The grease from the wrapper is warm as it coats your hand like a glove of regret. You can feel that the top of the breakfast sandwich is hard from sitting under the gas station heat lamp. After your first bite you examine what’s inside. “This can’t be a real egg.”, you think as you reach for another pile of napkins. Finished, you toss the wrapper. You’re quickly reminded of your breakfast as your hands slide a little more than usual on the steering wheel. “I know I shouldn’t be eating this. I didn’t even like it, so why did I eat the whole thing?”, you think. In that moment you feel like you have no control.
This was me.
It’s been about 6 months since I started to eat healthier and the number one question I get is, “What’s the secret!?”. There is no magic berry that’s going to whisk away 10lbs, you’re not going to order pre-made diet meals from a company for your whole life, and you’re not going to eat bacon 3 meals a day forever. You have to want to change more than you want bad foods. How you get to that point is different for all of us. Here is how I mentally got there along with some of the foods I’ve been eating.
How I got there mentally.
What have I been eating?
I do 3 healthy meals a day and cut out all snacking. I keep my breakfast and lunch basically the same.
Breakfast: Oatmeal w/ egg or peanut butter, and a ton of fruit
Lunch: Usually a non cream based soup, fruit on the side, and maybe a lean protein like some chicken from the night before, or tuna.
Dinner: I’ll have a healthier variation of whatever we’re making. If we’re having pasta and meatballs I’ll put the meatballs over cauliflower, that kind of stuff.
Snacks: If I need a boost to get me to the next meal I’ll do a LÄRABAR, some air popped popcorn, fruit, carrots hummus etc.
What did I cut out?
You need to change the way you think about food. You need to change up your daily routine. You need to know that you’re in total control. I know you want it, that’s why you’re reading this, so you’'ve already checked that box off on one of the hardest parts about getting started.