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Today’s busy moms are the saviors of future generations. Mother’s Day ought to be 365 days a year, and the rest of us ought to call our moms more often!
They take up a role that comes with great sacrifices. As such, I see and hear this all the time: Moms in general descend into a frantic rush of prepping their children for the day, and chauffeuring them around for sports and clubs and whatever else children do these days (and it always seems like they do more things in one day than I’ve done in my entire life). Moms, the ultimate altruists, often think about themselves last.
From my observation and conversations with busy moms, the most frequent complaint is there’s not enough time in the day, especially for healthy eating.
And so they end up eating whatever they feed their children, which (for reasons I don’t understand) is unhealthy food. (But that’s another topic that I won’t go there unless I walk in their maternal shoes).
Anyway, my point is that, from cultural conditioning, people feel obligated to eat just because it’s time to eat. Biologically, there’s no reason for this, and some research show that skipping meals here and there can have positive impact on health.
I asked one mother, who felt awful because she had just eaten the rest of the pizza that her children didn’t finish for lunch. She said she just didn’t have the time to get something healthy for herself (I know, ignore the cognitive dissonance here), and the next time she could eat was at dinner. So she felt obligated to “at least eat something.”
Was it an irrational fear of metabolic slowdown if she didn’t eat? Maybe. Was she conditioned to think that she must eat by the clock? Maybe. Starving? She said not really. She said it was “lunch time.”
So she ate the rest of the pizza, even though she wasn’t hungry. She could have skipped eating entirely until later, when she might have the opportunity to eat something healthful.
Intermittent fasting (IF) is a tool not too many people know about. Just understanding how IF works to our favor — in health and in body composition — could liberate people from the guilt they feel when missing a meal.
It’s OK to skip a meal. Or three.