Wellness Pathway #166: Taper Your Eating

Marathon runners know about the importance of tapering before race day. Starting three weeks out, most training schedules reduce the weekly running mileage by 75%, followed by 50%, and finally by 25% in the week immediately prior to the race. That way you have fresh legs with muscles that are fully recovered from the stress of the heavy mileage training.

Eating works the same way. Benjamin Franklin once said that we should eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and supper like a pauper. He was right on target. Eating larger quantities of food earlier in the day improves digestion and alertness during the day as well as sleep at night. The American habit of eating a big supper is counterproductive to what we know about health and wellness. Eating more food earlier in the day, and then eating smaller meals and snacks as the day goes on, is the way to go. Remember to take your time and appreciate your food while eating even those smaller meals and snacks. Digestion deteriorates when you try to do other things while eating.

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