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15 Ways Dehydration is Hurting Your Body

Raise your hand if you drink the recommended 2-3 liters of water a day…every single day.

Was your hand raised? Don’t feel too bad if it wasn’t. You’re not alone, most people unfortunately do not consume the recommended daily intake of water.

 

Sure, it seems harmless, but what really happens to your body when you skimp on hydration? On average, adults lose about 2.5 liters of water every day from sweating and other everyday bodily functions. That water loss, combined with a lack of adequate water intake can do a lot more harm than you think. Take a look at some of the short term complications related to dehydration.

  1. Headaches
  2. Cravings for sugary/starchy foods
  3. Memory loss (short-term)
  4. Loss of concentration
  5. Lethargy (can result in lack of sex drive)
  6. Dry skin
  7. Pale skin
  8. Cognitive impairment
  9. Constipation and other digestive problems
  10. Dry mouth
  11. Decreased urination/strong-smelling & dark-colored urine
  12. Flushing
  13. Under-eye bags & hollow/sunken eyes
  14. Fine lines & wrinkled skin
  15. Low blood pressure

As a result of long term dehydration the body will begin to essentially redistribute water, ensuring vital bodily functions receive water where as the other non-vital bodily functions are put on the back burner. The parts of the body receiving inadequate amounts of water for extended periods of time can cause chronic symptoms that are easily confused with actual illnesses. Some of these mistaken illnesses include inflammation, weight gain, allergies, hypertension, arthritis, chronic constipation, acid reflux, and chronic fatigue. In situations where there is a complete lack of water intake for about 3-4 days (give or take a few days depending on the person and the environment), the result is death.

If that’s not a reason to reach for your glass (or water bottle), then I don’t know what is.

Can’t seem to remember to drink up? There are several apps available for mobile phones that can track your daily water intake and remind you to drink up. My personal favorite it Hydrate Daily for the iPhone.

How do you remember to drink up? Share your personal tips and tricks below!

~ Letisha

Cleanse Your Body: Detox Water

Let’s be honest: it’s not easy consuming our required daily intake of water. It requires some serious concerted effort. With our busy schedules the notion can simply slip our mind. Next thing you know it’s 7 o’ clock at night and you’re hastily gulping down glass #2 during commercial breaks. (We’ve all been there).

 

The solution is simple: detox water. This simple technique creates a deliciously refreshing treat that will have you chugging water all day long.

A few benefits, you ask?:

  • Flush toxins
  • Aid in digestion
  • Boost energy
  • Assist in weight loss
  • Promote healthy skin/hair
  • Decrease bloating
  • Curb appetite

When your body is firing off that desperate call for H2O, don’t reach for soda or coffee. Opt for detox water filled with slices of your favorite fruits and vegetables:

Lemon/Lime + Oranges

These citrus gods do the body good. The high levels of Vitamin C  in lemon & lime improve the immune system and reduce the duration of the common cold. These sour treats also improve bad breath while detoxing the body. Besides being a delicious breakfast treat, oranges contain a wonderful amount of flavonoids, which block carcinogenic agents.

Pineapple + Cucumbers

These green slices are not just for your eyes. Adding cucumber slices to your water is a great way to improve your complexion while potentially lowering blood pressure. Let’s not forget to mention that pineapple is a great way to boost your metabolism.

Strawberries + Mint Leaves

Adding a few sprigs of mint to your chilled water is a great way to settle your stomach and improve your breath. The wonderful antioxidants in strawberries work wonders reducing inflammation throughout the body while the necessary fiber can reduce constipation.

Apple + Beet

Apples slices in your H2O aids in weight loss and may improve your heart health. An added bonus? The antioxidant quercetin in apples may improve your physical endurance. Throw in a few slices of beets for added detox and anti-inflammation benefits.

 

What fruits and vegetables do you add to your detox water? Comment below!

Peace, Love & Coconuts!

How to Beat Your Cold Naturally

how to beat your cold naturally

It’s that time of year. Unfortunately, cold season doesn’t play fair. Your cold comes on suddenly, usually without any sort of warning. One minute you feel like running through a field of tulips and butterflies and the next minute you feel like you have fallen through a pot hole on your way to so-called tulip field. You probably don’t have time to be sick. After all, you probably didn’t block off any sick days on your calendar.  The cold season doesn’t wait for us so prepare yourself to fight back with these wonderful natural remedies.

