Its been so important to me to not follow a diet, but make a life style change that fits you! I love the foods that I’m eating and that’s the only reason it works. Through my hardships, God has truly shown me what foods that I need to avoid and what foods are good for me so that I can stay healthy the rest of my life!
Here are 10 Simple Guidelines that I follow:
#1 – I do not count calories – I really can’t imagine adding one more thing to my agenda, so I just watch my portions and eat safe foods. I try to eat every couple of hours, so I’m not starving, but I really try and listen to my body for hunger signs.
#2 – I eat about 90% “Gluten Free” – I do however eat sprouted grains, like “Food for Life” Ezekiel English Muffins and many of their products, but for the most part I do eat Gluten Free. We also bake with “Spelt” Flour which is a sprouted grain as well so its easier to digest because of its high water solubility and the nutrients are absorbed faster into your body. Many people with gluten allergies can tolerate “Spelt” flour so you may want to check into it. Keep in mind just because it says “Gluten Free” does not mean its healthy, look at the ingredients and make sure your can pronounce everything. Healthy Grains: Quinoa, Brown Rice & Sweet Potatoes
#3 – I eat Organic or Locally Grown Fruits & Veggies, Grass Fed Beef & Chicken, and Wild Caught Fish. I try to only eat fresh produce and these types of meats and fish to avoid the harmful stuff they put in our foods and spray on our produce. My motto is shop the perimeter of the grocery store because everything in the middle is filled with all of the preservatives. If you think about it, its almost like getting back to the way they ate in the bible, whole foods, healthy and fresh – if you cannot pronounce the ingredients, you may want to think twice about eating them.
#4 – Dairy Intake – Typically no milk & no cheese – but I do have plain “Fage” Greek Yogurt in the morning and I still eat eggs. Milk & dairy are trigger foods for me and definitely don’t agree with my body in large quantities.
#5 – Sweeteners – I do not use any artificial sweeteners or any sweeteners for that matter. If I do need to sweeten something its typically with Organic Raw Sugar, Beet Sugar or Honey, I just use a touch. I put French Vanilla Coconut Milk Creamer or Vanilla Almond Milk in my Coffee in the AM, both have very little sugar and I don’t need to add anything else.
#6 – Beverages – Water, Water and more Water – I drink 1/2 my body weight in water everyday – you would think I go to the bathroom all the time, but you get used to it. 🙂 I drink coffee, red wine here and there. When I’m craving something other than water, I will drink Coconut Water. Its amazing after a hard work-out, it helps to keep you hydrated. It also contains tons of electrolytes and potassium to help restore your balance!! They even have Chocolate Coconut Water that I give to my daughter every once in a while instead of Chocolate Milk, much healthier, also lower in calories and fat.
#7 – Good Fats – Your body needs healthy fats for many different reasons. I do not use any products that say “Low Fat” or “Fat Free.” I use organic unsalted real butter, olive oil and coconut oil for cooking. We avoid margarine, canola oil and partially hydrogenated oils, these are all processed and very hard for your body to digest.
#8 – Healthy Snacks – I’m in sales and in my car all of the time so its important to have healthy snacks on the road. I bring fruit, veggies and raw almonds with me so I have something healthy to eat. I also love Lara Bars, they have all different flavors and the ingredients are very wholesome. Mary’s Gone makes great crackers and even pretzels that have very healthy ingredients and are “Gluten Free.” Every once in a while I will have a protein bar, but I have yet to find one that is actually healthy. I will eat the “Think Thin” protein bars, they are Gluten Free and sometimes on the road its the best that I can find.
#9 – Desserts – So we all crave sweet things at times, I try to keep some healthy “Gluten Free” treats in the house and once again watch the portions. We make our healthy cookie recipes that are made with spelt flour, all organic ingredients and taste good too. They are typically sweetened with honey and often do not have any added sugar. This is one of my favorites from the “Well of Life.”
#10 – My Food Has to Taste Good – I love food,so the things I eat have to taste good. I do have one secret, my husband loves to cook, and he makes dinner every night. We both find great recipes and he will substitute any ingredients that do not follow our guidelines. I feel very fortunate and I don’t know what I would do without him. But we both work full time and the key is to find meals that are quick, easy, healthy and that ultimately taste good. I will do my best to upload pictures of some of our favorites and post the recipes. In addition we all fall off the wagon at times, its important to know that it happens to everyone and remember to pray and ask “God” for the strength to get back on track. I love the verse, “Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.” 1 Corinthians 10:23 It helps to keep my choices in check!!
Fage Plain Greek Yogurt with Fresh Berries
1/2 Ezekiel English Muffin with Butter
Coffee with Coconut Creamer
- Typically a Salad with tons of fresh veggies, avocados, and a protein like Grilled Chicken or Roasted Turkey. Here is a picture of one of my recent lunches. I’m also on the road throughout the week, so I love going to different places and getting a nice big healthy salad. My favorite greens to have in the house are Spinach and Arugula. “Braggs” Health Vinaigrette is amazing too!! I’m a big fan of leftovers for lunch too, so the days I work from home, I definitely will re-heat leftovers for a healthy lunch option.
- We always have some sort of protein with a vegetable and a healthy carbohydrate. This is one of our favorites, “Grilled Chicken Stir-Fry over Brown Rice Pilaf or Quinoa.”
- Throughout the day I always snack on fruits, veggies, nuts and some “Gluten Free” crackers and hummus. I also love “Kale” chips they are amazing!! I try to eat every couple of hours so I’m not starving by the time I get to dinner!!
I’m excited to share all our healthy and delicious meals with you!