Along with all the amazing training sessions, THRC is also training me on how to eat healthy, clean, balanced, and yummy meals! So after my first week of training Sara and I headed to HEB so she could teach me one on one how to shop for food that will keep me strong and healthy and help me lose weight.
At the end of our trip, my shopping cart looked extremely different than usual!
The first thing Sara taught me was shopping along the walls is key. The healthiest and most nutritious natural foods are located in the produce section, the fish section, meat and poultry section, and dairy section.
Sara said the golden rule for eating right is “fresh food is the best food” so the majority of our trip was spent finding food that I could make fresh. I like quick meals (that’s what got me into the shape I am in now :/ ) so making fresh meals didn’t make sense because in my mind fresh does not equal fast. But Sarah showed me how.
She also laid down the rules of food shopping!
1) The fat calories should be less then half of the total calories
2) Sodium levels should never be above 2000 a day
3) Yellow/orange cheese = the devil
4) All white cheese = heaven!
5) No more pasta for Melissa 🙁
6) Whole wheat wins every time over regular (white) wheat. This is true for all grains like rice too. (look and make sure the first item in the ingredients is “whole wheat flour”)
7) Stay away from prepackaged meals.
8) Pre-portion your snack food
10) Pre-portion your meals
We started off tackling breakfast, I LOVE breakfast and I loved eating a quick breakfast sandwich before work. I used to eat jimmy dean sandwiches that were only 350 calories each. In my head I was thinking “oh ya I get to keep eating my breakfast sandwiches that are so tasty” they are low calorie and can’t be bad………. I was wrong. Each sandwich has 400g of sodium in it. So instead we bought all the healthy ingredients and I am now making my own sandwiches before freezing them so they are exactly the same but healthy!
At this point Sara helped me realize I had been making semi-healthy choices as far as calories, but my sodium (or salt) intake was way out of line. So many of my normal items I was eating she would say “well the calories are ok”, I would get all big eyed and excited, but Sara would look at the sodium and say “nope, put it back!”
Then we moved on to lunch and dinner foods. I work in tech support and get to work from home so making fresh lunches is a little easier for me than most people. I had always loved my Lean Cuisine meals and would buy four a week. Although Lean Cuisine is better then McDonald’s “fresh food is always better”. Again we stayed along the walls and got fresh salmon and chicken breasts, fresh vegetables like Broccoli, Green beans( which I got free with a meal deal! HOLLA), snap peas, a huge bag of spinach salad and lot of carrots. We also got whole wheat flat bread, marinara sauce and mozzarella so I could make fresh healthy pizza!
Then we turned to my snacks. Jessica, Sara and all my trainers want me to eat healthy the best part is I get to EAT MORE TOO! Sara assigned me snack times halfway between each meal to help keep my metabolism working the entire day, and so I am not starving for lunch and dinner.
We picked healthy snacks like roasted almonds, blueberry granola, banana chips, and my favorite-peanut butter! Then we got little snack baggies and when I went home I pre-portioned everything out into bags, so when I have a snack I am not eating the entire bag of banana chips. They also called these my “purse snacks” because these snacks are easy and small so I can place them in my purse to
always have healthy snacks at my fingertips. The easier you make it to eat healthy, the better chance you have at achieving it!
Going through this week with my new eating schedule and diet has been a great surprise. The time it is taking me to cook is about the same time it would have taken to heat up a meal before. My meals are more flavorful and more filling. The best part about it when I am done eating I feel full of energy instead of heavy and tired. It feels great putting great nutritious food into my body.
Don’t get me wrong I still look at Taco Bell and want to go in and eat everything they have.( I do get a cheat meal on Friday, so Taco Bell here I come !! ) Jessica explained it like this, you can’t not go out and not eat unhealthy things because in this world
it’s just a part of it, and if you try to stop eating everything unhealthy then
you will fail because that’s not realistic. But you can change the way you eat
and enjoy the unhealthy world we live in better and smarter !
So with all my new eating habits, and with the knowledge I have now about food, and how to eat right, pre portion my snacks and meals, I hope I will soon see the pounds start to fall off !!!
Note – so far Melissa has lost 5 pounds!