It’s all in the Timing

When I was in high school there was a short play I loved called “Sure thing” by David Ives. It starts off with a young woman in a coffee shop being approached by a young man who asks to sit with her. The young man keeps making mistakes, or the conversation doesn’t go his way (“Excuse me, is this seat taken?” he begins, “yes” she replies) one of them will ring a bell and the conversation will jump back a few lines (“Excuse me, is this seat taken” he asks after the bell, “No, but I’m expecting someone” she says). They battle through him getting a seat, her dislike of Falkner, both dismissing portions of the other until they finally leave the shop together.

I feel like this is America’s relationship with health. Ringing the bell whenever we hear something we don’t like until we find something that goes along with what we’re already doing. A cookie diet is much easier than actually buying good food. People want to change the way they look and feel without changing anything about how they live.

Last week I challenged you to start a morning ritual; something you could do every morning to set the tone of your day.
I would put money on having less than 5 people actually doing it.
I would even say that the likelihood of one person keeping up a ritual for a full year is around one in one hundred. Despite how sad that is I expected it. Making lasting change is really hard.
On that note if you tried the ritual and missed a couple of days, don’t give up yet, truck it out for a while and see how your body feels.

This week I am going to teach you how to survive Thanksgiving without 5 extra pounds, a food coma, or type 2 diabetes.

It’s really simple too: Eat every three hours. That’s it.
If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know I don’t like tips and tricks, because the only way to make sustainable change is to make a lifestyle change. Eating every three hours isn’t just a strategy so that you can eat a crap load of turkey and stuffing over a period of time, it’s a lifestyle change that you should incorporate into your daily life.

Here are the facts:
1. Eating every three hours keeps your metabolism running so you burn more calories
2. Your insulin levels will be more even; spiking insulin levels contributes to fat gain
3. You’ll feel more satisfied
4. You won’t binge
5. You’ll have more energy
6. You’ll tend to make better food choices

Say you eat crap at one of your 5-6 feedings in a day, it’s not as detrimental to your diet because you have more meals to “fix” your diet (I hate saying fix, but it’s much easier than going into another conversation). Someone eating only 3 meals a day has 3 chances to make good food choices, you have 6. 1/3 is %33.33 (repeating of course), 1/6 is %16.66, so eating a crappy meal only brings you down to a B for the day instead of a D (think back to high school). Big difference.

Try to evenly divide your calories, so that if you eat 2000 calories a day eat around 330 calories a meal. That will make it so that you will have constant energy throughout the day.

It’s super easy, and will change the way you think about food.

Enjoy your thanksgiving


P.S. If anyone actually starts the cookie diet I will punch you in your face, that is no lie

  • Erika

    And how long would you say it takes to form a routine? A day,fortnight,month?