This post was written by Laura Evans. Laura is a Shaklee Key Coordinator and on her way to becoming a Master Coordinator. A busy mother of three, she is constantly on the move–either with her kids or building her Shaklee business. Thanks to the Shaklee 180™ Plan and her daily cardio workouts, she’s much lighter and healthier than ever.
In May 2011, I decided I wanted to lose weight and become healthier—heart disease runs in my family, and I wanted to break the cycle. In the past nine months I’ve lost 35 pounds, plus 7 inches off my waist. And today, I not only look good, but I feel great!
During my weight-loss journey, I kept a food and exercise journal to help me stay committed. Journaling allowed me to see what I was eating and how many calories I was taking in on a daily basis. Yikes! As a result, I found I could make better eating choices by replacing foods heavy with wasted calories that weren’t good for me, didn’t fill me up, or didn’t give me energy with foods that were good for me, easy to prepare, and didn’t leave me feeling hungry 20 minutes later.
Here are five things I’ve found that I LOVE to eat and that have been easy to incorporate into my new diet:
1. I love the Shaklee Cinch® Meal-in-a-Bar and the Cinch® Snack Bars. Since I’m constantly on the go, I always keep some of these in my purse so I’ve got something healthy, high in protein, and energizing on hand to eat. My favorite flavors are the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Meal-in-a-Bar and the Chocolate Decadence Snack Bar.
2. My go-to favorites are fresh, raw veggies. For example, I’ll munch on celery, cucumbers, bell peppers, and carrots throughout the day. I make sure the fridge at home and the fridge at the office are both veggie-stocked. This helps me to avoid temptation and to stick to my healthy eating routine.
3. Plain Greek yogurt without the sugary syrup has a rich, creamy taste that makes me feel a little like I’m cheating. But I’m not because it’s low in sugar and calories.
4. Did you know that quinoa has more fiber than rice? Not only that, it has an amazing nutty flavor that adds a little excitement to my meal. It’s easy to cook and makes an amazingly versatile side dish. Don’t worry about making too much. Add some cucumbers and tomatoes to leftover quinoa, and voilà: You’ve got a healthy and tasty salad.
5. A tuna salad with mustard instead of mayonnaise has loads of protein and flavor without the fat.
My other rule of thumb is to avoid sugar, white flour, white bread, and whole milk. They may taste good, but they also contain hidden calories that aren’t good for me (or you!).
Do you have favorite healthy foods that have kept you from dipping in the cookie jar? Share them in the comments section below!