Gargle

Gargling with warm, salty water is a wonderful way to soothe a sore throat. The salt water works by flushing the bacteria that is living in your throat while also relieving inflammation and loosening thick mucus (which most of us are accustomed to when sick).

Rest

Seriousy. Isn’t resting so overrated? Not really. Resting while you have a cold is one of the best things you can do for your body. Your body needs to focus its energy on getting you better, not getting you out of bed and to work. So just take a sick day. Trust us: the world won’t end if you miss a day or two of work. Not to mention, your counterparts probably won’t want to be around you once they hear you cough or sniff or sneeze. Colds can hit you like a ton of bricks, especially when you felt fine hours earlier. Trust your body and allow it to work its magic in peace.

Honey

This liquid gold is one of the best cough suppressants I’ve ever used. It instantly soothes a tingly throat and its benefits can last for hours. A few spoonfuls before work will usually last all day long. Unlike traditional cough suppressants, you don’t have to worry about consuming any unknown substances. As an added bonus, honey doesn’t taste like fake cherries or mysterious grapes. If the idea of swallowing spoonfuls of raw honey is just gag-worthy, try mixing a few spoonfuls into your favorite tea. The benefits may not be as great,  but you may feel some relief. I’d recommend using 100% raw honey to be sure you aren’t consuming any added ingredients.*

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is like a cure-all in our home. Gargling with ACV and water soothes your sore throat since the germs can’t survive in such an acidic environment. Be careful to not gargle too much, however, since the acid in the ACV can wear down your tooth enamel. Drinking a few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water is a great way to clear up any nasal congestion. The amino acids in the acv will also give you a boost of energy in case your cold has you feeling sluggish.

Garlic

Garlic and onions have become a staple in our home. We use them regularly in our home cooking and in our cold remedies since they work wonders on the common cold. We can always tell when someones caught a cold by the distinctive garlic broth smell that radiates throughout the house. The allicin in garlic is thought to be the compound that fights the cold, the same ingredient that gives garlic its distinctive “garlicky” flavor. Add crushed, raw garlic and onions to boiling water and boil until onions are clear. Add a few shakes of cayenne pepper and drink up! The flavor takes some getting used to but the duration of your cold will be shortened dramatically!

Water

Keeping your body hydrated while you are sick is crucial. Fever, diarrhea and vomiting deplete the water in our precious bodies. Dehydration can have negative impacts on both our mental and physical capabilities, which is why it is important to stay hydrated. Since you may not be eating as much, your body isn’t able to collect as much water from your food, further depleting your hydration levels. As soon as you notice you are not feeling well, keep your eye on your water intake. Be sure you are getting down as much water as you can (around 2 L a day) for optimal benefits.

Zinc Gluconate

Before you stock up on your Nyquil and Dayquil this cold season, take a gander at zinc gluconate, also known as Cold Eeze. This throat lozenge uses zinc gluconate to release zinc ions into the body to shorten your cold. How does it work? The zinc gluconate in the lozenge prevents the cold virus from binding and replicating, hence shortening your cold. The lozenges don’t taste the best, but they work and are free from any artificial colors or preservatives. When taken at the onset of your cold, zinc gluconate may reduce the duration of your cold by a few days.

Ginger

A homemade ginger tea works wonders relieving congestion and a sore throat, while supporting your immune system. To make a wonderful ginger tea at home, start by bringing a pot of water to a boil and adding a few slices of fresh ginger, lemon and cinnamon. Allow the mix to simmer on low heat for about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add in raw honey.

 

*Remember to never give honey to a child younger than age 1.

**These tips are simply guidelines, not to be used in place of your doctor’s recommendations.

 

Peace, Love & Coconuts!

-Zeena

10 Creative Ways to Use Pumpkin This Fall

 

Halloween may be over but the cherished “pumpkin season” has yet to come to an end. Reusing your pumpkin saves you money and creates a colorful menu for weeks to come! Before you toss your jack-o-lantern into the nearest receptacle try out  a few of these fun and clever ways of reusing this halloween staple:

 

10 Creative Ways to Use Pumpkin:

1. Soothing Mask

As lovers of all things masks, you know we couldn’t pass up on this opportunity! Pumpkin masks are full of essential vitamins, like Vitamin A, C & E, as well as antioxidants and fatty acids. These incredible ingredients soften the skin, improve cell turnover, and brighten your complexion. Let’s not forget to mention that the zinc in pumpkin does wonders for treating acneic skin. Mix a 1/4 cup of pumpkin that has been pureed with a spoonful of honey. Apply the mask and allow to sit for 15-30 minutes. Rinse, pat dry and moisturize!

