I’m sure you’ve noticed that the frequency of my posts has dwindled.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still clean eating. I’m still drinking a smoothie every day. I’m still exercising daily. I’m still a zealot about all of it!
But….somewhere along the way, this new way of life became normal. It’s no longer as wondrous and exciting to me. It just is.
I no longer struggle over what to eat or how I’m going to handle a situation that might not have “my” kind of food. I’ve gotten so used to bringing my food with me, or being creative with what is available.
How can you make clean eating your new normal?
I think too much emphasis is placed on having a meal. The traditional plate of food has lost its purpose. Especially because very little of what America puts on their plates anymore is food. It used to be a selection of a meat, a vegetable and a starch. And none of these are bad. But more and more they are coming out of boxes and bags and are made from powders and processed to the point of not even resembling what they started out as…
Well, really. What’s the point?
Tweak it. For me, it seems easier and healthier to have a selection of fresh foods available and to combine them how you wish. If it’s there and it’s ready to eat, you’re going to eat it. Take the time to have a few staples ready to go along with your fresh fruits and vegetables, and it will make all the difference. Quinoa, legumes, sweet potatoes, seasoned chicken….these are all wonderful staple items to have cooked and ready to mix with your fresh ingredients to make a healthy and delicious bowl of food in very little time.
I made a food bowl the other night with fresh spinach, quinoa, sweet potato, fresh pineapple and fresh blueberries. It was what happened to be in the refrigerator and it was delicious!
My point is, it doesn’t have to be difficult. It doesn’t have to be a fancy recipe. This was just a bunch of healthy food thrown into a bowl. And to be completely honest, I added the blueberries as an afterthought because it was all orange, yellow and brown and I thought the blueberries might look nice!
I find myself grazing more and more. I eat pretty much all day long. Ask anyone I work with. I’m shoveling food into my mouth from the minute my butt hits my chair until the minute I leave in the afternoon. But it’s real food. It’s not processed crap. It’s fruits and vegetables and seeds and nuts and water. Always water.
My weight has plateaued again. After my initial 20 pound weight-loss down to 103, I gained muscle weight back up to 108, and I have stayed there for about 9 months now.
Do you hear what I’m saying? I eat all day long, but I don’t gain weight. I work out every day, but I don’t lose weight. I’m healthy. I am maintaining my perfect body size because I am feeding it the perfect foods.
Step outside the dinner plate. Embrace the bowl. Make a new normal.