Food is important. Our bodies can’t function without it, and I personally love food. I try and work out 3 times a week, but I can’t push myself too much because that can be realllly bad for me because of my rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Because I don’t do a whole lot, I’m very aware of what food I’m putting in my body.
If you have a medical condition, food can also be a key way to manage it. Personally, I follow a pretty strict diet to manage mine. Although I haven’t been diagnosed with celiac disease, there is significant evidence that I do have it. (Which I may have discovered by cheating and having a caramel machiatto, which contains caramel instead of caramel syrup. Caramel has gluten in it.) If you’re interested, this is what I eat in a typical day due to my specific diet.
I have had a lot of people ask me how I stay the size that I am without working out extensively. Trust me – it’s not metabolism. I have average metabolism for someone my age, but not a crazy good one. Here are my tips for eating healthy so that you don’t have to work out a ton. Pinable/simplified image is at the bottom!
1) When grocery shopping, shop around the edges as much as possible. AKA, reduce the amount of processed foods you eat. One way to do this is by making homemade versions of snacks like granola bars.
2) Fruits and veggies are your best friends (with healthier dips like peanut butter/almond butter and hummus)
3) Don’t cut out carbs entirely! You need them for energy. Just reduce how much you’re eating them. For example, I have a bagel for breakfast. That’s usually my most carb-intense meal of the day.
4) I prefer cheat meals/snacks instead of cheat days. This way it’s spread out throughout the week instead of all in one day!
5) Water, water, water. I generally have 2 cups of coffee, 90+ oz of water, and 1-2 Gatorades a day. Sometimes I do drink soda, but it’s generally not more than twice a week. To make it easier to drink more water, I suggest getting a water bottle or large Tervis to use during the day. It has made a huge difference in my life! I have one of the plastic Starbucks trenta cups at school, and I drink 3-4 of those a day, which is how I drink so much.
6) Include something sweet in every day. Whether it’s a candy bar or a cupcake, by not depriving yourself entirely you are less likely to binge.
7) Make sure you’re getting lots of protein! Lean meats, eggs, tofu, whatever floats your boat.
8) Some of you might think this is pretentious of me, butttt … ORGANIC. I try and eat organic fruits, veggies, eggs, meats, etc. because some of the stuff that goes into the non-organic aggravates my immune system.
The best part of eating like this is that I no longer crave lots of bad foods. This makes it even easier for me to stick to my medical diet. Now, will I be all over Dunkin when they come out with their gluten-free donuts? You betcha. Will I eat them every day? No way.
By the way, be sure to check out Chocolate Covered Katie – she calls herself the healthy dessert blog – and My Whole Food Life – especially for GF, dairy free, vegan recipes – for healthy and delicious food!
I feel so much better by eating this way. And I’m not just talking about my RA/fibro symptoms. I have more energy and my stomach is upset less often.
What do you think? Does this sound doable?