We recently wrote a post about how we started a meal plan and we are working on losing weight. I am sure we are not the only ones getting ready for summer because we have had so many people ask us what we are doing and how we are doing it! So we decided to share a little bit about our meal plan, what we are preparing and how we are making it easy to eat healthy on the go!
First thing’s first, I want to state that we LOVE to eat and this meal plan we started is not easy! We started a 21 day meal plan that has lasted way more than 21 days. This is NOT a diet, this is a lifestyle change. We have completely changed the way we eat, how much we eat, and the quality of the food that we eat. It’s not to say that we don’t have a cheat meal every once in a while, but we don’t make a habit of it. Another thing that has helped us greatly is that we BOTH decided to change the way we eat together.
So here is what we did… We cut the carbs and sweets almost completely. Which was SO hard, but it’s been completely worth it! We are only eating brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal and sweet potato (yes that’s considered a carb!) when we do eat carbs. And we are only eating these carbs for breakfast or lunch, no carbs for dinner at all. We have also completely eliminated sugar, soda and most processed foods like chips and cookies. If we have a craving for something sweet, we either eat a fruit or sugar-free jello or popsicles. We are also drinking lots and lots of water. We eliminated juice because it has a lot of sugar and we are not even considering drinking any soda at all, even with “cheat meals” We are also sticking to poultry and fish and only eating red meat once every 2-3 weeks.
Our secret weapon to not cheating… Meal Prep! We make sure to plan out our meals and prepare them ahead of time. We prep our meals the night before for lunch the next day and we plane everything out before dinner. It’s so much easier to cook when you know exactly what you’re making ahead of time. Pinterest has been our best friend during this entire process! Another thing we did is buy most of our food, especially meats, organic. It may be more expensive but your body will thank you for it later. We watched the documentary Food, Inc. and let’s just say, I almost became a vegetarian!
It is sometimes hard to eat healthy, but it is SO worth it. Not only because of the weight loss, but because our bodies are thanking us and we feel so much better! Making the decision to eat healthy and exercise has been the best thing for us. If you are still struggling with the idea, go ahead and try it, and I promise you won’t regret it!
Happy Friday friends!