If you know me at all, you know that bread and cheese are just about my two favorite foods. While I don't eat a lot of white bread/pasta/rice, I do probably consume more carbs than I should. So I decided to meet with the nutritionist on staff to get some guidance. She had great things to say about some of the things that I was eating, but said that if I could lower my daily carb intake to 40-45% of my diet, and consistently exercise 5 days a week, then my weight would be back to "normal" in no time at all.
I've been working really hard these past 2 weeks to meal plan, exercise, and stay consistent with a well rounded diet- and it's starting to pay off. I've already lost 3 pounds!! For someone who tries to eat vegan about 80% of the time, I've had to add in low fat dairy to replace some of the more "carby" things that I was eating. I've also been more conscious about fruits and starchy vegetables, and have tried to add as much green leafy things as I can stomach. It's not easy, but the key to being successful is to plan, plan, plan!
Below are just a few of the meals that I have in rotation, so I'm not having to reinvent the wheel on a regular basis.
|0% fat greek yogurt with berries and ground flax seeds|
|Egg whites and spinach on Ezekiel toast, with a little hot sauce on top|
|Veggies, tofu and hummus, oh my!|
|Chopped spinach salad with a cauliflower pizza bite|
|Egg whites with spinach, tomatoes, kale and a babybel |
(trying to clean out the fridge at the end of the week)
|Tofu and kale tacos with avocado|
|Okra and spaghetti squash with avocado cream|
|Black bean and kale tacos. Maybe not the most "low carb", |
but they still kept me within 40-45% for the day
I know several people who are either getting ready for a wedding, or just trying to reshape their overall health. What are your tips/tricks for staying on track?