OR LACK THERE OF. YOU DECIDE.
A few people were asking if I dieted while I was doing the Focus T25 program. Thanks for caring, few people! And the answer is: yes and no. I definitely didn’t go on a crazy, strict diet. I didn’t deprive myself of deliciousness when I wanted it. I’m just not that kind of person. I like to eat like I need to breathe. And I have little self control.
I graduated in Cell Biology and Genetics (not that I’m using it) but before that, I was in Food, Nutrition and Health – so I have a good idea of what’s healthy and what’s not. I now try to make more conscious decisions about what I’m eating, but again, I won’t make myself suffer for the sake of eating overly healthy. After all, what’s the point of making yourself resent getting fit?
Back in fall 2013, I bought a Nutribullet – my first real attempt at getting healthier. I’ve been having a veggie and fruit shake almost every morning. And it feels pretty good. Except the occasional diarrhea that may or may not be explosive. (Oh please, don’t ew me. Coffee does the same to you. Admit it.)
So during the T25 program, I continued to have a shake every morning.
BTW, for (almost) one week, I tried a shake diet – shakes for every meal, and nothing else. And @#$% was it HARD. I was so hungry. I couldn’t do it. And I couldn’t afford all the fruits and veggies I was supposed to eat. It’s A LOT. But the reason for it was a documentary on Netflix I watched called Sick, Fat and Nearly Dead. A little health inspiration and the power of drinking fruits and veggies. If you’re insanely unhealthy, or need a little motivation, I would suggest watching!
THIS GREEN SHAKE:
- 1/2 an orange
- 1/2 a pear
- Flax seeds
I don’t have a recipe book for shakes. I just go to the grocery store and buy a bunch of stuff and throw in whatever I’m in the mood for. Some must haves: kale, lemons, apples, oranges, pears, soy or almond milk. And strawberries if they’re in season. If not, frozen berries work. BTW, none of these shakes here have any type of milk in them, but majority of the time, I put about 1:3 ratio of soy milk to water in. Makes it creamier and just so much better. Oh and a few cubes of ice makes a difference. Who wants to drink a warm shake?
Personally, I prefer more fruit in my shakes. The first time I made a veggie shake, I put in a ton of kale, cucumber, celery… and whatever else is green. It was disgusting and equivalent to drinking someone’s vomit. Tip? Add lemon and more water or coconut juice. Practice makes perfect.
I work from home so it’s much easier for me to have a healthy lunch (but harder to say no to snacking on chocolate, chips, cookies, ice cream…). A quinoa salad accompanied by another shake is perfect. Super easy to make and also light and fresh.
THIS QUINOA SALAD:
- Can of corn
- Salt and pepper
- Dressing: lemon juice, honey, dijon mustard
This works for dinner too - just toss in some protein – chicken, fish or sliced medium rare steak….. Mmmm.
THIS OTHER GREEN SHAKE:
- Half apple
- Lemon Juice
For dinner and on the weekends, I eat whatever I want. If eating healthy’s not your thing, it may be because:
- You’re not eating the right kind of healthy food (trust me, it’s not all gross)
- You’re putting yourself on an unreasonable diet that’s made you resentful
- You’re just starting out and you haven’t gotten the hang of it yet
Once you start exercising regularly – you start to enjoy it a bit more. Probably not because exercise is fun – T25 is torturous, even after 14 weeks – but because you feel better about yourself and you start to see results. It’s the same with your diet. When you start eating healthier, you have more energy. You don’t get food comas and you feel better overall. When you’re at the point where feeling great > eating a cheeseburger which feels great for 2 mins but then you feel like shit for the rest of the day, it becomes easier to choose.
And plus, when you’re exercising regularly and eating well, you can afford some guilty indulgences. Like this breakfast I had on Friday:
3 eggs, lots of bacon, more potatoes, and a grill cheese sandwich with tomato. YES.
They say that diet is an important part of being healthy and fit – and it’s true. But it doesn’t mean you have to kill yourself over it. Eating is enjoyable, and we should keep it that way.