The “Perfect” Diet

Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, South Beach, Slim Fast.  What do all of these have in common?  They’re the “perfect” diets, right?

I went through a phase where I studied diets, nutrition, and food relentlessly.  I figured out how to count calories, the best ways to lose weight, the most recommended ways to keep healthy, the pros and cons of crash diets, and quite a bit more.  Several times over the last few years I have had people call, text, email, or approach me in person to talk about diets and ask what I do to eat healthy.  I thought it would be much easier to write a blog post for all of you.  I’m no professional, but I can tell you I have done quite a bit of studying.  Here are a few of the things I do to maintain healthy eating patterns:

  • I never use a diet program because I don’t want to be on that my entire life to maintain a healthy body.  A healthy diet needs to be something you can maintain!  Many programs encourage you to stay off of carbs, sugars, or fats altogether.  There is NO WAY I can maintain that my entire life!  Instead, I watch to make sure I am balancing my fruits, vegetables, proteins, carbs, and fats.
  • I incorporate as many fruits and vegetables into my diet as possible.  I mix vegetables into my smoothies and top my yogurt with fruit.  I try to eat 5-7 servings of fruits and/or vegetables every day.
  • I eat when I am hungry and stop when I am full.
  • I save a little room each day for something sweet (90% of the time this is chocolate).  I’ve found that if I allow myself to indulge a little each day I can avoid gorging when sweets are put in front of me at a birthday party or holiday gathering.  I try to stick to the 80/20 rule and eat healthy 80% of the time and allow myself to eat not-so-healthy 20% of the time.
  • I drink lots of water!  My goal is to drink at least two cups of water before every meal; this way I stay hydrated and don’t confuse hunger with thirst.
  • I don’t count calories or macronutrients (macros).  I focus more on the quality of the food I am eating rather than the number that is associated with the food.

My diet certainly isn’t perfect, but I have learned a few things about healthy eating over the years.  Comment below the things do you do to maintain a good diet!  I’d love to hear.  XO!

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