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Is It Healthy to Eat the Same Thing Each Day?

By Sara Butler

Everyone knows somebody who never seems to tire of the same meals and snacks. They could go on eating the same thing day in and day out and be perfectly happy. The question is, even if those foods are healthy foods, is it healthy not to vary the things you eat? There are some definite pros and cons to this eating strategy. Here's what you need to know!

The Pros

If the foods you eat day in and day out are filled with whole grains, lean protein, dairy, healthy fats, vegetables, and fruit, then you've got a great nutritional foundation. A diet in which you eat the same stuff but it's from different food groups is a diet that's covering all your nutritional bases -- and that's a good thing. It's important to keep in mind that according to Dietary Guidelines for American, 85 percent don't get the recommended amount of fruit and 90 percent the recommended amount of vegetables they should in a day. So make sure to take a hard look at what you're eating and make sure you are getting what you need to be healthy.

Another plus to a repetitive but balanced diet is that it's a great way to hone your food prep planning and skills. When you have a healthy eating plan in place, you're less likely to grab some fast-food when you're hungry and on the go.

The Cons

Even if, on paper, your diet seems well-balanced, there's a good chance you're not getting all you need. Repeats of the same foods and meals aren't usually recommended by dietitians. While it's a good thing to eat your favorite healthy meals frequently, there's no way you can meet all your dietary needs when you eat the same thing every single day. Variety is key if you want a truly balanced diet. Greater food variety in studies has been linked with a lower risk of metabolic syndromes than in those who ate a less varied diet.

In the End

At the end of the day, eating a variety of foods is important, but so is what you choose to eat. If you have a varied diet with a liberal dose of junk food, that's certainly not going to be as good for you as a non-varied diet that hits all the major food groups regularly.

Everyday life can be crazy, so if you've found something that works for you and is healthy, then kudos. Just try to add a little variety here and there so you don't get stuck in a rut!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Dallas, Tex.

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