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I'm used to the following:

Breakfast
Snack
Lunch
Snack
Dinner

I've read breaking your meals into 6 smaller meals a day rather than three "square" meals is better for you. Anyone agree?

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Yep, I feel like a hobbit. First and second breakfast, elevensees, lunch, snack......

More frequent and smaller meals helps stabilize blood sugar and eliminate storing extra calories as fat.
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:shrug: ..I've been reading a bit of the opposite lately.. 3-squares and fergit the snacks... especially the evening ones.
I don't think runners on a consistent workout routine have blood sugar worries.
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Breakfast: 530ish

Lunch: 1200ish

Snack: 3:00

dinner: 530/600ish

Snack: 830/900ish PRN
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I usually start eating when I get to the office at 8AM and feed continualy until 5PM when I ride home. If we're having dinner, I'll eat that and usually something else substantial. If we're not, I'll continue grazing until bedtime.
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So, what are some examples of "small meals" you would eat? I typically have:

Breakfast: cereal, bagel or fruit - depending on how hungry I am.
Snack: fruit or cheese or nuts or crackers, or something similar
Lunch: Sandwich or soup and some sort of salad (lettuce or a fruit salad depending on how much fruit I have already eaten that day)
Snack: same type of snack as above
Dinner: Rice-based dish (fried rice w/chicken, etc.)
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I eat many many small meals a day.

A nutrition drink like boost
A cup of cereal and 1/2 cup soy milk
A protein bar

2 cups of Trader Joes cheese puffs (very low fat)

and if things are really good, chicken and mashed potatoes, no butter or gravy.

It helps the body work more efficiently--as the stomach isn't trying to work through huge meals at a time.

It's healthier for me, anyway.
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i used to eat all the time.

ive been reading a nutrition book and it suggests eating a substantial amount of protein for b'fast, so ive been trying to do that. its hard though, when the only easy bfast stuff is cereal, bagels, or peanutbutter toast.

i usually eat a kind of big lunch and try not to eat again untill dinner, but we usually eat early enought that i have a snack or glass of milk later in the evening.

i find that chugging water most of the day keeps me from being ravenous all the time. but if i get hungry in between, ill have a snack, usually a granola bar or something...
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I'm a pig, I eat every few hours.
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True. Tons o' protein for breakfast does a body good. Try Egg Beaters/egg whites (not too bad in the microwave, but spend 5 minutes and cook 'em on the stove = better) with some salsa topped with cheese, chocolate milk on the side. Added bonus: throw some chicken chunks into your omelet. YUM!
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I'm one of the 'grazers'....and I make sure to track what I eat so that I'm not just consuming massive quantities of empty calories:

I make sure to include a fiber-rich [non-processed] item and lean protein with most of my snack-meals

Fit in 5-8 fruits and veggies a day

consume a gallon+ of water daily

get in 2-3 dairy products

yeah, yeah, it may not sit well with a runner's GI [I'm a prime example if you check out my handle] but this type of eating serves the body well in the grand scope of life

I do love sugar and fat too...and will try and make room to have some kind of treat 4-5x/wk

cheers
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I eat continuously from 8 a.m. to noon.
And then eat way too large of a dinner.
And then eat a snack around 9 pm.

These habits are going under review and will be revised soon. I've managed to cut out most of the junk food and the result has been 9 lbs gone from my gut. I still feel hungry most of the day though.
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I eat breakfast every day, a mix of carbs and protein or I get the shakes, start on the veggies portion of lunch at around 10:30. Eat lunch, usually (yogurt, crackers, today there were turkey meatballs and rice, too) at noon or 1 if I run at lunch, then eat the rest of whatever I packed before I go to school after work, or pick up sushi and eat it on the way to school. I usually get tea while at school, sometimes a soft pretzel if I have the points to spare. When I get home, it's around 10 pm, and if I'm hungry, I limit myself to carrots. I also drink at least 68 oz of water every day, at least during the workweek. All in all, that's about 5-6 times a day I eat something.
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So do you take in a mooooovie with your later snacking? So you like cowboy flix, then? Heffer choke on dry popcorn? Am I milking this a bit too much?
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I eat almost constantly it seems. once i get to the office, it's a bagel'n peanutbutter, i snack on Honey Nut Cheerios til two, have a large lunch. more grazing (but less) Cheerios. Evening workouts so instead of solids i have gels and powder/water drinks. home a sandwhich (or two) some chips and then bedtime.
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