Should we eat the same thing day in day out? This is a topic I struggle with because I feel like it really depends on the week or circumstance.
In my opinion there are two answers to this question and both are equally correct. If you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle then yes, eat the same thing everyday. If you would like to absorb as many nutrients as possible, then be sure to eat a variety of foods.
I find I go through patterns when it comes to my meal planning. There are some weeks when I am focused on a goal or just get in a groove of meals that are working so I end up eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch and don’t get bored with it.
There are also some weeks when I have leftovers to use up, feel like my meals have been monotonous, or I am craving a specific nutrient. Whatever the reason, mixing in a variety of foods that week is what I need.
Some studies show that eating the same thing over and over can result in a nutrient deficiency. For example, if you were to use the same beauty products or shampoo in repetition, your hair and skin may not be getting certain ingredients they need for the natural changes they go through.
By only eating certain foods, your body isn’t given the chance to absorb other nutrients it may be lacking.
While I agree this could be the case if you are only eating oatmeal for breakfast, a turkey sandwich for lunch and a Caesar salad for dinner everyday, I don’t think you can draw the same conclusion if you are changing up the foods for at least one of your meals.
As long as there is one meal you are alternating foods in, I believe consistency can be good (especially if weight loss is your goal). Knowing what your meals are and allowing yourself the opportunity to food prep and take the guesswork out of meal planning leaves room for other healthy decision-making.
While all this can be true for things such as weight-loss or helping with adrenal health and stress reduction, there is an opposing argument to eating the same foods.
If you are suffering from a low immune system or realizing other affects such as digestion issues or other irritations in your body, mixing up your diet and seeing which foods positively and negatively affect your condition can be extremely important. When I am feeling run-down and have a sore throat or am congested, I limit my dairy and alcohol consumption and amp up my vitamin C and liquid intake.
There are also certain weeks I notice my salads for lunch are affecting my energy levels or the absence of an apple for snack is lowering my daily fiber amount. The moment I notice the signals my body is giving me, I try to seek out a solution the next day with my food consumption.
If you have been concentrating on having green smoothies for breakfast but you notice they are not satisfying you in the same way your daily egg and toast was, change it up and see if you can meet somewhere in the middle (a slice of toast topped with avocado and a side of green juice maybe?), find what works for you in that moment.
Our bodies are constantly changing and going through various things on different days. It is our job to listen and respond in ways that will nourish and feed them the fuel they are asking for even if it’s not what was on the menu in our minds.
I’m aiming to listen to my body more and although I am a big proponent of planning ahead and meal prepping, there is a time and a place. When we are in tune with how we are feeling and feeding our needs correctly it’s amazing what we can accomplish and how easy it is to maintain a simply fit life.
What is your take on eating the same thing everyday? I would love to hear!