Meal Planning: Find Your Balance

Posted Feb 9, 2016

Now that you have tweaked the timing of your meals to help boost your metabolism, it is important to ensure that you are feeding your fire with best possible fuel.

This is where MEAL BALANCE comes into play.

I’m sure at some point you have heard someone call themselves a “meat and potatoes” person. Unfortunately, this is a common practice amongst people. It is also a very unhealthy practice.

Meal balance (along with proper timing) allows us to achieve the daily recommended servings from the 4 food groups, which subsequently ensures that we achieve the required intake of nutrients (including vitamins and minerals). Consuming the full spectrum of nutrients provides our bodies with the elements it needs to function optimally, resulting in long-term health and wellness.

To accomplish meal balance, you should aim to include at least 3 of the 4 food groups per meal (breakfast, lunch and supper).

For example:

Breakfast – Whole-Wheat Toast (Grain Product), All-Natural Peanut Butter (Meat & Alternatives), Glass of Skim Milk (Milk & Alternatives)

This combination is very simple but balanced. You could even include a piece of fruit to have all four food groups. It’s a nutritious, low-fat, high-energy meal to kick-start your day. Aim to structure all of your meals like this.

KEY TIP: Plan your meals out ahead of time. Look at the timing and the balance within the meals. Compare it to your daily recommended food group requirements. Fill out your day by including healthy snacks that allow you to achieve all of your requirements.

Include lots of variety in your diet as well. Variety is the spice of life. Try different meal combinations or snack options. Buy fruits or vegetables that you have never tried before. Look online for some great-tasting and healthy recipes.

In summary, meal balance ensures that you are meeting your nutrient needs on a consistent basis. As a result, your metabolism will be burning the best fuel possible. You will have more energy, you will be more productive, your thinking will be clearer, and you will just feel great overall!

Good Luck!

Luke Corey, PDt.
Complete Health and Nutrition

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