When I’m planning for the week I try my best to be realistic & make things easy.
I choose foods I enjoy, while aiming for a variety of foods that are filling as well (𝘐 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩 𝘧𝘪𝘣𝘦𝘳, 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩 𝘷𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘮𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘥𝘦 𝘢 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘪𝘯 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘭).
Stop aiming for perfection and start making a plan for foods that will fit within your lifestyle. (𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘦𝘹𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦, 𝘐 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘐 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘯𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘢𝘵 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘴𝘰 𝘐 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯 𝘢 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘴𝘯𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘪𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘥𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦 𝘨𝘰𝘢𝘭)
𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐌𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐈’𝐥𝐥 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬:
Breakfast & Lunches: Pumpkin Oats, Egg Whites, Turkey Sausage & Veggies, Superfood Shake, or Protein Cookie Dough
Lunches & Dinners: Zucchini noodles with cherry tomatoes and ground turkey, or cauliflower rice or broccoli with eggs & ground turkey
Snacks: Air-popped popcorn, yogurt bowls, protein fluff, or rice cakes with protein frosting
I sprinkle in healthy fats with all of my meals by cooking with oil, drizzling with peanut butter, or sprinkling in flaxseed or coconut.
𝘈𝘳𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱𝘧𝘶𝘭? I get so many questions about nutrition and what I eat so I’m trying to share more.
𝐀𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐮𝐩 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐟𝐮𝐥?
𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦’𝘴 𝘢 𝘣𝘪𝘨 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦.
For years I would set myself up to be perfect.
𝘐 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘢 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘗𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘵.
𝘐 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘭 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘱.
𝘐 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘮𝘺𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘪𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘱𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘤𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘧𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘸𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴.
𝘐 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 ‘𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘱’ 𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘺 𝟽𝘱𝘮 𝘢𝘵 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵.
And usually by Wednesday the following would ensue…
𝘐’𝘥 𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘢 𝘱𝘪𝘦𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥.
𝘏𝘢𝘭𝘧 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘭 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘱 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘨𝘰 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘧𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘢 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯.
𝘐 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘱𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘣𝘢𝘨 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘐 𝘵𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘮𝘺𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘐 “𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥𝘯’𝘵” 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮.
𝘐 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘢𝘵 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵, 𝘴𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘐 𝘥𝘪𝘥𝘯’𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘐 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥.
One of the biggest and most helpful shifts I ever made was no longer expecting perfection of myself.
Instead of trying to make my diet fit around specific rules and perfect guidelines, 𝐈 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐫𝐮𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐠𝐮𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐟𝐢𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐲 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐬.
I allowed myself some of the “processed” foods I once labeled off limits.
I balanced them out with filling, whole, nutrient dense foods that I actually craved a whole lot more when I didn’t feel like I “had to” eat them.
I worked towards a calorie goal for the day and planned around the fact that I would want a snack and carbs at night (and still lost weight).
𝐒𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞? When I took the pressure off of being perfect or following the diet that worked for someone else, I started to create the perfect diet for me.
Believe it or not, when I stopped truly to be perfect, I was actually able to follow through, not because I had to, but because I wanted to.
𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐬𝐞𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐮𝐩 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬? 𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐚 𝐧𝐨𝐧-𝐧𝐞𝐠𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐭?