Last night I was trying to get some help with my husband on a meal plan for this week. I said that on Wednesday I was going out for lunch, so I had to make sure I had a healthy dinner. He asked,"What's healthy?"
This is a pretty loaded question, and everyone has his or her own definition. I photograph my food now and then, so I thought I would include a little photo essay of what healthy looks like for me, plus a little description. This is what works for me and it may not be right for you.
A healthy meal for me has a lot of vegetables and maybe some fruit. I do mostly lean protein, though I like a little bacon now and then, and the skin on a freshly roasted piece of chicken is a thing of beauty. I don't like big portions of meat and high-fat meals can make me feel sick. I do need a moderate amount of fat to feel satisfied, though. I try to do mostly whole and sprouted grains, but I think some white pasta (I don't really like the whole-grain kind) and bread can sneak in if they are balanced and I keep the portions small. I consciously work to get a lot of fiber. I feel best when I avoid sugar. I don't drink diet or regular soda. I drink plain unsweetened seltzer, water, coffee, or iced tea. I like a glass of wine or a beer with dinner now and then, but alcohol is not a big thing for me. I use half and half in my coffee but otherwise, I avoid milk. I have no problems with Greek yogurt or a little cheese. I love nuts and seeds, and just have to watch portions.
If I eat meals like the ones pictured below, I lose weight and feel good. The problem is that I don't always eat like this. This is the ideal that I am working toward, a sort of Mediterranean-ish diet. I keep portions moderate and try to keep things balanced in a way that makes me feel good.
The problem for me can be that if I don't take the time to plan and make a meal that looks like this, I might grab whatever is handy. Also, sometimes I go out and something on the menu calls to me and I go against my better judgement. Stressful times and times I'm around my family are other pitfalls.
What does healthy look like for you?
|Greek yogurt (Fage 2% plain), berries, chia, cashews, coffee with half and half and cinnamon|
|Hummus, veggies, pita, roasted vegetables (not sure what kind)|
|Moroccan lamb stew with chickpeas, quinoa|
|Grilled chicken with orzo, yogurt, veggies, and greens|
|Chipotle-style black bean and rice bowl with lots of veggies, seltzer|
|BLT with avocado on toasted Ezekiel sprouted bread, watermelon, seltzer|