You don’t have to be a math whiz to see that the “adequate” calories provide up to fifty times more nutritional value than the “inadequate” calories. As the foregoing charts indicate, the “adequate” breakfast provides fifty times as many milligrams of ascorbic acid as the “inadequate” one, twenty five times the milligrams of nicotinic acid, and so forth down the nutrient list.
Having learned what to eat, does it matter when and in what combination? Yes. The first meal of the day is critically important. (We’ll bet this isn’t the first time you’ve heard that.) Breakfast breaks the overnight fast and prepares you for the day’s physical and mental exertion. For the hypoglycemic, breakfast is even more essential.
Those people who skip breakfast or eat a skimpy one usually feel a midmoming letdown. Their energy, physical and mental, is certain to be lowered. Ideally, you should get a fourth to a third of your total daily nutrients at breakfast. You can’t do this on junk foods or those instant breakfast items advertised to be “just as good as” the adequate breakfast menu described.
Contrary to popular belief, between meal snacking is not necessarily an undesirable habit. Assuming the calorie total remains about the same, it’s fine to spread daily food intake over five or six feedings, say, three meals and two or three snacks. Breaking up your food intake into smaller, more frequent “meals” helps stabilize blood sugar levels and decrease hunger and fatigue. A great many dieters lose weight more easily on five or six feedings a day, and the underweight often gain.
Choose your snack foods carefully. Don’t fall into the junk foods trap. Restrict your nibbling to such foods as nuts, sunflower and other seeds, milk, cheese, fresh fruit, unsweetened fruit or vegetable juices, and raw vegetables. These foods satisfy your body needs, and you will soon lose your craving, for all those bubbly,
sticky, sugary, or crunchy products normally considered snacks.
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