One of the biggest myths we have been told is to snack all day so as to keep our blood sugar up and to rev up our metabolism so we become fat-burning machines.
However, the more frequently you eat, the more calories you wind up putting in at the end of the day. Frequent eating is not better for your health.
The body can either digest food or rid itself of toxins – it cannot do both at the same time. Let’s say we have a donut in the morning, our body first digests the food we just ate. Then a couple of hours later, the body, in its infinite wisdom and its desire to serve us says, “Well, that donut was not great for you so it’s time to get rid of the toxins the donut has left in your body”. That’s detox, which can feel uncomfortable because this is when toxins are being transported from the cells into the bloodstream before they leave the body. This is not unlike when a coffee drinker goes through withdrawal when trying to kick the habit.
Most of us mistake this detox as ‘I am feeling light-hearted, my stomach is growling, etc. – I must be hungry so it’s time to eat again’ and we perpetuate the frequent eating schedule. This is called toxic hunger. The reality is that true hunger is felt in the throat and is characterized by increased salivation and a heightened taste sensation which means a simple apple will taste absolutely delicious. Getting in touch with true hunger will help us make the best food decisions for our body which will in turn ‘crowd out’ our physical food cravings.
For us to reach ideal physical health, we would need to get back in touch with true hunger and eat only when we are hungry. The digestive track needs rest in order to properly replenish its digestive enzymes so it can digest food properly. Also, detoxification and self-repair can only happen when the body is not digesting food. Eating when hungry means eating three meals a day or sometimes less. (The only exception is if you are dedicated athlete or a physical laborer.)
Try this for the next couple of weeks and let me know how it goes:
See if you can move closer to three meals a day, without snacking and include plenty of vegetables and beans with lunch and dinner and fruit after the meal. Eat enough at each meal to make it to the next. It may take a few days to fine-tune, but soon you will get the hang of it.