These accountability/ healthy eating groups that I have been a part of over the last couple years have helped me change my eating habits for the long term! Here’s some things I have learned along the way. . .
I’ll be honest with you; I was a Diet Coke/100 calorie pack kind of chic. I used to just buy food products if it was labeled “low fat”, “less calories”, “low carb”, “sugar free” and so on. But over the years, I kept gaining weight. That's me in 2015, wearing a Diet Coke shirt in Cuba. I was die hard!
Even though I was running three days a week and eating small meals, I was not losing anything except for maybe some self-esteem. I’d layer all my shirts just to hide my fat. I was always putting my arms in front of my stomach because I didn’t want anyone to see it. I was 30 lbs overweight and miserable! But finally I met a girl on Facebook who was an online fitness coach. She added me to one of her clean eating/ accountability groups on Facebook and I started making small changes. She helped me pin point which foods were derailing my progress and which ones I needed to help me sustain healthy habits. I didn’t see results RIGHT AWAY. In fact it was probably better that I didn’t. It forced me to form healthier eating habits over time. I eventually quit smoking as well. I knew that cigarettes were only preventing me from becoming a healthier person so I cut back and eventually quit cold turkey. Over time, I started to see the small changes in my body and my energy levels. Eventually I went from size 31 jeans to a 26. My tops were now a size small instead of a medium or large! I had a ton more energy and I wasn’t huffing and puffing on hikes anymore. It has taken me more than a year for these habits to stick but now I am able to sustain my new weight of 130 lbs and still eat the foods I love!
Clean Eating 101
Here’s the deal, I am not a nutrition expert or a doctor. I have gathered knowledge and info over the years through these accountability groups, eating healthy and the magic of Google. Please make sure to consult your doctor before starting any new eating or exercise program.
Phrases like “low fat”, “less calories”, “low carb”, “sugar free” are just buzzwords
food companies use to get you to buy their shit! It doesn’t necessarily mean that product is healthy for you. Eating food closest to its natural state is what fuels your body! Go for food that has actual nutrients instead of fillers and ingredients you can’t pronounce. Next time you’re at the store, go down any isle and read the back of the label. Is there a list of ingredients that take up half the box? Do you know what each and every ingredient is? If not, then I would put that box right back on the shelf! That long list of ingredients most likely contains fillers and flavor enhancers. Once they enter into your body, they wreak havoc on your digestive system.
When it comes to clean eating, it’s very simple. If it doesn’t come from the ground or doesn’t have a mom, DON’T EAT IT! When you go to the grocery store, shop along the perimeter of the store. That’s where you’ll find your fruits, veggies, dairy and meats! The only time I walk down any isles is when I’m buying spices or paper goods! The quality of your food is WAY more important than what a label reads. So do yourself a favor, avoid labels!