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I reached breaking point last week.
I was furious, not only because this was a very good example of even MORE conflicting nutritional advice, but also because I had specifically changed my eating habits based on the “eat big meals and fast more” advice.
I was confused, I was overwhelmed, and I was very, very hungry.
So I spoke to Sydney City Nutritionist Jennifer May (aka someone who does food for a living) to get a definitive answer once and for all on this health dilemma, and many other food-related “facts” we’ve all heard over the years.
She fed me some carrots and sturdy information, which hopefully clears things up for everyone who is just as confused as me.
Claim: Eating small meals is good for you
Fact: Do what feels good for you.
Jennifer said that as long as you’re getting enough protein, vegetables and carbohydrates, it really doesn’t matter if you’re having them in three big meals, or many small meals. This means eating six serves of vegetables (a serving is a handful) per day and stopping when you’ve had enough.
I will promptly be returning to eating like the grazing rabbit I truly am.
Claim: Skipping breakfast is the worst thing you can do
Fact: You can skip breakfast, just make sure the first thing you eat is nutritious.
The jury is still out on whether skipping breakfast is good or bad for you. Some say fasting for longer periods is a grand idea, others say that skipping breakfast is what foolish people do.
Because of this, Jennifer offers an adaptation of both of these stances, “My advice is eat when you feel hungry but the first thing you eat or drink each day must be nourishing”.
This means getting out the kale juices and chia seeds, people.
Claim: Fasting is good for you
Fact: Fasting can be excellent, but it’s not for everyone.
Have you heard of the 5:2 diet? If you haven’t, you have escaped the biggest dieting fad going around, so congratulations you.
To get you up to speed, this diet advocates eating whatever you want for five days, then eating 500 calories on the remaining two days.The point of all of this is that fasting is cool now and celebrities everywhere are getting on the bandwagon.