Breakfast Lunch Dinner

I don’t eat breakfast, lunch or dinner anymore. I haven’t for quite a number of years now. And I feel great!

But before you get too worried, relax, I’m not starving myself.

I’ll explain shortly.

The staple meals of the day

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. These three little words are so entrenched into our lives. It quite likely has the same meaning to all of us.

Breakfast is eaten in the morning, lunch in the afternoon, and dinner at night. Between these you can also have morning tea, afternoon tea and dessert.

What these three terms have in common though are how they limit what we eat and specify the type of food that “should’ be eaten at those times.

We have cereal and toast for breakfast, sandwiches or salad for lunch, and meat and veg or rice and pasta for dinner.

And if you break out of this mould you are usually frowned upon and called insane. “What, you’re having steak for breakfast? Are you mad?”

Where did this concept come from?

Honestly, I don’t know for sure. But my guess is that is that it resulted from a fusion of cultures and customs throughout history, as well as the availability of food.

Grain was probably the most common staple as it was farmed in plentiful supply so it was flexible and could be eaten in numerous meals throughout the day, especially at breakfast.

Vegetables were probably also in good supply so they could have been had for lunch and dinner.

Meat would have been in short supply and expensive so it was saved for the last meal of the day, when everyone was likely to be eating together and winding down after a long day.

Just take a look at restaurant menus. Some restaurants have three different menus; one each for breakfast lunch and dinner. And the breakfast menu is usually completely different:

  • Toast;
  • Muesli;
  • Cereal;
  • Yoghurt;
  • Eggs; and
  • Sausages

You don’t normally see this on the lunch and dinner menus unless they do all day breakfasts. I’m picking on breakfast a bit because it is the easiest one to distinguish.

Where does all this lead?

It seems that our meal habits are all over the place.

I remember meeting someone a long time back that doesn’t eat breakfast, eats a small lunch and has a huge dinner and dessert. It seems that this is not rare.

How we eat is determined by how we are taught. And if we are taught something inefficient, well we get inefficient results.

How should you eat then?

Eat for purpose

At the start of the post I mentioned that I don’t eat breakfast, lunch or dinner anymore. I eat meals. Its meal 1, meal 2, meal 3, and so on.

I don’t let the time of the day limit the types of food that I allow myself to eat. I see no problem in eating eggs at dinner time, and oats at lunch time if that is what my body needs.

Instead of the time, use your daily activity to judge your food intake. Eat because of what you are going to do.

Therefore in my meals, I still have a lot of carbs up until I have a workout, whilst still having adequate protein and some fats.

Ever heard the saying, breakfast like a king, lunch like a queen, and dinner like a pauper? Well, that saying stems from the whole concept that your activity levels drop as you go through the day. Therefore your body doesn’t require as much food (and will likely store a lot of it) so you should lower your intake.

The specifics are slightly different for someone trying to lose weight or build muscle but the concept is the same; match your food intake to your goal and activity levels.

So no carbs at dinner then? Well that depends. Will you be awake for a while after dinner? Will you be exercising after dinner? If so then having carbs at dinner is ok.

It all depends on your activity levels. Eat to live. Check here if you want to know what type of carbs to eat and here for a breakdown of the major nutrient types.

I talk about carbs here a lot because it is usually the type of nutrient that it is the most flexible as it is your main energy source. If you remember from here, protein and fats provide us with additional benefits so still keep these in your meals.

Don’t eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, eat meals.

Well not exactly, but you get the point. Just remember, don’t let the time of day dictate what you eat, base it on your activity for better results.

 

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