Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My Thrifty Weight Loss Story + Tips: Let's Get Fit in 2013!

Ah, the resolution that tops the list for most- and the one that rarely happens. When processed food outweighed whole food (unprocessed fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains) in my diet I slowly gained weight every year. I thought I'd never be able to undo the damage, but I did!

ALL of the food above is vegan (mostly raw) and filled with nutrients. Healthy eats can offer variety, too!

I lost 30 lbs last year and got to stuff myself with delicious food! I exercise a little tiny bit, but I continue to get to my goal weight with the easy, inexpensive dietary changes below:

1.) Fruits and Vegetable Overload: Eat as many whole fruits and veggies as possible. The fiber, nutrients, and water will keep you full and healthy. Add spinach to pasta and pizza dishes, eat salads with every meal or smoothies for breakfast. Be creative!

2.) Drink Water: "Hungry" feelings are occasionally your body's plea for more H20. Drink eight glasses of water daily. Drink more when you exercise or drink dehydrating alcohol or caffeine. Skip sodas and store-bought juice.

3.) Make it Accessible: Cook big batches of healthy food and snacks ahead of time. Purge your pantries of ALL refined carbs and sugars (the devil!) and replace them with healthy, whole alternatives.

Change is Gradual: I started by incorporating plenty of cooked vegetables and slowly went to eating all raw, unprocessed meals. Start slow, keep healthy choices available and make the steps above routine and weight loss and improved health will come naturally.

What are your fitness and health goals this year? I'll be writing tons of informative healthy lifestyle posts throughout the year to keep us on the right track. If you have any questions at all, leave them in the comments.
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25 comments:

  1. All those pix look so yummy! Great advice- and probably pretty easy for most of us. Just ditch the processed foods and eat more fruits/veggies. It's not that hard, really! :)

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    1. Once the processed food is ditched you won't want to go back- even if it was for taste alone, the healthy alternatives are so much more fresh and flavorful.

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  2. Number 3 says "Purge your panties" instead of pantries. Thank you for the big smile this morning!

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    1. I saw that too and thought,'Oh that's a whole different kind of diet.'LOL

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    2. I triple-checked that one! Damnit, I guess I changed it back to panties. Glad it was good for a laugh. ;)

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  3. These tips are great, Vanessa. I go through phases where I try to be healthy, and then I stop. I don't necessarily want to loose weight (because I truly believe you can be healthy at any size), but I want to do it to live longer and with more energy. I'm a pescetarian but I know that I still have a lot of work to do. Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. That was my real reason for making the switch too, improved health. I've been trying to improve what I ate for years and was off and on with it until exactly one year ago. I found notes from 2007 about detoxing and going vegan recently! It's never to late to try new things, switch things up, and improve.

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  4. I love your ideas. I'm vegetarian but have a major sugar problem. My goal this year is to cut out the sugar, and eat more whole foods

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    1. If you've got a sweet tooth eating whole fruit seems like a happy medium! Good luck Ann :)

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  5. I'm going on a Daniel fast starting Sunday for 21 days. It's more for spiritual reasons rather than physical but it's basically a fruits, vegetables, and water only diet, so it's similar to what you're advocating.

    Here's to more eating healthy overall for 2013! Can't wait for more healthy eating blog posts!

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    1. I'll have to look into that, I love the idea of detoxing for spiritual reasons. Today I started a detox by Ani Phyo (detailed in her book: http://www.amazon.com/Anis-15-Day-Fat-Blast-Kick-Ass/dp/0738215228/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357069195&sr=8-1&keywords=ani+phyo+fat+blast) for the 2nd time, I wanted to start the new year with a fresh start.

      Plenty more healthy eats tips are coming :)

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  6. I did much the same in 2012, with much the same result! (lost ~30 lbs) It's funny - I was a vegetarian for almost 20 years but this year started eating meat (dietician referred by doc to help counteract my lowish thyroid - I learned that eating a lot of soy can exacerbate low thyroid and lo and behold, when I stopped eating much if any soy, my thyroid got back to where it should be) and lost a bunch of weight. But I still eat a TON of fresh fruit and veg. You're very right that it helps keep your energy up and keeps you feeling full. Cheers to more great healthiness in 2013!

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    1. I don't eat soy with the exception of tamari and miso and don't recommend it since it's such a common allergen. Never read about the thyroid issues that can come with it too. A lot of "healthy" vegan packaged food are filled with processed soy that wrecks havoc on our bodies. Glad you had similar results, let's keep hitting it into 2013!

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  7. I hope you're planning on sharing your favorite recipes.I'm not a vegan,but I would like to make more meatless meals this year.Those pictures look good enough to eat!

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    1. Yep, definitely will be sharing lots of recipes this year.

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  8. Lovely food photos, Van. I'm getting back on track now that the holiday carbfest has ended. I'll tell ya what has helped me...writing down what I eat throughout the day. Sometimes it's easy to forget the little snacks and junk we think is harmless...but seeing the total at the end of the day is the reality check we can all use sometimes. Happy New Year!

    <3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting

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    1. I've done that before, you can mindlessly chow down on thousands of calories in minutes, it's crazy! That's why I like eating simple, whole, plant foods. You can eat until you're full and never feel guilty.

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  9. I sooooo need to do this too!! GREAT tips!

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