what do "normal" people eat?

20 Answers
Last Updated: 02/06/2018 at 12:38am
1 Tip to Feel Better
United States
Moderated by

Danielle Johnson, MSED, Community mental Health Counseling, LMHC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Sometime situations and feelings can be so strong that we struggle to function. You are not alone! My practice is flexible and open-minded and tailored to your personal needs.

Top Rated Answers
MusicGal
December 10th, 2014 3:00am
There is no answer to what normal people eat, rather their relationship around food. And yet, it isn't even normal, it's called healthy. So let's rephrase this question. What is a healthy persons relationship like with food? Well, a healthy person eats many times a day. In other words, they eat when they are hungry, and stop when they are full. Basically, they don't restrict. Second, healthy people make smart choices around food. They eat ' healthy' food like their fruits and veggies, proteins, and carbs. But they still leave room for the little bit of junk food, because it is okay to have in moderation. Third, healthy people don't ever feel guilt around food. If they wanted that burger and milkshake with the large fries, they think 'that was good' instead of 'what did I just do to myself' or 'I have to get rid of this' Hope this answers the question! :)
PaleButterfly
December 13th, 2014 8:11am
I would like to consider myself a "normal" person and I am really trying to consume a lot of healthy things, so this is what my typical diet seems to consist of (I track what I eat): 1. Breakfast- Toast with cheese with a glass of milk or coconut water or green tea. If I am running late then I skip breakfast and just eat an apple or banana on the way. 2. I go to school, so I carry a portable cup and fill it with green tea and keep sipping on it and re-filling it throughout the day. 3. Lunch: A sandwich or pasta or some noodles (all must contain veggies) 4. Snacks: A granola bar or oranges or nuts 5: Dinner: Homemade rice with a pulp or a vegetable cutlet or a small salad. Note: If I got out with friends then I eat what I like, but in a small quantity. So if my friend had 4 slices of a pizza I will have 2 slices. I also order a salad before the meal to fill me up and I have 4 glasses of water a day and 3-8 cups of green tea. I hope that answered your question :)
Anonymous
December 10th, 2014 11:45am
There's no single norm for eating. Diets vary and it can be fun to discover what you want your fuel to be. You can do research on balanced diets, experiment with recipes and find what fits your taste. Food is about energy! Healthy eaters refuel according to their preferences — heeding what makes them feel good not only emotionally or according to their senses but *physically* — eating when they are hungry and stopping when they are full. I hope you'll enjoy your food without feeling too self-conscious about what you've determined is healthful for you.
AK
December 12th, 2014 3:20pm
Something close to a "balanced diet". It is extremely important to ensure that you get your daily requirement of the various nutrients needed for your age, gender and other factors related to your body.
laneylulu7
December 14th, 2014 1:27am
No one is normal. Normal eating looks different for everyone. I like to follow a practice called mindful eating. Mindful eating basically means being able to eat when you are hungry, and stoping when you are full.
Anonymous
January 1st, 2015 12:57pm
eating is different for everyone. there are several different life styles or diets that people take up. i, for example, am a vegan. its not a diet, its rather a way of life. a cruelty free way. i dont just do it for the food. ive had misconceptions and a lot of really bad thoughts and ideas behind food and eating before and it took me a while to get to this point. the best thing for you is to figure out how you want to eat, to be healthy :) maybe you want to consult your doctor/a nutritionist to help you with this decision? i don't think there's really any normal way of eating. just the preferred way is 3 meals a day, 2 snacks (if possible) and whatever your country's food guide may say of which you dont have to follow if you want to become a vegetarian or vegan or whatever else have you! :)
Anonymous
December 28th, 2015 12:11am
Pizza, hamburgers, soup, chocolate, ice cream, lettuce, apples, fish, chicken, carrots, things like that.
Becs
December 19th, 2014 7:02pm
I think it's hard to give a specific answer for this question because in all honesty everyone eats slightly differently and in different portions. Everyone is different so everyone will have a slightly different variation in the number of calories that they should be consuming at a minimum per day. In this sense, I would say that it is not so much about *what* "normal" people eat and more about *how* they eat. What I mean by this is that "normal" people tend to eat food because they enjoy it or because they are hungry. While they may be somewhat conscious of the caloric intake, they are not hyper-aware of it and they do not feel the need to track every single calorie that enters their bodies.
mysteriousWillow50
April 11th, 2015 4:15pm
