I have been cooking my own meals for more than 15 years now. The day I left for England to pursue my under graduation is the day I realized that in order to survive I had to learn to cook.
And so I did. I started with boiling eggs. And then I shifted to boiling Pasta. Haha.
Ok, I eventually I graduated into cooking scrambled and omelette’s too! Here are some of my creations:
And I agree that not much cooking skills are required for these dishes and instead only a desire to visit the grocery store (at least once every week) and spending time in the kitchen are the most important elements to make these meals happen.
So should I eat the same foods everyday?
Lets find out. Here are some benefits that can accrue when you eat almost the same foods everyday.
Eating same foods everyday can make counting your macros easy.
If you are like me who’s main goal is body re-composition i.e. build muscle and lose fat, you must realise by now that counting macros is by far one of the most important aspect of getting great results. And eating the same foods every day, makes it pretty simple to do so.
If you are a vegetarian, like me (I eat chicken and fish in only few meals a week), your core ingredient list will look like this:
Whole Eggs: 300 calories
Whole Cow’s Milk: 600 calories
Whole Wheat Breads: 200 calories
Coconut oil/Olive Oil/Desi Ghee: 400 calories
Almonds/Walnuts: 200 calories
Fruits: 100 calories
Brown Rice/Pasta: 300 calories
Lentils/Beans: 300 calories
Others (Honey, Vegetables, Cookie, Cheese etc etc): 200 calories
Total calories come to about 2600.
If I am cutting, then I will exclude some items from the list, and if I am gaining I will increasing the portion size to ensure I eat slightly above my TDEE.
Actually, I think the question should be reframed as : Should I eat the same meals (rather than foods) everyday?
There are few ways to make your eggs. You can scramble it one day, boil it the other, or make a nice cheesy omelette the third. You can eat it with avocados, or breads or even with chapatis if you want!
Similarly, there are various permutations and combination you can apply to the list I have provided above.
Eating the same foods can can save time and money.
When you know you will eat eggs almost everyday, all you need to do is to get a pack of about few dozens eggs from the grocery store and you are sorted! But if you decide to eat pancakes on monday, banana foster parfait on tuesday, and oatmeal with honey and cinnamon on wednesday, good luck buying, stocking and then re-stocking a long list of ingredients!
We all know that majority of bodybuilders cook their meat and potatoes on Sundays for the entire week! Personally, I won’t go to such extremes, but cooking enough meat that lasts upto three meals can suffice. This can save you lot of time and effort, unless you are living with your mother. Gosh I miss those day:)
Eating the same foods everyday can free up your will power.
Will power is an important resource for me. I seriously don’t want to spend lot of time deciding exactly what I am going to eat everyday and then count my macros to make sure I stay within my target. There are 21 meals you can eat in a week (if I assume a person eats about three times a day), and grocery shopping, counting macros, finding ways to prepare them, especially if you decide to eat different combinations of meal plan almost everyday would require some serious planning and lot many hours!
Honestly, if given a choice I rather not cook and use that time to the ‘change the world’.
There I said it. The answer to this question for me concludes this way:
If I have the money, I will hire a chef who can do everything when it comes to food—buy organic local produce, cook meals based on my macros (mostly low carb, moderate protein and high fats), and prepare meals to suit my palate. She will also ensure to include just enough variety (I am not a foodie) in my meals which besides ensuring that I ingest all the nutrients and phytonutrients that I don’t get bored! Enough Said.
Hey wait! What about food allergies/in tolerance from eating the same food everyday?
Oh, I almost forgot! My dad is lactose intolerant, even though our ancestors come from North India where we can drink milk like water.
Did you know that eggs, milk, peanuts, shellfish are few food items that causes upto 90 percent of the food allergies?
Being lactose intolerant would mean that your body cannot produce lactase—an enzyme needed to digest lactose (sugar found in milk), and therefore when my dad drinks milk his body is unable to tolerate it.
I still drink almost a litre a day since I was a child. Am I not scared that I will also become lactose intolerant like my dad? Well, I am not scared, but I do sometimes think about it and therefore I try and cycle around my eggs and milk intake once in a while. But one thing I ensure is the quality of these food products to be top-notch.
I opt for grass-fed raw cows milk and not what you find in your local grocery stores—pasteurized and homogenised (I have wanting to write an article about diary, and whether its good or bad for you, so stay tuned).
I would like to conclude this article with wise words from Dr Andrew Weil: “I encourage you to vary your diet – include as much fresh food as possible, minimize your consumption of processed foods and fast food and eat lots of fruits and vegetables.”
Finally, I suggest you to input all your food items that you eat in this free software called Chron-O-Meter and see for yourself whether your food choices contains all the nutrients (especially essentials fatty acids, fiber, vitamins and trace minerals) that your body requires on an everyday basis.