Food Lingo 101: Taking the Time to Define


At first glance, food lingo seems simple. Most definitions are straightforward and easy to understand, right?

Not exactly. Many diet and meal terms are misused or confused with one another. These mistakes are common in casual conversations and online forums. It makes sense, as some terms are similar in nature, yet different when explored more in-depth. 

Let’s take the time to break down the difference between several common food phrases. The more you know, the better control you’ll have over your health and life!  

Meal Plan vs. Meal Prep

Meal planning is taking a moment to plan what you’re going to eat ahead of time. With meal planning, you’ll avoid grabbing takeout on the way home from work or digging around in the fridge at dinnertime, hoping to find some semblance of a meal. 

Instead, you schedule meals in advance. You research recipes and pick out specific ones to try. You plan what you will eat in the days or even weeks ahead.  

Meal planning is all about organization and following through. It requires commitment and energy, but it makes life so much easier in the long run.

Meal prepping, on the other hand, is preparing and cooking food ahead of time to eat later. It includes hitting up the grocery store and shopping for ingredients, as well as ensuring you have the right condiments, spices, and cookware to get the job done. 

Firing up the slow cooker, chopping fresh veggies, and simmering the sauce all count as meal prep activities. 

Once the food is cooked, you divvy it up into containers, dishes, mason jars, plastic baggies—whatever works. Store in the fridge or freezer. 

When hunger comes knocking later that day or week, it’s time to dig in. Prepping makes lunch at school or in the office easier and more convenient. Just grab and go! 

Diet vs. Nutrition

Diet is what you regularly eat and drink. Your diet consists of the food and beverages you consume day after day. People often use the word “diet” in terms of a weight-loss program, but diets aren’t solely calorie-cutting strategies. People can have any sort of diet—low-carb, high-fat, vegan, vegetarian, etc.

Nutrition is the value behind what you eat and drink. It’s the nourishment and energy that food provides your body. 

Diet and nutrition are not mutually exclusive. You can have a poor diet that fails to give you proper nutrition, or a great diet that provides you with the right nutrients to get through the day. Nutrition is fuel, and the foods in your diet are what give you that fuel. 

It’s important to eat a balanced, healthy, nutritious diet that’s compatible with your age, weight, gender, exercise level, and more. 

Apply for a Twisted Foods meal plan if you’re ready to learn more about diet, nutrition, meal prepping. We take the guesswork out of healthy meals and do the meal prepping for you. You’ll also receive a FREE health coach to help reach your goals!

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