Dieting has never been a strong suit of mine…I just love cheese, pasta, chocolate, ice cream….basically anything and everything that is considered “high fat” and “high carb”.
Luckily I have been forced into a mostly organic diet and therefore when I’m eating “crappily” it’s still a lot more healthy than how the majority eats. I tend to stay away from processed and fast foods. Due to a health condition I also try to stay away from enriched foods such as brand name cereals and white bread.
But still, although I do eat healthy the majority of the time, I could always eat better! Diet trends come and go, but I have a system that works well for me. It may not work for you, but I have found success with it!
Key Tips for Eating Healthy
NO WHITE BREAD- You heard me! White bread is terrible for you. There are no redeeming qualities. It is enriched with iron, all of the nutrients are sapped out and all that’s left is crap. Leave your wonder bread at home!
DRINK LOTS OF WATER- Seeing as humans are largely comprised of water, you need a lot of it to function. But also, drinking water helps you feel full and refreshed between meals. Personally I am not a fan of flavored waters (and the added colors, chemicals and sugars are unnecessary) so I tend to stick with straight well water or filtered water.
HALF YOUR PLATE SHOULD BE VEGGIES OR FRUITS- You need to be sure you’re eating a variety of fruits and vegetables with every meal, they have many antibodies and healthy properties that will make your body happy.
EVERYTHING IN MODERATION- Every now and then, a “cheat meal” isn’t a bad thing. To completely deny yourself of your beloved unhealthy foods takes all the fun out of life! A small piece of dark chocolate or a glass of juice won’t kill your diet. It will make you feel good, and cheat meals are a great incentive!
NO SUGAR OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
Earlier when I talked about dieting fads, this is one that I pretty regularly adhere to. “What!?” you may screech, “How do you cut out sugar!?”
“Well,” I answer wisely. Try picturing me cross legged in a buddhist monk outfit, “Cutting out sugar is not as hard as you think, especially when you follow my rules.”
When you are planning on cutting your sugar intake down, it is important to remember that SUGAR IS IN EVERYTHING. Because of the way our food is created and processed today, you will find high fructose corn syrup in almost every processed item you buy. Even when you buy unprocessed foods, natural sugars are still there. DO NOT FREAK OUT.
I’m not saying that high fructose sugar is good for you, I’m saying that it is practically unavoidable. By all means, try and cut down on your intake as much as possible, but do not have a freak out when you realize there are very few high fructose-free items in your market.
Sugar is not necessarily a bad thing, when in moderation and when it is natural. I try to remember this when eating foods and I generally check the ingredients label to see what is in my food. So without further adieu, I invite all of you to join me on my two month cut out (mostly) of sugar! Here are the rules:
1. Once a week I shall allow myself a cheat meal, to be taken on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. I shall allow myself at this time to eat a small (no bingeing!) portion of a sweet good.
2. The other 6 days of the week I shall only eat natural sugars found in natural foods. However when something needs a little sweetening, I shall allow myself to eat natural sweeteners such as stevia or a small drizzle of organic honey.
3. NO CRAPPY ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS SUCH AS ASPARTAME OR SPLENDA. ONLY STEVIA OR AGAVE NECTAR OR HONEY. END OF STORY. PERIOD. THEY ARE TERRIBLE FOR YOU.
4. I shall accept the fact that sugar is in everything and not stress out about it.
These rules are pretty easy to follow and they are the ones I usually stick with. Over the two months, you should notice a cut down of fat in your stomach, arms, buttocks and chest. If you combine this eating routine with an exercise plan, you should notice healthy results very soon!