2019 is going to be a good year, I can just feel it. First of all, for those of you that don’t know, I’m getting married! And this year is also the year that I really started to take my health and fitness journey seriously. Let me preface this by saying I am by no means, in any way shape or form, perfect. I have great days and then I have some bad ones. And that’s OK. But overall, I feel amazing and I’m super excited to continue this journey.
My goal is not necessarily to lose weight, although I have dropped a few lbs. already! My goal is to be healthy. Period. I want to feel good about what I’m putting into my body and I want to treat my body the way it deserves to be treated.
You Have The Power To Make A Positive Change
So, in today’s post I want to share some of the foods that I’ve been incorporating into my diet that have made a huge difference in my overall health. It’s not easy to change your ways. Trust me, I’m still struggling with it. (ya girl loves buffalo chicken and ranch) However, once you decide to take control of your life, things start to fall into place. All it takes is some willpower. And research. A lot of research. I did my fair share and discovered that things I once thought were “healthy” were actually the complete opposite. I don’t want you to beat yourself up over what you’ve been eating or how you’ve been treating your body. I simply want to encourage you to take a step back and realize that you have the power to make a positive change.
Steel Cut Oats
One of the changes I made when starting a healthier lifestyle was swapping out my unhealthy breakfast choices for something with more nutritional value. Enter: steel cut oats! And let me just preface by saying that carbs are not the enemy. I repeat: carbs are not the enemy! I literally wouldn’t survive the keto diet and don’t really understand it. Carbs are an essential part of a balanced and healthy diet. They have so many health benefits. Now I’m not talking about cake and cookies and sub sandwiches. (sorry, I wish I was) I’m talking about the healthy carbs like whole grains (read labels because this phrase can be deceiving) and good ole fashioned steel cut oats. Oats contain a ton of fiber which is great for keeping you satisfied longer. Which in turn can help you lose that stubborn weight. Not only is it a filling breakfast (or lunch or dinner), it’s also incredibly heart healthy. I like to eat it in the morning with a little bit of honey and flax seeds. It’s simple and delicious! You can also add fruit to it or some peanut butter!
I have a major sweet tooth. When I decided to try to cut out anything that had added sugars, I was kind of freaking out. There are so many “health food” products out there that claim to be healthy, however, when you take the time to really read labels and do your research, are actually loaded with added sugars and chemicals. I never used to eat yogurt because I thought it had a weird aftertaste. However, I recently discovered the Oikos Triple Zero Vanilla Greek yogurt and it’s life changing. It has zero fat, zero added sugars, and zero artificial sweeteners. It tastes SO good! On top of all that, it also has 12 grams of protein. It’s not a low calorie snack, but it’s packed with nutrition and good for your gut! It also satisfies that sweet craving so you don’t binge eat a sleeve of oreo cookies, ya know what I mean? 🙂 It comes in a ton of different flavors, but vanilla is definitely my favorite.
I think we all know fruit is a good choice when it comes to snacking. However, there are certain fruits that are better than others. And strawberries are one of them! I love cutting up strawberries and bringing them to work with me for a midday snack. Not only are they tasty, but they’re low in sugar and calories. A serving of about 8 medium strawberries contains 45 calories and only 7 grams of sugar. If you compare that to an apple or grapes ( apples are great for you, just in different ways), those numbers increase. A medium apple contains 95 calories and 19 grams of sugar, and 1 cup of grapes contains 62 calories and 15 grams of sugar. Again, all fruit is healthy and should be consumed for a balanced diet. However, if you’re looking to cut sugar and calories, strawberries are the way to go!
Like I said before, I am by no means perfect and I’m certainly not a health expert. However, I want to share my journey and what I’ve learned with you all because if I can do it, so can you!
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