Updated on 05/29/2022 23:01
- Some people have followed the same diet for many years.
- If the same food contains all the essential nutrients, is it safe for the body?
- A nutritional therapist breaks down this eating behavior and explains why more variety in the diet is good for body and soul.
In a podcast last February, David Beckham shared how much he loves good food and good wine. “Unfortunately, I am married to someone who has been eating the same thing for 25 years,” he added. “Grilled fish and steamed vegetables.”
Anyone who knows Victoria Beckham knows her self-discipline. But variety, enjoyment and joy play an important role, especially when it comes to eating. “In fact, I know some clients who behave similarly to Mrs. Beckham,” says Sabrina Dürr, a nutritional therapist from Esslingen. “For example, in the field of bodybuilding, there are some athletes who eat rice with tuna as their main meal.”
As a layman you might think: carbs, protein, omega 3 – that doesn’t sound one-sided, but balanced and healthy. EITHER?
Unbalanced diet? It’s all in the mix
There is a difference between a unilateral diet and the same. “Unilateral means, for example, that I only eat a lot of a certain food group,” explains the nutrition expert. There is a lack of nutrients and the body lacks energy. Therefore, a mixture of the different food groups is important.
The food groups are beverages, fruits and vegetables, grains and grain products, milk and dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, fats and oils, and sweets and snacks.
In science, these food groups can be divided into macro and micronutrients. Macronutrients provide us with energy and strength and consist of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals and are just as important to the body as macronutrients.
Eating the same diet over and over again can be boring, but it doesn’t have to be unbalanced. “If there are macro and micronutrients, that is, vitamins, minerals, fats and proteins, everything is fine,” says Sabrina Dürr. “But at some point, eating and preparing the dishes is no longer fun.”
The psyche plays a role
“I notice in my clients that the same diet calms a kind of sense of security,” says the nutritional therapist. “You can rest assured that your weight will remain stable as a result.” You can often see this aspect of weight in women, for example. Children, for example, also want security and control when eating, says Dürr.
“Children in our culture, for example, only like pasta without sauce at any given time. That gives them security. There’s nothing green about it that looks poisonous, so the food is safe. Safety thinking sometimes it has a very useful backstory.”
Body feeling ensures the balance of different foods
As children get older, they tend to try other ingredients for themselves. “Because if I go by how my body feels, after a while it’s like, ‘I’m sick, eat something else!'”
In some cases, however, control over feeding is maintained: “Sometimes self-discipline or a long-term habit is superimposed on the real complexity of the food,” explains the ecotrophologist. “Otherwise, I have no more control. And with eating disorders, control is everything. I ignore my instinct, hunger, thirst, appetite in favor of control.”
Limits of always the same diet
If you always eat the same food and continue to eat a balanced diet, you are at most ignoring your instinct, but without harming the body. “If the same diet always contains a lot of fish or rice, for example, you have to carefully check whether the fish does not contain too many heavy metals and the rice does not contain too much arsenic,” says Sabrina Dürr. “From then on, this form of balanced diet, always the same, is no longer healthy.”
For her, diet plans don’t make sense, “because I always have to eat what I feel like and what my body needs,” explains the nutrition expert. “Today I don’t know what I would like to eat tomorrow. That’s why it helps my clients more if they orient themselves according to the food groups and see if there is everything.” Pasta and vegetables or salad and bread, for example, lack “a little protein, so legumes or nuts or meat or fish should be added.”
Sabrina Dürr goes on to say that after a rice with vegetables you will probably feel hungry again after a short time. “Protein is missing. If it was there, I would have enough strength and energy for the next few hours. So if I just know how to combine the individual food groups, I can still enjoy the joy and spontaneity of eating even without a meal plan.” nutrition”.
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