I used to struggle with my nutrition. I would eat healthy foods but the portion sizes were incorrect and I was overeating on certain food groups. I actually purchased the 21 Day Fix and let the containers sit in my pantry for months. When I finally decided to sit down and figure it all out and take the time to implement the portion control system, everything started to click.
You may be thinking, fruit is healthy so who cares how much you eat. Yes, you're right, however, fruit also contains natural sugar, and sugar is sugar. Our bodies only need a certain amount of sugar each day. You can read more about fruit and sugar here.
Once I started focusing more on my portion sizes and not overeating on the fruit and healthy fats (and the delicious, dreaded carbs), my body started to respond better. I also make sure that I not eating processed, chemical filled foods. I'm not perfect and I eat things that I probably shouldn't, but I have a plan in place to get back on track.
People often ask what I eat and how often, so I thought I'd share my weekly meal plan. I try to stick to the 1,200 - 1,499 calorie chart from the 21 Day Fix. For those who aren't familiar with the container system - each container is a different color and represents a different food group. Based on the calorie chart (located in the 21 Day Fix guide) you eat that number of containers each day.
I can have:
3 greens - vegetables
2 purples - fruit
4 reds - protein
2 yellows - carbs
1 blue - healthy fat
1 orange - nuts, seeds, dressing
2 teaspoons - oils & nutbutters
I am someone who needs to have a plan. Things needs to be laid out for the week. I don't do super well with change. This is why I love following the workout schedule from the Beachbody programs. I wake up at 4:50am to workout and if I don't have my workout already scheduled, I talk myself into sleeping in.
My nutrition is the same. I plan my meals out for the week and stick to it the best I can. My current meal plan for the week is below. You'll notice that on some days, I might go over a container but that's because I have double workouts scheduled and I know my body needs a few more calories. You have to play around with your nutrition and do what works best for your body. The 21 Day Fix is a great place to start!
I hope it helps you plan your snacks and meals. Please feel free to reach out to me if you need help planning meals or are looking for more recipes!
***My breakfast Shakeology might have a fruit or spinach but I never know until that morning. If I add fruit, I'm very careful to only eat 1 more serving that day.