I love food! So when I needed to lose weight, I couldn’t find a program that would satisfy my need for great-tasting food. Every diet I tried offered bland meals that always left me wanting more.
It wasn’t until I developed my own clean-eating program that the meals satisfied me and the weight came off — and stayed off. Even though I lost 40 pounds on my clean-eating diet and reached my goal weight many years ago, my food choices today still adhere to the same principles I developed to lose the excess weight — eating clean, wholesome, and lip-smacking-delicious food.
Although I still enjoy a glass of wine, piece of chocolate, or after-dinner dessert on occasion, here’s what a typical day looks like for me.
8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
I usually wake up around 6 a.m., get my kids ready for school, and then work out. I rotate between group fitness classes, yoga, or running by myself.
Once I'm back home, I like to refuel! A smoothie made with almond milk, fresh berries, and a scoop of protein powder has me starting the day off right.
10 a.m.: Breakfast
I used to be a huge coffee drinker, and although I still grab a soy or almond latte about once a week, I often choose a cup of dandelion tea. I get the roasted variety and it actually tastes a little like coffee.
12 p.m.: Lunch
By the time lunch rolls around, I’m usually ready for a healthy but hearty meal. If I have the time, I’ll make a large salad, which usually contains dark leafy greens like kale or spinach, a healthy carbohydrate like roasted sweet potatoes, and a healthy fat like avocado. I also enjoy making my own salad dressing. It’s one of those things that only takes two or three minutes but tastes 10 times better than bottled dressing.
3 p.m.: Snack
Like most people, I tend to experience a midday lull, and if I don’t have a healthy snack on hand, I’m afraid I might run down to the corner store for a chocolate bar. That’s why I always bring a healthy snack with me to the office. My go-to snack is a homemade trail mix made with all my favorite ingredients: almonds, pumpkin seeds, dried cherries, dried apricots, figs, and coconut flakes.
6:30 p.m.: Dinner
Weeknight dinners always seem a little more hectic than lunch. After picking up my kids from after-school club or sports, I empty lunch boxes, get showers and baths started, finish homework, and make dinner. Luckily, both my husband and I are big fans of stir-fry. My favorite is my shrimp and snow pea stir-fry, but I also make it with ginger chicken or salmon. I like how easy stir-fry is to make, and I love that it gets my husband and kids to eat more vegetables than they would otherwise.
8 p.m.: Dessert/Snack
Kids are finally in bed and have stopped making excuses for why they have to get out of bed and come find me. I’ve always been a “snacker,” and although I’ve tried to forgo any after-dinner eating, I’ve always found it extremely difficult.
Instead of struggling to skip an after-dinner snack, I try instead to find healthy alternatives like a yogurt and fruit bowl made with plain yogurt, honey, vanilla, and warm blackberries.
To get more healthy-eating tips from me, check out my online course with mbg, A 14-Day Clean Eating Program: How To Kick Start Weight Loss In 2 Weeks.