In part one I told my transformation story. Now I am going to talk about how changing my eating habits helped me to get the results. Click here to read part one…
One big lesson I have learned is that nutrition plays a large part in the results that you get. Eating 5 small meals a day works really well for me. Just when I start to feel hungry, it’s time to have another meal. I try to eat healthy 70% of the time. I still have my treats…but only in moderation. Well, most of the time. 🙂
Steel cut oats are one of my favorite things for breakfast. I have come up with several different varieties. Some of my favorites are pumpkin/walnut, apples (or raisins)/cinnamon and Cocount. Or, sometimes I just add ground flax seed. Another great breakfast that I enjoy is this one that Dustin recommends. I also like toasted Ezekiel bread with natural peanut butter in addition to eggs.
I eat a large salad almost every day. But not just any salad. I make sure it has plenty of protein so I stay full. I put a wide variety of veggies with a spring mix of lettuce. For meat I add chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon or shrimp. I also add black, kidney or garbanzo beans for a little extra protein. Most days I add 1/2 an avocado to get some healthy fat. I try to keep mixing things up so I don’t get tired of the same old thing. I like to use a lot of tomatoes so you hardly even need to add anything for dressing. My other go to lunch is a turkey sandwich (with lettuce & tomato) on Ezekiel bread.
For dinner – my smallest meal of the day – I try to stick to a lean protein and veggies. I add sweet potato, quinoa or brown rice on occasion.
I have at least 2 snacks per day. Some of my favorite snacks are plain greek yogurt mixed with fruit, protein smoothies (with fruit or green ones), almonds (or other nuts), and natural peanut butter on celery. Some really quick snack ideas are: lowfat string cheese, an apple (or other fruit), hard boiled egg or raw veggies. I love to snack on fresh sugar snap peas.
I usually drink close to a gallon of water every day. I was a diet pepsi and Crystal Light addict but I gave those up – did that ever make a big difference! Besides the water I have 8 oz of milk a day and a couple cups of herbal or green tea every morning.
I’ll end this with the Top 5 Lessons that I have learned:
- Consistency (not perfection) is key.
- You can do anything if you work hard enough and try long enough.
- Start with small changes and keep adding more as you go.
- You need to think you can do it, to be able to do it – your mind is the biggest obstical you face.
- Nutrition is at least 75% of the battle.
I’d love to answer any questions that you have.