Variety is the Enemy


I’ve written about the beauty of clean eating and the wonderful variety that one can take in once you are on the path to eating real food.  As a matter of fact, I’ve got a couple awesome Paleo cook books with beautiful pictures of exotic and fresh recipes that look really tasty.

The problem that I’ve discovered is that the cook books sit on the shelf collecting dust while I struggle from meal to meal to make the right choice and not give in to the temptations of complex carb crack that surrounds us.  I have discovered that in order for me to succeed at clean eating I simply need less choices.

The fewer decisions about what I am going to eat allows me to form the habits that are good for me and direct the rest of my mental bandwidth towards more important tasks like work or relationships.  I basically try and narrow my breakfast and lunch down to the same meals each day and then I join my family for dinner and eat a clean meal that my wife has prepared.  This has taken the guess work out for me and decreases the probability that I will choose to eat something I will regret later.

Here is my optimal day:

Breakfast: 3 Boiled Eggs, 2 Packs of original instant oatmeal (Plain with 1 tsp of butter and milk)

Noon: Chicken Salad with vinaigrette dressing

3pm: Post workout meal of left overs; usually chicken and rice

6:30pm: Dinner with the family.  Clean meal that I appreciate my wife cooking (Don’t be a health snob at a dinner you didn’t prepare).

If you are struggling to get in a groove and find yourself overwhelmed with the Paleo cook books and Insta Pot recipes, knock off the variety and settle on consistency.

“Put on the Armor of God” (Eph 6:11)