Ready for a lifestyle change?There’s an old saying: ‘Breakfast like a king; lunch like a prince; dinner like a pauper.’ Make the first meal of your day your biggest, and only eat three meals a day.
Having the biggest meal of the day for breakfast reduces a desire to eat later. Consuming fewer calories during the rest of the day, increases concentration and energy for everyday tasks and improves mood. Added benefit of eating a big breakfast is that it can improve your blood sugar levels.
It takes around three hours for food you ate to digest, thus if you eat late it means you have a lot of undigested food and acid in the stomach, which increases your chance for acid reflux.
Most of the dietary recommendations focus on what we should eat, yet, when to, is equally, if not more important.
This advice has a logic that appears to be at odds with many which had me wondering whether there are perhaps ‘other’ possible benefits than one’s health.
So, divert to the matter of our energy consumption preparing meals, that comply with ‘breakfast like a king; lunch like a prince; dinner like a pauper.’ and we arrive at improved smoothing of energy peaks needed for each meal.
Breakfast like a king: Even if we are preparing a ‘farmer’s breakfast’, we would certainly not use high levels of power on the network.
Lunch like a prince: This now becomes a totally different matter to the current evening network requirements that is, in effect, dealt a double whammy in having to meet cooking and the demand for hot water to shower the family - all of which end up as peaks that have to be carefully managed before we are happily tucked up in bed.
Dinner like a pauper: The lightest meal of the day to prepare will remove the large spike in demand with just the hot water demand left for the neywork to handle.
Now let us project the above into renewables!
We find that the highest demand occurs around midday during the hours of peak solar energy available - a win/win situation if ever there was.
Additionally, there might will be some added benefit that indicates it being less necessary to store sufficient energy for the evening’s requirements which likely interpolates to less charging and storage capacity needed and consequently lower installation cost.
As the world moves further into stress from changing climate, so will many have to begin changing their lifestyles.
Will lifestyle changes take place at a pace to help cut some of the forward projections of warming or will it be case of NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) instead?