I have had a lot of questions about what I eat when I'm not juicing. In my previous blogs I've mentioned my digestive issues and my doctor has recommended that I stay away from certain foods.
No, No's for Me:
- All Wheat, Barely & Rye Products
- Minimal Red Meats
Well... That's pretty much impossible and very difficult to stick to therefore instead of eliminating those foods all together, I just try and eat them very minimally. Also, I am not extremely adventurous when it comes to food (shocker.. I know) I unfortunately hate seafood and I don't enjoy eating lots of vegetables (one reason I love juicing... I can't taste them in juice) With that being said, there are definitely a lot more food items that you can add to this list, this is just my own personal food preference list.
My Grocery List
- Eggs (I eat whole eggs... not egg whites)
- Chicken (grilled, baked, or in the crock pot)
- Turkey Breast
- Ground Turkey (Lean)
- Turkey Burgers
- Turkey Bacon (Nitrate-Free)
- Nitrate-Free Lunch Meat (Hormel is a good brand)
- Lentils (Beans)
- Hummus (Good substitute for cheese on sandwiches)
- Ezekiel Bread (They have Ezekiel tortillas and muffins as well)
- Sweet Potatoes
- All Natural Pop-Corn (Boom-Chica-Pop is my favorite brand)
- All kinds of Berries
- Steel-Cut Oatmeal
- Salad (Homemade)
- Feta Cheese
- Olives (Black and Green)
- All types of Nuts
- Green Tea
- Almond Milk or Coconut Milk
This was such a hard concept for me to understand! I had always been about the numbers, the calories, and the carbs. When I stopped counting calories and just simply starting eating healthy and paying attention to labels is when I saw the most results with my health and with my body!
Here is an example of what I am doing this week...
Morning Snack: Juice
Lunch: Ezekiel Bread Sandwich with Nitrate-Free lunch meat, hummus, tomato, and avocado with a light salad. (by light I mean no ranch dressing and croutons for example)
Afternoon Snack: Nuts or Greek Yogurt or all natural pop-corn (I try to only eat the pop corn a few times a week, its more of a treat than an everyday thing)
Dinner: Juice OR Chicken with Quinoa OR Eggs with Turkey Bacon OR Chicken Salad OR Turkey Burger wrapped in Lettuce with Sweet Potato Fries
I like to start my day with a juice because it makes me feel healthy and I feel like I am able to stay on track when I start off my day with a juice. I usually try and juice for dinner. I don't like to go to bed on a full stomach and I need the most energy in the afternoons rather than at night before bed.
Some other DONT'S to try and stay away from:
- All over processed foods (white flour & sugar)
- Chemically charge foods
- Foods with preservatives
- Artificial sugars
- Artificial foods (ex: individually wrapped sliced cheese)
- Saturated and Trans Fat
- Sugar Loaded Beverages (Cokes, Gatorade, Energy Drinks)
- Calorie dense foods (Diet Coke)
If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment =)
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REMINDER: I am no health expert, I am not majoring in health education, I do not have any type license. I do not know what works for anyone other than myself however I do know that juicing has had a huge and positive impact on my life and I am happy to share what its done for me. If you have questions I HIGHLY recommend consulting your doctor before trying anything I have shared.