“Everything is permissible for me” — but not everything is beneficial.
– 1 Corinthians 6:12A NIV 1984
“Lest we start mourning what will be lost, we must celebrate all that’s being gained through our pursuit of health. “I can” instead of “I can’t” is a powerful little twist of phrase for a girl feeling deprived. – Lysa TerKeurst from Made to Crave
WOW!!! Seriously, It is all about your perspective and which way you look!
Look at this journey as a new exciting time to meet new ladies, gain confidence in who we are in Christ, try new foods, a chance to inspire others, get healthier for our family and/or children, feel strong and powerful when we CHOOSE to turn down those sweet treats!
Remember, this is a lifestyle change…
You CAN have them, you CHOOSE not to.
“I can” helps us walk into a dinner party and find the conversation more appealing than the buffet.
“I can” helps us stay on the perimeter of the grocery store where the fresher, healthier selections abound and smile that I know this tidbit.
“I can” helps us reach for my water bottle and find satisfaction in its refreshment.
“I can” helps us look at the McDonald’s menu and order a fruit tray without even giving a thought to the Happy Meals that used to be snacks.
“I can” reminds us to look up a restaurant’s nutritional information on the Internet before going out, ensuring wiser choices.
“I can” reminds us that no food will ever taste as sweet as peace!
Let’s turn our intentions into action!
We have been at this for a little bit so, we KNOW what to do. So let’s get it done!
Here is a few tips:
Now that we have been doing this for a while there are definitely some foods that will derail your progress. When it comes to clean eating and the quality of your food it’s really important. Here are my tips that I have learned the hard way when my progress stalled.
I also, usually move my fruits earlier into the day too.
This way my body is burning those natural sugars off before I go to bed. (green tea is a great option for those after the kitchen is closed snack)
Fruits- bananas, grapes and mangoes are the highest sugar fruits so I would recommend that you limit them to once per day. I would suggest pears, apples, and any berries. A serving is 1 cupped handful.
Veggies- raw or steamed. Examples, cucumbers, tomatoes, leafy greens, broccoli, spinach, asparagus, green beans, sprouts, celery. Note: Carrots are actually high in natural sugar!
Carbs- 1 handful per day of quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal, or cream of wheat and or a hand sized sweet potato.
Lean protein- stick to chicken, tuna, egg whites, turkey, or non oily fish like salmon and tilapia. Other protein sources are Shakeology, protein powder, nuts (but also a good fat).
Beverages- water!!! Unsweetened herbal teas!
So if you are really trying to shed weight stay away from dairy products, juice, bread, salad dressings (make your own with balsamic vinegar and EVOO), spreads and high sodium foods!
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Even though I LOVE my greek yogurt with cinnamon I do notice that I’m less bloated when I go without it! BUT that is ME and how my body reacts to some food. When I do snack on it I know have less than 1/4 cup of my cinnamon greek yogurt.
NO TURKEY BACON for my bacon lovers and no sliced cheese! Use your blue container for avocado or nuts.
REMEMBER the foods higher on the list for the containers are the healthiest. DOWNLOAD the food list HERE
If you start seeing how your body reacts to different foods you can choose to eliminate them slowly to reach your goals.
I promise if you even start making small tweaks with this plan you will see a drastic change!
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Recipe of the Day:
Breakfast Avocado Sandwich
I will admit I was never a big avocado eater until I started this journey. NOW, I love them. I will even eat a 1/4 of an avocado as a snack with a little Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime Seasoning on it!!
OH it is so good!! This is one of those things I get to say “I CAN” to because I tried something new by replacing my cheese from my blue container.
But this was my choice…I just noticed that dairy makes me feel bloated and hurts my stomach. The healthier I ate the more I realized how the foods effect my body and how I felt.