It’s been hard not to snack more at home during the Pandemic and I understand that somehow we must return to some normalcy. I have been watching what I eat and have reduced the size of my snacks when I do snack. If you are looking for advice on just one meal; Lunch….check it out below.
If your eating schedule has been out of whack due to the pandemic and working from home, here are some tips from registered dietitians . . .
Your first meal of the day should be within 30 to 60 minutes of waking up. And when your stomach gets half-full, digestion should take about four hours . . . so you shouldn’t feel like you need a snack for a while.
If you’re getting hungry an hour or two after breakfast, it’s a sign your meal was either way too small, or it didn’t have a balanced ratio of food groups, like protein and fiber.
Also, when you feel hungry, try thinking about it in terms of a hunger scale . . . where 1 is extremely hungry and 10 is stuffed. And aim to eat when you’re at about a 4 . . . and stop at about a 6.
Based on all that, you should be ready for lunch about four or five hours after breakfast. So if you wake up at 8:00 . . . and eat breakfast at 8:30 . . . your ideal lunchtime is probably somewhere around 1:00 P.M.
But, still, everybody is different, and a lot of factors go into it . . . like your age, your appetite, and how much you move around during the day.