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Research Says It’s Healthier To Breakfast Like A King, Lunch Like A Prince And Dine Like A Beggar

Research Says It’s Healthier To Breakfast Like A King, Lunch Like A Prince And Dine Like A Beggar

Many of us are rushing to get to work in the morning, or to start with our daily chores, so we tend just to grab something to eat on the go, and eat the largest meal for dinner, when we have the time to sit down and eat. Most of the dietary recommendations focus on what we should eat, yet, when do we eat is equally, if not more important. A recent research[1] indicates that we can lose more weight if we consume more calories in the morning and less in the evening. Thus, if you “breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a beggar”, you can be healthier and thinner.

Late-night overeating leads to indigestion and influences your metabolism

Your metabolism is getting slower as the day goes by, and it also slows down when you skip a meal. That is why it is important to have a large breakfast every morning to have enough time to burn the calories and boost your metabolism, whereas the large intake of calories in the evening leaves less time for them to be processed properly. In addition to slowing down your metabolism, when you eat a large meal latter in the day, it can lead to indigestion, which causes stomach pain and bloating. It takes around three hours for food you ate to digest, thus if you eat late and go to bed soon afterward, it means you have a lot of undigested food and acid in the stomach, which increases your chance for acid reflux.

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People whose biggest meal of the day is breakfast have a reduced desire to eat later, so they end up consuming fewer calories during the rest of the day, and they have good concentration and more energy to perform everyday tasks, and in return, their mood improves. Another healthy benefit of eating a big breakfast is that it can improve your blood sugar levels.

When you eat may be more important than what you eat

San Raffaele Rome Open University conducted a research[2] on a group of 18 women who consumed the same amount of calories, however, one group of women ate more calories in the first half of the day, while the other group ate more calories in the second half of the day.

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The results showed that the women who consumed more calories in the first half of the day lost more weight than the other group, and their sugar levels improved as well. This proves that even if we eat the same amount of food, if we eat more calories until the afternoon, we can experience weight loss since our bodies are programmed to burn the calories in the first half of the day, and store energy supplies during the night.

Plan your diet carefully

You should plan your diet so as to consume one-third of your daily calories intake in the morning. For breakfast, you should focus on eating more proteins and fewer carbohydrates and fats. You can start your day with protein-rich foods, such as Greek yogurt, egg whites, cottage cheese, smoked salmon, turkey breast and tofu. You can also include healthy carbs, such as whole grains, oatmeal, nuts, fruits and vegetables. If you want to eat something sweet, take a little piece of dark chocolate. Generally, your breakfast should include 7 servings of protein, 2 servings of carbohydrates, 2 servings of fat and 1 sweet.

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Lunch should include 3 servings of protein, 3 servings of low-calorie vegetables, 2 servings of sweeter vegetables and 1 serving of fruit. You can, for example, eat steamed asparagus, green salad, chicken breast, and some fruit.

As for dinner, it should consist of 0-3 servings of protein, unlimited low-calorie vegetables, 2 servings of sweeter vegetables, and 1 serving of fruit. You can eat green beans, mixed salad, boiled eggs and some blueberries.

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Reference

[1] http://www.kcl.ac.uk/newsevents/news/newsrecords/2016/06%20June/Is-when-we-eat-as-important-as-what-we-eat.aspx
[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24809437

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Last Updated on August 13, 2020

12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

12 Benefits of Meditation That Improve Your Body And Mind

As a mediation teacher, I am constantly confronted with these two questions regarding the benefits of meditation:

1. Why can’t I enjoy the benefits of meditation continuously?

I ask back: Is it maybe because you see mediation as a technique, performance, or some exclusive activity? The answer is: yes!

Or, because your mind is constantly evolving on the past negative attachments and traditional habits? After careful thinking they answer: yes, probably!

Although meditation is very simple and challenging at the same time, in the above mentioned case, it’s not easy to benefit from meditation, especially when approached with the idea that it has to be learned, studied, or applied. Meditation is to be seen as a natural, mental cleansing process that happens on a basis of awareness on a moment-to-moment experience. When that takes place, the benefits of meditation are continuous.

2. What is the purpose of meditation?

The purpose of meditation is to accomplish a level of consciousness for mastering the mind and uniting with the finest, deepest, and subtlest part of yourself as a being.

It is a conscious process of observation of the mind—helping the meditator to understand the structure of its mind and the quality of its content. During this process, countless benefits of a physical, mental, and spiritual/philosophical nature arise for the meditator.

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Meditation as a Fixer and Benefactor

In this article we’ll have a look at the primary and the ultimate benefits of mediation, which improve your body and mind at the same time. For the sake of clarity, readability, and tangible experience, I have separated the benefits into three groups.

You can change just about anything you don’t like about yourself (psychologically, as well as physically) through meditation. However, this is only possible with a specific approach, when your brain allows the benefits of meditation to do their work.

This means not to interrupt the benefit with other thoughts, but to let their effect implement itself in your body and mind. This approach is crucial.

The following exercises will make you feel the benefits of meditation instantly, but the continuity of the benefits of meditation on your body and mind depend on the discipline of your brain, how you manage external stimuli and your thoughts.

Less Physical, More Psychological

Even though the practice of meditation is more psychological and less physical, the first benefit we’re going to experience is both physical as well as mental.

This benefit happens literally immediately, right at the moment of meditation. It is the essence of mediation basically.

