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Why You Shouldn't Eat Three Meals a Day

By Trish Guy 1 min read

Q: Should I eat three big meals or several small meals a day?

Both eating patterns offer health benefits and the ideal eating pattern depends on the individual; it is not one-size-fits-all. There are many different factors that can influence eating patterns, including physical activity level, lifestyle considerations, health issues (diabetes, gastric reflux, etc.), appetite or just personal comfort and preference.

The most important thing is to create a food plan that fits your individual needs and circumstances, and that ensures you are getting the right types and amount of food. More important than the eating pattern is the amount and types of foods that you eat, so fill your diet with nourishing foods that will give you the energy you need and keep you satisfied until the next meal. These include wholegrains, protein-rich foods like tofu, eggs and nuts, dairy foods, and a variety of vegetables and fruits.

Listen to your body and eat only when hungry.


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Trish Guy is a nutritionist with Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing.


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