Oh, healthy eating.
I get A LOT of questions about what I eat throughout the day and what my best tips are. So, I thought I would share that here with you all.
Now, I am in no way an expert with health or fitness, but I have found what works for ME. If you think something I’ve suggested here might work for you, then fantastic! I like to remind my friends, that everybody is different and what might work for me, might not work for you.
Now onto some of my favourite tips for keeping my healthy eating in check.
1. Plan plan plan – Seriously, this one is so important. If you don’t plan ahead, you’re setting yourself up for rushed mornings, skipped workouts, and possibly even a snack attack. I try to meal prep every Sunday and that way when I wake up Monday morning, I have my meals good to go for the week or most of it. It also doesn’t have to be extravagant. Meal prepping can be so fun and easy! I like to play music, dance around a bit and it’s nice if you meal prep with a buddy.
Some examples of what I like to make are hard-boiled eggs (this is a go-to breakfast item), quinoa, grapes (nothing better than already being washed and picked off into a bowl), cut up cucumber, overnight oats, and sometimes even getting a big thing of water going with lemon, mint, cayenne, and ginger mmm.
The thing is to prep the foods that you like. Pack your lunch the night before and save that money from ordering out daily. Put your lunch bag in the fridge with everything in it and that will save you so much time in the mornings!
2. Eat real food – This one should be easy, but so many people don’t eat enough real and raw foods. Get your fruit and greens in people! It is so important to nourish your body with these items. If you constantly feed your body foods that are filled with sugars, starches, and high in unhealthy fats, no wonder your body isn’t agreeing with you. Pay attention to what your body is telling you! Seriously, pay attention.
Not a big fan of veggies? Well, then that sucks because big green leafy goodness is going to help your gut health. Make kale chips! Super easy and delicious. If I’m craving something like chips, I make these instead and it works to send those cravings away. Craving something sweet? Take some frozen berries and drizzle all-natural honey or agave on them. Mmm.
3. Eat your healthy fats – Skip putting that butter in the pan and start using coconut oil! Healthy fats are essential to a healthy lifestyle and they keep you full! They also help with cravings!
Make sure you get in those healthy fats, like trail mix (sprinkle some cinnamon on top), olive oil, avocados, chia seeds, fish, eggs, and oh yes, dark chocolate (but do that one in smaller doses). They are essential for proper nerve activity, vitamin absorption, immune system function, and healthy cells.
4. Try to sweat 4-5 times a week – Some of you might think this is too much, but I’m not saying get in the gym every morning and lift a ton of weights. Just get out there and do your thang. This could be a walk, a bike ride, swimming, whatever else your little heart desires, just get out there.
What works for me? Working out every day. It genuinely makes me happy and it sets my mood for the rest of the day. How long do I work out? It depends on what I’m feeling. Sometimes I need something quick and effective so I’ll opt for a HIIT and sometimes I want to work that booty, so I’ll work that tush from every angle.
5. Don’t skip breakfast! – This should be common sense, but nope. I use to do this in high school.
Megan, what the heck were you thinking? Well, I know. I thought that by skipping breakfast I would lose weight. Wrong wrong wrong. I was actually sending my body into starvation mode and it was storing fat.
Start your day off right, seriously. If this means you have to plan your breakfast the night before then do it. Or if that means waking up earlier, then do it. You don’t want to start your day off on a hungry tummy and you don’t want to be stopping in the drive-thru for a bagel with cream cheese (mmm, but no).
6. Drink more water – If you read this tip and said to yourself “I already do”, well then you’re fibbing to yourself. Seriously. I don’t say that to be rude, but more than likely you’re not. Throw the 8 glasses of water rule out the window. Drink half of your body weight in ounces. I’m going to drink more than someone who is 5 inches shorter than me because I weigh more. We’re all different and have different needs.
Drinking more water solves a lot of the issues that we face. Skin issues? Drink more water. Cellulite? Drink more water. Hit a plateau? You know what I’m going to say… drink more water.
I thought I was drinking enough until I hit a plateau and Rick said to me “Megan, I bet if you drank more, you’d see more progress” and boy was he right. If you’re peeing more frequently, you know you’re doing something right.
7. Eat your protein – Protein is important for you to build lean muscle tone! Especially after your workouts. You have a 30-minute window at the end of your workouts to feed those hard-working muscles. I like making a shake after my workouts or if I’m out of protein powder, I’ll have eggs, chicken, etc.
Protein is very important to keep your metabolism working and running smoothly. Make sure you’re getting enough protein during your day! I try to get some in at every meal.
8. Make healthy eating a lifestyle – This is a big one and probably the most important. Healthy eating should become a part of your everyday ritual. Not some challenge that you’re going to complete and then retreat back to your old ways. Are challenges fun? Of course, they are! It takes 21 days to make a habit, so if you’ve decided to cut out a certain food for those 21 days then congrats! But, don’t go eating them at the end of those 21 days like crazy. Pay attention to what your body is saying! You will feel so much better if you make this a lifestyle and not yo-yo’ing constantly. Treat yourself every now and then, but nurture your body with the foods it really wants.
So, that was a long post, but a good post (I think all my posts are good, but you know what I mean).
Now, go master healthy eating! Try making some new recipes, grab a buddy and workout and make sure you’re getting in that water!
What are your favourite foods to prep? Have any tips yourself? Let me know what they are in the comments below! Yay for healthy eating!