I follow many people, mostly women, that are in the fitness industry. Many that are just starting their journeys, to those established and are well-known. I have my own personal goals I want to meet this year, and one is to look and feel my best. I am not ready to share some of my other goals, but when I am ready, you will be the first to know! 🙂
I have been “clean eating” for a good year and a half, but was pregnant during the last 6 months of that year and a half. On a side note, I gained the appropriate amount of weight, felt great, worked out 4-5 times a week and when my 2nd daughter was born, I had 8 pounds to lose! I’d say I was successful, she is healthy and I owe it to switching my diet to clean eating.
I decided to really challenge myself and set some goals for the week I did this. It was to eliminate any sugar or dessert type of foods. I stuck to boring foods with simple dinners to keep me on track.
1. Eat 6/7 meals every 2-3 hours
2. Drink 1 gallon of water each day
3. Workout doing HIIT and weight training
4. Stay accountable by taking pictures of all my meals and post
What I ate:
Here is a basic recap of my meals for the week:
Meal 1: egg whites, oatmeal, veggies and fruit
Meal 2: protein, veggie and complex carb
Meal 3: protein, veggie and complex carb
M4: cottage cheese and a homemade protein bar
M5: Dinner- along the lines of protein, veggie and light complex carb
M6: protein and veggie
Meal 7: (optional if I was hungry) protein bar or shake
What I changed:
1. I cut out all the snacking
2. I stopped eating processed food
3. I eliminated any sugar or dessert type of meal
4. If I was hungry, I made a conscious effort to drink a glass of water and then eat
5. A lot of gum chewing was going on
The most important things I learned were to meal prep. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. I would meal prep when making dinner, when my girls were napping, early in the morning or late at night while watching TV. It can be done and it makes life so much easier because you do not have to think about food for a few days!
I felt and feel great, have a ton of energy, am sleeping so much better, my skin is clear and my hair has been growing so fast! I hope that you will join in on the clean eating journey to better yourselves and life!