I used to be one of those people who associated lengthy workouts with weight loss. I was never really conscious about the food part. I am very open about my addiction to candy corn. It took me becoming a mom and having a lot less time in my day to really learn about the relationship between food and fitness on weight loss. I came to learn that it really is 80-20, with 80% about the food and 20% the fitness.
Speaking of food, I follow a very clean eating lifestyle, but it took a while for me to get there. A few years ago, I hired a friend to help me break through a plateau after my 2nd child. Part of her consultation was a supermarket tour. This was a completely eye-opening experience which I still refer to when I tell people about my shopping habits. I thought I was making good choices for my family, but when I learned about food from an expert, I realized how much work I still needed to do.
You want to aim for foods with less than 10 grams of sugar per serving. You will be surprised just how much “health” food has 15-20+ grams! It was around this time that I decided to give up soda for good and stop using any sweetener in my coffee. In place of sweetener, I use cinnamon and vanilla powder. Over the years of both learning from professionals and reading about food via sources like Prevention Magazine, I’ve assembled a pretty reliable go-to list of foods that I need to eat for health and weight loss. Some of those are the following:
1) Good fats like almond butter, avocado, olive oil and nuts
3) Apples – especially at night when cravings hit
4) Air-popped popcorn – also a good evening snack.
5) Ancient grains like wheat berry, farro, and quinoa
7) KIND bars – I can get hooked on these, so I look at these more like treats than necessary snacks
8) Low-fat chocolate milk – post workout snack
9) Dark leafy greens – kale, arugula
10) Veggies! Peppers, cucumbers, carrots, etc, that you can slice up easily and share with kids
11) Lean meats and fish
My favorite breakfast recipe – Banana Pancake: 1 egg, 1 Tbsp almond butter, 1 banana. Mash it all together cook in a skillet. Looks like a pancake, tastes better than one, and is quite filling.
I know it may seem like a have this system down to a science and I know what I’m talking about, but it really has taken me since college to figure this all out. It took educating myself, talking to friends about what worked for them, and budgeting for a professional, to get serious and learn how to do this weight loss thing right. My support system of moms, friends and family, who are all trying to do the same thing, has been so important to me through this whole journey. And for anyone who says they don’t have time to workout, you do. You have to schedule it into your day like you do with work and kids. If it’s important to you, you have to make the time.
Have any favorite apps, workouts, recipes, equipment? I would love to hear what works for you!
AUTHOR BIO: Hilary Morris balances her role as mom of 3 girls with her own social media consulting business. Her love of fashion, as well as her daughters’ natural ability for coordinating unlikely colors & patterns, inspired the launch of her kids fashion blog AFancyGirlMust. She also is a Child Star Style contributor to HollywoodMomBlog. Hilary can often be found on Instagram giving a peek into her world of favorite local spots, recent craft projects, new recipes, fashion finds, and three little loves.