It should always be remembered that if the amount of food, consumed at a meal exceeds the available supply of gastric juice - the portion of the food, not thoroughly saturated, remains undigested. This, of course, means fermentation, and the formation of gases and acids, poisonous to the system. Hence the meals should be small and well masticated. If by virtue of these small meals, hunger should be manifest between meals, a little fruit - preferably raw, and in season - is not only admissable, but with the exception of cases of profound gastric catarrh or ulcerations - is positively advisable. The fruit should be eaten at a time when the stomach can be surmised to be empty, which ordinarily occurs three or four hours after a meal. As the time required for the digestion of fruit seldom exceeds one hour, at least that length of time should be permitted to pass before the time set for the next meal.
As to the order of the meals during the day it should be remembered, that whenever the exigencies of modern life permit, it is advisable to eat the meat at the noon meal, rather than in the evening. The strong, magnetic impulses generated by the animal substance when assimilated by the system, sends forth a wave of nervous stimulation, which lingers for several hours in the cell-consciousness, and disturbs a complete physiological repose.