There was never such a thing! These three meals are completely man-made, fabricated to accommodate for today’s work life. For most of us, not one concept or belief of our daily diet regimen makes sense. Today, it has minimal regard for health and the way food was intended to be digested.
300 years ago – during the Colonial era (1700’s):
Breakfast – was created out of the urge to “break” the “fast” of a long night without food. The poor folks (laborers and slaves) ate early before working in the field. The wealthy ate at 9 or 10 am.
Lunch – No such thing!
Dinner – was early, shortly after 12:00 pm and was the biggest meal of the day.
Supper – Didn’t exist either, but became a light, late night snack, usually some leftovers from “Dinner,” at sundown … NO, not during the David Letterman show.
As time went on, dinners occurred later. In turn, the breakfast meal size became smaller as food was heavily consumed before bed time, thus not creating much of a “fast” to “break.” In other words, people were still full by daybreak (are you relating to this?).
Lunch was created as the work day became a strict 9:00 am to 5:00 pm event.
We now eat around the structured orientation of WORK. Not good!!
Glad you asked …
We were never meant to eat in this fashion. Most individuals miss the most important meal (breakfast) and pack the calories into the least important meal (dinner).
Breakfast is fuel for the body and should consist of a balance of protein and carbohydrates.
Dinner should be a small, readily digestible meal that does not interrupt sleep. Otherwise, blood flow travels into the digestive system, rather than the brain for vital hormone secretions, replenishment of neurochemicals and essential dream states.
Be a caveman!
- Eat when you’re hungry
- Graze like an animal with no time limits.
- Natural foods are preferred.
- Eat bigger meals earlier in the day, when fuel for energy is required most.
- Reduce meal size as the day progresses and less demand for functioning is needed.
You are probably grumbling that there is no way to do this while at work.
Then grab some high quality, natural food bars for your suitcase or purse and take a couple bites every hour or two during the day. By dinner time (or “supper”), you shouldn’t feel the ravenous desire to shovel down a buffet station.
Provide your body small amounts of food throughout the day versus packing tons of calories at one sitting. There are SO many valid reasons to do this that volumes of space would be needed to write about it. The key to this concept is to make sure your body digests (breaks down) everything you consume to the smallest, most usable nutritional element. Therefore, there will be no waste that turns to fat or sits in your belly to putrefy and become stinky gas!
Don’t bog down of your system with blood sugar overload resulting in a “food coma” or after meal sleepiness.
You must: Stay sharp, stay clear, stay focused and most of all – STAY ENERGIZED! This is the way to do it!
Side effect: Weight loss