No, I am not a loser who spelled meet wrong, I am talking about MEAT, you know, like the stuff you eat. Erin over at The Healthy Apron asked me to help spread the word about MeatLESS May. (Sorry I am a little late girl, it’s been a busy month!)
Please note Erin is not saying (nor am I) to stop eating meat. I for one will always ALWAYS have meat as a PART of my diet. I also realize it can be unhealthy to eat it too much. We as Americans are so programmed (especially in the south) that in order for a meal to be a meal it must involve meat. So, let’s join Erin and at least try to look into other healthy non-meat options. Even if you just throw in a random new meal once a week, you may even find a new favorite!
I will admit, for about two weeks now I have been eating more healthy and just by doing that I am noticing big changes. My face is more clear, I have more energy, and my sugar cravings haven’t been as bad as I thought they would be. I have been focusing on foods that are healthy and taste good, but that will keep me FULL so I am not constantly in the panty or refrigerator during the day.
One snack I have been eating almost everyday is Chobani yogurt, more specifically strawberry banana. Holy yum! The store closest to my house NEVER has strawberry banana so I drive to a FURTHER AWAY store just for this stuff. It’s so amazingly wonderful. It keeps me FULL in between meals which is one reason I am loving it!
I am also not eating late at night like I was when we first moved in. We were seriously eating ice cream and cupcakes almost every night, it was crazy. and unhealthy. and I slept horribly.
My next goal is drinking more water. I am about to be traveling a lot so this is super important! I know this will also help clear up my face. Fingers crossed!
QOTD: What is a healthy change you have made lately that you have noticed benefitting your health?
Well you know one change I made was adding arm workouts! Just started push ups last night. Another change is decreasing soda. I was a 3 soda a day girl now it is maybe 3 a week!! 🙂 In the first week of this I lost 4 pounds!
thats awesome. drinking your calories adds up SO FAST!
Bryan and I will have vegetarian meals once or twice a week. We love meat and won’t give it up, but its nice to make a meal centered around fresh veggies.
We’re also making sure we do something healthy before we allow ourselves to go out. Like last night we each did 5 minutes of abs before going to our favorite bar for a drink. Those crunchs probably didn’t make up for the calories we consumed, but its better than nothing. right?
haha good idea with the mini workout!
I haven’t had any meat for almost three years now and I cut out soda in the past year. I try to only have desserts when something special is happening. I have been in super triathlon training mode so that the big thing I am working on right now
Angela @ MyPinkyToes says
My healthy habit has been exercising regularly. When I exercise, I automatically eat better, too!
I’ve never stuck with a workout plan for more than a couple months at a time. Now that I keep adding goals…a half marathon, and now a full marathon…I know that I have to keep training!
thats right! its harder to give up when you knwo you have come so far!
Allie @ Healthy Balance, Healthy Life says
I’m training for my first half marathon! My training schedule helps me stick with work outs and my body feels GREAT!
We do meatless Monday every week, which I started when my dr suggested I cut red meat out of my diet due to the hormones in it (I’m supposed to be able to do organic/free range beef but I haven’t tried it yet). I was premenopausal and have noticed a HUGE difference in the way my body feels since dropping red meat. I used to cheat every 6 months but now the way my body reacts just isn’t worth it.
PS The way I started drinking more water was getting one of those reusable tumblers w/ a straw, fill with ice and water and you’re good to go. I keep one at home and one at work.
Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run says
I am able to eat unhealthy and sleep like a baby and it doesn’t affect me at all. This is probably why your “cupcakes and ice cream every night” sounds so awesome to me. It is not awesome for my weight however.
I try my best to drink more water too but I fall off the wagon…a lot. So today, I’m already on glass #3. So, here’s to being back on the wagon again. 🙂
yay! I am going to drink a glass right now haha
Andrea (Run. Learn. Repeat.) says
A healthy change I’ve made lately is doing more cross-training and strength training! I used to run and only run for exercise, but now I see how much my body appreciates some variety! I’ve fallen in love with pilates!
And now I want a cupcake 🙂
These past few weeks have actually been some of the unhealthiest in my life for reasons I can’t control. But I’m hoping that turns around in a few weeks!
Nicole @ Whatever My Lot... says
I’m not sure I could give up meat…ummm, yummy protein!! But I have been drinking lots more water. I tend to drink sweet tea just about everywhere I go eat, but I’ve really cut back and only drink it occasionally. Drinking more water definitely helps me feel more energetic and I know it’s great for my body!
I could never give it up either, yum!
I hear ya on the sweet tea. I have one or two restaurants I always get it at, but I have been trying to do water lately!
I definitely need to drink more water too. My husband doesn’t believe he’s been properly fed unless there is meat involved so the nights I cook without meat he nearly always says, “well, this was good, but it would’ve been even better if it had some meat in it.” 😛
haha Bobby would have said the same thing!
Woah Nelly, that looks like one awesome cupcake!
they are awesome!
Cutting out coffee and increasing my greens has played a huge role in my health I feel more energetic and definitely don’t “need” caffine anymore!
Since March I’ve been eating a Chobani a day as well. It’s delicious- my favorite is pomegranate though! I’m also trying to hydrate more. I struggle greatly with this, but can tell a big difference when I get enough to eat.
I haven’t tried that flavor yet!
What a great idea, glad you are seeing results!