Lent is a great time to focus on the metabolic balance rules . Lets try and follow the rules as much as possible. If you are not religious, you can just spend 40 days thinking about the following 8 rules and how you deal with them in your personal life as a metabolic balancer.
Here is how I’ve been dealing with the rules so far:
- Eat only three meals a day. This rule is easy for me to follow. I was raised by European parents and there were no snacks in our house. I ate three meals a day with maybe an evening dessert. We never munched our way through the day and I have continued to live on three meals a day.
- Ensure there is a five hour break between meals. I’m not so good with this rule. The problem usually is with lunch. I will have longer than five hours between breakfast and lunch and a shorter time period between lunch and dinner. (I have a daughter I’m cooking for at home.) She comes home from school at five and we eat at around six. I find that I eat lunch between 1 and 2pm at the studio. I need to push lunch back to before noon and will try to do that over lent. (I wake up at 530am)
- Make sure each meals lasts no longer than 60 minutes. The only time a meal lasts longer than 60 minutes is when I’m at a fancy restaurant and they are dragging me through several courses. Those meals are always treat meals so I don’t worry about it. At home, we eat like we are in the military. We try to be mindful but we would rather be drawing than eating so it would be a miracle if we lasted 60 minutes.
- Begin every meal with one or two bites of the protein portion. Oh my. Thinking about this, I have no clue. I’m going to keep track of this for the next forty days.
- Be sure to have only one kind of protein at each meal. This was the hardest habit for me to break. I love cheese on everything. Cheese is so delicious but now I’m used to using it all by itself and I don’t regret this change in my eating habits.
- Do not eat anything after 9:00 pm. This is never a problem for me. I don’t like eating at night and I don’t eat when bored, I eat when emotionally stressed or, I feel like I’m getting sick (I still don’t understand that one, I think it is a childhood habit.) Night time for me is for working on some art project or writing or doing something artistic in my home studio away from the kitchen.
- Drink lots of water. I struggle with this one. When I do it I feel great. When I don’t, I don’t feel as great. I have lots of water bottles and great drinking water. I will work on this during lent because water helps elminate toxins and I want to be as metabolically balanced as possible.
- Eat your fruit portion (including an apple every day) at the end of your meals. I love apples and fruit but I mix it with my meals. I have not been eating it at the end. I will try eating my apple and other fruit (I don’t have many on my plan) at the end of my meals and see if it makes a difference to my rebalancing.
So, after going through the list of rules, this is what I’m focusing on during lent:
- I will be working on the five hours between meals by eating my lunch at 1130. That is 5 hours from when I ate breakfast at 630.
- Eat protein first.
- Water. I will fill up my water bottle before making my morning cup of coffee. I have a litre water bottle. We will make it a goal to finish it everyday.
- Eat my fruit after my meal. We are going to try this to see if it makes a difference to how I feel.
During the forty days, I will keep you updated on the Metabolic balance instagram feed and here on the livecleanmb blog. I’m blogging Tues/Wed. Did you notice Myra has joined Barbara and me. So now, we have three metabolic balancers blogging which is lots of fun. If you are a metabolic balancer and want to blog about your journey, please let me know.
Have fun on Mardis Gras! I know I will be enjoying a Tuesday relaxing at home and away from the crowds preparing myself for 40 days of focusing on 4 of the 8 rules.