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Stay on track nutritionally while avoiding boredom

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Many people find it easier to stay on track with their nutrition plan when they stick to go-to foods or meals. But after a while, this may become monotonous or boring if you eat the same thing day after day. This is called food or meal fatigue – when you just can’t eat another dang meal consisting of chicken breast and broccoli! Here are some ways to stay on track nutritionally while avoiding boredom:

Plan your meals for the week

Take a page out of grandma’s recipe book and try to plan rotating dinners for each day of the week. In my family, it was Mondays = baked chicken; Tuesdays = meatloaf; Wednesdays = spaghetti and meatballs… you get the point. Therefore, if you’ve got several dinner options to choose from, it will be hard to get bored!

Make a list of go-to snacks

No one is forcing you to eat a mozzarella stick or pack of almonds every.single.day. To avoid getting bored of snacks, make a list of your favorite snacks that are well balanced in carbs, fat and protein that you can grab in a pinch. For example: protein bars, veggies and hummus, fruit and peanut butter, turkey jerky, air-popped popcorn or packets of tuna. Keep your pantry and fridge stocked with these go-to items.

Mix it up at breakfast

If you’re like me, the meal that gets the most monotonous is the first one of the day. Have ingredients on hand to create several options. My staples include:

  • Kodiak chocolate chip protein pancakes
  • Fage 0% yogurt with Stevia, PB powder and frozen fruit
  • A packet of 100-calorie Better Oats mixed with protein powder and peanut butter
  • An apple or banana with nut butter
  • A protein and fruit shake
  • Built Bar
  • Egg, spinach, cheese and salsa on Joseph’s pita bread

Get creative with your meals!

One of the reasons so many people fall back into poor eating habits is due to boredom and restriction. So, make sure to enjoy your favorite foods in moderation – this is the key to sustainability! If you get bored, Google recipes, go on Instagram or Pinterest. There is a world of ideas and recipes at your fingertips.

If you’re interested in tracking macros to reach your goals, check out my coaching plans. Both programs include the 40-page Get Gritty Nutrition Guide with pages of shopping resources, snack ideas, meal builders, sample menus and more to help you avoid food fatigue!

Do you have more ideas for how to stay on track nutritionally while avoiding boredom? Send them my way!

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