I’m going to speak for myself here and say that I talk a big game about eating healthy! In reality, I eat relatively healthy, probably way better than some, and not as great as others but that doesn’t mean crap! I need to eat HEALTHY according to what I think I know about food, nutrition, and based on my own experiences. It does me no good to say that I eat healthier than a lot of people…am I doing it up to my own standards? Am I holding myself accountable? NO! That’s why I’m posting this for the whole world to see, and to hold myself accountable!
What does it mean to “eat healthy” in my mind???
– Well, if we eat roughly 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, that’s 21 meals a week. If you aimed for 80% of those meals to be healthy, that means cheating 4-5 meals a week would be okay. 90% healthy would mean cheating 2-3 meals a week. Considering we go out at least once a week and order in at least once a week, I’m comfortable with a 90% “healthy” goal.
– Now, to define what eating healthy actually means; to me, it means consuming a balance of lean proteins, lots of vegetables, some fruits, and healthy fats such as avocados, olive oil, nuts, seeds, etc. It means little to no simple carbohydrates (pasta, white bread, white rice) and little to no sugar.
How are we going to implement this????
– Visit local farms and/or farmer’s market at least once a week.
– Get farmer’s market schedule and post it for all to see
– Locate local farms that sell meats and produce to the public
– Stock the freezer with lean protein for cooking in quantity
– Purchase meat in bulk from Costco (Costco meat is generally higher grade than supermarket meat and priced well)
– Prep food each week for easy consumption
– Wash, cut and store snack veggies
– Steam/roast/grill veggies for lunches and dinners
– Prep salad makings and store
– Make breakfast and lunch during the week to take to work or eat while working from home.
Lean proteins are:
– Fish: salmon, halibut, tuna, etc.
– Shellfish: shrimp, scallops, crab, lobster, oysters, etc.
– Poultry: chicken, turkey, game hen
– Beef (lean cuts, trimmed roasts in soups/chilis)
– Pork (same as beef)
Substitutes for carbs:
– Spaghetti squash instead of pasta
– Mashed/riced cauliflower instead of potatoes or rice
– Sweet potatoes instead of potatoes/pasta
So, that’s the plan…here we go!!!!
What does healthy eating mean to you???