Through the years, I literally have found myself saying “that’s it, I’m starting a diet on Monday!” And you know what? I didn’t. I guarantee I’m not the only one that goes through these annoying cycles. I’m not suggesting a magic pill that will make you skinny by not changing anything you do. No, I’m suggesting you actually do the work. It’s the best way to become what you want to be and honestly, it’s also the most satisfying because you see how far you’ve come.
I am not a fitness guru by any means, I am just a woman who loves to be healthy. I don’t have a six pack or big arms and that’s okay. Those people are inspiring for sure but I have found that just doing a few little things made such an impact on how I FEEL on a day to day basis.
1.) Eating more, not less. I used to think that if I didn’t eat as much that I would just naturally get skinny. Come to find out, that is a a terrible idea. I cannot stress this enough: starving yourself will NOT solve your problems. I struggled with this a little bit through high school and it was so frustrating especially because I was still finding out who I was. I finally figured out that skipping meals was not healthy and didn’t make me feel good. I always felt drained, tired, achy and emotionally unstable. Luckily, that behavior didn’t last long and I was back to actually eating and was eating more than I was before. I would eat three main meals with healthy snacks in between like almonds, salads, tuna etc. I will go more in detail in a blog post about what meals have worked for me. So, eating more healthy foods will always be the best idea because your energy levels will always be on point, your tummy will be full and happy and you will be able to sleep better.
2.) Choose veggies. So many people dislike the taste of vegetables so it’s difficult to incorporate the majority of your diet to them. I have found awesome ways to season and pair vegetables with things that appeal to me. I am a huge fan of garlic, honey, onion and smoked tastes and I use those tastes to figure out what will work for me and for my fiance. For example, I strongly disliked the taste of cooked spinach growing up so my aunt helped me find a way to eat it that surprised me. She put a bunch of spinach in a frying pan with coconut oil and cayenne pepper and just that little bit made it easy for me to eat and enjoy. Just play with seasonings and I know for sure that you will find something that works wonders for you.
3.) Healthy fats. I noticed that switching a few little things like cooking with coconut oil instead of “fake” butter would make such a difference. Healthy fats include coconut oil, avocados, olive oil, salmon, tuna, dark chocolate, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, eggs, full fat yogurt, lean grass-fed beef and various nuts. I honestly use coconut oil for EVERYTHING and it’s great because it doesn’t really effect the taste. If anything, it adds an interesting flavor that appeals to my and to my fiance (who hates coconut). I try and stick with organic foods especially fruit and vegetables because of how much water they hold. And within that water, a lot of times is chemicals unfortunately. Just looking at that little list I wrote of healthy fats makes me hungry…
I will always choose to put good things in my body because I love my body and what it does for me. ♥