What I Eat In A Day To Maintain A Healthy Diet
After I had my daughter I was up over 50 pounds of pure baby weight. Unfortunately for me, it didn't "fall off" even though I was exclusively breast-feeding. In February of last year (2016) I decided to take matters into my own hands and try the Whole 30 Diet in hopes to kickstart my weight loss journey. Again, the weight didn't "fall off" like I expected it to considering the drastic change to my diet, in fact I lost almost no weight at all. Instead, it trained me to make a lifestyle change I never saw myself doing before hand. My regular diet now consists of mostly fruits, vegetables, and protein. I rarely eat bread or dairy, and almost always opt for healthier options for meals.The beauty of it is I'm not killing myself. "Diets" are so over-rated and never guarantee drastic weight loss like I think some people (including me in the beginning) think. I now make healthier choices because I want to, not because I have to. I still eat treats and enjoy food, but there is almost always a healthier option to anything considered " junk." I'm not a health coach or a trained nutritionist by any means but I do know that what you eat affects your skin, your hair, your sleep, your energy, and over-all well being.This is by no means all eaten in one day, but it is a general variation of the type of foods I do eat every single day.
So, What Do I Eat?
I don't always eat breakfast, which is something I need to work on, but when I do, it's light. I'll usually either have an omelette (more typical on the weekends) or a smoothie bowl with lots of fruit. Since I have a toddler, everything I eat, she eats. Truth is, if she smells food or hears me opening food she'll come running in like "mmmmm," ha! So, I share.
I'm not a huge snacker, but sometimes I'll get a little hungry and whip out something healthy and easy to eat. Hummus is one of my all time favorites. It's easy to eat and so versatile, you can dip it or spread it and it's delicious with almost anything. Green pea crisps are a great substitute for chips or bread which I think are delightful, though my husband isn't a huge fan. Addison on the other hand, LOVES them ( notice her tiny hand going in for a crisp ;) ) and what's better than eating healthy foods that your kids also enjoy?Smoothies are another great snack. It's easy to make, healthy, and also delicious, of course. I use only real fruit, chia seeds, honey, and almond milk for my smoothie creations.
Trending healthy, I almost always opt for one of these options whether I'm home or out at a restaurant for lunch. I love soups and salads. There are so many different variations and kinds that I never get sick of eating them. I enjoy feeling light after eating a meal instead of not being able to walk or breathe from consuming large amounts of heavy foods.Canned tuna is also one of my favorites. I don't eat it everyday, but on occasion, I'll mix tuna with a very small amount of mayonnaise, spicy mustard, hot sauce, salt, pepper, dill weed, and pickles; then eat it either alone or with triscuits. Some might say this looks and sounds disgusting, but it's honestly quite delicious! My husband even enjoys this and he is a little bit of a picky eater.
Since my lifestyle change I don't typically have a starch with my dinners. I used to need 1 meat, 1 vegetable, and a starch to accompany the two. My husband and I made a mutual decision to cut out the starch because we honestly just felt like we didn't need it. Nowadays, we eat a meat with a vegetable for dinner. One of my favorite things to do for dinners is to mimic starchy foods by using vegetables. For instance, below I used spaghetti squash as my pasta instead of using real pasta. It tastes just as good and it's lighter!Typically I eat ground turkey instead of red meat which is what the meatballs are made of, but I enjoy red meat when I do eat it! Ribs are something I just recently started making more often. They are so easy to make and also delicious. As you can see, it's doused in barbecue sauce which obviously isn't the "healthiest" but you have to pick and choose your battles.Like I said, all of these foods are not consumed in one day, in fact these photos were taken over the course of a few days. Obviously I add treats and other foods here and there, but this is a general idea of what I usually eat.Would you like to see my vegetable recipes that mimic starches?! If so, leave me a comment below! Also, tell me, are any of these foods on your daily menu as something you enjoy?Here's a healthy recipe for you! Check out my Easy, Healthy, Crustless, Spinach and Feta Mini Quiche Recipe!