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Whether or not we take good care of our bodies, most of us have a schedule we eat on. Taking topnotch care, we may ensure that we eat early in the day to replenish our bodies nutrient-wise after a long night’s sleep and keep ourselves fortified during the day to sustain our energy. If we don’t take such great care, we may grab food on the go, refrain from eating during the day, and do our heaviest eating at night. Does it matter when we eat? Scientists think so. Here are some highlights from “When we eat or don’t eat, may be critical to our health” by Anahad O’Connor (7/24/18, accessed 9/15/18, https://www.nytimes.com/.../when-we-eat-or-dont-eat-may-be-critical-for-health.html).
Do you pay attention to when you eat and make every effort to feed yourself steadily during the day, starting when you awaken? Or, do you try to ignore hunger pangs and figure you’ll eat later? The timing of when you eat is especially important if you have pre-diabetes, diabetes or metabolic disease.
In my view, making sure to eat at the best times for your body is all part of excellent self-care. Sure, it takes some attention and planning, but if nourishing yourself feels like a burden, it’s time to get some help from a therapist to learn how to think of it as a way to promote good health. There’s a pleasure from food and there’s a pleasure from feeding your body well and in a timely fashion.
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