During the my past 5 years of losing 30 lbs, overcoming Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and transforming my body, one very important thing I have learned is that losing weight and staying lean is as much about what you eat as it is about what you don’t.
The reason for this is twofold. First, we all know that junk food is bad for us, confuses the body, wrecks our metabolism, and makes us fat. Secondly when we eat powerful foods every day, it is a double win because not only will we be getting nutrition we weren’t getting before, but we won’t have “room” for junk food.
One of the main reasons I’ve been able to maintain my 30-lbs weight loss for 5 years is I have committed to eating certain foods every single day. And when I say every day, I mean every day, including my birthday, vacation, holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. Here are 9 foods that I never (or very rarely) ate 5 years ago that I now eat every day:
1. Sprouted grains
I had never heard of sprouted grains prior to starting my health and fitness journey in 2010. When I found them, I was hooked. Sprouted grains are more digestible, more nutritious, and a great alternative to processed grains. My favorite sprouted grain product is Food For Life Ezekiel bread.
I never tried Stevia prior to 2010. Most people know that Stevia is a leaf that is sweeter than sugar and is a great alternative. I use it in my coffee every morning, along with unsweetened almond milk. Stevia contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
2008 before I ate any of these foods. Check out the bags under my eyes!
3. Greek Yogurt
I’m pretty sure I never tried Greek yogurt prior to 2010. Greek yogurt is high in protein and contains good bacteria, which most people don’t have enough of. My favorite brand is Fage, and I buy it at Kroger, Sprouts, and Costco.
Blueberries are a superfood. I rarely at blueberries prior to starting my transformation (maybe a couple times a year?). Now I eat them most days. My favorite is frozen organic berries because I don’t have to worry that they will go bad. Blueberries boost the immune system, helps with eyesight, prevents cancer, and that’s just the tip of the ice berg when it comes to their health benefits.
5. Leafy greens
According to WebMD, greens are the No. 1 food you can eat regularly to help improve your health. They prevent diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. I used to eat leafy greens anywhere from monthly to weekly, and the variety was limited. Now I eat many varieties of leafy greens such as kale, chard, spinach, arugula, and I eat them raw 365 days a year. Imagine how powerful that is!
Wow, we really ARE what we eat!
6. Nuts and seeds
I definitely did not eat nuts every day prior to starting my transformation. I thought they were high in calories and high in fat and therefore made you fat. Boy was I wrong? Nuts are good for the heart and brain. They contain vitamins, minerals, and a good balance of protein, carbs, fat, and fiber.
I first tried Shakeology in 2010 and have been using it every day since. It contains superfoods from around the world and helps you lose weight, improve digestion, increase energy, reduce cravings, and improve your overall health. Plus, it tastes amazing!
8. Almond butter
I had never heard of almond butter prior to 2010 or 2011 but quickly became a fat. I love mixing it with my Shakeology or putting it on celery. Almond butter is a healthier alternative to peanut butter and contains protein, vitamin E, healthy fats, along with the minerals calcium and magnesium.
Tempeh is a fermented food that is high in protein, good for digestion, contains healthy fats, and is a good source of vitamin B and trace minerals. When I first tried tempeh, I thought it was weird. But then I gave it another shot, and now I love it and eat it several times a week!
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