Updated: August 26, 2011

March 19, 2009

Rather than referring to meals by their names-breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks-my nutritionist, Ashley Koff, R.D. calls them "eating occasions." Her reasoning, she says, is to remove my preconceived notions of what each meal should include. If I think, "It's time for breakfast," my mind automatically goes to eggs, pancakes, or cereal, even if I'm craving grilled salmon and string beans. I also traditionally think of a snack as being a little nibble meant to tide me over until dinner, which has always been the biggest meal of the day. But I'm usually hungriest around 4 p.m.-a couple of hours after my workout-and I've been trying to eat a lighter dinner. Ashley's strategy solves that problem. So what if my afternoon eating occasion has twice as many calories as my 7 p.m. eating occasion? By getting rid of the labels, I've started listening to what my body really needs.

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