I recently ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in over 6 months. She was really surprised by my change in appearance. “Wow! How did you lose all that weight?” was the question. I thought about it and then I had to tell her the truth…. even though it isn’t the answer most people want to hear. “I ate healthy food and worked out.” LAME. The follow up question is usually “Were you hungry all the time?”. Me: “No. Actually I never ate so much food in my life.” I think most people want to hear that you suffered to lose the weight. I sometimes wish my story was cooler- like I ate nothing but celery and did the thighmaster 29 times a day. I don’t want to belittle what I did. I admit, I was and still am super committed to making good food choices. It wasn’t always easy to eat the right food- going to parties and not drinking beer or eating chips is HARD! Going out for dinner was a challenge. Going shopping with my daughter and watching her eat poutine was torture! By the way, Pellegrino sparkling water is a great substitute for beer or wine 🙂
I’m not on a diet. Its a lifestyle change that had a bonus weight loss. I try to eat clean which means I don’t eat fake shit. No fake sugar, no fake fats, no chemicals…. etc etc etc. I’ve stopped buying packaged food. I think clean eating is about adding a variety of healthy food to your diet. I feel that these foods have replaced a lot of the foods I ate before. I don’t worry about white flour (in my bread or pasta or in my homemade pizza crust) because I don’t just eat white flour like I did before. I try to include a variety of different flours. I now make muffins with almond flour, or a I make cookies with coconut flour. I eat quinoa as a side dish instead of eating potatoes every second night. I think that variety is the key.
Things I Don’t Eat Anymore
-diet Coke or anything else with aspartame
-bread with more than 4 ingredients
-any ingredient I can’t pronounce (except edamame which I really have to think about to say aloud)
-dairy (I do eat goat cheese and I put cream in my coffee)
-pretty much any packaged food
-anything that says “light”or “fat free”
-Coffeemate or Splenda in my coffee
Things I Still Eat That Might Surprise You
-white bread (Ace Bakery is super clean bread)
-rice, potatoes, pasta (I am NOT carb free! I eat the cleanest pasta I can find and it is white not whole wheat)
-chips (but they are fried in avocado oil)
-eggs (my lifesaver food!)
-full fat coconut milk- yum!
Clean eating can be a little time consuming! I get it. I’m a busy person. I have 2 kids, a very hyper dog, a husband who works long hours, I’m a supply teacher that works everyday AND we are renovating our house. Life is busy. Sometimes I don’t have time to make a clean meal but I want to make my workout so I gotta eat something! My big saviour is the mighty egg! Thank you eggs! More nights than I care to admit, I eat some form of eggs for dinner. Usually I eat scrambled (with a pinch of basil and a few drops of water) fried in a pan with a bit of either butter or coconut oil. Some nights I kick it up a notch and make a frittata! Here is the frittata I usually make.
1 chopped red onion
1 cup chopped spinach
1 thinly sliced tomato
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp sea salt
5-6 grinds of a pepper mill
2 tsp coconut, grapeseed or extra virgin olive oil
1/2-2/3 cup feta cheese or goat cheese, crumbled
Heat frying pan with oil and lightly fry the onion. Once the onion is soft, add the spinach.
Whip the eggs and oregano and add to the pan. Add the thinly sliced tomato and salt and pepper. Cook without stirring for 2-3 minutes, until the egg is set around the edges. Sprinkle top with the cheese.
Choose happy 🙂