In the first half of the day, before noon, our energy is not tuned for digestion, as the organism uses what we ate in the previous day. A common saying: “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper” does not correspond to the reality. By the way, it is also not intact with popular traditions. Have you ever heard of a peasant who had a big breakfast before going to the fields at 4 a.m.? Usually, peasants would eat something fast in the morning, have bread and a piece of lard for lunch in the fields and only late in the evening, after work, the whole family would get together at the table and have a meal.
Normally, you do not even want to eat much in the morning, unless you overate in the previous day. It is clear that when you were eating the whole day with small breaks and had a big dinner before going to bed, your stomach will start asking for food when you are still in bed. However, we have already decided that we should not always listen to our stomach.
In most cases, people have breakfast because of their habits, being absolutely sure that it is needed. Of course the organism will get used to it and adapt to that condition somehow, not without dealing damage to itself though.
According to yogis’ opinion (shared by Bragg, Shelton and Walker among others), in the morning, before noon, acidic reactions are predominant in the organism. Considering also that our organism is energetically not prepared to consume a lot of food (except for hard labor workers and newly-weds), it becomes clear why dieticians recommend not to have breakfast at all or to eat something low-calorie and alkalizing.
Here are some possible breakfast options:
- Fruit juices;
- Stewed fruit drink (dried fruits are put in cold water in the evening and by the morning you get a great drink);
- Rosehip infusion or herbal tea with honey (but not every day);
- Sour milk products – kefir, curdled milk, yoghurt etc., can be consumed with fruits or berries;
- Berries (strawberry, raspberry, currant etc.), can be eaten with 1-2 table spoons of cream or sour cream.
You can change the options every day, depending on your preferences. It is better not to have lunch before noon. By this time your organism is usually ready for energy intake, what can be proven by the hunger you start feeling. However, a person can become hungry only by 2 or 3 p.m., which is absolutely normal. Many of those who eat once per day notice that a real hunger comes around 5 p.m. Anyway, when you start feeling real hunger, you should satisfy it.
Then, it is lunchtime. At this time, our internal environment is mostly neutral, our body needs energy and the most appropriate meal is some “real” food with high alkaline content. Let’s remember that carbohydrates and fats are the ideal sources of energy. Using proteins as fuel is just unwise; the organism has to pay too much for it.
That is why lunch should normally consist of raw or boiled vegetables and some starch dish – porridge, potatoes, bread etc. You can add butter or sunflower oil to porridge or vegetables, and a bit of vegetable oil, sour cream, cream or kefir in salads. No lunch should pass without greens, fresh or dry.
In 4-5 hours after lunch, if you want, you can have a light snack – drink a glass of juice or eat some fruits and berries. In general, if you really want it, it is allowed to drink a glass of herbal tea or artificial (chicory) coffee and eat a small sandwich or some salad with a piece of bread, but the food should not be too heavy. Fruits and juices are the best option.
Finally, you should have dinner at 7, 8 or even 9 p.m., but not less than an hour (or two, which is better) before going to bed. At night, alkaline reactions predominate in the organism and some dieticians advise to eat proteins for dinner – nuts, cottage cheese, lentil, beans etc. In my opinion, such menu can be recommended as a temporary measure for people trying to stop eating meat, but I do not think you should eat like that all the time. Adults do not need that much protein in the end.
Thus, for dinner you can eat the same carbohydrates and fats as for lunch – salad and cooked vegetables with bread or porridge (by the way, bread has a considerable protein content). And you do need to make a big deal out of it. It is alright to eat whatever you want, you just need to control the combinability of products and obviously not eat unhealthy food.
In general, you should trust your body more; it will always let you know what it is lacking, if you do not overfeed it with artificial products, of course. A human, just like any other animal, can feel very well which food is the best for him at the moment. Usually only your tongue tricks you, in the cases when the food you are eating does not exist in the nature. The evolution has not yet managed to adapt us to the cakes, cookies and sandwiches with sausages and to make us feel naturally disgusted by such foods.
When it comes to natural food, our body knows exactly what it needs. Remember, how many times you wanted to eat something specific, like an apple, an orange, or porridge that you have not made for the whole month. It means your body needs some substances contained in these products.
To be honest, when it comes to the amount of consumed food and frequency of eating, you cannot always rely on your organism. Humans have never lived in the conditions of such abundance and so the nature has not created any corresponding limitation mechanisms. On the contrary, for surviving purposes humans are told on the genetic level to eat a lot when there is an opportunity. Nowadays, the only thing saving us from gluttony is our mind and an ability to control our desires.
Dieticians are unanimous on this matter – all of them advise to leave the table with a feeling of that you could eat a little bit more. Just like when assessing the level of your hunger, you can imagine a piece of stale bread in this situation. While you have the desire to eat it, you can continue eating, but as soon as the bread will stop provoking the appetite, you should stop the meal.
However, when it comes to consuming ideal food – raw and cooked vegetables without salt, porridges made with water and without salt and spices, you do not need to think about all these details. Upon achieving such perfection in your diet, you can rely only on the feeling of fullness after eating, i.e. leave the table with a feeling of lightness and readiness to conduct any work.
Text: from the book A.Eddar “Treatise of nutrition”. Interpreter: Liza Dukhova