Hola! I realized I haven't posted all summer, BUT I'm back. And better. To be honest, I've been struggling with content. Not because I haven't been gathering enough, but because some things have changed. And by changed, I'm talking about my weight. Believe it or not, since my move to Dallas a little over two years ago I've gained 25 lbs. Yikes! It was a slow creep, but a substantial one. I've never been one to obsess over a scale, but when I saw the numbers at my latest doctors appointment, I knew that had to change.
Then I thought about you guys, my readers who rely on me to give the deets on all the yummy recipes and restaurants. How do I provide you with that AND stay true to myself and my new weight loss goals. Well, I remember seeing a few of my friends doing a challenge on Instagram called "100 Days Happy" so I figured, why not do 100 Days Healthy!
So that's what I'm on right now. Trying to eat healthy for 100 days. As I write this I'm on day 25. It's definitely not the easiest thing, but very doable. (with cheat days of course) Though I haven't seen the amount of physical change I would like (I know, it takes time), I feel more energized and focused. And surprisingly, I haven't cut I out a gazillion things. Just being smarter about when and what I put in my body.
Here are some of the goodies I've been eating to help keep me on my game.
1. Tacos. I know I've posted about them before, but eating tacos on this diet is key. Mainly because it's the perfect way to incorporate a variety of veggies into your meal. Add some plain greek yogurt and sriracha and you're set. Most importantly, it's super cheap. $10 will get you enough veggies, beans, and shells to last a week, maybe even longer.
2. Breakfast. It's sounds cliche, but breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day. I say that because once I made up in my mind I would start the day with a good healthy meal, it was harder to make poor food choices later. I have an emergency stash of steel cut oats in my desk at work, but the meal I've been making the most is a egg and veggie breakfast wrap with a spinach tortilla. Add a side of fresh fruit and you're ready to take on the world.
3. Experiment. Now is the time to try new things. 100 days is a long time to eat the same things every week, so go outside your comfort zone. Start by trying a new fruit/veggie each week and find fun and easy recipes that incorporate what you've chosen. If you've never tried kale before, I suggest you start with that. I have plenty of fun things that incorporate kale here.
4. When all else fails, throw it on the grill. Whenever things start getting humdrum in the kitchen, take it to the grill (especially if your grill is at the pool) Fish, corn, eggplant, chicken, you name it -- you really can't go wrong.
5. Find your healthy spots. Depending on how busy your are, it may be hard to eat all your meals at home. Thus, it's important to have your go to healthy eateries that offer meals (under $10 preferably) that will help you stay on track. Salads and veggie bowls are some of my favorites so places like Qdoba and Bread Zepplin have become by right hand, my go to. When I'm feeling fancy I go to Whisk Crepes.
Eliminate sweets/sodas/lemonades from your home. You can't eat/drink what you don't have. And if you must, save it for a cheat day.
Speaking of cheat days, shoot for once a week. As your diet progresses try and dwindle it down to a cheat treat.
Keep a calendar so you don't lose track.
Don't step on the scale until it's all over.
Drink as much water as possible, especially with your meal. You get fuller, quicker.
Let me know if you're down to give this a try! And feel free to leave questions or comments below. Happy healthy eating!