We’re all far more conscious of our eating habits than even a few years ago and that’s a good thing. The more attention we pay to what we eat, the healthier our diets will be.
But a problem arises when we try to learn more about how to have a healthier diet. Of course, making healthy, balanced food choices is key, but most of us are beyond the ‘eat more vegetables’ stage. When you get into other aspects of a good diet, the advice you get from nutritionists, doctors or even just family and friends, can be confusing and even contradictory.
One of those areas is the importance of each meal. Canadians generally follow a ‘3 squares a day’ diet, with dinner usually being the biggest meal. But the recent focus on when we eat our meals, in addition to how much we eat at each meal, in addition to what we eat, has created opposing camps on which is the most important meal of the day.
You can find just about as much information about why breakfast is the most important meal of the day as about why breakfast is not the most important meal of the day; just like you’ll find similar amounts of advice telling you to eat a big dinner and telling you not to eat a big dinner.
The contradictory advice leads to confusion and that’s not good because that makes it difficult to make the right choices.
We don’t want to add to the confusion, but we’d like to suggest that, regardless of whether you’re in the ‘breakfast!’ or ‘no breakfast!’ camp, or you believe in eating a big dinner or a light dinner, lunch is crucial in every case.
Even if you’re a confirmed grazer, your middle ‘graze’, or the remnants of what used to be lunch, is just as important as every other time you eat in a day.
But if let’s say you believe in a big breakfast, it’s crucial to watch what you eat for lunch because over loading can lead to weight gain and afternoon crashes. And no breakfast means lunch is absolutely the most important meal of the day because it’s the first time you’ll be eating in 12 hours.
The same sort of thing is true about dinners. If you believe in loading up at dinner, then what and how much you eat at lunch can keep you diet balanced o throw it completely out of whack. And you’ll not likely survive a small dinner without snacking unless you had a solid lunch.
The Answer to What is the Most Important Meal of the Day:
it depends on you; your health goals and your levels of activity, among lots of other things. A big breakfast might be best for you, or it might not be. Same with dinner. But, again, in all cases, lunch is the pivotal meal of the day.
If you’d like a well-balanced and healthy meal plan devised just for you, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, call the Nutritional Concierge at Fit Food. Not only will we prepare all your meals, we’ll deliver them to your door too!