Clean eating and working out regularly is hard so it’s no wonder so many people turn to “quick fix” diets and expensive programs that claim they can help people lose 10 pounds in a week.
Hey, my wedding is in 2.5 weeks…I GET IT!!
On a side note, I often think that if I had to eat every meal while wearing a bikini I would probably eat less…can that be my miracle diet idea? I think I’m on to something here…
Anyway, I’ve been seeing so many of these miracle diets, miracle cleanses and fat-sucking-body-wrap advertisements lately I wanted to give some straightforward, no nonsense, FREE and EASY advice that anyone can do and it won’t cost a thing (other than a few groceries). No pills or expensive juicers needed!
When it comes to making dietary changes I encourage people to ADD healthy foods to their diet, rather than thinking about REMOVING foods. Over time the healthy foods will crowd out the unhealthy.
Breakfast: Try adding a grapefruit to your morning meal. If you remember grapefruit being bitter and inedible, try again! The less sugar you consume the sweeter grapefruit will taste. Also, grapefruit might aid in fat burning!
Mid-morning munchies: Try this fancy water and you will feel refreshed and like you are at a spa. It will also help you drink more water.
Fill a pitcher up with 8 cups of water (filtered is best) and then add:
1/2 a cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1 lemon, peeled and thinly sliced (not squeeqed)
10-15 mint leaves
Refrigerate overnight. I can get 2 “fills” out of those ingrediets but by the third refill it isn’t very good.
Another option is:
8 cups filtered water
1 lime, peeled and thinly sliced
10-15 mint leaves
8-10 strawberries, tops removed and thinly sliced
There is nothing magical about the amounts used for that water or the ingredients. So feel free to adjust anything as you wish!
Lunch: Lunch should be a hearty meal to give you energy through the afternoon so you don’t go forraging for an afternoon junk food binge. Try adding some vegetables to your lunch, any vegetable will do!
Afternoon munchies: Many times when we feel hungry we are really just thirsty and/or bored or looking for a distraction. Try drinking a cup of decaffeinated tea in the afternoon. You might find you aren’t hungry after all. Or you might really be hungry and need a snack, which is fine.
Dinner: This should be the lightest meal of the day since we sleep all night. I know that’s the opposite of what most people are used to since big dinners are the American way. Try eating a salad before the main course, even if it’s a very small salad. I used to eat exactly ZERO vegetables in a day. Then I started having a tiny salad before dinner and after while I enjoyed the light feeling of a salad so much it is now all I eat for dinner (I load it up with good stuff of course, I don’t just eat a bowl of lettuce. That’s crazy.)
Dessert: Sometimes you just really crave something sweet after dinner. I do anyway. Now that it’s summer, put out a plate of fresh strawberries or rasberries. They are far more delicous than any dessert and they won’t make you feel weighed down.
And last, here is a picture of Lilly having lunch at Chipotle! I know normal people don’t let their dog sit in a chair at the lunch table. But I did. I know that’s naughty, I know. But she was so good, she just sat in her seat the whole time and didn’t beg. A stranger took her picture because she is so beautiful (or ridiculous).