Hi Everyone!! Since I've recently changed my diet and eating habits, I want to share what has worked!
So a little bit about my diet; Up until last December, I didnt care at all about what I was eating, I would literally eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted it. Pizza, donuts, Oreos, chocolate, pastries, french fries, pasta, white bread, etc, weren't off limits nor considered "cheat meals" and, even worse, part of my grocery list. Each morning, I woke up and ate some kind of pastry (croissant, piece of cake or even French toast). A couple hours later I would snack on cookies (oreos, chocolate chip cookies) unit lunch, when I would have pasta then snack again until my dinner of toasted white bread with cheese on it (or a burger). Carbs were my best friends : /.
This all changed when my diet got worse when my Husband and I traveled to Canada (we were there for 3 months waiting on my Visa). When my mom came to visit me in New York, she noticed my poor eating habits, which made her really worried. My husband has also been pushing me to change from the start since he is a health freak himself. It suddenly hit me that I need to make major changes to my lifestyle since I want to be physically healthy (not suffering from diabetes) and, even more so, the best person I can be.
My husband taught me about macronutrients and I started searching online, looking at healthy food instagram accounts. I also started hitting the gym more often and it helped for a little, but I was still craving sweets and it was difficult for me to keep up with my husband, who has been going to the gym consistently for 7 years or so.
I eventually got better and the results are clear. I feel stronger and healthier and, am very happy with the my new way of life. I can still enjoy a treat once a week (sometimes twice : ), but I just have a little piece of what Ive been craving, which can be one slice of pizza, or a small slice of cake. When you balance your diet and are in full control of it, you can still enjoy the things that you love, as long as you have them on occasion and/or a small portion.
Sometimes I look back and Im shocked at my behavior. But honestly, I attribute most of it to a lack of knowledge rather than a lack of control. In the past year I learned that in order to live a healthy lifestyle, you need to keep in track of what you eat: the macronutrients (carbs, fats, proteins and which type of each), the amount, how does your body react to it and so on. Regardless if you want to lose weight or not, its important to eat clean to think clearly and run at your best energy.
I decided to take some pictures of what I usually eat in a day for you guys to introduce you to my new healthy lifestyle, hopefully you can take notes and get some tips !
**Important notice: Im not a professional nutritionist, please seek advise from a professional in any case.
Breakfast is definitely my favorite part of the day! I love waking up in the morning knowing that my hot oatmeal with peanut butter and some freshly sliced banana and kiwi are waiting for me. But it took a long time to find the kind of healthy breakfast that I enjoyed. When I first changed my diet, I would have two pieces of toasted bread with some butter and strawberry jam on it. Basically, a little better version of a pastry. I then tried to follow my husband and have omlette. It worked for a while but, it was too heavy for just waking up. Then, I finally found oatmeal, which I love. Especially when I add some fresh fruit. I used to mix it with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and some cinnamon, but now I eat it with peanut butter, kiwi and banana. I think oatmeal is a great breakfast choice to have, its filling, nourishing and so yummy!
As for a snack that I would take with me to work, I would usually take a granola bar or some Greek yogurt to go.
For lunch, I usually have avocado toast with sunny side up omellete on it. Its a simple, but it fills me up without making me feel stuffed. My bread (I like rye bread, pumpernickel) is always toasted! I just think it tastes better that way. If Im in a rush and unable to eat at home, I would order a salad with chicken or cheese.
About a half an hour/hour later, I would drink a cup of tea (my current favorite is chai tea with some milk) and slice some fruit, usually an apple.
I love to cook dinner. A typical dinner Id cook would be chicken breast and some rice with steamed vegetables. Lately I love making this Chinese dish that my mom taught me. Its very healthy and super easy to make.
A Quick Recipe:
All youre gonna need is:
-Chicken breast (depending on the amount you want to make)
-4 garlic teeth
- Ginger (a very small piece)
I like to prepare everything before so its just easier, I would slice the vegetables and chicken to small pieces and leave them on a plate so they are ready for the wok.
I then turn the stove on get the wok and pour some canola oil on and add the garlic, onion and ginger and about a minute after add the chicken and let it cook until you see the change of color in the chicken, you can then add basically everything else, spread some soy sauce (not too much), sesame sauce, agave, squeeze some lemon and lime, stir until its mixed and let it cook for about 20 minutes (stir every 5 min or so).
This dish is great and you can add any side you want; rice or noodles to name a few.
On weekends, I allow myself to eat a little different than on weekdays, I like to either have a big meal or to enjoy something sweet like a piece of cake, Ice Cream or a Pastry. I'm adding here a picture I took of spagehtti with meatballs dish I made few weekends ago, I used whole wheat pasta instead of a regular which makes it a little healthier (at least that's what they say), I think it almost tastes the same but it makes me feel better than normal pastas.
And another healthy pasta dish I made, was Green Pasta. At least thats what I called it.
Again, I used whole wheat pasta, and added some avocado, spinach, crashed pistachio, dried tomatoes, and topped it with some olive oil. Great dish if you're in the mood for a green dish that's super filling and healthy.
The best dessert is a bowl full of fruit! You just can't go wrong with it! I love fruits, although i'm trying to control how much I eat each day. While they have essential vitamins and minerals, fruits are sugar. Good sugar but consumption still has to be limited. On a regular day, the fruits I would eat will be: kiwi, banana and apple. I would switch different fruit according to my cravings.
I hope that you find this post helpful, i'm still trying to experience with different healthy foods and get ideas whenever I hear or read about it. I would love to know how you eat? Tell me!