It's rare for me to eat 3 meals a day. I'm rarely hungry in the mornings and sometimes don't really get a genuine hunger pang until the afternoon. Sometimes this concerns me because, you know, we're so used to thinking 3 meals a day. And obviously the frequency of hunger corresponds to your level of activity (mine happens to be unusually low at the moment). But surely it's best to wait it out until the alarm goes off, rather than eating because you think you should, because breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and all that.
Anyway, I guess I'd just like some reassurance that it's okay not to eat that much if you don't really feel a particular need. In the past I would stuff myself all day out of sheer hedonistic pleasure. Now, if I feel hungry, if I feel I could use some energy, I eat. But I try not to eat because I feel it's that time of day.
Basically, if you feel okay, then no need to worry - right?
asked bywaldenpond (25)
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on August 14, 2014
at 01:10 PM
I think ingestion of food upon waking is a good way to lower cortisol and possibly adrenalin if it's elevated.
Cortisol tends to make people feel good short term (think cortisone shots for athletes) but long-term elevation will have adverse effects like weakened immune system, collagen breakdown (specifically in the skin), reduced bone formation, etc.
Blood glucose is elevated in the morning from cortisol breaking down muscle into sugar. You may not be hungry because you're eating.... your muscle!
Cortisol also lowers your metabolism by stopping T4->T3 conversion. Your body will do everything it can to conserve energy.
on August 14, 2014
at 02:04 PM
I tend to get hungry 5 or 6 hours after I start the day, which is often after a 45-60m workout and 16 hours or so since my last meal. Then, I usually eat dinner 7 or 8 hours later, where hunger might not kick in until I'm smelling the cooking or eating the food. A little less often than once a week, I might be busy during lunchtime and stretch that out toward 24hrs between meals. I find this to be pretty easy / convenient. I often do broth in the mornings and sip some tea in the afternoon.