In The Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo and the other hobbits made mention of first and second breakfast. And, I thought from a practical point-of-view, this made a lot of sense.
The Hobbits Were Onto Something!
Personally, I don’t like a BIG breakfast in the morning. And despite what others say, that breakfast is the biggest and most important meal of the day, I tend to disagree. And here’s why:
- The body has been in fasting mode since last night’s dinner, so it makes sense to ease into breaking the fast with a light meal.
- For most people in the workforce, that morning break tends to be another meal with coffee or tea. So, humans tend to do the 1st and 2nd breakfast thing without really knowing they’re actually doing it.
- A heavy breakfast will bog me down, personally. And, we all need the energy to get our day started, so it’s important not to overwhelm the body with a heavy meal from the start.
For me personally, I have a Raw Cacao Smoothie for 1st breakfast. It’s about 383 calories, so it’s keeping to my rule of keeping meals to less than 500 calories each (more on that later). This smoothie gives me a good jolt in the mornings; enough to get my day started.
For second breakfast I might have an oatmeal, fruit or a small amount of brown rice, broccoli and beans. By mid-morning I’m on a roll, and can consume more calories. Again, keeping my meal intake to less than 500 calories.
This doesn’t stop at lunchtime, and I’ll eat a sensible lunch that keeps me going and is once again less than 500 calories.
I’ll have a tea time snack, maybe crackers (gluten-free) with hummus or vegan cream cheese. And another smoothie that’s half the size of my morning smoothie. It’s just something to keep me satiated until dinner time.
My dinner can be bigger, since my body will fast overnight. Still, I end up keeping the 500 calories or less. But, sometimes I’m dining out and I let it slide, as long as I’m eating a sensible meal that’s vegan, low in fat, and gluten-free (since this year I decided to go the gluten-free route).