Stock the fridge with the good foods you can eat.
One of the biggest challenges I have with changing my diet is that I eat out a lot. Sometimes it’s purely social and with friends but about 50% of the time there is a work element to it. A new restaurant launch or Chinese New Year menu sampling… I think you get the picture. My fridge is usually filled with wine, beer, salad dressings and 3/4 filled condiment bottles, basically I’m the typical urban guy I shop for each meal. Of course when you are trying to change your diet to do it on the fly only leads to failure. Sure I’d be able to pull it off for a few days but what about the day when the meeting runs long, I’ve worked out really hard and all I want to do is go home and sleep, yup that’s right I’ll order pizza! As part of 30 Days To A Better Me I’m being honest with myself and identifying my weak spots where I usually break down and cheat. Lord knows I’ve done it enough times it they shouldn’t be hard to identify. So breaking with the past I’ve decided to set myself up for success and go grocery shopping. I’m gonna buy enough food to last at least 5 days.
Of course the first step is to make a shopping list. I referred to my 360 ABS 21 Day Fat Flush Nutrition Plan and put on the list lean protein, nuts and some nutrient rich super foods (fruits and vegetables). I found the easiest way to build a shopping list was to actually plan out my meals first. Knowing what I want to eat for breakfast each day makes it much easier to shop and buy the right foods.
Speaking of breakfast this is the one meal each day I normally skip. I’m usually happy with a cup of coffee but apparently that doesn’t do it for your metabolism so I guess I better find something that is quick to make and tastes good. I settle on the protein shake. Of course it’s not as easy as just dumping some powder into water and stirring this morning smoothie is all about hormone balance. So to start off my days I am making a protein shake with the following ingredients: Vega One protein powder + Almond Milk + flax seeds + unsalted peanut butter & last but not least a banana. I’m following the rules and this meal has protein, healthy fat and a fruit. Take that Cortisol & Insulin! It actually tastes delicious too.
Ok so that is my breakfast foods taken care of but what about the 2 snacks a day I need to have? It’s the same combination of protein, healthy fat & a fruit/vegetable just in smaller portions. Of course the one thing missing is nitrate free cold cuts which I will be getting at either Choices or Whole Foods. I want the least amount of chemicals in my body possible.
Now that breakfast and my snacks are taken care of what about lunch and dinner? I’m a huge fan of leafy greens so for my lunch and dinners I’ve decided that I want a combination of Kale, Bok Choy, Napa Cabbage & Broccoli. All super rich in vitamins and minerals and all tasty together. A little pinch of this with a smidge of that, I think you get the idea. I also picked up a pre made Caesar Salad and some skinless chicken breasts and lean beef. Cooking for myself will be easy, make dinner large enough and then portion half of it off into a container for lunch the next day.
Not bad for a guy who shops on a whim. I’ve survived my first full day on this new nutrition plan and the results are in, I’m not hungry at all. I’m not sure if it’s the balance of protein in every meal or if it’s because over the past couple of weeks I’ve slowly been shrinking my portion sizes in preparation for this 21 Day plan. Either way I’m happy and since I’ve not had any major cravings yet I’m not at all tempted to cheat like I have in the past. Here’s an example of one of the dinners I’ve been having leading up to the start of this diet, Grilled Chicken, Tomatoes & Avocados.
What I’ve learned about myself over the past few days is that if I’m going to try to change a habit I need to do three things:
- work myself up to the change, don’t go cold turkey
- remove all the temptations so that when I get a craving I can’t just reach for it
- when I’m ready to start make sure I have everything I need on hand so it’s not a question of what to eat it’s a question of how to prepare it
I’m pretty proud of myself and I can tell you that already I can feel my jeans fitting a little looser than they did two weeks ago.
Speaking of setting myself up for success I’m almost finished reading the first step, Laying the Foundation, in the Moolala Guide to Rockin’ Your RRSP. Stay tuned tomorrow where I will start sharing what I’ve learned from Bruce Sellery’s book and how it will help me to financial health in my old age. It’s RRSP season so there is no time like the present.