how many times a day should we eat

How Many Times A Day Should We Eat? Easy, 6 Times A Day Aids Digestion!

How many times a day should we eat?

Well, if you are anything like me, I used to think three times was the norm. 

But a colon resection changed all that for me!

I have learned much in the last few years about eating than I ever did in my first 47 years of life. One thing which really stands out for me is that digestion begins as soon as our saliva mixes in with the food.

On a mission to accomplish as much as I can

At one time, I was a person with a purpose, the faster I ate, the faster I would get to where I needed or wanted to be. I still have my tasks, but now I get to them at a slower pace.

I love food; the more I can eat, the better I feel. But now it’s a little different than before. I now eat six meals a day, where before I used to eat three large meals.

Hey! That’s the concept I had grown up with.

It was ingrained into my very psyche. To change this would have meant changing many things I believe what my parents had taught me in regards to food.

My Mom, bless her heart was/is a fabulous cook. Eating was a fun time had by all. Not only did we eat our three meals, but seconds at dinner time were also a necessity to make sure there were no leftovers.

Because of my Mom’s love cooking, all of us had to make sure to finish the food that was on our plate, plus more. We finished our meal so she could cook a new meal every single day.

I mean really who doesn’t like to eat differently at each meal, especially if they are prepared by someone else who makes such fantastic food.

Eating Snacks Was A Given 

Snacks were always available as well, which I took great liberty with. Most of our meals were over 500-800 calories, which I now realize in hindsight was such a burden on my colon.

Can you imagine taking on the task of trying to push food down as fast as possible to ensure the best outcome, so nothing gets left behind?

What has changed for me now?

Well, now I eat six small meals every 2 hours a day. Each one of the meals is 250-300 calories, although, for the most part, I try to stay closer to 250.

This makes it easier for the colon to handle the load coming in. Smaller weight takes a shorter time, plus since 18’ inches of my colon is gone, it also means a shorter distance to the destination.  Many would think a shorter length might be better.

But that is not so. Why? Because shorter distance means the colon can get impacted with food, which may cause a full stop to everything. It also causes undue brain stress

Trust me; you don’t want that. Then you may need to go to the hospital to get an enema, kind of embarrassing.

Not fun at all!

An analogy here: Think of pulling something substantial versus something light. Which one would get to the end faster?

Yes, I know a weird way of comparing the colon to pulling a load, but that’s the way I see it as well as the easiest way for me to explain it.

I know some of you are probably thinking, but what about gravity. While I agree with you that the food is going down, but after a resection, gravity isn’t much help. The colon needs coaxing to make sure it does its job right, why not start right at the beginning, to make the process easier.

This process of elimination also helped me to take back power which I thought I had lost. 

Learning To Chew Was A Process

Another thing you want to make sure is to chew thoroughly. Maybe you remember the saying, “chew each bite at least 25 times.” Whoever came up with that line was not kidding, my friend.

They were definitely onto something.

Now it’s become evident more than ever of why I need to chew each bite 25 times. Well, first off, the digestion is handled more efficiently when the food is already thoroughly chewed.

One thing I really like about this chewing thing is I can actually taste the individuality of the food. Kind of the like chefs on TV, where food is prepared, not only do the judges eat the food, but they also describe what has gone into making the food.

I am not calling myself a gourmet chef who can tell precisely by tasting the food, what all was involved in making it. But at least now, I can taste the food while enjoying the process of some quiet time for myself.

At the beginning of my colon resection, I used to eat fast, swallow without thinking of what the result would be. I caught on pretty quickly when gas/bloating/pain would start.

The more chewed up food I ate, the better I was preparing my colon for the onslaught that was coming. My colon thanked me for it by increasing my movements. I also learned how to become self-aware of my thoughts during eating. That has helped my life in many other ways. 

Walking After Eating Is Good

Moving forward with each meal I eat.

I walk at least 10 minutes right after to move things right along, but drink water to help the meal go down. I now have a treadmill to help with the process, but before this, I would put my hands straight out to any wall (really depended upon the view I wanted, but mostly just my bedroom wall) to walk in place.

This way not only done to get things going, but I also get my daily 60-minute walk in. Granted that it is broken up into six chunks, but I’m not really worried about that. As I know, it’s good for me to keep moving around.

And 60 minutes is 60 minutes!

I really want to stress this next point. Have your last meal at least 4 hours before bedtime. I learned this the hard way. A few times I woke up having breathing issues, as soon as I woke, I would burp.

Which means the food was still sitting at the top; this would block my breathing. It scared the crap out of me, but I figured out my eating time was one of the contributing factors to this.

How did I figure this out? Well, in the mornings, I would still be burping the previous evening’s meal. This meant it was still waiting to get digested. I changed that around pretty quick, since changing this, I have been getting a night of much better sleep.

