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Old 09-12-2011, 01:35   #1
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Ok, so I am interested in knowing if any of you do the 5 small meals a day. And if you do, how do you do it? Like what do you eat, when and how far apart?

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Since I'm retired & home all day, my habit is just grazing throughout the day. I don't know how many times I eat - I usually just eat one thing - not a meal. I keep carb-free foods handy & snack on them prob'ly every coupla/three hours. We had dinner tonight about 5:30pm - I had a small chef salad & sugar-free jello. Now at 8pm, I'm having the 3-minute chocolate mug cake.

Earlier in the day I had smoked oyster dip on a GG crispbread - I think I had one at noon & another one about 3pm before I went grocery shopping so I wouldn't be hungry in the store.

There are so few carbs in all of this that I don't even keep track anymore, and I don't schedule either, because I don't have to - I'm here all day & don't have to plan around anything else, except getting an evening meal ready for my husband.




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I am at home all day too, so it is easier to do the mini meals. When I wake up around 7 am I usually have coffee and some nuts or nut butter on celery. Sometimes I make low carb muffins or cookies and will have some of them with my coffee. Around 10-11 I have a bigger meal like bacon and eggs or a pizza made on some tomatoes, low carb crackers with veggies. I usually eat lunch around 2 pm. It is usually raw veggies in a salad with some protein and cheese. Late afternoon around 5, I usually will have veggies and cheese or hummus. We eat dinner late around 7:30. It is usually a meat or fish portion, a salad and a veggie. Dessert is usually a Breyers Carb Smart ice cream bar.

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Thank you!! This help me get some ideas!! Having a hard time eating 3 big meals!!

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Personally, I don't like that at all and it doesn't work for me. I prefer to have at least 6 hours or more between meals and mostly without snacks, although sometimes I do snack if I feel like it. This large gap ensures, among other things, that my blood sugar definitely has time to go all the way back to baseline. It also give my digestive system and related organs time to "rest".

It's just my personal opinion, but to me it feels like just another symptom of our modern, spoiled, everything-always-available culture. I highly doubt through our million years of evolution if many humans ever ate that way - and most don't now. I don't think it is natural or appropriate. It's also part of how we ate (along with too little fat and WAY too many carbs) which gave us this disease in the first place.

But, that's just my opinion and I have nothing to base it on except for the way I feel.

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Mrs. R? I keep things like deviled eggs, hot wings (not breaded) & cream cheese spreads handy all the time so there's never any shortage of low/no carb choices. The GG bran crispbreads are the vehicle for the spreads.

My main cream cheese spreads are smoked oyster dip & smoked salmon spread, but any good cheese ball that you like which isn't loaded with carbs is good.

I understand why you'd need long stretches between meals, Salim, since you keep your glycogen depleted, you aren't at risk of a liver dump. Most of us run that risk when we go without eating too long. As for the evolutionary basis, this modern, spoiled, everything-always-available thing was never true in my household unless I produced it from scratch myself, because I sure wasn't going to give good money to some grocer for it. We ate plenty of fat, because we had access to raw milk, so we had fresh cream & churned our own butter - we grew our own hogs & had the lard rendered. That is what "spoiled" really means - being able to cook with the real components of nutrition. Having to contend with the self-proclaimed experts who say it's bad for us is particularly odious when you know from the ground up what honest good food is.




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Mrs. R? I keep things like deviled eggs, hot wings (not breaded) & cream cheese spreads handy all the time so there's never any shortage of low/no carb choices. The GG bran crispbreads are the vehicle for the spreads.

My main cream cheese spreads are smoked oyster dip & smoked salmon spread, but any good cheese ball that you like which isn't loaded with carbs is good.

I understand why you'd need long stretches between meals, Salim, since you keep your glycogen depleted, you aren't at risk of a liver dump. Most of us run that risk when we go without eating too long. As for the evolutionary basis, this modern, spoiled, everything-always-available thing was never true in my household unless I produced it from scratch myself, because I sure wasn't going to give good money to some grocer for it. We ate plenty of fat, because we had access to raw milk, so we had fresh cream & churned our own butter - we grew our own hogs & had the lard rendered. That is what "spoiled" really means - being able to cook with the real components of nutrition. Having to contend with the self-proclaimed experts who say it's bad for us is particularly odious when you know from the ground up what honest good food is.
Nice! Except for the hogs and lard which I don't eat for religious reasons, you're making me HUNGRY (and I just ate)!

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Salim, I thought you ate barbecued ribs, or am I confused? Maybe beef ribs?




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Salim, I thought you ate barbecued ribs, or am I confused? Maybe beef ribs?
Yup, only beef ribs.

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I understand why you'd need long stretches between meals, Salim, since you keep your glycogen depleted, you aren't at risk of a liver dump. Most of us run that risk when we go without eating too long.
Shanny, can you expand on the above comment? What is meant by "keep your glycogen depleted" and what is a "liver dump." When I go longer than usual between meals I seem to have a much better BS reading.

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