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Because I’ve received a ton of positive feedback from y’all when I share “what I eat” on my instagram stories, I figured it was about time I did another healthy eating post here on the blog.
I personally don’t believe in “diets” because I don’t think anyone ever sticks to them and more often than not, they end up binging more after its over.
But for the sake of efficiency, lets just dive right into it (my first draft of this post went into a full on RANT about how I hate hearing people make excuses for why they can’t eat healthy… but I decided not to even cross that beast).
My #1 FOOL PROOF tip to losing weight……
EAT REAL (WHOLE) FOODS.
‘Ugh Abby are you just telling me to do the Whole 30 Diet?’ No, I’m not. Although I do think that Whole30 will set you up with some great principals to follow, I don’t agree with cutting out ALL grains. So here is what I mean by eating “real foods”.
Every meal should be based around foods that don’t have an ingredient list behind them. For example, here is a list of the 4 foods that I base pretty much all of my meals around:
Spinach/ Mixed Greens
So clearly, those are all 1 ingredient foods that you could look up the exact nutritional information for without having to guess as to what other hidden ingredients were in them. They aren’t modified in any way before eating them (other than cooking the eggs/salmon obviously) and they are all packed with a ton of good nutrients, so they are perfect for basing a meal around.
Egg White Omelette with whatever Green Veggies I have on hand (Asparagus, Zucchini, Broccoli,)
1/2 Small Avocado
Slice of Paleo Bread with Avocado or Kite Hill Vegan Cream Cheese
Favorite Green Juice
Avocado Toast with Cayenne Pepper, Nutritional Yeast, and Sea Salt
Sliced Apple with Cinnamon and PB2
OR Vega One Protein Shake
Big Salad with Avocado, Hearts of Palm, Olives, Walnuts, Sea Salt, and homemade dressing (I combine Dijon Mustard, Liquid Aminos, and a pinch of Stevia) or my current favorite- Green Goddess dressing from TJ’s. I sometimes add a protein to this (hard boiled egg, grilled chicken, or salmon) but it just depends on my activity level that day/ how hungry I am.
Salad at home ^
Example of a salad eaten out at a restaurant– PS I ALWAYS ask for the dressing on the side.
Handful of nuts or plantain chips (the ones from WF are my current obsession)
OR a Power Crunch Bar — However, if you are seriously trying to lose weight, I don’t recommend eating packaged foods like this on a normal basis. Not that these are bad for you by any means (I personally love them), but if you really want to lose weight quickly, I suggest cutting out as many foreign ingredients as you can.
Protein + Vegetable + Starch or Grain
This is pretty much what my dinner set up is every night, because I just think it works. I typically have either a grilled chicken breast or a piece of grilled salmon with broccoli or asparagus and a small serving of red potatoes or 1/2 of a sweet potato. The problem I have with diets that completely cut out the starch, is that is leaves people feeling un-satisfied after the meal. So rather than cutting it out completely, just eat it in moderation. Try to fill your plate 3/4 with the protein and veggie and let the starch/grain be the last thing you eat after you’ve filled up on the healthy stuff.
Example of a home cooked dinner
Example of what I’d order when eating out for dinner
Piece of Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate (I get Lilly’s from Whole Foods) or small bowl of So Delicious Coconut Yogurt with blueberries and cacao nibs.
Now obviously my eating habits vary from day to day (especially now that I’m pregnant) but these are just to give you an idea of what I mean by focusing your meals around REAL WHOLE FOODS. Truly if you do this, you WILL lose weight. I’m already a pretty slim person, but I wanted to make sure I was looking my very best on my wedding day, so these are the eating principals I followed (strictly) in the 2.5 weeks leading up my wedding day and I swear by it. I wasn’t necessarily trying to lose any weight before my big day, but I did want to make sure I wasn’t holding onto any water weight or bloat and that my skin was glowing. I followed this style of eating (also drank LOTS of water and NO ALCOHOL and I seriously could tell such a difference in my physique in just that short amount of time).
Hope this helped! What does your favorite healthy meal look like? Any other tips I’m forgetting?