Sometimes we spend too much time thinking and talking about what we can’t or shouldn’t eat, which is why I originally created this blog – to be more optimistic about what I actually can and SHOULD eat! I also want to prove that it can be done by a person who is always busy and on a budget. Eating healthy and working out is always possible. I made it my priority to be healthy, and gosh darn it, I’m going to get healthy!
A “WHOLE” FILLING PLATE
Your plate should be full of protein at every meal along with vegetables and some healthy fats. Fruits are great too! Here are some examples of my typical day:
Breakfast: 2 Hard-boiled eggs, 1 Banana, 1 cup carrots, small handful of almonds, 1 cup coffee
Lunch: Salad with 4 oz. chicken, 2 cups mixed greens and veggies and 1/4 avocado, 1 Tbsp of olive oil and vinegar
Dinner: Turkey Burger (no bun), 1/2 sweet potato, 1 cup roasted veggies, 1 tbsp olive oil
*If still hungry at the end of the day, have a piece of fruit
*Activites: 1 hour at the gym 3 times a week, walk on no-gym days for at least 30 minutes
Or take a look at another day:
TRASH THE JUNK
If you are like me, temptations are hard to resist when they are right in front of your nose. Why are you keeping the junk around if it’s not good for you? If you don’t want to throw it away, can you put it in your work kitchen for others to eat? Read more on Giving Your Kitchen a Healthy Make-Over.
FOCUS ON THE GOOD
If you make your meals exciting and filling, you will start to realize that there isn’t much room for all those “bad” foods in your stomach. Make sure you drink plenty of water along with your healthy meal!
WAIT AND WATER
If you are still hungry, wait 10-20 minutes, your stomach may not realize it’s full yet! Did you drink a glass of water? You may need hydration. Your stomach can send hunger signals when all it needs is some good old H20.
Really. Get off your but for a little bit and do something fun! Do some floor activities while you watch your favorite shows, go for a walk, anything to get the blood flowing and the muscles working. I have a desk job, so I KNOW how hard it is to make time for “working out”. But you don’t need to look at it as a chore. I look forward to going for a walk in the afternoon to take a break from work, clear my mind, and enjoy the sights (in the summer – I get to enjoy the outdoors! In the winter – I walk around the local mall). Find your happy pace and make it enjoyable so you will WANT to do it all the time.