Housekeeper of the Hundred Blossom Palace - Chapter 62
“Whether the stomach is empty or full, it would still affect the quality of sleep. Our stomach is still working even when we’re asleep, after all.”
If one ate a lot before sleeping, the stomach would continue its work, and the brain would also be stimulated, resulting in difficulty sleeping or shallow sleep.
Moreover, the stomach moves a lot slower in the night, so not all of the food will be digested, leading to that heavy feeling in the belly when she wakes up.
On the other hand, an empty stomach meant hunger, so the brain wouldn’t be able to sleep because of that.
“In order to wake up from a good night’s sleep, it’s important to let the stomach finish its work first before turning in for the night. That’s why, let’s have a long rest-time between meals and sleeping.”
In case she couldn’t sleep because her tummy’s hungry, then she could have some warm milk or soy milk; barley tea was also okay.
The warm drinks would soothe the hunger, and since they did not have caffeine, she could sleep easily.
“If you lessen the food you eat at dinner, then you’ll get hungry enough to eat breakfast.”
Princess Pan was troubled with Yui Mei’s advice.
“But I don’t like eating so early in the morning.”
‘Yep, she’s having a hard time waking up in the first place.’
People vary, some would be full of appetite for breakfast, others ate light, so it didn’t mean Princess Pan’s body constitution was bad just by this.
“It doesn’t mean you have to eat so extravagantly in the morning. It’s okay even if you have plain warm water and fruits. The vegetable soup tang cai is a good choice.”
“Hmm, that’s right, if its tang cai then I can drink that.”
It was the first time Princess Pan proactively responded to Yui Mei’s suggestions.
It seemed like the princess finally heard a suggestion that she could do, so she was relieved.
Once her stomach has gotten used to that, then the number of vegetables can be increased until she could eat more for breakfast. She would then be able to naturally adjust to being active in the morning.
This way, her body clock would then be reset.
After coaching her on breakfast, it’s time to move on to dinner.
“It’s very important to eat meat and fish for dinner. Even if they are not to your taste, they are still important nutrients acting as building blocks of the body, after all.”
“I really thought meat and fish would make me fat, so I avoided them.”
Princess Pan confessed.
She then ate vegetables to tide her hunger over.
In her previous world, there were also vegetarians who ate vegetables because of personal beliefs and not for losing weight.
However, they were still able to meet their protein needs through very careful planning, so it was quite different from just living on vegetables.
“Eating meat and fish will make you fat — that is not true.”
Building muscles by eating meat would help in metabolism, so it can also be a protection from getting fat.
That’s why meat and fish are still very important ingredients.
“However, if you’re going to eat too much fatty foods, then you will really gain fat. So it would be good to eat it in moderation.
Especially since your tummy is currently weak, so cuisine with steamed and lightly flavored dishes will be best for now.
And since Kei has a port, if you can, it’s also good to eat oysters. They’re packed with Zinc, which can help restore your taste.”
Princess Pan scrunched her brows.
“Oh, oyster, is it? It looks weird, so I don’t like it.”
Indeed, eating shellfish depended on freshness, so only those living near the sea could eat them.
It’s understandable that Princess Pan would have difficulty eating something she saw for the first time.
“However, it’s very delicious once you get used to its appearance. Oysters are known in foreign countries as the ‘milk of the sea’, that’s how very nutritious it is.”
“I love milk. I’m a bit curious now that you said it that way.”
Princess Pan wanted to try the oyster after it was compared to her favorite food.
The rest would then depend on the chef’s skills.
Hopefully, the princess would discover the appeal of oysters.
By the way, Yui Mei was an extreme oyster-lover, enough to binge eat them in her previous world.
That’s why she wished she could eat oysters to her heart’s content during their stay here in Kei before they leave.
Anyway, after counseling her on meal matters, it’s time to move on to the method of eating.
“Please chew your food well during your meals. In doing that, you would feel full with just a small amount of food, so it’s a prevention for overeating.”
Princess Pan stared at her blankly.
“… That’s it? Aren’t I supposed to learn a more special kind of way or method?”
That so-called ‘special method’ must be what the frauds said to draw the princess in.
However, meals were different.
If anything, eating deliciously and properly was the only way.
“There’s no miracle method for losing weight. And nothing is prohibited, either. In short, everything must be done in moderation, that’s the key.”
And so, she also recommended that the princess move carefully during the day, and walking should also be included in the schedule, just so the princess would not be sedentary.
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