Lopsided Meals can mean a couple of things.
- The North American way of eating that makes the meat the heavy weight on our plate.
- 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?”
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.
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,