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???
Good blog, I agree with you Annie, everything you wrote looks and sounds right, along with exercise which you are doing faithfully, keep up the good work, and look out Matt she may kick some butt…literally. Lol
@Beverlya Thanks, Bev!!! I’ll let Matt know to keep an eye out for me! hehehe. Cheers!!!
My older sister is so buffed even at our age she loves showing off her biceps. When she and her husband horse play she gets the best of him, she is so proud of herself and I am too. Cheers!
@Beverlya That’s awesome about your sister, Bev! I can imagine she feels proud…it’s a great feeling to have self-confidence and know you’re doing good things for your health!
Love your post Annie!
Your comment about your local Costco carrying higher grades of meat is surprising. Up here, they have some higher, but typically our folks find the higher quality graded cuts at the local supermarkets. Interesting.
If you and Matt ever make it up here, I’ll have to send you home with some of our ranch raised beef and lamb 🙂
Hey Jeff…that sounds great! We’d love to partake in your beef. I think some of the Mom an Pop supermarkets have local, quality meats, but generally we have to go direct to the source. Cheers!
@JeffFowle Thanks, Jeff! We’d love to get up there and raid your beef and lamb supply!!! We have some great local meat shops around here, but the local markets don’t really carry the good stuff…
@AnnieBrowne @JeffFowle There was a little supermarket in Morro that I used to go to for meat, when our freezer at school was emptied of meat from home, that had very good selection…it was a little corner market on Santa Ysabel if I remember correctly. Spencer’s, off Madonna, in SLO used to have pretty good meat, fruit and vegetables too…not sure if they still do though.
@JeffFowle Ahh…thanks! I’ll have to check them out. I work in SLO, so can cruise through and see what they have. Cheers, and have a great rest-of-your-weekend!
Where’s the milk? 😉
Ha! Good point!!! I’m not a huge milk fan myself (doesn’t sit well with me) but I love dairy products in general. In moderation, it’s all good, just like most things! Cheers!
@raylindairy Haha…there’s always some dairy in there, but you’re right, I didn’t include any here. Milk alone doesn’t sit well with me, but I love pretty much all dairy! Cheers!!!
Kelly Girl says
I have been eating this way since the end of November, and I have never felt better. All grains have been completely removed from my diet and will never be reintroduced. When I did consume grains, they were always whole. I thought I was eating healthy, but I’ve learned so much over the past few months about what wheat does to our bodies; not to mention how it’s grown.
You are an inspiration Annie. You looked amazing during your pregnancy, and you look amazing today. You’re the perfect picture of health. Keep up the good work.
Wow Kelly! That’s sooo awesome, and YOU look amazing! Good job on eating the things that make you feel good. It’s so important! And thank you for the compliments…it means a lot!
@Kelly Girl That’s so awesome, Kelly!!! You look awesome, and you are definitely an inspiration, too! It’s a constant learning experience, right???
@raylindairy Ray, I was going to ask “Where’s the wine?”
Right Matt? 😉
There’s ALWAYS wine!!! After all, it’s fruit, right?!?!
@JeffFowle @raylindairy Don’t you worry…wine is right up in there!!! It’s fruit after all, right?!?!
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