We’ve been eating all wrong — it’s time to cut back on those frequent meals, mid-morning snacks, and afternoon grazing. How often we eat is just as important as what we eat when it comes to preventing health problems such as arthritis, joint pain, and diabetes.
“We eat the wrong foods and we eat too often,” says Michael Fallon, M.D., orthopedic surgeon at El Paso Specialty Hospital. “In fact, it’s important to do more intermittent fasting to keep insulin levels down and allow your body time to recover.”
Monitoring what you eat and how frequently is essential to improving overall health, and it starts with the following steps:
Eat Two Meals Per Day
We often hear that eating six small meals or grazing throughout the day helps keep blood glucose levels steady and can promote weight loss. However, eating stimulates insulin, and when you eat frequently, your insulin levels remain high. By eating two larger meals (breakfast and dinner) each day, you allow your insulin levels to come down, improving insulin sensitivity to help minimize risk of diabetes.
Try Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is another way to help stabilize your insulin as well as allow your body to begin important cellular repair processes, including removing waste and toxins. Talk to your doctor about the best way to introduce intermittent fasting, including use of supplements to help ensure your body continues to get the nutrients it needs during the fast.
Eat More Greens
Introduce more green foods into your diet, such as spinach, kale, and bok choy. These foods are low in fat and sugar, and high in antioxidants as well as Vitamins A, C, E, and K. They also pack a ton of fiber and water, which help in regulating blood sugar throughout the day.
It might seem tough at first, but making these adjustments will help your body better regulate insulin, fight disease, and give you more energy to live a healthier lifestyle. Don’t wait! Start taking steps to improve your eating habits today, and talk to your doctor about the best way to introduce these changes into your diet.