Saturday, August 10, 2013
What I Eat
This post is all about food. I am dedicating a full post to it because 80% of my weight loss has been attributed to what I eat. 20% is exercise which is extremely important as well. However, when I eat fatty foods and exercise a bunch, my results aren't that great. When I eat really amazingly, but exercise a little, I still see change.
I definitely LOVE food. I love it so much that I know I have to be careful because I started to depend on food for my happiness. I have now realized how to try and control that and to turn to other (more healthier) things for happiness. As you may know, I count calories which really works for me. I can eat a cookie and still be ok as long as I plan it out in my fitness pal. I like being restricted but not too restricted.
I've included examples of some of the meals that I eat weekly. Lots of protein, vegetables and fruit. I try and keep it different so I don't get too bored. I eat a lot of chicken, turkey burgers, ground turkey, fresh strawberries, and non cooked vegetables. I had a girl ask me on my instagram how she can start liking raw broccoli and cauliflower and honestly I didn't know what to say because I actually like them raw as opposed to cooked. Is that weird?
Another thing that is huge for me is drinking water. I have figured out that I need to drink 150oz of water a day. Before I was drinking 80-100 oz a day which was fine, but since I have upped my intake, I have noticed a big difference in my energy levels. I have been able to run longer in the evenings too!
One thing I do want to mention is cheat meals. Some people don't ever cheat which is fine! You'll see results much quicker. I don't think I could do that. I need a cheat day. I try not to go overboard so that I am sick, but I do like to indulge and feel "normal" for one day. I think this is a necessary action to take in a diet plan because if you love food and have cravings, you are probably going to break your goals more if you don't allow yourself a treat now and again. Also, during the week when I am really craving something, instead of saying telling myself that I can't have it, I just tell myself to wait until Saturday and you can. Usually the craving is gone, but my mind is more willing to be okay with not eating that food.
In this last picture, the liquid surrounding the food is not grease, but actually lime juice. Yes I love limes! Just wanted to clarify. The meat is lean ground turkey.