Monday, August 20, 2012

Food is your friend, not your enemy...

Food is your friend, not your enemy...

After creating my meal plan for the week last night I was thinking about how much my eating habits have changed in just a few months.  I use to eat whatever, whenever and not care.  As long as I felt full I was "satisfied." Luckily my weight never suffered from my poor eating habits and lack of exercise until after I started having children and well I AM getting older.  As we have all been told, your metabolism slows as you get older...more on this another time.

After I felt "satisfied" it never dawned on me what else I was feeling: bloated, lethargic, and soon hungry again!  Wait I thought I was satisfied!

Thankfully I now know about eating clean and I strive to learn more about this healthier lifestyle.  I am so grateful I now eat the right types of food to help fuel my body and I have a new feeling of being "satisfied."  Yes, I feel full after I eat.  No I am not eating so called rabbit food (had this comment made to me a time or two).  I am eating food that is full of the nutrients we need.  I eat natural sources of sugar, sodium, fat and I have cut out the bad processed foods.  I now also feel energized and happy with my choices.  Not to mention bloating is a thing of the past.  Most important to me is that I am happy with myself and the choices I make to continue building a strong foundation of healthy practices for my family's future! 

How can food become your friend too? 
The next time you go grocery shopping put these 20 items on your list:
Almonds
Asparagus
Avocados
Berries
Bell Peppers
Black Beans
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Butternut Squash
Chicken Breast
Edamame
Eggs (we really need to get our own chickens!)
Flaxseed
Garlic
Onions
Spinach
Salmon (not a fan of fish, my hubby loves it though.  I think I just need to find the right recipe.  Any suggestions?)
Sweet Potatoes
Tomatoes
Yogurt (greek is my favorite - more protein)
 
I have so many favorites on this list and I try to keep a stock of all these things in my kitchen! My plan and goal is to start posting about recipes I use and most include at least one of these 20 foods listed above. 
 
Want a snack...
                                  EAT THIS
                                  


                                          NOT THIS

 
Regardless of what or when you eat, we are all different and do things for different reasons. What is your motivation for making the right choices in your life?
 
If you would like to learn more about clean eating, please message me or better yet, go to TeamBeachBody.com/alysonh to create a free profile.  By creating your free profile you will have a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips and free coaching by me!

~Alyson
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