Spring Cleaning #2: Healthy Eating

Hi all,

Today’s post is the second installment in my Spring Cleaning series. In the previous one I shared my fitness goals and my plan to achieve them. I’ll be keeping the same format, but in this post I’ll be sharing everything in regards to my diet/healthy eating.

I’ve always been one to eat healthy, I love fruit and vegetables and I find it an absolute treat to have a fruit salad for breakfast or dessert. If I know I’ll be having that later, that’s all I’m thinking about during the day. While I always get in my daily fruits and veggies, I found that I got into a habit of eating unhealthy foods on top of that. Sort of like “well I’ve eaten my fruits and veggies so I can eat this entire bag of chips”. Couple that with barely any exercise and you’ve got yourself a pretty unhealthy lifestyle, hence the whole reason for Spring Cleaning.

Here are my goals:

  • Cut down on sugar, salt and processed foods consumption
  • Eat more protein
  • Continue to eat lots of fruits and veggies
  • Don’t eat after dinner anymore

How do I plan to achieve these goals?

For the first goal, I decided I would be a lot more conscious of the sugar and salt content in the foods that I eat. When I pick something out at the grocery store, I make sure to always verify the sugar and salt content.

I don’t eat very much meat, so in order to consume more protein, I’ve started making egg white omelettes for breakfast. In 3/4 cups, there are 21 grams of protein. Not only is it great for building muscle, but it will also help keep you full longer. I’ve also been eating greek yogurt almost daily and this really helps me with satiety and muscle building/repair.

Not eating after dinner is a big one for me, as I love to snack. I still allow myself a little dessert on most days; either a fruit, some dried prunes (more on that below) or a piece of black bean brownie. I make sure to eat it right after dinner, that way I’m not eating right before bed.

Here are some snacks that have helped keep me on track:

  • Dried prunes: I know what you’re thinking, these are gross and make you poop. Yes, they are great at keeping you regular, but I also found that they totally satisfy my sweet tooth. If ever I’m craving something sweet, I’ll eat a few of these and I’m good to go! Plus I love the taste, I think they’re delicious.
  • Almond butter instead of peanut butter: We used to buy the regular peanut butter (not the natural one) and I could eat spoonful after spoonful without getting tired of it. Non natural peanut butter is full of hydrogenated oil so I wanted to find a healthier alternative. While natural almond butter does have more calories than the non natural peanut butter, it’s so much healthier because the only ingredient is almond. It also tastes amazing. Since we’ve first bought it four months ago, I haven’t touched the regular peanut butter!
  • Homemade trail mix: I take 2 brazil nuts (they have your daily dose of selenium), a handful (about 15-20 almonds), about 1 tablespoon of sunflower seeds, a few dried cranberries, a few dried blueberries and mix it all together. I’ll usually eat this with a fruit; it’s great to combine healthy fats with fibre.
  • Black bean brownies: These brownies are flourless (hence the black beans), dairy free and sugar free (there is maple syrup though), and you can’t even tell!! Are you curious? I’ll be sharing the recipe next Monday so make sure to check back!

Thanks for reading! What are some of your best healthy eating/living tips?

Marilyn

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