When you only ever have to (in fact, only ever can) eat one meal at a time, it can be easy to forget that each single meal has an effect on your health. All too often, we can find ourselves thinking, ‘It’s OK if I eat this because I’m really not having that much,’ and for one meal, you are probably right. The problem is that one meal becomes a day’s worth of meals, then a week’s and you can start to see how it quickly stops being just one meal and becomes your diet.
We’ve all been there. You’ve had a long day at work and when you get home, the last thing you want to do is cook so you order pizza. And garlic bread. Might as well get that Tiramisu as well. Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for the odd pizza and wine night after a long day. The problem comes when your lunch was a creamy pasta from the cafe next to your office, breakfast was toast with peanut butter, and last night’s dinner was chicken parma and chips. Add all of those meals together and you start to see how you can end up going days without getting any real nutrition. Your body will put up with this for a while but, if you don’t replenish vital minerals and nutrients, that’s when degeneration and inflammation kick in.
It’s not all bad though. Just as each meal can put pressure on your health, conversely, it can replenish you, and increase your overall health. When deciding what to eat, I always try to first ask myself the question ‘Will this nourish me or cause me harm?’ That one simple question helps to guide me to the better option.
I think the key to making positive changes to your diet is to take it one meal at a time.
If you only need to commit to making the best choice for just one meal it is so much easier than trying to commit to changing your whole diet. We humans are notoriously bad at making big sweeping changes that last. We are quite short sited by nature, so why not take advantage of that rather than fighting against it? Wading through the millions of options when it comes to food is hard enough as it is. Let’s not make it any harder by trying to work out everything we’re going to eat for the rest of our lives. Amiright?