A complete and sustainable perspective on attaining and maintaining physical health – including a heathy weight with appropriate proportions of fat and lean tissue – involves exercise, numerous other factors, the quality of the food we eat and – sometimes the proverbial ‘elephant in the room’ – the quantity of the food we eat. So how much is enough? Fortunately, modern nutrition provides generous advice in this arena. Here’s an article that asks the important rhetorical question: “How much food do you really need?” Your mileage may vary, so consult your medical and nutritional professionals – as always – before applying these ‘everything being equal’ rules of thumb:
- breakfast: the article above suggests 300-350 calories, such as a cup of oatmeal, 1/4 cup of nonfat plain yogurt, and 1/2 cup of berries
- snacks: 250-375 calories is the daily range suggested by the same article
- lunch: The article above continues with a suggestion of 325-400 calories
- dinner: The article above concludes with a 500 calorie suggestion
So when you’re shopping – whether to fill your home, garage, pantry or fridge – the same common sense wisdom applies: consistently asking if Ben Franklin’s sage advice is being taken to heart to not buy what we don’t need because it is cheap; whether the cheap ‘payoff’ is a false sense of economy … or a false sense of satiation. There’s no advantage to binge fasting or overeating; find a kind-hearted way to honestly assess your real needs and gradually, gently and firmly move toward a regimen that meets those needs.
“Buy What Thou Hast No Need of, and before Long Thou Shalt Sell Thy Necessaries” – Benjamin Franklin