I have tried to cover the major possibilities here.
Here's an anticipated grey area; do the best you can with it if appropriate: -If your meals are smaller than many would consider really a meal, but they suffice as such for you and are as well-balanced as "meals" generally are, call them "small meals". -If, instead of a large or small meal, you are filling up on some item that is, basically, substituting for a true meal, call it a snack.
And feel free to explain, if you like. Tell us what makes a meal a "meal", if that's relevant/interesting to you. And/or any other point you care to pursue here. Thanks!
D'Adamo proponent since 1997 dadamo Blogger and Forum participant since 2005
I always have 3 definite meals...usually at the same time every day...and one snack for sure....sometimes two...
A meal to me is food that fills me up....although carefully chosen. Breakfast is fruit, plant protein (ex. quinoa with fruit or a soy protein drink with fruit) and some kind of healthy fat...nuts, seeds, EVOO.
Lunch is a LOT of vegetables....I aim for that 6 cups of veggies per day...and then some kind of plant food....beans, legumes like peanuts....My vegetables come from a huge variety....vegetables I've roasted and prepared/refrigerated -- I usually make many containers full of veggies twice or three times a week..I like heat/ready/eat....When I cook from scratch, I'm usually cooking a new batch of vegetables AFTER I've eaten a meal, so I'm not likely to be choosing any old food while I'm feeling hungry.
Dinner is always fish or turkey....I save my animal protein for dinner...and usually a soup like pea or lentil and then two more vegetables..
My snacks are nuts, dried fruits, large mixed veggie juice, apples, pears....nothing tropical this time of year.
The way I eat provides complete satiety at every meal...I never ever think about food when I've eaten a meal....I have great energy to exercise....and this just works for me.
I often totally change what I want for breakfast...depending upon the seasons....but I'm a creature of habit....like routines and don't make very many changes in my diet..
"The happiest people don't have the best of everything.....they know how to make the best of everything!"
SWAMI O+ Gatherer, Healing from Fibromyalgia Kyosha Nim Columnists and Bloggers
Location: New York
I voted "3 and a snack" but sometimes it's 3 and 2 snacks. Rarely, I'll eat 4 meals (plus snacks) one day and then only eat two meals the next day, but that's usually when I'm getting back on track after over-indulging. New Year's Eve was a good example- I had another meal's worth of food when I should have been in bed already, and skipped breakfast the next day.
Ruth, Single Mother to 21 yo O- Leah , 20 yo O- Hannah,and 14 yo B+ Jack
I voted " 3 meals and a snack.". Breakfast is most often 4-5 types of veggies and some left over meat or hemp hearts if I have no meat left over. Lunch is usually more like a big snack. Often a protein drink or some fruit and nuts. Supper is meat and 1-2 veggies. A snack in the late afternoon depending on what time I had lunch and what time supper is.
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3 bigger meals and sometimes a snack
I eat bf early 5.45-6 always protein and fat based with fruit or veggies as side
coffee and sometimes nuts at 10.
Lunch at 13 veggies, protein and fat somkind of fruit as dessert- never alone.
tea without anything at 16
dinner at 19 Veggies and some kind of protein+ fat. Sometimes a little ok grains - but I prefer to be grain free most of the time. somekind of dessert in weekends.
Sometimes a cup of tea later I don´t count just tea as a snack.
Sometimes when I am really doing well not eating grains and sugar I natural eats less food maybe just a snack at midmorning and large lunch and dinner.
It has never worked well for me to eat lots of small meals ( grazing) or eat small dinner. So snacking is for me out of the question. The best thing I did was when I this summer decided to eat more full meals and stop snacking.
ENFP -naturalist, visual/spatial and musical/verbal/chatty Dane - Mother to DD 22 , 0 rh- ,secr, likely Hunter Diamonds, superfoods,Neutral,*black dots, avoids
I voted 3 and a snack but it varies. Sometimes it will be 2 and a snack if I'm low on food or in town for the day. I definitely prefer 3 and a snack, sometimes it will be 3 and 2 snacks if I'm really hungry or didn't eat enough at meals.
I cannot manage to prepare or eat the amount of food recommended by my Swami.
In Section C of the SWAMI intake form, did you set the "Category Portion Size and Frequency:" setting to one of the lower setting? There are choices of Normal Frequency/Smaller Portions, Lesser Frequency/Normal Portions, and Lesser Frequency/Smaller Portions to choose from...
The volume of one's intake of food is best geared to one's caloric burning, and those of us who are expending less physical energy are appropriately abridging our food intake. Some do it by lessened meal size, but I do it by taking in, basically, one real meal a day, plus a nosh here and there. Example is: I just finished a real dinner. But this morning I had a bowl of risotto with shredded parmesan. And this afternoon I had a grapefruit. It works for me, for now. In all honesty, I'm not drawn to eating early in the day anyway, even when operating at full capacity. In my tennis days, I had breakfast before playing, but short of that, not from the big breakfast eaters.
D'Adamo proponent since 1997 dadamo Blogger and Forum participant since 2005
Yeah, it's all about dinner, though basic, nutritious food the rest of the day is a simple joy. Feels good.
Vegemite is a concoction of brewers yeast mainly. Not recommended for everyone, I believe, especially where candida is a concern. The more widely available version is Marmite, though it's not quite as balanced in flavor. It's very salty and used sparingly. You might need some friendly Australians to supply the Vegemite. People either love or hate the stuff. It punches my "savory card" which I seem to need to feel satisfied.
A lot of people believe it's unhealthy to eat the big meal in the evening-- and I suppose it's true for a variety of reasons-- but that's the quality time for my wife and I, and we share a great appreciation for good food. This is one of those compromises that is worth making, IMHO. Life is for celebrating life.
Be kind to everyone; be persistent with health! Ee Dan
Location: Sydney, N.S.W., Australia
Breakfast today: green smoothie (banana blended with raw baby spinach) + a little raw carob powder for extra sweetness + 1 ts ground flax seed; thin slice of sprouted ancient wheat (k.....) bread with a little coconut oil and berries. + two chlorella tablets and one spirulina tablet. I am out all day so this breakfast was more than usual.
Lunch: fresh fig to start, then a salad of olives, avocado, celery, carrot, mushrooms, soaked chopped almonds, few slivers of nori seaweed, hempseed oil, apple cider vinegar, one third of a umeboshi plum, few fennel and cumin seeds, pinch of ground tumeric.
Dinner tonight: carrot juce to start, then will juice some beet and blend it with avocado and perhaps some raw pumpkin or raw sweet potato as a raw soup and will serve it slighty warm with maybe some herb or spice; with a little short-grain brown rice. Drizzle of olive oil.
Snack may be a small piece of fruit this afternoon - perhaps a pear.
meals change as I like variety, have some amaranth soaking at home and may blend this with fruit for a breakfast. would like to make some raw hummus next week using soaked almonds.
I need some grain as I become too thin (sprouted quinoa this week to add to salad). Am using some of Gabriel Cousen's MD tips for people who are 'fast oxidizers' from his book. The animal proteins and fats are on hold for now due to the increase in dental health problems (bleeding gums, inflamed nerve root under teeth), intestinal distress and constipation and bladder infections/cystitis I experienced over the last 3 months or so. Pancreas, kidney and general inefficiency of system due to long-term poor habits, incorrect diet for my constitution.
Genotype = Gatherer; BT/GTDer since 97 and lost 97 Kyosha Nim
Location: The Sunshine State
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!
"If you are on one of Dr. D's diets and it isn't joyful, you aren't doing it right."- me -