I know you're suppose to have variety in your diet, but I've found a few foods that I totally love and I want to eat it everyday.
One is a sandwich with horseradish sauce, very lean oven roasted turkey, tomato, and lettuce mix on Earthgrain's Whole Wheat Honeyberry bread with a cucumber on the side.
I also eat a fat free yogurt with it or/and a fiber one bar, and a bottle of water and a piece of fruit if I have one in the house.
This is all I've eaten for about a week, twice a day, only replacing the horseradish with mustard intermediately.
It fills me up, and I have an A on my food log every-time I eat it. It's high in fiber, too. Do you think I should mix it up more? I'm definitely a sandwich lover. Salads are good side dishes, but they just don't fill me up.......advice?
It's very important to get a balanced diet with plenty of variety. But you know that already so why ask?
A sandwich with meat and vegetables on it is quite balanced..... so that's OK. But if you eat the same thing all the time and don't get any variety you're only getting one very small selection of nutrients.... and that's potentally a problem. The nutrition in bread is different to that in starchy vegetables. The nutrition in turkey is different to that in fish. The nutrition in a lettuce mix is different to that in some steamed broccoli. The list goes on.
So as you originally stated ... no.... it's not healthy to eat the same thing twice a day ad infinitum. There is a world of hundreds of amazing foods out there.... try a lot more of them if you want to be in good health
I usually buy different vegetables each week and go around in cycles. I also switch up my proteins (salmon, tuna, turkey, chicken, shrimp) although I tend to eat the same things quite often as well (keep on coming back to the lots of broccoli, apples, lettuce, etc). However, it's fun to switch it up and see what happens... I used to only eat sandwiches when carrying around lunch but now I make wraps which I actually like better! I'll be getting pita breads next... haha.
I do it. I just make sure that I'm getting enough of everything. For example, the protein bars I like are fortified with vitamins, so one bar is like twenty five to fifty percent of most of the vitamins I need. I find that giving myself less options makes it easier to stay on track. I have a few meal plans that I've written out. I tend to eat the same foods over and over until I'm sick of them. Then I look for new foods and make a new plan.
It might helpt to take a multivitamin.
I would think that eating the same foods everyday would put you into a plateau situation. Your body will become accustomed to the same amount of calories, nutrition, protein, carbs, etc. I have a list of favorites too, but mix it up, and some days I eat a lot more (healthy) calories than I should, then the next day I eat way less to make up for it. I have to keep tricking my body to keep losing. 6 pounds in the last 2 weeks... so far so good!
Your body actually is able to break down the food easier if you eat the same each day. This essentially could help with weight loss. You do need to make sure you are getting all the nutrients needed each day. Maybe if you eat the same breakfast and lunch but then switch it up at dinner.
I did that for a while and then eventually I found myself having crazy cravings for different things. and the usual things got boring even though I still loved them
I've been eating Special K Vanilla Almond for breakfast and a turkey sandwich for lunch almost everyday in about a year and a half and I have lost 100 lbs. At night I tend to vary more with a meat/fish, vegetables/beans, potatoes/rice and salad. It's been working well. I do take multivitamins and fish oil as supplements to make up for nutrients I may lack on my diet. So I know it works.
If you google variety and weight loss, you'll find that there are a number of scientific research that find a positive correlation between variety and waist line. The more variety, bigger your waistline. There's nothing wrong with variety if you can control portions, but sensory stimulation will make it harder to do that. It seems that by limiting food variety there's a decrease in the appeal of eaten foods, monotony and inducing what they call sensory-specific satiety. Apparently we eat more when there are a variety of colors and tastes. That's why it's hard to stay away of buffet tables! So, it's OK to eat the same foods as long as you're getting all the nutrients you need. But I think you have to really like the food, don't "force" yourself foods that you don't like otherwise you set yourself for failure.
My breakfast and lunch are almost always the same (I do have different lunches on the weekend) I will vary supper. I find this to be one of my best stratagies for weight loss and management. I know how many calories I am eating and the energy I will have from these meals.
Original Post by singinkt03:
Your body actually is able to break down the food easier if you eat the same each day.
Where did you get that particular gem?..... .What a load of rubbish.
Everyone seems to have conflicting opinions. Hmmm maybe I should ask the doctors.
I say do what works for you as long as it isn't detrimental to your health. But trust me eventually you'll get tired of somethings
Congratulations on getting an A everyday. I have the opposite problem: when I change things up it usually junks up my diet. There aren't that many ways to get the A. Even if you're not eating the exact same thing every day you're working from a pretty short list.
And when you get off that list....welcome to the world of c minus and lower. The restaurant.
My current puzzle is how to eat at a restaurant without gaining weight. No matter how much exercise, and no matter how well I count, I can't escape from the cooking fat/salt/big portion weight bounce. If I go back to the same old/same old for a couple days the gain drops off.