Hey my little chalupas! So last week, you guys mentioned you’d like some tips and tricks on how I lost 19-ish pounds (!) and stayed on the healthy eating train. So I thought I’d start a little weekly series (maybe 2 or 3 posts and see how it goes) where I’ll share what I learned, what I hated and things I loved…all in hopes of maybe helping all you kids to become rockstars on the good food front.
Because believe it or not, at the end of the day – it was mostly about…
Ugh the food train is difficult! This week I’m going to focus on meals and snacks. Please note – these tips are just things that worked for me. They may be terrible for you – so take it all with a grain of salt (or no salt, because healthier). Tell me what you’d like to hear more about. I am no expert but I’ve read and studied and talked to dietitians – the more you know.
This was a tough one for me to jump start. I realized that over the years of weight gain, I needed more and more of this meal. And in reality, it was never more than a cup of black coffee when I was at my healthy weight. I decided to cut out breakfast and stick to my coffee.
I know! Don’t judge this girl, because now that my bod has adjusted back to no food in the a.m., I don’t need it. I’m not lethargic, I’m actually energized and by lunchtime, I’m ready for my salad. No, believe it or not, I’m not starving by then either. Go figure.
Good healthy breakfast items I recommend are eggs (whole thing) and some veg. No bread for me because I have come to realize it gives me a bit of wheat belly. More on that for a later post too.
I am a salad convert! I’m going to take another post to talk about ways to make salads not suck, but I’m telling you guys – salads are my JAM. I feel full and happy and best yet – no tummy issues. I stick to organic balsamic dressing and add some protein (eggs usually) and good fat (avo or a piece of cheese – portion control). I usually have some Fage Greek yogurt too for extra protein (12 g!). Make sure to get the 2% not the 0% – tastes better and you get that extra fat that you need.
Yes fat is good – maybe room for another post alltogether!
I usually stick to a solid protein of the chicken or fish variety and some veggies and call it a day. I love using all my spices for this meal. Throw it all on there. I get a little more creative during dinners, because why not – I was good all day.
I’m not a big red meat person and to be honest, I haven’t been eating much meat at all. “But Kerri – what about protein?” Yeah well, remember that yogurt – and eggs? I find my ways. So very sneaky sneaky.
Oh and I usually have a glass of straight bourbon or wine during dinner because ‘treat yo self’ – and shit if I don’t deserve it.
Ok I’m not gonna lie = snacks are the devils work. This is just because I need structure. When I’m being good, I stick to my meals and if I go a little overboard at a meal (once in a while), I don’t feel so bad because I remember exactly what I ate all day. Snacking muddies the waters for me and then I just get triggered to want more food during that random 3pm craving. I chug some water and probably a ton of hot tea and move past it.
BUT – good snack options are as follows (that have worked for me in the past) – a small handful of raw nuts/ a tiny apple with peanut butter/ any veggies like celery, cucumbers, peppers, you name it/ yogurt/ hard boiled egg/ half an avocado…the list goes on.
Phew, I could clearly write a book here…so tell me what you want to know more about! I love sharing my tips, after all – the game isn’t over once you lose the weight! Check back next week for more.