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Enjoying Food & Getting Creative In The Kitchen
Whether you like the food in your diet or not, it will get boring eating the same food over and over! But what do you do when you don’t have the time to make fancy meals or you just don’t know what to make. There’s only so many ways you can have chicken and broccoli! So how do you vary your diet WITHOUT losing the nutritional quality?
I reckon every good question deserves a good answer, doesn’t it?
Let’s do a bit of background work before I get dragged caught up in listing off recipes, hey?
Before you know whether a meal is ‘good for you’ or not, you have to understand what defines ‘good for you’ – the key word there being YOU.
First of all, what does YOUR body need to be getting daily in order to optimise results?
You’re going to need to be ensuring you’re getting in a good supply of carbs, fats and proteins to accumulate your required caloric intake – here’s a great article we wrote up about working this stuff out
Once you have those figures, you can look into what foods make up these nutrient values and which of these foods you like the taste of and your body reacts well to; this is mostly about experimenting and seeing what happens when you eat certain foods.
Now scrap everything you know about food association
I would not be surprised to see someone rather odd faces when I show you what I eat – but that’s just because you’re used to only certain foods being put together. I guess you could call me a Recipe Rebel.
(if we stuck to what we know we’d never have Hawaiian Pizza, Omelette, Curry, PB&J, or even Donuts!)
You need to ditch the dogma and be adventurous – try foods together and see if they work. If they don’t, well now you know.. but if they do! Then you’re already on your way to your very own recipe book! Woop Woop!
Stock the cupboards with new ingredients
Once of the main reasons we struggle to keep our diets varied is because of supplies. You buy the same stuff, so you eat the same stuff, so you buy the same stuff – break the chain! Find some funky ingredients, add them to your shopping list and experiment with them. I’d even go as far as saying don’t look up what foods they ‘go with’, test it for yourself and make your own opinions on what recipes to add them to.
Micro matters too
Just because the primary focus is on the macronutrients (carbs, fats and proteins), doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t ensure you get a large supply of all the essential micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). The main things to look at getting in are sodium, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, Vitamins A, B1, B6, B12, C, E and K. Do yourself a bit of research on what foods contain these and which of these foods you’re willing to try adding to your diet. You should aim to get a portion of veg and other micro-heavy foods into every meal (yes, including breakfast).
Get inspiration, not instruction
Just because you’re trying it out for yourself, doesn’t mean someone else hasn’t done so before and learnt their own thing or two; you could learn from them. As long as a meal matches YOUR nutritional requirements, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try out what someone else says works for them. The best tip for finding a good recipe is to use buzzwords like ‘Nutritional’, ‘Organic’ and ‘Macro-Friendly’, and then just skip past all the gumf and check out the nutritional value and the ingredient list; if it’s not exactly what you want, just look at how you could tweak it to make it work for you.
Set yourself some rules
I’m very picky with the way I eat in that I try not to eat the same meal more than once a week, or even have the same meat more than once every two days. I’m not saying you should adopt my habits, just try make some rules for yourself that promote a varied diet. I also make sure that I have one experimental meal each week – you can keep up to date with what I try by liking our Facebook page and checking in every Saturday
Be systematically random
You’ll want to make sure you keep changing things up so you don’t get bored and your body has a better response to the food… BUT you also have to make sure that you keep on top of what exactly you’re doing. The food you eat must still be hitting those nutritional requirements and will need to be based around your exercise and lifestyle.
So keep it under control with regards to what nutrients you’re getting in, but be as adventurous as possible with the foods that make up these nutrients.
Replay the whole system
If you’re diet is working then your nutrient demand is going to change every 4-6 weeks and it’s important that you repeat this whole system within that time range to keep enjoying and benefitting from what you eat.
This system is what we use with our clients to make sure that they receive the best results from their training. It’s a system that will stay true regardless of who you are because it is perfectly adaptable to you and relies on you listening to your body and learning what works for you. Keep trying new things and experimenting and you’ll never get bored. When you find someone that works for you, keep record of it and remember to have it every now and then.
I, myself am always hunting for new recipes and ideas of how to mix foods, so when you find something that works make sure you let us know by either sending me and Email or posting it up on the Facebook page
If you would like to ask me anything on the subject please do send me an Email and I’ll see if I can help
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