Do We Need Three Meals a Day ?

Do we really need three meals a day?

Are three meals nesseary?

Three meals per day is an assumed necessity, perhaps even with additional snacks to curb the “hangry”.  However, this idea is quite  a new phenomena, contradicting most of our evolution.  

  According to some historians,  the Romans were accustomed to consuming one large meal per day around noon.  Eating large portions of food in the morning or evening was believed to be detrimental to the digestive process and pure gluttony.

In Eastern traditions, those seeking enlightenment strictly adhere to a single meal dietary practice.   Meals are eaten before noon, giving the body a 12 hour window of time to allow for thorough digestion. This empowers the liver’s numerous metabolic functions occurring between 1 am – 3am; in accordance with the Chinese body clock ( an ancient observation of the body’s internal organs at peck activity within a rotating two hour time span).    It is believed that consuming food in the late evening hours negatively effects liver performance, including the cleansing of the blood.

Nutritional teacher and researcher Paul Pitchford comments on eating one meal per day stating, “It illustrates two central ideas: one that eating late at night can cause the liver and its subtle metabolic processes to work less efficiently: and two, that with less food one generally has more energy, greater clarity, and a need for far less sleep.

They Only Sleep For Three Hours...

Two meals are best for health

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 it is fascinating that many yogis and gurus only require around three hours of sleep from midnight to three A.M; in which they arise to begin their meditation and breathing exercises.  Interestingly, for many adhering to this lifestyle claim that maintaining the single meal dietary  practice allows the body to spend less energy dealing with the burden of digestion providing the senses with heightened vitality and awareness.


However, consuming food once per day is not practical or even optimal  for the most individuals living in our modern society. In the wake of the Industrial Revolution, it became a necessity to eat with continued frequency due to the long gruelling working hours.  As electricity became a household staple, our main meal ( which previously was eaten mid-day) gradually become an evening affair.


16:8 - Intermittent Fasting

There is a growing movement advocating the benefits of consuming two-meals per day, also known as intermittent fasting.  The 16:8 allows for 16 hours in which the body remains in a fasted state, breaking the fast usually around noon and eating one’s last meal around 7 pm. 

Contrary to the breakfast marketing campaigns,  eating sugary carbohydrate foods in the morning not only generates a large spike in blood sugar levels; it also can elevate cortisol levels in the blood  leading to insulin resistance and other diseases.

For thousands of years those following Eastern health traditions  begin their day around 3 am eating their first meal anywhere between 7 – 9 Am and their second meal around 3-5 pm.  It is believed that the quantity of the first meal should be large and very hydrating.   A second smaller meal is consumed late afternoon containing cooked root veg and protein rich sources.  

Our hunter gather ancestors would have most likely eaten in a sporadic seasonal way, enjoying the harvests as well as surviving the fasts.  Excess can be as toxic as deficiency, our goal is to find the balance, that sweet spot in-between. 

Hair and Beauty – Using Neem Oil for enrich Hair

Hair Care: Neem Oil, The Satin Pillow
& Other Important Facts

Neem Oil for the Win

For all those looking for long luscious locks, let’s agree that there are so many blogs providing the top 10 tips on hair care, the #1 hair growth products, ect….often with a large price tag attached.   Personally, I noticed that after having my hair highlighted, my ends seemed to be much dryer with a significant  lack of fullness at the roots. After reading five or so articles I decided to give some of their suggestions a try to decipher what was fact and what was fiction.

Hair experiment #1. 

Apparently applying neem oil to hair is not only beneficial for those with scalp conditions ( dandruff etc.) but neem oil also has unique hair regenerative properties.

Originally, I was super keen to make my own neem oil ( ahh those inspirational youtube videos get me sometimes).  Sadly, after awakening from my little neem tree growing fantasy I was brought back to the reality that the UK’s climate is indeed different from that of India…and so after doing a bit of research into the best neem oils  I purchased 235 neem virgin oil and gave it a go.

I have been pleasantly surprised over the past 6 weeks with the effectiveness of the neem oil. My hair feels much fuller at the roots as well as more conditioned with stronger healthier ends. When I brush my hair in the mornings I feel the vibrant fullness of a healthy head of hair.  The only downside is the smell. Once a week, I gently message the neem oil into my scalp, leaving it in my hair for about 30-45 minutes.  After thoroughly washing my head  with shampoo and conditioner, my hair may continue to smell of neem for a day or two after the application.  Sometimes, I wear a hat to help cover the smell.  I may add small amounts of various essential oils to my argon oil, then appy a small amount of the scented argon oil throughout my hair helping to mask the neem odour.   

I definitely  recommend giving the 235 neem virgin oil a try for hair growth and restoration. It has far surpassed my expectations. 

Satin Pillow Case Hair Care

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Hair Growth Neem Oil

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The Satin Pillow

Hair Care Tip No #2

Sleeping on a silk/ satin pillow provides a smooth surface to aid in the protection of hair breakage, as well as help eliminate frizz and tangles.  As the morning sunlight gleams through the windows, you will awaken with locks of goddess hair, or at least those are the some of the raving claims on Amazon.

So, to put this to the test, I purchased a solid set of satin pillowcases (due to the hefty price for the silk, I decided for the second more affordable option: a Satin pillow case).   

After sleeping on my satin pillowcase for about a month, I may have a bit less tangles in the morning, but definitely do not wake up with a lush flowing mane. To be honest I have not noticed anything out of the ordinary.    So in my personal experience I have not observed many benefits from sleeping on a satin pillow case. *Note, I do have very straight hair, so cannot speak for those with natural curls.  Also some people have stated that satin pillowcases have really improved their hair- so I could always be one of those outliers. 🙂 

Additional Tips and Tricks

  1. Try and wash hair every other day to preserve natural oils especially if ones hair has been coloured multiple times. 
  2.  Brush hair before bed to help distribute  oil from the scalp through your lengths and ends.
  3. Be picky on the brush used: natural boar bristle brushes are best for distributing oil through hair shaft keeping your mane healthy and nourished. 
  4. Do not over brush hair; never brush hair when it is wet.
  5. When possible allow hair to dry naturally.  If using  hair dryer use medium heat keeping hair dryer moving at all times around your head to avoid heat concentration.  Finish drying hair with cold blast of air, this helps to seal the hair cuticle.