Make Your Favorites Healthier
So, I have found in talking to many people about healthy eating that one of the consistent misconceptions is that they can not still eat what they enjoy. Many people turn to timed diets to lose weight. They eat whatever they want leading up to the diet, then one morning wake up and in essence try to not eat anything they like and live off of salads, and juice for a month. They may find that they lose a little bit of weight but when they go back to eating how they did before they gain more weight back. If you really want to take care of your body it CAN NOT be something you do every now and then. It just does not work that way. James have made healthy eating a part of our lifestyle. Why? Well, for lots of reasons.
1. We feel better.
2. We look better. (Lets be honest, this also aids in feeling better.)
3. Set an example for the two mini-James’ that live in our house.
4. Better for our immune system, and all body functions for that matter.
I would say those are the main four. We have been on this journey for almost two years now. You know from my previous post about guilty pleasures that this did not just come naturally for me. I had an extreme LOVE for some pretty unhealthy foods. Namely, pizza, cheeseburgers, fries, and cinnamon rolls are you drooling yet? So, where do you start? Well, I would say a great place to start is knowledge. If you take some time to seek out some info on what you are currently putting into your body and the effects it is having, you will have a huge boost of motivation. Next focus on those foods that you really love the most. How can you make them healthier? Can you add something/subtract something?
Pizza: instead of ordering a pepperoni pizza from Domino’s or throwing a frozen one in the microwave (we got rid of our microwave completely, more on that at another time though). Make your own. We use Bob’s Red Mill gluten free dough mix to make our dough. Tomato sauce with only tomatoes and salt free sugar free spices, almond mozzerella and pile it sky high with veggies. My favorite pizza topping is cilantro!
Cheeseburgers: I did a post on our burgers a few posts down, but we use high quality grass-fed beef, eliminate the bread by using romaine lettuce as the bun, and again top with tons of fresh veggies.
Fries: We make our own sweet potato fries by chopping them, sprinkling with a tiny amount of grapeseed oil, adding paprika, cinnamon, sea salt, and pepper. We also make our own ketchup (Do you know how much sugar is in Heinz? Yikes.)
Cinnamon rolls: If I crave one I will either put some cinnamon on a piece of Ezekiel bread, or mix some cinnamon in with some quinoa and honey. Cinnamon is one of the top sources of antioxidants. We put it on everything. It also helps with metabolism so it is great to get some in the morning. Make sure it is straight up. No sugar added.
GOAL: As a coach, I believe that goal setting can be really powerful. Why not set a goal for yourself to add in one healthy substitute a week for something that you eat commonly? By doing this it will ease the stress of trying to change everything all at once but can still make a big difference in your health!
I will post pictures of these yummy foods in future posts. Also, stay tuned for more recipes and substitutions. We come up with new ones all the time which makes eating healthier more fun as we constantly add more variety.
There are a lot of great resources out there on healthy substitutions. You can google almost anything these days, sometimes it helps to have a book though. A lot of the recipes that James and I use on a daily basis are in The Real Food Diet by Dr. Josh Axe. The main reason why we love it is because the beginning of the book is full of amazing information. It is straight forward and makes healthy eating and the reasons for doing it so simple.
James and I bought 6 copies of it at Christmas and gave them as gifts. I would now love to give a copy to one of you. Please leave a comment with a substitution that you use now or tell me something you would like to know a healthy substitution for if you are stumped. I will do a drawing on Tuesday morning. Trust me, you want this book.