Well, that’s not true, it’s more, one mealtime a day.
It started a few years ago when I had significant problems with my dependency on my prescribed medication. There were two times in the day when I craved my drugs, and when I say crave, I mean I was in pain, crying and desperate to the point of doing anything to get that fix. First thing in the morning, 8 am and 8 pm, to give me oblivion. I dreaded waking up and that inevitable wait. The whole day became the waiting game of pain.
This meant that everything else in my life was put on hold, including eating. I would go through times of eating nothing to stuffing myself full of anything and everything.
As the months went by and I slowly withdrew from the drugs that controlled me, my eating pattern started to revert to a so-called normal state.
However, that breakfast thing never really did it for me. I didn’t enjoy breakfast. It was something I did out of what I thought was a seeming necessity. So, I decided I would stop having breakfast and see what happened. At first, I went through a time of feeling a bit hungry. It was as though my body was expecting something, and it wanted to know why it hadn’t so set that hunger feeling into action. Like a sort of addiction, I suppose?
Within a few weeks, I wasn’t eating till about 12 or 1 o’clock and not missing that forced morning session. I also noticed that I wasn’t eating during the remainder of the morning. As soon as I ate, I started munching through the rest of the day.
I really enjoyed my later meal, and that’s not because I was starving; it’s just because I was ready to eat.
Another benefit was my Poo Time was becoming normal. To find out more about Poo Time, proper name, The Gastropic-Reflex system, you should read my bit called, I’ve Gone To The Dogs! If this isn’t happening for you, your eating habits need to be checked!
Around teatime, about five, I would have something light. I didn’t feel like I needed a full cooked meal. I did still go into that munchy mode during the evening, but after doing some research, I stopped this—most of what I was eating, that stuff we all know is too high in fat, sugar and calories. My body was taking this in and expecting me to be soon running around like a headless chicken, but that didn’t happen, and my body went into fat storage mode, big time!
I also noticed that this munching or eating later had a significant impact on my sleeping. It takes about four hours for your body to deal with the food you eat before going into a well-deserved rest. So it only seemed logical not to have my body working while the rest of me was trying to rest in sleep.
I now try not to eat after 6 pm, which works well for me. As for the munchies, that doesn’t bother me anymore. I suppose if there was chocolate, cakes, biscuits and crisp around, I might still be tempted!?
Keeping busy is important to me. I want to live every moment. Often I find I’m doing something, and the time goes by. Before I know it, it’s gone 3 pm. I start to think about what to have to eat and enjoy that time, the preparation and the consumption! This mealtime is a really enjoyable time of the day, and that’s important!
My typical day consists of eating between 4 pm and 6 pm. This is not a great effort or sacrifice, and I’m feeling good, too, so it is working for me!
However, I’m not a martyr to this! When family and friends call bearing goodies, I eat and enjoy them without guilt. In fact, I look forward to these moments more now they have become a treat and not a daily occurrence!
My body has found its natural state or level of consumption to meet its needs. I don’t force stuff in because the clock or society tells me I should. It just took me time to listen and change.
I feel better, sleep better, live better, and it cost me a lot less too!
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