One of the many mantra’s I’m learning to love and embrace is “ Eat to live, don’t live to Eat“. There is so much that comes with learning to embrace a new healthy life style but the most important is understanding that no amount of working out, will undo an unhealthy diet. While working out may lift our spirits and give us that awesome high, it will not makeup for what we use to fuel our body. We literally become what we eat. Our body takes in vitamins and nutrients through the foods and liquids we choose to eat and drink then turns around and uses it to recover and rebuild our cells and muscle. Like I stated, we literally become “What We EAT”
Here’s a little insider info:
I had attempted working out and dieting prior to October for about 7 months off and on, desperately hoping to shed my post baby weight. During those 7 months I managed to drop only 10 lbs. I was pushing myself on the treadmill, sweat to death in the sauna and tired myself on the elliptical. But did not see the results I desperately wanted. Besides not being consistent I also did not make that drastic of a change in my diet. I had a salad now and then, and also figured if I just tracked my food and caloric burn, then I would be fine. Just as I have learned one bad day won’t ruin a healthy lifestyle, One good day won’t create permanent results. I became so confused with the math, and with why I wasn’t reaching my goals and consistently losing weight. Finally I realized that none of what I was doing was working for me. So when October came around and my best friend and I made the commitment I knew I had to step up my game. Part of that commitment was to do our homework, research and learn what we needed to finally make a change. Second part of that commitment was to listen to our bodies and for once understand it and become in tune to what it needed and when it needed it.
No we are not fitness elitists but we are enthusiasts, and we are passionate about all that we do. And it helped being held accountable, making the choice to not only promise someone I would be doing this with them, but committing to make it public and not fear but embrace the entire process and learning experience.
When I made my journey a public display on Facebook, twitter and Instagram I knew that my peers would be watching. So I knew that I had to make sure that not only would I know what I was doing, but that I was doing it right, I researched and read up on bodies, and health and fitness, and continue to learn as much as possible from as many experts and inspirational people as I can. . What it has come down to for myself and for my best friend is just being simple and clean about what we eat. Understanding that food is fuel, we know when our bodies are lacking specific nutrients and we have learn to understand our cravings and understand what foods to eat for our bodies best results. Not only in our eating habits but understanding that we need to burn that fuel as well.
Keep in mind this saying “WHAT YOU EAT IN PRIVATE YOU WEAR IN PUBLIC” because it is beyond a true statement.
Making this a lifestyle will be 30% workout, 70% diet and 100% mental!
This is a basic look at what I consume and this doesn’t mean that you specifically need to consume the same foods daily. But I just want to give some insight into what my daily diet consists of and what clean eating typically means for me…
- Lean chicken breast; mostly organic
- Fish rich in omega 3s like salmon
- Egg whites
- Fat Free Cottage Cheese
- Fat Free Greek Yogurt
- Fat Free Feta
- Unsweetened organic coconut milk
- Unsweetened organic almond milk
- Bettern’ Peanut butter low calorie low carb
- Spinach, Kale,
- Quinoa, brown rice
- low sodium Ezekiel bread or Ezekiel bread Rye
- sweet potatoes
- Large amount of vegetables
- small amount of fruit, apples, grapefruit, banana and more berries such as acai, goji, blue berries, black berries
- almonds, cashews and other variety of omega 3 rich nuts
- coconut oil
- detoxifying greens and seeds such as: parsley, cilantro, wheat grass, chives, and chia seeds
- bragg apple cider vinegar
- designer whey protein powder
- herbal tea
- green tea
- vitmans and oils such as: flaxseed oil, oil of primrose, biotin, vitamin B, C and D, Fish Oil, and currently MSM.
This is just a rough explanation of the types of foods I consume regularly every person is different and burns calories different. You have to listen to your own body and figure out what your body needs to function at its best. I also get in about an hour of cardio and an hour of mixed strength and toning exercises. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Poly Articular Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was a child so some weeks I am exercising 6 days a week and other weeks I manage every other day. I have to also listen to my body’s bones, joints and since rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease also my immune system. Learning to adapt and over come chronic pain and fatigue has been a life altering experience but I am not giving up! I do not currently attend a gym nor have I during this process. I make sure to get at least a gallon or more a day in water and have begun to also take a shot of a health and vitality drink called LIMU. My number one personal priority is health and fitness. It is a major part of my daily schedule. When you begin to understand your body, how it works and what it needs, I believe with all my heart that your body will begin to transform itself into the body it was always meant to be!
Don’t forget if you are joining me in creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself and use any of the listed social media sites, tag me! I would love to support and praise your progress!! I truly believe that together we can achieve the bodies we have always wanted, but didn’t think was possible!!!