What's on your platter? (part 1)
I mentioned I'm in the process of reading The Plant-Based Journey by Lani Muelrath. I do love this book. It is just crammed with great info and great quotes.
The part that prompted this post can be summed up in a couple quotes… Here's one:
“If I were to take all of the food I eat on any given day and heap it onto one big platter, about half of the platter would be stacked with colorful non-starchy vegetables — some cooked, some raw — and a few pieces of fruit. The other half would be filled with an assortment of robust and whole grains, starchy vegetables, beans, and legumes. Sprinkled over the top would be some seeds and nuts.”
That sounds delicious to me, and I think it's much easier to visualize than trying to picture plant-based meals on a plate three times per day. We get so caught up in the traditional plate needing a meat and two veggies that we have difficulty visualizing what to eat without the meat filling half that plate.
But, as soon as Muelrath described that end of the day platter I could see it. And I found it helpful in solving the problem I've been having with meal planning. You see, I have been making little piles of vegetables on my plate, which is fine, except that I keep thinking that something is always missing.
Once I started visualizing Muelrath's platter piled with what I intended to eat in a day, I set aside meal planning and turned to the freedom of the platter. Now, meal planning is as easy as imagining my own platter. Throughout the day, I grab one thing after another off it, stay satisfied, stay healthy, and don't obsess about what I'm going to eat; and I especially don't obsess over what I am no longer going to eat. It's all there just grab and go or grab two or three items and cook them up…
The variety on the platter is up to me, but I stick with Muelrsth's guidelines of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and nuts daily. I've just started eating this way as an experiment and will let you know how it goes.
For now… here is how Muelrath sums up her experience…
“I don't measure it ( meaning the food), obsess about the balance, or otherwise micromanage my plate. And you needn't, either. Keep whole plant foods, minimally processed, as your guide. Eat abundantly according to appetite from the five food groups, being generally mindful of the composition of the 'end of the day platter' snapshot that's the best match for you. Eat enough to keep up with your energy needs and for full hunger satisfaction.”