Let me be blunt
This is the hardest part.
Let's Get Started!
I told myself it's either you do it, or you don't.
Now that you have completed task one which was to have AT LEAST two consecutive weeks of ONLY water, unsweetened tea and black coffee as beverages, you are ready to move on.
We are continuing on with the habit of only water, unsweetened tea and black coffee and now focusing on eliminating foods that are hard to say goodbye to.
My diet used to consist of chipotle burritos so big they had to be double wrapped. Always extra this, extra that when ordering at restaurants. Condiments would be flooding my plate while I washed every last bite down with a sugary cold drink. Oh boy, when it came to appetizers, just ask my boyfriend... I'd kill it.
First move I made was eliminating the majority of dairy products (creamy items - Example: Alfredo Sauce, gravy etc..) & fried foods from my diet. Learning to eat things a bit more "bland" was difficult, but let me tell you that once accustomed, your sense of taste becomes heightened. You will start experiencing flavors that you have been foreign to due to high caloric foods that cover ingredients up with grease and sugar. It takes time for your palette to accept the change, but just patient.
Here are a few examples of foods I swap.
Tacos: Instead of tortillas, I'll used shredded lettuce and make a taco bowl or I'll get lettuce cups in substitution for tortillas.
Pasta: Dump the pasta and use veggies! You can steam your vegetables and top it with your favorites sauce and proteins.
Dessert: Make a protein shake or eat a protein bar. Many companies have great tasting powders & bars that taste sweet, but you're not consuming all of those empty calories and processed sugars you get from baked goods (I use Quest Nutrition products). When I have a sweet tooth, fruit is also a great option! I will try creating some healthy recipe alternatives as well, stay tuned!
Pizza: Try using a whole wheat English muffin with turkey pepperoni, veggies, sauce & light cheese for a personal size portion.
Fried Foods: (such as chicken tenders) I personally haven't tried this yet, but I've heard great things. Swap panko and bread crumbs with Pork Rinds, and remember to always bake instead of fry! You will still get that crispy texture you are looking for.
Fries: Baked sweet potato fries instead of regular french fries.
WHAT DO I KEEP STOCKED IN MY HOUSE?
Below I listed some of my favorites that I ALWAYS keep in my pantry fridge.
( I do change/update these items, I will blog about any new items that I discover! I also encourage you to comment below on any healthy items that you enjoy! I'm always looking for new product/recipes )
- Eggs Whites (I get mine delivered from 24/7 Egg Whites)
- 100 cal Multi Grain English Muffins
- Sargento Thin Sliced Cheese
- Carb Chopper Tortillas
- Jennie-O Ground Turkey
- Frozen Berries
- Peanut Butter (No Salt/Sugar Added)
- Almond Butter (No Salt/Sugar Added)
- Raw Unsalted Almonds
- Buff Bake Protein Almond Spread & D's Natural Fluff Butter
- Quest Nutrition Protein Powder, bars & snacks