We are almost to mid January and those New Year Resolutions to lose weight and get healthy are in full swing! How is it going? Are you still “all about” it or are you starting to fall off the bandwagon? For me, exercising was always easy and I never necessarily minded it, it was finding the time that was difficult. Eating healthy, on the other hand, was a different story. I totally fell for those “low fat” or 100 calorie pack foods. While I’m sure a 100 calorie pack food is better So once I decided to join a stress free clean eating challenge group, I really learned how to eat. It wasn’t until I joined the group that I came to realize that I truly didn’t know what it meant to eat healthy. In fact, I was apparently clueless! The best part, for me, was that I was able to slowly get my husband and 2 and 3 year old daughters (for the most part) eating clean and healthy with me.
than a big greasy bag of chips, neither are a good choice. I was also guilty of buying tons of Lean Cuisine meals to heat up at lunch. Did you ever really look at the nutritional value in those?! And come on, do they REALLY keep you feeling full?! I was sick of yo-yo dieting and trying the latest fad diets!
I know there are boat loads of people in the same situation. Maybe you are one of them! So, what I have decided to do is open up a 30 day Clean Eating group.
You might be thinking, what IS clean eating? If you do a Google search for clean eating, you will find many different versions. What I did was purchased a book called The Eat Clean Diet, Recharged! by Tosca Reno. She is a fantastic author and has several clean eating books out. The Recharged book is great because it gives the basics of clean eating, which is what I follow and use in my challenge groups.
Without going in to great detail, I have learned how to eat every 2 1/2 to 3 hours, which means 5 to 6 meals per day. Now you may be thinking, “I don’t have time to eat that much!” You are not eating 5 to 6 large meals, or even meals that require silverware! A great snack that I used to eat as a teacher is 20 grapes and a string cheese. I wasn’t chomping on it in front of my students, but I kept it on my desk and any chance I would get to grab a few grapes while monitoring an activity worked for me. By eating frequent meals and snacks, you are not only fueling your body, but you are increasing your metabolism and keeping your body satisfied so that you don’t reach that “I’M STARVING!” point throughout the day.
A question that I first got from my husband when I started into this transition was, Isn’t this just the next fad diet? The answer to that is no and let me explain why. We (my family), have made a lifestyle change. We aren’t eliminating certain foods for a month or two to lose weight and then go back to eating them. We aren’t doing some 7 day miracle diet where we eat weird foods (that we won’t eat when it’s over) just to lose weight. What we have done, is incorporate some different foods into our diet and “clean up” some dinners that we enjoy, and make it part of our life. We don’t have an ending date to how we eat.
Something that has GREATLY helped me not only lose weight, but get healthy, is the incorporation of Shakeology. Shakeology is a nutritious drink that can be used as a meal replacement. I drink my chocolate Shakeology for breakfast every single morning! Shakeology is NOT a protein drink. It is packed with your daily dose of vitamins and minerals. It gives you energy, improves your digestion and regulation, helps you lose weight, and the best part (for me) is it helps curb your cravings! Shakeology is a complete meal and will keep you full for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. You do not need to eat any other snacks when drinking it. It is a fantastic on the go meal too! If I am shopping or traveling for the day, I just take a packet, a water bottle, and a bottle of water and I am set! There are tons of recipes for every flavor so you don’t have to drink the same old boring shake every day. In addition, on Monday, January 13, 2014, Beachbody is releasing a new flavors! Strawberry! I can honestly say that it wasn’t until I started drinking Shakeology that I felt my absolute best. It is worth every single penny and is now part of my DAILY diet.