I DESPISE the D-word... diet. We have all tried to "diet" before in hope that we may lose a few pounds before putting on that bikini or that dress. We try to CUT things out from our daily eating habits and deprive ourselves of things we enjoy because we want to feel better about our appearance.
What if I told you that I got into the best shape of my life with out cutting a single thing out of my daily "diet", would you believe me?
Well you should, because I am currently in THE BEST shape of my life and all while still enjoying pizza and wine.
D-words DO NOT WORK long term. Plain and simple. They are a "quick fix" for a long term problem. Changing how you eat those same foods you enjoy is the key to leading a well-rounded, healthy nutrition.
A diet is something that takes place over a certain period of time; 3 days, 3 weeks, 6 months, whatever it is... there is usually an ending point. But then what, do you magically just keep the weight on or off? Are you supposed to just go back to what and how you were eating before? That just doesn't make sense to me.
Ok.. so what do I do? I eat whatever I want, every day and its awesome. Whats my secret??? Portion control. Using portion control my life has been changed. I no longer have unbalanced meals and I never am deprived of the things I love (chocolate, cheeseburgers, pizza, wine). Its not a diet it is a way of eating. It seems so common sense, yet so many struggle with their weight and nutrition.
I first determined in order to maintain and healthy weight for my activity level, how much food do I need to be consuming in one day. From there I was able to figure out portions of each food group I should be eating. Then I learned about what foods are in each food group that I consume in a day - carbohydrates, healthy fats, protein, vegetables, fruit, oils/butters, seeds/nuts. I used these containers to help me determine exact proportions.
I often get a ton of questions about time. How do you have enough TIME to figure all of this out for yourself? Well number 1 - I have learned over the year that prioritizing your health is important so I am sure to FIND time. Number 2 - once you figure out exactly how to do it, it takes less and less time. The first week I used the portion control system of eating it took me almost an hour to plan everything out and then another 2 hours to shop and meal prep. So in all I spent about 3 hours out of my 16 hour day prioritizing my nutrition for the week. From there I did not have to even waste a thought (or money) for another 7 days on what I would be eating.
Now that I have a system down in total it takes me about 1.5 to 2 hours a week to plan and prepare for 7 days worth of meals/snacks. There are about 168 hours in a week, using 2 of those hours to prepping instead of binding Netflix or scrolling Facebook is well worth it in the long run.
So now the question is do YOU feel ready to make a lifestyle change for your health? Are you worth it?
For those of you ready to give it a try, here are some tips to help you get started.
- Get rid of the junk in your house. If its not there it will not even be able to tempt you!
- Plan AHEAD! Meal prepping is one of the best ways to take the guess workout out of your meal plan. Make sure you have your meals and snack prepared ahead of time so you are not scrambling to find food!
- Have items you enjoy but are harmless - for example in my home I keep flavored sparkling water like La Croix
Attached you will find an inside look into this weeks meal plan! Please provide me with feedback and questions.
This meal plan was derived from a program that I am working with our Wellness Center on. For more information on the Wellness Center email me below!