“Tina, just tell me what to eat!”
If I had a dime for every DM, blog comment, or email reply I received saying, “Just tell me what to eat,” I’d be a gazillionaire! And I totally understand.
Eating the ‘right’ foods in the ‘right’ amounts at the ‘right’ time of the day can be overwhelming and confusing – like we don’t already have enough going on juggling kids, work, household responsibilities… the list goes on and on!
I understand it’s tempting to just want to be told what to eat. One less thing to think about, right? Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple.
First of all, every person has different macro and caloric needs, so an across-the-board meal plan won’t always work. Second, we’re unique individuals with different likes and dislikes, food sensitivities, food access, etc., and that must always be taken into account. And, perhaps most importantly, it’s boring to eat the same foods day in and day out and that repeated pattern leads to binge eating that can seriously impact your progress.
I don’t believe in a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to eating, but seeing how other people eat is helpful for generating ideas and defining what would work in your own day. So, I created a “framework” for creating meals.
Whenever I make myself a meal (aka “power plate”), whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, I make sure that I include what I like to call the foundational four: protein, fat, starch (carb), and vegetables. Having these 4 things on my plate will ensure I’m getting the macro and micronutrients I need.
Following this formula can be helpful for making an easy plate that has everything you need for a healthy and filling meal.
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