Healthy Eating

“Your food choices each day affect your health — how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future. Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health.” -Fitness.Gov


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I decided to try a cleanse for my ‘eating’ portion of this plan. I followed the guidelines of “The Green Smoothie Cleanse” book, written by JJ Smith (Thank You Silvienne for the recommendation!.) After 3 days of the cleanse my body began to reject the smoothies, it was awful. However, this new diet changed my life for the better. I have less cravings for sweets and fried food. Also, I am able to eat smaller portions and stop when I feel satisfied!  img_6190

Along with the cleanse I decided to cut out all soda beverages as well as juice. I got 1 box of ‘Yogi’ Blueberry slim green tea and three boxes of Lipton’s green tea. I planned to drink 7-8 cups of water a day and 2-3 cups of tea daily. I knew that it would be difficult to maintain this eating schedule and time management would be very important but I was determined to change. Usually, I drink tea without added flavor but for sweetness, sometimes I would add honey, stevia or condensed milk.

The last part of my meal plan consisted of fruits, daily. My goal was to eat an apple a day. This plan was the first time I tried meal prepping. I bought 1 bag of Tilapia, 1 bag of sweet potatoes and 2 bags of frozen veggies. I gave myself 1 cheat day each week where I could have chocolate and eat cereal!

It’s important to have fun with your meals. Eat things you enjoy and don’t starve yourself. It is healthy to eat 5-6 small meals a day. Count your calories if needed and keep your eyes focused on the finish line. Hard work pays off and The Lord sees your disciple and motivation to #FeedYourSoul

Meal Suggestions

  • Breakfast:
    • Greek Yogurt + Granola
    • Oatmeal
    • Hard boiled eggs (2)
    • Fruit
  • Lunch:
    • Tuna on wheat
    • Kale Salad with goat cheese, cranberries and walnuts
    • Broccoli cheddar soup with crackers
    • Grilled cheese and tomato soup
  • Dinner:
    • Fish + Veggies
    • Baked Chicken and brown rice
    • Grilled Salmon with honey garlic asparagus
    • Sirloin steak with peppers and mashed potatoes
  • Snack:
    • nuts (almonts, cashews, walnuts etc.)
    • Fruit
    • Detox/Green Tea with honey
    • trail mix
    • Chia seeds + Coconut Water + Cocoa powder
    • Humus (my favorite is Roasted Pine nut)

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  1. What are some foods that I eat, that can be considered toxic?
  2. What are some foods I will not eat?
  3. When will I have time to go grocery shopping?
  4. What are some recipes I can meal prep?
  5. What is my favorite fruit?
  6. How will I stop myself if I am faced with a bad food choice?
  7. How will I act if I am around others who don’t understand my healthier eating choices?
  8. What are some things I can pray for to help get me through my new diet plan?

 

Published by SmileWithFaith

Welcome, this is a Faith based website that’s mission is to restore hope, learn life skills, promote positive thinking, share the good news of the gospel and read testimonies from around the world. This online ministry is the foundation to answering all your questions, concerns and worries about life, relationships, spirituality and any of life's problems. Through posts written in The Spirit, Videos and Weekly Plans SmileWithFaith hopes to grow relationships with God through Christ and provide the necessary tools to living a happy, healthy and gratifying life. God is the Author. I am his messenger. Thank-you for visiting, and my prayers are with you always. Even through the struggle, always SmileWithFaith because God has a plan for you.

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