A balanced diet, and well-planned individual meals, are both important. Each meal has a specific function. Breakfast should be highly nourishing. Lunch should provide you with the various kinds of fuel you need, in their proper amounts. Dinner should be light and enjoyable.

As you may know, you are much more vulnerable to disease when your body is tired. Balancing your diet will prevent your organism from becoming fatigued, and thus help prevent you from getting sick.

A lot of people skip breakfast. They start the day with a cup or two of coffee, accompanied by a donut or a muffin. No wonder they feel tired around mid-morning – they’re suffering from hypoglycaemia (a sudden drop in blood sugar level). Signs of a lack of blood sugar are yawning, stomach cramps and a growing sense of general discomfort. Mental ability and concentration are also affected. People doing manual work (driving, construction, etc.) or athletics tend to have more accidents around 11 in the morning. The cause: hypoglycaemia.

Breakfast is usually eaten on the run, just before leaving for work, leaving little or no time for a bowel movement. This can result in chronic constipation.

Lunch is often a hurried affair as well, eaten under far from ideal conditions, in the noisy crowded atmosphere of a restaurant or canteen.

Children are forced into the same routine early on in life.

People who eat in a hurry swallow too much heavy food without chewing properly. The stomach has to work harder to digest food, leaving less energy for other tasks. The result is fatigue.

In some cases lunch is limited to a non-nutritious sandwich or even just a cup of coffee. This creates severe imbalances in the body, which lacks essential nutrients.

Dinner is an extremely important meal. It should be appetizing, nourishing and easy to digest. The quality of your sleep depends to a large extent on what you eat for dinner – insomnia related to digestive problems is a common ailment.

You should eat slowly and enjoy what should be a relaxing and convivial moment. Watching TV while you eat is not a good idea.

Your evening meal is a preparation for the end of your day. Eating the wrong foods, in the wrong environment, can cause serious health problems in the long run, as your body becomes more fatigued and your biological terrain more vulnerable to disease.

Many people have problems eliminating waste, probably because they don’t drink enough, or drink the wrong beverages. The amount of liquid you absorb per day is very important: ideally 3 to 4 pints.

Women tend to drink less than men. Over the long run this can cause constipation, cystitis or urinary lithiasis (granules or stones in the kidneys or bladder).

You also have to be very careful about alcohol. From a biological point of view, alcohol makes a very poor-grade fuel. It burns up useful protides, alters liver functions, and increases the amount of fat in the blood (notably triglycerides).

A couple of cocktails or glasses of wine may serve as an effective pick-me-up, and induce a mild sense of euphoria. But you are soon left feeling tired again, craving more alcohol to keep your blood sugar level high.

Alcohol is a false, very subtle, very insidious friend. Be vigilant lest it lead you far from the path of health!

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