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 How Many Meals Do You Eat Per Day?
Three and a snack (33 votes)
47.83%
Four or More Small Meals (10 votes)
14.49%
Other (explain) (9 votes)
13.04%
Three (8 votes)
11.59%
Two (5 votes)
7.25%
Two and a snack (3 votes)
4.35%
One and a snack (1 votes)
1.45%
None: I only snack. (0 votes)
0%
One (0 votes)
0%
One to Three Small Meals (0 votes)
0%
69 Votes Total Last vote Thursday, February 27, 2014, 1:54pm by santina
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D.L.
Monday, February 25, 2013, 3:30am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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I have to eat something for breakfast, but it's not much ... usually peanut butter on half an apple or mashed black-eyed peas with lemon juice on celery. I eat a small meal sometime between 11 and 1:00 of vegetables and a small protein. Then I snack a little a couple of times later in the day, usually nuts or fruit or occasionally a small berry and almond milk smoothy. I never eat three meals. So that would be two small meals and two small snacks.  
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Quoted from Peppermint Twist
Just my own theory but I think O non Gatherers on the right diet for our types are "feast and famine" types, as I call us, while your basic Type A is more of a "grazer".


Interesting.
Makes me think the "thriftiness" of the Gatherer relates to eating schedule, too.
Like, maybe B's who are Gatherers schedule meals differently than Nomads.

Gotta say, though: Generally it looks like about 75% of folks are eating 3 full meals a day here.


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I have three meals and at least two snacks a day.

In fact, because of the high incidence of low-calorie foods on my SWAMI, I have to eat often to meet my energy needs.


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Quoted from 2degreespisces
I have three meals and at least two snacks a day.

In fact, because of the high incidence of low-calorie foods on my SWAMI, I have to eat often to meet my energy needs.

Is there any way to fatten-up your plan - maybe with a couple of neutrals?



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Quoted from san j

Is there any way to fatten-up your plan - maybe with a couple of neutrals?



Due to my health situation I mainly stick to the diamonds and beneficials. It's OK though, I don't mind eating often throughout the day.
It's just that I really need to watch that I get enough calories, as I tend to lose weight very easily.


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I tried the two meals a day, even not eating until after 10am or after midday - not good for my metabolism which is pretty high/fast; right now, I like the fresh lemon juice first thing in warm water, then wait a while.  I may try something different ie another fresh juice, then some protein ie nuts, not sure yet.  Green smoothie nice but not grounding enough and blood sugar still a little unstable.... the body changes in time as the cells keep detoxing and organs/glands improve in function.   I used to feel better with some grain especially warm, feel good with sprouted ancient wheat bread (khoras... slightly warmed in steamer with some acai or other berry, ground flax seed, a little coconut oil (or ghee).  the sprouted bread causes less acidity in the body than standard breads.
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Quoted from Peppermint Twist
...Just my own theory but I think O non Gatherers on the right diet for our types are "feast and famine" types, as I call us, while your basic Type A is more of a "grazer"...

Quoted from san j
Interesting.  Makes me think the "thriftiness" of the Gatherer relates to eating schedule, too.

Exactamente, san j!


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Three meals a day plus three snacks  




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I voted other.  I have 3 meals and snack all day.  A typical work day:  I have protein shake for breakfast, later a banana, later a rice cake, salad with roast beef, mozzarella cheese and other vegies for lunch, later a rice cake, later an apple, dinner, snack in evening.  I drink water and green teas all day.  I’ll have wine with dinner but not every night.


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Quoted from Peppermint Twist
Day-um!  I am in a TINY minority with only eating two meals per day!  So interesting!

Just my own theory but I think O non Gatherers on the right diet for our types are "feast and famine" types, as I call us, while your basic Type A is more of a "grazer".  This is when, I emphasize again, we are on the right diets for our respective types.  Back when my eating was haywire, it was a diff story, as I was ruled by cravings.  But now, I eat a big breakfast, no lunch (I walk on my lunch break at work), and a good dinner.  I not only am not ruled by cravings like I was pre-GTD, I don't even get hungry between meals.  I am totally sated, well nourished and good to go.  If I get hungry, I know it is time (past time!) to eat, as it only rarely happens.

I love this way of eating!

Can't believe I'm in such a tiny percentage within the BTD/GTD community, though, with my two-mealing it.  Interesting poll!


I've been thinking about this post a LOT since you posted it PT. We're both O nonnie gatherers, and I know you've been successful at losing a whole ton of weight, while I've been plataued for what seems like forever.

By the time I found BTD, you'd already figured out what works for you and you'd lost most of the weight. I wasn't there when you were first struggling with changing your eating habits or starting up an exercise routine.

I've been eating frequently to keep my blood sugar stable- at the very minimum, I've been having 3 meals plus a snack, and on some days I kind of "graze" between meals. I wonder if I should be eating less often to lose weight.


Ruth, Single Mother to 20 yo  O- Leah , 18 yo O- Hannah, and  13 yo B+ Jack


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Quoted from ruthiegirl


I've been thinking about this post a LOT since you posted it PT. We're both O nonnie gatherers, and I know you've been successful at losing a whole ton of weight, while I've been plataued for what seems like forever.