Normal is relative, but one does want to try to achieve a balance of the food groups. Everything in moderation, but with a focus on fruits and vegetables. At least, that's the ideal situation. However; some people may eat more or one group or another, or have certain dietary needs that restrict what they can or cannot have. But the general rule of thumb I've noticed is everything in moderation.
qilttrip
December 8th, 2015 2:48pm
I'm not sure what you mean. I guess they eat three meals a day, and their food might consist of cereal, milk, a few veggies and fruits here and there, some fast food, meats, cheeses, and breads.
Angellove2002
February 6th, 2018 12:38am
Well, this is a problem that bothers me a lot in the past. First let's say there is no definite NORMAL. everyone has some unique eating habit. For me, i just have a sweet tooth. as long as you are eating HAPPILY, with enough nutrient and a little self control it is a perfect diet!
Mandie
December 10th, 2014 9:40am
Ideally 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) with light snacks in-between. It is also Important to drink plenty of fluids!
Tuscany
May 1st, 2015 8:02pm
There is no normal. Eat whatever food makes you happy! I'm a vegetarian so that's my normal, but that would be really strange to somebody in Pakistan, where they eat a lot of meat.
Pandette - Expert in Eating Disorders
August 3rd, 2015 12:10am
You first have to ask yourself what you consider to be "normal". I don't think there is a definitive answer for this because the world is full of extraordinary people and we all eat what we please. There are those who enjoy indulging in steak and seafood, and those that can't stand the site or smell of meat or seafood. What you have to ask yourself is what do you enjoy eating! Hope this helps. Sending lots of love and hugs your way!
Patcares
September 29th, 2015 10:43pm
A balance diet, whatever nature offers you it is always a good idea, fresh fruit, vegetables, diary, cereal, nuts, meat( free range and organic) fresh fish, oils such as olive oil. Etc...Cooking from scratch should be what I believe to be normal. I think of not "normal" anything full of pesticides, chemicals, additives, pre-cooked meals,fast food, packed food, is destroying our bodys, our minds, our planet... The human mind gets overwhelmed by having too many choices...we should teach new generations what our greatgrandparents were eating and yeah...they were what I call" normal" people.
Origamidragons
October 4th, 2015 3:59am
No specific thing or things. Usually, people just eat a balanced and varied diet that suits their tastes and nutritional needs.
Anonymous
November 17th, 2015 9:32am
Vegetarian food and food that gets digested easily. Normal people eat in accordance with their bodies.
Anonymous
January 25th, 2016 4:35pm
3 meals a day. A variety of fruits and vegetables, proteins, and carbohydrates. The typical adult male should consume around 2,500 calories a day and the typical adult female should consume around 2,000 calories a day.
Katelyn18
January 26th, 2016 9:25pm
Everyone eats different amounts and types of foods based on their age, weight, height, and BMI. It's important to have a good balance of healthy fats, vegetables, fruits, dairy, and gluten.
otterslacks77
November 21st, 2017 2:04pm
There is no "normal", and many of us mistake normal for popular. Even though the dominant culture pressures people to be the same/look the same/think the same/etc., it is impossible because we are all different people with different goals, dreams, experiences, pasts, futures, etc. We are all as alike as we are different, and it is our *differences* that make us unique individuals of value and worth. As for what "normal" people eat - they eat FOOD! Beyond that, it's all a matter of personal preference and taste. We should all include vegetables, fruit, grains and proteins in our meals, which you can learn more about on many free online resources. Let's worry less about striving to be "normal" or being and doing what others are being and doing. Instead, let's take note when ppl do things we admire, and then apply the spirit of doing GOOD to our own lives that give us a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction of heart, mind and soul. In summary, eat what you want, and listen to your body, all in moderation and with balance as a goal. For example, if you're craving meat or protein, eat some - so long as you're not allergic! Also, try to eat from all different food groups and strike a balance and moderation - not too much or too little of anything. If food is a source of stress or anxiety for you (e.g. disordered eating like binging or purging or anorexia, etc.), then consider therapy or starting with chatting with a Listener like me on 7 Cups. We can have complex relationships with food, and sometimes it has nothing to do with the actual food, but underlying emotions that came about from experiences that impacted us, and that we try to control or come out through our food behaviors. If any of this resonates with you and you want to explore further, feel free to message me. Be well and be YOU, because there's no one else like you in this world, and you matter!