My mom always used to say. “早上吃好. 中午吃饱. 晚上吃少.”, which literally translated means “Breakfast eat well. Lunch eat full. Night eat little.” Something easier said than done, we tend to switch breakfast with dinner in that our dinners are always luxurious and abundant.
Take Tuesday of this week for example. Being too lazy to prepare a full meal for lunch and having little time in the morning, I threw together some half cut-up stalks of celery, cucumber and lettuce leafs as well as some cherry tomatoes and 1/3 cup of hummus. Unfortunately, that was not a complete meal in any sense (more like a snack) and I was famished by the time I arrived at home.
For dinner, I tried to be good by sticking to fruits and vegetables. When that wasn’t enough, I broke out some dark chocolate. Then an apple. Then I decided to make some oatmeal raisin cookies, thinking I’ll eat 1 today and 1 every day going forward. Ate 5. Luckily they were small and somewhat healthy since I made it with whole oats and whole wheat flour, with just 1/2 a cup of brown sugar for a hint of sweetness. Besides, the ingredients are all good for me, as I justified to myself…
In conclusion, I’m never bs’ing my lunch again. Lunch is meant to be the most important meal of the day and I need to eat enough to not be starving by dinner time. Taking my own advice, I’ve brought real food the last 2 days and even a snack to hold me over if I get too hungry.
Breakfast is where I sacrifise taste and get in as much nutrients as I can, starting with multi-vitamin and B-complex supplements. I know my body isn’t going to absorb all of it, but it serves to replenish the body with nutrients that were used throughout the night to rebuild muscles and repair itself.
Remember, eat a nutrient-packed breakfast, a filling lunch and a light dinner. I like to end the day with antioxidant packed berries and probiotic-rich non-fat yogurt or cottage cheese.
Happy and healthy eating! 🙂