Many believe that eating 5-6 small meals throughout the day – also known as grazing – is better than eating three solid meals a day. Read more to find out why.
Perhaps it's not just about what we're meant to eat, but how we're meant to eat as well...
A little bit of history: our ancient ancestors did not likely sit down to a big dinner every night at 6pm. The original hunter gatherers did not always have food readily available to them. They were also often on the move, either migrating or hunting. As a result, they would eat throughout the day, munching on berries, nuts, plants and meat, when they were lucky to find it. In the modern age, this way of eating has been reversed. We are now used to having three solid meals a day with snacks in between. But, let’s take a look at why returning to a “grazing diet” may be beneficial to our health.
Eating several mini meals throughout the day keeps blood sugar stable, so you don’t crash and end up bingeing on food. Many believe that because of this “grazers” are more likely to be leaner, and less likely to develop diabetes, colon cancer, high cholesterol and other health problems. Furthermore, grazing truly fits our busy, modern lifestyles. We are always on the go and often don’t have time to sit down to a proper meal.
If you’re thinking about giving grazing a try, it’s important to remember a couple things. Be mindful of when and why you are eating. Many of us reach for snacks because we’re bored or stressed (in addition to eating full meals!). Prepare yourself with healthy, wholesome, minimally processed foods and try to eat every two to three hours. Mindless snacking often results in consuming far more calories than necessary.
While meals may be smaller, they should still be balanced with protein, fat and carbohydrates.
A great way to avoid over-eating and to make sure you get all the necessary nutrients is to plan ahead of time. That way you’ll always have something healthy and tasty on hand. Stock up on fresh fruit and veggies, like apples and carrots, which are easy to pack with you wherever you go. And raw nuts, such as almonds and cashews are great sources of healthy fats. Lean snacks, such as our Chicken Jerky, Bites and Primal Bars, are excellent sources of protein to keep you satisfied throughout the day.
Remember - it's all about what makes you feel your best!
What’s your preferred way of eating? Thinking about giving grazing a try? Have you adopted grazing and have some advice? Let us know in the comments!