SHINE Daily

When To Eat

Psalm 139:13-14a reminds us of how intricately God created us! "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." God designed our bodies to function in specific ways. Our bodies function at an optimal level by eating proteins, healthy carbs, and healthy fats. Our bodies are also designed to sustain energy and good health through eating every three hours. 

That may seem like a lot but let's take a look at what a meal should consist of: 

  1. A serving of nuts and a piece of fruit.
  2. A smoothie with fruit, protein, and veggies. 
  3. Fish (or another lean meat), steamed veggies, and a serving of sweet potato.
  4. Salad and protein.
  5. Cheese and multi grain crackers.

If you're up at 7AM, you should strive to have your first meal by 8AM. After 8AM you would then prepare 4 to 5 meals for the rest of the day.  You'll be eating every three hours and that will mean you will ward off low energy lulls, highs and lows of concentration, attitudes swings, and over indulgence in eating. It is a discipline that you must practice to be successful. Once you have accomplished it, you will see a decrease in body fat, lower weight, high energy, and greater focus.  

The key to success is being prepared. If you do not take the time to prepare your food the night before or early in the morning you will not be successful. I have found it easiest to prepare my foods for the day the morning of, after I have done a Sunday batch cook. I will prepare my protein on Sunday as well as steam my veggies.  In the morning, I portion out my days’ worth of food, put it in my cooler and I am ready for success.  After doing this for a few months, I saw the decline in body fat and weight and an increase in my energy and focus. I am able to do what is required of me for work, my family and my work outs. I am full of joy and more at peace. 

One last thought - drink a LOT of water. It should be easier when the weather is as hot as it has been, just make sure you're paying attention to your water intake. We'll dive into the importance of drinking water later. 

Choose to be Healthy,
Beth