Daily Archives: August 29, 2012

5 meals a day?? Say What???

Ok… So I’ve been trying to do this “Eat 5-6 small meals a day” thing… and in theory… it sounds great! However, it’s a hard plan to implement if you’re not used to it. Trying to eat something healthy every 2-3 hours is actually pretty time-consuming.

Something else I’ve found is that sometimes I’m not hungry when it’s “time to eat”, so I don’t eat. I get sidetracked, then it’s a few hours later and I’m famished.  Working out the bugs is going to be hard for me, as I work nights, and it can get so busy that a lot of nurses don’t get a chance to eat.  I also try to keep (sort-of) a “day” schedule when I’m off work, so eating times are something I need to work out on a 24 hour basis. –I’m trying though, and that counts for something.

For work, I’ve gotta start taking healthy snacks to work, something I can just grab and eat on the fly if necessary, even if it’s not a “meal”; Maybe some celery, fruit, nuts, and maybe raisins. I could make a sandwich & cut it in half, or maybe keep an energy or protein bar to snack on.  Not eating anything from 5pm until 3 or 3:30 am must be taking toll on my system.


For those of you that don’t know, eating 5-6 smaller meals over 3 squares is supposed to benefit the body in a number of ways.  For starters, if you eat 2-3 big meals, your ‘primitive’ body takes that as a sign that you might not be getting food for a while and kick into “starvation/storage” mode and store those calories as fat.  As modern as we are, the body is still primitive in its existence, taking all necessary actions to try to save itself.

Eating multiple meals daily keeps your metabolic processes working at a steady rate, when your body goes into starvation mode, metabolism slows down. It also keeps your blood glucose levels at an even level throughout the day, which prevents your blood glucose from spiking & dropping.


You’re also waaay less likely to binge eat the wrong foods if your belly is constantly full.
*When you binge after going a long time between meals, those calories are stored as FAT!

Gillies, G. (n.d.). Weight Loss Tip – Eat 6 Meals A Day to Loss Fat | Fat Loss Tip. Bodybuilding Supplements & Fat Burner, Diet Pill Reviews – Xenadrine, Hydroxycut, Whey Protein, Creatine and More. Retrieved August 29, 2012, from http://www.bodybuildingforyou.com/bodybuilding-supplements-guides/fat-loss-tips-3.htm
Sukalo, J. (2011, June 14). Can Eating Five To Six Small Meals Help You Lose Weight? | LIVESTRONG.COM. LIVESTRONG.COM – Lose Weight & Get Fit with Diet, Nutrition & Fitness Tools | LIVESTRONG.COM. Retrieved August 29, 2012, from http://www.livestrong.com/article/222983-can-eating-five-to-six-small-meals-help-you-lose-weight/

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Why Water??? Maybe boring…but educational nonetheless…

So… Most people know that about 60% of your body is composed of water. Here’s a few facts that you may or may not already know [& may  be a little boring] … but the slide show is pretty cool

  • Water acts as a medium to support numerous metabolic reactions
  • Water (the main component of blood) carries:
    • To the cells: nutrients, hormones, and other compounds
    • And metabolic waste products away from the cells, for excretion from the body (mainly sweat and urine) . 
  • Water plays a major role in body temperature regulation. Through sweat production, and its evaporation from the surface of the skin, excess body heat is dissipated.
  • We lose approximately 2.6 liters of water  on a daily basis from breathing, sweating, urination, and elimination (bowel movements)
  • Replacing water is important when there is any physical activity. Activity means that you will have  increased water requirements that parallel sweat losses. If these increased requirements are not met, the body can enter a state of dehydration.
  • DRINK BEFORE YOU GET THIRSTY!! You are already at the least slightly dehydrated when you feel like you need something to drink!! 
  • Drinking water SUPPRESSES the APPETITE!! If you  aren’t drinking enough, your body can interpret thirst as  hunger & you will wind up eating when you’re really not hungry!!! So DRINK UP!!!

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Am I Dehydrated??? You can usually tell by the color of your PEE!!

“Developed by Professor Lawrence A. Armstrong,  a specialist in sports physiology and an expert in hydration, the hydration chart represents how urine color provides an indication of patients’ hydration status.

Urine ideally should be pale yellow or ‘straw-colored’, corresponding with a state of optimal hydration (euhydration). The darker the color, the more concentrated the urine and the more dehydrated the patient…This tool may be used as an indicator of the hydration state. Please note that urine color may be influenced by the content of diet or medical treatments.”

“The Importance of Healthy Hydration.” Hydration for Health | H4Hinitiative. Sudler &Hennessey, n.d. Web. 29 Aug. 2012. .

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