The Three Square Meals Approach
I feel like people don’t eat three square meals anymore. People are always on the run, busy or just plain lazy. They often find themselves going through the McDonald’s drive-through due to lack of planning. Furthermore, people just snack too much. I’ve certainly eaten my fair share of chips for dinner in my fatter years. Thing is, if you just follow the idea of eating three square meals a day, it really just can’t get any simpler.
There are two parts to consider; the “three” part and the “square” part. The “three” part is quite simple to understand; you eat three square meals a day, nothing more, nothing less. The “square” part is the more important part. Remember the chips for dinner I was talking about earlier? Yeah, that’s not a square meal. A square meal really just means a well-rounded meal with a fair portion size; have a fair portion of everything. An example of an ideal meal would be a cup of cooked rice, a 4-8 ounce serving of some sort of meat or other protein (such as beans) and some vegetables. Combine this idea of a square meal with Sunday meal preparation, and you are golden.
Preparation can go a long way in obtaining the ability to eat three square meals. Let me explain the difference using my imaginary friends, Jack and Joe. Jack and Joe both wake up at the same time on Sunday morning with a fairly relaxing day ahead. They have some households chores they ought to do, but it’s still fairly relaxing. Jack, in between doing some laundry and vacuuming the carpets decides to play videos games in between. Joe, on the other hand, decides he’s going to spend some time in the kitchen meal prepping for the week ahead in addition to doing his other chores. The next day, Jack and Joe have trouble waking up in the morning and both had to rush out the door. Luckily, before going to bed, Joe prepared a quick overnight oats recipe and grabbed it on his way out to eat in his car. Jack on the other hand didn’t have any time to prepare breakfast, so he swung by the McDonalds drive-through and ate a shitty overpriced egg and cheese sandwich with a greasy ass hash-brown and a soda (hands down, the best drink you can consume for optimal health). For lunch, Joe easily, simply and conveniently popped one of his prepared meals in the microwave and ate a relaxing lunch at work. Jack was starving but had absolutely nothing with him, so he expended the effort to whip out his car and drive somewhere wasting time, money and calories.
Are you seeing a trend here? Lack of preparation puts you in more situations to make bad decisions. If you plan ahead of time, the decisions are practically made for you and any alternatives would require more effort then they are worth in comparison.