The idea of "eating backwards" first came to me because of our crazy eating schedule. Beej is pretty much gone (with the exception of the 20 minute shower break after PT) from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM every week day. In order to eat as a family, I didn't even start cooking dinner until 8:00, we would eat around 9:15, clean the kitchen, and then go to bed. The whole situation was unideal, but we liked eating together, so were willing to sacrifice.
Then I began to think, why do we eat the biggest meal at the end of the day, right before we go to bed? Wouldn't it make more since to eat the biggest meal at the beginning, when we are in the greatest need of energy and nourishment? So, for this week, we essentially flip-flopped our eating schedule.
We eat breakfast every morning together during Beej's shower break. (Don't worry, he does shower too!) We make sure that we get a well-rounded, balanced meal including fruits, protein, and good carbohydrates. This is our biggest meal of the day.
For lunch, we eat the meal that I have previously made, a meal that we would normally have for dinner. This week for lunch, we have had taco ring, beans with pesto bulgur, and spahgetti.
When Beej gets home from work at 9:00, we have a light dinner; usually what we would have normally eaten for lunch. (i.e. a sandwhich or salad)
Since we have started this, we are hungry less often, are less likely to make bad snacking choices, and are sleeping much better because our stomachs are not trying to digest all of the heavy food that we ate while we sleep. We are still getting the family table time, just at the beginning of the morning instead of at the end of the day. By eating breakfast together, we are also able to spend more time with one another throughout the course of the day. So far, we are LOVING it!
In other news, we are getting closer to starting our P90X challenge! It is not too late to join us if you are brave enough to take the challenge! >:)
Have a WONDERFUL day!