I eat clean, unprocessed, wheat free foods and minimal dairy 99% of the time and do I feel the NEED to cheat ever? No. Do I give in ever? Yes. These occasions are very rare, we are talking 4-5 times per year. Do you need to be this regimented to have a decent body compossion? No, but if you truly do enjoy the healthy foods that you are eating (like I do) – you will feel no NEED to indulge. It just doesn’t seem like there is much of a point in it.
For the first time in 3-4 months, I had a wonderful night and to top it off – I decided to buy fudge with the company I was with. It was INCREDIBLE. I had an entire slab of it to myself. I had half a slab of Reeses Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge and half a slab of Cookies and Cream. It was SO rich, so satisfying and the perfect ending to the night. I felt ZERO regret.
Why did I feel no regret?
Because throughout the year, I put in 100% at the gym, I’ve tailored my diet to work for my body (throughout years of trial and error), I love the healthy lifestyle, I have found food substitutions and truly enjoy everything I do for my body and everything I put into it. My body currently looks better than it ever has and it takes VERY hard work and dedication…BUT when you’ve gotten to the point I am at – you truly will feel ZERO regret in eating something truly naughty.
I am not bragging, but there was a time when eating was pure guilt for me. When I was overweight, I felt guilty…when I was underweight, I felt guilty. My body has been 200 lbs and has also experienced 110 lbs. I am currently 135, have lower body fat % than when I was 110 and enjoy every single thing that I choice to eat. I feel no guilt and this is a true sense of freedom for me.
4 TIPS for Staying Lean Year Round, So You Can Enjoy The Holidays.
1. Learn to love your workouts. Do you hate going to the gym!? Find something new! Why are you wasting time doing something you hate? Find another form of exercise outdoors or take up boxing. Just find something that will keep you interested and when you get tired of it, change it up! Don’t be afraid to. Also don’t be afraid of lifting weights, it is one of the best things you can do for yourself to insure you’re burning calories as your body repairs itself – even at rest. (Check out my entire workout plan in the previous blog posts below!)
2. Find what foods work for your body. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. You NEED to find foods that you love that are healthy in order to stick to any new way of eating. You cannot survive on Lean Cuisines and Weight Watcher Bars for the rest of your life. I wouldn’t recommend eating them EVER…to be 100% honest. Find REAL food.
3. Learn to cook…a little bit! You don’t have to be a gourmet chef, just find some lean sources of protein, buy a decent quality olive oil, coconut oil, peanut oil, etc. Grab a pan and cook your protein, throw in some spices, onions, garlic (whatever you want to), or buy your protein pre-cooked, an entire chicken works great to add to salads/veggies for several meals. Throw it on a salad, cook everything with some veggies, make some rice (90 sec rice works too!), microwave a potato, slice it up and throw it on a sheet and make baked fries. NONE of this takes long. You can have a super tasty, extremely healthy meal in 10 mins.
4. Get a protein powder that you love the taste of. Protein is extremely important and the majority of people eat far too little. Protein in powder form is great because it is so versatile you can cook with it, mix it into yogurt or oatmeal, make a smoothie. It also travels easily. It is also fairly cheap. I recommend getting 20-35 grams of protein from whey protein per day in addition to your whole food protein sources. If you can eat everything from whole sources and get your protein, more power to you…but it can get pricey. Almost all protein powders are going to be somewhat processed , but 1-1.5 scoops per day will not have any negative effects at all, even if you go with the cheaper brands.