Honestly, my eating habits are healthy . . . but pretty boring. I used to be a foodie. But when I got really serious about nutrition, I researched and studied and read everything I could get my hands on.
If you’ve ever done any research about healthy eating you quickly realize that there are good sources of information and completely awful sources of information. I once stumbled across a young girl who was blogging about being extremely skinny and was advocating a 30-day fast as a “cleansing detox” and had a schedule worked out of how much or rather how little to eat per day on her way to being skinny. While I cannot support this as it stood, at least she had done some rudimentary research on fasting and explained that her methods were not for everyone, thank goodness.
How do I eat healthy?
Easy. I am usually following some kind of healthy meal plan. That means that I know what I’m going to eat everyday for the month. I never have to wonder what I’m eating for lunch or dinner. At this time I am not looking to gain weight, so I’m in a maintenance mode if you will.
Breakfast is usually coffee with some heavy cream. I know some people can’t deal with the dairy, but I like some cream in my coffee. Eggs maybe if I have time. Also, I take a green supplement in the morning to give me the nutrients that I wouldn’t get elsewhere. While I don’t advocate getting all your greens in a powder form, this works for me because I’m usually on the go for most of the day.
If I make it home for lunch, then it’s one of my pre-prepped meals, probably baked or grilled chicken, steamed broccoli and half a cup of steamed brown rice. Lunch is where I get a larger portion of veggies. Most Americans don’t eat anywhere near the amount of veggies they should. A wide selection of vegetables will give your body all kinds of vitamins and minerals it needs to heal and restore itself. Plus the benefit of all those phytonutrients. They’re a good thing — I promise.
Dinner is the same setup as lunch: a grilled or baked chicken or lean meat, a large portion of healthy vegetables, (broccoli or kale or carrots are my faves) and carbs in the form of brown rice or potatoes. See? I told ya’ . . . pretty boring. But this system is easy to follow and I can make a bunch of meals on the weekend and not worry about what I’ll eat the next week.
How do I eat healthy when dining out?
I do eat out one or two times per week. I don’t freak out about how much or what I eat, or calorie count on these occasions. I know that I’m off the wagon at most restaurants but life is for living and enjoyment! So I enjoy! And you should too!
We know by now if we are going too far into the junk food zone, and when to come back to the whole food fresh side. As a general rule, I would agree with a whole food, fresh food approach to eating for life. And try to make half of your plate fresh veggies. This will help a lot.
I will say that the diet or meal plan you will stick to is one that fits your lifestyle. So make sure you start off with something you can adhere to. A diet that’s too restrictive, while likely to produce results, will also have a high likelihood of driving you crazy and causing you to binge, and make you “hangry” (hungry+angry=hangry). Those Snickers commercials are right, but they are offering the wrong fix.
Hope this helps! Eat well and reap the benefits of healthy habits!
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