Sometimes, how we eat can get so complicated. A trip to the grocery store can become overwhelming with all the buzzwords and deceiving labels created to make us question every diet tip we've heard. Here is a great way to simplify your meals, from your grocery cart to your dinner plate.
We recommend eating real food, not too much, and mostly plants. This is a great way to keep macro nutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrates) in balance while also providing your body with micro nutrients for fighting off disease long into your later life. In past nutrition challenges, we utilized containers to house our meals which consisted of 2+ cups of vegetables and about 1 cup of protein and carbohydrate each, adding 1 tablespoon (TBS) of fat to complete the meal. To set yourself up for a week of meals that look like this, you have to shop like this - making one half of your grocery cart for vegetables, one fourth of your cart for protein, and the remaining fourth for carbohydrates, with just a little room in there for your fat.
Why so many vegetables?
Low calories with high nutrient content. It's possible, but very difficult, to over eat vegetables, making it very unrealistic to GAIN weight while consuming mostly plants.
Why limited carbs?
Over-consumption of carbohydrates, especially refined, has been proven to lead to higher levels of body fat (which, over time, lead to health conditions and disease). Notice, I said OVER consumption.
Why not more protein?
A serving of protein amounts to about a cup or the size of the palm of your hand. This should be enough with each meal for protein to do its job of bodily repairs and nutrient transport.
What's with only 1 TBS of fat?
Similar to carbohydrates, fat is NOT a bad thing in our diets, but over consumption can lead to health issues that are avoidable if we just limit our intake.
Of course, 2+ cups of vegetables and 1 cup of protein and carbohydrates each at every meal is a starting point. You may uniquely need a slight deviation with more protein or less fat to keep with your health and body composition goals. But if you're looking to simplify your meals, this is a great tool.
We have more posts coming your way on each of the macro nutrients we consume (protein, fat, and carbohydrates) if you are hungry for more in depth information! ;)