I often get asked, “What do you eat?” or “How should I eat?”.
I've got lots of great tips for a “feel good” lifestyle diet. I'll be sharing them all with you!
Right now I want to give you my #1 "feel good" lifestyle eating tip.
This tip is great for anyone who...
Here's the tip...
FILL UP ON VEGGIES!
A key component to feeling satisfied with a meal is to feel full from it. Feeling satisfied is what makes you stop eating. You can feel full without over indulging by FILLING UP on veggies!
I’ve been filling up on veggies for so many years that I’m surprised I haven’t grown florets outs of my head. I’m lucky because I truly love vegetables and enjoy their taste. If you don’t, try playing with different spices or different ways of cooking them.
A quick and easy way is to buy frozen veggies and stir fry. I like them a little burnt. I make lots extra to store in the fridge to for easy access to add to breakfast eggs, or a great afternoon snack (stir fry veggies sprinkled with walnuts, little avocado, and soy sauce).
My favorite is baked or roasted veggies with a little olive oil, garlic powder, and sea salt. I love baking/roasting asparagus, brussel sprouts, butternut squash, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, and the list goes on. Dinner is always served with a heaping side of veggies for me.
I also eat salads, especially in the Summer when I want to feel more refreshed. I convert whatever the main meal is into a salad by throwing it over greens, chopped tomato, and other cut up veggies. I don't skip the carbs either- they go right on top. I just eat it in small portion because I’m FILLING up on the salad. You get it?
Here's a recent example of how I eat. Below is a picture of lunch today. It's on the small side because we are going to a fancy dinner tonight and I want to indulge later. I made Panko chicken cutlets, served with leftover pasta from last night (heat up leftover pasta on frying pan and it gets a little crispy and is amazing).
My husbands plate is on the left- 2 pieces of chicken, heaping of pasta (and 1 random leftover turkey meatball).
I'm on the right- 1 piece of panko chicken over a big bed of lettuce, and small portion of pasta. (No extra dressing, just extra marinara sauce. I use food as my dressing). I may or may not have had 1 glass of wine too, but that’s besides the point. I was full, happy, and satisfied without feeling stuffed. I also enjoyed a piece of fruit about an hour later.
Just remember- even if your eating super healthy you need to still need control your portions. Having too many calories will derail your weight loss and/or maintenance goals. Veggies are low cal, have MANY other healthful benefits, delicious and filling- what's more to love?
Be sure to hydrate and drink lots of water to fill up too.
Inspired to eat more veggies? I hope so!
Comments welcome below!