2. Fall-Inspired Smoothie

The amazing nutrients in pumpkin work wonders inside your body, too! Chop your fresh pumpkin into chunks and boil until tender, about 25 minutes. Allow to cool and remove any skin. In a blender combine the fresh pumpkin with a frozen banana, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, maca powder and coconut milk. This delicious smoothie is full of vital nutrients and tastes like Fall in a glass! To save you time, freeze any unused, boiled pumpkin for future smoothies!

3. Exfoliation:

If you want to smell like a delicious Autumn treat, look no further than that lovely pumpkin. Pumpkin is full of alpha hydroxy acids, which helps with cell turnover and exfoliation. Talk about glowing skin, huh? Scoop out the insides of fresh pumpkin and place into a blender (set aside any seeds). Add in honey and cinnamon and puree until smooth. In a small bowl combine the pumpkin mixture with a few spoonfuls of sugar. Use this mixture to gently exfoliate your skin (avoid sensitive areas like your face).

4. Pumpkin Bread:

This delicious snack is the perfect treat for the holiday season. Baking with a fresh pumpkin is a wonderful way to preserve that fresh flavor while still packing your baked goodies chalk full of powerful nutrients. To create your own pumpkin puree for your bread, start by washing and halving your pumpkin (cut away the stem and pulp). Bake the halves face down covered in foil for about 1 1/2 hours at 375 degrees until tender. After cooling, cut away the skin and scoop out the insides and mash it until a puree forms. Use this puree in place of the store bought puree in your bread recipe.

5. Roasted Seeds:

It’s no secret that pumpkin seeds are just delicious. They are easy to make and are the perfect late night snack. Start by rinsing the seeds under cool water, then spread the seeds onto a baking sheet. Roast the plain seeds for 30 minutes. After roasting, season the seeds with your favorite spices and roast for another 20 or so minutes.

6. Mashed Pumpkin:

A side of mashed pumpkin is the perfect addition to any fall dish. Soften the pumpkin by cutting it into chunks and boiling them for about 25 minutes. Remove the skin and mash the chunks into a desired consistency. Add a few shakes of sea salt and pepper and voilà!

7. Pumpkin Soup:

The perfect treat for any brisk Autumn day. This delicious squash soup recipe is the perfect way to use any left over pumpkin. Simply subtitute the squash for your fresh pumpkin!

8.Compost:

If you just can’t stand to eat anything pumpkin, just toss it right into your composter! Be sure to cut it into smaller chunks so it decomposes faster.

9.Pumpkin Pie:

This Thanksgiving essential is the perfect way to get rid of your pumpkin. Boil chunks of the pumpkin for about 25 minutes. Once cool, cut off the skin and blend until a puree forms. Use this puree in place of the canned pumpkin you  typically use. This preservative free puree can be frozen and used for holiday treats all season long!

10. Waffles:

This breakfast favorite is going to taste all the better when made with fresh pumpkin puree. This delicious pumpkin waffle recipe is perfect for any fall morning. Just swap out the canned pumpkin for your homemade puree (as seen in #4). Did we mention this yummy recipe has 5g of protein per serving?!

 

What are your favorite ways to reuse your Halloween pumpkins?

 

Peace, Love & Coconuts!
-Zeena

1 Key Reason to Listen to Your Body’s Symptoms

Recently I noticed my nails were breaking…A LOT…and I tend to have very strong nails that grow fairly quickly. So, you can imagine my surprise and frustration when my nails were peeling out of control and I had no idea what was causing my symptoms. Now before you get grossed out, when I say “peeling” I just mean any extra length that extended beyond the finger would just become brittle and peel, then break off. Annoying.

So, what did I do?……I IMMEDIATELY CALLED 9-1-1!

…Just kidding, I didn’t do that…I wouldn’t recommend it either. I should also mention that I did NOT run to the drugstore to buy Sally Hansen’s Diamond Strength Nail Top Coat.

Is it just me, or does Sally Hansen have like 30 different (but secretly the same) diamond top coats?

So, here’s what I DID do…

Listen to Your Body’s Symptoms

 

After having a mini melt-down staring at my mangled nails, I thought to myself, what is my body trying to tell me?  I then examined my lifestyle and asked, what changed?

