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You Asked: Same Thing For Breakfast and Lunch Every Day?

Dear Fit,
For a few months now, I've been eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day. For breakfast, I eat Greek yogurt with half a cup mixed fruit and a cup of high fiber cereal. For lunch, I eat a big salad, topped with some kind of lean protein like grilled chicken, fish, or tofu. I do mix it up and eat different things for dinner. I get made fun of a lot at work for my "boring" diet, but it got me thinking, is there anything unhealthy about eating the same thing every day? I've just gotten into the habit, and I love that I don't have to think about it.
— Healthy or Unhealthy Hannah

Greek yogurt and high fiber foods like cereal, fruit, and veggies are excellent ingredients in a healthy diet. To find out if the way you're eating them is doing your body good,


Although yogurt and a salad are very healthy foods, I'd try to mix it up a little bit. Not only is variety the spice of life, but nutritionally speaking, it also allows you to get a variety of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients you need. You don't have to go crazy with a new food for every one of the 21 meals you'll have in a week, but mixing it up just a little will excite your taste buds and help you obtain more of your RDI. For breakfast, go for oatmeal, nut butter on toast, or eggs. For lunch, eat your grilled chicken with steamed broccoli and a cooked whole grain such as quinoa. Or have baked tofu on a sandwich, or make some veggie and bean soup. Do a little planning on Sunday, so you won't have to stress about it during the week.

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
I tend to be a creature of habit and I eat pretty much the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day. I do vary what I eat for dinner though. I figure, as long as I'm getting roughly the same number of calories per day, it should be ok.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
I've been eating the same breakfast and lunch (during the work week) for the last...oh...2 years? Every once in awhile I'll mix it up but I enjoy having my toast and hummus and salads.
nylorac nylorac 7 years
one summer in college i ate honey nut cheerios for bkfast, yogurt and fruit for lunch, and egg salad/soup for dinner and i dropped weight ridiculously. i also worked out 5 days a week. but over the weekends i would treat myself by going out for a meal. i have since then broken this ritual... and i treat myself a lot better :)
nancita nancita 7 years
I am pretty guilty of this too. I mix it up a little bit, but I could definitely mix it up more. Thanks for letting me know that variety might be better than same old same old.
LoveandRockets LoveandRockets 7 years
I actually think eating the same thing at the same time every day is a good thing. The consistency has helped me get rid of my emotional attachment to food. I don't obsess over what I'm having for the 'next meal' nearly as much as I once did, and it's become as regular as tying shoes or brushing teeth. I have oatmeal every morning, but I do change the fruit, liquid, and sweeteners that I add to it every once in awhile. Blueberries, banana slices, apple chunks, cinnamon, sugar-free syrup, water, almond really just depends upon my mood.
fizzymartini fizzymartini 7 years
Breakfast-wise, my company gives free porridge and toast everyday as long as you get in before a certain time, and I'm more than happy to have that every day. Sometimes (mostly) if I feel naughty, I'll have peanut butter and jam together on a thick slice, but I do try to just stick to 1 portion of porridge! But weekends are all about cereal, mostly just because I'm too lazy at home to cook porridge. Lunch HAS to vary every day, as does dinner. I can't imagine not doing that! I live for mealtimes :)
darc5204 darc5204 7 years
This is healthy food and seems fairly well balanced, so if it works for you, I think it's completely fine. Just changing up the toppings on the salad is enough to get a variety of nutrients.
Renee3327 Renee3327 7 years
During the week I eat the same thing every day for breakfast - Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup of blueberries and Kashi oatmeal. It works for me and it's easy for me to keep oatmeal in my desk at work. I do switch it up on the weekends though, sometimes eggs and fruit or a bagel and fruit. And I go through phases with lunch where I'll eat the same thing for awhile. As long as you're eating a well-balanced meal, I don't think it matters if it's the same.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
my coworker does a similar thing... each day of the week he has designated where he goes to get lunch and what he eats. about a year ago, he had lost about 150 pounds, and he says having this schedule (and working out 6 of 7 days) keeps the weight off. I personally would be super bored. there are so many healthy things why not eat as much diversity as possible?
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
I eat the EXACT same thing as you for breakfast everyday. Sometimes I add some scrambled eggs on the side, but I think you are fine if it's easy and working for you. If you feel trapped by it- ie you want pancakes but think you "can't" have them, then I would evaluate that bc it does not seem healthy.
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