“I’m just curious how you feel about something. As I read your blog, you mentioned previously eating two meals a day with an eight-hour window between and intermittent fasting.
Do you subscribe to the idea of eating when you’re actually hungry? Or even just having smaller more frequent meals throughout the day?
There are so many variations of eating habits. Personally, I sometimes find it hard to eat enough volume of fresh fruits & veggies to obtain all the nutrients/vitamins/minerals to meet the recommended requirements.
My diet is plant-based/vegan, not fully raw though. Anyhow, just thought I’d ask your opinion on the eating only when hungry and/or having smaller meals throughout the day. Basically it’s like you said, listening to your body and giving it what it needs.” ~ Tam
Do you subscribe to the idea of eating when you’re actually hungry?
Yes, I do subscribe to the idea of eating when you’re actually hungry. But I have reservations recommending this to anyone without knowing their health and/or eating history.
I do not recommend this for anyone who has blood sugar issues, sugar cravings, weight concerns, or anyone who has issues with binge eating, overeating, or emotional eating. Just to name a few.
The reason I do not subscribe to this idea for everyone is because everyone is different. Certain ways of eating affect people differently.
Eating only when you’re hungry can possibly cause some people to have negative results with blood sugar control, sugar cravings or weight loss. It can also be a hindrance for people trying to overcome binge eating, overeating, or emotional eating.
Eating only when I am hungry works for me, but just because it works for me doesn’t mean it will work for you.
Ultimately you have to do what works best for you. I cannot tell you how often or not so often you need to eat. It depends on you, your health and lifestyle, and if it is something that can work for you.
Do I recommend smaller frequent meals throughout the day?
It really depends on the person and what he/she has going on with respect to health and lifestyle. You really have to be the judge of that.
If you need to eat snacks between meals, then by all means do it. Doing so will help you meet the requirements that your body needs as well as help with metabolism.
There are so many variations of eating habits.
I agree, there are many variations of eating habits. It’s that way because each person is different. What works for one person may or may not work for the next person. You have to learn what works for your body and stick with it.
Personally, I sometimes find it hard to eat enough volume of fresh fruits & veggies to obtain all the nutrients/vitamins/minerals to meet the recommended requirements. My diet is plant-based/vegan, not fully raw though.
Okay, first of all I recommend that you calculate your percentage of body fat and you can do that by clicking here. Once you find this percentage, get your lean body mass number, then you can calculate the percentage of protein you need for your body.
Getting the amount of protein, you need for your body will help keep you satiated and help support your muscles.
I also recommend you add healthy fats, to your diet; if you haven’t done so already. I know there are some people eating plant-based diets who avoid eating fats. Adding and/or increasing your healthy fats coupled with getting the amount of protein your body needs will help you in many ways.
Note: Coconut oil, olive oil, and hemp seed oils are excellent sources of healthy fats to add to your diet. You don’t need a lot and they are plant-based.
If it is a challenge for you to meet your food requirements during the day, you really should eat three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with snacks in-between each meal. This way your body gets what it needs and you don’t feel deprived. A win-win situation.
Basically it’s like you said, listening to your body and giving it what it needs.
Yes! I am a firm believer in doing what works best for your body. Your body tells you everything you need to know to keep it running smoothly. But it is up to you to pay attention, listen to your body, and act.
The key is doing what works best for your body, while filtering out any conflicting information that causes you confusion. If you do that you will be just fine.
Thanks again, Tam for your question!
If any of you have questions, feel free to send them my way and I will feature your question in a future blog post.
Until next time….
Blessings & Happy Thanksgiving!
Like this post? Subscribe by email for more to come!
You might also like:
- 5 Actions to Take When You Notice Your Weight Creeping Back Up!
- Why the Best Way to Fast Maybe Intermittent Fasting
- Why Your Belly Is Getting Bigger On A Vegan Diet (Carb-Sensitivity)
- Nutritional Problems That Vegans Should Watch For
Image courtesy of Stock Images at FreeDigitalPhotos.net