Keep reading if you love food. For those of you who stopped reading, please be exiled from this planet. For those of you interested in what I’m going to say about food, give yourselves an afternoon treat.
As an avid foodie, I get excited every time I eat. It could be a banana it could be a burrito stuffed to the brim, if it’s food I like it. As of lately, however, I’ve realized the importance of eating with a purpose. What I mean is that too often I have wasted a meal by eating something completely satisfying but offering zero nutritional value. Ok well maybe not zero nutritional value but pretty close.
I’ve argued with myself that “there are some veggies under the tempura” or “that this cheesecake is my daily dairy intake (oh yeah…I’m lactose intolerant).” No matter the argument there is nothing to protect your body from the garbage being mulled into it.
Don’t be fooled. I am the furthest thing from a clean eater 100% of the time. While I do applaud my will-power most days, I’ve seen stronger. I also am well aware of what my rock bottom looks like.
Most recently I have become more aware of my meals and understanding which foods benefit me. I’m not sure how I ever lost sight of this with the handy dandy food pyramid we all love and ignore, but I digress.
Every day I take about 20 minutes to carefully plan out my meals from breakfast to my after dinner snack. Essentially, here is what my daily food intake looks like from a nutritional perspective:
Meal 1: protein + whole grain
Meal 2: fatty protein + whole grain or protein + fruit
Meal 3: lean protein + vegetable + whole grain
Meal 4: fruit + whole grain or fruit + fatty protein
Meal 5: protein shake
Meal 6: protein + vegetable + whole grain
WAKE UP! Now below is what my daily meal consumption looks like from a less boring, foodie’s perspective.
Meal 1: Egg whites + 1 cup of oatmeal
Meal 2: Greek yogurt with grapes or wheat bread with peanut butter/almond butter
Meal 3: Salmon filet over brown rice and side of broccoli
Meal 4: Oatmeal + banana or banana + almonds
Meal 5: Whey protein shake (made with almond milk and flavored by gelatin powder)
Meal 6: Chicken parmesan breast + broccoli
Sure, it’s not the most exciting menu but it’s easy to change a lot of these things up and make them exciting. With a passion for food, I love trying new yogurts or different peanut butter spreads on my toast. I love finding new ways to make a salmon filet or chicken breast taste fantastic and keep me satisfied. The challenge of making tantalizing health food keeps my body happy and my culinary creativity on point.
Eating with a purpose doesn’t have to be boring but it does take work. Knowing what you are putting into your body can be the difference in weight, mood, digestion, skin appearance and confidence. No amount of calorie counting in the world will ever trump smart selections or eating with purpose.
Plus, evil cupcakes are almost impossible to melt from your thighs.