Welcome to the World of Eating Right!

I always thought I was a good eater.. I had breakfast in the morning (usually eggs, toast, yogurt..), I ate every 2-3 hours, made sure I got enough protein, drank a lot of water..etc.  I applied the 80/20 rule, ate mostly healthy, avoided processed foods…had a treat now and then, but recently I discovered that I haven’t been eating as healthy as I thought! …and BOY was I wrong. I know all about carbs, protein, and fats and how you have to expend more than you consume to lose weight. What I did not realize was WHAT you eat is just as important, if not more important than how MUCH you eat.

10 Days into the Ultimate Reset…and my life has forever changed. Call me cheesy, but it has! In more ways than I could ever imagine. As of 3 days ago we (Aaron and I..my bf) are eating Vegan Style!! I am loving every bit of it. We are on a strict meal plan that I spend everyday prepping and cooking for. I love every bit of it.  Our diet has completely eliminated all dairy and meats (animal products) and contains NO processed foods or refined sugars. I have NEVER felt so good in my life. We eat a lot of greens, rich and full of the nutrients our bodies need. Some of the benefits that I have noticed include better sleep, more energy, no “breakouts”, less stress, amazing mood enhancement, weight loss (9lbs!), and most of all..BEST of all my relationship with my daughters and Aaron has improved! I am enjoying life again, I now laugh at the things that used to make frustrate me.

I realize now that I used to be a “grazer”. I ate healthy meals but I was constantly in the kitchen snacking, taking bites of the kids’ food, eating the food as I prepared it… I did not think I was that bad, but it was worse than I had realized. No wonder I had plateaued for almost 2 years! I was eating my calories in snacks. I now have a set schedule, a planned meal time. No more snacking, no more grazing, no more eating because it taste good or because I am stressed. I’ve learned this new appreciation for food! One I’ve never had before. Food IS fuel for your body. And if you want to feel good you’ve got to eat good!

I am a cook! I can cook! Sometimes I feel like a Chef in the kitchen, but it is therapeutic in it’s own little way. If you know me you’d know that I am a fitness freak..but now I am a true health nut (and chef..lol) I hadn’t realized that there were so many health whole foods out there. I’ve eaten several things that were never a part of my diet before…such as millet, hummus, quinoa, squash, kale, chard, and beets.  I love having a meal plan and prepping all my foods myself. Prior to this experience we would regularly grab a salad at Quiznos, no more of that! We got a salad making pro in the house. TO top it all off our 7 and 8 year old girls are eating these foods too. Sometimes it takes them a while to try it, but I was surprised when they tried the sweet potato and roasted red pepper bisque!

I will continue to live this way even after the 21 Day Reset. I am thinking I would like to eat Vegan but may add in eggs 🙂 I cannot express to you in words how different I feel than I did 10 days ago. I feel as if I am dreaming…

I would like to share with you the foods that I am eating as I venture out on this new journey in life!

Follow me as I share the meals I prepare and enjoy 🙂 Try a few new recipes, you may just be surprised.

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