This week, I wanted to share something that I read, that is consistent with my paradigm regarding meals. I feel strongly that smaller meals, eaten more often, help to boost your metabolism. This is based on research that is commonly known at this point, but is confirmed yet again below.
Often I'm told that this isn't practical for folks, they are just too busy. But listen, any weapon that adds strength to your arsenal is one we've got to get on your side! Think about a fire. When you build a fire, you don't start with huge logs. You start with kindling, the very smallest first, then slowly and consistently you add a bit larger kindling until your fire is burning brightly. If you want your body to burn consistently, and burn at it's hottest, you've got to add kindling, not smother your fire!
"You must eat a snack that contains protein between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Go for a protein bar, a piece of low-fat cheese, or some almonds with an organic apple.
No matter what, do not miss that snack. It's important because it boosts metabolism and balances blood sugar. The lower you keep your blood sugar, the lower you keep your insulin, and insulin makes you store fat around your middle. Eating every three to four hours will keep your blood sugar even, but many people tend to go five or six hours between lunch and dinner without eating."
–Natasha Turner, naturopathic doctor, author of The Hormone Diet