Happy Wednesday! Is it me, or is there a national “day” for just about everything? For instance, yesterday was National Potato Chip Day and next Monday is National Sloppy Joe Day. Who knew? Despite all of these special days, the entire month of March is National Nutrition Month. And, in honor of National Nutrition Month, I want to share with you how Kirt and I eat. We follow some basic nutrition guidelines that keep us healthy, strong, and feeling GREAT!
We Eat A Lot!
First thing in the morning, we eat breakfast. Then we eat again every 2 to 3 hours throughout the day. Truth be told, I probably eat more meals than Kirt does. By the end of the day, I’ve usually eaten about 6 to 7 meals.
These are 3 of the meals I’ll be eating tomorrow.
Each Meal Consists of a Protein, Carb, and Fat
I consider protein the most important component of the meal. Some of our favorite sources of protein include eggs, chicken, lean turkey, salmon, tilapia, and lean cuts of red meat.
Next, I add some sort of healthy, complex carbs. I usually do oats, brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa, or whole-wheat pasta. This week, though, I got fancy (for me) and made roasted chickpeas and steamed beets.
Next, I check the fat content. If my source of protein is higher in fat (like salmon or steak), I don’t add any additional sources of fat. If the protein source is lean or super low-fat, I add some olive oil or nuts to the meal for some healthy fat.
The last component of the meal is VEGETABLES! Most of our meals will include some kind of green vegetable….green peppers, broccoli, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, or spinach. We eat most of the veggies lightly steamed or raw.
We Eat Clean
This means that we eat REAL food. One way to think of it is that we eat from the field to fork. That is, food that is NOT processed, packaged, or produced in a lab. Foods that don’t have food labels or foods that are natural are the best way to go.
We Prepare A Lot of Food at Once
It must sound like we spend A TON of time in the kitchen. While, yes, it does take some time and preparation, we’ve got a routine to make it manageable. We cook large batches of food about once a week. We’ll bake about 8 to 10 chicken breasts, brown a few packages of ground turkey, and bake about 8 to 10 tilapia fillets. Then we make a large batch of brown rice or quinoa and bake about 5 sweet potatoes. Then we steam all of the veggies for the week. It takes a few hours to get it all done, but then everything is prepared and ready for the week.
We Carry Food with Us All the Time
Since we eat so often, we have to carry our food with us all the time. We both have large cooler bags, so we have our meals with us when we get hungry.
One Special Meal a Week
While we definitely believe consistency is key, we also like to have one special “cheat meal” each week. For instance, we enjoyed pizza last week. It helps to keep us on track throughout the rest of the week.
During this month, I encourage you to take a look at what you’re putting in your mouth. It’s true when they say, “You are what you eat!” When it comes down to it, our bodies are giant science experiments with chemical reactions going on all the time. What you put in your mouth is going to tell your body whether you’re sick or healthy, whether you’re happy or depressed, whether you’re tired or have energy. It really makes that much of a difference. It’s your choice…choose HEALTH!!!
We’d love to help you put together a food plan that works for you and your health goals. If you have questions, let us know!
Stay happy, healthy, and N motion, AND REMEMBER…age is just a number!