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Eating To Live

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You may have recently heard about a study that confirmed the advice many of our moms gave to us time and time again as we were growing up: don't forget to eat breakfast. Mom knew it was important to start your day with a good meal but even she may not have known just how critical it is. Researchers say eating  breakfast can not only make you feel better but can significantly lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

That's great information to know for sure. But I just ran across an article by a TIME reporter that takes it a step further. It's not just when you eat that's crucial but what you eat and when you eat it that can greatly improve your health outlook or damage it.

Here are a few simple key things to keep in mind.

When you eat breakfast, skip the pastry or other foods rich with refined sugar. Such things can cause your insulin level to spike. I don't want to get too technical here but basically, eating that kind of breakfast will only make you hungrier a lot sooner because it causes your blood sugar to plunge. And that will drive you to eat more food more often, much of which will likely be equally unhealthy. Instead of a doughnut, try some oatmeal or maybe a spinach and avocado omelette.

In the afternoon, eat a moderate lunch, maybe a grilled chicken salad, sans the fattening dressing. That will continue stoking the furnace that is your metabolism.

Finally, make sure not to overdo it in the evening. A nutritious meal that is fairly low in calories is recommended since you're not likely to burn off those calories before heading off to bed. My experience has been eating small meals and healthy snacks every two to three hours after breakfast will not only fuel your metabolism but make it easier to resist overeating later in the day.

In the 1960s a popular nutritionist wrote "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper."

Combine that with a mild to moderate daily exercise program and you're likelier to live a much healthier and possibly longer life.

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