Three Meals - The Habit of Health
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Late in December I was thinking about a 90+-year-old man in our church who has always seemed so healthy to me. I've known him for 22 years and he is like a rock, steady, steady, steady. During coffee hour many years ago, I offered him a cookie and he said, "No thanks. I never eat between meals." His wife, Mary, followed immediately with, "Yes, he never does."
This has stuck with me for all these years sitting quite close to the surface of my brain and floating into my consciousness several times a year. Now that I am working hard to become more healthy myself, Larry's comment is constantly with me, though until recently I did nothing concrete with it.
Then, late in December I was telling my friend LOSE4HEALTH about Larry's comment and I casually said that I thought that might be something to work on in 2009. After completing my message to her, I thought, "Why not right now?!"
So, I have been eating three meals a day since that day. In spite of often hearing snacks are okay, I am committed to no snacks and have decided that if/when I feel hunger in the afternoon, I will not die if I don't eat a snack. I can wait until dinner. Surprisingly, I haven't died.
The greatest feeling comes from this decision, a feeling of great freedom. No one needs more than three healthy meals a day. No one needs to spend any time thinking about more than three meals a day. The time I do spend planning my meals on the SP Nutrition Tracker is brief and to the point.
Another goodness has come from this decision. When I prepare my meals, I am conscious that it will be necessary to eat well, eat enough good food to tide me until the next meal. So, I eat healthy hearty meals with some fat, whole grains and plenty of fruits and veggies.
I don't like spending lots of time thinking about food. So, this is a direct, orderly and entirely new way of thinking about food for me and it feels very good, indeed. Plus, it is working!
I have printed a motto for my kitchen cupboard: THE HABIT OF HEALTH - THREE MEALS. I want to develop the Habit of Health by always eating three meals a day, no more, no less.