Cutting out breakfast and eating 2 meals a day is by far one of our member’s favorite tips, as they’ve reported instant benefits.
This doesn’t surprise me, as I had immediate results when I first tried this in 2011.
Back then I was working at Whole Foods Market, in the bakery, and was eating way too many sweets… go figure :)
One rainy day, I was chatting with some friends at Thrive, an awesome raw café (if you’re in Seattle, you must stop in).
I loved going over there on my lunch break with co-workers and friends; the employees are all super knowledgeable.
I was talking about my sugar cravings from all of the sweets I had been eating (vegan chocolate chip coconut scones to be exact), when one of their kitchen extraordinaire’s mentioned this author, Natalia Rose, and her book Detox 4 Women.
She said she was going to do a 4-week detox to get rid of yeast overgrowth in her body (candida), and I should give it a try.
Well, long story short, I tried it and it worked! I even got Peter interested and we still continue to follow this routine today.
Now, we only eat 2 meals a day.
We skip breakfast (it’s true!), which allows our bodies to “fast” from, say, 9pm (after dinner) to 12pm (before lunch) the next day.
We do, however, consume something in the mornings… every day.
We drink home made green juice (this is a non-negotiable of ours).
Green juice is full of vitamins and nutrients, giving us the energy we need to make it through the morning until lunch.
We try to limit our snacking, and only snack on raw foods in the morning; but only if we’re really hungry (but Peter usually has a smoothie mid-morning… he’s a guy, apparently they’re bigger and need more calories ;)
3 Big Benefits of Fasting
1). More Energy
When you fast, you give your body a break from constantly digesting food. When you eat something, you may notice at first you get a little tired, that’s because your body is spending all of its energy digesting the food. When you’re constantly eating, your energy is constantly being used up, leaving you feeling drained for no good reason.
When you fast, you’re reserving that energy; and it is then re-directed to other things like: healing injuries, preventing illnesses and/or getting fit via working out… to name a few.
2). Better Digestion
If you keep piling in food, your body will never be able to digest it all!
Think about when you were a kid and would get really hungry before dinner, but your parents would make you wait until dinner to have a snack – otherwise you would ruin your appetite… that doesn’t really exist anymore. We are constantly eating!
“One of the ill-advised habits we’ve culturally adopted is that of eating three meals a day. Not only is this too much matter for our intestine to break down, it overwhelms the bowel, which does not have the strength or opportunity to work as it was designed to” ~ Natalia Rose
3). Simplified Diet
By only eating 2 meals a day, you greatly simplify your life.
Not only do you get to cook just 2 meals a day, but you only have to shop and plan for those 2 meals!
A lot of you know Peter and I eat a huge amount of produce, and it makes our shopping trips so much easier when we just focus on those 2 meals!
Life is busy, simplify where you can.
Skipping breakfast also works really well if you’re a morning exercise person.
Peter and I alternate between heated yoga and running in the mornings.
Both workouts are best when hydrated and on a nearly empty stomach.
We like to feel flexible, light and quick; and this routine helps us feel that way.
How to Get Started
Cutting out breakfast may be easier for you if you don’t usually eat breakfast, but for others, this is can be really hard.
We suggest easing into it…
- Start by putting off breakfast for as long as you can, maybe you normally eat at 7am, see if you can go until 9am… and then 11am, and eventually you can make it until 12pm.
- Switch out your current breakfast for a green juice and some raw fruits and nuts. If that’s not enough, we really like this chocolate superfood cereal.
- Try to skip snacking between meals. If you’re really hungry, make a green smoothie or snack on raw veggies or fruits.
2 meals (lunch & dinner), a snack or two (mostly raw, green apples, green smoothies, etc.) and a good chunk of time between meals to allow your body to digest the food and your bowel enough time to get rid of the matter.
PS – for all you Breakfast Lovers, don’t worry we’re not suggesting you give up your oatmeal or pancakes, just have them for lunch instead!
*Note this is not recommended for everyone; obviously children and those with medical concerns should not follow this. In the end, it’s important to listen to your body. This is something that has really helped us and it might work for you too.