The perfect way of eating?

I am a very frequent eater, always have been, and I’m pretty sure I always will be. Especially while I was breast feeding, holy moses! I’d eat a full 3 course meal and 45 minutes later I’d need another one! Pregnant friends: stock your kitchens now!!

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The other day a friend mention he had done some research about how skipping meals does NOT cause weight gain, much to the contrary of popular belief.

I have personally experienced the complete opposite, if I skipped a snack or a meal I would get irritable, veeerryyy irritable, unable to concentrate, unable to breath, I couldn’t tell you left from right. I was hungry. So hungry I could eat the whole kitchen, and the problem was I usually would. Once I was done devouring said kitchen, it would sit in my stomach all day. like a brick. I would feel sick, bloated, dizzy, get mad sugar cravings, and it was just plain uncomfortable. The effects would lost long into the next day for me so I have, for a long time, touted the benefits of small frequent meals.

I was intrigued by this, so I started to do a little research of my own.

(No matter what you’re looking for, there’s going to be a plethora of information, as well as opinions and personal experiences, to support it, and the exact opposite. Keep that in mind)

I came accross quite a few seemingly reliable resources that supported the concept of eating less frequently. Not just in the course of a day, but with different forms of intermittant fasting, and the research is there to back it up. Some even say this style of eating can have some serious health benefits other than weight loss. According to this study, Some of these benefits are: living longer, having a higher resistance to disease, improved insulin sensitivity.

What is Intermittent Fasting?

According to Wikipedia:

Intermittent fasting (IF) is a pattern of eating that alternates between periods of fasting (usually meaning consumption of water and sometimes low-calorie drinks such as black coffee) and non fasting.

It can be done in a variety of different ways, example: skipping breakfast, eating a big lunch and a big supper, or eating normal meals for a full day, and eating nothing the next day. Any kind of on again off agin cycle would be considered intermittent fasting.

This study used participants that were already overweight and had symptoms of mild asthma. They ate normal meals one day and then had a sever calorie deficit the next by eating 20% of their normal caloric needs, the equivalent to approximately 1 meal. After 2 months they had lost 8% of their body weight, with improved asthma related symptoms.  They had lower cholesterol and triglycerides and markers of inflammation were significantly lower.

Sounds pretty good right?

It’s not always such a good outcome though, another study on normal weight middle aged males and females that reduced meal frequency without caloric restriction suggests that eating a full day’s worth of calories at one meal at the end of the day (between 4 and 8pm) could lead to potentially risky metabolic changes, causing elevated fasting glucose levels and a delayed insulin response throughout the day. Not good things.

You can read other articles on these and other similar studies here, here, here, and here.

And here’s a great post from Fitnessista with 2 totally different perspectives on IF. First (supportive) perspective by Maria at Lift, Love, Life, and second (unsupportive) by Catherine, a nutritional therapy practitioner from Seattle. Very interesting.

When I started my google search for benefits of skipping meals, it took a bit of digging to get to some of this information, however my screen was flooded with articles, studies, and reports on the 6 meal a day eating style. This could simply be because intermittent fasting is somewhat “new” to the general public (though really not new at all, I found one study that began in 1976!) and not as much research has been done on it yet. But in no way does that dis-credit the information I did find, however the multitude of sources that support the exact opposite say that over time, skipping meals, or eating far too little calories will slow your metabolism, and eventually cause weight gain.

So, in my humble opinion (very humble, I’m not a professional in the medical field of any sort, read full disclaimer at the bottom of this post**) maybe consistency is the key? If you choose the intermittent fasting route, pick your schedule and stick to it. Weather it’s the 2 meal a day schedule, or the 48 hour cycle. If you choose to eat 3 square meals a day, do it every day. So on and so forth.

I have had great success with the 6 small meals a day, and I will continue to eat this way for the foreseeable future. But I still love learning about other eating styles that other people have had success with, and occasionally I like to test them out and see how they work for me, who knows, maybe there’s something out there that works BETTER then what I’m currently doing. Only experimentation would be able to tell; If one day my body decides it wouldn’t hate the entire world if I had to go 16 hours between one meal and the next, I might give it a try ;) and if I do I’ll tell you all about it.

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Promise.

But for now, I’ll stick with what I know works for me.

Call me a wuss. It’s okay, I don’t mind :)

Hugs Kisses and Cookies
Kaycee

** I am not a doctor, or dietician, I have no formal education on nutrition or medical sciences so please do not take my words as sound nutrition advice. This is just a compilation of research I did, and my own opinions. As always, if your starting a new eating/exercise plan, please check with your doctor :)

Greeny-licious Green Monster Coffee

August is National Coffee Month

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Did you know?

I didn’t until this afternoon when I seen #NationalCoffeeMonth trending on twitter. I love these kinds of coincidences. <3

I normally like my coffee black, but today I opted for a green variety.

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WHAT?

It’s true. Green Monster Cofffee.

I made a fanTASTIC healthy (If you are one of those who consider coffee healthy…. There’s a lot of conflicting studies on it, I remain constant with my belief that (almost) everything is okay in moderation) cold blended coffee this morning. With a hearty handful of cholorophyll packed spinach, I can say I started my veggie love affair EARLY today. Before breakfast kind of early. ;)

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Awesome.

It’s super easy and I promise, aside from the colour, you would think it’s your favorite regular blended cold coffee beverage. Prooooomiisseeee.

Greeny-licious Green Monster Coffee

1 cup cold coffee
1 handful baby spinach
10-20 whole almonds
1/2 banana
Stevia or sugar, to desired sweetness. (I used half a pack of vanilla stevia)
3 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients together in your blender, and gulp sip as usual.

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It doesn’t take long at all in a high powered blender, such as my beloved Vitamix-alicious, I’m not sure how long it would take to get the smooth consistency in a different blender, but if you try it let me know how it works in the comments :)
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It took about 30 seconds for that ^^ to become this:
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Oh Happy Day!!!

I added almonds because I love the silkyness that almond milk has, but didn’t have any milk made, and i also wouldn’t want to dilute my lovely coffee flavour. If ya know what I mean ;)
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And you still get that delicious frothy-ness standard with most blended coffee’s. mmmmm.

PS. You get Bonus points for drinking your coffee from a wine glass ;) Pure class!

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What’s your favourite way to enjoy your coffee?  I like it pretty much any way I can get my hands on it. cold. hot. black. green. unsweetened. hazelnut/vanilla flavoured. I’ll take it ;)

Hugs Kisses and Cookies

Kaycee