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consistent food | kourtney thomas fitness

I talk about consistency a lot. Honestly, there is nothing more important when it comes to living a sustainable healthy lifestyle that you don’t hate. Finding consistency in every aspect of health, from fitness to food to self-care, is what makes it all click and tick along easily. Consistency is what removes the struggle.

When it comes to food, I think consistency gets a bit of a bad rap. Like, we have to eat all the things and the colors and the variety! But really? Thinking about it that way just makes it complicated, and is a recipe (ha!) for inconsistency.

I’ve talked before about doing what you like for movement. Why should it be any different for food?

I mean it. You can eat what you like, find consistency, and meet your goals – whatever they may be. From fat loss to muscle gain to maintenance, there is a recipe (ha! Again!) for consistency and enjoyment here.

Most of the time, I’m a food tracker. When my goals are specific, I like to make sure I’m at least 90% on track by using a tool, such as MyFitnessPal. It’s not for everyone, and certainly not for use at all times, but it is a great means to gain awareness around what you’re eating. And for me, that’s almost always the exact same things, day after day after day. Really, at this point, I probably don’t need to track anymore, because:

I eat the same breakfast, every single day.

I often eat the same lunch, every single day.

And for most days of the week, I eat the same dinner.

The number of occasions that I can copy and paste foods from one day to the next is frequent, and this is a good thing. Again, consistency.

And the benefit of it all, beyond eating to support my goals, is that I get to think a lot less about what I’m eating, and I certainly don’t have to stress about it. You know that whole concept of decision fatigue? Boom, gone.

I imagine this is the concept behind meal prep, which essentially takes it to the far end of the spectrum. But I don’t really meal prep. I don’t have the patience for it. Here’s what I do:

Keep the foods I like in the house. This consists of:

  • Lean protein sources (chicken breasts, 98% lean ground turkey, canned tuna, chicken sausage, and 90/10 ground beef or bison once a week)
  • Veggies (always broccoli and cauliflower, spinach, bell peppers, carrots and celery, and sometimes kale and brussels sprouts)
  • Fruits (always apples, whatever berries are in season, and bananas for my breakfast shake)
  • Carbs (pasta! bread! tortillas! all colors of potatoes! and also quinoa and brown rice)
  • Dark chocolate (duh)
  • Greek yogurt (non-fat for me, the fruity kind)
  • Miscellaneous (stuff like eggs, trail mix, pop chips, trail mix, for when I do need to mix it up)

Boring, right? All the basics, nothing fancy. But all things that I love to eat, and all things that can combine for deliciousness in a million different ways. I’ve got go-to dinner recipes for sure, but even when I’m not cooking recipes, I can still be consistent without having to give it much thought or effort. How, you ask? Here:

  • Sautee some veg, or multiple veggies.
  • Add 4-6 ounces of whatever lean protein.
  • Add a serving of carbs.
  • Eat.

Simplest recipe for consistency that ever existed. And if you really want to get simple, it’s pretty much a half-cup of everything. Easy peasy.

And for lunch? #turkeysandwichlife. Or lately, #tunasandwichlife.

Same goes for snacks. Typically looks like the same thing, same time, every day:

  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Fruit
  • In slightly smaller portions than dinner

Eating the same things all the time gets a bad rap. It looks boring, and it feels like we should be making Instagram-worthy food every single day, like a “healthy eating blogger.” Not so. Not for good success with this in real life, anyway. Because that’s the thing – we don’t always have the time or effort to put forth into a blog-worthy meal.

And the truth is, we don’t have to. Throw it all in a pot (or the microwave), then in a bowl, and you’re good to go, consistently. (Or if you don’t like to mix your foods, put it all on a plate separately. I’m not here to tell you what to do.) Point is, eat what you like, just like you move how you like, and you’ll see results.


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