I frequently write about my recommendation for eating 3 meals and 3 snacks per day. In other words, instead of the classic 3 (big) meals a day try six little moments of eating spaced throughout the day.
In each little meal, I try to have three things: one carbohydrate, one protein (milk or dairy) one vegetable or fruit. But I only have one serving of each!
For snacks, I have another serving of grains, and either a fruit or vegetable. I have one protein, for one of my three snacks – I recommend some protein in the morning, to give long-lasting energy throughout the day.
Of course, this means adding up the total servings of each food group for the whole day. I try never to exceed the USDA’s recommended daily allowances. It may sound complicated at first, but this has become automatic over the years, and now I know it when I am eating in excess. It just feels like too much.
At this point, I so thoroughly know how much I need, what to eat to follow basic nutrition, and when to eat – I have been liberated from the tyranny of dieting deprivation.