Hopefully, I have answered your question, “How many times a day should we eat?”

I plan to stick to this, but sadly sometimes I fail. But then pay for it throughout the week. I sometimes do have to use digestive supplements to make things move along. 

Drop me a comment below about your experience with eating meals relating to digestion

14 thoughts on “How Many Times A Day Should We Eat? Easy, 6 Times A Day Aids Digestion!

  1. Helpful article and relevant life saving tips! I like to eat 3 square meals a day with no snacks, some who swear by 3 meals a day with snacks, and others who say 6 smaller meals is the way to go.
    Personally, I used to make the mistake of skipping breakfast in the busyness of the morning or working right through lunch. Then obviously, my blood sugar would crash and, feeling ravenous and desperate, I would binge on chips or fast food. I can say meal timing is laid out to help sustain the body’s natural and best rhythm for digesting in a healthy way. The idea is to keep the fire stoked throughout the day with three balanced meals. I really like the tips of chewing thoroughly and Walking after eating as for easy digestion. Yes they great but I don’t usually do that of walking but like chewing all food even water if it come handy.

    1. Like yourself I never had any issues eating three square meals a day, it only started after my colon issues. I learned a lot about what to eat and what not to eat as well how many times a day we should eat. What works for you might not work for another and that’s okay. Thank you for your comment.

  2. I have been taught long time ago to always have my last meal 4 hours before bed time. I tried keeping to this but it was very difficult for me because when I have my dinner early, I would feel hungry before bed time. This makes me to have another meal close to bed time and at late hour of the day. This my feeding pattern is improper but I still wonder why it never affected my digestion. I have never experienced any form of indigestion but I really need to improve and stop late night food so that I wouldn’t suffer indigestion when I grow old. 

    1. I now have to eat four hours a day before my last meal otherwise I pay the price in the morning. Maybe your digestion isn’t affected because you are a person who moves around or works out. Digestion usually becomes an issue when there is an illness or when the body starts to grow older. Thank you for your comment.

  3. Wao. I understand the angle you answered this question from. Like you mentioned most people sticks to the norm which is 3 times in a day, however you had to change your due to the necessity of your colon challenge. Going forward, what I can deduce from this, is each one of us must understand the need of our individual body and plan in that regard. I won’t be surprised if someone else says 10 times tomorrow. 

    It is advisable to eat early into the evening and allow the food to digest before going to bed. 

    1. As a personal trainer that was something I already knew when people want to get into shape or increase their fitness. It wasn’t something I applied in my own life until I got hit with colon issues.10 times a day might be extreme unless someone snacking all day. Thank you for your comment

  4. Chewing 25 times for each bite? Is that even possible? I know I am one of the slowest eaters you can find around, but that feat would be a hard one to crack. 

    I tend to eat really late, for no good reason I can think of, and I wake up with a full tummy. Haha 😂… Serves me right, right? 

    Well, although I’ve improved recently, your article still serves as a reminder. I just finished eating and I plan to get to bed in a few minutes, now that I’ve been reminded, I’d have to defer my bed time a few more hours. 

    1. At one time I thought it was impossible to chew 25 times for each bite. It’s only like blending the food in your mouth. But for me that works with smaller the food, the easier the digestion. Full tummies are not fun in the morning. Thank you for your comment.

  5. Well, you are right, we all pretty much grew up eating three meals a day. It is difficult to get out of that habit. When I was working at my last job, I had to work so many hours nonstop and I usually did not eat until I got home at night. No breakfast or lunch, only a big dinner and then sleep. I have paid for that mistake with my health. I now have type 2 diabetes, a fatty liver and I was overweight. I am now working out and losing weight and eating much better.

    I don’t eat six times a day but I do understand the principle. Many of my bodybuilder friends eat at least six time a day to keep their calorie count. Of course that is a whole different reason than yours.

    This is great information you have provided, so thank you for that.

    1. Like yourself, I also grew up eating three meals a day. It wasn’t until my health issues kicked them that I realized how important it was to have meals a day. Thank you for your comment.

  6. I also do think eating 3 times is the normal norms. With your experience that you have shared in this article I am able to deduce many things which I wont have had the idea if I didn’t come across this article. I must commend you for taking your time to share this article and I will take it upon myself to rebroadcast because I’m sure there are lot of people who still believe the normal norms is to eat three times daily and reading your post they will also learn from your experience.

    1. My experience has taught me a lot especially when it comes to eating. Glad you like the article. Thank you for your comment.

  7. Thanks for writing this article on how many times a day should we eat, I like the fact that you really speak from experience on how you eat your meal and I learn new things from you. To me I do eat 4 to 5 times days depending on how I have the time for meal especially when I am at home without doing anything then watching movies 

    1. 4 to 5 times a day is still better than eating three large meals three times a day. Thank you for your comment.

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