What foods do I eat? If this is the formula for a fit life, 80% Food and 20% Fitness? Is this true? I agree most of my gains are attributed to what I eat and how I eat. The best results come from me eliminating processed and fried foods. This is not to say I do not eat rich foods but the key is to reduce the portions and have in moderation. I do not believe in cheat meals but I feel it is alright for me to treat myself to foods I enjoy. Last year, I cooked Thanksgiving dinner and most of my side dishes are rich with flavor, butter, sugar, and fat. Dessert included sweet potato pies and chocolate cake which are filled with white refined flour, sugar and butter. How did I survive the holidays? I ate in moderation and packed up leftovers for guests. A Christmas tradition for me is to bake my kids’ favorite homemade cookies. Homemade cookies are delicious but again they are filled with sugar and white refined flour. The best way to stop overindulging is to treat me to a few and give the rest away. My kids come in handy here because they do not last for very long.
How to Stay On Track
I plan my grocery list around what I like to eat that incorporate fruit, veggies, whole grains, and healthy snacks. I notice that my stomach feels a lot better when I eat from these food groups. If I do I eat processed or fried foods I feel so bloated and sluggish. Yes, it is possible to eat out at your favorite restaurants. For example, on my last visit to Cheesecake Factory, I ordered from the light menu. I ordered the Skinnylicious shrimp tacos which were delicious. Tacos with corn tortillas is a better choice than flour tortillas(white refined flour). These were served with avocado(good fat), tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. My palette craves flavor and my once my belly is full I feel satisfied. A few weeks ago I went to the Movie Tavern and the first thing I noticed was the high-calorie entrees. I decided to order a veggie burger that was served with a roasted red pepper, mushrooms and onions, guacamole on a brioche bun. This entree has 880 calories was more than I would usually eat for dinner. Although, it was a veggie burger adding all of the toppings added more calories and serving on a brioche bun. A multigrain bun with the veggie burger and avocado slices would be perfect for me. Last week, I went to Movie Tavern and looked menu and the calorie count. I decided to order the tomato bisque soup(225 calories) and the flautas (370 calories) with water. These items are on the starters menu which was the only selections with less than 500 calories. Both were perfect sizes and filling.
I have found that you really have to retrain your brain to eat the right foods. There was a time when I thought brown rice was not tasty and now it is a weekly staple. The same with baked sweet potatoes, I thought the only way to eat was with brown sugar and butter. Now I have my baked sweet potato with a little cheese and pico de gallo. I use my plant-based spread to replace butter.