What You’ll Need To Eat Five Small Meals A Day

February 19, 2018  |  
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After having my first low blood sugar episode that was so frightening I thought I had to go to the hospital, I started giving serious consideration to my doctor’s advice to eat five small meals a day. Let me tell you how I ate before: coffee at 9am, a huge meal at 3pm, and a huge meal at 9pm. That’s only two meals a day, separated by long stretches without food. The coffee had a way of filling up my stomach and covering up the fact that I needed nourishment, but the reality is that I was running on fumes from 9pm at night until 3pm the following day. That’s 18 hours without food. Eighteen hours. When I lay it out like that, I’m shocked I didn’t have that awful low blood sugar episode sooner. And it was awful. My body temperature dropped, but I was also sweating, I began to shake, my vision was spotty, and I felt nauseous. Don’t let it happen to you; eat regularly. Here are tips you’ll need if you’re going to start eating five small meals a day.

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Eat around these times

Have breakfast around 8 or 9 in the morning, enjoy your mid-morning snack around 10 or 11 am, munch down on lunch between noon and 2 pm, devour your mid-afternoon snack around 3 or 4 pm, and sit down to dinner between 6 and 8 in the evening. It’s a nice 12-hour food cycle.

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