For the past couple of weeks, we've been trying a new meal schedule.
We've always been a three, nutritious meals a day kinda family, but Papa Pea has been doing more and more research that seems to point out the fact that the body actually has to work to digest food. Also, one of the best ways for your body to utilize and optimize the food you put into it is to create a little bit of a rest or "fast" for your digestion system. How to do this?
Go to a two meal a day schedule. We all normally get that fasting period over night, but rarely during the daylight hours when perhaps our bodies would operate more efficiently if they weren't using the energy to digest more frequently eaten food.
This may seem like a simple thing to do, but it does present a couple of little glitches. Funny thing, most of the rest of the people we associate with are not programmed to eating their first meal at 9:30 a.m. and their last meal of the day at 4:30 p.m.
So even though we've been trying to stick with this new schedule, it's been inevitable that there are days when it just doesn't work out.
We have an extra body or two around at noon time? Well, a lunch needs to served. I want to meet a girlfriend for lunch? That date naturally falls around 12 noon. I want to invite folks for dinner? For some reason, asking them to arrive and be ready to eat at 4:30 won't go over well.
Those days are the exceptions, and we're certainly being flexible about it. But when it's just the two of us doin' our thing around ye ol' homestead, we've been sticking to the two meals a day . . . and find we like it!
Yes, the hours from 4:30 p.m. of one day until 9:30 a.m. the next day are quite a few, no doubt about that. Many evenings we'll have a glass of wine or kombucha while winding down last thing before bed. But other than that we are surviving the 16-17 hours between very well. It's our bodies' true fasting period and surprisingly enough, we haven't been suffering bad hunger pains that make us uncomfortable either during the day or night.
Hmmm, could there actually be something to this? Do our bodies need and appreciate the break from the work of digestion of food?
I do know it's saving me time in not having to stop whatever else I may be involved in to make that third meal each day. (Let alone both of us sitting down to eat it.) Plus, we've got to be ingesting fewer calories which should eventually lead to slight (at least) weight loss for each of us. It's been proven thinner people live longer than heavier ones so that's a good thing. (Lean and mean, that's our goal.) And our food supplies will last longer, and we'll save money!
Oh, balderdash! I see now I grew way too much in the garden this year. (Hee-hee.)
Bottom line, change can be good. I'll keep you posted as to how this one continues to pan out.
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