There’s always a next step
As a lifelong lacto-ovo vegetarian I thought my eating habits were pretty good. My BMI was acceptable. But as I learned in my first year working for Full Plate Living there’s always a next step to take on my journey to health. Aside from Powering Up my meals with at least 75% superfoods, here are some of the steps I’ve taken so far:
An Apple a Day
This isn’t a rule I live by, but because apples are so convenient to eat, it’s a rare day that passes without me enjoying an apple. They show up most often in my breakfast, but I also grab them for snacks. Or I use them to fill the void when I’m still hungry after a meal.
Cheese and Avocados
Back in my school days I thought of cheese as a main component of my meals, especially Mexican food. Now that I realize how many calories are packed into cheese, I eat it much more sparingly.
An experiment I tried was replacing the majority of cheese with avocados. I found that to be a superior choice because not only did I really enjoy my tacos, I also felt and slept better afterwards.
Peanuts and Peanut butter
If every meal was made of peanut butter my taste buds would be thrilled. Peanuts are on the 55+ list of Full Plate Diet foods. But they’re in the section you should eat sparingly because they don’t contain 60% water. Even a serving of natural peanut butter can quickly set you back 200+ calories.
My habit was to browse by the pantry, around meal times and grab a handful of peanuts. So instead of stocking peanuts 24/7 I suggested we only buy them for special occasions. I don’t miss them too much because we still eat peanut butter.
When a “fend for yourself” meal comes around, I try not to get the peanut butter out by default. And often I spread my peanut butter in the kitchen before I go to the table, so I have a few steps to think about if I really want a second spread.
Speaking of spreading, as I’ve been Powering Up everything, I realized that I’ve accidently replaced jelly with fresh fruit. Not only do I enjoy it more, it fills me up faster. A net calorie saving too.
I know, oatmeal, oatmeal, oatmeal. It seems like all you hear about from the Full Plate Living blog. It has three major plus factors that make it awesome:
- you guessed it, high fiber
- 60% water
- and a low price. When compared to boxed cereals and milk, the savings with oatmeal are enough to put a down payment into the kid’s college fund.
I make it convenient by preparing an over-sized batch and refrigerating it. The picture above is how it looks when we serve it a few days later. Here’s how:
- Boil 12 cups water
- Add 8 cups oats, stir and turn heat to low for 5 minutes.
It lasts us about 5 days giving us a couple other days for variety in our breakfasts.
I’m 10 pounds lighter, feel better, and I'm faster when I run. And that happened without me really noticing.