One Meal a Day
There are many formal guidelines that govern our health and well-being:
Drink 6 glasses of water
Exercise at least 30 minutes a day
Get 8 hours of sleep each night
Eat 3 meals a day
Though important and rooted in research these rules can be difficult to adhere to. They are a rigid and inappropriate approach to managing health on an individual level.
I've found that these one-size-fits-all frameworks don't always work for me and trying to force myself to follow them can sometimes cause more harm than good.
Meals are one way in which I shun what the experts say and choose to follow a regimen that feels right to me:
Small snack in the late morning (optional)
Meal in the early evening (before 7pm if possible)
Feel free to break routine (eat when you get hungry)
I wasn't on a mission to reinvent a mealtime cadence for myself. I simply noticed that traditional eating times (e.g. breakfast at 8, lunch at noon, dinner at 8) didn't make me feel well.
Starting my day with a heavy plate of food makes me feel nauseous. I'd be sluggish and barely able to keep my eyes open in the afternoon post-lunch. And, eating too late in the evening typically leads to sleepless, anxious nights.
In western society we put too much responsibility in the hands of our healthcare providers instead of realizing that the onus should be on us. I decided to stop suffering and start listening to what my body was trying to tell me. This has been the simplest and most effective approach to managing my well-being.
Line drawing by Ellsworth Kelly.