Eating should be simple. However, with the countless amount of different theories and diets out there, you can easily get lost. Between vegan and paleo, it seems like one food that has a health halo in one diet wouln’t be touched with a ten foot pole in the other! That’s why now I eat in balance, not following any one theory but rather combining pieces of all of them with common sense. I eat mostly a vegetarian diet, get my dairy from yogurt, and eat organic meats and fish. This way of eating works well for me- I’m not left craving anything nor do I feel bloated or am hungry. But it wasn’t always like this. Not too long ago, I got lost in the swarm of theories and essentially tried to follow them all at once. As you can imagine that blocked out a huge selection of foods! As you can imagine, I was left with pretty much 3 foods on the acceptable list: Vegetables, berries, and avocado. Obviously, you can’t have a balanced diet with just those 3 foods, and I’m so happy I came to realize that! I was eating healthy, but definitely not balanced. Here’s a comparison of some examples of what I eat now and what I ate then. Thank you Jenn over at Peas and Crayons for hosting!
Breakfast Then: Vegetable juice, a piece of fuit, or a 1/2 cup oatmeal
Breakfast now: Power Parfait (Recipe coming soon!!) or a Green Smoothie+oatmeal with chia, berries, and almond butter
Nothing. Not very tasty, right?:)
Snack now: Homemade Low Sugar Energy Bars or a healthy snack bar
Lunch then: Small piece fruit with 1 piece bread + 1 T. nut butter or a plain lettuce salad with balsamic dressing
Lunch now: Whole Foods salad bar mix of beans, lentils, kale, beets, guac, etc. or Greens and Proteins Salmon, Kale, and Sweet Potato Mash. You probably think I go to Whole Foods every day! I swear I don’t, and pack my lunch everyday, although that would be rather nice! These are the highlights of this week 🙂
Snack then: a couple of crackers
Snack now: Green protein smoothie with flax, chia, fruit, nut butter or yogurt bowl with fruit and granola
Dinner then: Bowl of veggies with a bit of quinoa, veggie kale wrap with bit of lentils, sweet potato
Dinner now: Salmon, whole sweet potato, veggies, or 2 veggie burgers+ veggies, or big bowl of lentil bean soup with avocado on side
As you can tell, I’ve added carbs, protein, and veggies to every meal, upped my portion size, and feel better than ever because of it! I’ve found that the best way to eat for me is with balance, nothing off limits, and clean. And another WIAW means another product loving!
Have a fantastic rest of your week!:)