I’m learning that, for me, timing is a big deal when it comes to eating healthfully.
I’m definitely a breakfast eater. If I don’t eat breakfast within a couple hours of waking up, I will be hangry, for sure. In fact, on weekends I want to eat immediately. On weekdays, I generally wait to eat my “1st breakfast” when I first sit down at work.
Wait? I eat two breakfasts? Well, sort of.
What seems to work for me is splitting my breakfast up and having a breakfast and a midmorning snack. I don’t do well if I don’t have a little something in between meals. And now that I know this, I’ve been trying to eat less at regular meals so I can still have that snack and not rack up too many calories between all the times I eat.
Here’s what my day might look like:
8:00: Breakfast 1 — Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Egg White on an English Muffin
9:30/10:00: Breakfast 2 — fruit or yogurt
12:30: Lunch (This varies. If I bring it from home, usually a sandwich or leftovers. I’m a sucker for tacos, though! I try to eat fairly well at lunch so I can handle a small snack — or no snack — in the afternoon. But usually I’m hungry by 4:00-4:30!)
4:00: Snack — granola bar, yogurt or fruit
7:30/8:00: Dinner — I generally eat pretty late on the weekdays because I’m working out after work or I have a meeting to attend. Dinner varies from chicken breast & veggie to what we’re having tonight, leftover French Dip sandwiches (I cooked the beef in the crock pot!). I need to cut down on the number of times I get takeout each week.
9:30: Snack — usually a Skinny Cow ice cream treat … or real ice cream. Just working on the serving size!
So that’s where I stand on the timing of my meals. I know I need to eat out less often & keep healthy snacks around more often. I also need to work on curbing my sweet tooth. But eating periodically like this throughout the day is really helpful to me.
Do you eat periodically throughout the day, or does it help you to stick to meals only?