  • Stress
  • Sleep
  • Diet
  • Hydration
  • Supplements
  • Products

I thought about my diet over the last few weeks and noticed I was eating a TON of fruit. I had been extremely busy for months on end and was on autopilot with my food consumption, eating a lot of fruit, some vegetables, and really nothing else. While it’s good that I was eating fruits and vegetables, I was missing out on one important macronutrient that is essential to nail health.

Cue the Jeopardy music….“What is Protein, Alex?”

Ding Ding!

Protein. My nails were falling apart because my diet was lacking protein.

The Meaning Behind Your Body’s Symptoms

All too often, we seek temporary solutions where we can simply throw a bandaid over a problem rather than get to the root of the issue and seek a solution. Long term protein deficiency, for example can do quite a bit of damage to your body. Figuring out my deficiency now, BEFORE any irreversible consequences occurred saved me a lot of future health issues, wouldn’t you agree?

If more people took this approach when dealing with their health and bodies, a lot of chronic conditions could be avoided. By not waiting until something small manifests itself into a much larger, harder to fix problem, we are saving ourselves time, money, unnecessary distress, and bodily harm.

The next time you have a headache, rather than just pop a few painkillers to mask the problem, ask yourself why you have a headache. The more knowledge you have with regard to your body and lifestyle, the smarter you’ll be when it comes to making the best choices for yourself.

If a child is crying, the mother doesn’t just tell the baby to be quiet and go about her day, she tries to figure out why, is the baby hungry, tired, need to be changed?.

Think about your body as if it were a child who can’t talk and next time your body is crying, ask it why, then give it what it needs.

~ Letisha

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Probiotics: What You Need to Know

 

It’s hard to ignore the latest trends, especially when they are everywhere! Currently the market is buzzing over probiotics. This latest trend has companies far and wide working to adapt and create products that capitalize on the increased demand for probiotics.

However, with all of the hype that accompanies a trend, a lot can get lost in translation from a consumer standpoint. It’s important though, to be as informed as possible to ensure you are making the best decisions for your body.

 

Numbers don’t lie, or do they?

With regard to probiotics, consumers tend to think the bigger the better, and while consuming probiotic supplements with a higher CFU (colony forming units or concentration of bacteria) is certainly more ideal, the bacteria count you read on the box, isn’t always what you’re consuming.

Depending on the manufacturing process and how the product is handled and stored, many if not all of the bacteria can die, rendering the supplement completely useless to you and a waste of your money. For example, heat during manufacturing, or not storing supplements in a cool environment will kill the good bacteria.

Before purchasing probiotics, research the brand, find out how they manufacture their product, how they’re store, and if they have been through any trials or tests to prove their potency. While shopping, look for how the store is handling the probiotics, heck even talk to an employee if you’d like, to find out how carefully they are handling the products. Don’t forget to check expiration dates as well.

Probiotics: Knowledge is Power

There is often confusion among consumers about why probiotics are important and how they benefit us. Remember when you were a kid and your parents told you to do something “because they said so”. The fact that you had no idea why you were doing something made it that much more unappealing. When we understand the importance behind something, we’re more likely to continue that action, right? (hey, I said more likely, not definitely) With that being said, if we actually understand WHY probiotics are beneficial, we are more likely to ensure we seek only the best for ourselves.

Not All Strains are Created Equal

Different bacteria strains have different benefits, so depending on the combination of strains in 1 supplement or food vs another, your body may react differently. The best thing to do would be to choose a supplement based on your bodies needs.

Click here for some common strains and their benefits.

Things You Should Know:

  1. Lay off the Antibiotics and antibacterial products (They kill the GOOD bacteria along with the bad, give your body a chance to fight off infection on its own and take antibiotics only when necessary.)
  2. Reduce or eliminate flour and refined sugars & starches from your diet
  3. Choose probiotic supplement brands that deliver the most potent supplements with (5-10 billion CFU or higher)
  4. Refrigeration can preserve the shelf life of your probiotic supplement
  5. The bacteria from probiotic supplements don’t stay in the body longer than a few weeks
  6. Listen to your body, supplement based on your bodies needs, not the general population (Some supplement on an as needed basis, others do it daily. Do what works for you.)
  7. Probiotics benefit more than just the digestive system. They can:
    • Improve cholesterol
    • Fight cancer cells
    • Heal and prevent acne
    • Improve eczema and other skin conditions
    • Enhance the immune system
    • Improve vaginal health in women
    • Help to stave off degeneration

Some Brands We Like:

 

Are you currently taking probiotics? Tell us your favorite brands and why in the comment box below! 

