People always ask me all the time what I eat to stay fit. I always reply with the same response, you got to meal plan. I am not a nutritionist or dietician and the only person who really knows what your body needs for fuel based on your lifestyle is you. If you are struggling to lose weight and or maintain your current a great place to start would be by consulting with a professional, registered dietician or nutrition specialist, particularly if you have medical conditions. But if you are ready to be proactive there are a ton of free resources out there to help you get started.
My approach to food
I prefer to take one day at a time approach. Implementing small habits everyday and gradually building on them makes it more attainable and sustainable in the long run. I follow a flexible dieting approach (tracking macros) as well as utilizing guidelines provided by USDA choose my plate checklist. It gives you daily recommended lists for meal planning guidelines.
Over the last couple of years I compiled a list of tips from articles, bloggers, fitness professionals, and public figures, as well as my own tips that help to motivate me and maintain my weight.
Here are my 10 Tips:
1.So important to Stay Hydrated. Drink 2 glasses of water first thing in the morning, and before each meal.
2. Eat more whole foods fruits and veggies.
3. Consume more whole grains and less white refined flours.Choose my plate recommends aiming to consume at least half of your grains in whole grains.
4. Plan your meals ahead of time I love meal prepping. It is a time commitment a few hours out of your weekend, but it saves you so much time during your week when your tired at the end of the day and have no energy to cook. If you need some inspiration for healthy meal prepping recipes, I highly recommend Kevin Curry’s FitMenCook.
you will never get bored of his recipes they are very inventive and always so tasty. He has a very inspirational Instagram account with easy to follow videos. Another avenue you can go if you want to cut out the grocery store trip is subscribed to a meal plan service like Blue Apron or Hello Fresh where they send you a kit of ingredients and you just have to cook. Or final option if you hate cooking and rather order dinners from a reputable meal prep company their are endless local and nationwide services who will deliver right to your door, and all you have to do is defrost and heat up. Two that I have used that are national are Icon meals, and Prepped Delivery. If you just take a few minutes to google you can definitely find ones that would be good for you.
5. When dining out at chain restaurants and diner digs, which are known to have larger portions I never finish what is on my plate (unless I am really hungry).
6. When I do consume Refined grains with my meal I tend to eat most of my protein and veggies first, it fills me up quicker so I eat less of the unhealthy.
7. Eat smaller more frequent meals throughout the day it helps to maintain blood sugar and if your consuming quality foods ward off bad cravings. Healthy snacking is key I fruit, nuts, yogurt, and protein shakes. Just be mindful of the ingredients you add in as the calories can multiply quickly. Sometimes I like to turn it into a dessert!
8. Sharing meals on social media is a huge influencer. If I make it a goal I have to post 1 or 2 meals a day it motivates me to cook a healthy meal! There are so many bloggers that inspire me everyday will share some of my favorites in a featured post soon!
9. I never deprive myself of something when I really have a craving. Life is meant to be enjoyed and at least once sometimes twice a week I indulge in something delicious and consume with no guilt.
10. H20 is the only way to go. I rarely consume sugary beverages, diet soda, or seltzer. Aside for my 1 a day Dunkin Donuts coffee (sugar yes please) when I get bored I infuse my water with fruit, cucumber, or spices.
Hope you found some of these tips helpful. Would love to here from you!
What motivates you to make healthier food choices and maintain a healthy weight for you? Have you tried any detox cleanses and if so did you find they helped to lose weight and keep it off?
Would love to hear from you!