What is more important? WHAT you eat or WHEN you eat it?

what to eat or when to eat it

Every day we read about new research that warn us which food we must eat on daily basis or which ones to avoid.
On the other hand, different modes of nutrition pay special attention to the time in which we should eat, so maybe it’s time to discuss a little on that subject. So we come to ask ourselves – What is more important – WHEN we eat or WHAT we eat?

To answer this question is not quite simple. Each meal has its role and function, and time in which we eat, as well as foods that we consume, but it significantly affects the functioning of the digestion and overall health. However, there are some rules.

When to eat and what to eat?


You have probably heard many times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And definitely it is. After eight hours of sleep glucose in the blood is low, so to be at a normal level for the body to have enough energy to perform everyday tasks, breakfast is absolutely necessary.

It is this meal that drives the whole organism, from the organs of digestion system to the central nervous system. And another important reason for the breakfast to be your first thought when you wake up is that this meal significantly affects the digestion during the day.

Another important thing about breakfast is that with its delay until the later hours are deferred and other meals, and thus dinner.

The perfect time for the first meal of the day is up to two hours after waking. Breakfast should be most comprehensive compared to other meals, and preferably to be composed of complex carbohydrates.


The lunch should be a completeness to breakfast in that apart from breakfast, lunch should contain more protein than complex carbohydrates. Depending on when you get up, the perfect time for lunch is between 13:00 and 14:00 hours.


Another tip that you heard many times before, is that you should have dinner at least two hours before bedtime. The meal should not be too hard to digest, because it will bother you while sleeping. Boiled chicken, tuna or eggs are a good choice, but it is best to combine them with soup, salad or vegetables (cabbage, lettuce).


Snacks should contain few calories and simple carbohydrates. Its role is to maintain an optimal level of sugars in the blood and maintain a sense of satiety.

Recommended time for a snack is between breakfast and lunch, and between lunch and dinner, with the need to keep track of in between meals to spend at least two hours. Good choice could be dark chocolate, fruit, soup, tea, cocoa or coffee.

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