~ Letisha


 You Might Also Be Interested In:

15 Reasons You NEED Probiotics!

 

Dietary Supplements: Are you taking too many?

Brown and coconut welcomes Lisa Bonet, discussing the important questionAre there too many dietary supplements in our diet?


 

 

Is taking dietary supplements a healthy way of making sure you get the vitamins and minerals your body and mind needs, or could it actually be causing your body unseen damage? For example, taking too high a dose of antioxidants can contribute to the development of cancer, exactly the opposite of why you’re supposed to be taking them, and large amount of vitamin C can cause kidney stones, which can be incredibly painful.

If you’re unsure which dietary supplements you should and shouldn’t be taking, and in what quantities, this article has some words of advice on what to do, as well as why.

Lisa Bonet
Contributor

Easy Core and Glute Workouts to Strengthen & Tone!

We may be halfway through summer but it is never too late to start getting that booty in shape! Matthew Ibrahim is a Certified Personal Trainer who teamed up with Brown & Coconut to share his fitness knowledge and simple yet effective core and glute workouts to tone and tighten your body!

Part 1: Core & Glute Workouts for Women


A few guidelines…

Start by organizing your spine

  • Use a Broomstick from head to hips to help avoid excessive lumbar extension (lordosis) and excessive thoracic flexion (kyphosis). Keep your spine in contact with the broomstick as reminder.
  • A subtle chin-tuck will help keep spine neutral (a neutral posture)

Use the “right” core muscles

  • Start by properly engaging your transverse abdominis muscle (TrA)
  • Pull belly button up and into spine (subtle movement)
  •  You should be able to have a conversation and talk while TrA is engaged (do not hold your breath)
  • This is “home”/safe position for spine
  • Always activate this muscle before/during every exercise
  • Perform deep-belly breathing rather than upper chest breathing (hand on belly; exhale twice as long as you inhale)

TIPS:

  1. Stop doing sit-ups and crunches; not good for your spine
  2. Train the function of the core, not the anatomy

So, what are your core functions?: anti-extension, anti-flexion, anti-rotation, stabilization, posture, breathing

The following Core and Glute workouts are great workouts to keep your core and glutes activated and engaged:

Part 2: Core Workouts

Core Exercises:

  • Plank
  • Push-Up Mountain climber (slow and controlled movements)
  • Side Plank with Knee to Chest

Part 3: Glute Workouts

Glute Exercises

  • Glute Bridge
  • Kettle bell Goblet Hold Reverse Lunge
  • Kettle bell Deadlift
  • Lateral Skater Hops
  • Sled Pull


These websites sell workout sleds for decent prices. These can be used both inside and outside:

You can also make your own for an even better deal. This article provides wonderful instruction on how to build your own sled.

Thanks to Matthew for sharing these awesome tips and workouts that can be applied to each and every workout! Check out Matthew’s website for more information about him and his workshops/trainings!

What are you waiting for?? Start working those coconuts!

7 DIY Mosquito Bite Remedies

mosquito bite remedies

Ah, mosquito bites. How my disdain for you will never cease. The itching and swelling brought on by these lovely little monsters can easily turn a relaxing summer’s day into pure torture. Pure. Torture. Despite countless layers of bug spray, there is always one lucky son-of-gun that is just out to get us! Go pick on someone your own size, mosquitos! Since the mosquitos probably won’t be reading that last message, let me provide you lovely readers with 7 DIY mosquito bite remedies to cure that mosquito bite hangover.

mosquito bite remedies

DIY Mosquito Bite Remedies:

 1. Ice

AKA instant satisfaction. If you just can’t bare to look at that swollen, itchy bite 1 minute longer, walk run to your nearest freezer. Apply an ice cold cube to the bite. The ice reduces swelling and numbs the pain. Most importantly, the ice significantly reduces that itching sensation caused by the release of histamines from the bite.

2. Witch Hazel

This summer essential is perfect for all types of summer hazards! The amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-itch attributes of witch hazel make it the perfect astringent for mosquito bites. Plus, the cooling effect will feel AMAZING. Dampen a face cloth with the witch hazel and apply the cloth to the bite for 10-15 minutes. I prefer to use face cloths rather than cotton balls or toilet paper because it lasts longer and makes for much easier for application.

