Rock on! Another day of good calories and a solid weights session.
This week I’m tightening down on my meals, almost standardising them. For example for lunch I’d normally take my pick of 4-5 outlets near work each with their various options, but this week I’m keeping it simple: chicken salad roll from the same place every day. Breakfast is always the same for me (porridge + banana) so all I need to do now is nail my evening meals.
This is interesting. So far I’ve not really done any meal planning and haven’t felt like I’ve been on a “diet”, which I see as being a very structured and restrictive thing. The truth is, I think most people’s meals are already semi-structured: take the average person and analyse what they eat over a month and I’d expect the same meals to keep coming up. We have our favourite breakfasts, the same lunch choices and the things we like to make (or that people make us) in the evening
I’m trying to crowbar the pareto principle into this post but I’m not sure how to phrase it. My point is that the majority of the food we eat comes from a small number of meals. Perhaps 80% of the food we eat comes from 20% of our recipe¬†repertoire/available options?¬†That means you’ve only got to switch/learn a relatively small number of recipes to be able to have a large effect on your nutrition.
Come up with a couple of breakfast, lunch and snack options, learn 5 healthy evening meals and start living a healthy lifestyle. No one’s ever put “dieting” to me in that way before, I really like it as a concept – it seems much more doable.
Rather randomly I stumbled upon a TV programme today called “Diet or My Husband Dies“. For the people not in the UK, which is all of you, you’ll have to try and use a proxy or something to view it online. It’s about a couple where the man needs a kidney transplant and his wife is both a match and willing to donate – however she is too fat to do the surgery. DIET OR HE DIES! lol. Despite the title and melodrama it’s actually a good watch, with a lot of sound nutrition/fitness advice (because I’m an authority on that now, of course!). Lots of chat about lifestyle changes, lifting weights in the gym and, of course, protein shakes! It made me smile when I saw she was drinking them every day, it really does seem like that’s standard practice for healthy living/dieting. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but she loses the weight (60lb or so) donates the kidney and they all live happily ever after.
Bring on Wednesday!