2 Meals Instead of 3

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lderoc
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2 Meals Instead of 3

Post by lderoc » Sat Mar 15, 2014 11:50 pm

Does anyone eat a brunch instead of breakfast and lunch? I find I am not hungry at all in the mornings nor do I have the time. Waiting until I'm hungry, which is close to lunchtime, seems to cause a lot less anxiety towards food. I also find that as soon as I start eating, then my mind is constantly on food. So the earlier in the day I start, the more I will eat in the day. Just wondering if anyone feels the same way or is it just the result of years of diet head that is causing me to feel this way. Any insight and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Post by Healthiermum » Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:08 am

I normally eat breakfast at around 9:30-10. Usually it's protein filled so it keeps me pretty full. Normally if I have a big protein breakfast I won't eat lunch unless we are eating dinner late and in that case I'll normally eat a small meal in between. If I have a light breakfast though I do eat lunch. I just go by my hunger queues.

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Post by Blithe Morning » Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:27 am

Our beloved Wosnes, who I hope is just taking a break and will be back when she gets her computer fixed, usually ate just two meals.

I do much better with a smoothie or something light in the morning to tide me through till 1PM or so.

If two works for you, then go for it. You don't have to eat three meals, but you get to.

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Post by oolala53 » Sun Mar 16, 2014 7:33 pm

If you are consistently sticking to no snacks (especially after dinner) and are still not hungry for breakfast, it would be appropriate to experiment with two meals. If I were retired, I might evolve to eating only two meals because I would be able to eat a relaxed meal late morning, but since I can't, I opt to have a little something in the morning. I was a binger and bingeing is highly correlated with not eating breakfast, so I'm cautious about it.

Though it may be questionable for safety, I find I can eat in an unrushed way driving to work. There is a stretch of freeway I use that has little traffic. That's where I eat. I've usually prepared the food in small bites I can pop in my mouth and savor.

Also, don't feel compelled to eat a big breakfast. Both the French and Italians typically eat three meals but breakfast is very small, normally a very moderate serving of a carb and coffee.

Apparently, the Greeks have coffee and a cigarette for breakfast. It doesn't keep them slim, though!
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Post by automatedeating » Sun Mar 16, 2014 10:31 pm

Oolala, you are too funny! I wonder what you're eating for breakfast that you can pop in your mouth as savory bites? :)

I eat a fairly small breakfast on weekdays--just a packet of instant oatmeal most mornings. Course, I'd never skip my very creamy coffee, so that adds a bundle of calories (satiating fat and protein, too). On the weekends I tend to indulge in a much bigger, later breakfast. Love my bacon and eggs when I have time to eat slowly and with my family.
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Post by oolala53 » Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:07 am

Bread with almond butter or bites of bacon. Sometimes slices of fruit plus nuts.

I didn't want to admit that I also eat grains or legumes with a spoon out of a bowl on my lap.
Count plates, not calories. Three a day. 9 years & counting
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Post by Imogen Morley » Mon Mar 17, 2014 6:59 am

I usually have only two meals on Saturdays and Sundays - big breakfast right when I wake up, and 6-7 hours later a two-course dinner with dessert. I don't see a point in eating even a small supper in the evening if I don't feel hungry. I might have a cup of cocoa if I have a craving for a snack, though.

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Post by eschano » Mon Mar 17, 2014 10:09 am

Hiya,

When I started NoS I used to be exactly the same. I had a latte in the morning and then lunch and dinner. However, the longer I did NoS and the lighter my meals got the hungrier I found myself in the mornings. Sometimes I only have an apple in the morning now and sometimes a bigger breakfast, such as porridge. However, my No-Snacking habits were already in place from not snacking between lunch and dinner so I'm not really tempted between breakfast and lunch anymore (post-dinner is my temptation time).

I suggest you only eat those two meals and not compensate for the fact that you don't eat Breakfast, so stick to two plates, and you will automatically fall into the 3 meals after 6 months to a year.
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Post by lderoc » Mon Mar 17, 2014 12:48 pm

Thanks for the great responses everyone! This is very helpful. I will keep you all posted as to how it's going. Although I am on the NoS boards everyday and love reading everyone's posts, I don't log a daily check-in myself. I will try to commit to doing that so that I can look back later on and analyze if my "tweaked" system is really working.

Have a great day everyone!

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Post by wosnes » Tue Mar 18, 2014 1:38 pm

Blithe Morning wrote:Our beloved Wosnes, who I hope is just taking a break and will be back when she gets her computer fixed, usually ate just two meals.
Aw, thanks!

I've been at this for over 7 years and generally eat only two meals daily. I have my first meal around noon and my second around 6 PM or later. It works well for me and I'm rarely tempted to snack. I've been trying to have my more substantial meal at noon and a lighter meal in the evening. After a lifelong habit of having the larger meal in the evening, the hardest thing for me is to remember to make the bigger meal midday!

Occasionally, maybe once or twice a month, I'll find I want breakfast and I'll have something light like toast and fruit or yogurt and fruit.
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Post by automatedeating » Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:34 am

I should add that I was like eschano, where at first I didn't eat breakfast. Now I actually am hungry for breakfast. It took a few months, though.
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Post by noni » Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:26 pm

During the week I'll usually have a small coffee with cream then lunch at around noon. Sometimes, though, I'll eat a piece of toast if it's homemade. I eat BF on weekends because the family is home and likes buns, donuts etc., and I'm up for that.

Good to hear from you Wosnes!

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Post by leafy_greens » Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:30 pm

I would say long-term, 2 meals a day is probably not good for most people. If you stick to vanilla No S long enough, you'll be hungry in the mornings.
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