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Clarify Portion Size for "mini-meals"

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Hello all!

I would like to clarify the way I understand mini-meals and the meal template. If someone could please confirm that I understand this correctly or tell me where I am missing information, I would greatly appreciate it.

My understanding is that my aim is to eat three meals per day and that those meals should be spaced between 4 and 5 hours apart. If I get hungry, I should have mini meal.

Should my mini meal only be enough food to get me through to the original 4 to 5 hour mark?

So, if I eat breakfast at 7:30 and find myself physically hungry at 10:30, should I only eat enough to get me to around 12? Or should I eat enough to get me through another 4 or 5 hours? Does it really matter?

Thank you!

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Hello Christie,

I'm not a moderator, but I've been doing it like, eat Meal Two at 12:00 PM, then I usually get hungry again around 2:30 PM or 3:30PM, so I try to eat a small portion that will tide me over until I can make Meal Three at home (usually around 6 PM). So basically, I eat enough to keep me good for another 2-3 hours.

I'm still adjusting to the "mini-meal" template, but when I plan successfully, I think of 1-2 mini-frittata muffins as a "mini-meal" (as they include eggs/vegetables/meat in 1 small package) or I would think of a small plate/tiny bowl of leftovers to be a "mini-meal".

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Della is right. And we have not defined how you SHOULD do it. You could eat enough to last 4 to 5 hours OR just enough to get you through to your next scheduled meal. Whatever suits you.

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I haven't had to do it too often, but I have done it just to tide me over until my planned dinner time (for me, it always seems to be from lunch being too small or too early).

Avocado is perfect in a mini meal :)

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I've just been doing a four-meal program, with one meal, usually the late morning one, a little smaller than the other three. I call them breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is between 7:30 and 8:30 am; brunch, usually my smaller meal, around noon; lunch between 3 and 4 pm, and supper between 7:30 and 8:30 pm.

Cannot *tell* you how liberating that has been, to ONLY eat 4 times a day. Being diabetic, I was encouraged to eat 5 or 6 small meals a day, which meant I ended up eating all day! Now I stop and think whether I'm hungry or not.

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