Keeping Simple, Healthy Foods in the Kitchen
You can do this! A brand new year is on the horizon, and you’ve made the decision to get in shape and take better care of yourself. There’s no time like the present than to take control and be the best version of yourself. I’m fairly new to health and fitness industry, but Beachbody has totally changed the game and has brought workouts and nutrition together. You cannot achieve long-term success without having both of these components, and I’m here to help you reach your goals NOW!
Nutrition is vitally important, but a part of the combination that I believe is often overlooked. Many people think because they eat salads or yogurt or drink smoothies that they’re doing their body a favor…but do you really know what you’re eating? Be careful with salads with the add-ons and dressings, and yogurt with all the extra sugar and/or fake sugar (which is horrible for you), or the extra sugar in your smoothies. There’s so much contradictory information out there in magazines about healthy food, so I’m here to help make it simple with these steps.
Here’s The Deal
1 – Shakeology! Shakeology is amazing.
I don’t just say it because I’m a coach – I say it because I drink it every day and have for the last five and half years! Really, I didn’t want to like it. I didn’t want to spend money every month on a shake, but after a month of drinking it I stopped and realized that it had given me tons of energy.
Think about where you spend your food money as it is. Do you go out to eat often? Dukin donuts or Starbucks (Calories! Calories! Carlories!)? Grab a quick breakfast on the way to work? Lunch out while you’re at work? I can almost guarantee you its more expensive than Shakeology AND a lot less healthy. You can actually save money by incorporating Shakeology into your routine. Be sure to chose the HD option which will save you a ton on shipping, and you can cancel at any time. Learn more here!
2 – Keep meals and planning simple.
I don’t know about you, but when I have to follow a recipe every night it becomes overwhelming. I rotate through the same basic meals usually and switch up the combinations. Every main meal I try to have a protein, a veggie, and a carbohydrate. I keep tons of fresh or frozen veggies on hand so I can throw them together with little to no effort. Of course if there is a special occasion or I just want to try something new and different then I’ll try a new recipe. But generally I throw dinner together in less than 39 minutes. I also keep basic vinegars like cider and balsamic as well as extra virgin olive and coconut oils.
3 – When you go grocery shopping be sure to stay on the perimeter of the store.
Fresh veggies and fruit are the way to go. Make it fun! Find a veggie you’ve never had before. Research it including finding recipes to try with it. You don’t need a lot of prepackaged foods. Even if it says organic or non-GMO on it doesn’t mean it’s good for you. It could still be high in fat, sugar, and salt. It’s always best to keep your food as close to it was before becoming your food unless you’re doing the processing yourself. You can even add fruit to plain yogurt as well as a little maple syrup, cinnamon, or extracts. Way less sugar and a ton more fiber. I do eat pasta, but I usually get the Barilla Protein Plus brand. It’s made from whole grains and tastes better than whole wheat pasta in my opinion.
4 – Get rid of the chips, cookies, and other processed pre-packaged foods in your pantry opting for healthy foods instead.
It’s not good for you or your kids. I’m not saying we don’t keep any in our house, but if you can’t resist them, then get rid of them. I usually reserve my treats for homemade baked goods (or from a really great bakery). Even that has to come to an end I will throw it away or give it away to avoid eating it because I have very little self-control when it comes to these things. When you’re out at a party or gathering and there is food present, unless it’s homemade, ask yourself, “Is this really worth it?” Will it really satisfy you. If the answer is, “no” then don’t put it in your mouth.
5 – If you DO like recipes or recipe inspirations you can find tons from Fixate.
You can do this either through the cook book found here or the new Fixate channel found here on Beachbody On Demand! (By the way, I seriously love BOD. Not only does it contain the Fixate cooking show, but it also has all of my workouts that I can take EVERYWHERE with me. A true life changer!) Be sure to choose the club membership when signing up OR even better get access to every single Beachbody program ever created plus any to be released this year, plus the Fix containers, and a month of Shakeology … THE BEST DEAL HERE!
6 – If you need a snack try making your own treats.
It can be as simple as getting an air popper and making popcorn or even using a little canola oil and popping it in a pot you already have. There’s always the fruit option. You can turn bananas into a frozen treat that’s as delicious as ice cream and totally satisfies your sweet tooth and is as creamy and delicious as ice cream. (More to come on this.)
How You Reach Your Goals
You stay consistent…It’s key! Nutrition is something I struggled with for a long time. I still find it difficult even though I’m knowledgeable because I love food. I guess you could call me a “fit foodie”. I’ll be completing the 21 Day Ultimate Reset again next month so stay tuned for the review on that. It will be my second time doing it. This time I’m doing it with my husband. For more information, check out my review here, and if you want to join me check this out.
Eating well is how I got from here…
After 3 kids. You can do it too!