Drinking before, after or during meals

Don’t drink liquids within half an hour before your meal or one hour after your meals. Liquids dilute your digestive enzymes.

The notion of “drinking water right before your meal to fill you up” is nonsense. The exception is if you’re eating a lot of dehydrated foods, because their water has been removed. If you need a little something just to help wash down your food, drink a small amount of water with lemon in it.