For breakfast this morning, I tried out the new Jif Whips peanut butter.
It tasted just like regular peanut butter except it was more…fluffy. Can I use the word fluffy to describe peanut butter. Airy? It was more airy than regular peanut butter. Either way, it tasted good and had less calories and fat than regular peanut butter.
I had it on some toast with eggs whites and a clementine.
Yesterday, I took the kids to the library, and I picked up a couple of books.
The Eat-Clean Diet and Eat Clean Cookbook both by Tosca Reno.
I have mentioned before that I am trying to get back on track with my eating. I tried keeping a food journal again, but I just can’t seem to get back into the habit. I’ll write down a day or two and then I’ll stop. I think it’s because I was measuring out everything single little thing that I eat to keep track of the caloires.
I did keep a detailed food journal for over a year which helped me lose almost 30 pounds, and while I think it helps, I was maybe too consumed with doing it. I think it’s great to write out your basic meals, but I was measuring every single food item and it was becoming obsessive.
Tosca Reno points out in her book:
Calorie counting is not a part of Eating Clean. What I dislike most about calorie counting is that it destroys our relationship with food. We get obsessed with numbers instead of what our bodies are telling us.
While calorie counting did help me lose weight, I totally agree with this statement. Calorie counting was making me a bit obsessive, but I was losing weight and I thought that was the best way to do it.
So, I am trying something new. Instead of writing down everything I eat and counting every calorie, I am trying to focus more on eating clean and healthy foods. Eating foods that aren’t processed, avoiding sugars and refined foods, avoiding chemicals and trans fats.
Instead I am trying to focus on foods that don’t come in a box or package – healthy foods that you could grow in your own back yard. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, complex carbs, lots of water, etc.
There is a list of clean eating basics:
Now, I’m not jumping into this clean eating thing with both feet. Rather, I am dipping my toes in the water and trying to start out slow. I have been eating a lot of clean foods – oatmeal, salads, fruits, raw almonds, veggies and hummus, fish, brown rice fruit smoothies.
At the same time I am also eating foods that might not be considered “clean”- Clif bars, peanut butter, fruit flavored Greek yogurt. But I am eating these in moderation and think that’s it’s all about baby steps. I don’t eat chicken or beef, so instead fruit flavored Greek yogurt is a good source of protein for me. Yes, I could buy plain Greek yogurt and add my own fruit but I really love those Chobani Greek yogurts.
I am making sure to avoid foods that I know are especially not good for me – chips, fries, sugar cereals, cookies, candy, frozen pizza, frozen meals, waffles, etc.
Another good point of advice which I have heard everywhere (a healthy eating seminar, a nutritionist, the Biggest Loser program) is to always eat a complex carb and a lean protein together during snacks and meals. Protein is metabolized better with a complex carb.
Carbs give you energy while protein helps build muscles and keeps you fuller longer.
I always make sure to have a protein when I’m eating. If I have an apple, I make sure to have some almonds with it. Or, if I’m having toast for breakfast, I’ll have some egg whites along with it.
Protein + Carb
So, my goal is just to take baby steps in order to start eating better and healthier food.
- BodyPump – 60 minutes
After BodyPump, I had a Larabar and a clementine.
The Larabars are probably better than Clif bars because they have minimal and healthier ingredients, but I still love Clif bars. The peanut butter chocolate chip Larabar was awesome!
Have a great afternoon!
- Do you try to eat clean and healthy foods?
- What’s your favorite thing to eat?
- Any workout today?