I have been eating more healthy for a month so far, and have increased my energy and I feel better! I exercise by walking a few times a week for 45min to 1hr, and I also do yoga 3-4 times a week. I actually decreased my exercise because before this month I was running 3-4 times a week for 4-5 miles. Yoga by the way has really been helpful for releasing stress, and I think that has helped in all of this.
Here are some more details about the food that I'm eating, and the food that I'm not eating as much of:
1. I drink a lot of water and the first thing I do in the morning is drink half of my 32oz. jug.
2. I get all of my servings of fruit in the morning with my breakfast smoothie.
3. I eat a lot of vegetables by making them my main course for lunch and dinner.
4. I'm eating as organic and natural as I can.
5. I only eat lean meats, tuna fish, and deer and in smaller amounts.
6. I have Greek yogurt everyday.
7. I have cut out almost all sugar besides the occasional desert.
8. I eat brown rice, whole wheat pasta, and whole wheat breads and tortilla shells.
9. I cut out all thicker salad dressing, and use Balsamic Breeze Salad Spritzer and jalapeno hummus.
10. I eat almonds as a morning or afternoon snack and put boiled eggs on my salads.
11. I only drink half of a cup of coffee a day and I add milk to it.
Here is an example of what I eat in a day:
Breakfast-half of my jug of water, half a cup of coffee with milk, and a fruit smoothie
Morning snack-whole wheat english muffin with natural peanut butter and more water or orange juice
Lunch-salad with a lot of vegetables on it, two slices of whole wheat sandwich thins or a whole wheat tortilla with hummus on them, and water
Afternoon snack-almonds and/or Greek yogurt with Kashi granola, and more water
2nd Afternoon snack-banana, orange juice, boiled egg, or a piece of toast with jelly.
Dinner-1/2 of a chicken breast, brown rice, a lot of steamed vegetables, and water.
This is what I put in my smoothie: some mix of fruit (banana, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries), a couple of tablespoons of plain greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of Wheat Germ (found by the oatmeal), and either a little bit of soymilk or orange juice.
Another breakfast example is oatmeal (regular) with blended raspberries or strawberries in it. It tastes like Strawberry Shortcake to me!
Some more dinner ideas are homemade pizza with whole wheat crust and lots of vegetables and pineapples on it (especially good with homemade sauce), whole wheat spaghetti with fresh homemade tomato sauce, stir fry vegetables(easy on the soy sauce) with pineapple and turkey, whole wheat salad and vegetable wraps with jalapeno hummus, deer meatloaf loaded with vegetables, cottage cheese and asparagus.
Homemade spaghetti, pizza, or pasta sauce recipe:
Ingredients- 7 tomatoes, 1/3 of a large onion diced, 1/2 green pepper diced, 1/2 yellow pepper diced, 1/2 red pepper blended, oregano, basil, 1 clove of minced garlic, peppercorn, salt, 2Tbs. sugar, virgin olive oil
Directions: 1. Get your ingredients ready 2. Peel the tomatoes-boil water and place a couple of the tomatoes in it for 1 minute. Then place them directly into a bowl of ice cold water. The skin peels right off. 3. Put a tbs. or just enough olive oil in the bottom of a pan. Heat it and then add the Garlic and heat for about a minute. 4. Add in the tomatoes and mash them. 5. Add in the rest of your ingredients and stir together. 6. Simmer over low heat for 1 or 2 hours or whenever it looks thick enough. (The water evaporates as you heat it)
Tastes so yummy over whole wheat spaghetti noodles. I also made my own garlic bread with whole wheat english muffins toasted with a tiny bit of honey butter and sprinkled with italian cheese.
For the vegetables in my salads I chop red bell peppers, yellow bell peppers, green bell peppers, orange bell peppers, onions, celery, cucumbers, and tomatoes. I also slice a boiled egg on it, add almonds, then top it with my salad spritzer balsamic dressing.
Today I put my jeans on that I haven't been able to fit into in 2.5 years. I have had two babies in less than two years and I am back in my old jeans. This was just a perk by the way, since losing weight was not one of my goals. I also am still nursing Glory, which I know helps with burning calories.