‘The surprising answer is yes. I tend to eat the same meals 75-95% of the time. Regular food habits can be healthy. First and foremost because it’s hard to buy, stock and prepare lots of different types of food each day,’ says Brian St. Pierre, R.D. fitness and nutrition coach with Precision Nutrition. ‘There’s benefit to having healthy go-tos that you like and can get into the habit of eating.’
One such benefit: it minimises the number of food decisions you make in a day. ‘We tend to over-think food nutrition. I work with lots of clients and find that if you can automate some of those decisions and have a bit of a routine, you’re more apt to make healthy, diet-positive choices,’ adds St. Pierre.
‘The key to avoiding nutritional deficiencies is not to eat chicken, rice, and broccoli three times a day or the same protein shake three times a day,’ warns St. Pierre. ‘But if you look good, feel good, and perform well, it’s not a huge concern if you like a daily turkey salad.’
Here, St. Pierre shares his tops tips for keeping a minimally-rotating routine healthy:
‘For clients, I generally recommend two to three recipes to rotate for their breakfasts, lunches and snacks. Then they can vary their dinners because people tend to like more diversity in the evening.’
2. Vary your accompaniments and snacks
‘If you like eggs in the morning, just change up the veggies you put in your omelette, having mushrooms and peppers one day, tomatoes and spinach another, and so on. Nutritionally, little things make a difference. For weekly snacks, just swap the type of fruit you eat or the type of nuts or nut butter. But remember that you’re also going to be fine if you eat an apple every day. I have a Gala with every lunch – it’s part of my routine,’ says St. Pierre.
3. Be creative with condiments
‘For that daily salad, go ahead and stick with turkey or chicken but cut the monotony by changing up your healthy fat sources, alternating between olive oil, pesto, or avocado.’
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