A Dying Breed

Health Food!

After a lot of consideration, I have decided that I’m going to take a break from training for about a week or two. This will give me enough time to recover from my Cross Country season. Also, this will let me indulge during Halloween, which I would not be able to resist anyways. Hence, the huge picture of Domo with candy corn, aka my favorite Halloween candy!

This post isn’t about candy, although I could go on all day about how much I love it. No, this is about healthy food! I don’t want to drag on and on about this, so I’m doing this in lists, so get your pens ready!

Here are some need-to-know quick tips about your diet. First, you should have more than 3 meals a day! Throughout the day you need to be eating. This keeps your metabolism constantly working and revives your energy. Multiple small meals is way easier on your body than a few large meals. Second, once in a while, you can give in to your temptations! I believe that this is the main reason diets don’t work; people torture themselves by quitting unhealthy foods cold turkey. You can still enjoy these foods in small quantities every once in a great while, just don’t make it a regular thing.

Also, a rule from James Beckerman, M.D. Your food should follow the 2-4-8 rule; try to have 20 grams of protein, less than 400 calories and less than 800 mg of sodium.

Now let’s get going!

BREAKFAST FOOD:

  • Whole-grain toast (I love it with homemade strawberry jelly!)
  • Eggs
  • Oats
  • Juice (Cranberry, apple, orange, whatever!)
  • Fruit!
  • decaf coffee (If you can’t live without coffee)
SNACKS(Make sure these are frequent, small portions):
  • Quaker Mini Delights 90 calorie pack (I’m a big fan of the caramel)
  • Fiber One bars (GREAT variety)
  • Popcorn (plain please! Actually really good!)
  • Trail mix
  • Sardines (good on crackers)
  • Vegetables (carrots, celery, etc.)
  • Fruit! (Apples with a tablespoon of peanut butter adds some protein!)
  • Yogurt
FAST FOOD(Yes, you can have it!):
  • McDonald’s: Side salad with or without low-fat Italian dressing
  • McDonald’s: Grilled Chicken Snack wrap with or without dressing
  • Noodles&Co: bowls with whole grain noodles
  • Chipotle: Burrito bowls
  • Subway: 6 inch, wheat bread, roast beef (easy on the dressing. Veggies!)
LUNCH/DINNER:
  • Progresso soup (Personal favorite! So many flavors and on Weight Watchers system)
  • Healthy Choice Steamers
  • Salmon (Super food!)
  • Lean Cuisine
  • Smart Ones
Before I let you go, I want to expel a popular myth; Microwavable meals can’t be healthy or help you lose weight. WRONG! In fact, the opposite is true. Thanks to the predetermined portions and limited calories (if you choose the right meals), they can actually help with weight loss! So reconnect with your frozen food section!
So take these next few weeks to enjoy you Halloween treats before kick-starting your tasty new diet! Blog ya later!
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