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YOUR HEALTH: Mix and match meals to suit your lifestyle.

A MIXTURE of grazing and three meals a day is the best eating pattern, according to Joanna Hall. This means eating breakfast, having a mid-morning snack followed by lunch, and then a mid-afternoon snack and anevening meal.

The benefits of grazing with six mini-meals will only be felt if the snacks are planned, nutritious and have a definite start and end. "It's not a licence to munch crisps and chocolate to your heart's content all day," saysJoanna. "If you are a grazer, keep your snacks small, planned and accessible.

"Snacking can be a great way to ensure you eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. "Studies have shown thateating every four hours is more likely to help you keep a desirable weight. "It also lowers the risk of disease compared to skipping meals, fasting or eating most of the days food in three or less meals."
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 19, 2000
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