Fitness,  Food,  Lifestyle

How I’ve Lost 15 Pounds While Keeping Cookies, Brownies, and Other Treats in My Life.

Eating healthy and clean is hard. It is very hard. I go into every week thinking that it will be the week that I have a perfect diet. But, I continue to not be able to stop myself from cheating a little bit along the way. However, after five months, I have lost a little over 15 pounds. I would have loved to lose weight a little bit faster. But, I have had a history with dieting a little bit too extremely. This time around, I wanted to create a lifestyle that was attainable and something that I could stick to for the rest of my life. This meant that I wouldn’t cut out things that I love: TREATS.

During the work week, I keep my diet fairly strict. This has been getting easier and easier the more I do it. In order to keep myself on task, I usually prep all of my meals on the weekend. To learn more about my meal prepping, I’ve shared some tips that I’ve learned after my many months of prepping here.

A typical day includes:

Morning Snack – 6AM

I always try to eat something after my workout but I don’t have time to make and eat my full breakfast before I get ready. I usually eat a low sugar, low fat Chobani yogurt or, if I plan ahead (rarely), a little chocolate protein powder shake with banana and a dollop of Almond Butter.

Breakfast – 7AM

Once I’m ready for the day, I make myself three eggs with Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning. I also force myself to drink a cup of coffee. I’m not a huge fan of coffee because the acidity makes me pretty nauseous. But, after starting my desk job, I didn’t realize how much I depended on those college midday naps. I definitely need caffeine to make it through the day.

To cut the acidity, I add about two scoops of Laird Superfood Original Creamer. If I drink coffee, I like it creamy. I used to really like Coffee Mate creamer. But, it has so many chemicals and is so bad for you. I found this creamer when searching for natural creamers. I went with this brand because they specialize in healthy, non-chemical foods and it’s super delicious. I keep my coffee in a YETI so it stays hot all day and I drink it throughout the day. I usually finish it after lunch.

And then, before I even leave for work, I try to get in at least 50 oz of water.

Snack – 10AM

I usually get hungry at around 10. But, I really try to listen to my body and eat when I feel hungry. I don’t force myself to eat unless I’m really feeling the need to. At this time, I usually have a banana or some other type of fruit. Or, I try to get my veggies in by drinking some homemade juices that I made with kale, spinach, broccoli, or carrots.

Lunch – 12PM

I try to go high protein, low carb with my lunches. I usually have shrimp, another type of fish, tofu, or chicken with some type of vegetable. I always prep my meals during the weekend so that I 

Snack – 3PM

I usually get hungry again around this time. I used to eat a rice cake. But, recently I’ve been obsessed with Nourish Snacks Ancient Grain Sea Salt Crisps. They’re like a more poppable rice cake. I will eat these plain or with some salsa. If I’m not in the mood for this snack, I’ll usually have another fruit or some nonfat, plain Greek yogurt with honey.

Dinner – 7PM

Dinner is different for me every night. I usually eat whatever my family is eating, which are mostly pescatarian options. I still try to limit the carbs and eat mostly veggies and protein.

On the weekends, I am much less strict with myself. I am still striving to stick to healthier options. But, I really take a break from the strict diet for a couple days. I allow myself to eat a little treat, like a brownie (which turns into eating the whole pan) and order the pasta dish at a restaurant (which turns into pasta, two glasses of wine, and dessert). I convince myself that this is carb cycling. But, really, I think I just like to treat myself after a week of eating pretty well. This is how I keep my sanity and keep my dieting consistent and achievable.

It is a much slower way to lose weight. But, I can see myself keeping this lifestyle for a very long time. If I didn’t add my treats in, I think I could only last one week. I am definitely seeing my craving for treats fade a little bit with each week. But, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to live without the option to have one.

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