By the time I found BTD, you'd already figured out what works for you and you'd lost most of the weight. I wasn't there when you were first struggling with changing your eating habits or starting up an exercise routine.

I've been eating frequently to keep my blood sugar stable- at the very minimum, I've been having 3 meals plus a snack, and on some days I kind of "graze" between meals. I wonder if I should be eating less often to lose weight.

Ruthiegirl:
I think I remember your being someone who adheres closely to SWAMI's portion-size recommendations. I would think that following hunger, eating when you feel you need to, to satiety, would be telling you what you need, no?


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I try to stick to SWAMI's portion size recommendations, but when I "follow my gut" I tend to over-eat. I've NEVER been able to stick to the portion sizes of fat, and I always go way over on the vegetables, otherwise I can't stay full. I'm routinely eating more protein than SWAMI suggests.

I've also been having a lot of fibromyalgia symptoms the past few months. For the past few weeks, I've found myself hungry again an hour or so after meals, no matter how much I eat.Nor have I been able to lose weight recently- I've been hovering between 25 and 30 pounds overweight for over a year.

PT often posts about how she's free of cravings and in complete biochemical balance- which I'm very, very clearly not! I'm wondering if I'd have more stable blood sugar if I only ate breakfast and dinner. It would certainly make it possible for me to stick to the SWAMI protein portions- which I have never been able to do.


Ruth, Single Mother to 20 yo  O- Leah , 18 yo O- Hannah, and  13 yo B+ Jack


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Ruthie,
I have found IF to be one of the best things I've ever done. I was a snacker thinking this would balance my blood sugar. It actually kept my insulin high all day (BS was always in normal range) and in turn I was always hungry or unbalanced. The 1st few days were hard. I applied Goldie's oil thing and had a tsp of oil around 10 for two days, a bite of butter on day 3, then it got easier. After I hit noon, it gets much easier. The first few days your insulin is coming down and fat raises insulin the least. I lost 7 pounds in my stomach in two weeks and feel so much better. I never thought I could fast. When I started I looked at it as detox and giving my gut a good rest. I was very surprised at all the positive results. I am very inclined to think it will help your fibro as well as fatigue. I chose to skip breakfast and I eat between 1 and 6. I eat a salad with protein and fat around 1 or 2 and again at 6. If I need/want a snack it's veggies and dip or nuts but they tend to create cravings for more. The biggest thing I found was NOT eating breakfast tammed my hunger for the rest of the day and lowered my insulin. There is some insulin cortisol spike correlation in the morning and I found I have this.  IF i eat breakfast I'm hungry all day. I asked a bunch of ny friends and most said the same thing, especially if it contains protein. Protein always revs up my hunger and protein will raise insulin just as much as carbs, especially in the morning (tho it will not raise your BS  as high). High insulin is just as bad if not worse then high BS.

As I said, the 1st few days are hard because your leptin and insulin are high so I would suggest going slow and eating a mostly fat the 1st time you eat.

Hope that helps


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Mother- I've tried this. I've given it more than "a few days". I felt weak and dizzy for WEEKS attempting this method. Then I decided to try the opposite- after all, my Mom is doing well on a program where she eats 5 snacks and one meal a day- maybe something similar will work for me.

I have more energy (and am thus able to exercise) when I eat more often and don't let myself get too hungry. On busier days, if I miss meals, I get weak and dizzy again. It's probably low adrenal function, as I seem to have all the signs of it, and the "adrenal support supplements and ideas" (frequent meals, extra vitamin B) seem to help me feel better.


Ruth, Single Mother to 20 yo  O- Leah , 18 yo O- Hannah, and  13 yo B+ Jack


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Ruthie,

You are exactly right. Adrenal/cortisol, sleep, blood sugar should all be in order before IF. I did very well on small frequent meals for a long time until my insulin started staying elevated. It wasn't until after menopause and after my kids moved out that things became much more relaxed and stabilized. I also don't think IF would work if I was eating any carbs other then veggies. My 1st meal/snack is around 2 and it's been mostly veggies and nut/butters or veggies and avocado then at 6ish it's veggies and protein. I do add good fats to both and that is most important to me.

My main reason for even attempting IF (NEVER thought I could) was that I was ALWAYS ravenously hungry, starting 1/2 -1 hour after breakfast. After researching I found there is a insulin/cortisol connection with hunger and as soon as I skipped breakfast, the hunger greatly diminished. HUGE relief! Eatiing occupied my every thought. Protein seems to bring on the hungers so I've been saving my animal protein for dinner and eating veggie protein for my 2:00 meal/snack. The biggest problem I have now is I'm not eating many calories. Fix one thing, break another, right?

Hope you feel well!


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A good doctor recommended 6 small feedings a day.  & protein at each feeding. Well as a general rule, this works for me. But the terminology strikes me funny.  What are we cows ? Babies?  But if you don't think " meals" it does seem more appropriate. (Small feedings)
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If you think of it as 3 meals and 3 snacks it sounds more "adult" even if it's "small meals" and "big snacks" that are all around the same size.


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