Food Pyramid & Meal Planning27 Jul 2021, Posted by FYS News in
Let’s talk about meal plans…
In case you didn´t know, I am not a fan of meal plans. I get why lots of people ask for them; it seems obvious “just tell me what to eat, how much and when”. Surely, that’s the simplest way?
The thing is, people eat FOOD, they don’t eat nutrients.
Whether I am working clinically with someone who has a chronic illness or with a busy executive who wants more energy and focus; what helps them is simple, straightforward solutions, that are relevant and fit into their life.
This is why I created my Food For Thought Pyramid.
It gives you everything you need to create a way of eating that helps you to future-proof your brain. Which, in my experience, is much more powerful than a meal plan and participants in my Food for Thought community love it.
Starting from scratch is hard but building on what you currently do makes habit change much more doable. Take what you currently eat and work on simple “pimps” for each meal. It is a version of “micro-habits” which is a powerful technique for making lasting behaviour changes.
I am working hard to make access to my Food for Thought community available to more of you where you can work through the content in your own time and join drop in classes (news on that coming very soon!) but, in the meantime…
3 simple steps from my Pyramid that will help you “pimp” your diet:
- Have an overnight fast of at leat 12 hours
– Either eat dinner slightly earlier or breakfast slightly later
– This is a brilliant way to help your digestive system do the necessary “housekeeping” and helps you stay metabolically “flexible”
- Add fresh fruits (lemon, apple, berries), roots (ginger, turmeric) or herbs (mint, rosemary) to your water, either hot or cold
– This is a brilliantly easy way to get more diversity into your diet and helps improve hydration
- Vary your protein and eat it with each meal. Aim for at least 1/4 of your plate to be protein and mix up your sources.
– The need to eat protein is hardly news, but what is new to people is that we need it with EVERY meal to help sustain the fuel and resources for our brain.
– Plus, people tend to get repetitive when diversity is beneficial. Which is why I include a “Diversity Challenge”… More on that later!