Just Some Simple Diet Advice

I have some simple and fairly easy advice for you to follow today. I came up with this a few days ago, applied it, and saw that it was a useful type of guide. Imagine a circle. Now divide that circle into thirds. You should now see 3 areas within the circle that are of equal space, and shape. Well, there it is. This is what your dinner plate should look like every night. Have a main feature, and then two sides. I know we all don’t have the time to prepare two sides along with whatever main feature it is that were cooking so it is also fine to have just one side from time to time. Just make sure that your dinner meals are planned out pretty far in advance. Guessing what you’ll have the night of usually leads to bad decisions unless you stocked up the fridge and pantry like its 1999 (Y2K).

Dinner should be the most food you consume out of all the meals you have in a day. Usually the reason why this is recommended is that dinner is designed to hold you over until morning. This will help you sleep better, and more importantly not wake up in the middle of the night hungry. Don’t over complicate it though. Dinner shouldn’t be that hard of thing to figure out.

Going back to the point about sides, don’t worry about having a full plate all the time. If you’re work schedule requires a lot out of you, having one side is fine. But if your trying to lose weight, take note about what sides you’re considering having. Most people that I talk to that are on diets geared for weight loss have a green side (vegetable).

The three part plate consists of a meat, a carbohydrate, and a vegetable. That’s the winning combination. I think the more common dinner plate around the world is the meat with a carb though. Maybe a quick salad accompanies this meal so you still get your greens. Don’t get me wrong guys you can definitley lose weight with the meat and carb combo, but the meat with veggie combo is just more effective.

So what about the most important meal of the day? Breakfast can almost determine what kind of day your going to have in terms of energy, awareness, and might I be crazy enough to say mood? You simply need it because it gets you going. The beauty behind breakfast is that it can be very light. I mean super light! You can have a light breakfast and still get the energy you need from just something small. I think there’s a lot of myths out there about the first meal of the day. I know about 237 of them and want to squash some of them now, but I’m going to hold off and save that discussion for another day.

With breakfast, I did manage to find out something useful about it a couple of days ago that I’d like to share with you all. I found an article online about the three healthiest things you can eat. An expert dietitian of like 35 years wrote it so I figured I’d pay attention. If I had the link I’d slap it in here but I forget where I saw this. Just run a Google search, I’m sure you’ll find it. Anyway, they said that Spinach, Eggs, and Oatmeal are the current top guns. Now, do you notice the same thing I’m noticing here?

2 out the 3 are bonafied breakfast foods! So what does that tell you? It tells me that I should never ignore breakfast under any circumstance. With spinach, hey at the very least you can make a spinach omelette right?

The way I see them is a little different. Spinach is pretty gross and unless it is incorporated into another food like an omelet where its flavors can be enhanced to my liking. With eggs, I basically function and am breathing today because of them. I love eggs and have been eating them very regularly since I was about 14 years old. With oatmeal, I don’t know how substantial it really is because it seems to always run right through me, like its in a rush to get out. I like it taste wise, I keep hearing its good for you, so I guess I’ll say it isn’t so bad. Maybe I make it too soupy or too thick and haven’t found that nice creamy and happy medium that is oatmeal in its greatest form.

So with breakfast instead of imaginatively drawing out silly little circles, instead its better to find breakfast foods that are really geared towards producing energy and sustaining an active alert mind. Breakfast can be more loosely approached I think in terms of which food groups are actually being consumed. Forget which food groups you’ll need. I think you can mix and match all you want with breakfast. You could even just stick to one kind of food group and be fine with that too. Not like with dinner where you should be looking more to incorporate different food types together like meats, carbs, and vegetables.

I almost forgot something here didn’t I? What about lunch? Well breakfast is obviously number 1, dinner is number 2, so that leaves lunch dragging behind in 3rd. Its not that you don’t need lunch, you just need some sort of food at some point mid-day. Its like the bridge between breakfast and dinner. Without lunch, you’d probably over eat at dinner. If you don’t think lunch is all too important you could always skip it. What? Well don’t skip eating mid day, but maybe 2 or even 3 small snacks nestled into your day somewhere. If you do this, lunch won’t ever even be a thought and you’ll be ready for dinner later without being completely starved.

So there you have it my friends. Take into serious account my little dinner analogy. Its advice coming from several people including myself.


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