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Lopsided Meals February 19, 2011

Filed under: Nourishment for Your Body — Jane Weber, RD @ 9:00 am
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Lopsided Meals can mean a couple of things.

  1. The North American way of eating that makes the meat the heavy weight on our plate.
  2. Eating three meals a day but the balance is off:  little or no breakfast, light lunch, heavy supper (and sometimes grazing before and after)

 

Let’s tackle these healthy eating kyboshers one at a time.

 

1.  Meat as the Heavy Weight

What do you answer when someone asks “What’s for dinner?”

Green beans?

Not exactly what I would say.

Most times we answer with the meat:

“Chicken” or “Hot dogs”

It’s was the eldest’ turn to make supper last night and when asked earlier in the week what he wants to make, his answer: “steak”.  He answering “broccoli” would only happen in a Dietitian daydream.

Making the switch to vegetables being the main stay is going against the grain – not easy.  We may do it sometimes without thinking, though.  Stir fries, grilled chicken salads, homemade soup all feature vegetables.

 

 

Here is a tactic that has worked for some – try to reverse the weight on your plate:  envision your plate divided into 3 sections:

¼  for protein (meat, poultry, fish, beans, nuts, eggs)

¼  for grain products or potato (actually another vegetable – bonus!)

½  for vegetables.

Like I said, not the norm– we picture the eldest’s steak in this last section.

But this switch means maximizing nutrition and lowering your risk of developing disease.  And it is a cheaper way to eat.

 

 

Another strategy:

Choose 2 vegetables beside the rice and chicken or make salad a habit with meals.

 

One more tip:

Sometimes if we have been lean on the vegetables, I make a big fruit salad for dessert.  Not veggies, but we eat similar nutrients.  A nice change in the lunch box too.

 

Momma was right; we need to eat our vegetables.

 

Up next in Nourishment for Your Body – Lopsided Meals Part 2: Off-balance Meals

Hugs and blessings,

Jane

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