Hi again! I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s article on the steps I took to get myself healthy after a year of poor eating and stress from having a new baby. Today, I’m going to continue telling you about the steps I took to get healthy. I used a combination of a strength training, cardio, pilates reformer exercise and healthy eating.
While the exercise regimen I followed was quite challenging, especially when I look at it now, the eating was much more difficult for me.
The hardest part was and is (still) changing the way I eat…on a permanent level. Here are some of the things I do specifically with my eating…
1. I eat almonds when I get a craving.
2. I have almond butter on hand all the time, to melt in the microwave and eat with banana or apple or shredded unsweetened coconut.
3. I eat protein at every meal and snack
4. I don’t eat white sugar – for the most part.
5. I still have the bad creamer in my coffee in the morning – ok fine, that’s the bad sugar.
6. I don’t eat white flour pasta…if I have pasta, I do whole wheat or buckwheat or quinoa. I tend to have quinoa or buckwheat the most.
7. I am eating a lot of veggies and fruit…not so much fruit later in the day.
8. I am drinking 80-100 oz of water per day
9. I don’t drink soda or any other random liquids…It’s pretty much water or tea.
10. I’m only now coming out of the boring same thing every single day eating routine, but keeping it boring for the first 6 weeks helped me get to my first milestone!
11. I have protein powder/water drinks a few times per week – sometimes every day if I am not getting enough for some reason. I use Designer Whey Protein and E3 Live Hemp Protein Powder. The hemp protein powders tend to be a bit grainy and the one I use requires a bit of doctoring for me to get it down, but it gives me a ton of energy!
Out of all of the above, the 3 things that helped me get results fast were pretty simple–simple as in not complex steps to take, but it wasn’t easy to cut them out:
1. No more fast food – at all. I haven’t been through drive through for many (more than 6) months now. Previously, I was going several times a week…
2. No more white flour – no pasta unless it’s whole wheat or quinoa or gluten free. I stopped eating breakfast cereal cold turkey.
3. No more excessive white sugar – meaning, no cake, no candy, nada. I stopped buying single cake slices at Ralphs….cold turkey. This was hard!
Ok – so now you know…my eating habits changed drastically and really set me up for visible success, but I also added the workouts to this… I have to stress the fact that until my diet changed — really changed — my pilates work didn’t even show! So, this is a must to get this part of the formula right.
Here are some resources to check out which really helped me understand food a bit better and find ways of making yummy food: