5 Meals vs. 3

Today’s October Inspired challenge is to eat five small meals instead of three large meals. Here’s why: It’s 8am when your alarm goes off. You jump up and start preparing for your day. With little time to make breakfast, you grab a cereal bar or maybe a yogurt pack and rush out the door for work. By 11:45am, you’re anxiously staring at the clock, your stomach growling in anticipation for lunch. And then the clock strikes noon and you hurry to the quickest food venue you can think of- which generally tends to be fast food. And, because you’re so hungry, you order two cheeseburgers and a large fry, instead of the healthy salad you planned on. This happens to the best of us! The longer you wait in-between meals, the hungrier you’ll get. This is why it’s beneficial to eat throughout the day, versus just three large meals when you tend to overindulge. Instead, try consuming smaller portions to spread out during each day. Here are a few ways to help:

1. Keep snacks on-hand

It’s great to have small meals or healthy snacks such as fruit, vegetables or  granola bars stocked at the office for those moments when your stomach starts growling. This way, when lunch time arrives, you’ll be more than happy to indulge in a healthy food option instead of the fast food restaurant around the corner.

2. Drink lots water

Many people mistake thirst for hunger. When you don’t drink enough water, your body confuses the signals and dehydration causes you to believe you need food.

3. Eat more fiber

Fiber helps to keep you fuller longer and reduces sugary cravings. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds are rich in fiber and will help keep that aching feeling of hunger away!