Yes, timing matters!
It is vital to remember that food does not absorb properly if it rots in the stomach or intestine. If digestion of one meal does not complete before the next food is eaten, the chemical interactions and rotting will release poisonous elements which are absorbed into the blood stream.
The most vital aspect of your diet is choosing a schedule for meals that allows
Revise the golden rules under nutrition, if you can't remember them.
If you are not yet sure if a plant-based diet is a good idea, I would like to remind you of the records of ages in the Bible. Before the flood, God only listed plant-based foods as appropriate to eat. During this time, people became so old that most of them died just short of a 1000 years old. Yes, you read correctly. You can go and look at the verses in the Bible - people became really old.
After the flood, when most plants and foliage had been destroyed in the flood and had not regrown fully, God made a provision by providing a list of clean animal meats, but note that the age of people drastically decreased directly after this provision had been made.
Articles such as listed on our Resources page, can be helpful in answering some of these questions. One thing is for sure - our bodies don't need meat to survive.
But we have to ensure that we eat sufficiently of the plant-based foods in order to be healthy. Keeping in mind that there are various things to AVOID eating, let us focus here on good things to include in your daily meal plans.
All this considered, you may ask: okay, what do I put on a plate?
A good formula for breakfast is:
A good formula for lunch:
If you include all these components together in each respective meal, you will likely find that you can eat a breakfast and a late lunch, with no difficulty maintaining 2 meals per day. If you choose to have a third meal for the day, it should be light, consisting of e.g. fruit and bread, and it should be very small. I like to explain to my daughter that at night we only eat a snack and only if we can safely do this more than 5 hours after lunch. Another good option for night time is a drink such a serial coffee (Barley Cup is my favourite) with plant-milk.
I hope this formula gives you a starting point for planning meals... Share your comments and experiences below.
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Dr. Jade Erasmus