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Feeding Times · 22 May 2013

Conventional wisdom and the health gurus (who I have questioned before about this) say that we ought to eat every four to five hours. I am not so sure that the advice is all that it is cracked up to be.


Besides waking up in the morning, there are times when I am not hungry well beyond the four or five hours between feedings. It is odd when it happens because I have been so conditioned to think that I need to eat on a time schedule. But it is not only that. When it comes down to it, I think the four to five hour recommendation between feeding times is for sugar addicts.


Like myself, the vast majority of our Western society is addicted to sugar. We cannot go for long periods of time without the white stuff. Or its equivalent, highly processed food that has little nutritional value. Junk food. When we eat lots of sugar and junk food, we do are not really hungry but we crave more food because our bodies are not getting the nutrients we need. So we keep eating. Even if we have enough will power to step away from the table, our cravings bring us back. They bring us back because we do not want to experience the gnawing in our stomachs or the ache in our heads. We keep eating because we do not want to experience the withdrawal pains from our sugar habit.


Sugar addiction is why I believe we do not necessarily need to eat every four to five hours when we are eating healthy food. It is why I believe conventional wisdom is not necessarily true wisdom. Especially, in the case of time between feedings.

© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi

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