We eat too often:
THREE TIMES A DAY IS PERFECT
We also don’t need any snacks between meals, contrary to what we’re often told. No fruit, and definitely no chocolate or candy bars.
With three meals a day, you’ll be in good shape. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dinner should be the smallest of all, and not contain any raw foods, which are especially difficult to digest. Fruit and salad are great at breakfast and lunch, but not in the evening.
Between breakfast and lunch, and between lunch and dinner, you should leave a gap of approximately 5 hours. Why? In order to give your large intestine the chance to digest in peace, clean up, and recover.
The large intestine has a tough job and needs to rest, especially at night.
In between a light dinner (without raw food) and breakfast, your colon needs a break of at least twelve hours.
In April 2011 the then-oldest man in the world, Walter Bruening from the US, died at age 114. Bruening was convinced that his advanced age stemmed from the fact that for the last 30-40 years of his life, he’d only eaten two meals a day, and wished that he could tell others about the benefits of eating less and avoiding an evening meal (sourced from Welt Online, 4 April 2011).
For many people, only eating three times a day is a very big step, but it’s a necessary one. Forget about those “between-meal snacks” created by the food industry. They’re only good for two things: you’ll gain weight steadily, and the manufacturer’s profits will go up, too.
As you go along, you can skip an evening meal once or twice a week. Your body will thank you with a lot of energy and restful sleep. A healthy breakfast, a good lunch—and then you’re all set.
American marketing experts have dubbed this “dinner canceling”. Legendary cabaret comedian Wolfgang Neuss (1923-1989) put it more charmingly: “Tonight I’m not making myself dinner; tonight I’m thinking of myself.”
Morning, Noon, (EVENING)
Dinner should be very light and finished by 7 p.m. Leave about 5 hours between each meal, or around 12 hours between breakfast and dinner.
An ideal dinner could consist of a light vegetable soup or steamed vegetables (that can be eaten cold in summertime), dressed with olive oil and fresh herbs.