Keep it simple and you’ll keep it going ! Too many folk go overboard when it comes to eating. Here’s my simple , healthy daily diet (noun) .
WAKE UP – tea ( my choice of tea and how I want it – with/without sugar, with/without milk, green/pink/red ). Or I might even choose to have hot water with a slice of lemon, or a small glass of Ribena.
BREAKFAST – a slice of toast of my choice sliced in half. One half has butter, sliced tomato and an egg of my choice. Salted. A dribble of Ketchup. The other half has butter with honey or marmite or jam or whatever. And thereafter a small-ish bowl of fruit which is a choice from kiwifruit, apple, blueberries, grapes, orange, banana or strawberries, but usually some kind of combination. And a scoop or two of yogurt to top it off.
LUNCH – Lunch is a large plate of salad – lettuce, tomato, broccoli, grapes, avocado, green and red peppers, is the usual combination. Then add some form of sliced extras like beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, fish – actually whatever is left over from the previous night’s dinner. My way is to take a knife and slice all the above up (salad +) into tiny pieces which I then eat using just a fork.
DINNER – This is always a cooked plate of food. Meat/fish, potatoes of the night (new/mashed/roasted etc), peas, broccoli, corn, French beans. Am careful not to pile too much food on the plate. The stomach has a slow reaction time and needs time to decide just when it has accepted enough food for its person. Often we don’t give it time and over-feed it to a point where it is at maximum expansion. We eat like we are not going to have another meal for a week. Eat slowly and enjoy every mouthful. Chew the food so that the taste buds can get to work leading to an enjoyable eating experience. Often we break the connection between the stomach and the brain because we are talking too much at table or watching telly whilst eating. How can this bring enjoyment of taste to a meal. It becomes a case of just shoveling in the food and then realising , “Oh, there’s no more food on my plate.”
DAILY EXTRAS – Have stopped drinking any form of liquid with my meals as I believe that drinking liquid together with food actually dilutes our stomach’s digestive juices preventing the food from being properly digested. But I do have a coffee during mid-morning. Usually a one-shot Latte with sugar – down to two small teaspoonfuls of sugar these days. Might eat a piece of fruit if I’m feeling peckish.
Have a cup of tea at 3pm every day. Again it is my choice as to whether I fancy red, green, ginger, without milk or sugar, or ordinary tea with just milk but no sugar. A malt or ginger biscuit would accompany my cuppa. That biscuit is eaten very slowly I might add. Savored.
Eat an apple after Dinner whilst watching telly but nothing else. This is the last thing I eat or drink. Nothing enters the mouth after 8.30pm. Wish this could be earlier but that is out of my hands.
I do snack on a piece of chocolate every day but that would be a max of two squares and it would be Black Chocolate. The strength choice ranges between 85% and 99% Cocoa content. Black Chocolate is an acquired taste but once you have acquired the taste, it’s scrummy !! I hated it for years and years. Didn’t want to go anywhere near it. And now I love it and it’s good for me too !!!
So for what it’s worth, this is my daily diet (Noun) at the moment. Am a creature of habit so it doesn’t change much from week to week except when we go out to eat which is every Thursday evening. This is the evening when we tend to spoil ourselves just a little.