Spring is here! Today I’m giving you 8 Ways To Spring Clean Your Diet. Several of you have asked for tips on cleaning up your diet and routine. While healthy eating may come naturally for some, it requires a little more effort for others. Whether your goal is to lose weight, feel better or be healthy there’s no better time than now to get on track. Consider this your spring cleaning checklist for your health!
Seven years ago I lost 80 pounds and managed to keep it off. I’m frequently asked how I keep the weight off because a lot of people who lose weight gain it back. This can be for various reasons.
Maybe they ate too few calories during their weight loss. This causes metabolism to slow down, or they haven’t sustained healthy habits, have emotional eating issues, or medical conditions (i.e. hormones, diabetes, etc.) affecting hunger and how their body utilizes and stores fat.
Today I’m sharing the things I do to keep the weight off. While these do not guarantee weight loss, they promote a healthy lifestyle which is really how long term weight loss is achieved.
Years ago I set out on the most amazing journey of my life, and lost 80 pounds. Being overweight and living an unhealthy lifestyle most of my life, I committed myself to get healthy and living active. I lost 80 pounds, not by choice but through commitment. After committing to eating right and exercising for over a year, I went from a size 14 to a size 2 and lost 80 pounds.
Looking back, I see my weight loss was a pivotal moment in my life. It transformed me beyond my physical body. It changed my view of the world, taught me that weight does not define your self worth and led me to pursue my ultimate dream goals. I learned to cook healthy recipes, became a food photographer, writer, nutrition practitioner, and group fitness instructor. If it were not for my 80 pound weight loss, you would not see the woman you see today.
More importantly, I discovered who I am and learned to love myself.
After struggling with my food and weight practically my entire life, I feel blessed that I had the opportunity to experience a healthy way of living. It’s made me a better person and I want to share my story to inspire you. Weight loss is truly a cumulation of small lifestyle changes and sticking with them for a long period of time. It’s a lifestyle, not a diet. Here’s how I lost 80 pounds.
Everywhere you look right now someone is telling you what to do for better health, a better mind, and a better body. I see people saying things like “I can’t wait until my Whole30 is over and I can eat cookies again.” While I believe detoxing your body from sugar and processed foods is valuable, I also know it’s not realistic for the average person to do this right out the gate and to sustain it. This is exactly why you should add not subtract for your health.
I am a yo yo dieter! I have lost and regained weight too many times to count! I lose motivation once I've lost the weight. And I think that is because I have never learned to lose weight correctly. To me it has always been a chore. I want it to become a lifestyle.
My response -> Motivation is lacking because you don't like what you're doing. To make it a lifestyle, you need to build healthy habits slowly.
People tell me all the time “healthy food tastes bad.” Honestly, I can’t disagree with them because I once thought the same thing.
I was reminded of my disdain for healthy food last week when a reader commented on a site I freelance for saying the recipe was horrible and how she was trying to lose weight and from Texas and it wasn’t in any way shape or form good or like the food in Texas. Now in fairness to the reader, the title of the recipe may have been misleading but the editors name the recipes so I don’t control that.
What I do have control over are the recipes I post. I 100% do not post recipes I don’t like here or on any of my freelance sites. If a recipe’s no good, I tell the editors I need to tweak it. I also eat all my recipes. In fact, the recipe this reader was referring to was something I remade last weekend because I loved it so much. I’ve made my fair share of ugly and disgusting recipes, and this was not one of them.
Her comment reminded me of that time in my life when healthy food tasted really bad. Okay, so it tasted horrible. You couldn’t pay me to eat vegetables. Kale what?
Is sugar making you fat?
If there’s one question I’m asked most about my weight loss, it’s what’s the one thing I’d recommend other people change in their diet to start losing weight. My answer is always the same. Stop eating so much sugar.
Since the introduction of high fructose corn syrup and other sugar additives in processed foods in the 1970’s, sugar consumption has risen along with obesity. Americans are 25 pounds heavier today than they were 25 years ago.
The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men daily yet according to a Harvard School of Public Health study, 70% of Americans are eating 22 teaspoons of sugar a day or more and this doesn’t include the sugar consumed from fruits and vegetables.
What happens when you eat sugar? Your body stores it as fat if you’re not active enough to burn it and if you’re overweight, you will continue storing sugar as fat until your body’s energy requirements exceed what you’re eating. So yes, sugar is making you fat.