Follow the Cheddar Brick Road: Meal Planning

I feel like I might’ve posted that burgers post a tad prematurely. Yes, it’s a healthier version of burgers, but it’s still a pretty large meal. But that’s okay, because of the way the meals are set up, and since I forgot to mention it before, I’ll do it now.

Premature Burger

Premature Burger

Maybe you’ve heard the ancient secret to “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”? Don’t be coy, we all have. Well, turns out, the study that supposedly proved this was funded by Nestle, those objective people that want to sell more breakfast cereal.

Anyway, I won’t pretend to be an expert, since even experts disagree on everything remotely diety, like this one, and this one that are directly at odds. I can though, say what worked for me. And not eating after 6 wasn’t one of them since, well, I don’t go to bed before midnight. That’s a long time of no eating, and would relegate me to senior early bird specials. No thanks.

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Dieting expert consensus

I’m a little proud though. I know a lot of people that trade out their diet every few weeks and I’ve been trudging along for several years now, slowly modifying things that seemed to be halting progress. Like sugar. I try to eat under 20 grams a day. But on some really hot days, I wants an enormous Costco frozen yogurt (vanilla, the true flavor), so compromise, and share one with the wife. I don’t think it does much good to deny these things completely, (Especially not on holidays, Thanksgiving dieters are the foolest of fools) just don’t have them all the time.

All right, so back to the plan, what works for me is trying to have between 1800-2200 calories a day. That range for me, works. It doesn’t matter what the foods are that contribute to it, but macronutrient balance helps me for feeling full; more on that another time. It’s a decent amount, and I’m rarely hungry.

Peanut plate

Dieting meal of the day

Along with that, it doesn’t seem to matter when I eat either. I’m rarely hungry in the morning, so eat light. Lunch, same kind of thing. I like to have bigger dinners. That’s when I’m free, done with work and all that, so that’s when I eat. So meals like burgers are fine because it’s usually the only big meal of the day. If it’s someone’s birthday and I had cake, then a lighter dinner to make up for it. Simple. But in general, it’s worked to have burgers, pizza, tacos, etc. for dinner made in a healthier way, because that’s the only big meal I have.

And food is still a blessing, not a curse.

Holy ice cream