I posted something similar to this during my last attempt to get fit, but as that didn't work out I figured I'd do it all over again. My first step was to plan out meals for the week and then compile a grocery list from that before heading out to the supermarket. I tried to focus on greens and lean meats, mostly fish. The cleaner, the better. "Eat like a rabbit," my aunt would always say.
I'd say one of my biggest barriers to really losing weight and keeping it off is what I eat. As a city kid, most of my nutrition came from heros at the corner store, slices of pizza from Ray's and dining out at the many restaurants the city has to offer. There are restaurants, like Ruth Christie's or Ché Josephine's, that my parents and I have been frequenting since I can remember, and people there who have known me since I was a baby. And don't get me wrong -- I love that. I love those memories and the familiarity. But that does little to help me get in shape.
As exemplified above, I couldn't be further from a professional nutritionist. But there are a few nutritional changes that I try to implement when I'm focusing on fitness (repeat, 'trying').
WaterIf you ever calculate the calories and sugar you consume from beverages, you'd wanna throw up. For real. It's astounding. Back in the day, cutting soft drinks and juices from my diet had a major impact on my health. (Granted back then, I only drank clear liquids, i.e. water and vodka, but let's not focus on that.)
Fruits & VeggiesIn my mind, there's really no losing when it comes to fruits and veggies. Most fruits and vegetables are basically negative in calories because you burn more calories digesting them then you do eating. I try to incorporate fruits as snacks, substituting them from all the sugary things.
AvocadosI go gaga for avocados. My boyfriend and I try to add it to pretty much every meal. Grilled chicken sandwich? Throw some avocado on it. Salad? Toss it in. Burger? Top it off with avocado. If we can find an excuse to slice an avocado, we do. Forget all the health benefits, the little green things are delicious.
YogurtI like my greek yogurt prepped in a bowl like this: a cup of yogurt, some blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, granola and honey. If being delicious isn't enough, the burst of all those colors is a total foodgasm. And sometimes I add a piece of dark chocolate in the corner because I'm a cheater :)
FishI've never been a big meat lover. At least not red meat. I never get toppings on my pizza, I rarely order a beef burger, and I only get a steak when I'm really, really craving it. But instead of chicken, I try to eat more fish. Granted, I purchase my fish frozen from Trader Joe's but, hey, it's a trade off (hehe, get it?). If I bought my fish fresh, I'd let it go bad in my fridge and end up ordering out anyways. Frozen fish trumps chinese takeout any day.
CHECK IN #1: These first few weeks have been tough. Workouts reveal how out of shape I really am, and there might have been a milkshake last week. Breaking terrible habits is hard. But it hasn't be breaking me so that's a small victory. That together with a ~2 pound loss so far, I'll take it, for now.
What are your staples for healthy eating?