So I don’t believe in diets. I feel like you should make smart and realistic nutritional decisions to fit your lifestyle. I like to eat…and like most people, if I deprive myself of all things “evil and delicious” I’m setting myself up for failure. With that being said, I don’t think you should divulge into every single temptation. But if I want pizza, I’m gonna order a pizza – I just might have to restrain myself from eating the whole thing! It’s all about moderation.
I think the key of a healthy diet is implementing healthy choices into your diet regularly – not 100% of the time. Not only is eating “healthy” expensive, but it can be time consuming (constant grocery shopping, meal prepping, etc.) If you’re like me, you don’t have the time/energy/desire to cook and prep all of your meals. Find options that are healthy but also convenient for you; otherwise you will just get frustrated and the “diet” will back fire. The first thing to do, is to not have “junk food” in your house. Maybe a secret stash for emergencies only – but if they aren’t there, you’re less tempted (out of sight, out of mind, right?) And who knows, over time you may get used to not having them around and crave them hardly at all! Ditch your potato chips for wheat thins or a low calorie cracker or carrot sticks. Replace your sugary snacks with granola bars. Hit up Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Central Market, etc and just try some new snacks!
It took me a while, but I finally found a “diet” that I not only ENJOY, but that’s convenient and EASY!!! First off – I don’t enjoy cooking….and/or grocery shopping. I’ve discovered a few tricks so I don’t do either hardly at all. I recently started using Isagenix products – which is one of my biggest reasons for this post. It’s a wonderful nutrition plan that fuels your body with all of the vitamins and minerals it needs. Their wide variety of products allow you to have a flexible diet, while at the same time giving you the nutrients you need to stay healthy and energetic.
My biggest reason for starting Isagenix was because I had no energy – and no motivation. I felt “blah” all the time and all I ever felt like doing was lounging around. I needed something to get me off the couch and out the door so I could get back to my active lifestyle that I once had. I love working out, but didn’t feel energetic enough. I think the biggest problem was that I wasn’t giving my body what it needed. Isagenix has a fabulous line of energy products that are all-natural and don’t give you that “crash”. The shakes though, are what help me maintain that energy and make me actually FEEL healthy. They supply you with supplementation you need, and probably aren’t getting. And the best part – it’s a meal replacement! No cooking, just blending (or shaking…but I prefer blending with ice). Of course I mix things up and add fruit and whatever else sounds good. (More on this in a bit). A typical shake day is 2 shakes a day – ideally replacing 2 meals. The thing to remember is to snack in between meals, so you’re eating every few hours or so (5-6 times a day). This keeps your metabolism going and keeps you from binging!
To keep my mind sharp and my energy up, I use the Ionix Supreme and the Want More Energy?. The Ionix Supreme I take in the morning or on my way to work. It’s designed to give you mental and cognitive awareness – basically keeps your mind sharp! The Want More Energy? is great before or during workouts or to give you a boost of energy to get you through the day.
There are 3 lines of shakes: IsaLean, IsaLean Pro and IsaPro Whey. The IsaPro is for post-workout protein. IsaLean Pro is for those that want to build more lean muscle, and the IsaLean is the standard shake. To decide which shakes and other products to take, depends on your goals. Whether it be weight loss, lean muscle gain, or energy/performance, Isagenix has packages to help you meet your goals. A good place to start is to try out one of their different packages. With the shipment, you will receive guides on how and when to take certain products and their benefits. I started out with the Energy and Performance System, and then made my autoship/future order a smaller package – the Athlete’s Pak. I also order the e+ shots, cleanse for life and any other snacks as needed.
The great thing with Isagenix, is that you have flexibility. If you want to go out to eat or have something sinful, do it! As long as you’re having your shakes, you’re getting the nutrition you need. There’s no way I’m giving up my pizza and beer! And you can always do their deep cleanse to rid of all those toxins. Splurging every once in a while will not slow your progress – just be sure to stay on track.
If you’re interested in trying Isagenix, or just wanna check out the products then go to my page – nnpowers.isagenix.com. Isagenix is also a company that allows you financial growth as well. You can make money simply by inspiring others to join! (More info about the business opportunities on the website.)
