I do not discriminate. Every single meal is important, but I found that with a busy lifestyle, breakfast and lunch tend to have less creativity and fun attached to them, because most of us are on the go, or eating at work. Although many recipes can be used for breakfast or lunch as well, I put most of my focus on dinner because that is when most of us have the time to be at home to cook these easy, fresh meals.
A few things to take into consideration…
Portion Control is Key
Some foods, such as fresh vegetables, can and should be eaten in huge amounts. However, if you really want to eat something like cheesy tortellini with a lot of parmesan cheese (like I do), eat it and add some veggies! Enjoy every bite and don’t make yourself feel guilty. The less you listen to the voice in your head making you feel bad, the more you can enjoy what you are eating without that feeling like you can’t stop. You CAN have it all, just not all at once.
S) makes fun of me for the way I eat sometimes, because at the end of the day, I am a Registered Dietitian and I don’t always eat the healthiest foods. However, the reason I consider the way I eat healthy is because I balance my food. I try to have fresh vegetables, healthy fats and lean proteins in my diet throughout the day. If I want to eat a cheesy quesadilla for dinner, then I am going to eat it. But I also think about what I ate for breakfast and lunch and maybe I’ll decide to start with a salad first, or some grilled vegetables. But if you don’t feel like it, then don’t force yourself to eat something you don’t like or want. Eat that quesadilla and keep it moving.
Diets are not sustainable and it is important to learn to eat for a lifetime. There will be moments in life when you are faced with unhealthy food (I mean, when aren’t we?) and knowing how to handle those situations is vital to living a healthy life.
Learn to have a little, don’t over do it and enjoy every bite – this is key for maintaining a healthy mind and body.
Try to remember that no one is perfect. Food is something that we need and nutrients are more important than most of us fully understand. But don’t forget to enjoy the food and love what you are eating because being mentally healthy is just as important as being physically healthy.