Do you feel that you eat REALLY good throughout the whole day but then when it's time for dinner you just LOSE it?? Your're not alone. Dinner seems to be the number one killer for throwing your eating schedule OFF track. Have no fear, we are going to STOP that right now.
1) Who made dinner? You may have great plans for your eating routine during the day, but are you in charge for your dinner plans at night? If your wife, husband, mom, or dad, make your family dinner but it isn't really the healthiest, SAY SOMETHING. A lot of times family dinners are just "routine" and you don't really think about change. Tell your family you want to try eating healthier dinners every night and maybe have one "cheat dinner" a week. This will keep everybody sane and healthier. Also, take the table salt off the table. I find that people are just "used" to reaching for the salt. Try tasting the food first before reaching for added seasonings. Chances are, it probably already has those ingredients in it.
2) Not enough time? Are you typically the last one in the office at night? Do you tend to forget about dinner? Do you remember at the last minute as you're passing by a fast food restaurant? Well, MAKE time. You must make time to fuel your body. Trust me, you're work is NOT more important than your body- I don't care what your boss says. If you know you will be busy at night then prepare beforehand and BRING dinner with you. Problem solved.
3) Eating out? This seems to be quite a popular one. I am in shock that many people I talk to eat dinner out more than 70% of the week. There are a few problems with eating out every night. One, you don't know who made your food or what they put in it... no matter what the menu says. "You can't have a million dollar body off the dollar menu." OK, so maybe you aren't eating off the dollar menu, but seriously, food at restaurants is NOT as healthy as you think. I challenge you to ask what is in your food next time you order out. And secondly, eating out takes away from quality dinner time. I always love going to moms because she MAKES our whole family sit together for dinner, no matter what.
4) What to eat? So now that we cleared out all the barriers of eating a clean and healthy meal at home, let's talk about WHAT you are going to eat now. Lean protein and lots of veggies are always our go-to at night. At my household we stay clear of high carbed foods at night. Carbs are best used for energy and at night your energy expenditure is less and you typically go to sleep a few hours post dinner. I suggest eating more carbs earlier in the day. This will help fuel you through your day.
Here are some sample meals that I love to eat for dinner:
Asian inspired dinner:
Raw, peeled shrimp
Fresh green beans
Fresh red peppers
Olive oil for the pan (pam if cutting back on calories)
Combine in a pan with ginger, Bragg's Amino Acids, red pepper flakes and black pepper.
Super easy and very tasty!!
Italian inspired dinner:
Spaghetti Squash (my absolute FAVORITE)
Ground Turkey (99% fat free)
Fresh peppers and/or zucchini
Chopped tomatoes (roma)
Fresh onion and garlic
Olive oil for the pan
Cook the vegetables together and add the basil for flavor along with sea salt, fresh black pepper and some red pepper flakes for a kick. Add the cooked spaghetti squash into the mixture.
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In good health,
Cristina Walterman, owner of CW Physique, let's you in on fitness and nutrition tips, recipes, exercises and much more. With over 8 years of experience in the industry, she loves to inspire and motivate individuals. She always practices what she preaches and leads by example.