Why I Don’t Eat Mini-Meals—Unless Absolutely Necessary
One of those “food rules” that has never worked for me is the idea of the mini-meal. Some people swear by mini-meals for weight-loss and maintenance, but I’m pretty sure I’d go insane eating six 300-or-so calorie meals in a day. Firstly, isn’t that a lot of planning? Especially for those who work outside of the home? Do you just have tons of snacks in your work fridge? Secondly, what happens when you want a bigger meal, like you get a hankering for a big piece of lasagna and a salad? Thirdly, do you ever feel satisfied or do you just feel like you’ll need to eat in another hour or two (which you will)?
My days typically start with a fairly light breakfast—coffee, cereal and fruit. I eat a slightly larger lunch, usually leftovers from the night before. I snack in the afternoon if I’m feeling hungry, and then my largest meal is dinner. I know, it’s the total opposite of the whole “breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper” philosophy. But it’s always worked for me.
Lately, though, the little bun in my oven has thrown my three-square-meal eating plans for a loop. I’m hungry all the time, yet if I have large meals I pay for it in heartburn. I have my usual breakfast and lunch and then an afternoon snack. Or two! Then dinner. And then an evening snack. Or two! My suspicions have been confirmed about how time consuming it is to be a mini-mealer. I feel like my life revolves around my need to eat constantly. I feel like I eat all day, and I feel like I’m eating the same stuff all the time. I know mini-meals help keep glucose levels steady and can boost metabolism, but I miss feeling full after a normal meal, and I miss my life not being ruled by my stomach! Until I get back to my normal, I’ll just keep wondering how you mini-mealers do it…
I’d love to know your big thoughts on mini-meals. Are you a mini-meal advocate? Let me know why it works for you (or why it never has)! —Erin