These are a Few of My Favorite Healthy Things
A healthy kitchen is a happy kitchen
If you are going to make a lifestyle change you need to clean the cupboards, the fridge and your pantry - where ever food is stored. Or perhaps you even keep a private stash of snacks. GET RID OF THEM - out with old - in with the new.
Now I get rid of everything by eating it, LOL - no actually I was pretty successful over the holidays of not getting in too many unhealthy snacks. However I did receive some candy for Christmas. It is now gone so out I went to stock up on my good snacks.
So you ask - what to get rid of - and what to stock up on.
GET RID OF WHITE - white processed sugar, white flour, white rice - buy the healthy alternatives like brown rice, agave or honey, non-gluten flour or whole wheat flour.
Also get rid of Artificial sweeteners - (that means no diet soda)
I follow a rule now - if it has over 5 ingredients on the label, I don't buy it. Be aware of what you are putting in your body - if you can't pronounce it - do you think you should be eating it? READ THE LABELS.
I was completely taken over by one of the Stevia brands of sweeteners - Stevia is okay - but some of the more popular brands put in some questionable ingredients.
Stock up good whole foods - yes, you cook a little more - but the benefits are many. I wanted a piece of salmon one day. I looked at Mrs. Paul's - tons of ingredients - I just wanted a piece of fish - went to the fish department of the store and found individual packs of frozen salmon - and guess what - the only ingredient was salmon - who knew.
Taking the Right Steps
* Eliminate sugar, artificial sweeteners and refined carbs
* Get rid of cows milk and switch to almond, coconut or one of the many blends of milk instead.
* Shop for lots of veggies and fruit
* Good fats in moderation (olive oil & coconut oil)
My favorite sweets
So how am I doing?
Well, truth be told - I am slowly edging my way into it - I haven't started the detox part of the plan yet. Right now I am making some changes. Today I weighed myself and I am down 2 pounds. I still haven't been eating the healthiest but I am starting to get there. Remember - I am not a cold turkey kind of girl, but that might be the right thing for you. Mainly I am trying to avoid my triggers. Namely, chocolate and salty snacks like pretzels.
I have been having some of the very dark chocolate - it satisfies my craving without wanting more.
Identifying triggers is always a good idea. I know that I cannot have my trigger foods - they lead to my downfall. So I have to find healthier options that make me happy. That should be your goal to.
Hero Chia seed bars are really filling - I love them as my three o'clock snack - much better than that three o'clock snickers.
My Favorite snacks
So what are my favorites to buy
Have on hand - Chia Seeds & Hemp Seeds. Add them to everyday food. Spike the meatloaf or sauce for the family.
Hemp seed are a deliciously nutty addition to my salads. Chia I use in oatmeal all the time.
Agave - sweet, lighter than honey - and easy to pour.
Dark Dark chocolate - I even like the 90% Cacao - the higher the better!!!! Plus - the higher the number the less I eat - bonus!
Unsalted Sunflower Seeds or nuts - add to oatmeal, salads or have just as a snack.
Hard Boiled Eggs - my go to protein when I need a protein boost.
Almond butter - I like so much better than peanut butter.
Sprouted Whole grain bread - I freeze it right away and that way it doesn't go to waste.
The Daniel Plan - Food
So what have we learned so far
- Clean out the kitchen of the unhealthy food
- Stock up on the healthy food
- move more