Now for my non-shake meal, I usually have a meal from My Fit Foods. They portion and prep all the food for you – and they have a wide variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I love it because I know I’m getting proper portions…and I don’t have to cook! At first they seem pricey, but it cuts down on a lot of grocery shopping – and a LOT of time. And If you eat out, you actually spend more on a meal most likely, so you’re probably spending about the same. They have 3 sizes to choose from, and most of their meals are gluten free. I have yet to have something from there that I don’t like (it beats anything I could try and make!) They have chicken, pork, beef, salmon,salads, pastas, chilis, tacos, muffins…and more! You can pre-order your meals online (for most stores) and pick them up. Check out their meals! (www.myfitfoods.com)
Now I don’t do this for every meal, but they’re great to take to work or if you’re busy and don’t have time to cook.
Another thing I discovered is Nature Box. It’s a monthly subscription and you get 5 healthy snacks delivered to your home for $19.99. (They also have a 10 snack option.) You can either get surprise snacks (it’s like Christmas!), or you can customize your order. Their products are all natural, and most are vegan. No high fructose corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated oils, no trans fats, and no artificial sweeteners or flavors. They have granolas, dried fruits, nut mixes, fig bars, rice snacks, trail mixes, etc. I love mixing their different granolas in with my greek yogurt. (www.naturebox.com)
An obsession and must-have snack of mine are the Quest Protein Bars. These can be purchased online or at GNC. They are AMAZING protein bars! They have about 21g of protein, only 4g of carbs, anywhere from 1-4g of sugar, and they’re gluten free. I don’t know how they make them taste so good…but they are delcious – and they have so many flavors! These are great post-workout or a mid-day snack. (http://www.questproteinbar.com/)
So what do I buy at the grocery store? Well it’s not much. Here’s a few things I may stock up on.
- Greek Yogurt – I love greek yogurt , i usually get Chobani or Fage. Greek yogurt is a great source of protein, and I usually eat one for lunch or a midday snack. I get both flavored and plain. I mix granola and agave nectar in with the plain, and it’s pretty tasty.
- Egg Beaters Egg Whites – I grew up making eggs in the microwave…no I’m not crazy and yes it works (maybe it’s a Michigan thing?) Anywho – I pour about 6oz or so of egg whites into a coffee mug. (Spray the mug with a light cooking spray if you want…so the eggs don’t stick). Add a little bit of cheese or herbs, or whatever you like. I add Laughing Cow cheese wedges, they have a variety of flavors and add great flavor to the egg whites. Pop it in the microwave for a 1 1/2 minutes, stir and cook for another 30-60 secs, and boom! You have scrambled egg whites! So easy…so yummy!
- Fruit – bananas, apples, grapefruit, clementines – whatever I’m in the mood for! I like the Del Monte fruit cups, but I drain the liquid cuz it has quite a bit of sugar. I love adding the mango and pineapple to my shakes!
- Coconut and/or Almond milk – I like putting a few ounces in my shakes, or I will put it in my cereal. Silk Pure Coconut milk is usually what I get. Watch out for the flavored milks (i.e. Vanilla) cuz they can have added sugar and calories.
- Almonds – whole natural almonds are good, but if you’re not a fan I love the Blue Diamond Toasted Coconut Almonds.
- Stevia – a wonderful all-natural sweetener. I add it to my tea and my Isagenix cleanse.
- Chicken Breast – I just keep these in my freezer, in case I don’t have anything for dinner. I like to add it to angel hair pasta with some garlic and olive oil. (Avoid jar pasta sauce, it’s TERRIBLE for you!)
There’s other things I may get here or there, but these are the most common. I try not to keep pop in my house, that way I’m not tempted. I drink a lot of tea, especially iced green tea. It doesn’t have a lot of caffeine but it keeps me alert. I’m a huge Teavana fan, and have a good variety of teas from them. I actually have a blog on tea it’s nutritional benefits.
I hope this is somewhat helpful to those of you who want to eat better, look better, but not stress yourself out doing it 🙂
And I highly recommend giving Isagenix a try, or at least checking it out. I was skeptical about it at first – and don’t usually buy into nutrition fads and what not – but I’m a firm believer in these products. They have a lot of different products, for many different things – even a skincare line! And if you get others to sign up, you actually make money, which can pay for your products.
So click on my link and get started! nnpowers.isagenix.com