What Should I Have For Dinner? So many choices!!!!
Let’s talk about what’s most important in terms of nutrition.
Talking about what’s important is important because lack of knowledge is not the problem.
Our problem today is that we have too much nutrition knowledge, and we don’t know what nutrition knowledge to focus on.
So this video today I’m going to go over three guidelines which I feel are the most important.
- We have eating unprocessed or foods that are 1,000 years old.
- Eating meals that have a variety of macronutrients.
- Dropping the moral judgment, and not expecting perfectionism.
What Should I Have For Dinner Commentary:
So… why did I come up with these rules? Well, scratch that, they are not even rules. They are guidelines.
Because in my experience the biggest problem people have is…
This clouded look in their head.
A lack of confidence around nutrition, healthy eating and what to put in their bodies.
And when I first start talking to people … like I just onboarded a new client the other day and they had all these questions about food, like “is it okay to eat eggs?” “Is it okay to have pasta with dinner?” “Is it okay to have peanut butter as a snack?” “When should I have breakfast?”
So I get questions like this, pretty much all the time – ” What Should I Have For Dinner?”
And if you notice these questions, they all say “Is it okay if I….?”
For example with breakfast this person asked when should I have breakfast? And I said shoot for around 30 to 60 minutes after you wake up.
They said “is it okay if I have it sooner like around 20 minutes after I wake up?”
If you can imagine this conversation where essentially this person really asking “is it okay if I have some food?”
The whole vibe of the conversation is fear based. We grew up in a culture where we judged ourselves whenever we ate bad.
Maybe we learned from our parents that eating ice cream or something like that was bad and so now we ask these questions like “is it okay if I … (fill in the blank)?”.
So there’s all these rules out there and these rules are causing people to live in fear and give up on themselves.
Because eventually there are so many rules you can’t keep track of them all.
And the thing about all these rules is that there unforgiving and harsh, and the expectation is that you should be perfect.
So that’s where I am coming from with these three guidelines.
The three guidelines being eat foods that are natural, unprocessed, foods that existed a thousand years ago.
Eat meals, and I say meals because meals we think more in terms of getting a variety of foods.
Getting a variety foods is so important it means that if you can imagine that government plate picture, the picture used to be a pyramid, but now the government recommends food servings that look like a plate.
Where 25% of the plate is veggies and another 25% is proteins and so forth. So you want to have meals that are balanced.
So what should I have for dinner? Balanced meals.
And then for the last guideline, is not being perfectionist. we don’t want rules. We need to have our nutrition make us feel good.
And we need to feel good about our efforts to eat healthy, even if we are not 100% perfect.
If you follow the first two rules 80% of the time, you’ll be okay. If 80% of your caloric intake is from natural unprocessed meals that have a variety of macro-nutrients, you’ll be fine.
You can still have sugary snacks. I’m not saying you can’t have anything either.
This last rule is about maybe having 80% of the foods you eat be healthy.
And then allowing 20% for processed foods, your sugary treats that you like, etc.
And this is beyond the scope of this video, but you want to treat these unhealthy snacks and sugary treats… You want to put them at the end of a meal, and you want to avoid snacking.
The whole point is to get satisfied emotionally and physically off of these unprocessed foods.
Don’t think too hard about it okay just realize you’re going to have to learn how these foods make you feel, and you’re going to have to learn how to meal prep and so forth….
So basically don’t set high expectations for yourself.
Just get started eating healthy following the first two principles and take note of how you feel.
Take note of how good it feels. To just follow these simple guidelines and feel better.
Don’t worry about being 100% about it just go for it and keep learning.