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a portion of food or foods taken at some particular and usually stated or fixed time.
congregate m's a group nutritional program for socially isolated individuals whose nutritional problems are related more to access and to lack of social stimulation than to mechanical eating difficulties.
test meal see test meal.
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1. The food consumed at regular intervals or at a specified time.
2. Ground flour from a grain.
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A portion of food ingested at a particular time.
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1. The food consumed at regular intervals or at a specified time.
2. Ground flour from a grain.
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Patient discussion about meal

Q. Does anybody have good recipes for meals which don't contain gluten?? My 8 year old son has celiac disease. He is really suffering from not being able to eat so many things his brother and his friends can like pizza, pasta, birthday cakes, etc. I'd love him to have his own very tasty meals but I'm havin a hard time finding any recipes. If anyone knows some..

A. I have found some here- for chicken, pizza and brownies..
and also- I am sure you can buy a cookbook that has gluten-free recipes.

Q. I want to know if somebody could give me some expert advice on what to eat for my meals. hello ……I'm trying to lose body fat but at the same time build some muscle within 4 months period. My hope is that when I've shredded all the fat off, I'll have something nice to show to everyone on my birthday. I'm 5'8 and I weigh 210 already. I dropped 3 pounds but I want to know if somebody could give me some expert advice on what to eat for my meals.

A. A good general program of dieting to lose 2lbs a week while lifting weights. Go with a high protein, low carbohydrate type diet. Workout 6 days a week alternating upper body one day lower body the next, take one day off. That’s it as simple as eating and as difficult as working hard. Cheers! and invite me for your birthday.

Q. I have a diabetic guest coming over to dinner. What are the Dos and Don'ts for preparing the meal?

A. here is some info that might give you an idea:

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Short-term effect of coconut oil supplementation on meal pattern in crossbred dairy goats fed under tropical environment.
Higher means of sodium and selenium were also observed in a high adherence to the pattern Fruits compared to a high adherence to the Light and whole foods and Soft diet patterns, as well as lower means of magnesium, folate, copper, and manganese when compared to a high adherence to the Healthy and Snack and weekend meal patterns.
A meal pattern analysis examining the number, duration, and licks per meal during the 23-h test session can identify the source of decreased licking to water with FDT+ and milk with FDT+.
BMI significantly decreased on 6 isocaloric meals in comparison with the healthy balanced diet with usual meal pattern (3 large meals plus 2 small snacks) (P = 0.04).
Further assessment of meal pattern showed that 78.2% were taking breakfast in form of porridge and tea; 64.7% reported having porridge while 13.5% took tea, and 21.8% were not taking breakfast.
Both clinical experience and research data indicate that irregular meal patterns are associated with obesity and that overeating is linked to breakfast skipping.
meal patterns, timing, and frequency including skipping meals, eating
Participants were encouraged to standardise their meal pattern and avoid foods rich in dietary fibre (DF) leading up to this meal.
First she examines a patient's lab results and medical history, then she helps him or her craft a weekly meal pattern. She also takes it one step further and makes sure that the patient knows what to buy for each meal and how to cook it.
"Long work hours and irregular schedules mean more time away from family, less time for household food work, difficulty in maintaining a regular meal pattern, and less opportunity to participate in family meals," Devine explained.
On the second day, they got the opposite meal pattern. At the end of each day, all the children were offered eight scoops of ice cream and were told they could eat as much as they wanted.