I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was reading a book that was really inspiring me to make some changes in my diet. I will recap the book more in a later post, but I wanted to share a bit today what I’ve changed and how dramatically it has impacted my life in only the span of a few weeks.
I don’t believe in quick fixes but the changes I have seen over the last few weeks have astonished me. In short, I am trying to move daily which is always important. It may only be running a few miles, taking a long walk with Lulu or an hour-long bike ride, but I’ve been doing something. What I haven’t been doing is killing myself at the gym or running so many miles my head spins. I decided it would be easier and smarter for me to eat better instead of continuing to eat the same and exercise more. Make sense?
Homemade Chickpea Salad
I’ve been taking a handful of vitamins and supplements. I take them first thing in the morning and I have found they really help jump-start my day. I have been limited coffee to one cup per day with Stevia to sweeten it, if necessary. I also have been limiting alcohol intake. I’m also trying to drink more water.
I’ve been avoiding grain-heavy foods early in the day. I have them mostly at dinner or at lunch if I expect a heavier workout in the afternoon. I’ve also been eating an apple and a few small carrots daily for my snacks instead of running after dairy and whole-wheat products.
For my meals I have been following what would probably be easiest described as a mostly vegan approach, with dairy and meat added sparingly. I’m not eating meat and dairy with every meal. And I’m also not eliminating it entirely so please don’t confuse my description with me being a full-blown vegan. And I still cook with butter – real 100% butter!
For breakfast I’ve been having eggs and spinach with some fruit. I’ve been eating a lot of salads for lunch but making sure I add protein to them, and I’ve been making homemade dressing. For dinner is when I’ll have something “heavier” like chicken breast and some sweet potatoes or other vegetables. Or maybe rice or quinoa.
I used to eat pasta, bread and tortilla shells like they were going out of style. I’ve really put a limit on those foods. Key word, limit, not elimination. I don’t want eating out or special occasions to cause me stress. I’ve just focused a lot more on the meals I can prepare and control, mostly during the work week.
My intentions with all these changes are to boost my health and energy levels. So far I’m feeling really great and I did get on the scale, out of curiosity, and I found I have lost 7 pounds. This shocked me initially, but when I read about another blogger who recently made similar changes and lost 12 pounds rather quickly, I calmed down a bit. Apparently the body burns more calories simply digesting vegetables. Making small changes can really have a big impact.