I get a lot of questions about meals. Before I started on this journey, I had no clue what it took to eat healthy. I always thought that in order to lose weight I had to starve myself or eat food that was boring and uninteresting.
On December 20th, my wife went to a local book store and bought this:
I remember her calling me from the store and asking “How serious are you about making a change?” I told her to buy whatever she wanted to buy and that I would give it an honest try. She bought the book because she knew I enjoyed the TV show and thought this might be a good way to get on track. Little did she know what a change this book would mean for our life.
We got a yard sized trash bag and threw away all the junk and bad food in our house, with the exception of a few goodies for our girls. Then we went to the grocery store and stocked up with healthy foods for our first week.
The book covers 30 days of food and exercise. You have recipes for 3 meals a day and 2 snacks. We enjoyed it so much that after the first 30 days, we went through it again. We now keep it and use it to make our own meals for the week.
Yes, we spend a lot more at the grocery. However, we do not eat out any more. No fast food, no crap, etc. So it has evened out in a way. If you scroll through older posts you can read about our progress through the first 30 days and what we had to get used to.
Right now we do not follow it as strictly as we did, but what the book did for us was help give us insight and direction into portion control and healthy food selection. The day before we started I told my wife “I bet I will hate the food” and “I am going to starve”. Neither of those has happened.
As I have transitioned since the start of losing weight and getting healthy, my wife and I have moved to more of a “Paleo” nutrition plan. We focus on eating real things, natural foods, and extremely limit dairy, carbs, sugar, and processed crap. Our bodies have responded in a way we never imagined and we both truly enjoy how we eat.