Updated: May 27, 2020
Eggs. Salad. Protein and veggies. Repeat. Anyone else feel like you're eating the same 5 foods everyday? For some people, having a routine can help to stay on track with their wellness goals. However, from what I have seen with the 70,000+ AENpeeps, including some level of variety actually helps to further your progress faster!
It all comes down to something that I call "food fatigue". By eating the same thing everyday, you run the risk of experiencing this phenomenon. Once food fatigue enters, this can be the beginning of falling back into old habits that didn't make you feel great or serve your wellness goals.
Today, I'm sharing the details of "food fatigue" and how you can prevent it!
What Is "Food Fatigue"?
Ever get tired of what you're eating? Or maybe you stop looking forward to the meals that you have planned? That's food fatigue. The moment you start to lose interest in the meals you're eating is the moment food fatigue sets in.
But why does this matter?
Let me answer that question with another question. If you're not interested in something, how likely are you to make it happen? Conversely, if you're EXCITED about something, you may move mountains in order to see it through. With food fatigue comes a disinterest in what the meals are helping you achieve. However, if you can continuously stoke the fire of intrigue in your meals, you can bypass this "meh" attitude toward your food and stay EXCITED which also helps to keep you on the path of achieving your wellness dreams!
Does Everyone Get Food Fatigue?
Not necessarily, but many people do. Case in point, my mom has literally been having the same smoothie every day for YEARS (with some slight modifications). And she still loves it. And if this is you, there's nothing wrong with that, as long as it's a meal that will serve your goals.
HOWEVER - I have found that even with my clients who believe that they want to eat the same thing everyday tend to experience food fatigue at some point. We're human! Variety is the spice of life and keeps things interesting. So if you're eating the same thing every day and you find that you're starting to get bored... it's high time to switch up your meals so that you can stay on track with your goals.
How To Prevent Food Fatigue
You don't need to eat a different meal every single day. This can take a ton of prep and result in food waste if you go about this approach. I typically recommend switching it up on a weekly basis. For example with your lunches - one week you can make the Crunchy Kimchi Salad and the next week you can whip together the Kind-of-Cobb Salad. This simplifies meal prep and your grocery lists while still cycling in routine to prevent food fatigue!
The prevention of food fatigue is EXACTLY why I created the new Autumn's Nerdy Kitchen Cookbook. AENpeeps were asking me for new recipes to use with their Complete Intermittent Fasting Bundle protocols. So in order to help you continue to work toward your goals while feeling EXCITED about it, I made 40 new recipes for you!
Some of my faves include the Chipotle Cauli Tacos (pictured above), White Filtah Coffee, Spaghetti Squash Bolognese and Big Green Wok! Switch up your routine and grab your new recipes HERE!
Autumn Elle Nutrition