More nutritional choices than one can imagine - how to navigate the choices



When I was pregnant, I took a pregnancy/birthing class that included instruction on how to feed ourselves and our baby. Despite my insatiable desire, they prescribed so many portions of fruits, veggies, and lean protein that I was unable to consume all of them. Although I craved (and indulged) in certain strange meals, I did so much less than I would have otherwise since I was always mindful of my goal of eating all the required nutrients.

Where to go from here…

Most diets include cutting out foods and calculating calories - this technique left me feeling deprived and unsure of what to eat. When a meal included a lot of components, I was confused about what defines a serving size and how many calories it has.


Sounds familiar?


I just thought that there had to be a better way.


Instead of counting calories and measuring portions I decided that my diet would consist of 3 fruits, 4 vegetables, 3 portions of lean protein and 60 ounces of water. I allowed myself to indulge but eating healthy food was my priority - isn’t that what it’s all about?


I found that when I made an effort to eat all the healthy foods in my food plan, I had fewer cravings, fewer indulgences, and I felt sooo much better.


When I did indulge I recognized the cost - Eating crap made me feel like crap.


A habit of healthy eating changes your cravings and your perspective on it. When it comes to cravings, I don’t crave food that is void of nutrition anymore. After all, what’s the point of eating something that doesn’t serve me a purpose? Instead, I look forward to delicious meals and when I travel I miss my own cooking.


For 2022, we are not only getting rid of things that don’t serve us anymore, but also of food that doesn’t serve us.


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2022 - what it means


It’s 2022 and with the New Year, most of us start these “all in” diets - you know what I mean? I’m talking about the kinds of diets that I’m suggesting the exact opposite - a “toe in the water” diet.


Don’t count calories, measure portion size, or eliminate everything you love. How about adding a healthy food you like? It can be as simple as eating an apple (or piece of fruit) everyday.


For me, eating an apple mid morning satisfies me enough to avoid unhealthy snacking until I have lunch.


My daily routine


Morning

I always make a quiche so I can heat it in the microwave for breakfast. Having a protein and vegetable breakfast ready in 30 seconds eliminates any excuse of not having time to eat and prevents me from grabbing empty carbs.


Lunch

I make vegetarian soups that I always keep in the refrigerator so I can have a healthy snack or lunch at a moment’s notice.


Dinner

Dinner is where I usually have more variety and get more creative. I look forward to my evening meal and I try to make it special.


But eating healthy means starting where you are - not tomorrow.


You won’t get there in one day or one step.


Eating healthy isn’t about counting calories or measuring portions. It’s about making one small change in the right direction and continuing with that small change. One small step will lead you organically to the next small step. Before you know it, you will be headed to your right weight.


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