I don’t diet. I know myself and know my body, and the second that I start depriving myself, I want to rebel against every rule I have set. I did a 12-day detox once that ended by lunchtime on day six; Bob caught me eating a peanut butter sandwich which broke the no gluten and no processed food rules! To combat this rebellious streak, I have started implanting a few simple changes in my diet and just thinking more about what I’m giving my body – and I’m starting to see changes!
I’m not saying that I’m eating super duper clean – I still eat ice cream if I want it and pizza on Fridays. Some of my better choices may still be high in sugar or calories, but they are better than other things I could be eating. Small, baby steps – steps that I know I will stick with! As ZonePerfect describes them, #LittleWins! In the last two and a half years, I’m down 35 pounds, and less than ten pounds away from what I’ve considered my “goal weight” this whole time. And I’m feeling fabulous!
Eat more veggies. As a vegetarian, this should be a no brainer, but the struggle is real. I feel like I still eat like a college kid, and I definitely fell into the “cheese-atarian/carb-atarian” stereotypes of lacto-ovo-vegetarianism. I’ve amped up my broccoli consumption big time and I’d like to get back into green smoothies.
Eat less pasta. Like I said, I was a carb-atarian for years. Mac and cheese for lunch, pasta for dinner – that was a normal day. I’m definitely not gluten-free, but I have really cut back on the pasta (maaaaybe once a week now) and when I do eat wheat, I’m trying to make it whole-grain.
Eat less cheese. See above. Cheese has been my main food group my entire life. I’m really trying to cut back and only have it on meals, instead of just as a snack. I’m trying to cut back on my dairy in general – when I do have it, it’s in the form of Greek yogurt – because I’d love to eventually be closer to a vegan diet.
Protein-rich snacks to satisfy my sweet tooth. When I want a sweet snack, I’ve found the perfect replacement for an ice cream sandwich or pre-packaged pastry – ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars. Each one of these bars contains 15g of protein and 19 vitamins and minerals, and the flavors are delicious. I’m obsessed with the cinnamon roll. I grab these in the Walmart pharmacy section while I’m grocery shopping and love them for an afternoon snack, or for breakfast with my coffee.
Corn chips instead of kettle cooked. You know when you lose weight by eating corn chips instead of kettle cooked potato chips that you were eating too many potato chips!! I know they’re still chips, but they are far less greasy and gluten-free. They’ve become my favorite afternoon snack!
Zero pop. While I’m flexible on most of these rules, this is the one I’ve stood by seriously with no exceptions. I’ve been Cherry-Coke-free for over six months now, and I can’t believe how much less bloated I feel. Plus, my sugar intake dropped substantially. I’ve also completely dropped alcohol in the last two months and I feel clear-headed and flat-bellied.
Skip the whip. I’m a beverage lover. I always have a coffee, tea, smoothie, or something in my hand. After dropping pop, I’ve been drinking more water – but you know I would never willingly give up my coffee! 90% of the time, I drink my coffee black. Sometimes I’ll use a creamer when I’m at home for a nice afternoon treat, and if I’m at my favorite coffee shop, I’ll splurge on whipped cream every now and then, but for the most part, I have really cut back the dairy and sugar in my coffee.
I think it’s important to note that I was fabulous, beautiful and worthy at 192 pounds, just as I am at 157 pounds, and as I will be at my goal weight of 150 pounds. Love yourself, never deprive yourself, and treat yourself (within moderation!). Be sure to check out other #ZonePerfectLittleWins [HERE] and look for ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars at your local Walmart in the pharmacy section.