We get used to this idea that we need to have a different thing for lunch and dinner every day. Most people are ok with having the same thing for breakfast, because it sets them up for a routine. Why don't we feel this way about lunch and dinner? I know you’re already thinking that eating the same thing sounds boring, but there are more health benefits than you may think with eating this way (as long as they are healthy obviously).
To help explain this better, consider it this way. Odds are, at some time in your life, you have played or seen a video game that has a health bar or number of lives. In the game when you run out of lives or the bar is empty, you die and its game over. When you win, you level up and get more lives. As humans, we have these life bars. Not as noticeable of course, but the same idea applies to us. Only that instead of a life bar, it's our energy bar. Eat nutrient rich foods, get more lives (energy), but eat crappy food, lose lives (energy). Workout, lose energy. Replenish, gain energy. It’s a constant cycle of give and take. We need to wake up every day with a full bar (if you don't, contact me to level up 😉). I can personally tell you that it's amazing when you have a full health bar and can level up in the real world. Having consistent energy throughout day and then some is possible, and yes, it feels like winning the game every day.
Coming back now to my original point, what we don't always realize is that making decisions and using our brain contributes to a big loss of energy. Even within the first hour of waking up, most people have to numerous decisions. Deciding how to dress, how to style your hair, how to get to work, all energy lost. Which is why most people eat the same thing for breakfast as part of their morning routine, one less decision. And it’s no different later in the day. Deciding what to eat for lunch and dinner, big energy loss. With so many options, odds are you think about it for a good portion of your day. If you can eliminate this loss of focus and energy from your day, why wouldn't you? Think of what you could achieve! Using up your energy and brain space on these decisions throughout the day, can make it harder to make big decisions at work, and therefore lead to poor judgement and no WILLPOWER. WILLPOWER=ENERGY
Willpower takes a lot of energy, we have all been there. Trying to not eat the cookie. Lets face it, usually one way or another we end up grabbing for it no matter how hard we try (or at least just half of it:)
When I write my posts, I try to keep myself out of them, but I’ll use some of my habits as an example. Every day, until dinner time, I eat the same thing during the week. No decisions to make, no energy lost. And I still get variety. About every month or so the type of veggies I eat change. It changes usually when my body has just had enough of something or it’s not in season anymore. But either way it's the same pattern. I have a set of foods that I know I need to eat within the day (i.e. protein shakes, certain veggies, nuts) because I use them as vitamins. So just as most people take vitamins supplements ( I take these too), I know I have to get these foods in my day. For dinner I have about 3-4 different meals I choose from. These meals change about every two weeks, but I always add variety by using different seasonings, homemade sauces, or flavors. If you follow me on Instagram (if you don't, please do:) you’ll see some of my different combinations. These small changes amount to only a small energy loss. Grocery shopping is also a breeze and only takes me about 30 mins tops, because I need the same basic things, just use them in different combinations. This set nutrition routine gives me so much extra energy and allows me to accomplish bigger tasks in my day. On the weekends, when I have the extra time and energy to burn, is when I cook or try new things. Still all healthy, but seems like a treat because it’s not part of my normal routine.
If you still think this kind of eating is difficult and boring, you should know, that If you are eating healthy, whole foods that your body loves (not your brain), you’ll actually start to crave those foods everyday as staple foods. There’s no need to feel like you need to have some extravagant, 3-course meal every day for lunch or dinner.