In December of 2014 Hubby decided it was time. Time to make the SWITCH. We had been teeter tottering which diet to start and so forth. We researched it all. We tried Paleo a few years back and failed miserably. Then after much research we decided that a LIFESTYLE CHANGE needed to happen not a diet.
At first when we explained it to our family we called it “Modified Paleo”. In all reality all we did was take the good in all these fad diets. Basically consuming more fruits and veggies. Eating leaner meats. Cutting out certain grains. And eating organic. As you are reading this I know some of you are rolling your eyes already. Yeah, to be honest if I was reading this I probably would do the same. But let me explain…
Do we eat everything organic? No.
Isn’t organic expensive? Yes.
Is everything organic healthy? Not necessarily.
Organic food is EXPENSIVE. First let me start with produce. Because organic is expensive we’ve done some research and we purchase certain organic produce. Basically the “Dirty Dozen” and “Lean Fifteen”. More info at dailypea.com. But if there is something on Lean Fifteen that is organic we try to purchase it.
Now an alternative to eating things organically is to purchase from a local produce farm. From time to time we do this. We live in a part of California where this is accessible to us. Just make sure to speak to the farmers, and ask if they use pesticides and if they do which ones. Thankfully the produce farm that I get my produce from is an organic produce farm that produces and distributes organic produce to local super markets. So what is the cost? Thankfully if I go through a friend it varies between $20-30 which is not bad in my opinion. The produce box is huge and lasts me 2 (or more weeks).
Now when it comes to our meat we try to eat more fish. When we purchase fish we try to purchase wild as opposed to farmed. When it comes to chicken and beef, we try to purchase it organic. Do we purchase it organic all the time? No. Would we like to? Absolutely, but it is so darn expensive. When we are able we do, when we aren’t able to then we we settle but we make sure we eat it with more veggies.
//WHAT DID YOU DO?//
Our first step was going through the entire pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. We pretty much tossed all of our processed food. Tossed out/gave away quite a bit of pasta and such.
//WHAT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST THING ABOUT THE SWITCH?//
Oh my goodness… the hardest thing to give up has been white rice!!! I am Filipino, we eat rice with everything! Also sugar. I mean we still consume sugar (let’s be real), but I guess consciously trying to eat way less than we used to. We try to use honey instead of granulated sugar.
When you first make changes your body goes through withdrawals! I was grumpy at first because I just wanted RICE!!!! Then at about day 2 or 3 I needed to be fairly close to a restroom (if you know what I mean). Then the next change was feeling less lethargic. I just have a little bit more of a pep in my step I guess you can say.
//WHAT DO YOU EAT?//
Aside from fruits and veggies we eat nuts. And yes, we do consume dairy. For milk we use almond milk, and for cheese… we eat cheese but no more Kraft singles for us. We also eat a good amount of eggs, greek yogurt, and quinoa.
//HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED//
I am still fairly new at this… I won’t lie, it is still hard. But see it is a mindset. Thankfully my hubby is more disciplined than I am so that helps. Also, having co-workers who have adapted a similar lifestyle has helped tremendously! We share ideas and that makes it fun.
If you are changing a lifestyle it is best to do it in increments. I have found for myself that when I make ALL the changes at one time I fail miserably. The reason is because once you slip up a little bit, it all goes out the window and you feel like a complete failure. Then you adapt an “all or nothing” mentality and you will most likely choose the “nothing” because you already feel like a failure. When you make little goals and slip up in that little goal you don’t feel completely defeated. You in turn will feel a little more motivated to get back on it. Another advice would be to reward yourself with little incentives. Another huge piece of advise I can give is to grant yourself grace. Let’s be real, you will eat out and you will have a burger with fries. That does happen from time to time, and it is OK. Just as long as you don’t eat that everyday. At the end of the day, the whole purpose of this lifestyle change is to be healthier and feel better overall. This process is hard, but it doesn’t mean that it is not supposed to be enjoyable. You should be excited about your feeling better! Now my last piece of advise is to be mindful of others. Sometimes this whole lifestyle makes you really excited, which is a good thing. Just be careful. There were times where I found myself coming across judgmental when people weren’t eating organic or when people ate burgers and fries everyday. Just remember that this is YOUR journey and YOU are choosing this for YOURSELF (not for others). Now, do you want to share it with the people you love? Of course, just be sensitive to them because you do not want this to be the thing that puts a wedge in your relationships. And oh yeah… DRINK LOTS OF WATER!
//OUR STEPS to CHANGE//
1. Toss out all “bad food”.
2. Meal prepping (STAY TUNED FOR MY MEAL PREPPING POST).
3. Incorporate more fruits and veggies (preferably organic).
(I specifically addressed this issue in choosing fruits and veggies for snacks).
3. Cutting out rice and only purchasing organic grains (ie. quinoa).
4. Organic meats (when we are financially capable).
EXERCISE!!! This is our next major hurdle.
So this is a little sneak peak of what our new lifestyle. We fall off the wagon here and there, but we have been finding ourselves back on the trail. Please share your healthy living lifestyle journey, I would love to hear about it!
Also, head on over to Patty at Make It Cozee and check out her Fitness Friday series! It is really funny because we didn’t know but we were both making lifestyle changes. I started with the diet and she started with the exercise! It all works out because we can give each other pointers!
Stay tuned for my next Healthy Living post which will be on MEAL PREPPING!