It’s often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It sets a precedent for the rest of your day: miss it and you’ll be hungry and grumpy all afternoon. It boosts metabolism to eat healthy in the morning, and can help provide you with the energy to start your day off right.
So it might come as a surprise that I say we ought to get rid of breakfast completely. While we’re at it, let’s toss lunch and dinner out the window as well.
I’m not advocating for fasting, no, that’s quite the opposite of healthy and natural. Rather, I’m advocating for the abolishment of the three-meal system that we as human beings have adopted (fairly recently, actually, as far as human history goes) that is tying us down and weakening our health meal by meal.
There is, to put it as simply as one article did, no biological reason for human beings to eat three meals a day. And to be even more frank, not all cultures do. In Poland, for example, it is typical to eat four meals a day, the third of which is often the biggest and is comparable to the dinner that most of us know. Unlike American culture, however, it’s eaten at around 3 p.m.
The practice of three meals a day dates back to at least the 16th century, when the well-off in society would eat three meals a day, though it was often acknowledged that two would suffice for non-laborers. Similar to Polish culture of today, however, the meals were eaten earlier than we do now in America.
Eating naturally, as I have phrased it before has been proven time and time again to have immense benefits on our body. Breaking away from the three meal construct that we’ve been indoctrinated into believing for our lives can reduce our risk of obesity, increase our glucose intolerance and insulin resistance, two factors that are key in diabetes.
Eating four, five or six smaller meals a day can give you sustained energy throughout the day, and make it easier to monitor your intake of calories, sodium, fats and carbs. Smaller meals spaced out evenly can also help stave off bouts of hunger and overeating; if you’re have already eaten three smaller meals by midday, you’re less likely to binge on junk food if you have another small meal coming up in the near future.
Breaking away from a three meal schedule can be difficult, particularly if you’ve been accustomed to it your entire life or if your family is resistant. However the rewards of eating naturally are palpable. You’ll stay healthier for longer and reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease, as well as find the needed energy to maintain a good workout regimen and keep your body in its peak form.
All of this relates back to the idea of utilizing your body and its own natural abilities to keep you healthy and disease-free. So stop eating breakfast, lunch and dinner, at least in the conventional sense. Your body will thank you in the long run.