I have turned my eating upside down…something many Type Os have recommended, but something I never thought I could do. In fact I have written more than once that I wanted no part in big breakfasts or light suppers. No one is more surprised than myself that I like it.
It started with Vacation Bible School. My Honorable Husband was teaching 4th graders, and I was the photographer for the week. VBS started at 6:00 and we needed to be in our places at 5:45. That meant leaving home at 5:15.
When, I thought, do we eat? We wouldn’t be home until 9:00. That was too late. I don’t like eating a big meal and going to bed 2 hours later. But eating before VBS was too early. I’m usually eating my grain snack about 4:00. I was not going to be ready for the evening meal by 4:45.
This is not a decision of great magnitude. I am well aware that in many parts of the world eating three meals a day is just a dream. But it was a quandary for me. I decided that just for that week I would eat a big breakfast – eggs or leftover meat and vegetables from the day before. I would cook for lunch. For supper I would have the protein, nut and fruit mix that I always have for breakfast.
Monday morning felt really weird. I wasn’t used to such a big breakfast. But I liked how I felt all morning, and I didn’t need a snack before lunch. I still had my grain snack in the afternoon, but moved it to 3:00. Then at 5:00 I had “breakfast.”
HH wanted no part of this experiment. He wanted breakfast food as usual in the morning. He was willing to wait until 9:00 for supper. It worked out fine between us, because we were both agreeable to having the noon meal as the main meal of the day.
Tuesday I liked the new schedule even better, and by Friday I was hooked. I have continued to eat that way since VBS ended. A couple of times we have had dinner plans with family or friends in the evening. That is ok. I still had a big meal in the morning, and I had “breakfast” for lunch.
One day in my Bible study, I came across this in John’s biography of Jesus. It takes place shortly after the resurrection. The disciple had gone fishing in the night. As dawn was breaking they were returning to shore without having caught anything. They saw a man on the shore, and he told them to throw their net on the other side of the boat. They did, and they hauled in a huge catch!
Here is what John wrote that caught my eye, “When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught…” Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish.
What do you know? Jesus ate a big breakfast! It may mean eating some words, but I’m going to keep eating big breakfasts also.