Creating the Perfect Meal Plan

Creating the Perfect Meal Plan

Making the right food choices

ZyanaMorris  ZyanaMorris  on 1 Apr '17

Food has always been the staple source for human beings to gain energy. Along with oxygen and water, it is one of the necessary things that we need to stay alive and function properly. The quantity and portion sizes of meals and the number of times a person eats per day depend on his or her health and physical needs and the environment. A person from a colder place would likely eat foods with a higher fat content while someone living in a hot and dry place would eat fresh fruits more often.

A person’s dietary needs also play a vital role in their food choices. Folks who want to acquire a certain body size or shape may have a different nourishment requirement than their usual dietary intake. Some individuals overeat and become obese while there are people who don't eat nearly enough owing to the fear of becoming fat. Some people want to eat out all week long while other prefer home-cooked meals. There are physical and psychological diseases that may prevent a person from feeling hungry or eating enough. Recovering from a certain disease can also lead to a disturbed diet. Here are a few ways you can help to improve your dietary intake and lead to a better eating plan for yourself and your family.

The Diet Food Routine

Dietary requirements vary from person to person, which is why there is no definitive menu for every person. People often associate certain foods with fattening and slimming, and this is where the differentiation starts. If a food is eaten in moderate consumption than even fattening diets won’t increase your weight, and slimming foods can actually increase your weight if eaten in large amounts. If you banish something from your diet, you normally crave it more than usual. Finally eating the thing you crave most may lead to overeating and unnecessary weight gain. So eat everything in smaller amounts so that you abstain from overindulging on your cheat day.


You may sometimes let yourself get hungry so that you can complete a task first. It's a good thing to show dedication towards your work, but if you put off eating for too long, you are giving your body ammunition to be hungry and stuff yourself on the food that you eventually eat. Setting a mealtime for your intake of nutritious foods is necessary. Otherwise you may eat either too much or too little since you have no idea when you will next eat or don’t remember the last time you had lunch or dinner. If you are struggling with keeping track of your meal timings, there are apps to help you out. They regulate how much you need to eat and at what time you should eat.

Labelling Food

Whether you prefer to eat an organic diet out of choice or choose to omit certain foods owing to restrictions such as food allergies or disease, you are labelling food items. If that tag is because of a medical restriction, it makes sense not to consume that item. Otherwise, there is no use in abandoning a natural food ingredient. There are multiple ways you can eat something that you do not like and get nutrition from it in some form or another. Fruits and vegetables can be mixed together to form a salad or smoothie or they can be grilled or cooked into a dish to make it taste more appealing.

Differentiating between Snacks and Treats

There is a difference between indulging yourself with a treat and having a snack. A snack can be healthy, ranging from a fruit or vegetable to a small sandwich. On the other hand, a treat may be a processed, sugary or saturated item that could result in boosting your sugar level or fat content in addition to filling up your stomach. You could also end up binge eating with such treats and hurting your health. Always have a healthy snack with you so that instead of rushing to what is easily available, you simply grab the snack that you have carried along with you that day.

Every person’s physical needs differ, which is why not every diet or food suits everyone. However, one must not overlook the importance of having a planned and organised food-consumption schedule in order to keep everything in moderation and lead a healthy life. This plan could be helpful for someone who is now living independently or even for a person who has not yet overcome a disease and is seeking to return to a normal eating routine.

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