I am a big proponent of eating what you enjoy.
I’m an adult and I know what’s healthy and what’s not. Plain and simple. I don’t follow fad diets like Keto, I’ve never done Whole 30 and I don’t plan to. I’m not knocking them, I’m just not a “believer” in restricting entire food groups, even if they are “unhealthy”. I’d rather be in tune with reality. I know myself well enough to know that if I restrict myself, I will end up binging. It took 10 years to finally listen to my body but it’s really that simple.
You always want what you can’t have.
Back in the day I would eliminate desserts or soda or carbs and I would be so focused on not eating them that it’s all I would think about and absence makes the heart grow fonder. Eventually I would lose the mental battle and eat a line of Oreos after I’d already eaten 3 full meals and was stuffed to the brim. It got ugly. I know you’ve been there.
Now that no longer focus on what I can’t have, I focus on what I can have and what I enjoy eating. And whenever I feel like ice cream or chips, they’re nearby and I can have some and move on with my life. It ain’t no thing.
Here are my go-to healthy food staples & meals. Easy, quick & low cost.
- Cheese sticks
- Apples – I love that I can take them anywhere and they don’t need to be refrigerated
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Scrambled eggs
- Over-easy eggs
- Eggs – they are easy, packed with protein and super versatile for quick recipes
- Fresh green beans
- Black beans
- Sweet potatoes
- Squash – yellow or spaghetti
- Dole Spinach Miso salad bag
- Salt & Vinegar almonds
- Clementines (when they’re on sale)
That’s about it. Of course, I love to make new recipes on the weekend but for the most part we are creatures of habit all week long. Lots of protein & veggies when we’re on our A-game and frozen pizza and Velveeta shells & cheese interspersed for sanity.
Make a list of your 10 favorite healthy foods! Start small & keep it simple.