I know you are thinking that a clean diet sounds bland and boring. It is not!
You can make your food taste good by using The Healthy Chef cookbook (link below). The Beyond Diet book explains clean eating in detail and it also gives you a sample meal plan. If you have children, I suggest purchasing the Kidtrition Kafe Cookbook.
Portion sizes will be different for everyone. My nutritionist does phone consultations and she can determine how much you should eat at each meal based on your lifestyle, body type, etc. Give her a call – she rocks!
Packing meals for the day was a new concept for me and took some getting used to. Here are a few things that have helped me:
1- I found a thermos at Target that keeps food warm for 8 hours. I heat up all of my food in the morning and put it in a Thermos so it is ready to go when it is time to eat. I carry 3 of them with me to work.
2- It can be hard to remember to eat every 3 hours. At first, I set a timer on my phone so that I would remember. After a few weeks of eating frequently, I was able to feel my blood sugar dropping at about the 2.5 hour mark. I get the shakes now if it has been longer than 3 hours and I can’t think straight. It is crazy.
3- Jamie Eason’s protein bars or Labrada Lean Body for Her shakes are good things to carry with you if you are on the go and don’t want to bring a meal.
4- Cooking – who has time to cook enough food to eat 7 meals a day, right? I designate 2 days a week to cooking (usually Sunday and Wednesday). I cook enough food to on those days to have leftovers. My husband likes to grill on the weekends so I just add lots of stuff to the grill.
5- Eating out – I do it. My job requires that I go out to lunch with colleagues, clients, etc. I usually go with a grilled chicken salad with FF dressing (just make sure that the dressing isn’t loaded with sugar). If I go to a Mexican restaurant, I get chicken or shrimp fajitas with corn tortillas (salsa only for topping). You can get a lean protein and a veggie at most restaurants. If you are really trying to be good, you should get your protein cooked with no oil or butter. I don’t like to cause a scene when I am on a business lunch, so I don’t do that. Tell the waiter that you have a food allergy if you really don’t want it on there. That will make him get it right!
Best of luck!
“If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don’t, you will find an excuse.”