I get asked about diet all the time. The truth is, I would never create a generic diet for anyone. I usually have people write down what they eat every day and then I create better options. If you want to stick to a healthy lifestyle in the long haul, then you’ve got to figure out what to eat in your environment. Sure, you can drink a liquid concoction like Beyonce or eat chicken breast and broccoli all day like fitness competitors, but none of that is realistic. THAT is why most people fail at dieting. Firstly, they can’t stick to it. Secondly, should they lose weight, they can’t stick to it.
So do you see a trend here?
If you want to lose weight or be in better shape, then you need to create a new lifestyle that you can stick to! Because it’s not just 12 weeks of dieting – it’s a whole lifetime of ‘dieting’ – in fact, stop calling it dieting. Call it your new lifestyle.
I do have to say, that when you are trying to lose your initial weight – especially the last ten pounds – then yes, you will have to restrict yourself more than ever. More than normal! But you can ease a little bit once you get to your goal.
The good news is that when you start eating better, it becomes a habit. Your psyche and your body literally cleanses itself from bad food. Notice how your body feels after a ‘fat day’. I know how mine feels: it feels gross, bloated, constipated, sleepy, tired, stressed, annoyed and depressed.
How does my body feel when it is ‘fasting’? (fasting means eating clean foods and training) My body feels energetic and happy.
So, if you go grocery shopping and are interested in what I pick out, here’s my list:
Fish (tilapia, salmon)
Pears (my favorite)
Vegetables: spinach, eggplant, brussel sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, celery, zucchini, squash
Chia and Flax Seeds
Auntie Anne’s Mac n Cheese
Smartbeat Fat Free Mayo
String Cheese (for boys)
Gogurt (for boys)
Raisin Bran Cereal (for hubby and boys)
Whole wheat waffles (for boys)
Dinosaur (all white meat) chicken nuggets (for boys)
Pirates Booty (small splurge)
My meals most often involve a protein and a carbohydrate. So imagine me mixing any of the foods above. For example, throughout the day I would have:
Egg whites and Oatmeal
Ground Chicken with Quinoa
Cottage Cheese with berries
Greek Yogurt with berries
Almonds and a protein shake
Chicken breast and sweet potato
Open faced tuna sandwich
Chicken pizza (on wheat crust)
Do you get my gist? Of course, I add vegetables whenever I can. I also usually limit fruit after 3pm.
Remember – try to keep your cupboards clean from unhealthy foods. Having poor access to foods makes it easier to stay on track! Find healthy variations of foods you enjoy to eat – and make sure you play with spices! They make a difference.