Calories in, calories out. To manage calories in you must diet, but DIET is a four letter word…literally. Mentioning the word diet will typically make people twitch, squirm, sigh and want to run away screaming! You need to reprogram yourself to think of diet as a structure, a game plan, a guideline to a healthy lifestyle.

How to get started?
Simple. If it grows in the ground, is raised on an organic farm, swims in the ocean*, is not processed or laden with chemicals, then it is something you should be eating. Start there and then work on balance. Balancing your ratios of protein, carbs and fats in a meal plan can be tricky. If you follow some simple steps you’ll be on the right path.

  1. Eat small meals with a balance of lean protein and complex carbs every 2-3 hours.
  2. Drink a glass of water with each meal so that by the end of the day you’ve had at least 64 oz.
  3. Include a high-quality protein shake at least once a day. I recommend Shakeology.
  4. Stay out of the middle of the grocery store. Stay away from chemicals like artificial sweeteners, processed foods and diet sodas.
  5. Try to buy organic – veggies, low-fat dairy and grass-fed beef. If organic is unavailable find a local farmer or co-op to purchase your veggies etc.
  6. In moderation choose healthy fats such as olive oil, flaxseed oil, organic peanut or almond butter, avocadoes etc. Fat doesn’t make you fat. Eating too much of it will.
  7. And finally, Eat a Cheat Meal! Yes, have a cheat meal or two a week to keep your sanity as you start to enjoy the slimmer version of YOU!

Need a meal plan?
The four letter word is much easier if you have a meal plan. I use the Beachbody Meal Planner to track my weekly meals.
Meal Planner

Yes! I need a Meal Plan!

*I recommend Sustainable Fish. Use the Seafood Watch App to find sustainable fish in your area.Seafood Watch App