Okay I have finally gotten around to sharing what I do and what I know about fitness, what works for me and how to get and stay motivated. I will post on this a bit more going forward and will also include favorite recipes as I try them.
This I think is the most difficult thing for most of us…FOOD! we love it we want to eat and when we don’t we feel we are depriving ourselves and so we talk ourselves into eating it because “we only live once”, “this one time wont hurt me”, “If I just get it out of the way I wont want it anymore” sound familiar? so here are my tips on dieting and staying on track.
1. DON’T DIET! yep I said it. Dieting is insane and always ends up being harder then anticipated to stay on track for any length of time so stop it. Instead of dieting just change your eating habits because dieting is temporary but life changes are what will keep you in the state you want to be in always.
What I Do: I stop eating fast food and drinking soda! I only drink WATER or fresh juice made in my juicer in the mornings, I replace my white rice with brown rice, add veggies to my lunch and dinner, if I can’t pronounce it I don’t buy it and don’t eat it and I try to buy organic, free range protein when possible. If I want to enjoy something when out with friends or when I feel the urge I eat it in MODERATION and only once maybe twice a week. I avoid eating anything that is processed and honestly fresh and clean food always taste better.
When I am trying to lose weight I remove the carbs except for good ones (usually found in veggies) and I still allow myself corn tortillas for dinner or lunch or potatoes once or twice a week (usually during lunch) I try to stay away from pasta and bread during these times but if NOT trying to lose weight and just maintaining I eat what I want with a 80%-20% ratio; 80% clean and fresh 20% not so clean and fresh.
Here is a sample food day for me:
Breakfast: I juice (handful of spinach or kale, 1/2 lemon a small chunk of ginger and 1 apple) or Cantaloupe juice with a lemon wedge (it helps clear your skin) or I will have 2 hard boiled eggs and 1 slice of whole wheat toast.
Lunch: I love salads and always add protein (chicken usually) I will have tuna salad, turkey wraps, previous nights left overs 😉
Dinner: Lettuce Wraps (my favorite and recipe below) Tilapia Tacos! love recipe HERE, lean steak and veggies and if I feel I need something starchy I’ll have brown rice or potatoes, brown rice and beans (3/4 cup rice only) a like to add a salad because I wont over eat the other stuff of I have a salad first, lol
For my snacks I usually have a few almonds, yogurt, crackers or dried fruit.
My body does not respond to cardio alone NEVER has, I don’t know if it is because of my ethnicity, body shape, genetics I have no idea. But I can KILL myself doing cardio and will see little result and because I know this I know that strength training always works for me and I will talk about that a bit more below…because I know I have to lift I take just a few supplements, here is what I include for nutrition purposes during my training: