People always ask me how I stay so slim and healthy. I wasn't always this healthy. When I was younger, I packed on 40 pounds and felt horrible. Fortunately I took off all the excess weight and have been able to keep it off for years. Whenever I get off track (and yes, I get off track) I follow one of my own programs to drop of few excess pounds and get back on track. I use my 5-Day-Detox as a quick and simple kick in the butt. I am always amazed at how just 5 days can make such a huge difference. If I'm feeling like I need something longer, I do my 14-Day Clean Eating Program: How To Kick Start Weight Loss In 2 Weeks.
Although I still enjoy a glass of wine, piece of chocolate, or after-dinner dessert on occasion, here’s what a typical day looks like for me.
8:30 AM: Breakfast
I usually wake up around 6 a.m., get my kids ready for school, and then work out. I rotate between group fitness classes, yoga, or running.
Once I'm back home, I like to refuel! A smoothie made with almond milk, fresh berries, and a scoop of protein powder has me starting the day off right.
10 AM: Breakfast
I used to be a huge coffee drinker, and although I still grab a soy or almond milk latte about once a week, I often choose a cup of dandelion tea. I get the roasted variety and it actually tastes a little like coffee.
12 PM: Lunch
By the time lunch rolls around, I’m usually ready for a healthy but hearty meal. If I have the time, I’ll make a large salad, which usually contains dark leafy greens like kale or spinach, a healthy carbohydrate like roasted sweet potatoes, and a healthy fat like avocado. I also enjoy making my own salad dressing. It’s one of those things that only takes two or three minutes but tastes 10 times better than bottled dressing.
3 PM: Snack
Like most people, I tend to experience a mid-day lull, and if I don’t have a healthy snack on hand, I’m afraid I might run down to the corner store for a chocolate bar. That’s why I always bring a healthy snack with me to the office. My go-to snack is a homemade trail mix made with all my favorite ingredients: almonds, pumpkin seeds, dried cherries, dried apricots, figs, and coconut flakes.
6:30 PM: Dinner
Weeknight dinners always seem a little more hectic than lunch. After picking up my kids from after-school club or sports, I empty lunch boxes, get showers and baths started, finish homework, and make dinner. Luckily, both my husband and I are big fans of stir-fry. My favorite is my shrimp and snow pea stir-fry, but I also make it with ginger chicken or salmon. I like how easy stir-fry is to make, and I love that it gets my husband and kids to eat more vegetables than they would otherwise.
8 PM: Dessert/Snack
Kids are finally in bed and have stopped making excuses for why they have to get out of bed and come find me. I’ve always been a “snacker,” and although I’ve tried to forgo any after-dinner eating, I’ve always found it extremely difficult.
Instead of struggling to skip an after-dinner snack, I try instead to find healthy alternatives like a yogurt and fruit bowl made with plain yogurt, honey, vanilla, and warm blackberries.
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