The First Benefit of Meditation

The first benefit of meditation is twofold:

  1. Improving inward attention (sharpening the mind)
  2. Relaxation of the body

Let’s do it right now. This benefit consists of only one step, and it is very simple to perform. It goes like this:

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Sit still and pay attention to your exhalation.

That’s it! Technically, the whole journey into the world of mediation begins here and nowhere else. And right here, you benefit from this step in the following way:

When you pay attention to the flow of your exhalation (gentle, deep, effortless exhalation), your body begins with the process of relaxation instantly (your heart rate slows down, your nervous system calms, and tension in your muscles is relieved).

When the nervous system calms, your mind calms down, and, more specifically, less thoughts are produced by your mind. How, exactly? By applying one of the most valuable mental skills—attention—the mind follows the breathing and has no space and time to generate any other thoughts. Only when the attention goes off the breath, other thoughts are constructed, and the mind is accelerating with thought production again.

Keeping the First Benefit Effective and Ongoing

Here you apply the approach of not letting the relaxation and attention process get interrupted; rather let the effects of these benefits implant in your body and mind as deeply as possible.

This is to say, the instant relaxation and inward attention happen at the same time when you follow the flow of your breath. Repeating this process—creating a constant rhythm out of the breathing and the attention—you create a process of meditation.

Keep your attention on the flow of your breath and see how the calmness of body and mind begin to rule your present moment. The longer you stay connected to your breathing, the stronger you’ll feel the benefit. Start with 3-5 minutes at a time without doing anything else, and increase to 10-20 minutes and onwards.

Can you think of a better, simpler and quicker exercise that can relax the body and improve attention in this way, at this speed?

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This benefit takes you to the second one.

The Second Benefit of Meditation

While still working with the first benefit of mediation, you slowly start to see the second benefit of mediation, which is fourfold. I call it the major value of mediation:

  1. Energy (physical and mental strength)
  2. Observance
  3. Peacefulness (stillness, and space of mind for deeper observation)
  4. Patience

Peacefulness is the source of a blissful life. The energy is the fuel to express that blissfulness. Whatever we want to accomplish in life we need: 1) Physical and mental strength, 2) Observance of that energy, 3) Peacefulness—the calmness and stillness that creates space for freedom of being and creative thinking, and 4) Patience for the process of accomplishment.

You can only get creative in thinking and boosted with physical and mental energy when you get in touch with the deepest levels of yourself—when you harmonize your mental and physiological activities. How do you do that? Let’s try it right now:

This step involves the observation of the two separate movements of your breath. After paying attention on your exhalation, you have prepared your body and mind to really see and feel what true peacefulness and true energy means.

1. Energy

Keep your attention on your inhalation (inhaling gently, deeply and lightly) and feel the new energy (new oxygen) flowing in your body. The inhalation is the symbol for aliveness and vitality. It is the the primary act that connects the baby’s body with the outside world after coming out of the womb[1]. Each inhalation is a new opportunity for your body to revive, regenerate, and renew itself.

2. Observance

The observance comes during the process of meditation, enabling you to see the physiological benefits of introducing new energy to your body. Use that benefit by utilizing its effects, and create deeper observation into yourself. With every single inhalation, this observation will enable you to generate even more energy, mentally and physically.

3. Peacefulness

Keep your attention on your exhalation, and feel how, out of the relaxation, peacefulness is spreading throughout your whole body. The exhalation is the symbol for relaxation and peacefulness. Only through meditation can you realize what absolute peacefulness means.

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4. Patience

The meditation delivers the previous benefits to you immediately and opens up the possibility for many other benefits and great virtues. A specific one to mention, which is essential for reaching the ultimate benefits of meditation, is patience. If you have experienced the aforementioned benefits, it means that you have invested a certain amount of patience into mastering yourself and your mind.

The Ultimate Benefits of Meditation

Patience is a key quality when it comes to the ultimate benefits of meditation.

Since the mind is the tool that reveals everything, mediation is the method for the proper utility of the tool.

The above mentioned benefits of mediation lead to the ultimate benefits of mediation—qualities that depict what makes a human being human. As you dwell in a meditative state of being, the following benefits begin to emanate:

  • Diligence: the persistence for righteous effort to reach an intrinsic value; inner strength.
  • Temperance: to express self-control and show excellence in managing the physio-biological and mental necessities
  • Courage: using righteous effort and braveness to look into the weaknesses of yourself and at the hardship of your life, endure it and patiently overcome the obstacles
  • Loving kindness and Compassion – a capacity to care, understand, and tolerate other people’s state of being, wishing them freedom from suffering.
  • Wisdom: the moment when you feel that mediation gives you the feeling and the knowledge that what you do relating to life and practical affairs is just.
  • Equanimity: that puts you in a state of composure, and you experience an ongoing blissful state of being.

These are the 6 ultimate benefits of meditation that put your body and mind in a state of health and balance.

Final Thoughts

Mediation exists to put order in your mind and awaken the best of you, to reconnect you to your goodness and your inborn intelligent capabilities.

Meditation is the window to your true Self. It gives you a panoramic view of your heart’s greatness. It shows you the true meaning of love, freeing you from the dungeons of ignorance and despair. The power of meditation dismantles the evil that’s trying to cloud the beauty of your heart.

Your heart, body, and soul are the bridge over which the challenges of life frequently carry their heavy load. Meditation is the support of that bridge. Make use of that support.

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Reference

[1] Medline Plus: Changes in the newborn at birth

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