3. Honey

If you don’t mind getting a little sticky, try applying a dab or two of raw honey to the bite. This will reduce inflammation as well as provide antibacterial properties. If you REALLY want to curb the itching apply a fresh bandaid over the honey. This will prevent you from itching and keep the sticky honey away from your clothes.

mosquito bite remedies

4.Tea Tree Oil

This magnificent oil works wonders in preventing the spread of bacteria while keeping itching and inflammation at bay. Add a few drops to your favorite moisturizer or apply directly to the bite. If you have sensitive skin, I’d recommend diluting the Tea Tree Oil with a carrier oil, such as jojoba oil or coconut oil. For extra protection, try mixing Tea Tree Oil with Peppermint Oil or Lemongrass Oil to effectively repel the mosquitos.

5. Aloe Vera

Applying soothing aloe vera gel is one of my all-time favorite remedies. The cool gel provides instant relief from those pesky mosquito bites. Keep a bottle handy in the fridge for immediate, cool relief!

mosquito bite remedies

6. Baking Soda

This unlikely remedy is the perfect cure for mosquito bites. The alkalinity of the baking soda decreases the size of the bump while reducing the itch. Simply mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a tablespoon of water. Apply the mixture to the bump and reap the rewards!

7. Oatmeal 

When it comes to skincare, oatmeal is amazing! Treating mosquito bites with oatmeal is no different. By soaking in an oatmeal bath, you will soothe the itch and reduce redness and swelling. To make your own bath, simply grind a few cups of oats into a powder. Add the oatmeal powder to a warm bath and soak for as long as you’d like!

 

What are your favorite mosquito bites remedies? Comment below!

PEACE, LOVE & COCONUTS!

-Zeena

How Many Meals Should You Eat a Day?

How Many Meals Should You Eat

How many meals should you eat a day? This is a question that I’m sure many people have asked themselves at some point or another.

The quick answer is that it does NOT matter. Three, four, five, or six meals makes no difference to maintaining a healthy lifestyle or for weight loss.

Here’s what you should know:

– Eating more frequently doesn’t increase your metabolism – Eating 3 larger meals doesn’t make you gain weight or slow your metabolism An article published in the New York Times discusses this idea that there is no difference between 3 or 6 meals when it comes to our body’s metabolism. (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/23/health/23really.html) With that in mind… The decision on how many meals to eat per day really comes down to lifestyle and personal preference. Regardless of the number of meals you eat, make sure you…

1)     Stay within YOUR calorie range, don’t over eat or under eat

2)     Don’t go more than 4 or 5 hours without eating

  • Don’t wait until you are on the brink of starvation bc then you may end up overeating
  •  Don’t skip meals

3)     Eat when you are hungry – stop when you are satisfied, not full or stuffed. 4) Slow down when you eat – your body takes time to register that it is satisfied so your stomach may be physically content (has enough food), but your brain hasn’t registered that yet, so if you slow down, take your time, chew and enjoy the food, it allows your brain to catch up. You may just stop eating mid-meal because you are satisfied. whereas if you wolf it down, 20 minutes later you may suddenly feel overstuffed. 5) Meals should have the right balance of macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats)

What is boils down to is this…

Follow these guidelines and whatever number of meals that equals out to for you is fine:

  • If you hate the idea of not feeling full then more frequent, smaller meals will leave you unsatisfied, opt for larger, less frequent meals.
  • If you hate feeling full or hate any sort of bloating associated with eating somewhat larger meals, then maybe smaller meals, more frequently might be better for you
  • If your lifestyle isn’t well suited for getting several chances to eat throughout the day, then you should opt for fewer meals during the day.
  • If you don’t have time to sit down and eat, (always on the go), smaller more frequent meals may be the way to go.

Eating late at night doesn’t make a difference, as long as you don’t go over you total number of required calories. “Skipping” breakfast doesn’t matter either. What is important is that you do what works for you, I hear some people say that they hate eating early in the morning, I am one of them, it makes me sick to my stomach. So I will eat 2 -3 hours after I wake up. For others, breakfast to be the first thing they do after waking. Again whats important is that you don’t go over the total number of calories that you require per day. More likely than not, you’ve heard that people who skip breakfast end up becoming extremely hungry and they overeat at the next meal because of this. This isn’t always the case, take me for example, I’m fine not eating first thing in the morning, however,  If you are someone who may overeat if you don’t eat your first meal of the day immediately after waking, then it’s a good idea to eat something in the morning.

It may take some experimentation, but remember, you have to figure out what works best for you given your lifestyle and preferences. This is a journey!

How many meals do YOU eat a day? ~ Letisha