Many New Year posts contain ‘New You’ suggestions – I have seen suggestions for bettering any and all parts of my life and my body, from improving my bank balance to sculpting my arms. And yes, of course, suggestions for better health via a ‘super’ diet and (much) more activity.
However, this year I have actively avoided diet and activity suggestions because I have spent the last few months (probably longer) trying a variety of foods and have already decided on the foods that I like, are easy to prepare and will benefit my health. I would say that my food is home-made because I make it at home, just as I would make a sandwich at home. However, I do not cook meals ‘from scratch’ at all because it is time consuming and often expensive. I would prefer to spend my time walking or reading books.
My food choices suit me and my lifestyle so I am quite happy to continue with the same eating patterns into the new year and in the months ahead. I am vegetarian mainly because I don’t like meat, but also for environmental and sustainability reasons. I eat similar things every day to reduce decision fatigue and because it is convenient to be able to stock my cupboards with my ‘everyday’ foods.
So, going into 2020 my typical eating and activity patterns are:
7am – coffee
8am – banana and a glass of milk
8.30am – an hour of yoga
10am – overnight oats made with chia seeds and chocolate soya milk – also served with two tablespoons of flaxseeds and two tablespoons of ground almonds – coffee
12.00pm – go for a walk
1pm – lunch is a tub of something like quark yoghurt, soya yoghurt, homous, baba ghanoush, guacamole or cottage cheese – usually eaten from the tub with a spoon – fruit juice, decaf coffee – I try not to have caffeine after midday because I think it disturbs my sleep at night
5pm – a vegetarian meal – usually beans and rice, soup with added lentils, eggs or tofu with vegetables, water
7pm – herbal tea
Most of these foods are easy to prepare because I use tinned foods (beans and lentils) or ready-to-eat foods (yoghurt and homous). These foods are all commonly found at the supermarket and are generally inexpensive. These foods are able to provide me with vitamins, minerals and fibre, as well as sufficient protein. Since I am vegetarian I take a low dose vitamin and mineral supplement as a backup. My activity involves yoga at home (I look for You Tube videos), a daily walk in the local park or to the supermarket and longer walks every weekend.
I would like to encourage you to find foods, eating patterns and activity that work for you. It may take a bit of time and effort, but I enjoyed experimenting with different foods and eating them at different times (which is why I ended up having overnight oats mid-morning).
Ideally foods should provide you with the nutrients you need. Perhaps you can start with a nutritious food that you enjoy…Peanut butter? Baked beans? There is so much choice available to us which makes it possible to have simple, inexpensive everyday foods that will benefit our health in some way…and that we won’t feel compelled to change in the New Year.
Let me know what foods you choose and how they have benefitted your health.
Note: Good Health includes factors like a healthy blood pressure, healthy blood sugar levels, healthy cholesterol levels…as well as improved fitness and reduced stress
Enjoy Good Food for Good Health