch, have a light, low-calorie snack. Think apple slices or a banana, a handful of unsalted nuts, a smoothie, or low-fat yogurt. The goal is not to fully satisfy your hunger but to tide you over until the next meal.
Eating meals and snacks at set times every day may help your digestion. It’s important (1) to eat breakfast within an hour of waking up; (2) to eat your last meal at least three hours before bedtime; and (3) to give your stomach ample time (at least 3 to 4 hours) to digest food.