Regular meals?

November 27, 2008 5:11am CST
It is said that to be healthy, we should eat 3 regular meals a day, plus get in 5 fruits or vegetables per day in our diets (this is what we are told in the UK, I do know that other places are different). But do you follow the guidelines that government scientists have drawn up for us? I personally don’t, I only eat if I am hungry, I will not force myself to eat breakfast as I don’t get hungry until 11-11:30 am, and then I will sort myself out lunch and basically skip breakfast all together. I very rarely snack on crisps and chocolate, and I do eat fruit when in the mood, but I very rarely meet the 5 fruits and vegetables per day. I would not consider myself unhealthy, and I am not overweight, so am I doing my self harm by not eating what the government recommends?
1 person likes this
12 responses
@egdcltd (8817)
27 Nov 08
I generally don't eat breakfast, and I certainly don't eat fiver portions of fruit or vegetables a day (I take vitamins instead, don't like veg). I've also heard, though, that you shouldn't eat large meals, instead you should have regular small smalls throughout the day, say every two to three hours. I think the only real conclusion that can be drawn is no-one really know what they're talking about.
27 Nov 08
I agree with you that no-one really knows what they are talking about, in japan, they are told to eat 6 small meals a day, and 11 portions of fruit and veg… It is most certainly very different to what we are told here in the UK.
@egdcltd (8817)
27 Nov 08
I have read that the Japanese do have one of the highest life expectancies in the world, so perhaps they're on the right track.
@efarmer (184)
27 Nov 08
That is so true. Just the other day I was thinking about a similar thing with the amount of water we should drink everyday. I too am healthy and not overweight but I generally have only lunch. But I do have vegetables and fruits and avoid sweets and chocolates. I dont know everybody says something and different things work for different people
28 Nov 08
don't dink enough water either, we get told 8 glasses a day, i'm lucky if have 1 a day, i tend to drink more fruit juices and coffee... oh well i suppose i am more unhealthy that i first thought.
• Philippines
28 Nov 08
I don't usually eat breakfast when I am at home. But if I have classes, I really force myself to eat a little for energy. My school is far from my place, so by the time I get there I am tired and hungry. I eat breakfast for reserve energy. On lunch, I eat a regular meal - 1 cup of rice, meat, and vegetables as a side dish. I get the nutrient of fruits from shakes I usually buy. I am lazy. I don't like peeling/paring fruits. The only fruit that for me is easy to prepare and eat is a banana or an apple. Dinner, sometimes, I skip this. Instead, I drink lots and lots of water. I feel bloated, sometimes.
@subha12 (18452)
• India
28 Nov 08
I will say some little words. skipping breakfast is not at all good idea. Plus taking the foods you like and then skipping all others are also equally bad.plus in lunch with chocolates and chips you are just taking junks. try to take some fruits and vegetables
• Philippines
28 Nov 08
I usually eat lunch and dinner only because as of now, I always sit in front of the computer with no exercise. I usually drink beverage and eat bread in the morning. And skateboarding as exercise once a week. for my answer... I didn't follow the recommendations given. x.x
• United States
28 Nov 08
good day!! When i was with my mother, i eat 3x a day, coz she really cook for us and she loves cooking but different now that i am here in the USA, i eat if i am hungry like u and sometimes i eat just 2x a day. breakfast at 10 and dinner at 4 so no lunch at all, well i like my body now
• India
27 Nov 08
Hi friend, it is very difficult for us to eat 5fruits daily, mainly because fruits are very costly and not only that i cant eat so many fruits in a day. I do eat vegetables but selected vegetables and not all. I do have heavy breakfast and the other meals very lightly, sometimes i do skip my lunch too. doctors advise us not to skip breakfast, though we might not experience any problem now, there might be any chance in the future, hence, as one of our friends said in this topic, we must eat small meals and must never skip breakfast as far as i am concerned. even my sister also never has her breakfast.
• China
27 Nov 08
but i heard that eat 2 meals a day can keep you in a good condition.
• United Kingdom
27 Nov 08
I definitely don't follow those rules! I used to eat three times per day but then I thought to myself, what's the point! I now eat two times per day! I have breakfast in the mornings which consists of two boiled egges, two pieces of toast with strawberry jam on and a cup of tea! I have this on a daily basis. I have a cooked dinner in the evenings which can be anything from fish to meat or pasta! I'm not very good as regards including fruit in my diet. I do have a weakness for the occasional chocolate bar and packet of crisps though! I still consider myself pretty healthy all the same. Happy eating. Andrew
• India
27 Nov 08
I have my breakfast,lunch and dinner and eat apples or salads during mid mornings and in the evenings. We shud never skip our meals especially our breakfast. Now we are quite young and will not face problems but then all dis will have an adverse effect when we grow old. So friend,don't skip ur breakfast,take frequent meals in small small quantities. Take care!!
@syfarisk (378)
• Malaysia
27 Nov 08
Healthy is both internal and external. You might not notice it now, but you'll notice it later on in the future, when you do have problems. Actually the healthiest way to eat is to have 6 meals a day, with little portions per meal. And yes, to eat 5 fruits or vegetables per day. Plus, the other thing is, you might think you're healthy, because you haven't put yourself to the test. Try exercising, and you'll notice that you don't last long, and etc. Aging is old an issue. When you get older, you'll notice that you get older faster than how it should be. Not following proper eating and sleep will accelerate aging. Whether healthy or not, it depends on your definition. Do you only consider those who have diseases as unhealthy? Or do you consider not being able to jog non-stop for two hours as unhealthy? It depends on your expectations of health.
• India
27 Nov 08
In India, Our Doctors use to advise to be regular in taking food and at specific time sechedule. I use to take my breakfast at 08.00a.m.;dinner at 01.00p.m and supper at 07.30p.m. This is my regular schedule. Further a half cup off tea at 06.00 p.m.;11.00a.m. and at 4.30p.m. Since our day meals consists of different vegetables, I use to take an apple or banana or seasonal fruits like mango daily. we use to advise our youngsters don't skip brakefast in order to keep their good health.