How I Transformed My Diet

One of my biggest goals for the new year was to start eating healthy again. Around the beginning of December I got myself into a fitness routine, so when the new year came around I wasn't trying to both change my fitness and eating habits. Personally I wanted to ease my way into things so I knew I was doing it properly. Now I never use to eat horrible, it's just I definitely could have been consuming foods that were better for my body and I knew that if I wanted to see the best results from my workouts something had to change. 

Here's what I would typically eat throughout the week before I switched things up..

Breakfast: Overnight Oats
Snack: A cookie or small bag of chips (I work at Subway, so before I packed things to bring, I would indulge in those)
Lunch: Whatever sub I was feeling for the day
Snack 2: Whatever was in the house (majority of the time it wasn't healthy)
Dinner: Whatever my parents would make
Then I would more than likely have some ice cream or a sweet treat before bed.

As you could probably imagine, changing up my diet wasn't easy. I'm almost a full month into it and it's still not easy, but I'm making amazing progress. So let me get into how I did it.

1. Creating a grocery list.
I never realized how important this was for both eating healthy and saving money until I lived by myself while attending college and had to grocery shop on my own. By creating a list you'll only have intentions of going in to get only the items you need rather than items you think you need, but don't.

2. Meal Prep.
SO IMPORTANT!! Meal prepping has saved me from over-eating and snacking on sweets, especially when it comes to being at work. I try to eat every 2-3 hours because it keeps your metabolism running on high, so while I'm eating work I should have had one snack and my lunch, which is all that I pack, therefore it's all that I eat. Now, I do grab for a cookie every once in a while 🤫

3. Doing Your Research.
This is something I'm still doing, but when you want to transform into a healthier diet it's important. Know what you're putting into your body, know what's good for it, etc.

4. Knowing Moderation.
When it comes to healthy eating, everyone has their own ways. Some prefer to never indulge in any sweets and honestly if that's you, good for you! I sure as heck could never do it. Personally, I think it's ok to enjoy a sweet treat here and there, but like I said.. moderation!

Plenty of times I tried to do a sugar detox because I have the worst sweet tooth, last week I finally decided to start it and I was doing great.. until day four. Basically I was craving a sweet so bad that I told myself sugar detoxing was stupid, HAHA. Throughout my four days doing this though I found some yummy healthy treats to indulge in, learned that it's important to stay full with protein, and that without sweets I can get VERY cranky. So far I've completely (or almost completely) have taken added sugars out of my diet, yay! Next step for me is reducing the amount of sugars I have in a day. Next month I'm going to try out another sugar detox and well, I'll keep you updated on that one. 

Here is this weeks meal plan:

I've found that it helps when you plan out your snacks for the weekend as well. Last weekend Tyler and I went away for the afternoon and I brought my usual snacks for when I got hungry. 

* I also don't plan out my dinners because my mom typically cooks and not everyone in my house is on board with eating healthy. In that case, I portion what I eat. 

I will also be posting recipes of healthy snacks, my lunches, etc., eventually 🙂

Thanks for reading! Xo

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