IMO meal planning is a necessary step in a persons attempt to gain control of their or their families diet. I personally am NOT interested in losing any weight. I would not have a problem gaining a few pounds given they were in the right locations. Up until recently we ate whatever our greedy hearts desired in my household. Especially when I wasnt working. Im talking random. My SO loves baked mac n cheese with EVERYTHING, i love chocolate and my son loves fried anything. Once i started working full time our eating habits changed but not for the better. On days when I'm not home to cook homemade dinners from scratch we order out which consist of chinese food or pizza and cheesesteaks, get fast food or just wing it, ie bags of chips, poptarts, oodles of noodles, spaghetti o's or do the restaurant thing. Something had to change. I did alot of research and came to a few conclusions.
I am a firm believer in the saying that most things arent bad in moderation. There are definitely exceptions to this but for the most part i've found it to be true.
We were eating way too much red meat. And worse, thats barely even red meat in those fast food burgers and so called tacos. Pink slime, I'll pass.
Our diet now consist if primarily lean cuts of steak like top Sirloin or round however i cant resist a filet mignon or porterhouse w mushrooms and gravy(
) every once in a while. I'll make burgers at home with 85-90% lean ground beef. But more so nowadays Im going for the ground turkey which has proven to be an excellent substitute. Nobody could tell when I made lasagna last Sunday.
My logic is this, Every meal should have a healthy carb, a serving of protein and a small amount of fat. Plain and simple
Carbs - Carbohydrates An important source of energy for the body. ex: fruits, vegetables, whole grains. Bad carbs = refined (made from white flour and added sugars) white bread, cakes and cookies. Good carbs = complex (take longer to break down into sugar; starch/fiber)
Protein - the CDC described proteins as the building blocks of life..lol(inside joke from nursing school) the important part is the amino acids they provide for the body to break down food. All foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, processed soy products, nuts, and seeds are considered part of the Protein Foods Group.
Fat - Another source of energy for the body or a nutrient that supplies calories to the body. Fat provides 9 calories per gram, more than twice the number provided by carbohydrates or protein. ex: Saturated, cheese, butter,ice cream, fatty meats, should be avoided. Unsaturated, olive and sunflower oil, can be used in place if saturated fats to lower cholesterol.
I'll ellaborate further on the meal plan aspect later as well as give a sample week meal plan